L'Auberge Chez Francois

4.9
6382 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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PaulaD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We always love eating here. It was our first time back since COVID and it didn't disappoint.

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vipSavannah12
Charleston
62 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had not been to L’Auberge in 35 years. Sadly, not the fine restaurant I remembered. Very dated looking inside. Good food, tiny portions, but certainly not worth the expense nor the drive. The food was not exceptional so I would not recommend.

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TomB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sunday lunch very good food but small portions is why Not excellent. Halibut lunch portion value.

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ShawneV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a career high volume, high class dining chef, and this was the best meal I have ever eaten. The beef tenderloin was so tender I’m still wondering how it was even possible. They made our special night truly feel special. And we will 1000% be back again.

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MattZ
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was perfect! Exactly what I was expecting in every way. Looking forward to going back.

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vipchdmv
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant forgot it was my wife's birthday after me mentioning three times before our arrival. The price fixed menu is confusing with nearly all the items having an up charge. The food was very good, but not outstanding so I didn't give it 5 stars. The location is very special and it's worth the trip to Great Falls.

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vipCap1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. We appreciated their COVID precautions, but still was a fantastic experience.

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DeborahM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Auberge has been our go to place for special occasions for the last 30 years. There is no better kitchen in the area. Even under the current challenges under COVID-19 they still find a way to make the experience refined and special while still safe and comfortable. Bravo!

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vipMissMary
Philadelphia
113 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food, as always, was par excellence. We sat in a room which I have never been seated before, so that was exciting! The only hiccup was that my friend and I split the bill, and when we got our cards back, one was missing (hadn't been processed), so it was concerning (though not a huge deal), but that type of inconvenience was surprising from all my previous fine dining experiences. [I always hope that beyond an apology that some effort to make reparation be done (like removing dessert from the check or something).]

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vipgloria
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to L'auberge Chez Francois for many years - probably since they moved to Northern Virginia. It has always been one of our favorite restaurants - especially for special occasions. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Some of it is magic!

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vipCruiseman
Atlantic City
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Auberge continues to maintain it's status as the best restaurant in the DC area. While the menu has been cut back due to the covid situation, many fine appetizers and entrees remain on this prix fixe delight. The service is, as usual, outstanding as well, and finishing off with a delicious souffle is a must. Whether you prefer meat or fish, the options are many. The menu is even pricier than before, and not for the faint of heart, so bring your credit card! Don't miss this gem in Great Falls.

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vipSingin4supper
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There is no better place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and special people in your life. It is not a meal - it is an experience to be at L'Auberge Chez Francois. The food is fantastic but ask questions of the wait staff because there is so much to learn about how the kitchen works and what makes the food so special.

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CaryH
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Luxurious rustic elegance, unobtrusive efficient service, superb traditional French cuisine for a well-heeled clientele; Chez Francois has deftly negotiated maintaining very high standards in the era of COVID-19 with social distancing protocols that work well and still afford a measure of luxury

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AimeeK
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very pleased with the entire dining experience at L'Auberge Chez Francois. I have already recommended the restaurant to several friends. I could not eat all the food that was served but I ate the other half of my dinner as leftovers the next day. It was still fantastic! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a great meal in a relaxed environment.

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JohnB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally oustanding in every regard. Have never been disappointed.

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JONCR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing anniversary dinner at L'Auberge last weekend. My wife and I loved every course that they rolled out. The staff was very informative. The food was prepared to perfection.

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RonF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. No complaints as it’s still a very special place

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HDVA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was really good.

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AltonF
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, and in spite of the pandemic, Chez Francois is a memorable experience. The food is superb, the staff totally professional. Having become a dedicated diner in the original Chez Francois in DC, it is gratifying to see how the restaurant has been able to sustain its superior quality and performance. That is a rare accomplishment for any organization that passes from one generation to another and L’Auberge is an example to all restaurants that aspire to thrive over an extended period.

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BruceL
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent as always. The ambiance is not quite the same with the COVID restrictions. Have been to this restaurant many times. The service this time was not quite as good as in the past. While there were only 3 of us, they had to ask with each course who had ordered what. Have been there with large groups (12-15) and the waiter knew the orders exactly without have to ask. Can't blame a busy restaurant. this is mostly lack of attention to detail from our waiter. His tip was not what it would have been.

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SusanA
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal! Ladies night out and all of us couldn’t rave enough about the food and service experience!

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vipLuvgoodfood
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic - as is the norm here. Anniversary dinner - and everything was perfect from the service to the presentation to the food.

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vipBethChch
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As wonderful as ever; always perfect for special occasions

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MaryS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was superb! Food was very good but not excellent

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JimH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Always a wonderful treat

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GeorgeO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there very often!
Best restaurant we go to.
Perfect for us always.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arriving there was not one second when we didn’t have someone from their team taking care of us!!! I expected a good meal but I did not expect it to be this magnificent!!! Their service and food and drinks are absolutely outstanding and the ambience is just breathtaking.

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DaveR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

L'auberge is sort of a classic kind of place. Everything was cooked nicely, just not very inspired, but that's sort of what you know you're getting when you go. A decent home cook could make everything we'd eaten and had it come out just as good. Their wines by the glass are pretty lackluster, especially the whites. You're on much sounder ground with the bottles and half-bottles. Outdoor eating b/c of Covid was very nicely spaced under a large tent. There are no heaters under the tent, though, so dress warm as evenings get cooler. Service was attentive, but not overly so, and they included all the little extras--again, classic, but not what I'd call really fine dining unless you're in a plague year.

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cynthiam
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. We felt well taken care of and that the service, food, and atmosphere was as attentive, delicious and charming as pre-COVID days.

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GlennJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Tough night to dine outdoors, but Le Auberge made the best of it! Nice work, even in a rain storm and sitting outside under the tent.

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LindseyB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went for my mom's birthday and it was absolutely delicious! The only thing that made it a little less than perfect was that they didn't give us silverware and napkins when we first sat down with the bread, so we had to ask for some.

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KathyD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It never disappoints-the food, ambience, and unhurried but impeccable service are outstanding.

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vipMaria
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had outdoors seating under a large tent used for receptions and special occasion. All the staff had on masks and gloves. When I walk by the kitchen, all the staff has mask and gloves as well. This is the 2nd restaurant that my family and I have dinner on premise since March 2020 (COVID). L'Auberge Chez Francois had every safety precaution possible to make sure their patrons has a wonderful meal. Inside the tables were move to keep the safe social distance.

The food was excellent as always and the service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richard our server was excellent. I haven't been in over 10 years and everything was just as delicious as I remembered it. Definitely a treat for special occasions.

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TracyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Wanted to go somewhere special for our anniversary. Walked into the restaurant- very dated. Sat us at a table that was social distanced, which was great. Fixed price menu, which was fine. Quality of the food was terrible. I had ordered a steak, very dense and not much flavor. My husband ordered the scallops and shrimp - he had three scallops and 3 shrimp on his plate. For 95 dollars I would have expected more than that. Wait staff was ok, but again I expected much better service for such an expensive meal. Actually saw one staff member walking around with his mask under his nose.

Very disappointed.

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SherryM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place to go to celebrate. A wonderful experience, good food, wonderful, service, lovely setting.

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DavidH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant for special occasions. We have never been disappointed.

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cajintl
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, service outstanding, everything was well done.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, high-caliber service, and a lovely setting=dining excellence.

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L'Auberge Chez Francois is rated 4.9 stars by 6382 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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