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L'Auberge Chez Francois
L'Auberge Chez Francois

L'Auberge Chez Francois Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.LaubergeChezFrancois.com
  • Phone: (703) 759-3800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jacques E. Haeringer
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beach Mill Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self parking
A word from L'Auberge Chez Francois
Travellers in the beautiful Alsatian countryside, seek out "auberge", the little family inns that dot the roadsides, to eat well and enjoy the scenery. They know they will find fine food and glowing spirits, at an excellent value. Welcome to L"Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital, nestled among lush woods and fragrant gardens, that has captivated visitors for over 50 years. L'Auberge Chez François is the ideal spot to celebrate special moments, private parties,luncheons, weddings and cooking demonstrations. Our menu is extensive and full of the flavors of Alsace and traditional French cuisine. Excellent food and service, attention to detail and a casually elegant atmosphere are hallmarks that have made L'Auberge Chez François a Washington favorite. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy your visit with us. Jacques Brasserie at L'Auberge is open Tues-Sat,5-9:00PM,Sunday 3-7:30PM. Reservations for Jacques' Brasserie via phone only!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had dinner outside on a Sunday night. It was a birthday dinner, though we didn't alert them. Food and service were outstanding. I hadn't been here in years, now can't wait to go back. I had lobster, my husband had rock fish special and we were both happy. Chocolate soufflé was perfect ending."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My husband and I were there to celebrate our anniversary, and it was the perfect choice. The food was delicious, and the service (particularly Diane) and the pacing were exceptional. Her suggestions were appreciated and proved to be just the right thing. We enjoyed the meal (Chateaubriand), cooked perfectly to order, and the souffles, and we hope to return soon to explore the menu further."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had the best time there for a birthday dinner. The service and food were both impeccable!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "L'Auberge Chez Francois is in a lovely, bucolic setting. Every morsel of food is exquisitely delicious and beautifully presented. Service is very attentive and professional, but not at all condescending as is the case in some upscale restaurants. Staff makes one feel welcome and comfortable. The restaurant grows much of its own produce and herbs. It is difficult to imagine how this place could improve. The only reason I do not visit more often is that it is a long ride from DC on narrow country roads."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My son's 34th birthday was only one of dozens of special occasions spent here over the past four decades, and our recent Saturday lunch on the terrace was one of the best. We scored one of the gazebos in the bucolic garden, and the atmosphere and food couldn't have been better. One of our party was lactose-intolerant, and the waiter took note of this at every turn, even bringing her gazpacho rather than creamy lentil soup for an amuse-bouche. Smoked salmon was translucent and tasted like it had been swimming just hours before, and vegetables from the garden within eyeshot were delicious. To top it off, the waiter remembered my son's birthday! His dessert souffle was great, as usual, but my key lime pie was the real hit. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I took my mother here for her and my father's wedding anniversary. My father passed a month ago so it was a big deal. My mother fell in love with the food, the service, the experience and environment. Thank you for making this a wonderful night for my mother, my sister, and I."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and celebrated our 15th Anniversary at L'Auberge Chez Francois. The food was great, the service impeccable, and the drinks flowed. What a great time!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This old school Alsatian restaurant offers very good food in a wonderful country setting. The service is excellent and the menu proudly traditional. It appeals to the Washington types who have served overseas and that is why they drive out to the Great Falls countryside to spend several hours dining. It is well worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had lunch on the patio. Couldn't have been any better. Weather was perfect. Food was fabulous! Service was a bit slow, but fortunately we were enjoying the afternoon."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My husband and I went for my birthday. Everything was delicious, service impeccable, and we were able to have a leisurely meal not feeling rushed at all. Highly recommend this for a special occasion. Expensive but worth every penny!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "A wonderful oasis with amazing, attentive service, phenomenal food and great atmosphere. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Lunch for my wife's birthday out on the patio. Beautiful setting, great food, wonderful service, everything we've come to expect from L'Auberge Chez Francois."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We have celebrated our anniversary each year for the last ten years by dining here. This time, the waiter was very professional and friendly, the food was delicious, and the entire experience was worth the price."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A terrific and enjoyable meal with friends, excellent appetizers and entrees, first-rate service. The only flaw in the evening was the kitchen's failure to note our order for dessert souffles taken when we ordered at the beginning of the meal. The waiter was apologetic (but blamed the souffle chef) but we had to wait another 15-20 minutes after finishing our entrees for the souffles to arrive -- and predictably they were undercooked. Still a very nice meal on the whole and I recommend the restaurant highly."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food, Service, and Ambience excellent. Glad we tried it for my wife's birthday over the Inn at Little Waashington."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Come here for memorable occasions. Be prepared to enjoy yourselves."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We went there for our Anniversary !! We seat outside and that was gorgeous !! Wonderful garden, with water fountain running, the tables are well located and not close each other, the 10 courses menu was fabulous (next time I will eat only half because is a lot of food !! And Good!!), and the service is design to make you fell special in each detail, including the special raspberry home made sorbet for those commemorating Anniversary and Birthday !! We will do it again!! Price is around 130 per person with regular wine. Parking is easy !! Even it is a large restaurant and have a bar it wasn't easy to find reservations for the time we want, so make it as early as you can (it is easy on opentable)!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We've been going to Chez Francois for special occassion dinners for over 30 years now. It has never disappointed us. At this visit, everything was great -- the food, the service, and the atmosphere. Although we enjoy trying new restaurants, Chez Francois is the old friend that always delivers."