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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 charred vegetable gazpacho with mussel escabeche; pork tenderloin with roasted peach, crispy shallot, patty pan squash and tulip poplar honey; or seared grouper with squash blossoms, scarlett runner and filet beans and smoked onion jus from a seasonal, local-minded menu (with à la carte or chef’s tasting options) where most of the vegetables hail from the large garden amongst the Inn’s 100 lush acres. Of course, the indoor environs are appealing, too, with a dining room at once classic and modern. 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. Service is warm, knowledgeable and refined. 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 end (hazelnut financier with poached apple, brown butter caramel, smoked cranberries and lemon curd) is climb the stairs to one of the Inn’s tastefully appointed guest rooms.