La Chaumiere

4.6
2829 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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!
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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2829 People Are Saying
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LI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always eat at this restaurant when we’re in DC. Excellent food and great atmosphere. Never rushed.

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PH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever my husband and I are in Washington DC, La Chaumiere is a must for dinner for us, we love it. The food is superb, the service is excellent, it is cozy and just a wonderful place to spend time for a dinner.

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FM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent service, food and ambiance. What we love about this restaurant is that there is never an "off" day. We can always count on a delicious menu and wonderful wait staff.

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

My only complaint was that I asked for a table in lower dining room by the central fireplace and when we arrived I was told "we had to move you upstairs" ...but for that I would have given excellent on every factor. I had made the reservation two weeks in advance and was told over the phone the table for 5 by the fireplace was going to be my table until I arrived.

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GG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating our 20th anniversary. We had a reservation but still had to wait 20 minutes for our table and were ultimately seated in the overflow room up stairs rather than the cozy table by the fire place in the main restaurant we had hoped for. Food and service were excellent.

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j
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and atmosphere. Our favorite French restaurant in DC.

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

Great food and ambiance! We had to be somewhere at a certain time following our dinner and they made sure we were served and out the door but still did not feel rushed.

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g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for 30 years! Always great service and food! I would recommend it anytime to anyone looking for french cuisine in a great neighborhood setting. An excellent restaurant.

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G
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always pleases. Our favorite restaurant in washington. Make sure you order the soufflés for dessert.

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DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! The food, the service and the ambiance. Perfect evening.

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JG
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is clear why this restaurant has been in business for forty years. The food was great. The service was impeccable. The duck dishes we enjoyed were excellent and theee were many other appealing dinner options on the menu. We are looking forward to our next trip.

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U
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I need to return here more frequently. Each time there is a different pleasant surprise. Yes, too
crowded and noisy, but excellent ingredients, chefs, wait staff.

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BK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always

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FB
Toronto
155 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A cozy interior reminiscent of a French bistro. The food is quite excellent. Mains were sole meuniere and scallops provencal and both dishes were exceptional. The French baguette was really good. The service was top notch and the waiter made a perfect wine recommendation. It is easy to see how this restaurant has been around for 42+ years. Great restaurant overall and we will be returning.

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MM
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been going to La Chaumiere for about fifty years, and have never been disappointed. The place has a wonderful vibe, and the traditional French dishes are wonderful. Service has always been a strong suit at La Chaumiere.

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

authentic french restaurant in heart of Georgetown. Delicious fish and meat entrees. Quiet and cozy (we sat by their fireplace) atmosphere. Recommend for visit with friends and for an excellent meal.

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L
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a terrific experience here sampling traditional authentic French comfort foods hard to find elsewhere. Service was excellent and atmosphere is warm and traditional. Definitely can see why this restaurant has been a DC staple for more than 40 years! Will return again next time we're in DC.

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GS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Chaumiere is the best combination of amazing food, exceptional service, and splendid ambience in DC.

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AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

the apple tart, which had to be ordered with the entre to facilitate prep time, was cold. apparently fresh from the frig

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

Wonderful, wonderful restaurant! best in DC. Never disappointed.

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PR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

French country inn atmosphere, crowded tables and high noise level. Food was generally good to very good. Short ribs ordinary. Service/kitchen a little slow. Trout and salmon quite good as were deserts of tart and perfiteroles.

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CJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

All in all the experience was fine; there was something odd about the duck. It seemed to be sliced almost deli style and has a taste that was also not quite what one has done to expect.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We jad our anniversary there 8 years ago and officially this week. Food and ambience the same and can’t recommend enough

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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been almost 20 years since our last visit to this restaurant and it absolutely didn't fail to impress me again. The restaurant is a pure gem and makes for a very enjoyable experience. I only hope that it's not another 20 years before I get back.

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AP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was incredible. Excellent service, the food was amazing, and the building was so cute! Highly recommend, I will be coming back! Also very reasonable pricing for a Michelin started restaurant in Georgetown.

