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
184 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (118)romantic (111)neighborhood gem (90)fit for foodies (86)notable wine list (61)great for lunch (35)good for groups (15)great for brunch (11)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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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 !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really great main courses
    Appppplepie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Every main course is super amazing. Pastry salmon will be strongly recommended. And for dessert, puff with vanilla ice-cream is perfect.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    squasher
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This place is still wonderful after so many years. Food service ambiance terrific. Smiles, helpful just so comfortable. Portions are not overwhelming but never skimpy. Will always continue to go there when I feel jaded and need a reminder that lovely spots still exist in fast modernizing loud DC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wonderful dinner, great food, service and ambience. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not bad
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I visited La Chaumiere for restaurant week. The food was good and the atmosphere was really nice. However, the seating was not the best because everyone was packed so close together which really took away from having a romantic dinner for two. On a positive note, the restaurant week menu was really good. It was our first time so it would have been nice to have received more interaction from our waiter. All in all, a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We love le chaumiere but the noise level was very very high
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had high hopes
    lovestodine
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Having lived in France, I had high hopes . . . The food was relatively good, but not memorable. Also, I felt extremely rushed as my plate was almost removed before I finished eating. I understand that Restaurant Week can be quite busy, but guests are still coming who will likely be back during a regular week if the experience is positive.
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  • Fine French food in Georgetown
    MyReviewVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    ... hard to beat, especially during Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great except for appetizers
    Angeleyes
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The restaurant was wonderful. Coming in from the rain everyone was warm and inviting.. The waitress was very nice but somewhat overworked due to it being restaurant week and crowded. The baked mussels were overdone. However the trout was wonderful as was the Peach Melba.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous French Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We always try to have a meal at La Chaumiere when we are visiting DC. It never fails to impress. We celebrated an anniversary and birthday this past visit. The Cucumber soup, Dover Sole, Steak au Poivre, Chocolate Soufflé, Tarte aux Pommes, red wine, service and ambiance were all stellar. We are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very professional
    Chrisphil
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As one who does not afford the chance to eat out often, I wanted to pick an anniversary spot carefully. Was very happy with the choice. Escargot and Grand Marnier-flavored soufflé were each amazing (better than the chocolate soufflé). Asked for guidance in choosing a wine and the waiter picked a great one for me. Very enjoyable experience with very polite and accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A traditional French ambience
    Gourmette
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We found out about La Chaumiere only a few months ago, unfortunately, a place with genuine French traditional cuisine. The ambience is that of an auberge de campagne, with jovial and competent staff who will serve you a Kyr Royal with the right color, right fizz champagne and no lemon twist. Superb baguette. The traditional dishes, sole meunière, divinely prepared calf's liver, tasty salmon en croute, tender steak-frites, tripes like my French mother used to prepare, and many a dish with flavors and origins that take you to France. The desserts are redoubtable, particularly the soufflés. The owner will come to your table to make sure that you are/were satisfied with your choices, the service and the ambience. Very homey.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Captinbob
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Best French Restaurant and I just returned from France... It rivals the best in Paris... WOULD RECOMMEND HIGHLY !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Anniversary Meal to Remember
    BexLovesFood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary we wanted something that we wouldn't normally treat ourselves too. The atmosphere wasn't romantic for an anniv. per say, but it was comfortable, intimate & we were definitely able to talk to each other without feeling like having to share space w/the next table. The food was wonderful, flavorful and fresh! To start we had the soup du jour, cucumber soup & it was pretty special! We also had the escargot, which was traditional w/butter & herbs & was great. For the main dishes, we had the rabbit, & rack of lamb (ROL) and both were amazing! I'm not one for brown sauces but loved it on the ROL! The presentation was beautiful for both! You MUST save room for the apple tart & souffle, both worth it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb French Food
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    All of our food was expertly prepared. The baked mussels were outstanding, so was the soft shell crab and the venison and the soufflé.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food. GREAT wine list -- a 2010 Sainte-Estephe for $74? How can you complain? The calve's liver is wonderful! Crowded room, but not stuffy. New York noisy. NO music, which is great. The owner/chef is there carefully watching everything, so all is well in the world...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LesDCVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My wife and I first met at La Chaumiere 35 years ago (we were seated next to one another at a dinner hosted by a mutual friend). We later forged our own friendship, followed by a romance and eventually marriage. Suffice it to say, therefore, it holds a special place in our hearts; we celebrate almost every anniversary (31 so far), and many birthdays (number not revealed!), there. And we do so not just because of sentimental reasons, but because it is simply one of the best restaurants in town. The food is excellent, the service always attentive and pleasant, and the ambience charming and comfortable (although situated at the eastern edge of Georgetown, one feels is if in a small French cafe). We recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, but Crowded Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The only reason I cannot give a full 5 stars was due to the crowded room. My wife and I decided to spend our 1 year anniversary at La Chaumiere, and the reviews online made us very excited to try it. However, we were seated between two other tables (a 2-top and a 4-top) that were within 6-10 inches of our table. I could have touched the food on their plates without fully extending my elbow; it made the entire experience less romantic and enjoyable. It is partly my fault for not requesting a secluded table, because there were 3-4 tables that were sort of by themselves. I would recommend the restaurant, and I would definitely go back! Just remember to ask for special accommodations if you are looking for a quiet, romantic, atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Robert
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We enjoyed celebrating our wedding anniversary at La Chaumiere. The food was excellent, the service was exceptional, and the atmosphere was perfect for a special event dinner. We had our first dinner date at La Chaumiere 37 years ago and it was important that everything about this special dinner should go well. It did and we will be back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.