Lightfoot Restaurant

4.6
2288 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Lightfoot Restaurant was named in honor of Loudon County hero and American Statesman Francis Lightfoot Lee, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Lightfoot offers local color steeped in history, imaginative cuisine that tastes as exquisite as it looks, and an ambiance that is captivating and uniquely elegant.

Lightfoot is open seven days a week. Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour and Sunday Bruch. We also offer three private rooms for Parties, Corporate Functions, Weddings, and Rehearsal Dinners. Casual Elegance - Signature Events
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Open Daily at 11:30am for Lunch, Happy Hour M-F 3:30-6:30pm, 5:30pm Dinner.
11:00am Sunday Brunch, Outdoor Patio Weather Permitting,Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials.

Special Menus Valentines Eve, Easter Day, Mother's Day, and New Year's Eve.
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Phone number
(703) 771-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ingrid Gustavson
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Private party facilities
Three private event rooms that can accommodate groups of 2 to 180. The Restaurant is available for a complete facility buy out for up to 350 guests.
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Private party contact
Carrie: (703) 771-2233 ext. 10
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Catering
On premise only.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
Street parking available and Public parking garage. Garage is free in the evening and weekends. We can also validate for a free hour during the week.
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Entertainment
Live Music Friday and Saturday nights if a private party is not booked in the Piano Bar. Please call for a schedule.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2288 People Are Saying
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DD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Eaten here 3 times and it’s consistently good food and service. It’s a bit pricey to me for frequent dining but great for special occasions.

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BG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot especially during the holidays! Good food and very pleasant service.

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LN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Main complaint is that the restaurant is very noisy. Hard to have a good conversation with out raising your voice.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Great service! Definitely will go back.

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WF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My bride and I celebrated our 46th anniversary with the Lightfoot team and thoroughly enjoyed the event. Dominick was very attentive, helpful and gracious. The Hama Hama fried oysters are to fight over as were the crab cakes and pork shank. Oh, and who gets excited over salads? Their berry salad will change your mind!

This is the fourth year we have celebrated our anniversary with Lightfoot. We will continue with this fine purveyor of food and drink fit for royalty. We rate Lightfoot at 5 stars.

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BA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very slow service, food took a long time
Did not feel welcome
For amount of food felt we should have been offered bread or salad.
Had to ask for refil!

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GW
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Was not impressed with the service. Had reservations for 645pm. Arrived about 5 min.s prior and was told a table would not be ready for about 15 min. Felt like we were an inconvenience rather than an appreciated guest. Told the hostess we'd wait at bar. About 25 minutes later, she told us the table was ready. Over all not a bad experience but have been treated better at other high end restaurants and wanted that experience as it was an anniversary diner.

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PB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious and wait staff was terrific. Only thing we found was it was chilly in the restaurant. We sat with our coats wrapped around us. We will be back.

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought 3 friends who had not been to Lightfoot - they absolutely raved about it. We had the best waiter, Dominic, who made the whole experience just very special. He was attentive without being overbearing; he was polite and just so cheerful. The young woman at the front reservation desk was also extremely nice. It proved to be a very memorable experience for all, especially our birthday celebrant!

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L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect. The decor put us in a holiday mood and the drinks and food just kept us there!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time! My first time there and I Loved it. Fred was our server and he was outstanding, very patient and knowledgeable. My husband asked for my parent's blessing there, and now my future brother in law asked my parents there too! It will definitely be a family restaurant for us! Thanks Fred for making our night delightful!

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I rarely take the time to write reviews and I am hesitant to write this as I want to continue to keep Lightfoot as I know it and not overwhelmed by crowds. Amazing service and the meals were outstanding. Best crab cake in Loudoun County. Only negative was we were seated below an air vent which made our party uncomfortably cold. Other wise would have rated ambiance 5 starts as well.

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DG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at the lunch for my Granddaughters Birthday. This is the second time we have had Domingue B. #88 as our server and he is exceptional. He is a fantastic server, anticipates our needs and even remembered us from our last visit. We really appreciate his excellent service.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and night

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the aesthetic appearance of the interior of the restaurant was fabulous. The waiter was knowledgeable, friendly, great memory, and always courteous. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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EH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Everyone's Favorite Salad. Having a fireside table was a real treat!

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding reception there 16 years ago and go back every year to celebrate and many time in between.
Always a plus plus experience!

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, service attentive but not intrusive, atmosphere was terrific and a good time was had by all!

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Lightfoot is always thoroughly enjoyable. The food is discernibly fresh, superbly prepared and always delicious. The chef's pairings are innovative and delightful.

