La Chaumiere
La Chaumiere

La Chaumiere

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lachaumieredc.com/
  • Phone: 2023381784
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm –10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Orange
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private rooms: Terrace/front room seats up to 14 guests, and upstairs/2nd floor seats up to 40 guests. Customized menus available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Martin Lumet 2023381784

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking or public lot. For dinner, for $8.00, 2 hours of validated parking at Four Seasons Hotel.
A word from La Chaumiere
La Chaumiere is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Now entering its 37th year, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
La Chaumiere reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)romantic (113)neighborhood gem (94)fit for foodies (92)notable wine list (59)great for lunch (34)good for groups (15)great for brunch (8)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Ambiance!
    MillsVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    There's always a buzz here, and the food never changes. It is always highly reminiscent of France and like going back in time, in a positive way. I had heard there was a chef change, but did not notice any difference at all. I checked the internet menu and some of my favorite dishes were missing. However, when we dined they were still there...the baked oysters with ginger and hazlenuts are wonderful, the foie gras superb and that's all I ever order. My companions were very happy with their beef and seafood dishes, their beet salad and oysters to start. A great place, particularly in the fall and winter, when you just want to be in France! Don't ever change, La Chaumiere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a longtime standby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I've been dining at La Chaumiere for over fifty years. The ambiance and service remain 'top drawer'. Perhaps it was an 'off day' for lunch however, food was acceptable, but certainly not worthy of note. A disappointment from the days when exceptionally fine dining was a given at La Chaumiere. I sincerely hope that this experience was an anomaly. Would be a shame if such a venerable institution, with lovely ambiance and excellent service was not matched by superior cuisine. In my opinion, first and foremost, a restaurant must be rated on the kitchen and, with all due respect, more attention needs to be paid.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Both service and food were poor. I ordered the lobster bisque. Who ever made it had a heavy hand with a very hot spice that made it unable to eat. My tenderloin steak was over cooked. It was honestly the worst meal I ever had. So disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service is quite poor, food is fair
    lion
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We received the table by the entrance, and were ignored for most of the time by the sever, who was neither pleasant not tres knowledgeable. Food is decent and fair, typical French bistro fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    greatdining
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Three of us went for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. I had pike dumpling in lobster sauce, marinated duck breast and Grand Marnier souffle. My wife asked what vegetables they had, as not on the menu, and was told green beans, so she asked for an appetizer portion; the cook offered to do them with tomatoes and garlic and it turned out very well. The rest of her meal was beef tenderloin and she shared the apple tarte with our friend, who had the pumpkin soup and rack of lamb. The service was excellent; Rene, our waiter, was very helpful with meal information and hovered expertly, especially over the bottle of wine. We arrived at 5:30pm on Sunday so were among the first to be served, which certainly helped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Rate
    DCBillVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food and service. Had venison, salmon in pastry. Onion soup and baked oysters. Deserts, apple tart and souffle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service is lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As usual, the food and atmosphere was memorable. As has often been the case, the service was not as attentive as one would expect from the high caliber of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent French Cuisine
    JHfoodies
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We ate here for the first time for an anniversary dinner. We enjoyed duck foie gras, salmon in puff pastries, veal cheeks, and creme brulee. Everything was absolutely delicious. Service was good - our waiter recommended an excellent white wine to go with our duck foie gras - and the atmosphere was just as you'd imagine a French provincial restaurant - a welcome retreat from the busy Georgetown neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • room for improvement
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    All the reviews that i read made it seem better than it was. As much as i like french cooking, it's unlikely I'll go back
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  • Forever sublime
    Francochile
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This restaurant has been in DC longer than I have. Recent transplant from CA- 1981, Still superb. The grand mariner souffle is to die for. Pleasant perfect service, exquisite dishes and the correct portions. Aw what the heck been dining here for years, will dine here for years to come, both lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SkipBuzzVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Very well prepared bistro fare in a large, busy, bistro hall. Decent wine list at good prices. Good service. Busy place that can get loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Am I in Burgundy?
    LHK429VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    La Chaumiere never fails to make me feel like I'm in Burgundy. It's crazy that you walk in off M Street to this charming and very French scene. The quenelle is very light and fluffy, and the sauce is delicious. You'll want to dip bread in to get every drop. My husband is still raving about the sweetbreads (I'll take his word for it - wouldn't touch the stuff). Friend's trout was perfectly done. My cassoulet was good - more tomato-y than I expected. Gran Marnier souffle for dessert is like nothing else I've had in Washington. Yeah, the dining room is a little cramped, but once you sit down, it doesn't matter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as Usual
    OliverVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The wait staff was terrific. I have been going to La Chaumiere for many years and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Tahoeblue
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We chose La Chaumiere, based on the Zagat rating and recommendations. What a charming visual , when you first step inside. We were greeted warmly and seated quickly. We lingered over a excellent lunch, truly prepared,in the manner of fine French cuisine. The server was present and attentive as was the backwater. The lunch was a 2 hour delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit will not be the last
    FrequentFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I dined at La Chaumiere for the first time this past Saturday evening. making the trek all the way from Pikesville, MD. We were not disappointed. Every detail was attended to perfectly. Hubby said he has never had better scallops and we have dined in many fine French restaurants including in Annapolis, Philadelphia and New York as well as others in Georgetown. I ordered the duck and the fruity sauce was delectable and the side of wild rice was a nice complement. We shared an apple tart for dessert and it was a perfect ending. We had a very authentic French waiter who reminded us of the servers we had in Paris. We highly recommend La Chaumiere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Cooking, Still Going Strong
    JLT04
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Welcoming atmosphere, with classic French cooking, as it has been for years. Looking forward to fireplace when temperature drops this winter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    erliVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Is a good restaurant but not outstanding food, the warm apple tart was delicious. Friendly service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    great food, but table space was tight- very close to the next table. Lots of people crammed into the restaurant, but surprisingly the noise level wasn't too bad (perhaps the acoustics of the building helped).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like Oaris
