La Chaumiere
La Chaumiere

La Chaumiere

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lachaumieredc.com/
  • Phone: 2023381784
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm –10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Orange
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private rooms: Terrace/front room seats up to 14 guests, and upstairs/2nd floor seats up to 40 guests. Customized menus available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Martin Lumet 2023381784

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking or public lot. For dinner, for $8.00, 2 hours of validated parking at Four Seasons Hotel.
A word from La Chaumiere
La Chaumiere is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Now entering its 37th year, La Chaumiere features traditional dishes like escargots en coquille, boudin blanc, quenelles of pike, cassoulet and Grand Marnier souffle. Chef Patrick's specials reflect a modern approach to seasonal produce, seafood and game with favorites like baked oysters, Dover sole and rabbit. La Chaumiere has won the "100 Best Restaurants" award 29 times since 1978!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
La Chaumiere reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (118)romantic (110)neighborhood gem (88)fit for foodies (84)notable wine list (62)great for lunch (34)good for groups (15)great for brunch (11)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • petit coin de france
    dutchman1
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    just right, quick, good, reasonable and a taste of france. delightful people, almost feel at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On the way down
    Gerard
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I have been going to La Chaumiere from time to time for the last 15 years. It was one of my favorite restaurants in DC. It's where I took my wife for our first date, so it has a high sentimental value for us. We went last week on our anniversary and were disappointed. The service has become very impersonal, the owner did not say a word to us although he was in the restaurant the whole evening. The waiters did the minimum duty. The menu has not changed in 10 years, including the specials of the day (Dover sole and sweebreads), but the quality has come down significantly. We used to love their profiterolles, but now it a pre-prepared product purchased frozen. Wines are too expensive ($40 for the least expensive and it was hardly drinkable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jgronerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had not been to La Chaumiere for years and it still lives up to its reputation as a classic French bistro that cares about food. It's actually not as expensive as many lesser restaurants. They do wonders with fish and vegetables. Had a classic Cotes du Rhone as well.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming French bistro
    Lov2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a longtime favorite for those who want an evening in France. Ambiance, food, service transport you back to France for an entire evening. We love dining here and recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Country French it is
    TheZmanVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I wanted to go to La Chaumiere for some time. My desire stemmed from the fact that at every restaurant that I thought might serve calves' brains, the waitstaff would say "You should check out La Chaumiere". I finally did and the calves' brains were excellent. I could not say the same for the charcuterie plate which was just so-so. However, the Grand Marnier souffle also was top flight. I was annoyed that I was not brought the cork for the wine we ordered. The wine was almost off. Sure enough, when the cork was found, the wine had almost penetrated to the top. And my dining companion thought her lamb was average. I would go back for those brains, which I can't get anywhere else, but for French cuisine, there are other better choices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    La Chaumiere is maybe our favorite restaurant in Washington. We never have a bad meal or a bad experience at La Chaumiere. In fact, we have never had a bad course at La Chaumiere. We have been committed and happy customers for years and hope that La Chaumiere remains the same for years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The very best and our favorite Highly recommended Never misses with my wife
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special evening
    Frenchie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We were seated in the small dining room, a lovely, quiet place where my husband and I enjoyed visiting with a life-long friend over a delicious dinner. We all agreed that the quenelles were outstanding, as was the trout with almonds. My friend and I ordered the chocolate souffle, an absolutely marvelous dessert! Our waiter was attentive, but did not hover. We spent over $200 at this auberge, and it was worth every dime. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 25th Anniversary
    WashingtonPorsche
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We've dined at most of the great French restaurants in North America and have to rate our first visit to La Chaumiere as a 5-star experience. The meal was exceptional and the souffles the best we've had.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Georgetown Dinner
    Cinzia
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was very good, however, our server was superb.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding menu and service
    Tommers
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had the salmon within puff pastry and it was truly outstanding. I also strongly recommend the charcuterie as an appetizer - it would be appropriate for one or two. The desserts were being prepared while we ate dinner, and included a Grand Marnier souffle and an apple tart, which were both outstanding. The wine list is not gargantuan, but it needn't be. It had a wide range of reds, whites, champagnes, and fortified and we were very pleased with our bottle of French cabernet. A wonderful experience. I know we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old fashioned French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Romantic room but they've squeezed too many tables together to have private conversations. The food was very predictable French. The fish was fresh but the flavors could have been more exciting. Service was attentive enough but its aggravating when the waiter spills some of the wine every time he pours.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good atmosphere
    MangetoutRodney
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    La Chaumiere - busy restaurant at Washington end Georgetown M St, packed with professionals. Menu varied, good vegetarian options, cosy setting. Wine list good, white & prosecco sufficiently chilled, ambience warm, food delicious. Coming from UK, I found prices comparable to or cheaper than equivalent restaurants in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow. Washington DC companion thought prices expensive for USA customers, but, worth it - his favourite Washington restaurant. St Jacques, Mussels, Magret de canard all delicious. Caesar Salad, pea soup, tarte de pommes delicious. Decent portions, but not overwhelming. Worth a visit, wise to reserve, two more private areas available for groups. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Perennial Favorite
    austineaterVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Just the most intimate, finest French restaurant in the DC area. It doesn't get any better than this!
