Permanently Closed - French Hound Brasserie

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38 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Enjoy delicious French Cuisine in a lively environment. Elegance is found in a relaxed atmosphere with French comfort food, a great beer & wine selection and signature cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French American
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Hours of Operation
Tue–Sat 11:00–23:00
Sun 11:00–21:00
Brunch
Sun 11:00–15:00
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Phone number
(571) 333-1881
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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4.5
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4.2
ambience
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PJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our favorite restaurant to stop at when we were in louden for wine/beer tastings. Great food, great service, amazing people. It breaks my heart that they had to close their doors this weekend. The French Hound will be greatly missed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was fantastic. I’ve been to their restaurant in Middleburg before (loved it) and finally got around to trying the Lansdowne one. We started with the Ratatouille pizza and one of my companions had the French Onion soup. Loved them both. I had the Steak Frites and it was fabulous. My companions had the salmon and the duck and both raved.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The place is closing next week. Won't miss it.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They are always consistent with the food, drinks and ambiance. A favorite place to go with or without kids.

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We used to love this place when it was in Middleburg a few years ago. Unfortunately, in my opinion it has gone in the wrong direction. The bigger place--almost empty on a Saturday night, by the way--is no where near as warm and inviting. The food was also not nearly as good. Some specifics: a steak frittes with no onglet / hangar steak?!? Now the steak frittes uses a sirloin?!? Why? And to tenderize it, there's a strong marinade--soy sauce, vinegar?--which hides any beef taste. The fries weren't very good. The bread? No self-respecting restaurant in France would dare put that supermarket bake at home fluff on their tables. The bouillabaisse had two small obviously previously frozen shrimp, two overcooked and rubbery scallops; the two small clams and two mussels were fine, as was the white fish. The broth was ok, it did have a garlic and fennel taste, but wasn't knock you out good. I really wanted to (still) like this place after having a number of excellent meals and experiences over the years it was in Middleburg, but I just did not. Won't be returning.

k
London
380 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a lovely dinner at French Hound! Started with warm French bread perfect for dipping with our escargot appetizer. Yum! Then had mussels and salmon for our entrees. Food and service were all excellent. Highly recommend.

P
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there frequently. Food well prepared and good value for the price. Excellent service. We will keep going back.

SW
Richmond
51 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was very good - perhaps not outstanding but very good - the mussels were excellent and the bread also. The choice of wine was very good and the server was excellent. I only didn't give it a higher overall rating because the ambiance could be improved. Decor is pretty casual for a French restaurant with good food.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprised as how few people were here. Food was great, and our server was fantastic.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully prepared food with attentive service at a very reasonable price. Extensive wine list as well! Truly a formula for a great meal and great experience.

C
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent but service mediocre. Our waiter didn’t seem very knowledgeable, was forgetful and not very efficient.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it there! Our go-to spot for excellent French cuisine and service.

KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for mother’s day and was truly expecting great things. I was very underwhelmed. No fancy mother’s day menu, server was severely lacking personality and the value was not great. We started with a few small plate apps That were pretty good. Although the radishes with butter and salt were strange. We ordered three kids meals, grilled shrimp and veggies were good, pasta with red sauce was flavorless and the pizza was overloaded with cheese. The can’t swallow it gag you amount. They didn’t have a sirloin so they replaced it with a skirt steak for the same price... my wife had the filet ($45) that was over cooked and lacked flavor as well. The au gratin potatoes were good. She actually preferred my skirt steak. For $136 I’d much rather have gone somewhere else. Don’t think I’ll go back but glad to have tried it.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very good, dessert and cappuccinos were even more amazing. Service was a little slow but all around pleasant. Atmosphere was nice, wasn’t crowded or loud. Would definitely go back again.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Fish special (skate) was predominately flour coating. Fish was served drenched in a huge amount of capers.

F
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We haven't eaten at French Hound since they moved and are sorry we haven't. The lobster pot pie, bacon, apple and blue cheese pizza, and lemon pound cake dessert were great. Well prepared, well served. We'll be back soon!

GE
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend trying this place. It is a hidden gem. The food is excellent and the service was amazing.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice menu, excellent service, well-prepared food. We will add this place to our “restaurant rotation”.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love the French Hound Brasserie! This time we brought good friends and our experience was as wonderful as always. We will be back many more times.

C
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for lunch, a french Bistro ambiance .
I went on a Saturday for lunch and it was not busy at all.
They have a nice little Patio, but the winds were too strong to sit outside. On a nice day I would definitely sit outside.
We had some nice wine , their wine list is affordable and some good choices on the variety
I had the steak frites and it was delicious. The salad was tasty and well prepared and fresh.
The terrine was well presented and tasty.
Definitely will go back and try another offering from the menu.

GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, light and airy space. A menu with something for all tastes. Delicious food. Iced tea was fresh and free-flowing. Our server Jeremy was particularly accommodating.

ES
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The French dishes are excellent, while the panini was tasteless according to the diner who ordered it.

JC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food took a tad longer to get to us, but we are not fussy, plus it gave us longer to chat. They were not hurrying us to eat and get out, which is nice. Fantastic food and cocktails, pleasant waiter, great little place.

k
London
380 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner from start to finish! Had escargot, ceasar salad and salmon. All perfectly cooked and presented. Nice cocktails too.

OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming here as a family. The food is wonderful and they are kid friendly as well. The staff is very attentive and always ensure our dinners an enjoyable night out.

ND
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our "go to" spots. The food and service are consistently on the mark and exactly what a French Bistro should be. It is such a much better value than most of the options in the Ashburn area.

D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and drinks were outstanding. We had the stuffed quail appetizer, lobster pot pie and filet mignon entrées, and beignets for dessert. The drinks were dirty martini, Kentucky mule, and a bottle of malbec. Our server, Adam, was also excellent. Overall, a great dining experience.

AR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant! Need to dim the lights, a bit, though. Will make the effort to go more frequently as we live within walking distance.

R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Live the French Hound. Wish it would move back to Middleburg!

GE
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great neighborhood find. Food is always freshly made and very well prepared. Unpretentious French food. We love the Chorico Pizza.

LC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice dinner on Valentine's Day. We went with a couple of special menu items & also from the regular menu. We noticed many of the much loved dishes from the Middleburg menu. We were also impressed with so many new (to us) dishes so we will be back to try them. Service was excellent and the owners were present, which is always a good sign. The wine choices are extensive, and we were given tastings before ordering. There is a separate space for groups, which will keep in mind!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service needs improvement.

DR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for Valentine's Day dinner. The food was good, but not great. The restaurant was too bright for a romantic dinner. We asked for our French fries to be "extra crispy" but they came out as "extra soggy." We were also shocked at the prices ... four star prices, but a three star meal.

AB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice lunch here on Valentine's Day. The food and service were great!

v
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at the French Hound all the time. Great food every time.

KC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ambiance 4 instead of 5 because we loved the Middlesburg location, though it's now only 15 instead of 50 mins away. Food, service, and overall atmosphere never disappoint. Our go to celebration restaurant.

d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not great, wouldn’t go back anytime soon.

OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We go to the French Hound on a regular basis. The food and service are always good. It’s both adult and kid friendly. We look forward to many future dinners there.