    jean
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As a former Paris resident, I can say that this place comes close to a French country inn. Close, because although the waiters are French and very attentive, they work at an American, not a French pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An oasis
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A quiet respite from the workaday world, and a step into old European civility.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dover Sole in town
    CESLBVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    La Chamiere has been our French restaurant in Georgetown for years now. They have a consistent good menu and food quality, and service is good and friendly. Their Dover Sole, although a bid pricy but worth it, is the best in town.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You did it again
    Gr8service
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This time, celebrating several promotions with a small team and the staff of La Chaumiere made it a great experience. Attentive and friendly service, excellent food, all at a place that I have been visiting for more than two decades. What a gem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Classic old-style French. Excellent liver, baked mussels, chocolate profiteroles.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Authentic French bistro, friendly and attentive service and classic French menu. The restaurant was recommended by the owner of our favorite French restaurant in our home town, and it did not disappoint.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food is always great and the ambiance is wonderful - service was a bit off with having to ask for more water and having to ask for another drink or glass of wine - would be nice if waiter was a bit more attentive in that aspect.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service
    PJA1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    On a positive note the food and ambiance were excellent. However the service was amongst the worst I have experienced in memory. After delivering our appetizer in a timely manner, our entrees were provided with some delay. Unfortunately that was the last time we we're provided with any service the remainder of the evening. No water refills whatsoever with empty glasses, and then sitting for approximately 45 minutes with our finished entree plates and no sign of our waiter. We finally got his attention and requested the check, only to have him disappear for another 10 minutes. We then approached the host to provide our check, or we may still be in the restaurant. The restaurant manager was as much to blame as the waiter given the issues.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic French in Georgetown
    foodnerdVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is probably the place that parents have taken their college kids to dinner for decades past. It is a tight dining room as the waitstaff whizz by with hot souffles and escargot. The room was full on a Saturday night in August, mostly older groups and a few families. The food is classically French, no nouveau aspects here- a beautiful cheese souffle, airy with Emmenthaler cheese, delicious all alone. The lobster bisque was briny and concentrated. The seafood stew - full of shellfish and garlicky rouille floating on top. A seared duck breast was a generous portion with a berry reduction, cooked perfectly. Save some room for the wonderful chocolate or gran marnier souffles with creme anglais.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cannot give feedback
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We attended a performance at Blues Alley from 8 PM to 9:30 but the restaurant was closed right at 9:30 and we cannot have dinner.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    La Chaumiere is one of our family favorites for special occasions. Having been away for a while, my recent visit there last week reminded me of two things: first, why it is one of our favorites, and second, not to stay away so long again. Dinner was masterful, service flawless, and all in all an impeccable evening.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French ambiance
    yoyoVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One of the few real French atmosphere and cuisine. Love the souffle !
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bartender WAY off his mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    stick with wine or simply drinks. the bartender's make of a manhatten and old fashioned was way off!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mimi
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This gem has been great ever since the first time I ate there in 1979.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dinner for two
    Beatrice
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We hadn't been at la Chaumière in a long time: we should visit more often! Dinner was excellent, (very traditional French: ah, those sauces...), portions not too big (so we each could have a three-course dinner without feeling stuffed), service attentive, décor a bit kitsch. My only issue was that the tables were a little crowded and it was hard not to overhear loud talkers... We want to go back for their couscous night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secluded table?
    mimo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Maybe it was because it was restaurant week on a Saturday night, but all we could get was a 6 pm reservation for 2, rather than 7 pm. We were seated right next to the waiters' station by the fireplace. We had asked for a secluded table worthy of celebrating an anniversary. A French woman I know told us this was the only place for excellent French food. The food was excellent but we were very rushed by the waiter, finished and presented the check and out of there by 7 pm. Not exactly a French dining experience which is more leisurely. I don't know if I will return.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was there during restaurant week and would love to return on a normal evening but nonetheless our meal was delicious and the service was very good. The restaurant is charming. We did find our table to be lacking some privacy as many of the smaller tables are against the wall and very close together. But regardless, we would return and recommend. The veal is superb.....very tender and beautifully prepared.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • InmanEater
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here overall but didn't feel that it beat out our current favorite date-night restaurant in DC. There were some really great parts of the meal - the duck was cooked well and the salmon in puff pastry was very tasty. Also, you can't beat the souffle. However, the sides were very bland (steamed veggies and rice). And, our table was very close to the ones next to us. So much so, that you can't avoid chatting with your neighbors to avoid the awkwardness. It was good, but I don't know if we will be back soon.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • martydl
    martydl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very nice selection for restaurant week. The food and service were excellent. A nice friendly neighborhood restaurant and a good choice in Georgetown.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Good Service
    SeaCrisVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been dining at La Chaumiere for 30 years. Always a great meal. We went for restaurant week. The portions were smaller, of course, but still delicious. The service was a bit off. The hostess barely said hello. Our waiter was appalling slow and inattentive, but this is the first time I have had less than stellar service. Another waiter noticed our impatience and quickly took our order in a pleasant and efficient manner. I will continue to dine here and write this off as one night of less than great service. I would still recommend La Chaumiere to anyone and everyone.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great Food
    Upton
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had lunch here, our first time at this restaurant, food was very good and so was the service, well definitely go back and try dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Excellent
    nickVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have eaten at La Chaumiere often and it is always an enjoyable evening with consistently excellent service and food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic