Lightfoot Restaurant

4.6
2423 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The waitress was awesome. She was very personable, patient and quite accommodating. Will go again.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service, really enjoyed the filet.

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AD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our service was good yet the kitchen seemed a bit slow during our visit. Usually service is quite timely.

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l
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

We've been going here several times a year since it opened and have enjoyed our meals. This last visit was a bit off with new staff and training that could have been a bit more attentive and would should have been alert when food was have left on the plate; no one came back to check on the food until it was time to clear the table.

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KB
Key West
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely, as always!

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F
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The salad with fried oysters was huge as well as delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

1 star. They did not have our reservation and told us we would have to wait. When we offered to go to the bar to the hostess she said we could be that she would not come find us (it was not crowded and the bar was ten feet away and small). We ask to speak with the manage and she brings him over and we are seated immediately. The place is maybe over half full. Our server takes forever bringing us things and is irritated the whole time. Got a water refill maybe once. Food took over an hour to come out after ordering. Got seated at 8:15 for an 8 reservations and got our soup at 9:00 and our dishes almost at 10. My duck was almost cold rare as was his filet. We decided we had spent too much time wasted here and ate without complaining and left. What a terrible experience.

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VS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service , good food, nice setting.

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BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Service was incredibly slow and waiter was not attentive at all. After waiting an hour and a half for our entrees, we asked what was taking so long, he said he would talk to the manager. No apology, no manager, no comped dessert or an offer of a glass of wine - nothing.

Will not recommend nor be returning.

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DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lightfoot was great. OpenTable, not so great. The reservation was not received by the restaurant. They told me they were having trouble all day receiving bookings through Open Table. Fortunately the restaurant was able to seat me. Take care of your restaurant partners if you want diners to use your service.

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EB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our mother, daughter, granddaughter dinner was a wonderful event. Highly recommended by a Purceville native who now lives in New York City, I was eager to try what really is a gem.
The chef won my granddaughter’s heart with the cotton candy twist added to the passing desserts. Our dinners were more than a scrumptious surprise! Loved and appreciated the “tag teamed” service of the wait staff.
Looking forward to my next Leesburg trip and dining at the Lightfoot again.

Mrs E B Holmes

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time! Excellent food, service, and value.

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JF
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Lightfoot! They always provide an incredible experience and we appreciate the chef allowing substitutions so my kids can get their favorite Mac and cheese as a side. Food and desserts never disappoint here.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Food was good but it took almost 1 hour from the time we ordered until we received our food. While we watched new tables arrive and receive their food. Someone clearly messed up but management did not react fast enough or offer any form of regrets.

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v
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good. Kitchen was unacceptably slow. More than an hour to get our entrees. Server didn’t do anything other than leave us sitting there. Unfortunate because the food was really good. Not worth waiting that long though.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great, but there were obvious kitchen issues that I’ll drum up to short staffing from the holiday but no one at our table had their meal prepared correctly. Management was aware and rectified the issue by comping an entree and dessert so kudos is deserved their. I’ll attribute this to a one off bc of the holiday

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. One of our favorite places in Leesburg.

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SE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Dinner and drinks were good, but the desserts were not. The key lime pie tasted freezer burnt and the whipped cream was closer to butter (over-whipped and not sweet). We used to love lightfoot, so we were a bit disappointed after having not come in for a while.

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SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fabulous brunch with girlfriends...and our server Dominique was outstanding! Highly recommend requesting his service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

This was our wedding anniversary. We were placed at a 2 person table next to a support post in the main flow of traffic. We were also very close to a large round table with a group of loud patrons. It was difficult to carry on a conversation and we had serving staff constantly bumping my wife’s chair due to the tight squeeze. The food was good but delivery of the food was very slow. We were served after others that were seated after us. In my opinion Lightfoot has changed from a fine dining experience when it first opened to a more casual dining experience due to the lax dress code (patrons in shorts and t-shirts) but at a high price point.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I truly enjoyed this dinner with friends at Lightfoot. A friend accompanying me chose the restaurant and my meal was spectacular. One of the best shrimp and grits entrees I have ever had, and ham biscuit and crab dip appetizers.

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MH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It's been a few years since we dined at Lightfoot. The food is very good and the choices are many. Its a very good value, also. Parking can be hit and miss depending on when you go there as you have to choose between street parking or a few spaces behind the restaurant. It was an excellent experience.

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great choice for intimate dining with friends. A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Service was very good, as were the apps, main course, and desserts. Highly recommended.

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An enjoyable and relaxed dining experience, wait staffs timing was perfect, never rushing us through our meal.
Salmon salad was perfectly cooked on a bed of fresh greens.
Very nice selection of wines.

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MN
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service - attentive without being intrusive. Our first soup course did take quite some time to arrive however the waiter was very attentive and apologetic. Main course was absolutely fantastic. Splurged on desert which was stunning (hand spun cotton candy !!) and delicious. Will definitively return when in Leesburg..

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Love the food!! Our last visit was a busy night, so service was slow. But our waiter & the manager were both very attentive and aware of the delay... it didn't ruin our night!

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exquisite experience

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very welcoming experience, the staff and waiter could not have been more pleasant. The food was phenomenal we had the Duck quesadilla to start and for the main entree one of the best crab cakes in the DMV. We will definitely be returning and recommending this restaurant to our friends.

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PF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very romantic setting and the food was delicious without being extremely expensive. Nice jazz music playing during dinner but not too loud. It was very easy to talk while enjoying the music.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great! Service, taste, drink's....

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DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere and absolutely delicious food. Service was a tad slow, but by no means unbearable.
Great place for any event or special occasion.

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W
Baltimore
222 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful. The restaurant is such a gem.

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Two friends and I went to Lightfoot for lunch. The building and ambiance are lovely. Our server was great, checking in at just the right times. Two of us had fish and chips and the third, a vegetarian sandwich.

Both of us did not care for the fish and chips . Being from Newe England, we are experienced fish and chips eaters. I felt that the breading was way too thick and greasy. The cod was not as fresh as I expected, a bit fishy. French fries were limp and oily. The vegetarian sandwich was enjoyed by our third person.

I would revisit but would order something else.

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food at Lightfoot is ample, varied and delicious. The atmosphere is elegant and sound level very quiet - a great place to have a conversation. Staff are friendly and attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dining in Leesburg. The food is the highest quality and in the category of gourmet. Great service and an overall very nice experience.

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l
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Chef Ingrid! Another delicious meal.

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l
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding! The steak was cooked perfectly and they were very cognizant of food allergies. We were not impressed with the wine selections and the house red was not good at all. It was very warm but the temperature outside was unexpectedly warm for a March day. The noise level in the restaurant was loud so it was difficult to carrying on a conversation across the table. But it was the vibe was upbeat!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant was amazing. It is beautiful inside and the food was amazing. Make sure you save room for dessert

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B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the very moment of arrival we were greeted warmly and shown to the perfect booth for our luncheon. Our server was professional, friendly, and most attentive to our ease and questions concerning the menu. It has been years since I've dined at Lightfood Restaurant, it has retained its place in being an establishment worthy of its reputation. I would highly recommend the restaurant to friends and business associates.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent as always, my friend had never been (he’s from Nevada) and commented at the end of the evening 5 stars as well. We both had the berry salad and I had the fried green tomatoes. The green tomatoes were perfectly prepared, not too crisp, not too soft and the shrimp and sauce was delicious!

It was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was not that crowded around 7:30 so we sat at the bar. Our bartender was courteous, and our service was prompt for drinks and ordering food. The food was brought out very quickly - kudos to the chef and staff.

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