Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois

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Restaurants in Alsace traditionally have a formal main dining room as well as a casual dining room known locally as a weinstube or brasserie. At the brasserie, diners may enjoy traditional, hearty Alsatian dishes in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. These friendly establishments are immensely popular with Alsatians and visiting them is always the best part of my trips back to Alsace. I opened Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez François to bring the tastes and comforts of the Alsatian brasserie to Great Falls.

Chef Jacques Haeringer
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TR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Awkward, inattentive, unthoughtful service. Our worst experience at Jacques in years.

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LF
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to the Brasserie. I love being able to order individually as opposed to a price fix menu. The food and service are always excellent. I love the champagne appertif. It is always hard to choose from the menu! We are going back in Feb and I can hardly wait!

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T
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is wonderful. I continue to enjoy the Brasserie after all these years.

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a
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are long time fans of the main restaurant, this was our first time to the Brasserie. Food just as good, everything wonderful as usual. I will probably only do the main restaurant, though, as I prefer a more quiet setting, and most of the folks were VERY loud as it is more casual.

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TC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. I love the bouillabaisse and sweet breads, but the whole place is a gem.

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l
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the entire evening. Went early and was not crowded. Never felt rushed. Melissa is wonderful. It’s been a favorite spot of ours for sometime.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good for the money yet the main dining hall with more dishes included n the price of the main dish is much nicer for special occasions.

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CK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place to be for excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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JM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent as always Can't wait for next visit

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P
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was outstanding! Food was amazing (but smaller portions with less vegetables than the restaurant upstairs). I’d highly recommend for a date night. We’ll definitely be heading back!

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M
Washington DC
185 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great meal at Jacques. The service is always great and the food is terrific. great restaurant for a special night out.

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has always, and does, set the standards for service, excellently prepared food, wine selection, setting/ambiance, and value. The basis we use to evaluate all others.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Xmas dinner with family

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J
Sydney / NSW
51 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such a great experience! The best staff and the best food in a beautiful setting. Thank you!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started at the bar and Pam was our bartender. Who was wonderful. Then made our to the table for an amazing dinner. Everything was spectacular. I highly recommend the Brasserie because it didn't feel stuffy. Very relaxed and casual ambience with great service and delicious food.

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DS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A classic in Great Falls Va known for fine dining in the restaurant and more casual fare downstairs. It’s a solid go to and if you want to visit but not make it a big expensive event I recommend Jacques downstairs. Food is good, very good for that location. DC offers plenty of options but it’s such a unique spot in Great Falls that I highly recommend going at least once.

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CM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Holidays are a great time of year for dining at the Brasserie! Spectaculator ambiance, great service and very solid food.

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our group of 6 women, celebrating a special birthday for one, thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. The menu provided something excellent for everyone, including those who eat vegetarian foods only. The service was outstanding, despite the packed seating, and the service had valuable suggestions for us. We never felt rushed and felt that we had celebrated the birthday in a special way. This is the first time that I have encountered difficulty with parking at this restaurant, but the staff were most helpful in giving up their own parking spots, so that we could park conveniently.

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C
Washington DC
169 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a delight to dine here Cree food is delicious and authentic French country cuisine. .

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jacques' Brasserie gives you that French cafe feel in the heart of Great Falls. Highly recommend this place. Great food and service. Brunch was amazing. I would highly recommend jumping on making a reservation as soon as possible. I have honestly liked everything that I have ever tried here!!

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AM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My son in law likes it here. His steak frites and hazelnut soufflé were grand. My daughter enjoyed the trout. I was less pleased with the lobster thermidor. Excellent service throughout.

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O
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!

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PR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure being among friendly staff to enjoy delicious food in a warm atmosphere!

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CV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Nice intimate casual setting compared to the main restaurant

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VA
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Very small portions and too expensive! Same old menu — nothing new!

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience of dining at Jacques' Chez Francois is an institution on the DC-Northern Virginia area - the quality of food, service, and ambiance is extraordinary and never disappoints. The Brasserie affords more intimate and less formal dining, with the same excellence from the kitchen. My calves liver was nothing short of sublime. Even the seasonal mulled wine was simply... special. This kind of dining and the entire experience is to be cherished.

