Lightfoot Restaurant

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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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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Lightfoot dozen of times and have never been disappointed.

WE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Mediocre food, OK service, surly manager/host

I've been to Lightfoot probably 12 times for Sunday brunch because it's a favorite for a visiting relative. There are always six of us and my relative prefers one round table (instead of a rectangle) in the rear of the restaurant that's comfortable for her with mobility issues. Unfortunately, the restaurant flat out refuses to reserve a specific table or let me get there super early to claim it. The host is just surly about it. I've never encountered a restaurant that refuses any and all requests for a certain table for a special family event when the restaurant isn't even crowded.

The food is so-so...interesting combinations but it never really hits the mark. The kitchen is inconsistent about honoring simple special requests (like type of cheese or omitting sour cream, etc) and servers are not fluent in understanding the ingredients of items that have been on the menu for years.

The mimosas as allegedly bottomless but you can only get a refill if the server comes back to the table, so it's in effect a mimosa plus maybe a refill.

My family keeps going back because it's the only upscale restaurant with brunch in the heart of downtown Leesburg. I am more dedicated than ever to lobby we go somewhere else after the rudeness of the host at the front stand last weekend.

JP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my mother sister and wife to eat at Lightfoot
As perMy request, they gave us a nice quiet booth in the back. We started off in the mail with two appetizers; the deviled eggs which are always wonderful and the oysters Rockefeller which were a delight . Everyone decided to get the same entrée which was a Gyro and it was very delicious along with the zucchini fries.
For desert we ordered Spinoni Sunday’s; as well as a lemon cake.
We left happy

GE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, wonderful setting

1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, as always. Great food, ambiance, service, and location.

D
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our dining experience was quite good. Our party had four different type meals. The pork shank with vegetables was superb! The others enjoyed a cheeseburger and fries, fish and chips, and the braised duck breast and vegetables. The wait staff was a bit slow but very accommodating. We also enjoyed ice cream sundaes with coffee. All enjoyed our dinners and vowed to return.

KR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

M
Indiana
40 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended to us and it all expectations. From the cordial welcome at the door to the beautiful China setting on the white table cloth, it was lovely from beginning to end. Megan was our server and she was attentive but not smothering. We all ordered the mahi-mahi which was prepared exquisitely. Our water glasses were never empty and we left extremely pleased.

A
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to wait

PM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Not impressed.

V
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Lightfoot for a nice lunch. The Fish and chips was crispy and perfect. Bay scallops were a bit over cooked in the pasta dish. The sauce and pasta were delicious. The peach ice cream strawberry sundae was very peachy good.

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Our server Fred made it even more enjoyable. Hope to return soon.

GH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - go again soon. Excellent food and service as well as ambiance.

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a special occasion.

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Very anxious to return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Craig...23rd anniversary dinner was perfect!

V
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Used to work here in high school and still come back with my wife many years later. Love the food, the atmosphere, the wine list, and location. Service always top notch as well.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years, Lightfoot has been a “go-to” restaurant for my friends and I. It doesn’t disappoint!

DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening from start to finish and our waitress was the model of decorum and attentiveness.

JP
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great as always - a place that keep coming back to.

TK
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful location! Excellent cuisine. Our server was evidently new and management corrected the error and the server. That's the sign of an excellent restaurant. Enjoy!

AW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! Started out with crab bisque and fried green tomatoes-delicious! Then, everyone’s favorite salad and French dip. We will be back next weekend, it was so good!

LN
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal and superb wait staff/service!!

MB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Father’s Day last night. We were promptly and warmly greeted and seated right away. The food was very good. We had the cheese sampler to start. Our son had the kids spaghetti which he loved. I had the shrimp and grits and my husband had the steak salad. Our server seemed a little disappointed that we weren’t ordering cocktails or wine but the meal was a nice one and we enjoyed it.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, really enjoyed the filet.

AD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

l
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 8 June 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.

KB
Key West
10 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, as always!

F
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 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.

VS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service , good food, nice setting.

BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 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.

DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 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.

EB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 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

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Excellent food, service, and value.

JF
1 review
Dined on 21 April 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.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 21 April 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.

v
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 20 April 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.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 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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