The Ashby Inn

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Contemporary American
The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is fully committed to supporting the farmers and artisans that live and work in this region. Our menus represent the freshest, seasonal products that can be sourced locally from sustainable operations. The offerings will change daily dependent on what our local farmers and nature provide. Our pledge to you is to provide a quality dining experience founded on food and drink from sources we know and trust.
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vipjlup
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints and even more pleasant and satisfying as our first foray back to true 'dining out' since early March. Capping off a wonderful meal and impeccable service was a truly gorgeous - albeit a little breezy - Sunday with wonderful views from the covered patio. So glad to be back and looking forward to our next return very soon.

And for those interested/concerned, the staff went out of their way to provide soft assurances that our safety was their #1 priority ... temperature check on arrival, masks worn by servers and staff throughout the facility, distance seating, etc. So feel safe and assured before you indulge yourself in their wonderful food, drink and service !!

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AbrahamR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables a good 12 ft. apart, waitresses/staff all wearing masks. Outdoor seating on terrace only. Like the good old days, well almost.

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ElaineM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the usual wonderful food, in a safe environment. We enjoyed our anniversary celebration in style!

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vipEllenZ
New York Area
235 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ventured out of quarantine for the first time since March. We chose Ashby Inn because they have a wonderful patio overlooking a gorgeous garden. Their hospitality is unparalleled! They had all tables spaced at least 6 feet, and staff wore masks. The food is delicious. We enjoyed it so much that we made another reservation for Fathers' Day brunch. We need more exceptional restaurants like The Ashby Inn in Virginia.

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vipMrMiniDiver
Washington DC
134 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful brunch Saturday on the patio at the Ashby Inn. The service was impeccable and the food superb from start to finish. It was hard to decide what to order, but we could not have gone wrong with any item. The fresh, locally sourced ingredients certainly contribute to the quality. The setting was beautiful and the overall experience transporting. We didn’t want our dining experience to end. So, we planned our next reservation.

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DianeS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful as always- only criticism would we for somalier to properly wear his face mask at all times to cover his hose. While we were extremely impressed by his expertise, staff need to be reminded that the most must be at all times covered.

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vipEllenZ
New York Area
235 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the patio was not open (too early & cold), we were welcomed by many familiar faces! Thanks to John (sommelier) & waiters like Rory, Rusty & Kirsten we had a wonderful indoor brunch. Brut Rose & a muffin basket stated the feast.This chef is excellent & we were happy with all the dishes we chose. We both wisely chose asparagus soup served in handmade stoneware bowls (that should be sold in their Apothecary). Barry had a BLTC Burger w/ crispy fries while I enjoyed short ribs & polenta. The multi-layered chocolate cake & blood orange panna cotta were superb. As was the cappuccino w/ rock candy on a stick (half the size that we prefer). When the weather warms up & their garden has more than crocuses, snow drops & hellebores we will return!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 19 May 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had an excellent experience. We hope that you join us again soon!

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EDWARDL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and good value for the quality. Beautiful setting.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 9 March 2020

Thank you for this wonderful review! We hope that you join us again soon!

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vipSusanH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined last Friday night and had a wonderful dinner. We shared a simple bottle of Prosecco and enjoyed the Frito Misto as an appetizer. It was perfect! For dinner I had the crab cakes and my husband and the filet. Both were very tasty. For dessert, my husband had the pavlova with stone fruit. It was outstanding. Not something that I would have made at home. We will return!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 9 March 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful meal. Our staff will be thrilled to hear your compliments. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KevinB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and restful experience with excellent service and highest quality food at the Inn at dinner and breakfast.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 2 March 2020

Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you had an excellent experience. We hope that you join us again soon!

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ScottR
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had eaten lunch before and this was our first dinner at the Ashby Inn. They had a special Valentine's menu, which was fantastic. Great wine choices available as well. Very enjoyable meal from start to finish.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thank you so much for this kind review Scott! We are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience, and we cannot wait to have you back in the near future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was fantastic and the wine pairing was perfect!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you for this wonderful review! We hope that you join us again soon!

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vipCharlesF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It. Is. Wonderful.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you for this excellent review! We hope that we see you again soon!

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leahf
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had some bad experiences at Ashby over the years but our experience this weekend was tops. Warm and cosy ambience in the parlor with the fireplace, really outstanding food and service. All four of us loved our various selections. I do not usually eat quail (they were out of Dover sole) but the one I ordered was delicious. Word to the wise. My husband always orders Glenlivet scotch on the rocks. He was a bit surprised when the check arrived that it was $30 per glass! They must have served him Black Label without asking. The price on the other cocktails on our check were as expected. We will go back.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with us this time. We are sorry to hear that there was a billing issue. Please let us know if we can help you with anything. We hope that you join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Great food. We will be back

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you for this excellent review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JedM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best meal in many years. Butternut squash bisque was artistic and extraordinary. Crab cakes were fabulous and filet was perfect. Chocolate caramel tart was extreme and should require a permit. Wonderful ambiance and service. Highly recommend.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful review! We are happy to hear that each course delighted and that you had a great experience dining with us. Our staff will be thrilled to hear your compliments! We hope that you dine with us again soon.

