Awards & Accolades
Through the years The Inn at Little Washington is fortunate to have been honored with numerous awards and distinctions.
The Inn at Little Washington’s Most Recent Awards
The 2019 Michelin Guide awarded The Inn at Little Washington its highest accolade of three stars, reserved for “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.” Gaining the coveted third Michelin star makes Patrick O’Connell and The Inn the first and only restaurant in the Washington D.C. region to receive this honor.
The Inn received the Wine Spectator Grand Award for the 23rd consecutive year and is the only restaurant honored with this recognition in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
The American Automobile Association for 2018 once again bestowed its highest accolade – The Five Diamond Award – on The Inn at Little Washington Restaurant for the 30th consecutive year making it the longest tenured restaurant in the history of the program. AAA also awarded The Inn at Little Washington’s accommodations Five Diamonds for the 29th consecutive year.
The 2018 Forbes Travel Guide (formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide) for the 29th year in a row, awarded The Inn at Little Washington’s accommodations its highest accolade – Five Stars.
The 2018 Forbes Travel Guide also awarded The Inn at Little Washington’s Restaurant Five Stars for the 28th year in a row making it the longest tenured Five Star restaurant in the world.
La Liste, a French-based guide to the world’s best restaurants, ranked The Inn #11 in the U.S. and one of the top 125 restaurants in the world. La Liste bases their rankings on a compilation of hundreds of guidebooks and millions of online reviews.
The Inn was named the #1 restaurant in The Washington Post 2017 Fall Dining Guide. In his write up, Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema said, “Did I mention the Inn is poised to turn 40 next year? Do you know of any other dining destination in the world that old, that delicious, that fun and that life-affirming? I didn’t think so. A round of applause, then, for the greatest showman of them all. You’re No. 1, Mr. O’Connell.”
Chef and Proprietor Patrick O’Connell was knighted as a disciple of Auguste Escoffier, “the King of Chefs and the Chef of Kings.” Escoffier, is regarded as the father of modern French cuisine and the Disciples Escoffier is an association dedicated to the culinary arts and the transmission of knowledge, with over 25,000 members in 26 countries, including some of the world’s most respected chefs.
Patrick O’Connell’s most recent book The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession, which was released spring 2015 is a New York Times Bestseller and is currently in its 2nd printing.
In his review for DC Modern Luxury titled Inn First Place, writer David Hagedorn called The Inn “a Brigadoon of civility and refinement to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.”