Lightfoot Restaurant

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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
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.7
Ambience
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BI
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service. The specials were unique and very tasty. We and our friends will definitely be back!

SR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated a birthday. Nice quiet corner table with attentive service. Food was delicious.

MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing brunch! We were celebrating a 50th Birthday and I could not have picked a better restaurant. Our server was friendly and patient because we were visiting and took our time ordering . It was so nice to enjoy our visit and not be rushed. The food was delicious and the desserts were the best I have ever had. I definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be back soon. Can’t wait!

O
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Crab bisque was really delicious, with lots of crab meat. Although I had only the spinach salad for an entree, it was delicious and loaded with all the goodies. My brother crab (or shrimp?) and lobster pasta dish, and he said it was rich and delicious with lots of lobster. Service was a little awkward but nothing particularly bad about it. And the decor, the building, is just fabulous. Loved the place.

SL
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a very enjoyable lunch. The Maryland Crab Bisque is amazing!

4
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Good place for a celebration. Service was very attentive. Wife had the duck which was done well. My steak was overdone, appearing as though it had been left to grill too long on one side. Perhaps it would have been less noticeable if it were a thicker cut.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great job with food allergies.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

It was just terrible. We won’t be back anytime soon. We were treated like the staff was annoyed that we were there. It took literally 30 minutes for us to even get a cocktail. My filet was overdone and dry. It was just so miserable we wont be back. So sad- we were so excited to have a reservation there and a night out!

O
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We went on a Sunday when Valentine's Day was on Friday and Presidents Day was on Monday. The restaurant was extremely busy, which caused both bar and table service to be slow. The large bar was understaffed with only one person ending. The bartender and our waiter were both hustling, but wait times for drinks and courses were long. The setting is very nice, the ambiance is good, and the noise level is moderate. If we return it won't be on a holiday weekend.

DA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

They claimed that Open Table book excess reservations. We all had to wait. I had friends with a 6:30 reservation for their anniversary that were not seated till 8:15 and then they waited 30 minutes with no contact and left.
For us we had had a 6:00 reservation seated about 6:30 and then waited 30 minutes for a waiter. Runners brought everything to our table the waiter brought nothing. We did not get our food till about 7:30. The steaks were raw and I am a rare to MR guy. No one checked on us so there was no way to adjust. Given the way things were going we just took the food home. We waited for almost 45 minutes for the check. When the waiter arrived he said I am sure you don't want a dessert menu at this time. I did send an e-mail to their website hoping management would address the issues, but so far no response. I realize restaurants have an off night, but really??? You should double check if it is true that you over booked them as they were telling everyone it was Open Tables fault

CF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are frequent guests. NEVER had a bad meal. It’s wonderful. !!!!! *

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a very nice meal we shared a berry appetizer salad

For a main course I had the chicken Sicilian and he had a vegetarian dish with quinoa

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a while. A little upscale but worth the money compared to other upscale places. Signature cotton candy served with dessert is a plus too!

SC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great menu. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding.

MN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful venue! Exceptional service, great menu and wine list. Loved the live jazz duo (Fri nite).
Leesburg is so charming with lots within walking distance - perfect place for a grand occasion or just date night!

U
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall great experience. Ambience is eclectic. Service amazing!

GB
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

This was a very noisy experience. We were seated near the kitchen/restroom/bar area so perhaps it was a busy spot and noisier that the front. The food was good but some aspects of each dish were lacking. Otherwise the staff was polite and helpful and the interior is beautiful.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal great service

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was very accommodating and friendly.

RH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have dined at Lightfoot for many years and last evening was one of the best meals we have had there in
a while. The ham biscuits are always a favorite and each entree was superb.

Kudos to the chef!!

3
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal, as usual, at Lightfoot on New Year's Eve. The table was ready 15 prior to our reservation. Blaine was a fabulous server. He even volunteered to take a picture of us in front of the hearth that was so incredibly well decorated. It was an evening to remember. Thanks you, Lightfoot.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great food.

AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The only drawback was that the server (Blane) took over 30 minutes to run our credit card. We eventually had to ask another member of the staff to run our card. Everything else was fabulous.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely spectacular service and food!

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I stopped going here for over a year as the last time I ordered the Groovy meatloaf sandwich, I felt like Clara Peller —. “Where’s the Beef??” It was ridiculous!! However, after lunch this week, I feel Lightfoot has redeemed itself. It was my favorite restaurant in Leesburg and I hope it will remain so.

HM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

OMG...one of the most wonderful nights and food in our lives. Will was superb as was the entire management staff and they made our anniversary so special. Only downfall was the crotchety patron that was sat behind us that pontificated about her infection for the tail end of our meal. Owner was also dressing down one of her waiters as we were leaving the restaurant...which I loved, but wife thought it could have been handled out of the way more. This is a must visit location for a special evening. Anything crab is outstanding and their steak was beyond compare.

HE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday was beautifully celebrated with a small ice cream sundae and cotton candy!

PJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Great service the onion and mushroom soup was fantastic. Will go again!

b
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

never had a bad meal here...consistently good

NR
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A delightful lunch in a charming town with an exceptional server!

DB
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

A lovely setting, with a perhaps overly broad menu. .The execution was uneven. My fish was excellent, but accompanying chips were indifferent, limp, and cold. My wife’s shrimp and lobster plate was also cold. The crab bisque was excellent.

Our server was helpful, cheerful, and unobtrusive, but a tad inattentive. She did refill glasses, but didn’t offer coffee refills. That was not a big issue for me but my wife is a more high-maintenance diner.

We think that Lightfoot’s is a decent value and will return. Good neighborhood restaurant.

y
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Waiter was great.
We were not allowed to sit until 11:30 even though the website says open at 11.
Three of us ordered a special onion soup and warm ham on a baguette.
Onion soup had mushrooms in it.
Instead of banquettes we got croissants which were mushy..

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant had been very busy earlier and was playing catch up on resetting tables so we opted to sit at the bar adjacent to the warm and cozy fireplace. The meal was delicious from start to finish. We enjoyed some of their local craft beer as well as a cocktail. All of the dishes that we tried were excellent and prepared with care. The bartender took great care of us and we were asked by the host a couple of times if we were enjoying our meals, always nice to be acknowledged. He was on a phone call as we were leaving but put down the phone to bid us farewell and thank us for joining them. We are locking forward to coming back the next time we are in Leesburg.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

My husband and I want to like this place so much, but every time we go, there is a problem. While the food was good and the server was fantastic, the restaurant manager was rude, arrogant and unwelcoming. He managed one thing very well, which is ruining our experience!

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious and a wonderful experience!

KD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and ambience! They made the experience special for my birthday. I will be back.

LH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Waiting a 1/2 hr for a coffee was unacceptable, especially since we asked multiple people. The restaurant was very busy and the server was clearly overextended. Our Bloody Mary's came and we still waited for coffee. By the time the server took our order, we were starving. They were gracious enough to accept a gift card that had expired the month before and this was likely due to the chaos. The food was worth it and the portions large, but expect a Sunday visit to be especially leisurely.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It as a very good lunch to celebrate a birthday and also for any other occasion

I
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s just not the food - as wonderful as that is -it the impeccable service. And by that I mean prompt, welcoming, patient, helpful service. I have been dining at Lightfoot's for over fifteen years - the quality has never wavered. They consistently provide a wonderful experience.

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