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Crooked Run Tavern at Meander

4.3
4.3
43 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Originally built in 1766, the Crooked Run Tavern is part of the picturesque Inn at Meander, a 10 room bed and breakfast that sits on 80 acres of land at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Open to the public, the historic Virginia inspired tavern offers casual dinning that is paired with wine and craft beer from the state of Virginia Thursday - Saturday evenings from 6-10pm (last seating 9pm) and Lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, British, Regional American (Southern)

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch
    Sun 11:00–14:00
    Dinner
    Thu–Sun 18:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    (540) 672-4912

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jenae Jenkins

  • Area

    Culpeper

  • Cross Street

    Located on Route 15 between Culpeper and Orange

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Menu

Snacks & Appetizers

  • Cheese BoardUS$12.00

    Assortment of artisan cheeses from Virginia

    • Cheese & CharcuterieUS$14.00

      Cured meats and Virginia artisan cheeses

      • Crooked WingsUS$12.00

        BBQ Wings smothered in Crooked Run Sauce & Spices

        • Beef KabobsUS$14.00

          Juicy and perfectly seasoned beef kabobs

          • Colonial PastiesUS$14.00

            Authentic, award-winning savory pie with a rich, flaky crust. (Meat or Veg)

            • Basket of FriesUS$7.00

              Crispy, crinkle-cut fries with our signature seasoning salt

              • Basket of ChipsUS$7.00

                Thinly cut homestyle potato chips deep-fried and served with a side of Ranch

                • Virginia PeanutsUS$5.00

                  Hand-cooked Virginia peanuts

                  Lite Fair

                  Sandwiches and burgers served with a side of chips

                  • Soup of the DayUS$5.00

                    Fresh made small batches to ensure big flavor in every spoonful

                    • Caesar SaladUS$5.00

                      Fresh cut romaine, housemade Caesar dressing, croutons

                      • Crab Cake SandwichUS$18.00

                        Jumbo lump, Maryland style crab cake, served with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce

                        • Lightfoot BurgerUS$12.00

                          8 oz cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, bacon, red onion, and mayonnaise

                          • Beyond Meat CheeseburgerUS$12.00

                            Mouthwatering plant-based burger satisfies like beef

                            • BBQ Chicken SandwichUS$12.00

                              Chicken breast smothered with Meander homemade bbq sauce (honey, mild, or hot)

                              Entrees

                              Pasta entrees served with side salad. Other entrees served with a choice of 2 Sides: Chips, Mashed Potatoes, Rice, Vegetable Medley

                              • Shrimp or Chicken AlfredoUS$22.00

                                Sautéed shrimp or grilled chicken with Meander seasoning, bacon, and served over fettuccine pasta and a creamy Alfredo sauce

                                • Glazed Salmon Over Angel Hair PastaUS$22.00

                                  Meander's secret garlic glazed sauce and spices, brushed and baked to perfection and served over angel hair pasta

                                  • Maryland Crab CakesUS$28.00

                                    2 Jumbo lump, Maryland style crab cakes using Shirley Phillips signature recipe served with a side of tarter sauce

                                    • Crooked Run BBQ ChickenUS$18.00

                                      Chicken breast smothered with Meander homemade bbq sauce (honey, mild, or hot)

                                      • Meander TacosUS$18.00

                                        Choice of grilled chicken, steak, or BBQ jackfruit (Veg) topped with pickled onions and a savory sauce

                                        • T-Bone SteakUS$35.00

                                          Choice 8 oz boneless, hand-cut T-Bone steak rubbed with Meander's special seasoning grilled to order

                                          Desserts

                                          • Meander CheesecakeUS$9.00

                                            A rich and creamy New Yorkstyle cheesecake baked inside a honey-graham crust

                                            • Chocolate Volcano CakeUS$9.00

                                              Chocolate cake with a molten chocolate center, topped with vanilla ice cream

                                              Last updated: 19 June 2020

                                              What 43 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                                              4.3
                                              4.3 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.3Food
                                              • 4.5Service
                                              • 4.6Ambience
                                              • 4.3Value

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                                              1. O

                                                Onthego

                                                West Virginia

                                                27 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                27 reviews

                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                Beautiful setting, very nice staff. I think they were short staffed by one person. It was all inclusive meal. Puréed soup was delicious, served hot with bacon crumbs. We each got steaks, it didn’t appear nor was represented to be CAB but was a thick and generous portion. It seemed it needed more seasoning and/or additional sauce/glaze (which was good). Both pumpkin pie and apple pie for desert, were delicious. Small but nice wine selections. Outside dining was beautiful. Approx 70 per person . Will definitely be back.

