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About La Chaumiere

La Chaumiere is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Celebrating 41 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!

2813 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm –10:30pm

Cross Street:
28th St. NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 338-1784

Website:
http://www.lachaumieredc.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking or public lot. For dinner, for $10.00, 2 hours of validated parking at Four Seasons Hotel.

Executive Chef:
Patrick Orange

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.

Private Party Contact:
Martin Lumet: (202) 338-1784

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Chaumiere Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (25)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 16, 2012

Excellent French cuisine. Try the Dover sole, and for dessert a soufflet.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2012

Very nice French restaurant---consistently good bistro-style food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 12, 2012

The food was very good, and while the decor says rustic and farm implements, the menu says high-end and little generic dishes. What, no onion soup or blanquette de veau?! :)

The only clear downside was the crowd. Every available square inch has been used, as you literally sit on top of the tables left and right. Forget about a romantic dinner, your neighbours will be part of the occasion. No quite chow hall/communal sitting, but may as well be.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 10, 2012

Overpriced ($41.00 for sole) and extremely slow service. We waited at least ten minutes to be asked what we would like to drink, then waited way too long after the first course for our entrees to arrive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 9, 2012

Ver pleased with food and service. Would recommend to visitors in Georgetown.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 8, 2012

Overcooked main courses and rude treatment from the head waiter/manager.

I can't wait to tell as many of my associates as I can about how bad the service and cusine is!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2012

Consistently great, especially the Oysters La Chaumiere and the soft shell crabs. Oh and the chocolate mousse.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2012

Certain dishes were wonderful where others were just ok. The food and atmosphere seem to strive for authenticity and to that end, La Chaumiere delivers. The clientele is a bit older and stuffier. I prefer a bit more modern dining experience, and so I will not be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 4, 2012

Consitently excellent food and service. A favorite!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 4, 2012

We were in Georgetown for a weekend wedding, and the only meal that was not planned for us was lunch on Friday. We picked La Chaumiere based on ratings from several sites, and were not disappointed. The restaurant is unimposing from the outside, and on the inside really. The food was nothing short of fantastic though. The waiters were very attentive, without coming close to "hovering". The highlights for us: the bread, a chees souffle, the soft shell crab (to die for) and a grand marier souffle (yes, we liked the appetizer souffle so much we had to order another one for desert). The bottle of white wine we chose (from Argentina though, not France) was a perfect pairing. Do not miss this restaurant - and lunch is a great time to go.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 1, 2012

Excellent place to dine. Food is great and so is the service. Enjoyed it very much.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 30, 2012

Wonderful food - only place I know of where excellent traditional French cooking is available, including the increasingly hard to find liver, sweetbreads, brain and tripe dishes. Quenelles: where else can you find quenelles? Best french bread in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on April 27, 2012

This was our first time to eat at La Chaumiere and it was exceeded our expectations! I love Dover Sole, which is one of their specialties, and I wasn't disappointed.....delicious! And our waiter, Mo, was very accommodating and professional. We will definitely go back when in DC!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2012

This delightful part of the Georgetown scene is under new ownership, but every bit as strong as ever. Attentive but not hovering service, and exquisite food.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 24, 2012

La Chaumiere is a very traditional, rather pleasantly old-fashioned, French restaurant which hasn't changed much, if at all, in the past twenty years. Long may it last.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2012

I marked La Chaumiere down for ambiance because of the inadequate space between our table and our neighbors' tables... We (a party of three) were seated next to a wall and to one side of a hearth, in a location where there were 3 small tables side-by-side. We were so close to the next table that it was hard to ignore their conversation, and I'm sure it was hard for our neighbors to ignore ours. Our total bill was about $300, and I think for a meal of this quality and price the tables should not be as close as at MacDonald's! A foot between tables is not too much to ask. This is something I would watch out for the next time I dine at La Chaumiere. If it were to happen again, I might not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2012

went here for tenth anniversary wedding dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2012

Food was very good. Got stuck by the kitchen (unnecessarily) which would be our only complaint.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 17, 2012

This restaurant has a good French menu and is always reliable on quality. Reasonably prized.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2012

Had a nice time - would have preferred to sit I the dining room not the front room.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2012

At first I didn't like our waiter. He seemed hurried and kind of rude. But after he came back with my ice for my drink... I thought this guy is good. He took time with my date to explain or confirm about the tripe. His recommendations were excellent and in the end I really like him and the restaurant. It was just great.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 13, 2012

Terrific experience. Quaint French village ambience. Excellent selection of French favorites. Magret de Canard was superb, as was the selection of cheeses. Rack of lamb, Sole, salmon en crout all delicious. The house Sancerre was only average.desserts were fantastic and our group thought about extras! Overall a great find. We certainly will return. Merci!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2012

La Chaumiere serves Quenelles - probably the only place to find this essentially French dish - beautifully and appropriately served with Sauce Nantua. Delicious....