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We went to dinner on a Saturday night with a party of 4, 3 of the 4 were celebrating their birthdays. The restaurant was very crowded but we had reservations and were seated right away. Drinks came within a reasonable amount of time but from there things went down hill. I'm not sure what happened but we began to see parties that were seated after us being served appetizers, and then their main course, and we had nothing.....and no acknowledgement from our waiter, who was waiting on, and delivering food to tables near us, one was right next to us! Because we were hungry we finished the bread plate, and the waiter never asked if we would like more since our dinner was taking so long. I finally had to get up and chase him down to ask what had happened to our dinner. We were never given an explanation, I also flagged down I'm guessing what was a manger, he also had no explanation other then smiling at me with a blank look and mumbling something about the kitchen. Obviously there was nothing wrong in the kitchen because all the tables around us were getting their food in a timely manner. My guess is either the waiter didn't put the order in, or the kitchen somehow lost the order. All of us agreed once we finally got our food it was very good but after waiting over an hour and half it lost it's effect. No accommodation was offered other than the chef was going to do a "really special dessert" for us on the house, considering 3 of us had birthdays (which they knew & had mentioned) and we had seen other tables get desserts with birthday candles, which I'm sure were given complimentary, I don't consider that a reasonable compensation. At that point it was after 9:00, we were seated at 7, I was ready to leave, and never go back.

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would rate a 4.5 stars. The food is very good, but some might find the portions small. I would recommend and will come back.

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P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wish specials were printed or waiter mentioned them before you spent time looking at menu,also give price of special when you describe it.
Food was excellent

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V
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoy lunch here every so often and always return. Crab bisque and fried green tomatoes appetizers were delicious. Crab cake entree came with garlicky string beans and was full of lump crab. Seasonal dessert of pumpkin brownie was perfection.

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h
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lightfoot Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Northern VA, their food and ambiance is great! Worth going!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The haddock was delicious! Was our first time there and really enjoyed it!

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r
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food-wait staff was wonderful- paid attention, but not intrsuive

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SA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy coming here for lunch. Food quality is consistently high. Service is strong, mostly. Two of us had the Ahi Tuna Salad and it was awesome--simple and great.
My only suggestion--turn down the music just a bit for the lunch crowd.

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LR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is perfect for a special afternoon in Leesburg.

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P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We have been going to Lightfoots since they opened around the corner from where they are now.
The food has always been very good and we enjoy introducing new people to this restaurant. We brought another couple with us who had not dined here before. The food was excellent and several new items on the menu were a special surprise.
The one problem we encountered was a large party upstairs,I believe a wedding. A few drunk people walked
in and out passed our table one even fell on the floor. The next problem was the ladies room which was trashed.
Paper,water and other unappealing things covered the floor and sink tops. I had never seen this bathroom in this bad shape. I approached the man at the podium to inform him of the problem. His reply "yes I know ,too many drunk people upstairs" and then "thank you" and he walked away. Nothing was done to improve the situation. With this many people they needed a bathroom attendant checking every half hour to hour, even
McDonald's does that. I was embarrassed when our guest needed to use the ladies room.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Didn’t do anything special for my birthday though which was a bit disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The main issues we had were related to the first Mimosas that came out were clearly premade and had to be stirred so as to fix the separation of components, the sticky buns that came out were overdone and the Eggs Benedict that my date ordered was just “okay”. In addition - it was a brunch and we were seated next to a loud group as opposed to any number of tables that were free and infinitely more private (asked and they were “reserved” though we had a reservation and no one occupied them while we were there). Service was good but not great. Have been to Lightfoot many times and have had many great experiences so this one time will not sour my overall opinion but was slightly disappointed on this occasion.

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BB
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Seated on time with reservations. Great wine list. It was really cold at our table. Wait staff was prompt. Drinks came quickly. It took close to an hour to get bread. Food was delicious.

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a
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food and waiter, but the restaurant was SO cold, we were extremely uncomfortable even with long sleeves and sweaters.

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D
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a nice lunch and great service but I have to say how sad that Lightfoot didn’t recognize my friends 80th birthday with a small dessert and candle. I remarked when I made the reservation and the waiter saw the Godiva I brought for her and yet nothing...disappointed.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Dinner special Streak and Cake did not have a lot of flavor and my steak was under-cooked.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal of my life. My compliments to the chef.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant was great. It was our first time here and we were very impressed with the ambiance and food. We will definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. Always a winner. We had a fun time. Our server was great.

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lightfoot is a Leesburg treasure. Great food and service and a unique atmosphere that doesn't have a comparison. We have been there many times and never been disappointed. We have family members that come to town occasionally and want to head to Lightfoot when they are here.

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