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A
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our first time to Jacques Brasserie and we found it very good. The food was excellent (trout and beef bourguignon), and the wine list is outstanding. Highly recommend the seafood pastry appetizer!
Service was bistro-level: nothing to complain about, and nothing exceptional. The place was totally full at 6:30 on a Friday, including every seat at the small bar (5-6 seats & two small tables in the bar area). But the whole place was mostly empty by 8:00. Plenty of parking on-site. Although Jacques Brasserie is the less expensive adjunct to the white-tablecloth Auberge Chex Francois, it is still pricey enough to be a special occasion destination for us.

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I
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice spot for a casual lunch.The food and service were beyond compare. I heartily recommend the bouillabaisse, the house special aperitif, and the dark chocolate tart--especially if you are a chocolate lover.

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T
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place for a casual evening or lunch.

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal ever, truly! A great choice for special occasions. The service was wonderful as well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

On a cold rainy night, this cozy gem was just right, from great wine to rich French onion soup, mussels et frites and a soufflé and cappuccino to end the night.

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LV
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exquisite and authentic and the service stellar! This is the best you’ll experience outside of France.

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London
65 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottom line - AWSOME ! We have been coming here for over 30’years. Never disappointed! During the holidays it’s a wonderful experience, all decked out for the holidays it’s hard to leave. Pam is an excellent bartender and would highly recommended all her cocktails. My wife had the Apple Mimosa and It was excellent! David is a great server and very attentive to all our needs and offers great wine recommendations. Save room for dessert , chocolate tart and Hazelnut cake out favorites. Another nice feature , is the Gluten Free options from bread at the table , many entrees and dessert.

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y
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Sadly, I would say that our meal was mediocre at best. The snails, mussels, and onion soup were good (not great). The mushroom tarte and charcuterie were not good at all.

Very disappointed- we were looking forward to it.

The service was very good and it still is a charming place but that unfortunately does not make up for the less than satisfactory food.

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AN
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Overpriced dishes, service ok, taste is ok, basement atmosphere doesn’t go with the price

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MD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They should fix the acoustics. One loud table can ruin the dining experience.

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JT
Washington DC
207 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE everything about Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois. I love L'Auberge Chez Francois so I love the Brasserie. The Brasserie is a little piece of heaven. It is a smaller version of L'Auberge Chez Francois. I love everyone there. Dany is wonderful. I could sit there all day with a beer and some of their garlic toast w/ cheese. On this occasion I switched things up a little. I got the onion soup which was hearty and wonderful. I got my usual of the roquefort tart which I LOVE. I ordered some frites with hollandaise and finished with my raspberry soufflé'. My husband changed things up a bit. He usually gets the sunday chicken but on this occasion he got the country ham and goat cheese omelet. I took a bite and it was so good! I also tried a new drink that was out of this world - the pumpkin white russian was AMAZING!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

This is not my first time dining at the Brasserie. I asked my friends to drive over 25 miles to come meet me here as it was going to be their first visit. This time around, the management didn’t proactively work towards alleviating extremely loud and rude noise problem that came from specific patrons. Even all other patrons were staring in awe at these patrons. We had an extremely difficult time trying to 1) hear the server, 2) place our orders, 3) conversing with each other even when we were practically having to scream at each other while sitting very close to one another already, 4) enjoy our dessert (yes, we even bit the bullet to try to enjoy the dessert time).

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GS
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always worth the trip from DC to Great Falls Virginia to dine at L' Auberge Chez Francois Brasserie. The drive once off Route 7 is gorgeous and the Autumn colors make it even more spectacular. Started out with two very dry Grey Goose martinis and appetizer of salmon prepared three different ways. I had the green salad that was crisp, fresh and lightly dressed. She had the duck for an entrée and I had a most superb cassoulet. Bread provided throughout the meal was fresh and old-world style. Bottle of Saint Emillion red wine during the meal. She had espresso and I a black cup of fresh coffee. Magnificent meal and service. Already planning our next reservation!

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