L'Auberge Chez Francois

4.9
6882 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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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
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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mrdesign28
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been almost two plus years since my last visit for dinner and I have to say that it has even gotten better if that's possible. The setting in the Virginia countryside is serene and the facilities look like new. We were seated immediately, after a warm greeting, in one of the smaller rooms which was lovely. The tables were spaced so had lot of room and couldn't hear the other couples. Samy was our waiter and he was outstanding ( I would highly recommend that you ask for him). We both had their version of a Kir Royal which was delicious. We were brought a sample of split pea soup which as delicious. I tried the stuffed crepe appetizer (wonderful) and my wife greatly enjoyed the onion soup. I had the Dover Sole, which I had always wanted to try with a lobster claw with assorted veggies. My wife loved the beef tenderloins. Samy was most informative, helpful and charming overall. The extremely cordial wine steward was most helpful and we choose/enjoyed the Chateau Taillefer Pomerol at a reasonable price. I forgot to mention that a range of bread was brought to the table and were all very good but I must add a mention not to eat as much bread as you might want so as not to ruin your appetite for the main courses. Both the manager as well as the owner stopped by our table to see how we were enjoying our dinner. My initial Dover Sole left a good impression for it was sweet/solid and extremely tasty. Definitely not fishy tasting but firm with a solid taste. Excellently cooked , deboned and presented. My wife had the soufflé and I had a homemade ice cream. Must say that we departed full satisfied and extremely content. We want to return to try their new patio dining.
In reading some of the online reviews I saw were people complained of the cost and also of having to wait for service. I must comment that although the prices are above average the food and service are worth every dollar. Here expect to have a leisurely dining experience so dont rush simply enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was below my expectations

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is exceptional and the Manager even checked us to make sure we enjoyed everything. The quality of food was also great! Their kids meal was phenomenal! My daughter doesn’t usually like to eat in restaurants because of the menu but they did a great job on putting up the kids menu for Father’s Day! We will definitely come back.

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vipDebbers
Western KY
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely anniversary/Father's Day lunch at this classic restaurant. The years have been kind to it. The house aperitif is still divine, the service correct and friendly, the food wonderful. Our table in the garden, under a big canopy, was luxuriously far from other tables. We received expert help with wines, and after dessert, were given a little plate of chocolate truffles. It was a delightful visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

45th Anniversary

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JanA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushroom crêpe, the trout and the raspberry soufflé were served warm and well-prepared.

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MargaretM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful celebratory lunch under the tent at the outdoor part of the restaurant. Ambience was lovely. Service was attentive. Food was wonderful - all dishes I'd likely not make at home. Desserts were extravagant. We were never rushed. It was a marvelous experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was magnificent and service excellent. Noise level at about 8:00 excessive.

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MichelleK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, L'Auberge Chez Francois did not disappoint. 1st time eating on their beautiful patio and that just added to the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service in an idyllic setting. Delicious meal and overall great experience.

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EvelynJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and wine/cocktails were as delicious as ever. Service was excellent. We sat outside under cover and the grounds were exquisite.

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SRowan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal. 5 Star quality across the board. Delicious soufflé and artful meals.

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Geohes
Austin
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for a graduation celebration dinner, delicious meals all around and efficient and entertaining wait staff all made for the perfect evening …as good as it gets!

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vipBerries
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot for a birthday luncheon. Fabulous, professional friendly service and amazing food. The staff was aware of the occasion and gave subtle recognition and compliments. L’auberge Chez Francois never disappoints.

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JanetC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our retirement and the restaurant lived up to our expectations! Service was great, food outstanding. Very enjoyable evening.

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vipanthonyr
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the ambience are always outstanding. This has become our go-to special events restaurant--and we keep inventing special events to go to. Went for a graduation event last night and they made it memorable for the graduate--and for the rest of us.

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tardis10
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly, informative wait staff. Easily accommodated our sitting outside tent area. Presented with an extra dessert to celebrate birthdays.

