L'Auberge Chez Francois

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French
Welcome to L'Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital that has captivated visitors for over 64 years. L'Auberge Chez François is the ideal spot to celebrate special moments, private parties, luncheons, weddings and cooking demonstrations. Our menu is extensive and full of the flavors of Alsace and traditional French cuisine. Excellent food and service, attention to detail and a casually elegant atmosphere are hallmarks that have made L'Auberge Chez François a Washington favorite! We hope that you will enjoy your visit with us. Should you not see your preferred time to dine with us, please call us at 703-759-3800.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Welcoming staff, charming and cozy dining room with a wood burning fireplace, sea bass was perfectly cooked. Everyone especially loved the fennel soup and the pumpkin mousse cake. I thought the chairs were a bit uncomfortable, but nobody else thought so. Overall, a most pleasant dining experience.

KO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Made our special family celebration even more more special. Thanks.

OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always!! Thank you!!

BF
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top 10 .. hard to beat. Only issue too many great dishes to chose from

TT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first trip back after many years, and we were wondering if it was still as good as we remembered. We shouldn't have worried- it is still our favorite special occasion place! Cozy ambience on a cold night, great food, excellent waitstaff- what's not to like. We only hope that we will be able to visit again without waiting so long between trips!

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A lovely spot for our anniversary. The service is impeccable which can be hard to come by these days. Old school class. Great sommelier. Quintessential french in atmosphere. We were seated in front of a fireplace and given a special dessert.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An exceptional experience, as always! Attentive service, great ambiance, and outstanding food from start to finish.

BL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delightful lunch at L'Auberge. We enjoyed the Filet of Sole special which is always a treat. We experienced an example of the thoughtful service that is a hallmark of L'Auberge. One of our party quietly asked if the Amuse Bouche contained dairy as she is lactose intolerant. From then on, she was offered options if what she had ordered might contain dairy ingredients.

VF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service are always outstanding! The staff go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and enjoy your dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there for my wife’s recent promotion. Our meals were fantastic. I loved the desserts as well. Nice quiet atmosphere and the ride to get to the restaurant is scenic as well. Not a bad thing to say about the place. I recommend to anyone for a special occasion because it is a bit pricey but worth every penny.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding experience!

SB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent evening out in every respect!!! We are now hoping to bring the family for a Christmas time outing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. Always a great experience.

WW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific and special place. I have never been disappointed at L' Auberge Chez Francois. We always have a special experience with absolutely delicious food. Every course-- even the palette cleansers, were amazing. We were a table of six this time with plenty of high-end restaurant experience, and everyone at the table was wowed by the flavors of our food choices. The ambience is so fabulously old world and lovely that it makes the experience so much more than a good meal. It's not the place to go for "new age chef" avante garde flavor combos if that's what you're after, but the flavors at L' Auberge are wonderful, and the truly enjoyable experience goes beyond the food and drinks.

E
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, our experience was lovely. The food and ambiance are always what we look forward to. The wait staff is superb.

VA
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friends getting together ... one had never been, and one had not been here in ages. Decided we would definitely be back as great place to have a relaxing lunch and be able to catch up with friends while eating fabulous food and desserts!

C
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a long time friend in from out of state. Wanted to treat her to something special! It was the perfect spot! Beautiful, delicious, excellent service, what more could we ask? She felt very celebrated for coming all that way to visit! Thank you Chef Jacques & team!

RM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

L'Auberge Chez Francois is our favorite restaurant for special events, and has been for 50 years. It has been a memorable experience every single visit. The food, service and ambience are excellent.

PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A favorite place to dine for special occasions for over 40 years. Beautiful setting with delicious fresh food and great service.

c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Service was a bit off from typical experience. Wait staff was not as attentive as normal, and appropriate for cost. Meal was very good, and ambiance pleasant.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, as usual and the food was amazing!

EH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience; wonderful food; wonderful service.

BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only down side was a large party that came in and were extremely loud but not too much could be done about it. Management automatically apologised after another couple complained.
Great place otherwise.

LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have eaten here a number of evenings. Everything was fantastic, as usual. Thanks.

