Palladio Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 17655 Winery Rd

    Barboursville, VA 22923

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  • 540-832-7848

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I attended the Harvest feast in 2009 with a friend. We were both blown away with the quality of the food and the wines. We didn't leave hungry or in need of any more wine on that glorious Saturday.

I convinced my wife to take off work and accompany me on the 4 hour drive to what I told her would be worth the expense and the effort. In 15 years of attending wine dinners, I have found that those hosted by Italian restaurants have been the most assiduous at pleasing their guests. This year, 2010, things had changed.

They had the same guest chef, although he has moved from his D.C. base to a more relaxed gig in the Bahamas. Whether this had any effect on the menu and preparation, I don't know.

The zucchini and eggplant chip appetizer was greasy. Last year a similar preparation had the crunch of a thin potato chip with no greasy residue--memorable. The squash fritters were glistening with oil. After eating both of these I had that feeling you get when you have had too much fried anything. Fortunately the remaining appetizers, salmon stuffed with mozzarella and the Vidalia onion tart, were excellent. Their Sauvignon Blanc gets an "A", but the small pour was pretty much gone before the food arrived and refills were not offered.

The antipasto was a casserole of fried meats and vegetables. More fried food would not have been my first choice after the appetizers. This dish, especially the cauliflower, was much too greasy. The breaded chicken tenders were the best part. Their Barbera wine was excellent. Unfortunately it was served in the same smaller white "wine glass" as the previous offering.

The next two dishes, gnocchi with wild boar and a pork fillet with cabbage were both excellent as were the Sangiovese and Cab Franc wines that accompanied them. These were the highlights of the meal.

For dessert was a piece of Italian meringue with berries, sauce and whipped cream. Although quick and easy to execute, it was a tasty finish.

Our water glasses were never less than half full before the waiter would be by with more. The wine glasses? Not so much.

I expressed my disappointment over the lack wine to Luca, the winemaker, during the intermezzo. He asked if I had requested a refill. I had and was refused by the waiter. Luca appeared concerned by this--a good sign, I thought.

The Sangiovese and Cab Franc that appeared for the final courses saw no change in pour or refill policy. I was disappointed in all this but kept quiet.

I did look around the room thinking maybe it's just me who is running out of wine before the food is even half consumed. I see everyone in the same state of "empty glasses everywhere", except 4 or 5 tables. The guests at those tables had brought extra wine to the dinner. Maybe they had purchased it to take home and out of necessity had the bottles opened at the table.

Whatever the case, I mentioned this to Luca in a chance meeting after the dinner as I tried in vain to find the cashier to pay for the $95 dinner. In very non-Dale Carnegie fashion, he refused to listen to any more of my BYOB revelation and said, "Just go. We don't need your money."

When I returned to PA, my credit card (which I didn't know they had on file) had been charged $190 for the two dinners, so I guess he did need it. We will not return to Barboursville. I found the wines at Pearmund Winery to be as good and the people there were wonderful.

Bill Holland

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★★☆☆☆

I attended the Harvest feast in 2009 with a friend. We were both blown away with the quality of the food and the wines. We didn't leave hungry or in need of any more wine on that glorious Saturday.

I convinced my wife to take off work and accompany me on the 4 hour drive to what I told her would be worth the expense and the effort. In 15 years of attending wine dinners, I have found that those hosted by Italian restaurants have been the most assiduous at pleasing their guests. This year, 2010, things had changed.

They had the same guest chef, although he has moved from his D.C. base to a more relaxed gig in the Bahamas. Whether this had any effect on the menu and preparation, I don't know.

The zucchini and eggplant chip appetizer was greasy. Last year a similar preparation had the crunch of a thin potato chip with no greasy residue--memorable. The squash fritters were glistening with oil. After eating both of these I had that feeling you get when you have had too much fried anything. Fortunately the remaining appetizers, salmon stuffed with mozzarella and the Vidalia onion tart, were excellent. Their Sauvignon Blanc gets an "A", but the small pour was pretty much gone before the food arrived and refills were not offered.

The antipasto was a casserole of fried meats and vegetables. More fried food would not have been my first choice after the appetizers. This dish, especially the cauliflower, was much too greasy. The breaded chicken tenders were the best part. Their Barbera wine was excellent. Unfortunately it was served in the same smaller white "wine glass" as the previous offering.

The next two dishes, gnocchi with wild boar and a pork fillet with cabbage were both excellent as were the Sangiovese and Cab Franc wines that accompanied them. These were the highlights of the meal.

For dessert was a piece of Italian meringue with berries, sauce and whipped cream. Although quick and easy to execute, it was a tasty finish.