                                              2. JH

                                                JamesH

                                                Richmond

                                                9 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                A delightful dinner in a wonderful vintage house. Nice menu and staff.

                                              3. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on 15 October 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We celebrated our wedding anniversary and could not have had a better time. All the staff was soooo friendly and accommodating. They really made you feel like family not a guest. The food was amazing and ambiance was perfect.

                                              4. JS

                                                JeffS

                                                Los Angeles

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 7 October 2021

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Our waitress, Mattea, along with the ambiance on the covered porch made our dining experience very special.

                                              5. DW

                                                DonnaW

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 2 October 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious. Great venue. We Will be visiting again!

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Richmond

                                                11 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                11 reviews

                                                Dined on 18 September 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                We really enjoyed our time here. While we were not overnight guests, the Inn looks very inviting to stay at. The outdoor patio seating for dinner with the view can’t be beat! The prefixed menu on Saturday night is delicious and the servers were attentive. The wine prices are also very reasonable for the area. The only issue we had was the guitarist was a little loud and it was difficult to hear table conversation. We absolutely would return again!

                                              7. R

                                                Rick

                                                Washington DC

                                                57 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                57 reviews

                                                Dined on 21 August 2021

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Our salad and filet were excellent. Chef Jenkins prepared an outstanding meal. A larger wine list would be a suggestion.

                                              8. EK

                                                EKJM

                                                Washington DC

                                                4 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 July 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Weekend in the xountry

                                              9. ML

                                                MatthewL

                                                Chicago

                                                11 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                11 reviews

                                                Dined on 9 May 2021

                                                overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                This is a very historic tavern in a beautiful location. We went for Mother’s Day brunch (2021). It appeared that the Tavern was significantly understaffed considering the day. We waited close to an hour for our food after it was ordered and the restaurant had run out of one item. The food was very good and the prices very reasonable. We might try it again for dinner or lunch but it could be much better with better staffing and more attention to detail.

                                              10. SB

                                                SwamphatchedButterfly

                                                New York Area

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 24 April 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had a wonderful dinner experience. Because it was a cold night for spring, the fireplaces were going, which was wonderful. All of the food was delicious, the owner served us, the chef came by to say hello, and we were thoroughly glad we came to celebrate a family birthday here! It's a beautiful property and we felt welcome.

                                              11. r

                                                redsun33

                                                Washington DC

                                                103 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                103 reviews

                                                Dined on 3 April 2021

                                                overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                The place has some serious history and the drive beautiful but the servers were clueless. They were friendly but did not know how to serve wine, did not give us what we ordered, served dishes out of order and barely checked on us throughout the meal. Hopefully it's a work in progress.

                                              12. CK

                                                CKSCATES

                                                Houston

                                                28 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                28 reviews

                                                Dined on 29 March 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had made a reservation on Open Table but didn’t realize it was only for the weekend; HOWEVER, Chris, the owner was very gracious enough to accommodate us. Chris personally served us, and he was very personable. My wife and I really enjoyed visiting with him. The food: nothing short of brilliant. Tender steaks and top notch mash. We had a bottle of Early Mountain’s Cabernet Franc, and it was very nice. Not only will we be back, we’re planning to stay at the inn. Well done all around!

                                              13. BN

                                                BarbaraN

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 27 February 2021

                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                We had looked at the menu before visiting but were surprised that on our particular Saturday there was a candlelight dinner with live music. This meant we had to go with the preset dinner menu. This was more food than we had wanted but very good nevertheless. You had a choice with your starters, entree, and dessert. The bottle of wine we chose was very reasonably priced for restaurant standards ($30) and enjoyable. The guitarist we heard was very good. The candles all over the place in this old house were very romantic! We loved our visit!

                                              14. TM

                                                TomM

                                                Washington DC

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 18 February 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                The food was exquisite. "Best crab cake ever!" The server and chef were very personable without being imposing. A delightful evening meal!

