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Sep 15, 2013 06:56 PM

Quiet and romantic restaurant for anniversary dinner on short notice

My 5 year wedding anniversary is on Saturday night and my husband and I are trying to decide where to go for an anniversary dinner. It would need to be somewhere we could get a reservation on short notice. We don't mind old-fashioned as long as the food is good and it isn't really noisy, is easy to get to/ample parking.

We got married at The Inn At Brookeville Farms so if we can't think of anything we may just default to having dinner there - it being the big "5" but I'm having trouble working up any excitement over the menu, which is more or less the same it has been since we got married there.

Any suggestions?

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  1. We love the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia. They have just gotten a new chef, but they've never had a bad one in all the years we've known it. They have rooms if you'd like to stay overnight.

      1. I like Trummer's on main in Clifton -- very nice little village to spend an evening in. Also the restaurant at Patowmack Farm. 1789 is good as someone else mentioned.

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        1. re: rachelcp

          I like Patowmack Farm, too. Also, if driving L'Auberge Provencale. If not driving, Bistro L'Hermitage in Woodbriidge, quiet, delicious food, not too far.

          1. The restaurant at Patowmack Farm now has the chef that used to be at the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia. Another good place is the Goodstone Inn. Enjoy your anniversary happy 5th.

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            1. re: pat12

              Depends on when you anniversary is. The Patowmack Farm's restaurant is in a huge tent. They do heat it, but the problem is that the kitchen is in a separate building and the waitstaff have to keep entering and exiting, allowing the cold/damp to come in every time the door is opened. I wrote to the owner to suggest that she add a second tent for the waitstaff (for their own comfort as well as for the comfort of patrons seated in the front third of the tent). She said they'd talked about doing that. I don't know if they have. So if you are there on a chilly or damp night, ask to be seated as far from the door as possible.

              1. re: Just Visiting

                When did you last visit? It's a glass conservatory and climate controlled. It's beautiful to see the sunset w/ unobstructed views. It's been that way for years, if not a decade. Here's a picture of it:


                1. re: chowser

                  Tomaeto, tomahto?...I tend to agree that it's a little more than a "tent", but I'll concede it is not 100% a traditional space. I enjoyed our visit and the views and felt it contributed to the atmosphere of the place.

                  1. re: rachelcp

                    Not really the same thing. It used to be a real tent, a long time ago. Now it's a glassed in room. Sure not traditional which adds to the charm, imo. I love going in fall but should try it out in winter some day.

                2. re: Just Visiting

                  I believe her anniversary is this Saturday as clearly stated.