French & Southern
Great food, service, ambiance! Wonderful way to celebrate everyday or special occasion...highly recommend. DC foodies delight.
My girlfriend and I tried this place for lunch on a whim. It far and away exceeded our expectations. The service was great (Donni) and the food was delicious. We had the French dip and Fish sandwich. Both were prepared correctly and with served piping hot. I recommend this new spot on King Street for sure.
The ambiance is wonderful, everything was comfortable and the layout is easy to navigate.
Fried oysters were amazing Crispy and lightly breaded texture that left you wanting more.
Gulf shrimp cocktails were less than impressive.
Crispy duck plating was perfect; sadly the flavor and texture just didn’t taste great. The Cauliflower mash was sweet and bland sitting in soy sauce. The collard greens were good. The duck itself was overcooked completely; the meat was mushy and the texture was like chicken in a blender. The crispy skin was slimy; again, the texture was very off putting.
Mushroom pot pie was very dry and the presentation was akin to medieval peasants cooking in a dungeon. The stuffing was a solid brick of mushrooms and any sauce used dried up in the oven.
Steak and duck fat fries, it was delicious, the fries were crispy and addictive. The steak came a degree higher than ordered so make sure you order the temp you want accordingly.
Shrimp and grits with head on gulf shrimps, this dish was a huge disappointment, I’ve eating this dish all over the south and have never encountered such a tortured dish. The soul of shrimp and grits is that it is a comfort food packed with carbs and fats. The plate came out with five head on gulf shrimp (including various smaller different shrimp) and a very small portion of grits. This dish should have been described as a plate of mixed shrimp with grits decoration. The flavor was good but what’s the point of shrimp and grits without grits?
Cocktails: the bartender on duty knew how to make drinks well. No complaints only thanks.
Our server was busy covering many tables which caused a slowdown in service for beverages. The average wait per drink was 20 minutes. Not terrible but long enough for me to drink water and not order more drinks.
This is my experience so give it a try for yourself. I had higher expectations for a dinner that averaged $50 person.
French & Southern is rated 4.4 stars by 3 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.