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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
L'Auberge Chez Francois reviews from OpenTable diners
452 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (403)romantic (363)fit for foodies (239)great for outdoor dining (191)notable wine list (174)great for lunch (111)scenic view (110)neighborhood gem (101)great for brunch (73)good for groups (59)late-night find (15)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Absolutely the best
    kcurbear
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    L'Auberge Chez Francois is absolutely the best restaurant that I have ever been to. Usually by the next morning, I am wondering when we can go back there. It is just that good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best French Restaurant
    BadsVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It's truly finest quality of food and drinks, etc It's worth coming back to and years to come, I Have been coming for well over 40 year's
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We use L'Auberge for our very special occasions and they never disappoint. Since we first went there, over 25 years ago, the food, the service, and the ambiance has always maintained the highest levels and exceeded our highest expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a wonderful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've been going to L'Aberge Chez Francois for over 30 years and never been disappointed by any aspect of the experience. Great food, great atmosphere, fine service. If only it were more of a secret!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is this really the # 1 in DC area?
    JEVN
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I went to L'Aluberge Chez Francois since for mos available ranking of restaurants for DC area it was always on the top of the lists . However, on my personal opinion this is just and average restaurant . It is a restaurant far to be even close to a one Michelin-Starred level ( keep in mind that there is no Micheline-Starred restaurants in DC) . Kind of far from The city (40 minutes driving time from downtown DC) is not a trip that really worth the time and the money you certainly will spend ( a dinner for two with a half bottle of standard Bordeaux Superior red wine and a four dishes prefixed menu ) was more than 300 USD. I definitely can not believe this is the #1 restaurant in DC area .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved our experience at L'Auberge Chez Francois! Can't wait to enjoy another special occasion at this fabulous restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our experience was incredible in every way from start to finish. This place is so special, which makes it perfect for special occasions. Come hungry because their four course meals are to die for and you'll want to eat every last bite. Thank you, L'Auberge, for making our anniversary dinner one to remember. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 7th Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great experience from beginning to end. Great Place, great menu, great wine list, seamless service, great ambience. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superbe!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Know this place well. The food is always of the highest quality. The wine list is wonderful and the owner very knowledgeable. His recommendation for us was perfect and modestly priced. i.e., he didn't push the higher priced bottles. His point was to compliment our various dishes - quite a difference from some DC restaurants. Plan to make it a regular Saturday lunch spot to meet friends from Leesburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Superior
    BEEGEE5VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Just celebrated our actual 50th Wdfing Anniversary at this always fine restaurant. Whenever we have a truly significant milestone, there is never a doubt where we are to celebrate. This has been so for most of the 35+ years we have lived in the DC a metro area. This place has consistency and excellence whether for food, ambiance or service. End of eulogy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Memorable Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Those of us who hold L'Auberge in high esteem for special occasions are rarely disappointed with the food, service or ambiance. However, do not overlook the lovely terrace for special occasions from late spring to fall. It is romantic, peaceful and could set almost anywhere across the Atlantic! With a private table under a gazebo, our own fully attentive service staff, and a leisurely paced meal amidst butterflies and a trickling fountain, my Viennese mother had a 90th birthday we will all remember fondly for the rest of our lives. Merci beaucoups, L'Auberge!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our go to celebration spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have happily celebrated 30 anniversaries, births of children, promotions, and every other special occasion here. L'Auberge never fails to live up to our expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
  • fine dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have always loved our dinners at L'Auberge. It has been a tradition to celebrate our neighbors' and our birthdays and anniversaries at L'Auberge and your restaurant never disappoints us. However this particular evening we thought it was odd that the room we were seated in was quite empty yet our table of 4 was placed right next to another table of 2. We still had a very lovely evening but thought it was unusual to be placed right next to another party when the room was quite empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Pleasure
    JoanneVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have been dining at L'Auberge Chez Francois for over 20 years, and it is our "go-to" place for every special occasion. This particular night we were celebrating my husband's retirement, and it was just lovely. The food is amazing and the service above and beyond. I had the rack of lamb and it was cooked to perfection. I love the extra vegetable that is always brought to the table -- a very nice touch. We always order a soufflé to share, but I also had the lime tart which is one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very special
    anonymous
    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
    Luv2eat
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little France in Great Falls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is THE place we go to celebrate family events in front of a typical French festive meal! The food is of course outstanding, the service perfect, the wine delicious and we always have a great time, the price is totally justified in our opinion. Tell your friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    DiningAround
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is one of top restaurants in the entire Washington, DC metropolitan area for any occasion - especially for celebrations. Lunch is a great experience and if you are looking for a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon consider dining at Chez Francois. There outside patio is a find - you can not make specific reservations for outdoors and is on a first come, first serve basis. If the weather is nice, make a reservation for indoors and if you arrive and wish to dine out and there is availability you are certainly accommodated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    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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    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.