L'Auberge Chez Francois
L'Auberge Chez Francois

L'Auberge Chez Francois

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/
  • Phone: 7037593800x
  • 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
L'Auberge Chez Francois reviews from OpenTable diners
453 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (403)romantic (358)fit for foodies (234)great for outdoor dining (186)notable wine list (168)scenic view (115)great for lunch (109)neighborhood gem (97)great for brunch (67)good for groups (56)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Simply The Best
    Robert
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    L'Auberge Chez Francois is not merely the best French restaurant in the Washington DC metro area; it is the best restaurant in the Washington DC metro area. For anyone who is looking for charming ambience, impeccable service, and food that is exquisitely prepared, look no further. This restaurant offers a dining experience that is truly memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I ate here over twenty years ago but hadn't been back since we don't live as close anymore. We stopped in for an anniversary dinner as we were in the neighborhood, this time with our two teenage children. It was even better than I remember it -- the food is top of the line French traditional fare. Our kids had their first five course prix fixe experience and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were also seated outside on the patio overlooking a beautiful garden. It was a real treat and we hope to come back again much sooner next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our favorite local go-to restaurant. We have never been disappointed. Had Sunday lunch for the first time last week. What a wonderful surprise. The usual great food at lower price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Enjoyable Dining Experience
    Leesburgite
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I wanted some place special to go to celebrate my Mom, who we took to L'Auberge Chez Francois on her one visit to Northern Virginia. It was nice to think of her there with a meal that wasn't quite what she expected, but that she ate and enjoyed. Fortunately had a seat by the window so I could enjoy the view of trees and garden, something she also enjoyed. It was perfect.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in D.C. Area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Their stellar reputation is well deserved after all these years. There aren't enough superlatives to describe this fine restaurant. The service, food and ambience are outstanding. The consistency of the experience is outstanding. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Everything you could wish for in a fine dining experience. Just amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is the restaurant we go to whenever there's a special occasion and we want to great meal
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French countryside charm
    echcpa1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I celebrated my birthday on Friday evening in almost perfect weather. We were seated in the garden in the gazebo on the far side of the patio which provided a lovely panoramic view of the patio and gardens. The food was wonderful as I've always expected it to be. I splurged on sweat-breads as an appetizer and plump expertly sautéed soft shell crabs. Our salads were made with tomatoes from the L'auberge garden, as were the haricot vert which accompanied our entrees. We were presented with flutes of champagne for our toasting and a lovely ice cream meringue with one candle which accompanied our peach melbas. It was a lovely evening graciously served by the L'auberge staff. This restaurant never fails us. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Still Great!
    GJC99
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have been coming to L'Auberge Chez Francois for many years for special occasions, and it is still wonderful. The food is outstanding. I particularly like the items fresh from their garden like the tomato salad. The service is attentive but not intrusive and the atmosphere is quiet and romantic. The outdoor dining is particularly nice when the weather is good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing food choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    2 of us in our party ordered the lamb tenderloin entree, cooked to medium. Both were very dry, only a hint of pink. The plum tart, for years our favorite, was not up to par. The fruit was dry & overly sweetened. We have being enjoying Chez F. for over 40 years, both downtown and in Great Falls. For the first time, we were disappointed. The overall service & ambience was outstanding as usual.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio dining
    Mary
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We ate outside on the patio and it was lovely. Of course it was a gorgeous evening as well and that added to the ambience.
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  • First Time
    fcsegab
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed dining outside in a very pretty garden. Enjoyed most of the courses. Services and welcoming attitudes were great. Would definitely give the food a second try and find what I would like better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Best special occassion restaurant we've been to in a very long time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chez Francois
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is without doubt one of the very best places for celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Very Best
    Seafood4me
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was our 48th Anniversary and we wanted the very best DC has to offer. This has always been our favorite but they really out did themselves. It was an excellent evening, great food, and such service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Still Number One
    GoodRowe
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The very best destination for special dining continues to be L'Auberge Chez Francois. Their commitment to the highest quality ingredients and their perfection of food preparation combine with the highest level of personal dining service to make this our favorite restaurant for all special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Always the best!!! Food, service and selection over the top.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suburban class
    easterner1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Five of us came for Sunday brunch, and to commemorate our son's anniversary. We come to L'Auberge with some regularity. Everyone praises the desserts, and they are right. (Just remember that two of them must be ordered with the meal.). The wine list is excellent, and features some fine Washington state reds, from good vintages. The service was personalized, responsive, and professional. Like some other diners, we wished one meat courses to be rarer, and the restaurant brought a substitute, and a round of champagne, in apology. Some reviewers subtract a star for being pricey; they should know the price before coming. Per-glass wine prices are some of the best anywhere, given then quality. In short, we will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secete Garden
    Eric
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    L'Auberge Chez Francois is my wife's and daughter's favorite restaurant. Although there is no children's menu, we have been taking my daughter there since she was 4. She hasn't been alone - children seem to enjoy and well behaved in this setting. We particularly favor watching the hummingbirds in the patio-garden when the weather is favorable. A great place to make an impression and to celebrate special occasions, and an excuse to create many more such occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently outstanding!
