Lone Oak Tavern

12696 Lord Fairfax Hwy
Boyce, 22620
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(540) 837-1210

American (Traditional)

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L’Auberge Provenale

13630 Lord Fairfax Hwy
Boyce, 22620
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Spent the night here last night for my wife's 40th B-day getaway and had dinner. Let me start by saying that my expectations were pretty high considering the other reviews on here, their reputation and the price. I am afraid the dining experience fell a bit short, yet the overall stay was indeed quite nice. Yes, we'll go back, but we will likely make some adjustments as to how we make enjoy the place. Details below, yet I feel that for what we paid, this should have been an epic experience, and simply put, it was not. The room (#2) was lovely- great bed, shower, views, quiet (enough) and quite spacious with a nice sitting area. We were greeted enthusiastically and got settled rather quickly and warmly. We hung out, napped, etc and went in for dinner at 7. Lots of staff attended to us pretty quickly, yet a glass of champagne seemed to take forever. When it arrived at about the same temperature as a cup of tea, the waitress quickly snatched it up (after I convinced her) only to take forever on a replacement. The properly chilled version was indeed lovely, yet now the 5-course pairing menu is in full swing and the first course and wine start showing up. Oh well... Dinner progressed nicely enough- some weird pacings in that the wines showed up well in advance of the entrees. The pairings themselves were frankly...just OK. What really pissed me off however was the temperatures of the reds. Ugh- too dang warm. I found this particularly frustrating considering the price: $52 per person for five short pours. This was steep in my opinion. Frankly, most of the wines were priced excessively in that even if one did not do the pairing, glasses started at about $16. Thus, knocking back a few on the porch adds up fast. Again- if things are going to be in this ball park, it needs to be an experience. This was all made additionally peculiar given the innkeeper's son is working towards his sommelier distinction. A deep and impressive wine list without a deal on it. I may be a bit jaded here as I am a regular at Ray's the Steaks wherein an outstanding winelist is not offensively marked up. The food itself was outstanding, particularly the Wagyu beef. The service did not stand up to the food, I'm afraid. I did the cheese plate for dessert- great. Breakfast was included in the room rate and this was a bit of a bust, unfortunately. Ice cold eggs benedict. I kept my mouth shut and ate 'em, yet my wife sent hers back for a visit to the warmer. The waitress, using her outside voice, could not believe this as it has 'never happened before.' I find that tough to believe. Upon departure, I did mention the champagne thing to the manager person. It was a bit difficult at the time to capture the sentiments I mention here and thus I likely did not make much sense to him. I mentioned this without the expectation of any corrective measures as I had already signed my credit card and tipped etc. I was a bit peeved that it remained on the bill ($17 for a glass), yet I was not going to start whining during my wife's birthday dinner. That said, he did send me home with a nice bottle of champagne. Bottom line: go, enjoy, yet keep your dining room expectations in check. You might even want to BYO for pre-gaming. I might recommend against the wine pairing for two reasons: one the price and two, I simply did not have a 'moment' or discovery with any of them. For what is said about this place, the service and value needs to be stepped up. A $400 dinner should be other-worldly. I've dropped the same at other places (e.g. Restaurant Eve) where it was.
This place is definitely catered more toward the restaurant than the B+B guests. There is only one common room dedicated for the B+B guests and 3 dining rooms (and you're required to dine in the restaurant when you book your stay). We stayed in the main house above the restaurant. The room was spacious and had a nice fireplace and bathroom. The windows are old and need to be replaced. There are loose floorboards that could also use some work as well. My main problem was the noise. Both Friday and Saturday night, we could hear guests in the common room below well past midnight and could hear the clanging of dishes being put away or cleaned by the restaurant staff. If the B+B is going to allow that much noise that late at night, they should either soundproof the house better or have a staff member dedicated to ensure quiet in the main house after 11pm for the convenience of guests paying a minimum of $180 per night. The breakfast was absolutely delicious and the chef does a wonderful job adjusting to special dietary needs. The bed was very comfortable as well. It was obvious the focus of this place is the restaurant and not the B+B. That being said, it's a nice place, which is why I gave it an average rating, but I wouldn't return.
Excellent food, very good service, nice atmosphere, and dollar for dollar a good price. My wife and I also stayed at the B&B and had a wonderful breakfast the next morning. It's a nice quiet place to get away from the bustle of DC.

(540) 837-1375

Bed & Breakfast

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Subway

8153 John Mosby Hwy
Boyce, 22620
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(540) 837-9082

Sandwiches, Fast Food

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