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One Block West

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25 S. Indian Alley, Winchester, VA 22601
+1 540-662-1455
17:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 20:30
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Frederick, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

We went to One Block West not knowing anything about the restaurant and came away with a great experience. The night was beautiful so we decided to eat outside. When our food arrived, the presentation and flavors were remarkable. The Chef was very kind to come out and speak to us about how he chose his menu and what went... More 

Thank PJ S
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking a risk on us. Isn't it wonderful to go to a restaurant and come away having had a great time? Isn't it sad how infrequently that seems to happen? We try to make it a reality every day. It was my pleasure to come out and speak with you. I like to thank as... More 

Short Hills, New Jersey, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

My husband and I make one or two trips a year from our home in NJ to drive at the Summit Point racetrack, and my favorite thing about the whole excursion is the opportunity to see Chef Ed and eat his fabulous Virginia food. It's always a treat and it feels like our own special place--and both Chef Ed and... More 

Thank Ingrid S
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

In our little One Block West family, we have so many regular customers all up and down the East Coast, from Atlanta to Hartford and all points in between, who stop in to see us whenever they come this way, just like you and your husband. We look forward to seeing all of them each year, getting to know them,... More 

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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

Had dinner reservations for a Saturday night. There were three couples in our group, and I don't think any of us had a complaint about any of the food we ordered. Between us, we had several appetizers (caprese salad, mussels, friend green tomatoes, pan seared sea scallops) and a variety of entrees (prime angus strip steak, beef short rib risotto,... More 

Thank bgsualum
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the feedback and the great review. As for your nitpick, let me offer my sincere apologies: my crystal ball failed me in a big way. The fundamental issue is not with the server, but with my failure to buy and prepare enough food. When I made my buying decisions for quantities of food for the weekend... More 

Hughesville, MD
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360 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

Wow, what a find. Six of us went to dinner for the first time here. We originally had reservations for 7pm but moved it to 7:30p because we still needed to take showers after a great day of river tubing followed by the winery. Due to heavy snacking in the afternoon at the winery, four of us only ordered appetizers... More 

Thank Fishtherapy
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you for giving us a try! The crew and I are glad to know that you will be coming back. Mission accomplished. It sounds like you had the beer-battered goat cheese-stuffed squash blooms. We have a woman that plants squash just so she can harvest the blooms and bring them to us. They are one of the dishes that... More 

Poolesville, Maryland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

Sixteen years ago my husband first treated me to lunch in a hidden treasure of a restaurant down a back alley in Winchester. The meal was superb - food, service, ambiance. We've returned many times for both lunch and dinner. It's a jolly place. Nice people with an obvious interest in creatively prepared and gracefully served food. The atmosphere is... More 

Thank BessieGreenberry
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you for being one of our very longtime supporters. Your comments resonate with us: we are all very interested in food and serving our guests the very best that we can find and make. We like what we do and we're glad it shows. Thank you too for noting the relaxed atmosphere here: we are all about wearing comfortable... More 

Dunlevy, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

We were visiting Winchester for an evening from the Pittsburgh area just to check out the town. We chose One Block West for our dining experience because I had seen a review that Chef Ed was willing to accommodate a vegan selection for me. I was not disappointed as he made a Pablano Pepper stuffed with corn in a Smokey... More 

Thank Leni C
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

We were indeed happy that you chose our restaurant and I was happy to create a vegan special for you. Thank you for the courtesy of calling ahead and allowing me the time to find some things at the farmers market for your dinner. I hope that you will join our legion of fans from the Pittsburgh area who visit... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

My wife and I brought my mother-in-law here for her birthday lunch (along with my two young children) and were blown away by our experience! I'm certainly not a food snob but a place has to be pretty special to earn my praise; my wife hates going to new restaurants with me because my post-meal comments tend to be limited... More 

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Wow! I wasn't ready for a novel-length review this early in the morning and I think that this is as close to a marriage proposal as I have ever gotten via TripAdvisor! ;) Some times I chuckle at the irony of being a "serious fine dining chef" who is best known for a sandwich, and a Vietnamese one at that.... More 

Delmar, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

I return to One Block West whenever my travels take me near Winchester. It's a special place, and Ed Mathews is a very special chef. Local ingredients from what's available that day, Virginia wines, some ingredients from another state if Ed can't get what he needs locally -- all put together in imaginative ways.

Thank George R
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your repeat business. Most of our ingredients come from within a few minutes of the restaurant, obvious things like citrus and seafood excepted. Seafood we try to source as close to us as possible, from just off the coast or from the Chesapeake Bay in season. We sure have a great time wandering through the... More 

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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

We don't get to Winchester often, but when we do I make sure we get to One Block West at least once, sometimes twice. I love the food, the atmosphere and the patio.

Thank summeriwnd03
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you for your repeat business. It is loyal customers such as you who have kept us in business for 13 years now. Please come back when you are next in town. More 

Winchester, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

Joined some friends for a quiet lunch.m all was great. Gazpacho was fresh and chunky with ripe vegetables. Well seasoned. The bahn mi sandwich was so incredibly authentic in taste! Would highly recommend.

Thank Elizabeth Q
ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Great to see you again and sorry that I had no time to come visit at your table. My wife says that the pork belly bánh mi is the single best dish I have ever come up with. That's pretty high praise considering the tens of thousands of dishes I have put on the menu in the last 13 years.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$38
American, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 S. Indian Alley, Winchester, VA 22601
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Winchester
  • Phone Number: +1 540-662-1455
A seasonal farm-to-table restaurant featuring the best products of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in a la carte and tasting menus that change nightly. Chef Ed Matthews has been named to Best Chefs of America by his peers in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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