La Chaumiere
La Chaumiere

La Chaumiere

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lachaumieredc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 338-1784
  • 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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La Chaumiere reviews from OpenTable diners
205 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (129)romantic (115)fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (104)notable wine list (59)great for lunch (30)good for groups (19)great for brunch (8)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A Little bit of Paris
    afan
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    La Chaumiere is a charming small restaurant in the middle of Georgetown. It is a little bit of Paris in the quaintest part in Washington, D.C. The food, ambiance and service will delight the most sophisticated diner... in other words, it will never disappoint. ....afan
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another lovely meal
    NomNominDCVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is my second or third time at La Chaumiere everything was excellent as always. I had the venison and my boyfriend had the steak au poivre - both were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A magical world - that's La Chaumiere
    Barbara
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    As soon as you walk into La Chaumiere you're transported into a world away from the city - fire roaring in the middle of the room (if it's cold outside) and a room that makes you feel like you're in a French lodge. The food is amazing - and staff delightful, and surprisingly the prices are incredibly reasonable. Love, love, love this place and have for over 30 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a French experience in Washington, DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Delicious French food, lovely French Thatched Roof Cottage atmosphere, quaint and cozy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, pretty good service
    stlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great food, authentic french dishes prepared perfectly. Service was inattentive at first (15 min to take a drink order) but improved as the meal went on. I plan to return. The caesar salad was one of the best I've ever had, and we also thought the pike dumpling appetizer was excellent. The souflees are not to be missed -- we tried both types and we both thought the gran marnier version was the winner, although the chocolate was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 200freeVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    A truly phenomenal experience. The service was fantastic, very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu, France and French food. Our dinner was delicious, nicely presented, properly sized portions and so very tasteful. Lastly, the restaurant is quite appropriately decorated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    jc0425
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We were staying in DuPont Circle and decided to head over to La Chaumiere because of the reviews. They didn't disappoint. It was the best onion soup and special house sausages that I ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good and so cute!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    All 4 diners in our group reported excellent food on a busy Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    gradschoolgourmand
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The ambiance and wait staff were better than I hoped for. It is good for special occasions. I arrived quite early, around 6pm, and was seated at a table near the fire place. The ambiance was very quiet- something that I enjoy- and the noise didn't increase too drastically as the evening got busier. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing, and most importantly the food was delicious. I had rabbit, cooked to perfection, it melted in the mouth. She had the duck in currant sauce which tasted heavenly. Highly recommended for special occasions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    Golfers
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Not a busy night and service was excellent. Food was very good and wine list fits the food perfectly. All round very good dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Celebration
    KateInDCVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We're long time fans and brought friends to celebrate a birthday at La Chaumiere. Now there are three more fans! They loved the trout meuniere, but my husband and I again enjoyed the tournados of beef with the most delicious wine sauce. Crème brulee thrilled the birthday girl but I can never pass up the apple tart -- be sure to order it at the same time as your entrée!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Bill
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    My wife and I love this place, the food is very good and the service is excellent. It's also quite a Washington scene. Even on Monday nights, it can be a lively place, and you never know who you'll see there, including politicians and journalists. We have a great time people watching (discreetly, of course!). My only negative comment is that Open Table has two dollar signs for the restaurant, but it probably deserves three. It can be pricey when you factor in a bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    For years This has been one of our very favorite restaurants. Recently We brought out of town friends who love French dining. Great expectations. However this visit disappointed us. The service was so slow. Three hours slow. The explanation was that there was a party upstairs and the kitchen is very small. Not at a so sorry. We are so sorry to be so disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sometimes it's nice to go classic
    Raven
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Solid food, fun waiter, traditional interior. Was nice to miss the craziness of the city's "trendiest" restaurants and go with one where no one rushed us, they were happy to make our requests a reality, and there was old world charm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maewest64
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had out-of-town guests who requested dinner at La Chaumiere, which is where we dined last visit. Met all our expectations with great waiter, consistently good food, and authentic ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ici un bon mot ...
    FoodieX2VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    A charming little taste of France. Food is well prepared, service started out a little cool but warmed up nicely. La Chaumiere provides a cozy atmosphere that is not found often in today's modern restaurants. Easy to come back to ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trummy
    Trummy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Seated promptly, beverages offered immediately, specials well explained, courses well paced and the food excellent in every respect. We will return again and recommend to friends who enjoy French bistro food at moderate prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vive La France (in Georgetown)
    DawnTraveller
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We were staying very close by and wanted an authentic French menu, good service, reasonable wine that we could order by the glass and no presumptiousness. La Chaumiere ticks all the boxes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Louise
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is a gem of a restaurant with a varied menu of typical French country dishes. The trout almandine was delicious and nicely garnished with fresh veggies. Service was rushed and not overly attentive but that made it quick and easy. Desserts looked spectacular as well. We were lucky to get a table so I would recommend reservations as the place was packed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
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    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.
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    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
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    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).
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    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
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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.
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    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.