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EffieW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner overall. Two recommendations:
1) The wild halibut entree- it was delicious, however, the concentration of Parmesan was too much giving it a way too salty taste.
2) Le Kugelhopf en neige- the soft marshmallow could have a bit sweeter texture.
Merci

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ROBERTG
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful way to spend a Sunday evening and to celebrate a wonderful couple! Everything was perfect!

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vipJohnV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Our first venture to a restaurant in over a year. Chez Francois continues it long record of excellence for food, service and ambiance. Our 57th wedding anniversary and they made it special.

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VirginiaHappy
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dining experience! I have dined here many times over the years, but this was the first time to take my teenagers, who all enjoyed it. Our server was fantastic (as always) and made the kids feel welcome.

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williamM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It seems the quality and selection of food has diminished over the past two years. The atmosphere remains excellent - beautiful inside and out. But, with higher prices and poor food options/quality, I will not rush back to pay $500 for a dinner for four persons.

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Mauraj
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unhurried and elegant, prices have gone up but still worth it

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JoseD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite French restaurant in the United States! The service is impeccable and the food is delicious!!! The souffles are worth the drive alone!

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veeee
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always . The lunch menu ha less entrees now, but may increase again soon.

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MichaelA
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to spend few relaxing and enjoying delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect except for the weather !! The resturant itself as well as the staff is warm and inviting — perfect for a chilly misty night !! The staff is vey knowledgeable and attentive . The food was of excellent quality and fresh — perfectly seasoned and prepared . I was pleased to an excellent California and French wines at quite reasonable prices

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Ramsey
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed dining here for over 35 years on many occasions.

Everything within the restaurant’s control was perfect. The only downside was the party near us decided to bring two toddlers to a fine dining restaurant.

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I have had at a restaurant in many years

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John
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered from the prie fixe lunch menu which had ample choices. The entree of the day was halibut and it was especially nice. I’m not sure the raspberry soufflé was worth the additional cost but it was delicious. Great way to celebrate our 56th anniversary.

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vipDCgal
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say? This restaurant deserves a 100 out of ten. Everything from food to service - sigh - I thought this was something that was no longer an option. Perfect, simply perfect. Thank you so much for an outstanding time, and can't wait to visit again.

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RobertM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will never go wrong choosing L’Auberge. If you want to be delighted by excellence, this is your destination.

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GeorgesA
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was a disappointment. I had wonderful memories but this particular event was nowhere close to what I remembered. The food was way overpriced, the desert mediocre and the waiter attitude was bordering being rude.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service

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TimS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter out to celebrate her grades for the end of the school year. We were able to make a last-minute reservation for their outdoor dining, which was very nice. It was a great experience with outstanding food and service. I would certainly recommend L'Auberge to anyone looking for a fine dining option.

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vipBarbaraL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois is consistently first rate. Our celebratory dinner was special and as always at Chez Francois, very enjoyable.

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NancyC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waiter seemed new and tentative and his timing was off but gave him a pass, assuming he was new. The restaurant just seems a bit tired and could use some new menu items but realize someone’s favorite might go. It’s a 42 year tradition so we will continue to go there.

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Rocco
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special occasion of two long time friends getting together and everything was perfect.

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Suzor
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend for her birthday and from being greeted as we opened the door to the time we left, we experienced delicious food and great service. If you want speed dining this is not the place for you. It’s intentionally slow-paced so you can relax and enjoy every course. One of my pet peeves when dining out is for the entree to arrive before you’ve had the chance to finish the appetizer or salad, so was very happy with the time between courses. I ordered the French onion soup, and was disappointed but the standard salad was very tasty and the rainbow trout was delicious. I also enjoyed the plum tart with cinnamon ice cream. We agreed that we need to dine at L’Auberge Chez Francois more often!

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Dan12
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is rather expensive, especially for lunch. But the food is absolutely delightful. However I think the corkage fee of $40 per bottle is too much.

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L'Auberge Chez Francois is rated 4.9 stars by 6882 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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