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Clifton Inn Restaurant Review: Try and conjure a more idyllic setting than a firefly-lit terrace imbued with Southern charm, its Blue Ridge location heightening your appetite. Add contemporary cuisine and you’ll find any attempt futile. Indulge in foie gras terrine with grilled brioche, Champagne hibiscus gelée, peaches and candied hazelnuts; grilled tuna with plum miso sauce, caramelized okra and crispy shiitake; or seared sweetbreads with pistachio pesto, turnips and nigella seeds from a seasonal, local-minded menu that, like a progressive wine list, divides itself into Delicate, Light, Full Bodied and Robust, to convey the heartiness of the fare. Of course, indoors is appealing, too; a dining room at once classic and modern. Service is warm, knowledgeable and refined. Feeling adventurous? Opt for the chef’s counter where you’ll sup in the white-clad kitchen, observing a crackerjack culinary team creating a multi-course meal just for you. There’s even a wine cellar, home to the bottles on the Inn’s wine list, for intimate, private parties. Could it get better? Yes. If all you have to do after dinner’s delectable end (sticky toffee pudding with butter pecan ice cream and medjool dates, perhaps) is climb the stairs to one of the Inn’s tastefully appointed guest rooms. And happily sigh yourself to sleep.