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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DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy ourselves at L’Auberge. We like to go there on special occasions and with friends.

j
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

the restaurant is nice, welcoming. the food is OK.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual.

a
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went to celebrate our anniversary. it was a wonderful evening with outstanding food and service. it was a very special time and dinner

RI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David was an excellent server. He was very attentive and provided expert suggestions for wine and food based on our preferences. And the Dover Sole was scrumptious!

J
Washington DC
203 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. We had the mixed grille, beef fillets, and halibut-all very good. This time of year their fresh tomato salad is truly outstanding and a special treat. The coquilles st. jacques appetizer was also special with delicious lumps of delicious seafood

RF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent Sunday luncheon celebrating the anniversary of our engagement. The service and food was impeccable as always. Definitely a worth while experience. A little expensive but the food,ambiance and service will have us coming back and making this our top choice to dine for special experiences.

C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely restaurant. Every thing in my dish was fresh and carefully thought out. It was scrumptious! I love love love the Grand Marnier Souffle! Highly recommend it, food and service was superb!

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food preparation. Flexibility with chef.

HH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic special occasion restaurant that can compete with the best restaurants in the country.

KO
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful and reliable lunch/brunch place for us on the weekends. Whether we come in suit and tie with parents visiting from out of town, or just coming off a hike along the Potomac, muddy with the dog in tow for outdoor seating, this exceptional restaurant. Great staff. Great foods. Great service. Kind and entertaining chef/owner (classes and special events are well worth it.)

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and wish I could go more often

RM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Food, service, location. Went with friends who have been in DC for over 20 years - how could they not know this jewel??

Already planning a return for next month

EA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second, visit and service was impeccable. Food was fantastic and the sommelier was the best ever

N
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect lunch: wonderful food, lots of variety, excellent service, great ambience, and a great day to eat outside in the garden. This is one of our favorite special (or no special) occasion restaurants. The price is extremely reasonable for lunch.

DC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to impress....food and service impeccable....

NR
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Several months ago after I had been to L'Auberge with some friends, I mentioned it to another friend. We found that we both love their calves liver and decided we should go there together. Being busy ladies, we scheduled our visit for this week at lunchtime. It was a beautiful day and we sat in their outside patio area. It was absolutely a breathtaking and serene environment. With a sun umbrella at every table we were very comfortable. We started with the gazpacho and and the tomato salad, of course followed by the calves liver. Everything was delicious and the service was absolutely impeccable. We will definitely return here for a meal again soon.

LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect - a nice table for our group and perfect service! Food was fabulous and plentiful!

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful evening. Our server was outstanding. The setting was lovely. We were celebrating our anniversary and they made it special for us. Delicious food. Attentive service. We'll be back!

JD
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed celebrating my birthday with son and DIL. Hubby and I shared the chateaubriand, which is typically what we order on our occasional visits. This was the only reason I gave the food 4 stars instead of 5; the meat was cooked slightly more to medium rather than the medium rare as we ordered it. Certainly wasn't significant enough to comment on it to the waiter, as I feared they might suggest a replacement. Beautifully plated with a variety of fresh vegetables. Everything else was perfect from the champagne cocktails to start, the fresh house salad and garlic crouton, variety of appetizers, and such delicious desserts. My son loved his lamb chops, and DIL was thrilled with her shrimp and scallops. There was a nice selection of wines priced for mere mortals to enjoy. We ordered a bottle to share, but there's also a nice selection of wines by the glass. This has been and continues to be our favorite special occasion restaurant.

JP
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the consistency of always getting a very good meal.

v
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent. We've been coming here for years and have never had less than a fabulous meal with wonderful service. Nice mix of local Virginia ingredients with French cuisine. Seasonal specials. Extensive menu with many choices, expensive but a great value.

B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon.

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We returned to Chez François for Sunday lunch on a warm summer day to take advantage of their beautiful outdoor patio. Ambience is great. Reception cool but friendly. Waiter overly chummy and friendly. We are familiar with their menu and have eaten there as well in the previous location in DC. But times and cooking styles have changed, their menu hasn’t. Most items are swimming in butter or something similiar. Vegetables accompanying main courses are reheated in a skillet, not freshly steamed. Be it haricot vert or carrot and potato pieces, it’s all sautéed, even browned and reheated. Absolutely nothing in their cooking style has evolved. The food was so rich, we both suffered for hours afterward.

Another point: after approximately 2 hrs. The chef came out to greet 2 couples, obviously regulars and worthy of his attention. Every other table was ignored. Not nice. Everyone paid the same high amount, at least $150 for two. Also, at no time did there appear to be a maitre d’hote around. Maybe the elusive gentleman in a suit?

The setting is as lovely as always, but to us at least it’s not worth returning with miles of single lane curvy roads.

JO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated anniversary during Sunday brunch. Service from Hugo was impeccable and quality of food as outstanding. Never have had a bad meal at this restaurant.

LL
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James made us feel like we were the only guest in the entire building. He was informative and personable.He was knowledgeable and showed that he was an expert at his skill.

I must also commend the management team for hiring an exceptional set of employees.
They are friendly and shows genuine care and hospitality. KUDOS to James and the Gang!

DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic overall as usual! Everything was spectacular and always the best place for a special celebration.

NH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go to place for a special occasion. Amazing food and atmosphere make dinner an event!

RF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

L’Auberge never fails to deliver. Food is well prepared and presented. Variety of choices is outstanding. Everyone is genuinely glad to see you.

TB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gym of European excellence. The food and ambiance were perfect for a wedding anniversary celebration. In true European fashion, this was the evening event, where you talk and drink and talk and have an appetizer and drink and talk and drink and have a salad and talk and drink and talk and eat something and talk and drink and talk have a dessert and drink and talk and drink then walk around the beautiful grounds...come prepared to enjoy the slowness of it all. It's worth every second.

CW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and outstanding service. Cant wait to go again soon!

P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous especially for a special occasion, i.e. a birthday.

LN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As we dined in the garden, the only noise was that of chirping birds and lovely fluttering butterflies. As always, the food was delicious and the service excellent. We had a leisurely lunch and a very enjoyable afternoon

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

graet!I like everything in it

SS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L-Auberge Chez Francois is perfect. It's always perfect. It's old-school French, and I mean that in a positive way. In fact, it's a better French restaurant than every restaurant I've ever visited in France. My only complaint is that it's too far from my house to visit daily.

LW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy having lunch here. It's the best priced lunch deal in the DC area. It's not low cost, but you really get what you pay for here. Fantastic food and service. Our only problem is we need to remember to go more often!

DP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

L'Auberge Chez Francois is like being in France without having to leave home. There is no other experience or food that I have found in the USA that even comes close.

LS
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed our 3 hour leisure luncheon in the gazebo outside. Our waiter was outstanding. He knew the magic of being attentive and giving us alone time. The meal was fabulous. I just loved everything about it.

DG
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, great service and great ambiance. We’ll definitely keep coming back. Thank you!

A
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at L'Aubergd is always special! Wonderful food, attentive service, attractive surroundings, perfect pace -- it's all just right!

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