La Cote D'Or

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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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FW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for date night. Cozy and great atmosphere. Looking forward to another visit!

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GN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Dijon crusted lamb chops cooked as the chef choosed. They were tender and delicious!

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JM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! They kindly took care of my wife and her bad leg while I parked. We have never been disappointed by them.

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DF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the perfect place for a special occasion, the servers know what they are recommending and are very professional. The attention is just right and not overwhelming/too much. It has a old-world European flair, with an almost intimate ambiance which is welcome for a small group. Love it, we have eaten there about 5 times in recent years.

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BC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place, with just the right 'ambiance française'.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great restaurant.

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BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy Open Table reservation. Can be very limited parking (may need to park on controlled side streets). Warm and gracious welcome. Excellent service from professional wait help. Wizards in kitchen create and deliver wondrously tasty and overall fantastic food and drink. Can be a little noisy when all tables are used (may need slightly raised voice). Overall very satisfied when it was time to go, wanting to let others know how great this dining experience was (on every visit).

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SF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to a Valentine's menu dinner of 15 February. Service is always great and Jorge, our server, took time to go over the choices. He suggested both a great red and a great white wine. We have had him serve before - very professional and pleasant. I had the gravlax appetizer, my husband had the ginger Lobster consomme. We both had as a main course - the beef. I had the chocolate dessert and my husband had the strawberry Tiramsue. The French loaves they serve with unsalted butter we love - the best in our area. The meal was awesome. In fact, every meal we have eaten there has always been excellent. Highly recommend La Cote D'Or. Chef Jacque is the owner and he put together a beautiful birthday dinner for my husband's birthday. You cannot go wrong. I hope that the gravlax will become available on the regular menu soon.

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

Best French Cuisine restaurant ever! This was my first time and i loved it!

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MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on a Valentine’s Day date. There was a delicious fixed price menu. The service was excellent, and the restaurant overall had a warm ambiance.

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JC
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day. The special Valentine’s Day menu had something for all tastes. A set price for a very good 3 course meal. The restaurant was running like a well oiled machine, which on 2/14 is not always the case. Solid cocktails, and French cuisine, what’s not to like. Note: parking is a bit of an issue in this area.

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GW
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the Valentine's Day menu. We live in Europe for several years and have sought cuisine that actually matches the native menu their, not just by name. This is it. We're coming back. Price is worth it. Nothing wrong with the ambiance, but I encourage the owner to continue to enhance.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first experience at La Côte d'Or and happy to have discovered it. We ate lunch. The menu had a good variety. The food was properly seasoned and cooked just right. Upon leaving I learned that the chef-owner prepares healthier dishes and still keeping with Burgundy menu. We will return. Looking forward to trying one of the upcoming special feature dates.

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n
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cozy restaurant, comfortable noise level. Nicely spaced tables. Romantic atmosphere. Nice staff and very good food

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

Great lunch - excellent food, good table, courteous and friendly service!

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I continue to meet friends at the restaurant. I enjoy the decor. The food quality has been failing. My husband's coq au vin tasted old. The vegetable medley with the open crepe and egg tasted tired.
The bread is great. The cappuccinos were disappointing. My niece made no comment and left half of the French toast.
When we arrived, the chef came out to take a call at the desk and his apron was FILTHY. I also cook a lo, and it appeared as though the apron hadn't been laundered in a while. Our reservation was for 11:00.
I just don't know...
I have come to your restaurant for years. It is time to say good-bye.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came for the Cassoulet,
I saw the Cassoulet,
And I devoured the Cassoulet

It was delicious & the Mousse - exquisite.

I was in a party of 12. The service was excellent
A good time was had by all.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A charming French cafe with an authentic Parisian feel!

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g
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful and quiet lunch at La Cote D'Or. Such a pleasant atmosphere and the food is wonderful.

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O
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I enjoyed lunch at this warm and inviting restaurant on the way home from a stressful medical appointment. It was a perfect choice to help us both relax and appreciate a leisurely meal. We both chose the pre-fixe lunch option which was a wonderful value. We had different soup choices and we tried one another's selection. I loved her brothy soup but preferred my creamy choice. She loved her soup but enjoyed my smoother option. We both had the pork schnitzel and it was outstanding with a lovely caper, lemon sauce. We ignored the potatoes and vegetables because the pork was delicious and we didn't want to stop eating it. Even with a concerted effort, we could not finish the HUGE portion of schnitzel that was on our plates! Dessert was wonderful. Rarely do you find "floating island" and I ate it all! Delicious. Her apple tart was also very good and the cappuccino on point. The service was attentive and professional. Can't wait for another medical appointment to give me a reason to travel to Falls Church!

