La Cote D'Or

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$30 and under
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French
This cozy French Restaurant serves only the finest and freshest ingredients each time it prepares an unforgettable meal. A charming spot tucked away in Arlington East Falls Church will not disappoint you. French dining which is not pretentious or expensive, La Cote d"Or works for a quiet romantic evening or a casual week night meal. New owner Jacques Imperato, previous owner of Mediterranee Restaurant, will take care to ensure that your dining experience is a good one.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

When making a reservation, diners should be notified that they will be placed in what appeared to be an enclosed porch area with no decor, drafty. The main dining area was full. We were about to leave and asked about an open table in the bar area. Turns out it was free but had not been offered to us.

b
London
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. Try any of the soups on appetizer menu. Don’t forget the Floating Island for dessert. A treat to have on the menu.A place you can have a conversation with dining partners and not have to raise your voice.

BW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Friendly and attentive service. The Beef Bourguignon and Chocolate Mousse was excellent, however, everything else I tried was average to bad. The Escargot and Bouillabaisse was the worst I’ve had and the Creme Brulee was almost like scrambled eggs.

v
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious prix fixe post-Valentine lunch on Sunday. The paté and soup appetizers were copious, and the leek and red pepper quiches were outstanding. A floating island and a crème caramel were a perfect finish to this lunch. The service was professional and efficient. We’re returning in early March!

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners here and the food and service was fantastic. We will definitely be making this a regular dinner spot.

RJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service at La Côte d’Or were, as always, excellent. The reason for my lower rating is due to a frustrating mixup between the restaurant and Open Table. The reservation was for Valentines Day, and, knowing that La Côte d’Or always has a delicious service on Valentines, we went online to reserve a table for that day. Open Table showed reservations available at 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00, and we chose to reserve 3:00. But the day before the reservation, the restaurant called to tell us that the kitchen would close at 3:00, and we needed to move our reservation to earlier. Which we did, but when we arrived, we discovered that the Valentines menu was only for the dinner time, and we would need to order off the regular lunch menu. Our lunch was quite good, but it was not “special.” We wish that either the restaurant or Open Table had thought to tell us about the hours for the Valentines menu or the fact that the special menu would also be served on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to Friday. Having prepared ourselves in expectation of a special occasion, we went home in some disappointment.

JL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

La Cote D'Or is a great restaurant for friends to dine comfortably and engage and protracted conversation. It was exactly what we were looking for on this outing. It's quiet, tables are nice spaced.

FS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jacques' La Cote D'Or is our favorite French Restaurant. We have followed him for the last 20 years in this his third establishment. You cannot beat his steaks, pom frites (best in the metro DC area), and wines (which are great values). You are safe to order anything off the menu--you will not be disappointed.
We like the ambiance and usually the noise level is very low which adds to the enjoyment of the culinary experience. I recommend you try the "Jacques" experience.

N
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great about this quiet, off the beaten track wonderful restaurant. Very authentic and yummy.

IC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at La cote D'Or and was it good! The food was delicious and the service outstanding. Thank you!

LG
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gem of a restaurant serves the best Dover Sole and for dessert an amazing dish of raspberries with caramel.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good experience in this cozy French restaurant. I highly recommend friends to come.

LR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went there for restaurant week. Loved that you could order off the menu and weren't limited to a few items. We had delicious food and great service. It was so nice to be in a restaurant where you didn't have to shout to be heard. A perfect Sunday dinner destination.

JW
London
17 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good choice if your'e looking for French cuisine, in American portion.

B
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday dinner at your place this past Sunday. The Winter Restaurant Week specials were fabulous, a great deal, and the service was excellent. I had only been to Cote D'Or once before, maybe about 10 years ago, but since the restaurant is on the way to my son's house, I'm going to make this a regular go-to place when my wife is out of town and not cooking dinner!!

Keep up the good work.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best french restaurant in the dmv

R
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We walked in there was nobody to greet us. We waited for 10 minutes at least. While we were there another guest came out of the dining room and was very upset because the restaurant has taken his credit card 20 minutes before and he still Didn’t have it back

For me however, the worst moment was when I saw an employee coming out of the mens room as I was headed into it. After I washed my hands, I realized that there were no towels in the bathroom. So what did that guy just wipe his hands on, he even clean them?

