The Joshua Wilton House
412 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
American | $$$
You know you are in for a treat when dining in a beautifully restored Victorian home.
We arrived a early and waited for our table in the comfortable bar.
The dining rooms are elegant and spacious.
Attention to detail is everywhere.
Homemade bread came out first and disappeared quickly.
We joined friends for dinner the weekend after Valentine’s Day and were treated to a special holiday fixed-price menu created by Executive Chef Tom French. My wife started with these wonderful Fried Oysters with Avocado, Cilantro, Lime, Brussel Slaw, and a Tomato Concasse.
This Lobster Bisque was amazing. It was full bodied and super smooth. With each sip I pictured a Sous Chef pushing it through a chinois 20 times.
Duck & Foie Gras Rillettes with Pickled Blackberry, Orange Gastrique, and Frisee.
For my entrée I chose the Sea Scallops with Braised Pork Belly, Vanilla Parsnip Puree, Apple Fennel Chutney, and a Beet Vinaigrette. The charred scallops were cooked perfectly, not an easy feat. Often they are over cooked trying to get them blackened, these were not. The pork belly, well it’s bacon, enough said. The vanilla parsnip puree was luscious and smooth like the bisque.
My wife went with the Halibut on a bed of Creamy Polenta, Sweet & Sour Peppers, and ringed with a Basil Pesto. The halibut was divine. It had a nice sear and paired well with the creamy polenta. If you favor fish this is the dish for you.
While the food is first class, we eat with our eyes and the plating is exceptional. This Chocolate & Raspberry Mille Feuille was the perfect blend of chocolate with a hint of raspberry.
The Crème Brûlée was rich and creamy with a nice caramelized top, one of the best I have had.
The service was first class, always attentive and ahead of our needs. Noise volume was not an issue, it’s an older home with a décor that doesn’t lend itself to bouncing sound like a spy satellite. Joshua Wilton House is at the pinnacle of fine dining in Harrisonburg. It may be perceived by some as a special occasion destination, and it is, but every time you visit and enjoy the food it will be a special occasion.