    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.
  • Salt as a major food group
    Spot
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The appearance if the food was very good, as was the texture. Unfortunately, salt was a very major constituent of all of the dishes. This greatly detracted from the food and made for a clash with the red wine. I really do wish that I could have tasted more of what were supposed to be the real components of the food. Much, much, too salty and this will prevent our returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Brasserie
    truffle
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    This restaurant takes its diners to France. How many places can you find quenelle on the menu? The food was done well, though the lobster sauce was a tad too salty. The person who served us was a delight, very thoughtful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Save room for dessert
    Foodytime
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great service, great food, but you gotta save room for dessert. The apple tart was off the charts!!! Was there last Saturday for my 1 year anniversary dinner didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fail Safe
    Mangez
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    You know what you are going to get when you order -- only it's consistently better than you expect. Everything's great--food, wine list, dessert. I don't think there are better trained wait staff anywhere else in the DC area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Staple of Georgetown
    SurprisedVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    La Chaumiere is the old school French staple of Georgetown. It seems that not much has changed since they opened, but that's part of what's great. I do have to say though that both my wife and I got specials for our mains and they were great. She had the soft shelled crab and I had the partridge. We coupled those with a split escargot to start and definitely ended up happy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We were looking for authentic French food without the excessive price tag. We found it with La Chaumiere. The venison and scallops were fantastic. Wine selection was great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining!
    Glitter
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our evening was highlighted by both the fine cuisine and the exceptional service. The woman who guided our evening by serving our table created an atmosphere of welcome and ease. She extended suggestions, offered her expertise and made us feel as if we were dining in her home. The sweet breads, duck, fish stew and liver were prepared to taste and enjoy. This is definitely a Georgetown gem.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambience
    Foodisgreat
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The atmosphere in this restaurant was very nice but I thought the food was a bit more average and did not quite live up to our expectations, given how highly it is rated. The menu felt a bit dated when compared to some of the competitors in the area. But we had a lovely time nonetheless.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Request to be downstairs
    nycdinerplus3
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A good restaurant but we were seated in a spall upstairs outpost with not even a fraction of the charm of the main dining room. A real disappointment for us as we felt the main dining was so reminiscent of restaurants in France.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Chaumiere-----The Fireplace
    JBKROOSTER
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a very good French restaurant at the edge of Georgetown. It is very accessible to the Kennedy Center (3 minute drive), so my wife and I like it for an after-performance place. It is very handy to park at the Four Seasons, just across the street for a reduced and reasonable rate. The menu is mostly traditional and the quality is very good. The mussels are reasonable in price and quite fine. The trout is outstanding and the lamb rack is seasoned perfectly. The waiters are professionals and give you top notch service. The ambience of the fireplace is very special. There are alot of regulars mixed in with first timers among the clientel. A very congenial crowd.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent!
    Selectivepalate
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Whenever I come to Washington, D.C. I make sure to have a reservation at La Chaumiere and I'm never disappointed. During our last visit we were four people. two of them new to the restaurant. Everyone loved what they ate and swore to come back. Their Duck dish is amazing as are their meat dishes. The onion soup is great and their desserts are fabulous!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Cbaumiere
    leniVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Chaumiere has been a fixture in Georgetown for a long time. No wonder - the food is excellent, the service knowledgeable and good and the ambience fine. It will hopefully be around for many years to come. It is traditional French - they still have brains on menu! but they also have Dover sole, soft shell crabs in season with a divine sauce, soufflé, excellent steaks and much much more. We were there pre theater and our server was very respectful of our time constrains - actually he had to be slowed down a bit. A refound gem - we will return!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in DC
    HalaArafa
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Fantastic French food, exceptional menu & unique wine list.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but service was lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We enjoyed our meal but we never saw our waiter after he delivered the food. Had to practically beg for another drink. It was a quite different experience than our last time dining here.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Excellent, excellent restaurant. Absolutely love the restaurant, and the food is reliably delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fit for a Francophile like Me
    FoodyholicVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I've been to France a few times and I love French food. This can pass for French food in France. The highlight was my souffle! It's big enough for 2. We were very lucky to have sat at the little room by the entrance with a little window to view the outside. Tucked in there felt like I was at someone's house and the noise level was far better. I love the food and the tab was average. If I go visit Georgetown again, I would like to return here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner at La Chaumiere
    weatout
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had a great dinner! The food was delicious! Duck, trout, mussels - all were excellent. The table stuck out a bit into the pathway of the waiters, so there was some bumping of heads and chairs as waiters went by with trays.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable Dining
    Ooolalah
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    After a marvelous tour of the Kennedy Center, the three of us were eager for a yummy dinner in Georgetown. I searched Google for Best Restaurants in the area, and this one had the highest rating. I thought the odds of getting a table in 30 minutes on a Friday night during the last weekend of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival would be against us, but Flora and Epicurean fortunes were smiling on us! The host and hostess greeting us set the stage for a welcoming and pleasurable experience. The waiter was prompt and friendly while answering our menu questions. There are a number of food choices available, and all of our wine, salads, soups, entrees, and shared dessert were delicious! We were in and out in an hour (our choice).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very European
    DottiB
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We celebrated a 50th birthday here last week. There were just two of us and husband, the birthday boy, preferred to sit upstairs where it was very quiet. If you've been in Europe, this will be a very sentimental place. For Americans who are used to quick service, eating and moving on, you may be frustrated. It took awhile for anything to happen, we are cool with that and we enjoyed it. The staff were super friendly and accommodating though and our wine, food and experience was simply beautiful. Great meal, great wine, good conversation....good evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Tony2E
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Great ambiance, awesome service. A top TOP traditional French spot not yo be missed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy, Expensive, Painful Seating
    AndyB
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    What a waste of time and money! This is an average restaurant living off of its past reputation, and in that they are doing it well. The place was crowded and very loud. Our party of two was seated at the very end of a line of tables against the wall. There was no room for legs and we were next to the kitchen. That did not help in any way since the waiter ignored us. The meals were only average and we each had one glass of wine. With a Danish pastry a la mode, the bill was a hundred dollars. Bottom line - not worth the pain or price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dissapointing service
    MontroVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I frequent La Chaumiere because of its incredible French food. I always get very goood service and on some occassions I would even rate it as excellent. Unfortunately this was not the case this time. The service was as bad as I have ever had there and I can only qualify it as poor, dissmisive and borderline rude. The waitress on two occassions made inflamatory comments to my guests and completely forgot about us on multiple occassions, it truly was an embarrasing experience. The food on the other hand was marvelous as always, the foie and sweetbreads were delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Would,and have, recommended this restaurant to many of my business, and personal associates and friends..Even strangers form out of town that I have met found the restaurant very nice with great food, good service, and great ambiance Dan Crafton.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francophiles dream
    SwamijiVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was my first dining experience at La Chaumiere. My friend and I had a late lunch at the National Gallery so we were not as hungry as we might have been! However, the broccoli and asparagus soup was up to the mark as was the Dover Sole. The salad was as it should be. The dessert menu looked worthy but decisions had to me made somewhere! We agreed that we would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Chaumiere did not disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    La Chaumiere did not disappoint -- the mussels were amazing (and also enormous portions we couldn't come close to finishing, to the benefit of the rest of the group). One of our party had the onion soup and the lamb chops, both of which he loved. We split two desserts -- the apple tart and the grand marnier soufflé, both of which had to be ordered ahead of time, along with your meal. They were fantastic - my preference was for the apple tart, which I would most strongly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best French Restaurant in DC
    CharmCityDiner
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    La Chaumiere has long been our favorite restaurant in DC and a lunch there Saturday confirmed that it remains at the top. Everything makes one feel authentically in France: The charming decor, the professiona service and the flavor-filled food! My companions had liver and onions (c'est magnifique!) and I the lobster bisque (a lovely blend of wine, cream and lobster flavors) and steak-frite. Best of all were the three order-at-the-beginning desserts: caramel apple tart and two kinds of souffle, chocolate and Grand Marnier. (Although next time I'll probably go for the profiteroles, which are equally good.) We'll keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.