L'Auberge Chez Francois

4.9
7054 Reviews
$50 and over
French
Welcome to L'Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital that has captivated visitors for over 66 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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Chippy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a marvelous experience. Our waiter (server? wait person? administrative food assistant? - l don't know the correct term) was personable, the food was superb. The prices are slowly increasing of course but the quality remained the same. We will try to continue to support their business.

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DanahM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was our waiter and did an excellent job which made our dining experience wonderful.

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vipLuckylady
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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PatriciaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usually. Beautiful decor, great service and once again great food.

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valeriej
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant that never fails to deliver/exceed excellence in all categories.

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vipJWK79
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal, service and ambience.

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GinatDin
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to dine here and celebrate my son’s birthday. Lovely ambiance, food, service, etc. Nice extra touches too.

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JoeF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a special occasion. This was a surprise on our 50th anniversary for my wife and everyone was seated at the table when we arrived. The waiter kept insisting there was no hurry and we could stay as long as we wanted. He was knowledgeable about everything on the menu, including which appetizers and desserts would travel best, so we could share one at the restaurant and take one home to have later. L'Auberge Chez Francois is highly recommended to anyone celebrating any sort of special time that needs a festive presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We are in the process of making reservations for October and have made a request to discuss a private event for 60 people in May, 2022.

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burboosh
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our anniversary and the very delicious food. we also appreciate the outside seating option! Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience

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Dadthedude
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time there since covid has started . The menu is shorter but the food is still as delicious. We were outside on the patio properly spaced and the waiters were all wearing masks. We even got food to go for our daughter and son in law and they said it was amazing as well. Julio our waiter was amazing. Definitely will be going back.

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Thomas
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would like to see more vegan/vegetarian options.

I had the chocolate tart and the whipped cream was messily applied. It was first put on one side of the plate, scraped off and then put on the other side. It looked messy.

I would have liked the server to place the silverware on the table for the dessert rather than laying them there. I also think all the utensils should have been in the same order.

Despite that, the food was excellent and the ambience great. Really liked the outdoor dining - maybe even better than indoors where I could enjoy the garden. The birthday dessert was really a nice treat.

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Daniel
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our pandemic-related 50th anniversary a year late. The room overlooking the patio was light-filled, the tables nicely spaced. The food was excellent and the service was friendly and professional. There’s nothing stuffy or forced - a very welcoming atmosphere. It’s heartening to know that places like this still exist. Prices for the food are reasonable given the quality and ambiance. The wine list runs high. Check out the wines in advance of your visit as there are some excellent values among the many listed.

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whyy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. You need to make an afternoon of lunch.

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DarrellF
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining experience. The service, personal attention, food, and overall experience is very pleasant and memorable.

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vipCynthiaD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends gathering after many months apart for a birthday had a lively evening with great service. I had forgotten about the price fixe menu— so the party was a bargain, too! My husband had a great birthday and even received two desserts! He was very happy. I was thrilled the Dover sole was as great as I remembered.

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JonD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining area, and the food was excellent.

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vipTrudy
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We have very fond memories of L'Auberge since we went there back in 1979 as our first big meal when we moved to DC. We went there 20+ years in a row for our anniversary and after many years away we decided to go for our 45th since we wer intrigued by the new outdoor seating. Everyone was delightful and the setting is beautiful. The menu hasn't changed which is fine but the cost is high and the food was good but not incredible. The sole was slightly dry and the parmesan crusted halibut was so think with cheese is took away from the halibut which is a very delicate fish. The sommelier however was delightful and recommended a great wine

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viprecentretiree
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Great service and food and wine were delicious. Our go to place for any special occasion.

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TerriH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois is wonderful. My husband and I always enjoy our dining experience. Our waiter Mahommed was wonderful. We Love the food and the very friendly staff.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. It was dining the way dining should happen.

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EllenE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Auberge Chez Francois has consistently provided excellent food, beautifully presented, in a quality setting to our family for more than a decade now. The variety on the menu has diminished slightly (presumable due to COVID-19), but the food is superlative.

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Kamva55
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time enjoying brunch under the outdoor tent. It was wonderful! Looking for another excuse to do it again.

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DCTraveler
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at L'Auberge Chez Francpis on several occasions and the food was superb as always. The ambience of the outdoor terrace at luncheon was perfect and even though their service is always excellent our server, David, was especially outstanding.

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vipRobertD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here since the late 1980's. Superb. Full stop.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect anniversary celebration

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CatherineB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an amazing dining experience. The food was superb, the ambience great, the service perfection. Best meal I have had in years.

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vipMeme508
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful place for our anniversary dinner. Fixed price menu with numerous options made for a interesting and delicious experience. We look forward to returning soon.

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CarolO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the patio. Beautiful atmosphere, excellent service, delicious food and drink.

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vipBug0421
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, this is my place for special occasions and also just having lunch with friends. I've never been disappointed. The food is above all wonderful and you certainly get enough choices and variety in the Prix Fix menu. The service is impeccable....they time the courses to come out at the right moment and are always steaming hot - so you know they are paying attention to your table. And the best treat is the Gran Marnie souffle as dessert. The restaurant has paid particular attention to separating the tables well beyond the 6 feet whether inside dining or out - so no worries. Can't wait for a return visit.

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vipviennadiner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an absolute gem. Lovely French country style restaurant with several rooms and a large outdoor seating area. They grow many vegetables on the premises. We love tomato season! The food is fabulous and the service is top notch. The prices aren't too high for this level of quality and quantity. We've been coming here for years and even brought our kids when they were young (there's a kids menu and they were always treated well).

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vipDCmuse08
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A home of fine traditional Alsatian/French cuisine in a distant Northern Virginia suburb of Washington. I'm not sure there are any Parisian restaurants left offering this old-fashioned style of cooking at this quality level, though there are still some in the French provinces. If I had to find a fault, it would be the expectation that we eat our salads with dinner forks (!); otherwise, the service was discreet but friendly in the American style, without being pseudo-intimate. Adequate wine list for these just-post-pandemic times, but we may hope it will be expanded when conditions permit.

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vipJenn
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience at L’Auberge is fabulous. The service is impeccable, the food is divine. The tables are spaced far apart so you have wonderful privacy. Always a great restaurant!

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MeghanH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely experience in a lovely location. Food and service were exceptional. Felt covid precautions were appropriate with all staff masked. Looking forward to our next visit.

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LisaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing culinary experience!

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ChristineB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The temperature was perfect for eating outside under the tent. Service was great and food was wonderful, as usual

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viperke
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous outdoor dining with excellent food , service and ambiance

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JohnT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Incredible service, superb food, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

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L'Auberge Chez Francois is rated 4.9 stars by 7054 OpenTable diners.

L'Auberge Chez Francois does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/gift-certificates/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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