La Cote D'Or

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$30 and under
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French
This cozy French Restaurant serves only the finest and freshest ingredients each time it prepares an unforgettable meal. A charming spot tucked away in Arlington East Falls Church will not disappoint you. French dining which is not pretentious or expensive, La Cote d"Or works for a quiet romantic evening or a casual week night meal. New owner Jacques Imperato, previous owner of Mediterranee Restaurant, will take care to ensure that your dining experience is a good one.
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4.5
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4.6
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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have been going there occasionally for close to 30 years but am not a regular. The food has declined over time. Last night when i asked for a different table away from the service station i was met by additude and a comment that he couldn't reseat everyone even though there were only 3 other tables taken. I was given a different table but when the place is empty why would you seat someone at the worst table in the place first? I understand it may get busy later but so what. The place is close which is why I have been going for the last few years but i dont see me going back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I live in Falls Church and always wanted to go. I expected the menu to be more French (say, escargot and frogs) but didn't see that. Not a disappointment though, the food was quite good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

NS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food is not impressive. The desert was not good. I played safe and ordered a dark chocolate mousse cake. It was flat and I just tried and then gave up. My main course was a salmon dish, too too salty even they cooked a new one , still way too salty. I won’t go back to this restaurant again.

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Charming cozy traditional French restaurant. Food was mixed - nice trout but leek soup bland & bread pudding soggy. Restaurant week was certainly good value.

F
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely brunch on Sunday. The food is much improved from our prior visit and I look forward to returning soon. The quiche Lorraine is delicious.

s
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service4ambience3

Did the restaurant just have the carpet cleaned??? I have been to La Cote d'Or many times over the last two decades, and the food is always consistently good and the service excellent. Saturday night, however, there was an overpowering odor -- my husband said it smelled like PineSol -- that was prevalent the entire time I was there. The food was just OK, but who would know? I could barely taste anything because of the overwhelming sickly sweet chemical odor. I should have left before I ordered. The smell was even on my clothes the next day. I probably won't go back.

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent. We try to get specials since it can be pricey.

LG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the bouliabase! The service is always great -- even when busy. Very friendly and professional staff.

d
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance.

MN
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Typically I only come here when a friend of mine who loves French food wants to go out to eat. Don't get me wrong, the food has always been good, it's just that French cuisine is not one of my preferences. Took a friend from out of town here and we both had fantastic meals. I had the pork schnitzel (yes, the irony of ordering a German dish in a French restaurant was not lost on me nor on our waiter!) and my friend had the seafood crepes. Both were exquisite.
The dessert selection was top notch as well with my chocolate mousse mouth wateringly rich and his apple tart a tasty treat as well.
The only weak link was the French 75 cocktail I had. Bland and tasteless. bleck.

HM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love La Cote D'Or. They make the best Dover Sole and all the other dishes are wonderful, too.

TS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were on the patio (closed in for winter), so it was nice and quiet, although it didn't seem to be too much louder in other rooms. Even though we were at the far end, the service was good, although a little slow - but we were in no hurry, and wanted to enjoy the evening. The food was wonderful, from the pate to the scallops. The wild boar veered onto the fruitier side, which was good but different than the more savory dishes we have had elsewhere. I wish the lighting had been a little lower, but on the bright side, we could certainly read the menu. All in all, a lovely way to spend Christmas Eve.

EC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with wonderful atmosphere. We really enjoyed our lunch there.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value and delicious sauce I’ve organic sustainabily raised food

C
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a sure bet coming to Jacques’ place!
We wanted the sweetbreads and even though they were not on the lunch menu, the Chef fixed them up for us and they were so good!
Waitstaff is top notch!
Today I picked up my bûche de Noel and the place, rightly so, was packed! Good going Jacques!

E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food!

MD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great cozy place to meet friends. Two course lunch special great value.

RC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. We are four friends who meet here for lunch once a month. We wouldn’t change a thing.

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our lunch was, in most respects, very good. Once again, the exception was the noise level. My wife and I had difficulty conversing throughout our meal. Other than this, we enjoyed our dining experience.

MB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christian is a superb waiter .. very attentive and efficient.

KL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small local restaurant with outstanding food

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice. Very good onion soup, very good entrees. Family really enjoyed.

JS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Very good food, charming ambiance and very friendly staff. Recommend for special event as well as everyday dining with a spouse, colleague or friend. One of my favorites in Arlington!

JO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I was very pleasantly surprised. Loved the interior of the restaurant, the spotless tablecloths and the spacing of the tables. It was a little loud but not sure how to improve that issue. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. I checked my coat and the minute I stood up to leave, the waiter was by my side with my coat. I will definitely go back and I will tell my friends.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, excellent food, service, and ambience! The Thanksgiving meal was a delight.

CT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was disappointed no vegetarian stuffing alternative dessert was good

AN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very good

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Smaller tables were a little cramped for space with the dishes. Overall a great value. Will be back to try more options.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch!

RA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Cote D'Or is reliably good - good food and good value. I have dined there periodically for years and always enjoy it. The number of entrees is limited and many are on the heavy side so if you are like me - avoiding red meat and heavier dishes - your selection is limited.

s
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A winner on the local scene! Consistently good over the years.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and hard to find level
of service and sophistication at an affordable price.

f
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the well priced fixed price 3 course menu for early diners. Made for a perfect pre-movie dinner. Love the coq au vin!

BS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend and I both had the trout almondine , and we both found the dish good but very garlicky.

LN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoy this restaurant.. The staff are so welcoming and attentive. The Diver Sole is my favorite !

M
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

A delightful restaurant ambiance with excellent service, but the food is uneven. This night the beef bourguignon was overwined and under seasoned, wile the very expensive Dover sole was lacking in taste and served minus the lemon butter sauce. On other occasions, the food has ranged from excellent to average to mediocre. Nonetheless, I keep going back because I like the place.

ML
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The cassoulet was wonderful. They don't have it all the time, so when they do, I'm sure to go.

AW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always love La Cote D'Or! The cassoulet was excellent and Steak Frites is always terrific.

JA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can you add to something that is perfect? We are never disappointed. I always celebrate my birthday there. This year I missed Jacques. He was not there. I think that Jean Marc is wonderful Jacqueline