About Ingrid Gustavson


Chef Ingrid Gustavson serves seasonal American cuisine with southern and ethnic accents. Many of the menu items are fan favorites and therefore are fixtures on the menu, including our Fried Green Tomatoes, Blue Ridge Spinach Salad, and the famous “Atomic” Crab Cake. Our daily specials, for lunch and dinner, are based on the freshest seasonal ingredients available. An award-winning wine list complements Ingrid’s cuisine.

Awarded 2019, 2021 and 2022 Loudoun’s Favorites by LoudounNow: #1 Favorite Chef

About Lightfoot Restaurant

Lightfoot Restaurant is the creation of sisters and co-owners Executive Chef Ingrid Gustavson and General Manager Carrie Gustavson Whitmer. Their vision and good taste have made Lightfoot one of Leesburg’s most beloved restaurants with locals and visitors alike.

The restaurant was named in honor of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a member of the prominent Lee family in colonial Virginia. He moved the colony in the direction of independence and represented Virginia in signing the Declaration of Independence.

Lightfoot opened in 1999 after serving as the People’s Bank for a half-century. The Romanesque revival–style building was completely renovated and a large addition was added to the back of the building to include our largest event space, the Sheridan Room. Reminders of its former life, from the bank vault doors to the woodwork and ceilings, can be seen throughout the dining room. Hand-painted silk Venetian chandeliers and vintage Parisian posters complete the look. During the holidays, Lightfoot is transformed with exquisite Christmas decorations.

Events at Lightfoot are memorable. With our extensive menu options and gorgeous rooms to set the stage, you can create an experience that reflects both our signature style and your personal touch. Read more and book your next private event.

Awarded 2022 Loudoun’s Favorites by LoudounNow for “Romantic Dining Spot” and “Fine Dining Restaurant” 

Awarded 2023 “Best Interior” and “Top 10 Best Seafood Restaurant in Leesburg” and Recommended by Restaurant Guru

Awarded 2023 Loudoun Times-Mirror Best of Loudoun “Romantic Dining Spot”