La Chaumiere

4.6
2755 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm –10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 338-1784
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Patrick Moulet
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Private party facilities
Two private rooms: Terrace/front room seats up to 15 guests, and upstairs/2nd floor seats up to 40 guests. Customized menus available upon request.
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Private party contact
Martin Lumet: (202) 338-1784
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
28th St. NW
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Parking details
Street parking or public lot. For dinner, for $14.00, 2 hours of validated parking at Four Seasons Hotel.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JM
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great meal at La Chaumiere. As always, Rene you are the best!

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JM
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never a bad meal at La Chaumiere. Rene, thank you for the excellent service!

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OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice place. Waiter very courteous. Menu very interesting and varied. Took far too long to serve dinner with no explanation. Patrons seated after us were served their dinner before us and finished their dinner well before we were served. Waiter said just another minute when serving them probably expecting us to complain. We didn't and there was no apology or explanation when we were finally served. The food was delicious and we enjoyed it. The appetizer was fantastic as was dessert and the course in between (the entree)

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M
Pittsburgh
44 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! We've been coming here for many years and have never been disappointed. The food is terrific and so authentic French.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was very good. Food delicious. We had early res before a show at Kennedy center. They got us in and out in a timely manner. Highly recommend the sausage appetizer and the Chaumiere after dinner coffee.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It is refreshing these days to find a good restaurant where you can have a conversation without screaming at each other above the din. Excellent traditional French cuisine.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Delicious! I very much appreciated the attentive service.

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CE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I strongly recommend the Dover Sole, which is probably the best one on the continent. Great cuisine, I'm going there regularly with my wife since 20 years.

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CJ
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been a number of times. If you are a fan of Julia Childs style of French food this is a place you will like. The added benefit is the Lyonnaise dishes not served to many places especially the Quenelles with lobster sauce

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V
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, authentic French cuisine and perfect location in Washington, DC. I had Medallions of Beef and it was delicious. My wife had the magret de canard, superb too. Our waiter was French and very nice. I highly recommend this restaurant

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant, the food, setting and service were all absolutely fantastic. What a great find.

Also, make it easy on yourself and park across the street at the Four Seasons Hotel valet parking. Give them your parking voucher when ready to pay the bill and they'll just add the parking charge directly onto your restaurant bill as well.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Very good food but the service was very long for everything. The manager was not really paying attention to the overall dinner experience we could expect for this price range!

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i
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely gastronomic experience at La Chaumiere in Georgetown. The main dining room looked like a French country kitchen, very charming and lively with diners some speaking French. The menu is very traditional which was delightful. We had foie gras, quenelle, entrecote, and a gallette dessert that were all delicious, and paired excellently with a grand cru classe Bordeaux. The service was attentive despite the Saturday evening crowd. Wonderful time and will return.

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HW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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s
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in DC, we have a family dinner here. It is a ritual that we will never stop sharing. Thank you for another fantastic meal before our daughter left for college.

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B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We dine here frequently, ordering steak au poivre, our favorite entree. However, we were disappointed this time. Our steaks (medium and medium rare) were tough. The black peppercorns mixed with green peppercorns (a recipe change) were hard with an overwhelming flavor. And the meat and sauce were almost cold. The chairs were painfully uncomfortable, as they always are, and the backs were sticky. And, awful for a restaurant with restrooms near diners, the Ladies Room toilet would not flush! Our server—and dessert—saved the evening! We were celebrating our 27th Wedding Anniversary.

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DM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this Restaurant but would be even more enthusiastic if I could get them to share their recipe for their apple tart, which is THE BEST!

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our time, quiet, interesting menu .choices

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I truly enjoyed our dining experience. It felt like an authentic French experience. The food was delightful. My daughter who lives in France felt inspired to speak in French to our waiter, Phillipe. He was great as well. We will definitely dine at La Chaumiere again.

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PW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with superb food and service . Truly a gem .

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RO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Much louder than what I expected. We were given a table near the waiters point of entry stand so no privacy at all. Always someone coming and going. The resturat week deal was no deal at all with a much reduced menu and an upcharge for half the items. While Open Table said parking at Four Seasons hotel was $10, I was chaged $14 at the restaurant which added a very bad aftertaste in my mouth. Fool me once, I am not going back again.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very pricy and the food was OK. Bully Sud (another French restaurant in Georgetown) is so much better.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner. The Steak Au Poivre was excellent. Haven’t had a bad meal at this wonderful spot. A must go to if you are in Georgetown.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great French speaking staff. They let me practice my French and suggested great options for food. Can’t wait to go again.

