La Cote D'Or
La Cote D'Or

La Cote D'Or

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lacotedorcafe.com/
  • Phone: (703) 538-3033
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dear Friends,

    Some of you may have heard about the incident that occurred after we closed on Monday, October 27th. Unfortunately, someone broke into La Cote D’Or and vandalized the establishment. We are happy to say that no one was hurt, and we are reopening tonight for dinner! As usual, Wednesday night is the time to save at La Cote D’Or. All entrees are buy one get one free when ordering two or more courses each. We thank you very much for your continued support and patronage. We look forward to seeing you all again at your convenience.

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    New Year's Day: 12:00pm - 8:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Raymond Campet
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Raymond, owner and executive chef will personally cater your affair either at your home or in an event room. From 25 to 250 people, he will prepare sit down dining or buffet.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining facilities are decorated with French Provence in mind in colors of blue and yellow. Beautiful painting by Van Gogh cover the walls with comfortable booth seating. Our set menus range in price to accommodate your party and style for lunch or dinner.
  • Private Party Contact: Raymond or Lynne 7035383033x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 66
  • Public Transit: East Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line) only a 8 minute walk
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our guests may park anywhere in the hotel lot adjacent to the restaurant. We also have street parking around the building.
A word from La Cote D'Or
This cozy French Restaurant serves only the finest and freshest ingredients each time it prepares a 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. Owners Lynne and Raymond Campet, always present, take care to ensure that your dining experience is a good one.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
La Cote D'Or reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (69)special occasion (51)fit for foodies (44)romantic (42)great for lunch (39)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (16)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Love it love it love it. We've been here for two dinners and one brunch. All outstanding. It is now our "go to" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had a really nice dinner here. Food was very good, ambiance was nice, and the owner stopped by and we had a lovely nice conversation. The pacing was good, not too fast but we didn't feel like we were particularly waiting at any point, and the service was very personalized to what we were looking for. The menu is traditional French, and I wasn't struck by anything being overtly innovative, but everything we ate was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickyeater
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We always enjoy eating here. The food is always well prepared and authentically French!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little gem
    lookin4goodfood
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This bistro on the border of Arlington and Falls Church has a country french feel, good food and attentive service. We ended up choosing selections from the prix fixe menu--ginger carrot soup, flounder with lobster sauce and coconut bread pudding. Delicious and the perfect amount of food--$21.00! I have had both dinner and lunch here and they never disappoint. No rush to move quickly through dinner and sufficiently quiet to have a delightful dinner conversation. I look forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Food!
    dabmu
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had the Dover sole and the calf liver; both were outstanding, full of flavor and texture. The space is a little bit cramped but we would go back tomorrow for the cuisine. Recommend parking further east along the street if you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    UncleBobVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    While slightly expensive (maybe not for the Washington DC area however), we try to eat at the long-time favorite local French restaurant every time we visit my son & his family in suburban D.C. This time, the addition of the scallops and ravioli appetizer was a wonderful addition. My son had the seafood bouillabaisse which was also outstanding. Another winner of a meal !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A awesome place!
    Amb1VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My husband and I went there for lunch. We ordered a interesting salad to share with loads of goodies in it. The salad was yummy. We then shared a tasty chicken dish - chicken in wine. Both were outstanding. The food and service could not have been better. They also offer specials. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service & ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The waiters were very courteous, discreet but very attentive. Nice environment: quiet, elegant without being coldly formal. The food was mostly quite good (seafood crepe, escargot appetizer), albeit in French-sized portions; my mussels with fries were a bit ordinary for the price, but that's probably the nature of the dish rather than of the cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining in the Falls Church
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We enjoyed brunch at La Cote D'Or in August when a friend visited from Detroit. We desired a nice brunch and had been wanting to try the venue for some time. We and our friend were not disappointed. Nice menu, and great service and food. When neighbors recently suggested that we drive into the District for 'Sunday Brunch,' we demurred and suggested La Cote D'Or, instead. Great idea! We enjoyed the shorter drive, the easy parking, and the great food and service. We sat in the 'patio' on both visits and look forward to main dining experience soon. in the In many ways, except for ease of communication with the very friendly wait staff, we could imagine we were in Paris.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Quality Restaurant
    OEGJ
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The service was courteous and fast. Explanations were precise. The meal was delicious and fully met our expectations. I have patronized this restaurant in the past and will continue to do so. It is pricy but the price/quality fit is satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service subpar food
    LemonyPersnicketVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My steak had to be sent back. Ordered medium well. It might have just made medium rare. Still cold in the middle. My friends 'crepe' was more like a cheesy pot pie w tiny chunks of seafood and biscuits on top. Waiter was great bringing her a replacement salad w ahi and getting my steak cooked at least to medium. I don't think I will come back but at least the service was nice. Ps I never send things back but both dishes were pricey and not done well at all
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  • Excellent French food, Charming Gem
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Where does La Cote D'Or get its fabulous lettuce? Its salads, with the thinnest sheen of perfect vinegarette, are exquisite. Its breads and quiches are stand-outs and every soup and entree I've tasted (multiple visits) have been wonderful renditions of French classics. The prices are reasonable and the service and lovely atmosphere make this longtime Arlington hideaway a treasured destination. The chocolate in the crepes is genuine (not that unwelcome short-cut of using Nutella). Clearly, there are chefs who are experienced and exacting. Never an unripe tomato served here! I live 30 minutes away, but eat here as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    Diane
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have been coming here for years. The food is always outstanding and the service is very attentive. The owner is very friendly and welcoming. The menu has wonderful selections and it's hard to make up your mind because all the food is delicious. Great wine list with great selections. I love this place because it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All the charm of France
    Friendsdineout
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It is a welcome relief to have a restaurant that is quiet and where one can have a decent dinner conversation. Waiters are omnipresent but discreet. Food is fabulous and the entire dining experience is intimate and pleasurable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food with a French Accent
    mufffie2day
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My friend suggested we go to La Cote d'Or to celebrate a birthday, so off we went. She chose her favorite Salade Benjamin as starter, with Herbed Salmon as entree. I had the special, with Filet of Sole Bordelaise as entree. The quality of the sole was excellent; the sauce gave the sole a light and complex originality. The green salad and apple tart were also beautifully prepared and delicious. We both found the meal delicious and most enjoyable. All members of the staff who assisted us were attentive and courteous. We were seated in the back room, which is attractively decorated in bright blue and white. The restaurant was well maintained. An associate was watering the outdoor plants and flowers as we arrived.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect as always
    Barboto
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I'd say we eat at Cote D'Or at least once a month. I've eaten almost everything on the menu over the years and every dish satisfies. This is good bistro cuisine in a comfortable setting. I can't wait to go again. The serving sizes are appropriate and allow you to enjoy 3-4 excellent courses without feeling stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    Happytodine
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We enjoyed our visit to include tasty appetizers, main course, desert and drinks. The service was great. Would take friends back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    LittleM
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We use La Cote D'Or for special occasions and then call most anything "special" so we can return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint, lovely and very french
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I loved the ambiance and the outstanding service. The food was extremely good. I could have been anywhere in France how authentic this place is. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot
    Jean
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    La Cote D'Or is a lovely little place and I usually enjoy casual lunches there. Dinner was nice with many upscale offerings. The prices were a bit more than I expected, given the very reasonable prices for lunch offerings. I appreciate that the waiter did not rush us after we had coffee, but would have rather he offer the check. I had to ask for it almost 45 min after our coffee was done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic French food
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Where does the chef find such great lettuce and perfect tomatoes for the exquisite salads served here? Artichokes are wonderful. Terrific sauces. The sausage and lentils are very special, as was the (rare) tuna salad. This is a charming place for lunch or dinner. The crepes are properly paper thin and hurrah, do NOT use Nutella as a shortcut for chocolate crepes. Great profiteroles. The cuisine is genuine French. Great care taken with the service. Wonderful food and reasonably priced (we were there at lunch and there were several $8 and $9 options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service
    sommelier
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Still needs service be improved. Used plates were left standing on the table for long.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special
    Doctor
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a superb restaurant with fine dining and fabulous French cuisine. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Reliable
    TravellerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Nine women for brunch at a restaurant we all have visited before. We were seated on the porch so our yakking had less impact on other guests, very nice of the restaurant. The food is always reliably good - quiche, mussels, eggs benedictions, desserts - all very good, as is the wonderful bread and butter. Portions are not huge but that's a good thing! The waiter was very nice and patient and gave us separate checks which makes it so much easier for a group. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marty
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The entree ordered (Calves' liver) was good; but it was not served with any vegetables. It came with 2 small swirls of mashed potatoes and 1/2 tomato. I should have noticed that the menu did not specify that all entrees came with some kind of vegetable. There was no mention. For $15 for a slice of liver, without vegetables, I did not believe worth it.
