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About L'Auberge Chez Francois

Welcome to L'Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital that has captivated visitors for over 60 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.

332 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30am – 1:30pm'
Sunday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Dinner:
Tuesday – Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:30pm

Cross Street:
Beach Mill Road

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 759-3800

Website:
http://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/

Parking Details:
Self parking

Executive Chef:
Jacques E. Haeringer

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
L'Auberge Chez Francois loves special events! From Cooking Demos and Lunches led by Chef Jacques Haeringer; to Wine, Champagne and Artisinal Beer Dinners with Paul and Alex, Our Garden to Table Grand Dinners on our lovely outdoor terrace; Our new music series dinners at L'Auberge events, and so many more.
See our website for a complete list of our special events, and sign up for our monthly newsletter delivered right to your inbox! Our special events sell out quickly. Here's our link.

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Special events are always just that..special at L'Auberge Chez Francois!
We are proud to carry the honor of "Best Special Events Restaurant" voted by our diners, merci beaucoup!

Private Dining

Celebrate life's special moments, weddings, corporate luncheons or dinners, holiday parties or "just want-to-party" events in one of L'Auberge Chez François warm and inviting dining rooms or outside terrace. Specializing in offering complete menus, we can accommodate groups from 25-100 persons.

L'Auberge Chez Francois Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (163)
Special Occasion (149)
Good for Anniversaries (141)
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Worth the Drive (110)
Good for Birthdays (103)
Good for a Date (95)
Authentic (94)
Quiet Conversation (92)
Fit for Foodies (81)
Great for Outdoor Dining (71)
Creative Cuisine (69)
Local Ingredients (66)
Cozy (65)
Notable Wine List (63)
Great for Lunch (49)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Business Meals (41)
Scenic View (39)
Sunday Lunch (39)
Good for Groups (35)
Great for Brunch (25)
Seasonal (23)
Tasting Menu (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Organic (15)
Healthy (15)
Disabled Access (13)
Fun (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Afternoon Tea (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

We recently visited L'Auberge Chez Francois for our anniversary dinner. We had never been there before, but had heard good things about it and understood that it would be pricey. We thought the food was good, the service was just ok, the noise levels were high, and the value was questionable.

We ordered the Prix-Fixe offerings - the menu does not present a la carte as an option.

The Pros:

My dinner companion is the most awesome woman in the world!

All of the food we ordered was very good. My wife ordered Onion Soup, Shrimp/Spinach Salad, Duck Breast, and a Grand Marier Soufflé. I ordered Bay Scallops/Mushroom appetizer, house salad, Beef Tenderloins, and the Grand Marnier Soufflé. We were offered many extras - a sampling of lentil soup, sorbet, a special Anniversary dessert and a sample of cookies and chocolates.

Even though the food was great, it was no more notable than many other good French restaurants we have visited.

The Cons:

We were seated for at least 5 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. We were not provided menus and were left to wait for someone to visit our table. Then we were given water and it was probably another 5 minutes before we were given menus and asked if we would like to order any drinks. The process felt very pro forma - they went through the routine and at the end we paid the money.

Charging extra for the spinach salad when you are already paying $80+ per person seemed unnecessary.

While we are all about not being rushed, it was 1 1/2 hours into our evening before the salad course was complete and we were awaiting our meals.

There is just way too much food. While everything was tasty, it was a ridiculous barrage of food. We were both nearly full before our entrées arrived. We only ate half our meals to save some room to at least taste the soufflés.

So... Two people for dinner. Good food, but no a la carte offering. OK, not great service. $320 with tip. Just too much money for what you get.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

They make you feel special - even if you only go once in a while. The food is superlative and the ambiance is charming and relaxing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a treat. Nothing else like around here; authentic French country cuisine. Don't miss the souffle.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This was my favorite restaurant when I lived in Northern Virginia 1974-1990. I had not been back since moving to Texas. Chez Francois is still outstanding - a special treat!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Another great meal, celebrating my wife's birthday. My son and daughter-in-law were able to join us, and it was a special treat. Back next year, but long beore that just for the great food and service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service, great food. Always a special place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have patronized L'Auberge Chez Francois over 20 years and have never been disappointed, the food is superb, the ambiance wonderful and the service is always top notch. It is by far our favorite restaurant even though we have to drive 50 minutes to get there.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The definition of consistent. Always meets expectations.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Chez François has been my parents’ favorite since they opened. Took Mom for her birthday. Tommy treated her like a queen! We had lunch. We had the pate appetizer and the crepes with duxelles. Superb! Their pates are the best. We were served split pea soup with our breads. So nice on a cool day. Mom was full, I had the Lemon Sole special - terrific. We had ordered Mom’s favorite , Gran Marnier soufflé. They surprised Mom with another dessert. Needless to say, we devoured both! I love the ambience, food and service here.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent Service, Creative & Well Prepared Food, and Romantic atmosphere. Plan on at least 2 hours for a wonderfully relaxing meal.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Seats are very uncomfortable for long sitting. Cushions need to be thicker on the chairs.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was a quiet weeknight but we were well served. They were sweet to bring a treat for the birthday girl!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great meal, terrific service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful anniversary dinner. The multi-course meal was timed perfectly without us feeling rushed and able to enjoy every bite

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always amazing - food is beyond delicious. Our favorite restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic, Happy Hour, Disabled Access
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Outstanding dinner and service. We will continue our tradition of wedding anniversary dinners at L'Auberge. Cannot imagine celebrating anywhere else.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very special restaurant for authentic French cuisine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What can I say? This restaurant is consistently the best of the best. Not ONE of the best...the BEST! Period!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was excellent as well as the food. The waiter was very attentive to our table and showed great service. My entire family definitely enjoyed all the food and had a wonderful experience the entire time we were at the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved our seating in the back room. Food was exceptional. Our group enjoyed a variety of seafood dishes—all extremely well prepared and served hot the way we like them. Enjoyed the country manor house elegance. Great soufflé! Excellent service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Organic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was our first experience at L'Auberge Chez Francois and it didn't disappoint. The atmosphere is quaint but comfortable. While this is a dinner jacket establishment, it is not a stuffy formal atmosphere. The portions are sizable and we were very pleased with the course selections. Service was at times slow, but not overly so. Food was delicious! This is a lovely choice for a special event / date night.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is the best meal I have ever had. We did not feel rushed, wait staff was wonderful, host and hostess were great and plenty of food was served. Our waiter, recommended items which were excellent and we had a wonderful experience. Will definitely go to this restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband I go to Chez Francois every year for our wedding anniversary. Their food is like magic on your palette. The setting is perfect for romance and great for Brunch all at the same time. It truly is a ‘dining experience”. We LOVE it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch on the patio. Service was impeccable - no rushing or hovering, and yet instantly available if we needed something. The 3-course $44 prix fixe luncheon menu offered many choices of appetizer, entree and dessert - tough choices! The food was magnificent. Given that everything from beginning to end was done perfectly, I felt it was an excellent value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

L'Auberge Chez Francois has been a go to restaurant for special celebrations for decades. It always meets or exceeds our expectations for wonderful food, service and ambiance!

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

As usual, the food was amazing as was the service. Le Auberge Chez Francoise is a gem, like

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

As always an excellent meal at Auberge Chez Francois. Always rated as my favorite restaurant in the DC area. lunch makes it more accessible and more reasonable cost wise.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Split pea soup was excellent, the California shardonna unusually good, the onion soup too salty and the service superb. Thanks.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very glad to have gone for a special occasion. Attractive place. Might want to try it during daylight hours. The server was terrific; helpful, humors, nonjudgmental, patient. Fabulous wine list with multiple price points. However, the food itself was just average. With its' stellar reputation we were expecting the food to be divine. I'm sorry to report that we've had much better French food for less $ in Alexandria & Fairfax City.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

L'Auberge is always a treat and never ever disappoints

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food, service and ambiance at L'Auberge is always very special - it is just a great restaurant. Now that we are retired we tend to come to L'Auberge for lunch. This was one of our first visits for dinner in some time. And I must say that the quantity of food they provide you for dinner is a bit much. I much prefer the same high quality food they provide in smaller portions for lunch. Maybe L'Auberge could consider offering a smaller three course option for dinner at a somewhat reduced price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Key West)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was hoping for a more French cuisine experience. The sauces were pretty bland.....they just didn't pop the way they should have. I would recommend the beef or lamb, because the lobster was not great at all. For what you get, this place is way over priced. Maybe the chef was having a bad night!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have eaten there on and off for the past 10 years. This is the first time for lunch. Everything is just the same as dinner just a little less expensive. I will do more lunches in the future.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

L'Auberge never disappoints, and it was fun introducing the restaurant to our grandson.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Beautiful location and kind service, but the food disappointed. We tried 8 dishes as a table. The “signature” beef cheeks tasted like a basic beef stew. The lobster salad was dramatically over-dressed and soggy, and the vanilla in the dressing was overpowering. The tenderloin was well-cooked, but the hollandaise with it was too thick. The bread and cottage cheese were delicious, but that’s not enough to justify the trip. We ate at Le Diplomate the night before, and my mother commented, “L’auberge is such a charming place, and so much quieter! But I think everything we ate at Le Diplomate was tastier.” I honestly agree, and that wasn’t my expectation.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of the best meals my husband and I have had! Everything was perfect for our 27th Anniversary. Food was AMAZING and the staff was so warm and welcoming. Would recommend to anyone!

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was very good. They could benefit from food courses with wine tasting.portions. We’re also very large.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

L’ Auberge never disappoints! The setting is so quaint & charming. The service is consistently excellent. The food is delicious. I always get my favorite lobster w/ crab and passion fruit ($85-including appetizers, green salad, dessert and the 3 surprise extra “tastes” that come out)and my husband loves the Dover sole. The bouillabaisse appetizer had a nice amount of seafood for a “tasting” menu w/ no up charge. Desserts are wonderful—not many places you can get a soufflé any more! So worth the trip to the country!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

It has been my wish to try this restaurant for past 20+ years. For my birthday, I finally make the trip from Maryland. The food and service are beyond my expectations. Absolutely will make another trip to this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Awesome anniversary dinner. Can’t get sweetbreads very many places. Wine selection can not be better. Staff is awesome. Ambience is unmatched in northern Virginia. Continues to be my go to restaurant for fine dinning.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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