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have dined at La Cote many times over the years. The service and food was always first rate.
However, during our recent visit, on Feb. 4th, for my wife's birthday, something changed.
The service seemed a bit slower and it took longer than normal (I thought) to get served our entrees. My main dish (seafood crepes) were good. My wife's entree - not so. Based on a recommendation from our server, she chose the pork schnitzel. It was dry and not all that appetizing. I asked my wife if she wanted me to say something to the server and order something else? She politely said "No." She continued picking at it, eating small portions along with the side dish. I finally called the server over and complained about her dinner. He apologized, then mentioned it does come out a bit dry at times due to the sauce and the thickness of the slice of pork. This is something he should have mentioned when he recommended the dish.
There was an adjustment on the bill, taking 1/3 the cost of her three course menu off the check.
We still like the ambience and overall quality of the service at La Cote. My hope is, this one bad experience is a rarity.

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MN
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is "Comme Toulouse". Excellently prepared and a good value. The winelist is exemplary, if you are knowledgeable. We were not impressed with the service on this occasion (the waiter pushed us to order everything at once, and we had to ask for more bread), but in the past it has not been an issue. Be forewarned: the noise level on Friday and Saturday nights are not conducive to easy conversations. When we go back - and we will - it will be on a Thursday.

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R
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great stop for good food and delightful service!

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JB
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem in Falls Church. Although there are tons of restaurants, few serve excellent food, with superb attentive service, while offering a daily three course lunch for $25. Worth every penny.

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f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had lunch with 2 friends. Nice quiet place for visiting even though the dining room was full. They offered many choices including fixed price 3 course meals and many a la carte items. Everyone was satisfied with their choices and we are looking forward to out next visit. It was not inexpensive but worth it given the quality of food, ambience and service.

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BK
Switzerland
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently good fine dining at this neighborhood favorite. Cote d'Or has been here for a long time and has a loyal clientele. A la carte or $35/45 prix fixe menu. Can't go wrong with onion soup or coq au vin! I like seafood and get the bouillabaisse all the time.

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is quaint, quiet, affordable, and the food is consistently good.

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LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Second visit within 10 days. Great find during restaurant week.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week menu was a great opportunity to explore this small but wonderful French cafe. The food was great and the service was friendly and attentive despite a busy crowd.

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C
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Saturday lunch for 6 people. We had a reservation. 15 minutes in we asked for menus as they were not given to us. Slow service is an understatement. Food was only fair.

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q
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and great food

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is without a doubt the best French restaurant in the Northern Virginia area. The food is superb and the service outstanding. I recommend this restaurant all the times. The chef is the best, The presentation cannot be beat

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LG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful gem! Wonderful ambiance for great food and conversation with friends and loved ones.

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LA
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. Very positive people. Nice neighborhood setting. Even when the dining room was full, I could still hear my dinner partner. The food, though, was pretty average. Not bad by any means, but not really memorable, either. The onion soup was like soups I've had many other places. The chicken cordon bleu failed to "pop". The mussels looked good, but there's not much you can do to those. The apple tart for dessert was very good, though. I seem to recall that the food was better on previous visits.

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r
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here. We have always wanted to try it. We were not disappointed. Everything was delicious!!!

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T
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered steak but I couldn't even cut it. The owner was very gracious and apologetic and substituted a salad in its place.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited this restaurant for their restaurant week lunch menu which offered excellent choices for a fixed price. Portion sizes were generous, food was delicious and well presented, and service was friendly and attentive.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Skip this place. The food is disgustingly bland. The steak was very low quality and the bread pudding dessert tasted so vile I couldn't eat more than a bite. If you're Asian don't expect any service at all. Stereotyping at its finest.

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RP
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The food is amazing! Great service!

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JV
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was terrible --- we ordered steak tartar, french toast (very very soggy), onion soup (bland). The omelet was decent. My crepe was fine but oversaturated with mushrooms. We will not return.

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