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have been going here for over 20 years. Yet it always seems fresh and inviting. Food is always great, servers very polite (many have been there for many years). Would strongly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Amazing food. But wayyyy too much. No matter how hungry you go in, you will be sooo full by the end. Which is a shame for me because dessert is my favorite part and I hate to have no room left for it."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "After several years of living on the West Coast, we have returned to DC. Our recent dining experience at Auberge Chez Francois exceeded our many wonderful memories of past meals there. Our previous experiences at Chez Francois transported us to an Alsacian paradise.. The food was always delicious and beautifully presented. In the years since our previous visit the cuisine seems to have gained a creative edge and achieved a level of perfection beyond our expectations. We will be back there to dine often."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We have had many anniversaries at the Chez. We remarked that on this, our 54th, we remembered a joyful day many years ago when we took the kids (all pre teens) to the Chez when the restaurant was on Connecticut Ave. The service and food has always been first class. The Chez sets the bar for first class dining."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "L'Auberge has been a favorite special occasion destination for many years. It is delightful that they continue to maintain high quality, excellent service, and a lovely location. Birthdays, anniversaries and other special days would not be the same without this gem. This time it was my sister's birthday, and lunch was outstanding. Filet was superb, lobster salad exquisite, and every other course matched the quality."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "L'Auberge chez francois is a first class venue for any special event. We celebrated an anniversary there and the three hours were memorable, food, service, ambience. . . the works."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A great special ocasion place but very expensive. There is no kids menu so if you are taking kids (mine are 12) be prepared to pay the same as you would for an adult ($75-$85)"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is a true neighborhood gem. After dining here on a weekend night, I see why they are one of the top romantic French restaurants in the area/country. Service was excellent and the food matched. The bill for 2 came out to $222 pre-tip. We had 2 special appetizers, 2 salads, 2 entrees, 2 deserts and 1 drink. The ambiance of the place is the best I have experienced in the area. Definitely a great dining location for special occasions. I had the soft shelled crab, duck breast salad, poached lobster and vanilla crème brûlée. Everything was excellent. Will certainly return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a wonderful anniversary celebration in the outdoor eating area. Very nice!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Good solid french menu but could use a little updating and raise the preparation level a notch. The Ambience was perfection. Please work on the food, don't want anything to happen to this gen of a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed a fabulous Saturday lunch! Service was impeccable. The outdoor space is beautiful. Our food included fresh produce from their amazing garden! Dessert was awesome. I ordered a soufflé for dessert that could have been cooked just a little longer. I would opt for the chocolate tart next time. We celebrated our anniversary and they brought a special something to celebrate. Oh and the cocktails were amazing!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The weather was perfect to sit outside on the terrace for lunch. We took my childhood friend from out of town and the surroundings, food and staff made it a very special day! I highly recommend sitting on the patio on a nice day. We've been to L'Auberge many times and also the Brasserie downstairs, but this visit was the best by far. Everything was spot on!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I really like the outside seating area, with view of the proprietary vegetable garden, bright tables, umbrellas, water fountain and surrounding garden. It didnt hurt that the weather that day was stunning. I visited for the first time because I love French food. I am NOT very knowledgable about cuisine but the Lamb was very tough. It seemed to have a sinuous covering that was difficult to cut through. The pieces rolled like a sausage when slicing. I left a lot on the plate. To be fair, I suppose lamb is not for me. Everything else was very delicious. Bread with cottage cheese/sour cream,tort with roquefort cheese withcarmelized apples...wow! The vegetables were excellent. blueberry tart with ice cream"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've been eating in this restaurant for about 30 years. About 6 or 8 years ago the food had become mediocre and I stopped going there. On a whim I decided to try it again about 3 years ago. For what ever reason in that intervening time the food improved dramatically. I have since returned a half a dozen times and have not been disappointed. My one complaint is the wine list. I am an unrepentant Francophile when it comes to wine. With the exception of the Alsace and expensive Bordeaux sections the list really needs work."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We have been dining at this restaurant for many years and it never is anything but exceptional. While it is a little pricey for everyday dining, it makes a superb location for special occasions. The food is always outstanding and the service is impeccable. I truly enjoy every visit."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We don't go very often but whenever we do we have an excellent time. The location, decor, service, food and wine are all just top notch. Pricey, yes, but worth it. Everyone there makes you feel at home and has a professional but friendly attitude. I love this place!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Outstanding. Been a satisfied customer for over. 40 years. Never had a bad meal. Service impecable."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Dining at L'Auberge Chez Francois is one of life's simple pleasures at its best!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Thanks to Abel for the great service! He made a special occasion even more special."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "What a beautiful restaurant. Food and service is superb. There is a reason this Inn has been a favorite for more than forty years. An excellent choice for a special occasion or just when you feel like splurging."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Outstanding food ,service and ambiance. A bit pricey, but not for what you get, especially for special occasions. Also, excellent location and free parking."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My husband and I love going to the Sunday lunch and spending a few relaxed hours enjoying the ambiance and amazing menu. The 5 courses are a great deal - all for the price of one regular entree - and we love trying new items on the menu that we haven't tried before. The staff and service here are top rate, we always feel welcomed and never rushed. The owner has been there both times we went recently and greeted us upon entering. We could see him and the chef out in the garden from the view at our table. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014