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vipcarkies
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ashby Inn is back! I had been discouraged in past visits --primarily disappointed in the food. But last three visits, including a lunch and a dinner were incredible. The food is back to its exalted reputation when the Shermans ran the Inn and put it on the map. The sommelier was knowledgeable and helpful, the food was cooked perfectly and our server, Kirsten (sp?) is a delight. Worth the effort to get there and perfect for a cozy winter evening by the fire or a sunny lunch on the porch. Can't wait to go back

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 4 February 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that we have exceeded your expectations. Our staff will be happy to hear that they provided exceptional service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipdmbert
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ashby Inn is a wonderful place for a special occasion dinner. We were celebrating birthdays, and everything was wonderful -- from the pre-dinner drinks through coffee and dessert.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 4 February 2020

Thank you for this excellent review! We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful birthday celebration with us. We hope that you join us again soon!

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vipFunCouple
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky enough to attend the Powell and Son Australian wine pairing dinner. The wines were paired expertly for the amazing dishes that Chef prepared! We hope the dishes may be added to the menu to order again in the future.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave this excellent review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience at our wine dinner. We hope that you join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, quiet dinner celebrating an anniversary. Service was first rate and highly recommend the chowder, scallops, filet and chocolate caramel tart for dessert.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful anniversary celebration with us. Our staff will be thrilled to know that they provided exceptional service. We hope that you join us again soon!

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DanT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a nice time at The Ashby Inn restaurant. The setting was very nice and the service was outstanding! The dinner was delicious but the desert stole the show. The beignets were perfect! Misty, our server, was outstanding and made our first time here perfect.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that your first time was perfect. Misty will be happy to know that her service was outstanding. We hope that you join us again soon!

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vipsurferlee
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visited the Ashby for a lunch during this week and it was an excellent experience. The food was exceptional, and the service was first class.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you for your kind words. Our staff will be happy to hear your compliments! We hope that you join us again soon!

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KathleenK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Too pricey for the quality of the food. Seems much higher than last we were there. Staff is great, but two crab cakes for $50? Uh uh.

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Cometwoman
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience from the time we walked in the door till the time we walked out. The waiter was excellent. He was extremely engaging. The food was excellent as well. The 3 course lunch for $40 was a very deal. An excellent bottle of wine made everything outstanding. I would highly recommend and can’t wait to return.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you for this excellent review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience. Our staff will be happy to know that their service was outstanding. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipBobA
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to return and see the new staff - very pleased with the tasting menu and ambiance

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you for your kind words! We hope that you join us again soon!

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BillM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

To say we were disappointed is understatement! We had heard good things about Ashby Inn, but New Years Eve dinner was not good. The menu selections were poor and branzino we had was dry and little flavor, one guest in our part had the quail and commented it was not good.

The Inn was nice but they need to have a much plan on special nights like NYE.

Bill Moore
703-346-3040

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gustav
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful brunch at the Ashby! Would recommend.
Wine was excellent; consistency between courses could be improved.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you for this wonderful review! We're sorry to hear that your experience did not quite meet your expectations. We will send this feedback to our staff so that we can improve and exceed your expectations on your next visit. We hope that you join us again soon!

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KensieD
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night we took starlit backroads to the best dining experience in Virginia-

Our 4top showed up like lost coyotes, but were received and seated like Paris aristocrats on a Friday night.

After a cursory view of the menu, a table visit from Virginia native and folk-savant Chef John Leonard provided a casual tasting of Ashby Inn's locally sourced micro-greens- the complexities of baby Nasturtiums and baby corn shoots were some of our favorite bites, and we all smiled like rabbits when they reappeared garnishing our small plates and mains..

The understated and authentic dining room held court to our Sommelier's clear and succinct introduction to Italy's Barolo region via a bottle of SERRALUNGA D'ALBA 2014 at a very fair price point (did you know Barolo's are required to age for five years before they are bottled? we didn't). The wine was so good I think we toasted twice to every pour..

The Crabcakes and Arugula/beet salad ordered for the table were irreverently turned into sliders with the table's fresh bread- wiping them across the salad plate to make a tie-die palette out of the salad dressing and golden beets while we laughed like emperors.

A round of piping hot butter nut squash soup opened our stomachs before our mains arrived and circled around the table: Smoked duck (better than any hanging in Chinatown); perfectly crusted NY strip; Scallops (a favorite); and the linguini cut from zucchini with lentil Bolognese was an absolute cinderella story.

The entree portions were athletic, but Chef John's combinations of rich and fresh keep the meal balanced, and a pot of mint tea for the table made room for desert: a blood orange pana cotta that looked like a bouquet of cream and fruit painted by a sweet-toothed Monet. I don't know how I got home, but when I woke up, I was sad it wasn't next to the Pana Cotta. FIVE STARS.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this amazing review! We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience. Our staff will be thrilled to hear your compliments. We hope that you join us again soon!

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vipSteph
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Christmas Eve dinner at Ashby Inn! Chef John Leonard NEVER disappoints and this holiday dinner with family was outstanding! Clams Casino appetizer was super: very tender clams. Scallop and beef entrees were both perfectly cooked and very tasty. We usually go for brunch but we will be back for dinner more often!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience. Chef will be happy to hear that he did an outstanding job. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RainelleH
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a wonderful experience. Would love to return in the spring and reserve a room for the night.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 23 December 2019

We truly appreciate this excellent review. Our staff will be thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience. We would love to help you set up reservations for our restaurant and/or inn. Please let us know if we can assist. We hope that you join us again soon!

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DebbieH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Quite nice for a special occasion. Food was amazing and the staff delightful.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 23 December 2019

Thank you for your kind words! Our staff will be very happy to hear your compliments. We hope that you join us again soon!

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AmberK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place I have been to in a long time in Virginia. It was all outstanding!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 23 December 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had an excellent time. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipFunCouple
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Brought friends who had never been to The Ashby before. We sat downstairs near the fire, wonderful ambience! Our friends got the steak and they both said it was the best they have had in years. They will be back and they will tell their son about it . We had a fabulous time, and as always Chef and the hard working staff took such good care of us!

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EricV
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an absolute fantastic experience from start to finish. Food was outstanding!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 17 December 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you had a great experience dining with us. We hope that we see you again soon!

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vipFunCouple
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great evening seeing the folks at The Ashby Inn! Chef’s Mushroom Strudel appetizer was the first thing I had to have, Just as delicious as I remembered! The New York Strip was tender and tasty cooked medium rare just the way we like it! Fabulous wine selection; we chose Glen Manor Cab Franc which paired perfectly! Topped off the evening with Bourbon peach beignets and a Peppermint Latte. YUM!!!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 16 December 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this excellent review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great evening dining with us. Our staff will be very happy to hear your compliments. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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BrianP
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch in every regard.
Beautiful setting, gracious service and great wine suggestions.
The food was spot-on perfect. Balanced, vibrant and delicious!

Will certainly return!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 10 December 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review! We're happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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ValerieS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is romantic, the service impeccable, and the food divine. The new chef (well new as of 6 or 7 months ago) has completely wowed me. Get the baked clams, fois gras, and pretty much any entree and you'll be content.

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Responded on 10 December 2019

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vipRick
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed when we come to this restaurant. Our meal was extraordinary, and the wines that were selected, very nicely complemented each serving of our Tasting menu.

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 10 December 2019

Thank you for this excellent review! We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful dining experience. We hope that you dine with us again soon!

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Palmbeacher
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nestled in a tiny town in Virginia's hunt country, the Ashby Inn is a lovely respite from the noise and often impatient service of urban and suburban eateries - and the food is first rate. The staff is warm, friendly and helpful. While the menu has avoided unfamiliar and/or pretentious dishes that sometimes scare people away from haute cuisine, familiar dishes are accompanied by unexpectedly creative garnishes and sides; for example, mushrooms and pumpkin with sea scallops. We had the restaurant to ourselves for most of our evening - it was a weeknight, early - so the atmosphere was very peaceful, with one exception: Christmas music from a local radio station included abrupt commercials that spoiled the holiday mood a bit!

The Ashby Inn
Responded on 3 December 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review! We will pass along your compliments to our staff. We're sorry to hear that the radio spoiled the mood a little. We will take that into consideration and hope that you will join us again soon!

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LarryB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It is better to go there in the summer. You can sit outside and the grounds are very pretty. I ordered steak and eggs and asked if I could have an omelette instead of eggs. They charged $9 extra for the upgrade. I ordered the steak medium-well and towards the center it was medium-rare. Since the meat came pre-sliced, it would have been easy for the chef to see it was not cooked enough. I ordered two steak and eggs, one for my wife. I complained about mine but not hers and they did not ask about hers. They voluntarily took the $21 off the steak and eggs I complained about.

It is a nice out of the way place to eat. They also have rooms to spend the night and the rooms are reasonably priced. There does not appear to be much to do in the area.

I probably will not go back until summer, if then. I like omelettes and they only had one and it had smoked salmon in it - not my cup of tea.

But if you are in the area or wish to go for a drive, as we do, it is a nice place to spend the night or have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Parking is in the back. Hours of operation are limited and rigid, so check before you go. Most of the time they are empty but during holidays they are packed. They use Open Table for their reservations.

The waitress did not seem to know what to do when I complained about the steak. She offered to bring me another but I told her I was full by then. The staff and manager needs more training on how to deal with customers who are not happy with the food they received.

I have eaten there several times. The chef appears to like salt, although none were on the tables and he seems to like to under cook. During a prior visit, the waitress alerted me to that fact and recommended I order well done.

The menu says, "Steak & Eggs, Eggs Your Way, Petit Salad, Home Fries 21". The steak came with melted butter on top. I did not like that and used my napkin to soak up the butter. Nothing on the menu alluded to them pouring butter on top of the steak.

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