L'Auberge Chez Francois

4.9
6868 reviews
$50 and over
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 66 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 6868 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JanetC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our retirement and the restaurant lived up to our expectations! Service was great, food outstanding. Very enjoyable evening.

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vipanthonyr
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the ambience are always outstanding. This has become our go-to special events restaurant--and we keep inventing special events to go to. Went for a graduation event last night and they made it memorable for the graduate--and for the rest of us.

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tardis10
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly, informative wait staff. Easily accommodated our sitting outside tent area. Presented with an extra dessert to celebrate birthdays.

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EffieW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner overall. Two recommendations:
1) The wild halibut entree- it was delicious, however, the concentration of Parmesan was too much giving it a way too salty taste.
2) Le Kugelhopf en neige- the soft marshmallow could have a bit sweeter texture.
Merci

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ROBERTG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful way to spend a Sunday evening and to celebrate a wonderful couple! Everything was perfect!

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vipJohnV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Our first venture to a restaurant in over a year. Chez Francois continues it long record of excellence for food, service and ambiance. Our 57th wedding anniversary and they made it special.

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VirginiaHappy
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dining experience! I have dined here many times over the years, but this was the first time to take my teenagers, who all enjoyed it. Our server was fantastic (as always) and made the kids feel welcome.

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williamM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It seems the quality and selection of food has diminished over the past two years. The atmosphere remains excellent - beautiful inside and out. But, with higher prices and poor food options/quality, I will not rush back to pay $500 for a dinner for four persons.

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Mauraj
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unhurried and elegant, prices have gone up but still worth it

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JoseD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite French restaurant in the United States! The service is impeccable and the food is delicious!!! The souffles are worth the drive alone!

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veeee
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always . The lunch menu ha less entrees now, but may increase again soon.

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MichaelA
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to spend few relaxing and enjoying delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect except for the weather !! The resturant itself as well as the staff is warm and inviting — perfect for a chilly misty night !! The staff is vey knowledgeable and attentive . The food was of excellent quality and fresh — perfectly seasoned and prepared . I was pleased to an excellent California and French wines at quite reasonable prices

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Ramsey
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed dining here for over 35 years on many occasions.

Everything within the restaurant’s control was perfect. The only downside was the party near us decided to bring two toddlers to a fine dining restaurant.

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AdamS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I have had at a restaurant in many years

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John
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered from the prie fixe lunch menu which had ample choices. The entree of the day was halibut and it was especially nice. I’m not sure the raspberry soufflé was worth the additional cost but it was delicious. Great way to celebrate our 56th anniversary.

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vipDCgal
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say? This restaurant deserves a 100 out of ten. Everything from food to service - sigh - I thought this was something that was no longer an option. Perfect, simply perfect. Thank you so much for an outstanding time, and can't wait to visit again.

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RobertM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will never go wrong choosing L’Auberge. If you want to be delighted by excellence, this is your destination.

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GeorgesA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was a disappointment. I had wonderful memories but this particular event was nowhere close to what I remembered. The food was way overpriced, the desert mediocre and the waiter attitude was bordering being rude.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service

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TimS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter out to celebrate her grades for the end of the school year. We were able to make a last-minute reservation for their outdoor dining, which was very nice. It was a great experience with outstanding food and service. I would certainly recommend L'Auberge to anyone looking for a fine dining option.

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vipBarbaraL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois is consistently first rate. Our celebratory dinner was special and as always at Chez Francois, very enjoyable.

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NancyC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waiter seemed new and tentative and his timing was off but gave him a pass, assuming he was new. The restaurant just seems a bit tired and could use some new menu items but realize someone’s favorite might go. It’s a 42 year tradition so we will continue to go there.

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Rocco
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special occasion of two long time friends getting together and everything was perfect.

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Suzor
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend for her birthday and from being greeted as we opened the door to the time we left, we experienced delicious food and great service. If you want speed dining this is not the place for you. It’s intentionally slow-paced so you can relax and enjoy every course. One of my pet peeves when dining out is for the entree to arrive before you’ve had the chance to finish the appetizer or salad, so was very happy with the time between courses. I ordered the French onion soup, and was disappointed but the standard salad was very tasty and the rainbow trout was delicious. I also enjoyed the plum tart with cinnamon ice cream. We agreed that we need to dine at L’Auberge Chez Francois more often!

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Dan12
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is rather expensive, especially for lunch. But the food is absolutely delightful. However I think the corkage fee of $40 per bottle is too much.

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PatriciaD
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated an anniversary lunch here. Service was outstanding, and the food was delicious. They did acknowledge the anniversary and served us a delightful piece of cake to help celebrate. Highly recommend!

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vipMikeB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual lovely lunch and the service was awesome! Never fails since the food items are so fresh! The Halibut was out of this world simple but well prepared .

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Eddie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Service and food. Always love the ambience and food service

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janetl
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch on the patio celebrating our anniversary.

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vipViolachic
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate lunch on the very spacious, covered patio in 91-degree weather. A light breeze kept us surprisingly comfortable. The food and waitstaff were outstanding, as always. It was a very gracious way to celebrate a special occasion.

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Hsbeach
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and wonderful service

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vipLindaB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been many years since we had driven out to Great Falls to dine at this well reputed restaurant. It far exceeded our expectations! It excelled in every way. Wish it were closer to town, but we will surely not wait so long to return.

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Chipsbird
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful dinner with our family at Auberge. A fantastic start to getting back to fine dining after the pandemic. The food exceeded our high expectations. We all ordered different food items - for appetizers, the softshell crab special (a personal favorite of mine), the wagyu beef cheeks, French onion soup and the rocquefort tart. They were all delicious. For entrees one had the “smorgasbord” chef’s selection of beef, veal, crab and lobster, the lobster, rack of lamb and I had the halibut. The halibut, which could be viewed as a mundane choice, was elevated by being perfectly cooked and dressed lightly with a beurre blanc sauce. The house salads were exquisitely fresh (probably made with greens and herbs from the Auberge garden). The amuse bouche was a thimble of split pea soup. This would not have been my choice but it was good. The sorbet served mid-meal was refreshing. Finishing up, two had soufflés deemed magnificent (both the grand marnier and the chocolate), cheesecake and for me, my favorite plum tart with cinnamon ice cream. We started our dinner with aperitifs, including the Auberge special which was a sparkling wine with cassis (similar to a Kir Royale). We had a short walk down memory lane with the maitre’d as I had first eaten at L’Auberge in 1967 when it was on lower Connecticut Avenue near the White House. Still going strong since 1954 with consistent excellence. We can’t wait to return.

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vipOak2709
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal and experience

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vipNoVaFoodie
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. We ate in the main “upstairs” restaurant but in outdoors tent. Tables well spaced lots of air circulating due tnoncquiet fans. Superb service and food was magnifique! Great restaurant and glad to have it near us.

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jojo01
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful & dinner !Highly recommend Chez Francois

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GARYS
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Celebrated our wedding anniversary and were given champagne. A very thoughtful touch. You get what you pay for. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom and sister out for lunch for their birthdays. The menu was very similar to what we remember from 30 years ago, not that we are complaining! The only issue was that service was really slow. While we weren’t in a rush, the four course lunch took three hours and it took a while to flag the server down to get the check.

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brian
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder as usual. We all met for the first time in over year. Memorable.

FAQs

L'Auberge Chez Francois is rated 4.9 stars by 6868 OpenTable diners.

L'Auberge Chez Francois does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/gift-certificates/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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