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Creme Brûlée was eggy. Might have been a restaurant week thing.

S
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We like going to La Cote D'or, especially during restaurant week. $35 for onion soup, chicken cordon bleu and peach bread pudding. My husband had escargot, veal schnitzel and chocolate mousse. Great meal for $70. Of course, a couple drinks, a bottle of wine and cappuccino basically doubled that price. Service was attentive and informed without being intrusive. We sat in the back on the cozy back room with lots of windows, so we could watch the traffic passing. A little chilly on a cold night, but still pleasant. The restaurant offers a lot of choices for RW, something for everyone,if you like French food. Decent wine list too.

BC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most consistently delightful French restaurants in Northern Virginia.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have been going there occasionally for close to 30 years but am not a regular. The food has declined over time. Last night when i asked for a different table away from the service station i was met by additude and a comment that he couldn't reseat everyone even though there were only 3 other tables taken. I was given a different table but when the place is empty why would you seat someone at the worst table in the place first? I understand it may get busy later but so what. The place is close which is why I have been going for the last few years but i dont see me going back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I live in Falls Church and always wanted to go. I expected the menu to be more French (say, escargot and frogs) but didn't see that. Not a disappointment though, the food was quite good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

NS
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food is not impressive. The desert was not good. I played safe and ordered a dark chocolate mousse cake. It was flat and I just tried and then gave up. My main course was a salmon dish, too too salty even they cooked a new one , still way too salty. I won’t go back to this restaurant again.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Charming cozy traditional French restaurant. Food was mixed - nice trout but leek soup bland & bread pudding soggy. Restaurant week was certainly good value.

F
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely brunch on Sunday. The food is much improved from our prior visit and I look forward to returning soon. The quiche Lorraine is delicious.

s
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience3

Did the restaurant just have the carpet cleaned??? I have been to La Cote d'Or many times over the last two decades, and the food is always consistently good and the service excellent. Saturday night, however, there was an overpowering odor -- my husband said it smelled like PineSol -- that was prevalent the entire time I was there. The food was just OK, but who would know? I could barely taste anything because of the overwhelming sickly sweet chemical odor. I should have left before I ordered. The smell was even on my clothes the next day. I probably won't go back.

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent. We try to get specials since it can be pricey.

LG
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the bouliabase! The service is always great -- even when busy. Very friendly and professional staff.

d
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance.

MN
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Typically I only come here when a friend of mine who loves French food wants to go out to eat. Don't get me wrong, the food has always been good, it's just that French cuisine is not one of my preferences. Took a friend from out of town here and we both had fantastic meals. I had the pork schnitzel (yes, the irony of ordering a German dish in a French restaurant was not lost on me nor on our waiter!) and my friend had the seafood crepes. Both were exquisite.
The dessert selection was top notch as well with my chocolate mousse mouth wateringly rich and his apple tart a tasty treat as well.
The only weak link was the French 75 cocktail I had. Bland and tasteless. bleck.

HM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love La Cote D'Or. They make the best Dover Sole and all the other dishes are wonderful, too.

TS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were on the patio (closed in for winter), so it was nice and quiet, although it didn't seem to be too much louder in other rooms. Even though we were at the far end, the service was good, although a little slow - but we were in no hurry, and wanted to enjoy the evening. The food was wonderful, from the pate to the scallops. The wild boar veered onto the fruitier side, which was good but different than the more savory dishes we have had elsewhere. I wish the lighting had been a little lower, but on the bright side, we could certainly read the menu. All in all, a lovely way to spend Christmas Eve.

EC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with wonderful atmosphere. We really enjoyed our lunch there.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value and delicious sauce I’ve organic sustainabily raised food

C
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a sure bet coming to Jacques’ place!
We wanted the sweetbreads and even though they were not on the lunch menu, the Chef fixed them up for us and they were so good!
Waitstaff is top notch!
Today I picked up my bûche de Noel and the place, rightly so, was packed! Good going Jacques!

E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food!

MD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great cozy place to meet friends. Two course lunch special great value.

RC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. We are four friends who meet here for lunch once a month. We wouldn’t change a thing.

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our lunch was, in most respects, very good. Once again, the exception was the noise level. My wife and I had difficulty conversing throughout our meal. Other than this, we enjoyed our dining experience.