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AA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

You eat mainly bread and butter for a lot of money!!

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Maybe it’s the Restaurant week menu, but dinner at La Chaumiere was lackluster. The cold tomato soup was passable while the mussels were chewy. The veal tasked like cat food and the trout was limb and overly buttered to hide something. The mashed potatoes were tasteless and squirted onto each plate in unappetizing round dollops. The best part of the meal was the dessert and coffee. Maybe the normal menu is good, but I would skip the one for Restaurant Week.

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GH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We arrived early for our 8PM reservation. The hostess encouraged us to go across the street to wait at a wine bar. No room to have a drink at La Chaumiere. We returned at 8:05PM and waited 30 minutes for our table. What is the lesson here? Hang tight at La Chaumiere or go across the street as suggested, but take a leisurely wine at the neighbor wine bar. Not sure. The hostess was not rude, but not welcoming at all. Nor apologetic for the wait.

The server brought the wine list, which we studied for a few minutes. When he returned we ordered wine, and suggested that we would order food when he returned with wine. He seemed offended that we did not order food and wine at the same time. The rest of the night he was brusque.

So, good place. OK service. Very good food. Good ambiance. Because the French have a reputation of hautiness, perhaps that is part of the package.

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A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I had been to La Chaumiere previously and it was great, so I decided to go back to take advantage of restaurant week. I was really disappointed with my experience the second time around. I was seated in the front room, squeezed between two other tables. We were so close it was unpleasant. In addition, the service felt very rushed. I understand that restaurant week might require faster turnover, but you still expect a certain dining experience when you go to a place like La Chaumiere. While the food was good, many of the restaurant week menu items required an additional cost, which on principal I disagree with.

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S
Seattle
74 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food & service

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SR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've lived in the DC area for over 50 years and though I don't get to La Chaumiere as often as I'd like, I always enjoy a meal there. Food, service and ambience are routinely top notch.

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B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It certainly was one of the better French restaurants I have been to in a very long time. Our server was the most delightful man and the food was well paced. Will be back again in the near future.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Authentic French restaurant. The food is good and the taste is very close from what you would get in France.

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UB
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here last October for our wedding anniversary. I saw that they had rack of lamb on the menu. It was FAB-ulous!!!! My wife had the seafood stew and also was very impressed. I think the real reason we came was for the soufflé. They were also excellent. Gotta come back. We did, during Restaurant Week.
I had a pork shoulder stew that was perfect and my wife had the sea scallops that were, truthfully, the best either of us had ever eaten. the presentation was also beautiful and very appealing since they were cut in half horizontally and then all the halves were laid down, overlapping each other, in a circle shape, over some pureed legumes I believe. My wife got the soufflé again and I had the profiterole that came with the Fixed Price menu for restaurant week.
Oh, and our waiter, Henri, was wonderful too. Informative, very knowledgeable about the menu and recommendations.
We'll be back SOON, so I can have the lamb again.
It's an ol' favorite of many folks, but a NEW favorite of ours!

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Went there during DC Restaurant Week 2018 and loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. Lots of wood and clean quite place for dinner. Portions were small for the price, but it was enough to not let you still be hungry after you finished. Be sure to indicate a glass of wine when you order, or the waiter will bring you a bottle (more money for the waiter in tips) with for the price of a glass and if you plan on having more than one glass the bottle is worth the price.

The bread pudding dessert was outstanding (just would have liked a bigger portion) but again enough so you got the taste but wasn't blotted when finished.

Will definitely go again as some point, but hope that the portions are a little bit bigger the next time.

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G
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restauant is one of my favorites in the DC area

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CQ
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service, but experience felt rushed, we suspect due to restaurant week. Would recommend

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a cozy atmosphere.

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c
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Chaimiere is one of our old-time favorites in Georgetown. The food is excellent, the service efficient, and the staff helpful and knowledgeable. The noise level is moderate, so one can have a conversation without having to shout. This time we visited during DC Restaurant week. The menu was limited but representative. The fried mussels were superb, calf’s liver was delicious, and the profiterols made for an enjoyable desert. All this with a bottle of St Emilion at a reasonable price (not included in the menu).

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s
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnifique as usual. Never fails. ALWAYS top drawer. thanks AGAIN guys.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful. Never disappoints. ❤️

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