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 12, 2012

My friend recommended this restaurant to me and my wife & I totally enjoyed it. Reminded us so much of eating out in France. Excellent food. They have good wine too. We definitely will return next time we travel back to the DC area.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 11, 2012

This reminds you of a traditional French neighborhood restaurant in Paris. The food is modern French, rather than heavy classical. The quenelles were light as air and floating in a deeply flavored, but not rich, lobster sauce. Sweetbreads sauteed in a light wine sauce with morels were sublime. Wine list had a good range of choices and prices. The profiteroles for dessert were perfect; home made pastry, ice cream and chocolate sauce. The whole experience was so good we went twice during our six-day stay. Definitely recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2012

I have been cong here since the late 1970's every time i come to D C snd always enjoy it

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2012

Traditional French ambience & food. The cooking would need to be of a bit higher quality to be truly French. The service would need to be much worse to be truly French. As noted by others, tables too close together. Pariking a bit challenging in the area.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2012

The food was exquisite, specially the chocolate sou flee and the fricassee of sea food. The restaurant is definitely not a place for kids. The tables are too near to each other and you can listen to others conversations, and the space may put you in trouble with kids.
Excellent service and food for a romantic dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2012

Overall a great meal. The salmon was outstanding as was the veal. My cassoulet was extemely hot and I had to wait 20 minutes for it to cool, and it was good, (wish I knew where they found a stewing chicken) but everyone else was almost done as I was starting. Nice winelist, great champagne by the glass even if a limited selection. Don't miss the apple tart for dessert.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 31, 2012

As is the case with most Georgetown restaurants, the tables are tight, so do not be surprised. But, be surprised by the great French food at affordable prices. This place is a gem to those who know it. If you only walk by on the street and judge it by the neighboring cafes, you will be mistaken and not go in. I did that a dozen times. Go inside, and your entire impression will change to wanting to keep this one a secret to avoid it getting so busy that you will not get in the next time you are out on a date or impressing your spouse!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 31, 2012

Sadly disappointed with service. We felt like they were trying to turn the table from the time we sat down.
Good traditional French food, but not a French dining experience.
Avoid upstairs room unless you like sitting next to large groups.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 30, 2012

This is a fine food restaurant that tries and succeeds in delivering authentic French food in traditional French fashion.
Meaning you will enjoy the food, and while the service is professional and prompt, it is a bit stuffy. And as stuffy goes be prepared to sit close by to your fellow diners. The appetizers are decent sized and tasty. the meats are delicious. The bread is baked daily on site and is reason alone to go. A little pricey and not a homey place but definitely worth a visit.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 30, 2012

Maitre D a little snooty, otherwise a nice spot. Close table arrangement makes it a little noisy.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 29, 2012

We were thrilled to find this gem while visiting Washingon. Fabulous food. The owner helped us choose a perfect wine. We love to find menus that offer out-of-the-ordinary! This is certainly the place and they do all very well. Because the restaurant is so popular and crowded, and the space is cozy, the temperature inside is very warm. I will dress accordingly when we return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 29, 2012

A favorite dinner restaurant for many years.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 29, 2012

I dine at La Chaumiere fairly often and very much enjoy the variety of offerings and the excellent quality of the food. It is a small restaurant which when crowded is a bit noisy. It is well worth the value-excellent meals at a fair price.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 28, 2012

First time but a great reminder of the French inns and taverns we've visited in France. What a find!! Great couscous and a Grand Marnier souffle to die for!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 28, 2012

Loved the ambiance and the food was fabulous. We took our grandsons to DC for Spring Break and the 12 year old is taking French as an elective.The waiter was so patient, helpful and humorous speaking French to our nervous grandson. Also he went out of his was to accommodate the kids nut and dairy food allergies. Highly recommend La Chaumiere!

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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on March 28, 2012

Having had dined at La Chaumiere for years, back to 1976, when Pain opened and founded La Chaumiere and his daughters Stephanie and Geraldine were just as charismatic as their father, we decided to regroup at our old favorite with a new friend from France. Yikes! The new owner that took over after Pain in 2007 was defensive of a dish that looked like chewed dark green grass splewed ramshod over a dimpled dish, but served as escargot -- our French invitee was telling him in his native tongue of the grosteque presentation of the dish and the bitterness in taste to no avail. Mr. Pain would NEVER have served such a plate -- the only dish that was to Chef Patrick Orange's credit was the Grand Marnier Souffle -- so sad, so very sad.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 27, 2012

We were a bit disappointed in the dessert souffle (which had a strange mealy texture), but everything else was superb and every bit as good as the many country restaurants we enjoyed during our 15 years living in France. We had a house Cotes du Rhone with rack of lamb and magret de canard. The dishes were prepared to perfection and the wine was bright and lovely.

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