La Cote D'Or
La Cote D'Or

La Cote D'Or

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lacotedorcafe.com/
  • Phone: 7035383033x
  • Hours of Operation:
    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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La Cote D'Or reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (73)special occasion (61)fit for foodies (50)great for lunch (49)romantic (44)notable wine list (20)great for brunch (19)good for groups (14)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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.
  • 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.
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    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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  • great as always
    RoyG
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    La Cote D'Or is always dependable for an excellent meal, great service, and a comfortable setting. The owners and servers are very gracious and know just how to make their guests feel special. It's a great place to go to for special occasions, and they create some special occasion dinners of their own. I especially liked the cucumber soup, the rockfish, and the creme brulee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We love this restaurant and always enjoy coming here..We live in theReston area and have begun to stop here for dinner if we are going into to town, for ex. To the Kennedy Center or a play and it eliminates the hassle of finding a place to park in DC..
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great weds night special!
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Wonderful little neighborhood gem, good food, great atmosphere and wonderful staff, Raymond and his wife are friendly and hospitable always a great place for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Delight!
    foodie45
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Always a wonderful taste treat and my favorite neighborhood restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bastille Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was Bastille Day, so the restaurant was full, but the service was nevertheless very attentive and the food was, as always, excellent. A very nice Vouvray, terrific home-grown tomato and mozzarella appetizer, and the Dover sole and the bronzini were well prepared and presented, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love rillettes
    LoverillettesVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This restaurant is authentic. The service is great, the food is amazing. The linens are perfect. It's a wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal.
    foodaholic
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is a favorite restaurant of mine. The service and ambiance make it worth the price. Some of the food items are excellent - particularly the Tarte Tatin for dessert. On this visit, my salmon was nothing special, even slightly dry, and the cucumber soup (a special) was heavy and I could only eat half of it. My husband's gazbacho was very good, and so was the quiche that I have ordered at past lunches.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On a friend's recommendation
    vtdutchman
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We went on a friends recommendation as her favorite French Restaurant. The service was wonderful. They are attentive but not over bearing. Great cold potato soup starter. The food, good but not great. French Onion soup was very good and worth having. The escargot plump and tasty, yet the butter sauce tasted like a low-end butter - detracting from what could have been very good. Warm not hot, a bit disappointing. The Quiche was good, but it's side salad which was a bit tasteless, like it sat in the cooler too long. Chicken cordon bleu was dry. Without the sauce I probably would not finish. Side veggies were a nice medley. Also came with deep-fried polenta which was perfectly done. Overall, lacking complexity and okay ambience.
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  • Delicous and relaxed
    Liketodineout
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were seated in the adjoining inside porch area which was lovely. It was like having a little private space. We arrived at 6:30 and asked if we could still take advantage of the fixed price menu (which ended at 6:30) and they said yes, which was great. The service was excellent, the food absolutely delicious, the staff attentive, and atmosphere relaxed and very comfortable. A wonderful evening. I had put message on my OpenTable reservation that it was my guest's birthday, and they brought the dessert with a lit candle. Really nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 364 reviews are from the La Cote D'Or reviews archive.