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p
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all-time favs!

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GS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

When we arrived we were informed that our table was on the second floor. We did not realize there was a second floor but when we reached our table we were quite disappointed in the ambiance and asked how much longer it would be for a table downstairs. We were told in a perfunctory manner that it would be at least a half hour. So we stayed. It took a long time to meet our waiter and at every step there were long periods of time when we did not see him, though our water glasses were regularly filled. The salad and our entrees were quite good. But we could not taste the Grand Marnier in the Grand Marnier soufflé. When our bill finally arrived there was an error which our waiter acknowledged. But, again, it took a long time for him to bring the corrected bill. In fact, by the time we were able to leave we were the last two people on the second floor. All things considered, this was a very disappointing dining experience.

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BO
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation for 7pm and we did not get our food until 8:45pm. Two dinners were ok, one was under cooked and the salmon in pastry was less than like warm. We had to ask for the check twice.

Would not go back due to service...it was truly the worst service I have had in a very long time.

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

It took one hour and twenty minutes for our food to arrive. Waiter did not say why or offered any explanation. Food quality has changed. It is smaller portion now and the lobter bisque soup was similar to Campbell soup. I also called ahead to let them know that I was 15 minutes late and the lady answering the phone was rude.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific atmosphere. Excellent food and service. Impressive soufflé.

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KW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was easily the best French food I have ever had. There wasn't a single thing on the menu that I would not have eaten and everything we did eat was cooked to perfection. We came here to celebrate our wedding and will definitely be coming back soon!

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F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Chaumière was one of the first restaurants I went to when I first moved to the US, several decades ago. It was then, as it still is now, a wonderful restaurant with consistently delicious food, a very good wine list and a beautiful ambiance no matter where one is seated. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening there after so many years.

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent French restaurant with wonderful food , great service and an outstanding wine list in a romantic setting

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DC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate a birthday. The food was excellent, wait staff very attentive as well as maitre d. A perfect celebration!

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v
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues as always to be wonderful in every way!!

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z
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It is a lovely restaurant and very busy when we were there. We both had the Dover sole and given how expensive that dish is we expected it to be better. We've had it at several other restaurants including Oceanaire right in D.C. and this serving had little taste. I thought the server did his job but nothing special.

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DV
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We took out of town guests, who had not been to Washington, DC previously, to La Chaumiere so they could experience Georgetown and the wonderful dining options available. Although the restaurant was full the noise volume was not loud and the waiter was very attentive. The service throughout the night was outstanding and the main entrees and soufflé desserts were delicious. The only disappointment we experienced was with the appetizers, and specifically the escargot and lobster bisque. My wife loves escargot, however, when the escargot was served it was smothered in pesto. So much so that she could not initially determine whether the snails were in the servings. The pesto was so overwhelming that all other flavors could not be enjoyed. The lobster bisque was equally disappointing – instead of a rich, creamy delight, the bisque appeared to be watered down and was a disappointing start to the meal. As stated above, the main entrees and desserts made up for the poor start and the ambiance of a French farm house was quite enjoyable.

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CS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I made a reservation based on a recommendation of a loved one. While I was not overly impressed when I first pulled up, what I found inside was a charming old world feel that made you immediately want to relax. What I was not really fond of was the somewhat indifference from some of the wait staff who took care of me. I inquired about a 'cocktail' menu and got a look like i'd just developed gas. Once I realized that they were known for their food and not their liquor selection, I settled in to a better time. The escargot was average but at least they did not spare the pesto in the butter as do some other places. I am a fan of steak au poivre and they did a nice job overall, albeit the chef misread the medium and prepared medium rare. The manager was quick to return it to the kitchen and have it corrected without fan fare. Overall, I would likely go back though more for the atmosphere than the service. 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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TH
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and fantastic service. Food was cooked to perfection. Not too loud and lighting was just right.

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KS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real find for lovers of French bistros! Some of the best mussels I have had outside of the south of France.

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