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 2021 Michelin Guide awarded The Inn at Little Washington its highest accolade of three stars for the third year in a row, reserved for “exceptional cuisine worth a special journey.” The Inn remains the first and only three-star restaurant in The Nation’s Capital. In addition, this year the Michelin Guide introduced the Green Star sustainability emblem in the United States. The Inn was the first and only recipient of the Green Star distinction in the Washington guide.
In January, the College of William & Mary awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Patrick O’Connell. He joins the ranks of previous honorary degree recipients including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, and Prince Charles. This year, William and Mary will focus on exploring innovative approaches to sustainability. O’Connell will be acknowledged both for his groundbreaking culinary achievements and The Inn’s innovative business model which illustrates the “power of food to promote flourishing for individuals, communities and our environment.”
Last year in November, President Trump presented Patrick O’Connell with the National Humanities Medal at the White House proclaiming him to be “one of the greatest chefs of our time.” The National Humanities Medal honors individuals whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities.
The James Beard Foundation presented Patrick O’Connell with the Lifetime Achievement Award, “an honor bestowed upon a person in the industry whose lifetime body of work has had a long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook and think about food in America.” This is The Inn’s sixth recognition by the esteemed foundation; others have included “Outstanding Restaurant in America”, “Outstanding Service” and “Outstanding Chef in America”.
The 2019 Forbes Travel Guide (formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide) for the 30th year in a row, awarded The Inn at Little Washington’s accommodations its highest accolade – Five Stars.
The 2019 Forbes Travel Guide also awarded The Inn at Little Washington’s Restaurant Five Stars for the 29th consecutive year making it the longest tenured Five Star restaurant in the world.
The American Automobile Association for 2019 once again bestowed its highest accolade – The Five Diamond Award – on The Inn at Little Washington Restaurant for the 31st 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 30th consecutive year.
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.