People who search online for the estate homes for sale in Charlottesville are often also looking for other features of the Charlottesville area that would attract them to the luxury offered in our Central VA region. In response, we are beginning a series of articles to guide you to some of the exclusive businesses and activities that draw upscale buyers to Charlottesville.
In other articles we will detail advantages of our climate, the offerings of the Charlottesville equestrian community for events such as fox hunting and dressage, our golf neighborhoods, and cultural events. We can attend political forums and rely on major medical facilities, and we can also enjoy the sporting events of the university like tennis and basketball. Because on this website, we only want to deal with “The Best”.
Our restaurants serve the community with a broad spectrum of food choices and ethnic cuisines. It doesn’t always necessarily need to be pretentious food or lavish restaurants. We have easy access to everything from great bagels to award winning wineries. However now we want to mention just two of the exclusive award-winning fine dining restaurants in Central VA who provide consistent world class service and cuisine…. because they have won recent awards.
Some things remain consistent, year after year, and so it is that at least two of the best restaurants in the United States (according to rankings by Open Table) which happen to be located here in Central VA, continue to garner international acclaim. One of those is the Inn at Little Washington, Virginia. (Little) Washington is a small town… ok, granted, it might be called a tiny village. It is located north of Charlottesville and it’s convenient enough to draw a steady clientele from the Washington DC area. True to its name, it is also an “inn” at Little Washington which offers overnight accommodations as well. The Inn at Little Washington serves the finest culinary choices combined with first class service, and the staff takes pride in its ‘attention to detail’. We have enjoyed an informative inside look at the various checklists which guide the details of the dining room…. and those checklists cite hundreds of items to assure that every detail is perfect for every customer every night. A fine restaurant can’t afford to have sketchy service, it must be consistently perfect for each and every diner every time, and The Inn at Little Washington does just that. An example of detail: between the actual hours of serving, the staff remains very busy performing every item on every checklist including that all tableware is re-polished and re-dusted to assure perfect shine for the next diners.
Among the awards over the years, the Inn at Little Washington has been chosen by the Mobile Travel Guide as its first ever 5-five star restaurant, and it still has their 5-star rating in 2016. Michelin Guide gave it their two-star award, and the James Beard Foundation has given it many awards for its service, chef, and wine list. International travelers will like its rating in the Top Ten Restaurants in the World according to the International Herald Tribune. Zagat and Travel & Leisure rank the Inn as number one in world for food and service and the number 2 in North America overall. Additional awards each year from Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado are some of the other rankings deservedly earned by this wonderful Central Virginia luxury restaurant.
There’s another fine dining establishment in the Charlottesville area that also garners awards and attention… and like its counterpart in Little Washington, the Charlottesville restaurant named Fleurie has been delivering top ranked French cuisine and service for many years. Fleurie is a cozy intimate restaurant and seating is a precious commodity on busy evenings. It has repeatedly earned “Best of” awards from Wine Spectator and the excellence of the food and service have placed it in Table’s ranking of 2016 Top 100 Best Restaurants in America…. joining the Inn at Little Washington on that distinguished list.