La Chaumiere

4.7
3120 reviews
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French
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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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This felt very European and the food was phenomenal. Definitely sitting in very close proximity to other diners but it was surprisingly not very loud in there

A
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never have had a bad experience here. Food is always delicious and service is great.

d
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect restaurant experience. excellent food, value, service. i would highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was during restaurant week. The food was mediocre at best. The waiter never once asked how we enjoyed our dishes and was very inattentive. Plus they had surcharges for many of their limited restaurant week options. I would never go back.

MC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! You shouldn’t miss this 3 course meal deal during DC restaurant week. The mussels were excellent; even my italian friend was convinced that it was beyond the level. The calf liver was amazingly good w/ red wine sauce. The dessert was good, felt plain compared to the previous 2 courses. Overall, I highly recommend La Chaumiere for you!

AP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service yet again. A favorite restaurant to visit when we are in DC.

T
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I showed up 10 minutes before my reservation time . The maitre insisted on seating after my party arrived . They were 5 minutes late . I have never been in a restaurant of this reputation where a lady does not get seated and offered something to drink while waiting for her guests. Terrible attitude too !!!

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

La Chaumiere for many years was a wonderful restaurant --excellent food, charming environment and excellent service. This past week, we decided to celebrate Adrian's mother's birthday at La Chaumiere. Her appetite is light, so she enjoyed the Lobster Bisque and French bread. Adrian had Bouillabaisse; he said it was good, but nothing to rave about. I ordered St. Jacques Provencale. It was completely bland. I don't think that the chef brought the garlic and herbs within 2 feet of the scallops while preparing the dish. So very disappointing. The House recommended red wine was ordinary. A truly disappointing experience.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

S
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding anniversary dinner. Enjoyed the Tuesday special- Crabmeat enchemise!
We will be back

CS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although it was very noisy, my friend’s and I loved this experience. The food was classic French prepared exquisitely from the appetizer to the dessert.

PH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. A must dine whenever we are in DC

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

After they realized I'd pay their prices they appeared more friendly. The kids loved the trout. The wife's scallops tasted good but were undercooked, only seared on a single side. My salmon pastry was mainly pastry, the salmon loin was maybe 3oz total. I'd try it again if I'm willing to deal the quality versus price.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious today for our anniversary lunch. We had French onion soup; green salad with warm goat cheese on bruschetta, raspberries, and raspberry vinaigrette; Alaskan halibut; veal scalopini Normandy; apple tart; and chocolate souffle. We particularly enjoyed the wine with our meal.

JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good wait staff. Great food!

DO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good - not great
Pate appetizer not good
Fish entree was very good
Service was good

IW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We never had a bad meal. The service is professional, and friendly. It is our go to restaurant before the theater.

k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistently great dining experience - for decades!

KH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Some may find this review unfair. Everyone loves this restaurant. This was my first visit. While I agree service and hospitality are wonderful and ambiance nice, the food for me was not memorable. I lived in France for 5 years, my meal wasn't remotely comparable. It was expensive for the quality as well as my entree being lukewarm and pretty bland. I only send food back when it is unbearable so I ate it. I can only speak with regard to my experience. My dining companion was happy with their entree.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walk through the doors of La Chaumiere and you step into a cultural icon of DC. The ambiance is warm and inviting with just the right amount of energy buzzing around you from enthusiastic eaters to the waiters carrying delicious hot soufflés. I started my meal with a fresh green salad garnished with fresh peaches followed by the mouth watering Tuesday evening special: crepes with lump crabmeat. This dish goes beyond the feeling of outstanding comfort food and I will order it every Tuesday I’m there. We ended the evening by sharing a chocolate soufflé among three of us; however, we decided next time that each of us has to order our own because it was too delicious to share. Bon appetit!

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience! The valet parking online information was just a little confusing.

T
Naples
35 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner at this fine restaurant. Service was perfect and the food was very good. We sat in the corner of small front room away from the larger crowd. It was cozy and romantic. Just what we were looking for in Georgetown.

m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

always excellent---superb food, solid service, good value for DC.Why go anywhere else?

TG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster bisque is the best in the world. We know. Trout amandine, apple tart are also tops. Don't ignore the biweekly specials.

J
Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a classic old school French restaurant that has been a constant for over 45 years! Inside, you could be in a French country inn. The Lobster bisque and the grand Mariner were classic and outstanding. The fois gras and the duck was fine but not stellar. Service was professional and Maitre D was very welcoming with French accent!

DF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

While I am not usually inclined to review a restaurant, I feel compelled to say something about La Chaumiere. Recently discovered, we were ecstatic to have found this venue. Not since the closing of our favorite, Chez Andre, in Alexandria, had we been able to find a restaurant that served sweetbreads (an absolute favorite of mine). Our initial experience was a wonderful evening. We were greeted warmly by the hostess, Marielle(sp), seated at a nice table, and our server couldn't have been more delightful throughout the entire meal with suggestions, checking back on us, etc. In an enjoyable conversation with Marielle, who checked on us periodically during our meal, she had remembered my name from a reservation the week before that we had to miss due to the overrun of a performance at the Kennedy Center. All in all, that evening was truly delightful.
Now we come to our experience the evening of July 17th, 2019. We were greeted and seated at another nice table, by a host who gave the impression of being disinterested in our being there. Our greeting was nothing like that of Marielle's. It was awhile before our server approached us and took our cocktail order. He did tell us that they were already out of one of the specials for that evening, but did not detail any others that might have been available. Our appetizers came after an appropriate waiting time, however, my salad seemed to have been forgotten, which it had been, and the server admitted to that error when he finally brought it to the table. I was not even halfway through my salad when our entrees were brought to the table. The table being rather small, I had the server take my salad away since it would not have fit on the table. After we had finished with our entrees, the wait began. The server obviously was more interested in, I would say, more affluent and recognized patrons, than to us. It was the same with a nice young couple who were seated adjacent to us. The host was of no use!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buen trato, servicio extraordinario.. muy buena recomendación del vino para el maridaje

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting with international guest

CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite, charming neighborhood restaurant! The staff is so friendly and professional, the food and service are always first-rate. We return again and again!

SB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French food I’ve ever had in the metro DC area.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, highly recommend this place, service was better the first time we went there, amazing souffle!!! Requested a corner table but we were give a table near the entrance. Great ambience, will we come there, yes for sure..

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood stew used to be my favorite until I tried the scallops. OMG, best scallops ever in the DC metro area!

H
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Georgetown and Washington's longtime place to go for delicious classical French food. From the quenelles de brochet to the wonderful dessert omelets, with the attentive, polite informed service, and pleasant interior where there are no screaming crowds, La Chaumiere is the best.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck foie gras and calf brain was amazing!

BD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellence is apparently what they do! Plenty of people with us in the dining area but didn't feel like it. Servers were very courteous without being overbearing. Loved it!

J
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality gourmet restaurant with Michelin qualified grade and with personal service

s
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They rushed us since the very beginning because it was july 3rd and obviously they wanted to leave early which we thought it was wrong since it us not a cheap restaurant. Food is good and the soufflé GREAT ( main reason of our visit) good french wines nut they could have much better wine glasses ( like Riedel).

SB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! In 20 plus years we’ve never had a poor experience! Martin and his staff are wonderful!!

e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Very relaxing and comfortable. The food is always delicious and the soufflés are wonderful!!!!
The service is impeccable and you can really enjoy the evening without ever feeling rushed

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