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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!
Washington, DC 20007
French, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm –10:30pm
28th St. NW
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking or public lot. For dinner, for $10.00, 2 hours of validated parking at Four Seasons Hotel.
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
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Chaumiere Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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