Our water glasses were never less than half full before the waiter would be by with more. The wine glasses? Not so much.

I expressed my disappointment over the lack wine to Luca, the winemaker, during the intermezzo. He asked if I had requested a refill. I had and was refused by the waiter. Luca appeared concerned by this--a good sign, I thought.

The Sangiovese and Cab Franc that appeared for the final courses saw no change in pour or refill policy. I was disappointed in all this but kept quiet.

I did look around the room thinking maybe it's just me who is running out of wine before the food is even half consumed. I see everyone in the same state of "empty glasses everywhere", except 4 or 5 tables. The guests at those tables had brought extra wine to the dinner. Maybe they had purchased it to take home and out of necessity had the bottles opened at the table.

Whatever the case, I mentioned this to Luca in a chance meeting after the dinner as I tried in vain to find the cashier to pay for the $95 dinner. In very non-Dale Carnegie fashion, he refused to listen to any more of my BYOB revelation and said, "Just go. We don't need your money."

When I returned to PA, my credit card (which I didn't know they had on file) had been charged $190 for the two dinners, so I guess he did need it. We will not return to Barboursville. I found the wines at Pearmund Winery to be as good and the people there were wonderful.

Bill Holland

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What a wonderful time we experienced when we had a birthday celebration at this little known Vineyard restaurant in Virginia Wine country. From driving onto the property, to the warm welcome from the staff, the cozy table for 2, then the food and wine! Awesome is the word that comes to mind. If you are looking for the whole package look no farther than this hidden treasure just 2 hours outside the DC metro area.

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What a wonderful time we experienced when we had a birthday celebration at this little known Vineyard restaurant in Virginia Wine country. From driving onto the property, to the warm welcome from the staff, the cozy table for 2, then the food and wine! Awesome is the word that comes to mind. If you are looking for the whole package look no farther than this hidden treasure just 2 hours outside the DC metro area.

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A terrible dining experience at the Palladio restaurant.

Where to start? First, we called more than two months in advance to make our reservations. We were assured that we would have a seat with a great view, by a window. We specifically asked for that , as we had company in from abroad and wanted them to see some of the Virginia landscape. Upon arriving for our dinner, the host was very short with us. We were early and and he abrubtly explained, "Well, that's when you'll be seated," referring to our reservation. Okay, maybe he was having a bad day. Then we were seated. We were given a lovely table in the back corner of the restaurant, under an air conditioner and in front of an emergency door. We asked about the window seat, and were told this was the best seat they had for us. So, no view, pushed in a corner and very cold under their air conditioner.

If you go, be sure to look at the dining hall to the left of the restaurant. Apparently that is reserved for weddings or banquets or something like that. It's a gorgeous room with windows all facing out to the vineyards and a great view. You will wish you could eat there, but you can't.

The menu was somewhat limited, but easy to customize as you can chose how many courses you want and simply create your own meal. Unfortunately, the quality was only fair to good on any of the items we ordered, with a price that would indicate a higher quality. We had all planned on a three or four course meal, but stopped at two each.

The large bill was especially painful to pay, as the experience left us so unhappy.

In my opinion, if you are looking for a great dining experience and you are willing to pay for it.... avoid the Palladio restaurant. There are many, many other restaurants with a simliar price that have better food and a much better dining experience.

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A terrible dining experience at the Palladio restaurant.

Where to start? First, we called more than two months in advance to make our reservations. We were assured that we would have a seat with a great view, by a window. We specifically asked for that , as we had company in from abroad and wanted them to see some of the Virginia landscape. Upon arriving for our dinner, the host was very short with us. We were early and and he abrubtly explained, "Well, that's when you'll be seated," referring to our reservation. Okay, maybe he was having a bad day. Then we were seated. We were given a lovely table in the back corner of the restaurant, under an air conditioner and in front of an emergency door. We asked about the window seat, and were told this was the best seat they had for us. So, no view, pushed in a corner and very cold under their air conditioner.

If you go, be sure to look at the dining hall to the left of the restaurant. Apparently that is reserved for weddings or banquets or something like that. It's a gorgeous room with windows all facing out to the vineyards and a great view. You will wish you could eat there, but you can't.

The menu was somewhat limited, but easy to customize as you can chose how many courses you want and simply create your own meal. Unfortunately, the quality was only fair to good on any of the items we ordered, with a price that would indicate a higher quality. We had all planned on a three or four course meal, but stopped at two each.

The large bill was especially painful to pay, as the experience left us so unhappy.

In my opinion, if you are looking for a great dining experience and you are willing to pay for it.... avoid the Palladio restaurant. There are many, many other restaurants with a simliar price that have better food and a much better dining experience.

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