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  • La Cote D'or
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A favorite of ours. Consistently great food and service and good value in a very comfortable setting. Raymond and Lynn and their entire staff could not be more gracious or accommodating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in Arlington
    frequentfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This long-time French restaurant in Arlington has survived because it provides outstanding meals and very good service. We chose from the dinner specials that evening -- whole lobster and garlic shrimp. While the lobster required some work, it was well worth it. The shrimp was tastefully prepared and presented on a bed of spinach mashed potatoes. When we made the reservation, we requested a table in a quiet area and were pleased that the restaurant did honor that request. I have also had lunch at this restaurant and plan to go back for either or both meals. The quality and taste of the food makes it well worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant has been a long standing favorite for years. The Dover Sole is excellent, as is the Frisée salad. Order a soufflé when you reserve your table! The Grand Marnier is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok
    JamgalanVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I go here just because my boss likes to go here. I thought, their portion became smaller. I always order Calf liver. Last time it was awful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • an Evening at La Cote D'Or
    Gordone
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My date and I took advantage of the Wednesday special to order a surf and turf with a bottle of wine. The lamb chops and swordfish were done to perfection, the wine was superb, and the service was excellent. La Cote D'Or ensured we had a very special evening and they made our dining experience both pleasureable and memorable...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You made my day and my dinner :-)
    valp
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had driven by this place several time and wondered what was it like. Well it is great! We had a wonderful time. I highly recommend it for the food, the ambience and the service. I will become a regular. Thank you to the staff of La Cote D'Or.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Winner: Sunday Brunch
    WillimVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Sunday Brunch was thoroughly enjoyable. Eggs Benedict were perfect. Seafood crepes were the best my wife has ever had. Vegetable sides were similarly delicious. I've dined at La Cote D'Or scores of times over perhaps 30 years and never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    WillimVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have enjoyed La Cote D'Or for perhaps 30 years. The patrons are younger and more casually dressed these years, but the kitchen continues to produce excellent, delicious, classic French cuisine with many menu items hard to find elsewhere; think: French comfort food. It has always been a treat to dine here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable dinner
    Peach
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I had a very nice, enjoyable meal. A lot of traditional French fare, and nicely done, with a few surprises and innovations here and there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, tasty, and casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The staff at Côte d'Or were exceptionally welcoming and professional. The seafood crepe did not knock my socks off - the ingredients seemed to have come from a frozen mix because mushrooms and shrimp were too small and uniform looking, and the price/quality ratio was not great. However, my dining partner really enjoyed her Eggs Norwegian and the portion was just right. The baguette served with our meal was perfect - crunchy crust and soft fresh insides. It was a little tricky to park near the restaurant, and location is definitely not a high point. Overall, however, Côte d'Or provides an enjoyable way to brunch in a bistro setting on a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parisian Flair
    MsOolong
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I am sorry I waited so long to eat at La Cote D'Or! Everything about the restaurant was wonderful. In addition to their main menu, they offer an Early Bird prix fixe menu, as well as Daily Specials. All the food was fantastic. We started with a cold Tomato-Leek soup to cleanse the palate, warm fresh bread, Lobster Bisque and Calamari. We enjoyed Lobster Fricassee for the main course and Lemon Tart and Caramel Raspberries for dessert. They are in a small space but provide an outdoor venue as well. The decor reminded me of the French Bistro's in Paris. I highly recommend La Cote D'Or for an all around excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 377 reviews are from the La Cote D'Or reviews archive.
  • An Old Reliable
    FallsChurch2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had passed by many times and finally decided to try it for lunch on a Saturday. Wondered if this was a mistake: the menu revealed a hit parade from the 60s and 70s. The clientele was overwhelmingly on the wrong side of 60, but overall I was pleasantly surprised. This is what a neighborhood bistro in Paris would be: nothing fancy, innovative, or adventurous. Just regular food, well prepared. Complaints: the French are notorious for their parsimony with portions, but this was verging on the ridiculous: the slices of melon and the solitary slice of tomato in my starter were nearly see-through. The lettuce salad with my quiche Lorraine was scant, and there were only two (2) tiny and unadorned crepes for my dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our New French Gem
    BirdsEyeViewVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We lost our Alexandia French gem a few years back and have been in search of a replacement...that seldom happens. This was our second time dining, the first was a welcome surprise. So we ventured out again, in hopes of not being disappointed...we were not. The food is exceptional, with attentive but not overly intrusive service, perfect; our new French gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Cote D'Or
    atopic
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is one of those rare establishments that consistently offers a wonderful dining experience. Nothing flashy, just great food, pleasant, comfortable surroundings, and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    aspiringfoody
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went on a Monday evening which was especially good if you want a quiet dinner. There is a three course special from 5-6:30 which proved to be a good value. Food was good and the staff was very pleasant. Nice atmosphere. Parking is a little sticky.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet