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The French Hound
The French Hound

The French Hound Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefrenchhound.com
  • Phone: (540) 687-3018
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Limited Menu: Friday & Saturday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm (Limited Menu offered 1 hour after Dinner service)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: John-Gustin Birkitt
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Federal Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a small parking lot we share with the Piedmont Building next door on Federal Street. There is also parking on the street (no need to feed the meters after 5PM or on Sunday). There are also two metered lots in Middleburg within a short walk to the restaurant; one is to the northeast of the restaurant and one is to the northwest.
A word from The French Hound
Serving French Inspired Bistro Fare in a Relaxed Country Setting. Please come join us for lunch or for dinner in Middleburg.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This place fit the bill for brunch. Good enough but not great. The food was acceptable but not exceptional. We would like to give dinner a try."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Very pleasant restaurant. Food was good and quite reasonably priced for such an elegant restaurant, especially for Middleburg. We will be returning with our children and grandchildren on family occasions. We will definitely recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "While we have enjoyed delicious meals in the past, at our most recent visit the food was way below par. We are not anxious to return which is sad since it is a lovely restaurant."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Everyone inour party found the food execellant. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The service was wonderful from the minute we stepped in the door - efficient & friendly. The food was beautifully presented, and delicious. We ordered steak-frites, roasted chicken, cheese plate, poached pears, & profiteroles. This restaurant pays attention to detail, which makes the overall experience so pleasant. The cheese plate, for example, is not just slabs of cheese. There is a pretty (and tasty) salad, the cheeses arranged around the plate with the bread settled in between. We had a birthday, and the poached pears came with "bon anniversaire" scripted in chocolate on the plate. The portions are well sized for a big eater. The chef, Jean-Gustin, stepped out to say hello. All wonderful :) "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Once you eat here regularly, you are spoiled for any other dining experience. Fantastic food, excellent combinations and a fresh twist on the classics."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our Anniversary dinner here was wonderful, but started off a little rocky in my opinion. When we arrived for our reservation, the young woman at the desk was in a discussion with a gentleman (not sure what his position at the restaurant was) about seating of guests. They didn't recognize us when we walked in, and we had to wait until they were finished. Not the best first impression. After we were shown to our table, we had to wait quite a while for our waiter to come by and take drink orders. Bread also didn't arrive until just before our appetizers, and then, without bread plates. Our food was spectacular; The lobster risotto, shrimp pasta, and the roti chicken were lovely. The escargot is to die for! We would return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food and wine were excellent. We enjoyed visiting with the chef and his wife, owners. It was a delightful experience in a beautiful part of Virginia."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Uniquely French style cooking takes you back to your last visit to a quaint Bistro in Provence where the food is exceptional, the atmosphere is quite and lovely, and the wine is nicely paired with the evening meal. We have been there twice, once for brunch and once for dinner and each time was a great experience. The chef came out to discuss the meal and gave up some of his secrets for how the meal was prepared. Highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We have eaten at the French Hound before but this time was not good. My wife had lamb stew Tajine off the menu. It had little or no Lamb in it, was very soupy and a very small portion. This arrived after we had waited 45 minutes between salad and the delivery of our main course. My wife expressed her disappointment so the restaurant didn't charge for that entree which we appreciated. All in all not a good experience."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The French Hound never disappoints. My husband make this a regular spot and always arrange to take our out of town guests here. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The scallop risotto was excellent and the chocolate mousse. Consistently always a good meal and have dined here numerous times."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Our Easter Sunday brunch was wonderful and reasonably-priced for the two orders of lump crabmeat appetizers; waffle, eggs benedict; salmon eggs benedict; special-of-the-day grilled ham/cheese sandwich topped with poached egg and mornay sauce; fries; and fruit on 3 orders and a bottle of champagne; and three orders of coffee. Total: Appx. $120 (including tip). This time though, there was no bread brought to the table first. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My wife and I spent a wonderful night out far away from our kids and enjoyed our dinner at The French Hound. It was a sleepy Friday night in Middleburg and parking was easy. We expressed a need to see a gluten-free menu - such a thing did not exist BUT our waiter went and consulted the chef for guidance. To our surprise, the chef came out and walked through the menu with us for about five minutes, highlighting any slight or no gluten ingredients in each menu item. Highly recommended and keep an open mind when dining here. Order something you would otherwise NOT make at home - I particularly enjoyed the Moroccan dish on the menu. Lots of flavors going on there."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "So I'd heard good things about the French Hound. Middleburg seems to think highly of themselves so I hoped it would live up to the hype. The food was decent. I've had way better French food and much more imaginative menus but decent none the less. As far as the wine list goes....it was horrendous. Not only were they marking their bottles up by about $40 they were serving it at an off putting warm temperature. Red wine should be stored in conditions of 55 degrees. Any good restaurant knows that. This wine had no cellar it was sitting in the hot restaurant and tasted awful as a result. If this weren't bad enough the mark ups were ridiculous. One Virginian wine I can get for $18 was going for a whooping $60. Not worth it."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "If you're looking for a hidden gem in Middleburg, the French Hound is it! It's a restored home, one block off the main drag. The restaurant is well preserved, clean, furnished attractively. They have a menu that will please most any diner, even though there are a limited number of choices in each category. The food and service are consistently very good to excellent. Portions are moderately generous. Some stand outs are the mussels and Escargot, The French fries are thin and slightly crisp, without being dry (Just the way I like them.) The best part is for Middleburg, the prices are very reasonable. Try it for a midday brunch. It's quiet and very relaxing."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Birthday brunch on a Sunday. While not a large menu, there are great choices and specials, including brunch items. My husband had the muscles as an appetizer and the special scallops with risotto. I had the crème of cauliflower soup and the beef French dip (that came with some of the best thin fries I've ever had. We shared the sorbets for dessert (the hibiscus was the best!) The rooms are small and quaint. VERY reasonably priced. Only thing that was a bit strange was the white paper layed over the tablecloth."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Booked a party of 8 here to celebrate my father's 80th birthday and everything was PERFECT!! It's as if we had whipped him off to Paris for lunch for the day without suffering jet lag!. The Chef/Owner does an amazing job. A perfect menu, top notch charming service, a great location, perfect décor - it just doesn't get better than this. The location is smack in the middle of where all my siblings live here in Virginia, so I see this as definitely becoming our go to place for all those special family gatherings. We'll definitely be back!! It really felt like an afternoon in Paris - but, better because we all know Virginia, southern hospitality out does the French any day!!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I made a reservation for a birthday luncheon for my friend at least a week ahead (neither one of us had been before) and when arrived was seated in the bar area, although it appeared there were tables empty in a more pleasant location, and experienced a noisy lunch. We both found the food and service very good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The French hound has the look and feel of a true French restaurant in the Virginia hunt country. The dishes are well put together and a wonderful diversion from the usual fare of the normal."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This was our 3rd time at the French Hound and it has stayed consistent over the years! Hopefully it won't be a "few" years till we return but regardless of when it will always be on our list of must dos."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The French Hound never disappoints. Everything from start to finish is delicious! Everyone working there could not be nicer."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We liked the location of the restaurant and the attention of the staff. Our waitresses described the specials with enthusiasm and when we tried them they lived up to the hype. Everything was tasty."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our experience on this special occasion was just average. Arrived 30 minutes before our reservation time and was escorted to the bar where we enhjoyed several drinks as the host forgot about us and had to go find him to ask if our table was ready. The the service was marginal with having to ask for bread plates which took a long tiome and continiously having to find the waiter each time we needed additional food and drink. The food was not exceptional as we remembered from our lunch visit several months back. Maybe I am being to critical but when you pay $200 for dinner for two you expect A+ treatement and food. We will not go back for dionner"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent, well cooked. Waitress was very helpful and cheerful."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The French Hound is a slightly off the main drag, charming little place perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner in Middleburg. Everything we had was very tasty, and the service was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We heard about French Hound from some friends and wanted to try it for out anniversary. We had a great meal and a marvelous dessert of poached pears. Everything was wonderful! We started with beat and goat cheese salad and my husband had the escargot. The bread was perfect and fresh from the oven. I ordered the swordfish and my husband ordered the filet special. The entire meal was superb."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Charming spot and a menu with a variety of options. Our party had salads to start and the vinaigrette was wonderful , plus the french bread was crusty and delicious. The entrees were mixed, some good but not great. The shrimp pizza was particularly bland. However, I would go again as we may not have selected the best options and I love the spot."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We were passing thru Middlesburg on a short trip and wanted a nice place for lunch. Saw this restaurant on a website and made reservations. We were early and they seated us promptly. Waiter was great in telling us the specials, what he recommended, wine selection, etc. Relaxed but well take care of. Hanger steak was excellent, crab appetizer was really good.. If we ever come thru this way again we would like to try other items on the menu."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We have been to The French Hound several times in the past few months. The food and service are consistently good, both at lunch and at dinner. A very friendly and comfortable atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We went for hubby's birthday and had a wonderful time. This is our special occasions place for birthdays, taking family & friends from out of town, or just when we are in the mood for a really good meal."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Whenever we come to Middleburg we plan to make it to The French Hound. Always great food and the atmosphere of a French country restaurant. The house and decor is perfect. They always have wonderful specials and the mini fresh baked baguette is very good. Do try to get your reservations in early as they do tend to fill up on the weekend time slots."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "3 of us had dinner at The French Hound. 2 of us had escargot for the 1st time. It rocked!! Dinner was great. Filet was awesome as well."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The French Hound cannot be beat for it's menu, pricing, wine list, etc? It is a neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "a little disappointed with the menu options. what french restaurant doesn't have as part of their set menu french onion soup? we ordered steak frittes which was okay. the steak had a good taste to it but it was a little overwhelmed with fries. the hostess was welcoming and friendly but the waiter seemed a little distracted."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This is not my first trip by any means, but I love going to The French Hound. It's a gem to the town of Middleburg & I great casual place for locals to go to get great atmosphere and delicious food. Our server was highly entertaining & knowledgeable and made the overall experience fantastic. We had a large group and they handle us with total grace & ease."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "It was again a pleasure to have lunch at The French Hound. Personal service, unhurried and relaxed dining, charming atmosphere, and food that is always refined and sophisticated with just the right touch. It's a gem!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Excellent service, menu, food, and dining experience. I am a McEnearney realtor and do recommend The French Hound to clients and visitors to Middleburg."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Always wonderful food and friendly reception from all the staff! Whether you are looking for a full meal or light fare, you can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "I am a true Parisian and it has taken me quite some time to find a good French restaurant in the area. The French Hound has won my heart! I like its casual setting, no pretention to be fancy, yet, finding a food quality to please the taste buds of food lovers like me. I recommend "les escargots" (of course!), Bouillabaisse, a special fish dish if it is on the menu (seasonal) or a steak frites with red wine (the Cotes du Rhone was excellent and I had with me an expert, who had worked at La Societe des Vins de France for more than 25 years). Please do not miss this establishment. Chef John, congratulations to you and your team of chefs."
    Dined on 10/27/2013