                                              15. t

                                                tamarad

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 15 February 2021

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                Ambiance and food was incredible. They do need to work on a better experience getting into the place. Better lighting and parking needed. Especially for inclement weather conditions. Very dark and very muddy when we were there.

                                              16. KC

                                                KayC

                                                Washington DC

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 14 February 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Wonderful Valentine’s evening. The atmosphere was beautiful and the food was awesome.

                                              17. JS

                                                JimS

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 February 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Crooked Run Inn is an unexplored gem for locals and travelers alike. The atmosphere and food would have made the original owner, General Fry, proud. The fire places were lovely, the room was well appointed, and they did well with all of the COVID restrictions without making anyone feel uncomfortable. This is the type of place where the chef comes out to talk and clearly is proud of what the kitchen makes and rightfully so, it was fresh, delicious and plentiful. The local wine selection is excellent and the superb guitar player in the background added just the right feeling to an already romantic dinner. Just the first impression walking past the hundreds of candles lining the 1720s building entrance evoked the spirit of colonial hospitality of the past. Take the time, call open table, and reserve a table and experience this treasure for yourself. While we are local and didn't stay there, the B&B accommodations looked well done, so if you are looking for a romantic weekend away, consider Meander Run.

                                              18. R

                                                Rick

                                                Washington DC

                                                58 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                58 reviews

                                                Dined on 5 December 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Billy did it again. His surf and turf was excellent. He makes a great crab cake with generous portions too. Delious deserts were part of the fixe price.

                                              19. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Richmond

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 26 November 2020

                                                overall3food4service3ambience1

                                                My husband and I dined here for the first time Thanksgiving Day. We are so disappointed as the place is not as great as shown on the photos here at the open table app. It is not well kept and well maintained and clean as shown. Photos depicted a ‘fine dining’ atmosphere but it reality it is not so. The servers were wearing tennis shoes and the bread served were in a plastic container like what they use in fast food. Table settings presentation was not the arranged just like fine dining as shown or depicted on the photos. The experience is like you went to a fast food. The only thing that great is the food. They charged us $80 per plate and food dishes were served all in one plate. I must say if you are looking for a fine dining experience- this is NOT the place to go. As they charge like a fine dining restaurants do but provide fast food experience. Sorry but I am just telling you like it is.

                                              20. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                8 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on 26 November 2020

                                                overall3food5service3ambience5

                                                Thanksgiving dinner, was good veggies not great, stuffing and turkey delicious. Way over priced for what we received. Didn’t know it was so much $$ prefixe dinner My fault for not checking Hostess was very nice.

                                              21. DC

                                                DCFoodie

                                                Washington DC

                                                19 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                19 reviews

                                                Dined on 15 November 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                One of the best simple dinners I have ever had!! What a wonderful way to spend and celebrate my mom's birthday!

                                              22. DJ

                                                D2J3

                                                Richmond

                                                31 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                31 reviews

                                                Dined on 15 November 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                First time there but not our last. How did I not know about this place? We were driving family up to Dulles for a flight, perfect lunch stop. Great history, delicious food and caring service. We will come stay at the inn and have dinner!

                                              23. D

                                                David

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 14 November 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Beautiful outdoor setting (indoor dining also available, house built in the 1700s), excellent food, fantastic service. We thoroughly enjoyed the wine, charcuterie and cheese board, and burgers / fries. Would definitely recommend and plan to visit again soon!

                                              24. LB

                                                LucasB

                                                Richmond

                                                12 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on 1 November 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I celebrate my 30th birthday last weekend at the Inn with some friends and Chef Billy took such good care of us. It was very flavorful and everyone was satisfied. We will be back!

                                              25. KM

                                                KathleenM

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 30 October 2020

                                                overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                We enjoyed our dinner, but the room was very cold, especially if you were seated by the window, which we were. I ate with my coat on! The crab soup was the best we have ever had.

                                              26. R

                                                Rick

                                                Washington DC

                                                58 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                58 reviews

                                                Dined on 24 October 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent meals All 5 of them. Excellent service Local wine selection Deserts were Great! Thanks Billy and staff!

                                              27. CR

                                                CRYSTAL

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 18 October 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This was a first time visit for my husband and I, we LOVED it! Food is delicious, staff is very accommodating, the chef came out to ensure we were happy with our meals. The menu is extremely affordable and we enjoyed every aspect of our visit. We also got to roam the grounds afterwards and enjoy the scenery.

