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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
La Cote D'Or reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (76)special occasion (64)romantic (55)fit for foodies (48)great for lunch (43)great for brunch (19)notable wine list (19)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bastille Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
  • Excellent neighborhood restaurant
    thedilettante
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Everything's good here but if you're a liver lover, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CTFoodies
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were with a group of friends staying in Crystal City and wanted to have a special dinner without going into downtown DC. Cote d'Or met all our expectations. However it was a long tax iride from the Hotel.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place
    lovgreatfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Eggs Benedict and Eggs Norwegian and excellent, as well as the chocolate mousse. We had a great time and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • joyce
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food and dining experience at this restaurant is consistently great and has been since the restaurant opened many years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tres Bien!
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This neighborhood gem continues to deliver consistently good food. The seasonal soft shell crabs are delicious and the Lyonaise salad is still one of my all-time favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best French cuisine in metro DC
    SodusPoint1967VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great food, service and ambience make this one of my favorite pick of restaurants.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Suisant
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great atmosphere, cozy and quite... Food was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • goodeats
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had an excellent dinner to celebrate our anniversary that also was D-Day. Hence, it may have been a bit busier Friday night. That said, the food was wonderful and I liked the wine list with a fairly wide selections of half bottles to choose from if you don't want to over imbibe. We were last to the restaurant many years ago and forgot how good it is. We won't wait as long next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply The Best
    I1der
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food is fantastic. We started off with Escargot de Bourgogne, which was loaded with garlic and butter and extremely tasty. Next we had the Frisée Salade Lyonnaise which contained just the right amount of bacon and a poached egg. I'm not a salad person, but I do love this salad. I think the poached egg makes it very flavor-able. The Entrée for me was Tilapia Germaine that was cooked to perfection while my better half had the Swordfish au poivre. Both dishes were excellent. After all those calories though, we skipped dessert. Best day to go to la Côte d'Or is Wednesday as it is half off the second entree and half off bottled wine that is 50 bucks or more. The management and wait staff are the most friendly, courteous, folks you'll meet.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Reliable
    WillimVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Classic French menu with classic items rarely seen anymore. Go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A rare gem
    Mesh
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I stumbled on this place by accident when out on business in Falls Church, I have been back several time since. The menu is excellent, the food authentic and the wine list carefully chosen. The service is excellent. In short, this is a rare find in terms of quality and price in a DC Metro dining scene that can otherwise be modish and at time lacklustre. This is an authentic dining experience with the emphasis on the food (don't get me wrong the surroundings are very comfortable and conducive to a good dining experience)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They're back!
    FallsChurchNative
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I pestered the staff at La Cote d'Or weekly, since mid-April, hoping to hear that soft shell crabs were back on the menu for their all-too-brief season, and, at last, they were! And they were wonderful. Lovely presentation, delicious on the palate, impeccable service, authentic French ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    sparker1077VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I would have rated the food four stars but I only had shrim cocktail and soup so I want to try so much more before I knock it up to 5! The chilled cucumber dill soup was so great that I had to restrain myself from ordering a 2nd bowl. I plan to return asap to try the Nicoise Salad, the praises of which the lady at the table next to me was singing, and also the Crab Quiche being raved about at the table on my other side! I may go back today since even just thinking of these is making me hungry! The service was courteous and professional and a very welcoming lady who I believed to be the owner stopped by to check how I was doing throughout my lunch. Overall a wonderful lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • heavy food...
    wantonfueyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Not sure if it was what we ordered but everything had a lot of oil and butter that took away from the flavor of the dishes. The Crepes were very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my favorite restaurant
    RoyG
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Lunch at la Cote D'Or was, as always, outstanding. The lamb and the lobster salad were especially good, as well as the signature creme brulee. Raymond and Lynne, the owners, are so welcoming and charming. The waiters have mostly been at the restaurant for years, so they are very knowledgeable and replicate Raymond's customer-friendly style
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Cote d'Or is the place to take a person for a special meal. When you want it to be the best, I choose Cote d'Or. Service is always impeccable, menu is typical French, preparation is perfect. Ambiance enhances any meal there. R, Bob
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Gem in Arlington
    SOSS
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We visited the restaurant for Mother's Day lunch. The restaurant had a cozy atmosphere. Space was limited. The bread basket had a selection of croissants and buttery house made breads. We ordered the house wine--Merlot ---was good. The creamy cucumber soup and the proscuitto platter were excellent. The liver and onions were cooked to perfection. The Toulouse and Lamb sausages are tastiest I've had. Their crab quiche was simply sumptuous. The dessert platter had a choice of coffee ice cream, creme brulee and chocolate mousse-- all worth the calories :) The chocolate cheesecake and flan were creamy and not too sweet. Our compliments to the chefs!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 346 reviews are from the La Cote D'Or reviews archive.
  • Romantic Mid-Week Dinner
    blairjac
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    My meal was excellent and the waiter was pleasant and obliging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate