L'Auberge Chez Francois

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4914 reviews
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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 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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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
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Phone number
(703) 759-3800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Jacques E. Haeringer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Beach Mill Road
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Parking details
Self parking
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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!
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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

Another special occasion special dinner...
Been coming here since the restaurant was on Connecticut Avenue NW.

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PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our anniversary dinner and the service, ambiance and food were exceptional.

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

Outstanding experience. Service was superb.

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

This was truly a wonderful place. The food, the ambiance, the decor and the service was incredible. Very lovely dinner and an excellent place to take someone you love.

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

This the second time this year and it was great each time.

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BG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another wonderful meal! Celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary!!

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CM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alsatian cuisine in a remarkable setting. World class service and quality that has been consistent for decades.

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

Food was spectacular, and the service was top notch!

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R
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best resturant on the east coast, hands down. If you're looking for an elegant meal from the atmosphere to the place setting to the menu to the service, this is it. It has it all. It is old school French perfect for business or a special occasion. Although I just go solo because I have to fit it in. I've been several times and it's always an exceptional experience.

I had the fixed price lunch today. I chose between several appetizers, salads, entree and desert. Of course there were little courses in between the main courses. Here are the course today: 1) Started with breads and butter plus garlic bread (best ever as I think they brown the garlic and butter before it goes on the bread). 2) a very special Cottage Cheese with shallots, tarragon, chives and a hint of a special ingredient. 3) Appetizer: various pates & sausages. 4) a sip of a white bean purée. 5) Salad: Roquefort salad. 6) Entree: Veal Scallopini. 7) dessert: variety of homemade ice creams and sorbets in a maple syrup leaf cup.

This was lunch, so the portions were lighter than a dinner, thank god. I also had homemade Rosemary infused lemonade soda. Very intense rosemary.

I make it a point to stop here anytime I have to travel through Washington DC. It is tucked away amongst the rolling hills of Great Falls between all the Senator's mansions. A real hidden gem.

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GN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was delicious, especially the salmon
and pate appetizers. I was delighted to find lobster in my bouillabaisse. Wonderful restaurant to celebrate a birthday.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience in all respects! We have been coming to L'Auberge Chez Francois for at least 30 years.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place is like walking into a time warp. Traditional, focus on old school values of good value for money food, great wine list teamed with solid, professional service.
Is it dynamic, modern and fashionable? No but it is homely, guaranteed quality and service.

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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have come to realize this is as good a restaurant as you are likely to find in DC area. Nice menu, well prepared food, great service, good wine list. Good prices. Nice location. Never had a bad experience in 20 years.

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GW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We took our granddaughter there for a Sunday birthday lunch. Was a very nice experience but a long drive from DC—especially if at night.

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J
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a wonderful evening with outstanding food. As requested, we were seated at a large table for 4, which was wonderful and very much appreciated. All of us truly enjoyed each course, and an evening at L' Auberge is always a very special one.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary dinner!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been coming for special occasions for many years, have never been disappointed.

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ER
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We came here for lunch on our 25th anniversary and I was hoping to give it 5 stars but unfortunately our waiter wasn’t the best. He never checked to see if we needed anything after our entrees were served. On the menu, the salmon was supposed to come with a bearnaise sauce but instead it had a brown gravey with a beef flavor! I wanted to inform him that I thought there was a mistake but he disappeared. We saw him at other tables but he would only come over to quickly refill our water glasses. We wanted to get more wine, but he didn’t give us a chance. I ended up eating the beef flavored salmon which was good after wiping the gravey away from it. When we arrived and were asked if our visit was for a special occasion, we told them we got married outside in the garden. The maitre D’ said he would send us a complimentary glass of champagne to the table but we never got it. So for the many times over the years we have dined at Chez Francois this time was somewhat of a disappointment.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very attentive and friendly in a professional way and made the dining experience very comfortable for my 90 year old aunt. The food was well worth the expense and would consider again for a special occasion. It’s tough to go there and stay on a strict diet because there are so many great temptations. I decided I can make up for my diet downfall but can’t replace the enjoyment we experienced with my aunt. It was the very favorite place for her and my late uncle and is very special to us for that reason as well. Thank you.

