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Magnolias at the Mill

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#1 of 93 places to eat in Purcellville
ClosedOpens at 11:00
$$$$ Average price: $11-30
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198 N 21st St
Purcellville, Virginia, USA
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Guests can eat mouthwatering scallops, fish & chips and fried green tomatoes at this restaurant. Trying tasty bread pudding, friands and cheesecakes is a pleasant experience here. Magnolias at the Mill has delicious draft beer, wine or martinis among its drinks. A lot of visitors order great chocolate frappe, grape juice or espresso.

You can arrange an anniversary, a wedding or a birthday party here. A lot of people suppose that the staff is cool here. The fabulous service demonstrates a high level of quality at this place. A number of reviewers note that prices are attractive for what you get. The divine decor and comfortable atmosphere let clients feel relaxed here. The average score is 4 on TripAdvisor.

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steak Caesar salad is fabulous!! Service is great!
Over the years, I've been an occasional but repeat customer, dining at both Magnolia's in Purcellville and at Tuskie's in Leesburg. Whether it was anniversaries (we celebrated our 20th there), birthdays, hosting family and/or friends, a night at Magnolia's was implicitly regarded as a special night indicative of special times. So special that I even went so far as to purchase prepaid gift cards for my wife as a Christmas present so that we could take time out together two or three times at Magnolias/Tuskies in the coming months. However, tonight that relationship has come to an end. It wasn't the food (which, is 3-4 stars at best, but superior for the area) or the table service, but the treatment and apparent lack of respect that I felt at the front door. Granted, it was a Friday night and we didn't have reservations. But we were lucky enough that our youngest - a college-aged student - was going out with friends and so we had an unplanned opportunity for a night out. Why not Magnolias? We arrived a little bit after 6 PM and asked for a table for the two of us. Another couple showed up behind us. A few things were said and we were led to a table in the dining area, only to be told that the table was for the couple that was behind us (and who remained back in the lobby). OK, no problem - they just failed to say which of the two of us was to be seated. I can understand that - a breakdown in communication. No big deal. So we go back to the desk and the the host grabs a couple of menus and proceeds to take us to the "cafe" next to the bar. No, my wife says, we'd prefer the dining room. No problem, he says, he'll put us on the waiting list. Now there are at least 4 or 5 open tables that we can see, so I ask how long we might have to wait. I'm told that he's got some reservations coming up at 6:15 and might know better if they don't show up. Fine, I say, it's 6:12, will he give them until 6:20, 6:30, 6:45, or later? All I want is some take on what the grace period might be so that I can determine if I'm willing to wait. Receiving no reasonable answer, I asked again, expressing my need for some understanding other than, I'll get to you when I get to you. In agreement, my wife and I took this lack of responsiveness as a lack of understanding/appreciation/care, turned heel and headed out the door. It would have ended there as a disappointing night but, as the door was closing, I overheard the Maitre D' trying to explain to two other employees (not present earlier to hear the conversation) how he felt we were unreasonable in our request and our choosing to leave. That's when I turned in my tracks and went back in, even before the door had a chance to close.My blood boiled. I explained very clearly that I did not feel it unreasonable to ask for an estimate of how long we might wait, or when a decision might be forthcoming. Furthermore, I explained that I was appalled at the gall that he had to try to place blame on us for deciding to leave with other employees and to do so even before the door had closed. Great. If Magnolia's and Tuskie's have enough business that they feel that both my business that night and future nights is somehow my privilege and not theirs, then I can take my business elsewhere. I don't feel that I can go back and not remember this night, and that is truly unfortunate because, while not exceptional, Magnolia's does stand out as someplace special in an otherwise far-out rural suburb here in the DC region. What shall I do with the short stack of Magnolia's gift cards? Well, I'm planning on heading back to the place of purchase and seeing if I can't get my money back. I won't re-gift them as I will not, at this point, be sending my resources to either Magnoia's or Tuskie's. Management, if you're listening: Train your staff to appreciate your customers just a bit more. First impressions mean a lot, even for repeat customers who have remained loyal to you over many years.
Went for New Year's Eve when they were serving a price fixe menu. The menu looked good but the execution was disappointing. We waited 25 minutes for a table when we had a reservation. The waiter was very reluctant to make any suggestions since the entire menu was new and he mentioned he hadn't really had any of it. Food arrived barely warm and seemed to have been cooked in large quantities to meet the number of people they were trying to serve (as opposed to cooked to order). Lamb chops were overcooked. Poached pear was not warm or soft and chocolate lava cake was overcooked so no lava. Really seemed they were mainly interested in seating as many people as possible, as quickly as possible over the quality of the food.
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198 N 21st St, Purcellville, Virginia, USA
Features
Outdoor seating Сredit cards accepted Wi-Fi Takeaway Parking Booking TV Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun 11:00-22:00
MondayMon 11:00-23:00
TuesdayTue 11:00-23:00
WednesdayWed 11:00-23:00
ThursdayThu 11:00-23:00
FridayFri 11:00-00:00
SaturdaySat 11:00-00:00
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