    Bill
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great ambiance matched if not exceeded by the quality of the food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A Classic
    FRClassicDC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The restaurant has been in business for many years and is a Washington D.C. classic often used for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries etc. Classic French cuisine with a fixed course menu with many selections.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite!
    Nick
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Lunch on the terrace was beautiful! Food is definitely "real" French and wonderful. The staff is friendly and welcoming -our server was friendly and professional. Highly recommend for any and all occasions or just for a "French holiday"!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Great! Hasn't lost it's touch!
    EdPear
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Hadn't been back in years (it's a little bit of a hike for us) but the restaurant was as wonderful as we remembered. In Great Falls, but you feel as though you are in a French country inn when you are there. Fabulous food (and lots of it, with the multi-course menu), drinks, and ambience. I am still thinking of the garlic bread, tomato salad, and my lime tart. Service is old school and superb -- especially stands out in this day and age.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Excellent Place to Dine and Enjoy
    Blinky
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good food and always a hit for a good meal, consistently. Highly recommended for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food and service were great. In my OpenTable reservation, I noted that this was my 25th Anniversary but the restaurant must not have seen the note, since there was no acknowledgement of our special day. The only things I would change are the uncomfortable seats (wicker seats with a chair pad) and the gravel parking lot (not great for ladies in high heels). Decor could be upgraded but I guess it is has that vintage French restaurant feel.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    RaysRemarks
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had been to L'Auberge Chez Francois a couple of times but my wife of 23 years had never been, somehow we just never got there although we talked about it many times. So, after a rough couple of months looking after in-laws I finally tried for a reservation on our anniversary and found an open time. We went and had a wonderful experience and plan on doing it again. We both highly recommend this restaurant for its ambiance as well as for the wonderful dishes that they serve.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Heaven on a plate
    Sherf
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at this wonderful restaurant. We have been here several times over the years and it never disappoints. Our server Jose was outstanding and enhanced our dining experience. I had a melt in your mouth foie gras for my appetizer, followed by in house garden grown heirloom tomato salad. My entree was a combo seafood dish in a luscious champagne sauce. Since it was our anniversary they brought an extra surprise dessert before the real one. I had my usual chocolate soufflé which was so fantastic that I almost cried when I ate my last bite. My husband started with the wagyu beef cheeks app, followed by the heirloom tomato, then halibut and spinach in puff pastry. For dessert he had bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Planned to come for dinner, but rescheduled for lunch. What a treat! Food was great, service was attentive but not rushed. Very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • N. VA DINING & REPARTEE SOCIETY
    CCSidgwick
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our group meets for lunch or dinner several times a year and this was our second visit to Chez Francois. We could not be more pleased. The food is great, the service is attentive and unobtrusive, the setting is lovely, and the value is extraordinary for the meal that you get. We will certainly be back for many more meetings of the NVDRS!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Enjoyed the service food and ambiance while we celebrated our 34 wedding anniversary. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Evening
    Gunner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    a most wonderful meal in a relaxing setting food was outstanding. Highly recomend to anyone, service there when needed discreet when not
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been to this restaurant before and have never been disappointed. The staff is attentive and the surroundings are beautiful. It was raining so we chose to sit inside but the patio dining would be good as well. The patio decor is very pretty and lush. The food as always is presented beautifully and was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mr. and Mrs. Daski
    labellevie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We Love Chez Francois To Celebrate Our Wedding Anniversaries. The Food, The wines, And The Service Are Absolutely Outstanding.ONe Just Can't Go Wrong There EVer!!! Merci Infiniment. Le Dejeuner A Ete Magnifique.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, Elegant, Perfect
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A tucked away gem in northern virginia. It was a special date night for us and from the exterior to the interior it's just romantic! Exquisite food and a wide range of options on the wine list. Wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nocookVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our special evening was made even more so by the outstanding staff and service. Of course,without question the food was superb. Several dishes served were made from fresh ingredients from their garden . Meats were cooked to perfection . A welcoming respite in which to feed one's soul as well as one's appetite!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful dinner
    Newplace2try
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We tried L'Auberge for our anniversary and were not disappointed! Wonderful food and wine, and even some complimentary champagne with dessert. While it is pricey we will definitely be back for special occasions!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Still fabulous
    DineoutalotVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I recently had the opportunity to introduce yet another group of friends to the delights of Chez Francois...of course it did not disappoint! Pricey? Yes! Worth every penny. YES! We ate a luxurious meal upstairs overlooking the hummingbird-filled courtyard, and then drifted down to Bar Rouge for another hour or so of conversation in a more relaxed environment. Any season, any time of day, you simply can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I came here for a special celebration with 8 other friends. Everything about our lunch was perfect--the service, the ambience, the food. It's our go-to place when we want to let friends or family know they are very special!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • locals
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have visited often. Our first visit was to the downtown location and it has been our favorite for years. Now as we are retired we like to visit for lunch from time to time. It is always a great experience. This last visit was top notch in all respects; food, service and ambiance.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Well Worth It
    luvagreatmeal
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    L'Auberge Chez Francois offers an outstanding dining experience. The staff is attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. The food is excellent, well selected and well prepared and presented. The decor is colorful yet tasteful. Perfect for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • nice food
    Joel
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Nice place and food. Lunch will be a good choice since dinner is very expensive.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.