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FC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I visited this restaurant for a special anniversary, and we were not disappointed. The staff made us feel special, and the food was outstanding. We will definitely go back for another special occasion.

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HH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our evening at L’auberge. The setting is most attractive and the ample parking a bonus. We were welcomed in a cordial but professional manner, which set the tone for the evening. Our waiter was excellent, with the perfect balance between friendliness and professionalism. We found all the staff to be efficient and unobtrusive.
As to the food, it would be hard to fault it, from the amuse-Bouche right through to the after-dinner bonbons. When our waiter found that we were indeed celebrating a special birthday but did not want any fuss, he very discreetly produced a dessert complete with candle to add to our enjoyment.
Thanks to all concerned for making our evening so memorable.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service punctuated a good meal. I wasn't crazy about my veal chop but everything else was fine. My wife liked her sole. Menu was enticing and the food was authentic. Bring your wallet.

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great looking place, service was good (except the one time we heard waiter shout “shut up” to one of his coworkers. However, food was only ok and definitely not worth the price.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here many times, especially for birthdays and anniversaries. The food is consistently very good and there's lots of it when you order the fixed price meal. We find dinner a bit expensive but lunch prices are manageable.

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE had a very enjoyable Anniversary celebration. We decided to go there for lunch, and it was the perfect choice for a quiet dinner together. Staff was excellent and attentive, food was amazing and very complex in flavor. Lovely presentations. The lunch menu its quite a bargain for what you get. We will do this again for sure!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular!

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A nice special occasion

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely anniversary dinner here for third year in a row. Excellent food delightful ambience.

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r
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and did the Sunday Luncheon. As always, we were impressed not only by the delicious cuisine and plentiful portions, but also with the leisurely pacing (which allows one to really enjoy the various courses) and the very attentive care given by our server Sandra. Highly Recommended!

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H
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Were able to sit outside on a beautiful Saturday evening and loved it. Very nice setting and fairly private. Food was exceptional as always and service was good. Great for a special occasion and try not to think about the check. Enjoy the experience because it is the exception than the norm.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food tastes over seasoned from appetizer to dessert.

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OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Francois is an experience. It's a long and lovely meal. Just sit back and enjoy.

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went at lunch for my husband’s 70th birthday. My daughter was so impressed as was our son-in-Law and grand. An experience to rep

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a top notch experience.

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FD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and presentation. The food and ambiance were fantastic.

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MH
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was better than we could have asked for. It was a large family dinner but the wait staff was up to the challenge and kept everyone happy and made the evening a great success. Always impeccable service and delicious food - always an event and much appreciated!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service - a fantastic and romantic setting and dinner for our 16th wedding anniversary. The attentive staff were attentive and charming. They really made us feel special.

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DE
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don’t dine here often, but it’s always fabulous. I had a salad, braised beef cheeks appetizer and a veal piccata that was so decadent I may never recover. Frankly, I could have eaten a large bowl of the cheeks and been completely satisfied. If you like dessert, then get the soufflé. Service was great, and they never rush you. It’s out of the way for many in Northern Virginia, but worth the drive. Make a reservation well in advance.

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E
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had a beautiful meal at l'Auberge. This restaurant has been known to my family for years, and whenever there is a special occasion to celebrate, l'Auberge is at the top of the list. We were seated quickly after our coats were taken, and were greeted by the sommelier who went ahead and picked out a great wine we both enjoyed. The service was excellent. Even thoug we ordered souffles, the chef very kindly sent us a baked Alaska on the House to celebrate our special night. The food is unmatched in the area—another great night at L'Auberge for the books!

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