La Chaumiere

4.7
3013 reviews
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La Chaumiere is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Celebrating 42 years, 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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G
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great soft shell crab and soufflé! I have come here here every year for more than 40 years

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M
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always wonderful food in a cozy French atmosphere....been coming here for many years and never disappointed.

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WB
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and affordable french food in a cozy venue with an attentive staff

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L
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We brought relatives from out of town to experience a Washington stalwart. But it is not the restaurant I remember. The atmosphere is still lovely. Our service was exceptionally slow and it took 20 minutes before our drink order was taken. It got worse. Management was apologetic and blamed a slow kitchen but - really? This is their business. The food was okay but in the future I’ll opt for Chez Billy Sud or another French kitchen that takes more care.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Repas excellent. Service médiocre.

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BG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selections of food you don't see often presented well, such as tripe, sweetbreads, liver, etc. Wonderful wine selection, terrific Grand Marnier soufflé. Only drawback: You're confined as a couple to two-tops which are crammed against each other. It's a potentially romantic place but it's too packed to fulfill that potential.

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F
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best for decades!

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G
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great soft shell crabs & Grand Marne Soufflé

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A
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is mesmerizing as it is an extremely small and cute restaurant. The duck served with a currant sauce was delicious and I know my family enjoyed their dishes as well. The only real issue with this restaurant, however, is the overwhelming sense of pretentiousness and elitism. Being Michelin rated is not a small achievement, but unfortunately, it was overshadowed by a self-perpetuated pompous attitude that can be observed throughout all facets of the restaurant.

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G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent serves and impeccably prepared food- never a disappointment

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Fois Gras was one of the best we've had. The filet was cooked perfectly. Only thing not great was the tables were very close to each other. I could hear the conversations on both sides of us.

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C
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been a regular at La Chaumiere since 1975. What more can I say?

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fantastic, service was ok. I will be back!

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Z
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I came here for our 1 year anniversary - food was absolutely amazing and thought the service was excellent! Would definitely reccommend!

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FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good but nothing special. Lamb chops very good, Steak good, Drinks overpriced

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JO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very helpful and friendly. The service was excellent, and the food was delicious. Great ambience for a romantic dinner.

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PT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated warmly and like family!

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BK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST soft shells ever !

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Chaumiere is classic and reliably excellent. There are a number of very nice French restaurants nearby, but to me La Chaumiere is set apart by the attentive and knowledgeable service that is neither overly familiar nor overly stuffy.

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T
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner. No special recognition but fit the bill really well. Good food, good service, lovely restaurant. Given the cold, rainy night, I’d have preferred a table near the fire, but that’s being picky.

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SO
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I not only recommended it, I tool them there!
We meet annually in the Georgetown area for the Capital Print Fair, and this year I was able to introduce them to this wonderful restaurant!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was magnificent. The sever was good. The ambiance was nice...seating was crowded.

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s
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meat was done perfectly, the soufflé was perfect. It is hard to find classic French these days. This restaurant fit that bill.

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GM
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit to La Chaumiere. We were a little early for our 6 PM reservation but were seated immediately. The restaurant décor is a rustic French, clean, and well lit, but not overpowering. Our server greeted us immediately and explained the day's specials. The restaurant does offer an extensive wine menu. We both ordered salads to start. My wife ordered the house salad and I ordered the Caesar. Both were plentiful and very good. My wife ordered the duck breast and a pinot noir and I ordered the veal chop in a marsala sauce and a pinot noir as well. My wife raved about the duck breast and said it one of the best she's had. My veal chop was served medium as I requested and well seared. However it could've used more seasoning. We shared a desert and my wife ordered a decaf coffee and I had a double espresso. Unfortunately the cream which was delivered to the table was curdled and we had to send the decaf back for a fresh cup. The service is very good here and with exception of a lack of seasoning on the chop and the curdled cream we still enjoyed our dinner.

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PC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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LI
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A not so hidden gem in Georgetown. It’s right on M Street, and we’ve passed it many times, but finally realized it’s a top rated French restaurant in DC filled with lively locals. Delightful rustic vibe. We had the escargots and their house specialty - quenelle de brochet - to start. The shrimp and scallop special with creamy polenta and the venison meatballs with mashed sweet potato as mains, with a lovely bottle of Bordeaux. Fantastic service! And while the overall price tag was high, it was a great experience. Highly recommend!

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing classic French food. Great service and reasonable for the quality of food and drink.

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AA
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This great restaurant goes from strength to strength. We must cherish it!

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Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been to La Chaumiere in several years. It is every bit as good now as it was in the past. The food is very special, the service outstanding and the room is so delightful. We will be back.

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Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience from all perspectives. Our server provided great advice on both food and wine. The main dishes were outstanding. Presentation was very nice and the mix of textures and flavors were very interesting. We stuck to traditional desserts which were paired with a nice cordial.

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IS
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect evening. We look forward to our next trip to d.c. in September and a return to La Chaumiere!

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JR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. It felt like we were in Paris!

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I very much enjoyed my visit to La Chaumiere. The only difficulty I encountered was in deciding what to order. I chose the oysters Chaumière and the ris de veau. I enjoyed them both! As I gazed around, it was clear that the guests at the other tables were enjoying themselves and that made for a nice festive ambience. Je veux retourner dans ce restaurant bientôt :)

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LB
London
38 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful surprise which exceeded our expectations. A true French menu, food and ambience.

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BG
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant. Old school French atmosphere. Relatively crowded space.

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r
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most delightful dining experiences that I've had ever, and I've had a lot. Everything was impeccable, and I'd be a regular if I lived in the DC area. As it is, the trip from San Fran to DC was worth it, thanks to this lovely restaurant. Go! Enjoy!

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S
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, stellar, personalized service and a warm welcome. We both had the first soft shell crab of the season, imported from Georgia, which was served with a tomato-caper beurre Blanc. And for dessert, a Grand Marnier soufflé. La Chaumiere continues to be one of the best restaurants in Washington.

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YD
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant...Cozy cottage atmosphère...Absolutely delicious, fresh truly French cuisine....Just reading the menu makes your mouth water....Waiters are friendly, but professional and anticipate their clients’ needs....Strongly suggest making reservations.

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our food, loved the decor and loved our server!

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