                                              28. A

                                                Antelope18

                                                Richmond

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 10 October 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Very nice quaint experience. The chef and waitstaff were all very accommodating and engaging. It is the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion. We will definitely return!

                                              29. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                5 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 10 October 2020

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                Great experience! Quiet and beautiful, food was amazing.

                                              30. VT

                                                VT1987

                                                Richmond

                                                21 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                21 reviews

                                                Dined on 19 September 2020

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                We started with the cheese & charcuterie appetizer which could have easily been shared by a party of four. We enjoyed the steak tacos and shrimp alfredo for main courses. Both were very tasty. The white chocolate mousse dessert was an excellent way to finish the bottle of DuCard Popham Red that we enjoyed with dinner. Our compliments on the wine list which exclusively features some of our favorite Virginia wines. Thank you also to the owner, Chris, for the friendly service. We will return.

                                              31. DW

                                                DavidW

                                                Richmond

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 18 September 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Chef Bill presented two awesome meals. His presentation and personal touch visiting our table was a delight. Eric was also a fabulous staff. He went out of his way to ensure we had an enjoyable evening.

                                              32. PM

                                                PattyM

                                                Richmond

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 September 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious food served in an early American plantation home atmosphere. We loved it! Very quiet with soft colonial music and decor. We will be returning!

                                              33. k

                                                kheck

                                                Philadelphia

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 4 September 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great, fresh food. Wonderful and polite staff. Great inn and surrounding grounds. Nice place to eat and watch a sunset!

                                              34. PS

                                                PaulS

                                                Richmond

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 13 August 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                All the meals were exceptional. The staff gave 100% while serving us our meals. No request went unanswered during our dinning at the tavern.

                                              35. JE

                                                JEHVR

                                                Chicago

                                                3 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 1 August 2020

                                                overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                Very friendly and engaging staff. Ambience was pleasant - we ate out on the porch which offered a lovely view of the hills - but it's MUCH more casual than the pictures on the website would lead you to believe. We brought dressy clothing for dinner, expecting a somewhat fine dining experience, but ended up eating in shorts and tee shirts. The crabcakes were not very good - mushy and lukewarm. Rice was undercooked and underseasoned. The roasted vegetables were well cooked - the highlight of an otherwise below average plate of food. The selection of local wines was quite good.

                                              36. SP

                                                SherriP

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 1 August 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                the best crab cakes i have ever eaten and the special sauce was out of this world

                                              37. SS

                                                SandynSteve

                                                Washington DC

                                                2 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 July 2020

                                                overall3food5service2ambience5

                                                The food was truly wonderful, delicious sauces, and the historic atmosphere cannot be beat as a dining experience (it is a bit rustic for the overnight stay, and grounds not very well kept). Our only complaint was the wait staff - our server had apparently never served a table before and forgot everything including menus and water. The staff were definitely casually dressed (tank tops and leggings or shorts); it was a very hot day but at least an apron to look more professional would have been nice.

                                              38. MA

                                                MikeA

                                                Washington DC

                                                2 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 10 July 2020

                                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                We enjoyed our dinner at Meander. Being able to dine on site was nice after running all day long. The food was good and was more of a home cooked meal than a destination restaurant. Eating by candlelight in a quaint dining room was pleasant. I would eat there again if staying at the Inn.

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                                                paule

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 27 June 2020

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniv. and the hostess/waitress was wonderful. also history buffs so all her knowledge about the history of the old plantation was very interesting. we will certainly recommend the inn and plan on a return visit.

                                              40. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Baltimore

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 26 June 2020

                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                Wonderful dinner

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                                              Crooked Run Tavern at Meander is rated 4.3 stars by 43 OpenTable diners

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                                              Google Map for Crooked Run Tavern at Meander

                                              2333 N James Madison Hwy Locust Dale, VA 22948

                                              • Cross Street

                                                Located on Route 15 between Culpeper and Orange

                                              • Area

                                                Culpeper

                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                Brunch
                                                Sun 11:00–14:00
                                                Dinner
                                                Thu–Sun 18:00–21:00

                                              • Cuisines

                                                American, British, Regional American (Southern)

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Elegant

                                              • Dress Code

                                                Smart Casual

                                              • Payment Options

                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive Chef

                                                Jenae Jenkins

                                              • Additional

                                                Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wine

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