Fine Dining at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant
Drawing inspiration and purpose from its location on 265 acres of rolling hills and farmland, Goodstone Inn & Restaurant provides guests with an unparalleled farm-to-table dining experience. The award-winning restaurant features the very finest and freshest of ingredients from the gardens at Goodstone and other local farms. Goodstone excels at creating seasonally inspired cuisine. Our wine cellar offers an expansive selection of wines from around the world.
Drawing inspiration and purpose from its location on 265 acres of rolling hills and farmland, Goodstone Inn & Restaurant provides guests with an unparalleled farm-to-table dining experience. The award-winning restaurant features the very finest and freshest of ingredients from the Goodstone farm and other local farms. Goodstone excels at creating seasonally inspired cuisine. Our wine cellar offers an expansive selection of wines from around the world.
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Goodstone Inn & Restaurant has won many awards for its Virginia fine dining. Our innovative culinary team features a classic French seasonal presentation with heavy emphasis on local products from Goodstone and other local farms in order to showcase the freshest of vegetables, herbs, micro greens, eggs, pork and lamb. Drawing on collective farm-to-table expertise, the Goodstone culinary team adds a new dimension to the award-winning Goodstone Inn & Restaurant.
Goodstone's awards and honors include: Trip Advisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence; Wine Spectator Magazine's 2016 and 2015 Award of Excellence; OpenTable Diners' Choice Award for Top 100 Best Restaurants in America 2015; USA Today's 2015 Top 10 Best Romantic Inns in America; OpenTable Diners' Choice Award for Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America 2015; Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s America’s Best 100 Wine Restaurants 2013; Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Travel Guides Most Excellent Inn in North America 2011, Most Excellent Inn in North America 2014 and 2013, and Most Excellent Romantic Getaway in North America 2012 finalists.
Wine Director & Sommelier
With over 30 years of hospitality experience in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, Stephen Elhafdi brings an impressive blend of expertise and enthusiasm to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Middleburg, Virginia.
A native of Morocco, Mr. Elhafdi came to the United States as an apprentice to work with his uncle Marc Fusilier, the internationally acclaimed Maître Cuisinier de France and Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France. They worked together for 14 years at the upscale Chez Marc, Restaurant Français, in Virginia. He eventually transitioned from the kitchen to the front of the house, and seriously began to pursue his studies in the fine art of food and wine pairings. For the next decade, he worked with the legendary restaurateur and Chef Bob Kinkead in Washington, D.C. At the height of Chef Kinkead’s success in multiple locations, Mr. Elhafdi helped to build a global wine list of over 375 wines. He managed an inventory in excess of 6,000 bottles and over a million dollars in annual wine sales. In 2013, Mr. Elhafdi accepted the position of Sommelier at the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, working hand-in-hand with Restaurant Manager Mimi Schneider and the Goodstone culinary team. Set on a 265 acre estate in Virginia’s wine country, Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is a luxurious country Inn and award-winning French/American restaurant situated on an actual working farm. Within the restaurant, the culinary team and Mr. Elhafdi offer an extensive farm-to-table dining experience, with wine pairings perfectly matched to a variety of menus, including a daily à la carte, prix-fixe, degustation and ‘Chef’s Surprise’ Menu for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Mr. Elhafdi also created Goodstone’s Retail Wine Club program, and regularly hosts a series of popular food and wine events at the Restaurant, featuring well-known international winemakers. He also offers complimentary consulting services to our guests as they build their personal wine cellars, or make individual purchases targeted towards special events. At the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Mr. Elhafdi maintains a wine list of over 500 selections, many of which have been specifically chosen for the current season and dinner menu. Goodstone also has a temperature-controlled, 3,500-bottle wine cellar, an extremely popular private dining space for special events or exclusive wine dinners. In addition, Goodstone has three EuroCaves, housing up to an additional 664 bottles.
While serving as Sommelier, the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant has won numerous awards, including:
Wine Spectator 2016 Best of Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator 2015 Award of Excellence OpenTable Diners Choice 100 Best Restaurants in America 2016 TripAdvisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence Touring & Tasting’s Platinum List Honoree 2016