La Chaumiere

4.6
2875 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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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

La Chaumiere desperately needs an update in decor. I was really disappointed with our table right behind the host desk. We went during restaurant week. The server was clearly rushing us so as to maximize seating The food was meh. We won't be back.

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SW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious and great ambiance, though quite loud at dinner time with all tables full (and very close together). Planning to go back at a slower time to savor a long meal.

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AE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Loved the food. Wish there were more affordable wine options...but everything else was wonderful. Would definitely recommend.

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EV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always. This restaurant has been in existence for years and it's always packed. That tells you everything.

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B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for lunch or dinner. Excellent ambiance. Will return again and again.

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PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite French restaurant, their food is magnificent and the soufflé is to die for... I highly recomend this restaurant.

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

We waited over an hour after being seated for our entree - 45 minutes for an appetizer.

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner immensely! Everything was wonderful! From the ambiance and service to the food and wine, it was all fabulous!

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice as always. Quiet so one can have a conversation. PROFESSIONAL waiters who have worked there for years and know what they are doing.
Feels like service in s bistro in France.
Nice atmosphere with fireplace.
Good food.
Mousse au chocolat was a bit hard, maybe too cold. It’s been better in other occassions

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EK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The only place I know where you can get brains, soufflé's
and liver regularly.

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J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Philipi was a funny, interesting and very capable waiter.

The food was delicious and service was outstanding

It is a wee bit cramped in the restaurant

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BM
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is one of my favorite places to eat in DC and a real gem in the Georgetown food scene. Food and wine were very good; server was pretty good but not our favorite. There are better servers on staff than him. My fiancée and I really enjoy this place so we will back.

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j
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We felt that we were overcharged on some of our items but it was not worth the hassle of going back to them for a few dollars. Otherwise a lovely experience.

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KB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience!
It was my wife’s 53 Birthday and she picked this restaurant. Rene our sever was great . We were not rushed and the food was what great food is all it should be!
We will be back! And great gem in a fast pace world

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BR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The value for the meal is not there. Way too expensive to get an ordinary meal.

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LV
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Rene is an awesome food server. Be sure to reserve for the bottom floor, regardless of the server.

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ES
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent menu with many choices for all courses. My colleague fully enjoyed the fish stew and I was very impressed with the salmon in puff pastry. The onion soup was good but I think that I make a better onion soup myself.

Nice selection of wines by the glass.

Service was attentive but not overly engaging.

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DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and beautiful atmosphere - Thanks for the table next to the fireplace!

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JA
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable. beautiful selection of French foods.
Good service

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l
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, food and service! Always happy to eat there. Can't wait for next time

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JA
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always very good menu, food, and service and atmosphere.
I must admit that I liked the former recipe for quenelle de brochet and its sauce a bit better than the present one

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AW
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the NYE experience. Wait staff patient and attentive and genuinely positive. Special menu attractive. Enjoyed not being rushed out after midnight.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, but staff and servers could have been friendlier.

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JM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!!

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CS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

made a reservation for new years eve based on a recommendation of a loved one. While simple from the outside what I found inside was a charming old world feel that made you immediately want to relax. The management and wait staff were very attentive during this visit, albeit they were clearly busy. The escargot was average but at least they did not spare the pesto in the butter as do some other places. Oysters were also quite tasty I am a fan of steak au poivre and they did a nice job overall with great flavors while our friends had two of the seafood entrees which they were quite excited over. I would definitely go back as you can clearly tell from the crowd that there is an established 'older' clientele that go there and the diversity of age leaned more to the senior rather than the junior generations. regardless, if you are up for romantic, relaxed and respectable, this is your choice.

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FC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been coming here for over 25 yrs, always on our anniversary, and what we value most is that it has NEVER disappointed us: excellent Country French traditional food, excellent service and a comfortable, quiet ambiance. Our favorite restaurant!

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MT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our host/server, René was amazing. He was kind and patient and very engaging. The food was spectacular.

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s
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently very special service ambiance and excellent food. Always have a cheese and Grand Mariner souffle. Although if you are a chocoholic DO NOT MISS the chocolate souffle. last time I tasted as good a chocolate was in a little restaurant in Old town Geneva, just off the Lake. Thank goodness I have a shorter drive to get such excellence right there in my lil ole hometown. Thanks guys for making the celebration lovely. People, listen to me, GO DINE at La C. Happy and successful New Year 2019

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DN
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have spent a number of wedding anniversaries here over the years and are always happy we did. This is a real old school French restaurant, and we can attest to that from many, many visits to France. Service is professional and respectful, food is very good, and prices are fair for what you get. Plus it's always a treat to be part of the scene in Georgetown!

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OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Chaumiere has always been near flawless every time I've eaten there. Cozy, warm , comfortable environment with sensational French cuisine. I've been lucky enough to be there for New Years Eve and Christmas Eve ( like this year ) and it's the perfect spot to bring back that old true spirit of holidays past. I felt much more Christmas-y leaving then I did going in . Everyone else did as well.
Thry have regular specials week nights all year round ( cassoulet on Thursdays!) so the place is a win-win anytime time of year .

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CD
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The last of the Grand Dames serving high quality French cuisine! I've been going for years - love this place!

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

Excellent as always!

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o
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

La Chaumiere was my guest’s choice for a dinner to celebrate her birthday. She had been there before — I had not. While the menu was vast and the offering appetizing, everything was way over priced. Made to order soufflés for dessert are a nice touch.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was very lovely for our 1st year wedding anniversary. We were seated apart from the crowd for the 1st hour or so (for a more romantic feel) but then we’re asked to move due to a large party that had arrived. We didn’t mind and the manager offered to pay for the wine and dessert. Our waiter was wonderful and food was delicious! I have celiac disease and there were plenty of delicious gluten free options for me :) overall great experience

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C
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, wonderful French food. We could not have had a better meal, and experience. Venison, rabbit and lamb all were impeccable. Soufflé was excellent. Lovely cheese selection.

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WC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

To my complete amazement, La Chaumiere rarely (if ever) shows up on those lists put out by various local magazines featuring 50 or 100 “Best” restarants in the area. I’ve concluded that those lists are only interested in the new, the exotic, the trendy, the gimmicky and the strange. L.C. is none of those things. Rather, it is consistent, high quality, fair-priced authntic and delicious from the top to bottom of the menu. Discriminating locals love it, and don’t dive the slightest damn about the “lists”.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chocolate soufflé is DEVINE, the Lamb Chops are out of this world!!

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Everything was superb! Exceeded our expectation. Thank you.

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KD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice old school decor, friendly and well organized service - so so food.

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had an excellent breast of duck and my friends had the beef Wellington- all excellent. The veal scallopinine was good . The Grand Marnier soufflé was strangely lacking in Grand Mariner flavor so was good but required more sauce. service was prompt and grea

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