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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
Returning after a dozen years, I found the place still charming. Even though the architectural details are largely faux, it feels somewhat like a French inn. It is very densely packed with tables, thus high noise. But it is jolly noise. And the excellent service also compensates. For a French place, the menu is understandable and the specials were impressive. Service is also rapide. Wine list is excellent (and the pages are clean, not greasy) in terms of organization and selection. But the prices too high. The not-very-good cotes du rhone I picked at $75, was probably $30 in a local store. Yes, I know where restaurants make the most money.
Having just returned from 10 days in France, we wanted an authentic French meal in order to prolong the experience, and La Chaumiere came through perfectly. The duck breast with black currant sauce was delicious....the grand mariner soufflé for dessert was the best I have ever had. Ambience was warm and inviting and the service was gracious. Who needs France when you have La Chaumiere right in Georgetown?
Three of us had dinner. Two enjoyed their meal. I did not. If I needed to eat shoe leather to survive I would have stayed home. I recommended the restaurant as a favorite spot. The veal had no flavor and would have offended my dog. I will try again, but never order the veal.
On a freezing DC night La Chaumiere was perfect. The fireplace and cozy French setting was just what we needed to warm up our bodies and spirits. And what a pleasure to be served be attentive, professional waiters, as opposed to “I’m Jim and I’ll be your server.” My house Cabernet was superb, as was my peppercorn steak and Ceasar salad. Companion’s salmon likewise. My one regret was I didn’t indulge in a grand mariner or chocolate soufflé - next time I’m going for it. Needless to say I will return soon!
My husband and I enjoy La Chaumiere each time we visit! Although we love the romance of the cozy French restaurant, it is not unusual to see large family groups (up to 10 people) also enjoying a delicious meal. For starters, you must try the escargot. Perfectly cooked and served in their own cup in cast iron dish with butter and herbs, they are absolutely delicious. For entrees, my husband and I have eaten the lamb, Dover sple, and the veal - all to our liking. However, my hands down favorite is the soft shell crab special! For dessert, the soufflé is traditional and perfect in every way, but our personal favorite is the slightly sweeter apple tart served a la mode.
Rene was a great server!! The food was great (we had the lamb, the venison, and our kids shared the beef tenderloins). For dessert, we shared the apple tart and the grand marnier soufflé. The soufflé was really nothing short of heaven on earth. The kids tried and liked everything in our plates as well, which was awesome. The atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. I will absolutely recommend this Georgetown gem to friends and fam who visit DC.
Will need another visit to better judge. My first visit was harried because of a show. Tables are too close to each other. You can hear neighbors conversation even if you were not listening. My cheese soufflé was underwhelming but the day’s special couscous with harrisa was satisfying. Didn’t get a wine bottle but the list looked good.
It was a nice place for a nice meal. A bit small and could be organized better, as I was celebrating a birthday with my wife and would have appreciated a more intimate table - smaller tables lined the perimeter and ours had a draft from the front door. Did not think the food was exceptional or exceptionally creative, but it was satisfying, like a nice country meal. The service was great, attentive server, smooth, good recommendations. A variety of groups there, all had a good time. We enjoyed it, and it would be our pleasure to return.
I have been to La Chaumiere a few times and always loved it. I returned the other day for a much anticipated holiday dinner. However, my visit this past Saturday left me somewhat disappointed. The lobster bisque, while tasty, was $10 for a small cup (not even a bowl?). More than the price/value, it didn't even have one piece of lobster in it (as I remembered it having in the past). I loved their baked oysters in the past, but the Oysters Chaumière - baked with ginger, sautéed spinach and hazelnuts was lackluster. My duck entree was swimming in black currant sauce, masking the flavor of the duck. The chef should definitely go easier on that sauce. The chocolate souffle was superb and definitely the best past of the meal.
Excellent food as always. Excellent server. Only issue with restaurant is that too many tables have been squeezed into small space. This is truly unfortunate since the food and service are wonderful! Plus, beware being given the 2 person table right behind the hostess. One person has to sit out in the walkway with waiters coming by constantly with food trays. Have seen numerous people refuse to sit there (including ourselves). Plus, hostesses need to look happier.
Always exceptional. The soufflés are heavenly not to mention the other dishes. The service and ambience always attentive but non intrusive. Very French and cozy. When you visit try any soufflé be it cheese, chocolate or the magnificent Grand Marnier. You will fall in love
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