MT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

The good - the salads and lobster were well prepared.

The bad - the scallops were very overcooked, and the fish was overcooked.

This is simply unexpected, and unacceptable, from a restaurant at this level and price point. Disappointing and not recommended.

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience2

I have been going to L’Auberge Chez Francois for 30 yrs, not happy with past Saturday: Dining Romney crowded and very noisy! Inexperienced new waiter though trying very hard. Number one rule: waiters should be smiling!!! Hot mulled wine (Glühwein) should only be served in glasses with handles (take it from a German). Though rare, this was a disappointing visit.

EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We all had a wonderful time at lunch yesterday, celebrating two mutual birthdays. My tenderloin was the best I have had anywhere. Trout, salmon, and scalopini pleased the others at the table. While the food was outstanding, our waiter made the meal particularly memorable. He was efficient, thoughtful, amusing--outstanding service!

A great value!

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our lunch was perfect! Service is engaging and not at all intrusive. When asked, our waiter was so helpful with choices from the very extensive 4-course menu. My husband's Lobster bisque was not too rich, but deep in flavor. Wonderful surprise in a ceasar salad topped with quail egg and anchovies. Filet of beef tenderloin was among the best he's had. I had a marvelous Roquefort cheese tart with caramelized apples that was elegant and divine. I was excited to order one of my favorite and seldom seen- calf's liver, smoked bacon and carmelized onions. It was perfection! Literally melted in my mouth. Desserts look and taste sublime so we couldn't resist the cheesecake and a raspberry souffle -- then they surprised us with some Baked Alaska since it was our anniversary! For such a premier meal and location in the countryside of Great Falls, the meal was also an incredible value. Can hardly wait to go back.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Through the OpenTable app when making the reservation, I left some special instructions which were ignored by the host. Beyond that, the inside looks a little dated. Some dingy doilie-type hung over the lattice obscuring the view of the room. Definitely could use a new interior paint job...(and a lot more).

There's also a section for "tie-wearers" and a section for everyone else (same menu, I'm afraid...)... the back dining room is reserved for ties.

Our meals were terrific. Good service. Do yourself a favor, by the way, and order the baked Alaska.

RB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

It was a good evening. The dining experience takes longer than normal but food is very good

RD
Wilmington
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our lunch was wonderful. Service was outstanding and the food incredible as usual. We throughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to our next visit.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love lbcf. Food awesome. Service awesome. Ambience lovely. Only issue was guy using s word and f word openly 2 tables away. Not your fault but it’s critical to know we can go there without experiencing that. How can you shut this down? Not sure. But it matters.
Eager to return.
Dan

F
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The service was great and the meal was decent but I have to say for the price it wasn’t worth it. The food was all very heavy and very old school. Everything was covered in heavy sauces and kind of tasted the same. I understand that French cuisine is heavy on sauce and butter but even the more modern places are more creative with the way they sauce dishes now. The best thing we had were definitely the soufflés!!

AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Fabulousl very attentive service. Great place for special occasions

g
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful place that has incredibly well prepared and served meals, within a eloquent setting and with stellar services. If you want the best of Alsace food, this is THE place for you to partake.

SS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

L'Auberge Chez Francois is always perfect and has been since I first started going there in 1976. My only regrets are that it's a long way from home thru some of the region's worst traffic, and its cost relegates it to special occasions.

RF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

L’Auberge never fails to impress. Their food and service is without peer. The seasonal specials are excellent but the regular menu items are equally as delicious. For such a long running business they keep the experience fresh and new.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is always a classic. I’ve been eating here since 1983! The food is always great, the staff is first class and the ambience is wonderful. Jaques should be very proud to have continued his father’s excellence and tradition in the best way. Bravo!

DM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I hadn't been here for dinner in so long, so worth the trip back! Can't wait to return to try their lunch menu.

s
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, meals at L'Auberge Chez Francois are always perfection on a plate. We took Mama to dinner to celebrate a birthday, and she loved every minute of it, from the perfectly prepared Rob Roy to the exquisite birthday meringue. We'll return - no doubt about it!

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