What Is Classy Casual Dining?

10390076_10152577561570934_1527017867101352874_nClassy casual dining: it’s a happening thing. At Lightfoot Restaurant, classy casual means excellent food, ambiance, and service without being stuffy or pretentious. You can dress up and make us part of a great date night, an evening out with friends, or walk in with your family for a relaxed dinner. There aren’t many restaurants that truly fit the bill, but Lightfoot combines elegance and warmth in a unique way.

Here is what we’re not: fussy, overly formal, or intimidating. Our clientele is lively, and our staff is down to earth. Our dining room is impressive, but we’re not speaking in hushed tones and rushing to scrape the crumbs off your tablecloth. What we are is a spot with a unique relaxed charm. We are always great for special occasions. But we’re also perfect for every day. Here’s what classy casual dining Lightfoot style means to us:

Top-Notch Food

The class in classy casual comes from a number of factors—and at the top of the list is (very simply) great food. Fresh ingredients prepared with care and a menu that’s a mix of long-standing favorites and innovative new dishes create the top-notch food experience.

Lightfoot’s Chef Ingrid Gustavson is a consummate pro known for meticulous attention to quality and detail. Ingrid knows her customers—and their favorite dishes– but is constantly looking to improve and innovate. Lightfoot offers a wide-ranging menu so you can splurge for a special occasion or keep it simple with a relaxed weeknight meal. At Lightfoot, classy casual means chef-driven cuisine that doesn’t necessarily come with a big price tag.

Reasonable Prices

Folks who get a look at our gorgeous building and swanky décor are often surprised at how reasonable out prices are. Our lunch menu is priced very competitively with nearby downtown lunch spots– and even with fast casual choices. Our dinner menu ranges from gentle splurge to solid bargain depending on where you want to go with it. We offer everything from filet mignon for a special dinner out to fun, contemporary casual dinner entrees that won’t break the bank like Cajun spaghetti (full of andouille sausage, shrimp, and mussels) or fish and chips. Our big salads, with tasty proteins like flank steak, salmon or fried oysters are also big hits with the casual dinner crowd.

Attentive Service

Since opening Lightfoot Café around the corner from our current location more than 20 years ago, Lightfoot has been family owned and operated. Our low staff turnover and a dedicated team in both the front and back of the house mean both excellent food and excellent service. The quality of our service—always warm and never stiff—is one of the most important accolades we get from our diners. We work to make sure our staff is educated, accommodating friendly, and this contributes to the warm, relaxed vibe inside.

Terrific Ambiance

Take a look on Yelp and you’ll see plenty of raves about our décor. Patrons love our history as a renovated historic bank—and our gorgeous bar with the bank vault built in. At Lightfoot, classy casual means you can order a beer and a burger or fish and chips and yet still have the pleasure of dining with friends or loved ones in an elegant setting. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

Family-Friendly Dining/Dog-Friendly Patio

The owners of Lightfoot have kids, nieces, and nephews. We like kids, and we like families. One of our favorite Yelp reviews came from a diner who came in with his wife—and their newborn child—for a wonderful evening out.  It’s that kind of place. Bring in the infant car seat. Bring your family for a relaxed weeknight meal. But if you’re on a date and want a quiet corner, our large dining room can accommodate that too. And when the weather is nice, our patio is the place to be: low-key, lively and dog-friendly.

Fun At Happy Hour

At Lightfoot, we’re elegant—but we’re also a lot of fun. Our happy hours are the best in downtown Leesburg, with terrific drink specials and inventive small plates at happy hour prices. It’s a perfect opportunity to check out that fabulous bar everyone raves about and connect with friends downtown. Visit our Facebook page for weekly happy hour specials. You can stay for dinner or not—it’s up to you.

Classy Casual Lightfoot Style

We think we’ve got the classy casual thing nailed down, and we invite you to come check it out for yourself. Wear a suit and tie, wear a dress and heels, wear jeans, wear shorts. We have a unique and amazing ability to make you feel welcome, at ease and like you’re in exactly the right place.