L'Auberge Chez Francois

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Welcome to L'Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital that has captivated visitors for over 64 years. L'Auberge Chez François is the ideal spot to celebrate special moments, private parties, luncheons, weddings and cooking demonstrations. Our menu is extensive and full of the flavors of Alsace and traditional French cuisine. Excellent food and service, attention to detail and a casually elegant atmosphere are hallmarks that have made L'Auberge Chez François a Washington favorite! We hope that you will enjoy your visit with us. Should you not see your preferred time to dine with us, please call us at 703-759-3800.
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely incredible food and service! A lovely 10th Wedding Anniversary dinner! 🥂💞 We will definitely be back for the patio experience.

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MD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely our favorite place for a special dining experience.

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H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, fabulous! Very attentive team looks out for you across the experience. Food was awesome and the wine selection is top tier.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service and delicious food!

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f
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez François has always been a favorite. In over 30 years of dining there we’ve always had scrumptious food, impeccable service, and been anxious to go back. It’s French country cuisine at its best.

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L
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our "let's celebrate" place. We love everything about it. We will be back again next month!

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MW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been going to L'Auberge for almost all of our special occasions for over 30 years, and we've never been disappointed. It is the best restaurant we know. We love it

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

Always outstanding; our go-to place for our special occasions. Very accommodating, but comfortable atmosphere.

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

It's been probably 20 years since my wife and I last were at L'Auberge. It was back in the days before OpenTable and when you had to call 2 weeks exactly before the day you wanted to dine in order to get a reservation. It was good to return there for our anniversary, and it is something we'll repeat again.

The restaurant has lost a step, I think. On a Tuesday night it was doing good business, but it wasn't full.
My wife raved about the duck breast, my special, halibut, was good, but not 5 stars worth. The lemon tarts for desert were also great. The prices were high, but the ambience and service made it something we could handle for a special occasion.

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

It was such a beautiful day that we chose to sit on the patio. Very spacious in a lovely setting with well maintained landscaping. The prix fixe lunch was an excellent value. We were very happy with our selections among many choices (appetizer: pate assortment, roquefort/apple tart; entre: grilled salmon, Alsatian sauerkraut and meats; dessert: lime tart (special of the day), plum tart). “Extras” included garlic bread, bread basket, split pea soup, small beer or wine, coffee/tea with dessert. Highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening for a 3 hour dinner. The presentation and the execution were first class. This was a real, old fashioned classic cross between Alsacion and French. Too many places/chefs are selling just the "sizzle". Not this one Will definitely keep going back.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, ambience was Fabulous!

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A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exquisite service, incredible array of offerings, and knowledgeable staff. Every detail executed with near perfection.

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L
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful, paying attention to presentation, while being very friendly and helpful.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always !!!

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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sat outside on the patio. It was quiet and a perfect night. The service was outstanding and the food exceeded expectations.

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SB
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my son's 21st birthday. All the food was excellent and the servers were knowledgeable, timely, and friendly. Had a great meal.

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AG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food, great service, beautiful interior, and exterior. A little out of the way, but very much worth the drive!

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HM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Yes, it is pricey, but the ambiance and the food are outstanding!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unquestionably one of the premier Washington area restaurants for many years. Delightful scenic setting, everything to perfection.

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R
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent as always but disappointed as we were given a young new waiter there for his first night. He was unfamiliar with several menu items and awkward confused in service process. I should have mentioned it during the dinner but chose not to embarrass him. The evening was below the CF normal standards.

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was absolutely delicious and our waiter was extremely pleasant. My only complaint is that our waiter did not explain that there were additional charges for salads, deserts on the fixed prix menu. Our bill was about $30 more than I expected. I would have appreciated knowing about any additional charges.

Lexie Armao

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I went to L'Auberge to celebrate her birthday. This was our first time here and we both loved it. I created the reservation online through OT, and then called them to see if they could change the time, to which they were most accommodating. Their service is top notch and their food timings were perfect. Their 5 course meal was excellent from beginning to end.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience & excellent service.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing can’t wait to go back again to try more food on the menu

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JV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much. Excellent food, presentation and service. Love it

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This my favorite restaurant, and is consistently among the best in the whole DC area. It was my parents favorite as well. We go every year for birthdays and anniversaries. It is perfect for that special date or romantic occasion. The food is wonderful and the service exceptional. If you go for dinner, you will probably pay over $100 per person. If you want something slightly cheaper, try the Sunday brunch, or the Brasserie grill downstairs. Best items are the lobster, halibut, twin beef medallions and medley of beef, lamb, veal and lobster tail. There is typically a vegan selection, and they can also make whatever else you want. They are known for their hot soufflés for dessert. They also have a seasonal garden with farm to fresh items on the menu. You will walk away from any meal filled with wonderful memories and wanting to come back soon.

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k
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is very nice. Food is delicious. Service is impeccable. But dinner shouldn't cost $335 for two people. No dinner is worth that much $$$$$.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the veal and it was very dry and awful. Other than that everything else was very good. Great place to come for special occasion with a group.

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TB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. The food was amazing. We will go back.

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DK
Phoenix
105 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good value for the brunch menu with decent portion.

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing early Mother’s Day lunch on Saturday.Service was way off their previous standard. We waited over 40 minutes just to get a flimsy paper menu and about 15 minutes for a steward to answer a question about the wine list. We never received the small “palate cleanser” nor the chocolates that usually come with the check. Overall very disappointing as we were treating guests to what we assumed would be a lovely experience based on past visits.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, best lobster dish I ever had!

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The wait staff was lovely. (I would however suggest that they not hang out in the hallway outside the kitchen) The ambiance was lovely. The food presentation was beautiful, however the actual taste was disappointing. My salad was grossly over salted. Although my steak was cooked to perfection on the inside, the outside was actually crispy. I could only eat half of it. My daughter had the creme brûlée and it was tasteless. I had the Irish creme coffee to end the meal and it tasted as if it were nothing but straight liquor.
We just returned back to America after living in Europe for 10 years. I guess I expected better from this restaurant, especially considering the price. We probably won’t be back.

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DH
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dinning experience. They make each and every diner feel as if they are are their top priority.

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SR
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! The food is so wonderful. Our go to spot for all occasions.

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V
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was perfect. He allowed us all the time we wanted to order drinks, select our food and enjoy 3 1/2 hrs with couple of good friends who, sadly, are preparing to leave the area. And despite the amount of time we spent our table, we were never rushed and, in fact, we were given a complimentary round of champagne to finish our meal. Truly an outstanding and memorable experience! Thank you L’Auberge!!!

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CH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in arguably the best location in northern VA. Very quiet, romantic venue with beautiful patio seating as well as indoor seating. Front of house staff all professional and courteous. Food was excellent and prepared properly. I want to give recognition to our server who was flawless and a true professional. I don't recall his name, but he was being followed with a new server in training. Both did a great job.

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LF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service slower than last time I went. It looked like our waitress was very busy.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday in style. Fine food, fine service. Upscale but not stuffy. Relaxed atmosphere with attentive service. We will be back.

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