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
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. Service, food, the surroundings... just spectacular. I so appreciated how everyone was very dressed up and behaving suitably for the European experience. Food was superlative.

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

Consistently an outstanding restaurant. I've been coming here for special occasions since 2010 and can't wait to come here again.

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l
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the ambiance as pleasant as ever, but service was less than perfect this time, as one of our party of four did not receive the ordered entree (and then, presumably, this was charged a la carte rather than prix fixe). The waiter, who may be in training, could have made greater efforts at communication and graciousness. However, we are willing to see this as a glitch rather than letting this diminish our esteem for l"Auberge.

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

The food and service were outstanding as always.

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m
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fabulous meal at L’Auberge Chez François. Everything was wonderful. Exceptional service.

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JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. It was or first time there. In spite of a packed restaurant, they made us feel that we were their most important customers. Everything was done to perfection, especially the service.

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JT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first came to know this restaurant in 1983 and still remember the meal! Veal scallopinni and raspberry tart. My husband and I get the same time we come, beef tenderloin for two. It never disappoints. Service is wonderful. We go for special occasions, because of the cost. Such a treat.

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TM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and so was the service. We had a party of 5 and everything went very well.

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MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner here. I requested romantic seating and we were seated in one of the gazebos. The food was great and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be returning.

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

Great ambiance in a beautiful setting. Service was a little long for a business lunch. Guests start to leave after 1 1/2 hours.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Great quality, value, ambiance, etc. beautiful venue, grounds, and very good service. 5 course lunch (with wine) provides a truly great opportunity to enjoy a plethora of authentic French cuisine.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite French restaurant for celebrating special occasions year after year! The food and service remain outstanding every time!

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FC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had eaten here before, so when we decided to go out to dinner for our 50th wedding anniversary, this was where we wanted to celebrate! The Sunday dinner was wonderful; delicious food, a beautiful setting, and the best service we've ever experienced. We loved the choice of entrees and all the courses and little extras that come with a meal here. Our waiter Jose took excellent care of us, and the dining room hostess/manager (I forgot to get her name) was so gracious and welcoming; she even went out into the garden with us after the meal to take some more photos of us. This restaurant is truly a treasure in northern Virginia!

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R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Auberge Chez Francois is our favorite place to go for a very special meal. The food, service, and atmosphere are all superb.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service + ambiance!

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b
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary here--we've been coming to Chez Francois for many decades when it was located in Washington. Superb food, great ambience, attentive and friendly staff make Chez Francois our restaurant of choice for our most special occasions!

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DC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Richard was the best of the best!!!!!!Everything was stellar!

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BL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful lunch at a table overlooking the patio on a sunny but cool day. In our party of four, I was the only one who had previously been to L'Auberge. The others enjoyed it immensely and on the way home began planning when we could go again. As usual, the menu offered quite a variety and the service was excellent.

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RC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere lived up to its reputation. Our only regret was we had not dined here before.

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T
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at L'Auberge Chez Francois with my family was a perfect way to celebrate my 75th birthday! I have enjoyed celebrating special occasions at this restaurant for over thirty years and this evening cemented my favorite only more. The house aperitif, the Escargot and the Chateaubriand, which was cooked perfectly, were all delicious selections. Jose's service was courteous, friendly, and well executed. We all enjoyed the evening!

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family or 7 enjoyed a birthday dinner on April 7. We have enjoyed L'Auberge for more than 25 years and it rarely disappoints anyone in the family---and Sunday night was no exception. The service was impeccable, the food consistently excellent. From the Dover Sole to the lobster to the mixed seafood to the tenderloin, and, of course, the chocolate soufflés, we enjoyed every bit. Can't wait for the next excuse to go to L'Auberge!

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F
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could there be a better place for an April Sunday afternoon meal with family? The entire meal was perfect (and the sole was especially memorable). Each course offered new pleasures, the wine was (with guidance) superb and a table of health-minded adults were all smitten by the dessert menu. That the family vegetarians were infinitely pleased and cosseted attests to the kitchen's ability to produce culinary fireworks. Our server was outstanding - always watchful but never obtrusive and remarkably efficient and effervescent. Over the years we've found that dining at L'Auberge Chez Francois is comparable to a mini-vacation and perhaps even more restorative.

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MC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond having the best French food in the WMA, their menu is the most gluten free friendly. Always a special treat to enjoy an evening here.

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b
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely world class meal in all aspects!

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TP
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our "go-to" restaurant for celebratory meals. In this case it was a milestone birthday. Everyone enjoyed their food and we especially appreciate the attentive service.

We will return!

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The fixed menu is a bit overpriced for what you get. The trout, house salad, smoked salmon appetizer and dessert was $82. The trout was just average. Service was a bit slow - 4 hours to get to dessert.

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J
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a flawless dining experience. L’Auberge is our favorite restaurant in the entire DC area.

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MR
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like so many Washingtonians, we have turned during the years to marking special occasions (and other times) at Chez Francois. This time, it was our 55th anniversary and we were up from Florida to see friends, family, and to catch up on cultural events.
Tomi was our waiter and the food and service were flawless.

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WR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place...special evening. Great food. Pricey but definitely worth it.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a treat...good food, good service, good ambiance

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here on special occasions. The ambiance is amazing, like a French cottage sitting on a beautiful property surrounded by trees. The food is always fresh and tasty, and the garlic bread may be the best I've had in my life! The Dover sole is very good, anything with lobster is great, and if you like beef, the sirloin is a consistent hit with my husband. Service is always exceptional, they are polite, friendly and not overbearing. Worth the splurge.

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A
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a great restaurant for a special occasion or for simply enjoying a terrific meal with superb service

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate my wife's birthday. We had been here 23 years ago to celebrate her birthday then with friends, and it had been wonderful then. I arranged for two of her closest girl friends to meet us here as a surprise, together with our son and his wife, for Sunday afternoon lunch. So I had high expectations for the entire experience. We were not disappointed. The food was very good to excellent, and the ambiance is a delight: a comforting country inn and even with time many people, quiet, quiet, quiet! With a table for 6, everyone could hear everyone else without strain. The service was outstanding - warm and friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. None of this "my name is Jacques and I'll be your sever" nonsense. The timing was perfect in bringing each course. NOTE - for those with gluten free requirement: at least half of the menu items are gluten free, and when I asked to have a Caesar salad without croutons, I was graciously accommodated. And this was a genuine, true Caesar salad, with anchovies and with a quail egg on top. My guests all found their appetizers and entrees outstanding, but I'll have to say that my duck entree was only so-so, not at all as good as some other duck dishes that I have had - hence the 4 star rating of the food instead of 5 star.

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PO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding so fresh and so delicious.
highly recommend.

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always reliable - great good, service and ambiance. You can't go wrong. The only problem is trying to decide if you want to order a souffle for dessert when determining your dinner.

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LM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husbands favorite restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, looking forward to our visit later this month.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magical terrace dining experience at sunset. Exquisite cocktails, food, champagne, and service. Will return soon

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Definitely my favorite restaurant in northern Virginia! My daughter and I had an extraordinary lunch together, arriving just around noon (when the dining area was quiet). By 1 p.m. the noise level had increased substantially. I think the tables are placed too close together. Another flaw was that I had passed the maitre d' a note to say that it was my daughter's birthday, and nothing was done to help
her celebrate her day. A small slice of cake with a candle would have made the luncheon a five-star!

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L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed a celebration lunch with friends. Was delicious and delightful!

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