La Chaumiere

4.7
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3352 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
La Chaumiere is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Celebrating 42 years, La Chaumiere features traditional dishes like escargots en coquille, boudin blanc, quenelles of pike, cassoulet and Grand Marnier souffle. Chef Patrick's specials reflect a modern approach to seasonal produce, seafood and game with favorites like baked oysters, Dover sole and rabbit. La Chaumiere has won the "100 Best Restaurants" award 29 times since 1978!

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vipNWDC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Dc and our favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good fare & professional service

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JimS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, food and service was superb. A truly enjoyable experience

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Had to send dishes back. Ordered M-R came out WWD. Sauces were runny and the only notable dish was the creme brulee.

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vipCapitolHill
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I know I’m contradicting dozens of very positive reviews but my experience this past weekend was pretty bad. Maybe Saturday nights are to be avoided? The food is okay. Not the best but far from the worst. But the service and attitude were unacceptable. After telling the server how I wanted the table arranged for a party of three, I returned from the ladies room to find I had been overruled by the maitre d’. Seems my optimum arrangement might get too close to the table behind. Okay. So maybe move the table behind a few inches? Then server took food and drink orders and brought cocktails within a few minutes. Okay. The problem is our appetizers arrived within two more minutes and after finishing them we got entrees within a couple more minutes. At that point we asked the server why we were being rushed. He denied we were being rushed but...we were, whether it was deliberate or coincidence. So I won’t return. I live in DC and thought it would be fun to return to La Chaumiere. But I was wrong.

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vipAnEducatedrestauranteur
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy it there and will be returning soon. The owner is also the host and he was fun to talk to while we waited for our table. The food is amazing and the co-owner/chef does an wonderful job.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting La Chaumiere and I was very satisfied with the outstanding hospitality and incredible food. My date and I each tried a seafood dish (salmon and trout) which were both superbly prepared with a great presentation on each plate. For dessert, we had the apple tart which is perhaps one of the best I’ve had! Would highly recommend this restaurant, as it has earned and deserves each and every one of the 5 stars in this review. Would be happy to return in the future!

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TheresaW
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was good - classic French and great location. Not as quiet as expected. Service was ok. Entrees weren't hot unfortunately.

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Steve
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic French cuisine and reasonably priced. Wine selections were also at reasonable price points.

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vipBrian
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful, cozy place. Service was excellent - the waiters were friendly without being intrusive and the food was excellent. We'll be back.

JL
JackL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of five, seated upstairs, and had an absolutely delightful time. The food was excellent, the wine perfect (we picked it ourselves, but it was still really good and there were plenty of choices), the staff attentive and knowledgeable. We did have to compete with a party of 18 that arrived about 45 minutes after we did, but we ended up making friends with them. It didn't impact our service at all.

CB
vipCherylB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious. The staff is very friendly and professional. The lovely atmosphere makes
La Chaumiere a favorite dining experience.

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vipLauren838
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting for classic French cuisine!

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BarryB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple wonderful evening - - - service fast, food exceptional. Apple tart for dessert was out of this world!

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PaulV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was even better than I expected.

KT
KTAF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was superb and the service outstanding.

DS
vipDavidS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French Bistro in DC area

KP
vipKPKid
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Chaumiere is an absolute jewel. The food is wonderful, the service is great, and the ambiance is perfect for whatever occasion one has in mind. In the winter, the fireplace is definitely a major plus!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great staff. A bit too loud

DS
vipDavidS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friday night. Kitchen was overwhelmed and had trouble getting food out. When it did the food was fine. The long waits to order and get food was different from previous trips to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service staff were on edge and rude. Seems like a reservation does not matter here, as we were made to wait when we arrived. Was sat in the front room which was awkward, and service was difficult. We ended up leaving because we were uncomfortable I’m sure the food is good, but the service is really horrid.

MB
vipMarcusB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Chaumiere is a timeless classic French bistro. It is our go to restaurant in DC for steak frites and a good bottle.

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vipLynned
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally pleasant lunch experience yesterday. Superb service, from start to finish. Wonderful table in the heart of the restaurant, next to a very welcome fireplace. Everything we ordered was excellent. Carrot soup was a standout, as was the shad roe. I haven't had shad roe so perfectly cooked and presented in years. And for anyone looking for a quiet restaurant where you can actually hear what your companion is saying, this is a very good choice.

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vipHGSmd
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. The best restaurant in DC!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Good ambiance and discreet service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great!

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vipTeee
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was superb. Noise level was high. We had a hard time hearing conversations

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vipChuck
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and general ambiance was good ... exceptional in some cases. Service was average and tightly packed tables contributed to noisy climate which detracted from any really sense of coziness.

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Jojo132009
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing,with great service... Very intiamte,plan on returning

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JordanN
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best food we have ever eaten. Fantastic from beginning to end. We received excellent service and enjoyed every aspect of the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review