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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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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

SL
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The quality of the food served was not above mediocre and I resent a waiter pushing you to order more food than what you want or can eat. If that continues I will not return .

I
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

this is the quintessential neighborhood bistro - good food and attentive service. Always have a lovely time.

it is a little loud at times, as tables are relatively close together.

Also, it would be nice to have a little more variety in the menu - perhaps adjust seasonally.
We enjoy going there but the basic menu doesn't offer enough interesting choices to warrant going more frequently. last time I had the fish, it was overdone, so I have stricken the fish choices off the list. With more variety, we would go more regularly.

Also, it is a lovely choice for lunch. Went there recently and the menu offered a lot of options.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

La Cote D'Or is a favorite of my husband's for the last ~18 years, so our son (17 yo) and I were delighted to take him there for his "big 60" b'day Sat 2, 2019. Pluses: excellent service, very good food. Negatives: (1) we arrived at 7:00pm and, having made reservations, were given a very good table - the problem is that until almost 8:15 the room was very noisy, making quiet conversation between the 3 of us difficult and forcing us to hear more of the other diners' conversations than we were interested in, and (2) extremely limited options for a vegetarian (me). Lastly, young, seemingly new waiter got quite confused - although the reservation was in my name and made clear that birthday was my husband (male person), he brought the celebratory dessert while I was in the bathroom and got quite confused. Restaurant recouped nicely and compted us 2 of the 4 desserts - however, poor young man was mortified. We'll definitely go back for the next appropriate occasion.

z
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A neighborhood gem, indeed. Keep up the wonderful job! :)

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allows charming and gracious with excellent French cuisine. A great neighborhood dining experience.

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. We caught the last night of restaurant week so we were able to get a three course meal for a great value. Service was friendly and timely. We will go back.

j
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Very good food. We went during the Arlington restaurant week and this is one of the few restaurants that used their normal menu so the value was fantastic. We ordered escargots and a cheese plate for our appetizers, both of which were excellent; seafood crepes (which were served in a boat type dish which seemed odd but helped contain the sauce and such) and the Babette steak which was excellent; and the bread pudding and floating island for dessert - both of which were good but not great. Nice place with a few different types of rooms to eat in. The service was adequate but definitely not quick. Regardless, going during restaurant week made the whole evening totally worth it.

HJ
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The only issue was when we were asked by the water boy if we wanted sparkling or tap water. My wife then asked if the sparkling water was free, and the water boy said yes. When we got the check it showed $6.99 cost for the San Pelegrino. We did not ask to have the check changed, but don't the staff servers know the difference between complimentary, free and cost?

DW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed discovering La Cote d'Or on Oct. 26, 2019. It was Arlington Restaurant Week. But besides the advantageous deal, we absolutely loved the food, prepared with such detail, care. Every course was absolutely delicious! (Haute Cuisine!) The wonderful friendly service (Christian was so attentive to all our needs and was very friendly and classy) was perfect ("grande classe"). Even the gentleman who served the water was so polite, and classy. The atmosphere was warm and intimate. Real French Cuisine! We highly recommend this lovely restaurant and we'll be back.

KM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service with Christian! Loved the restaurant week brunch menu.

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Came here for Restaurant Week with a friend. Although the service was good, the food was just alright. Also thought the prices were a bit high for the quality we got.

v
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great Restaurant Week lunch at Côte d’Or. Our 4 guests from Maryland were so delighted that they are planning another visit. The lunch choices fit everyone’s palate. From appetizers to desserts, the culinary experience was wonderful.

SW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was delightful — present but not intrusive on our romantic evening. Restaurant Week menu was an outstanding deal, but even the ordinary prices were acceptable. There was an excellent wine list. The only thing I could suggest is that a few half bottles of wine be added to the menu.

WE
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

M son-in-law and daughter were visiting from Indiana. We had the best meal
I've had in the 45 years I've lived in Virginia. Regret is not finding this
terrific restaurant sooner.

G
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Best value too. it was restaurant week and they offered the entire menu to choose from. Can’t wait to go back!

MB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night at La Cote D'Or. Will definitely be back soon

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience: food is superb, service very attentive without being overbearing.

R
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at La Cote d'Or. On this occasion we took two friends for lunch. The food and wait staff were wonderful. Language could have been a problem, but our server was multi-lingual. Hooray!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love La Cote d’Or. Food, ambience, service reminds of restaurants in France.

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BD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Quiet. Great setting and room.

z
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful! Keep it up and doing the same fabulous job! :)

RJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 50th anniversary family celebration. We set up an early reservation, were seated promptly, and received outstanding service throughout the three courses of the meal. Escargot, French onion soup and roasted goat cheese salad were especially nice appetizers. The rack of lamb as main course was cooked exactly to the preference of each diner, the mussels, as always, were delicious, as were the sautéed sea scallops. Desserts were very good, as was the wine list. As aperitif, the raspberry Kir chambord was elegant and delicious. We were very happy we chose La Côte d'Or.

AW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My friends and I at there often. It's easy to park, the food s god, the noise level tolerable. We often celebrate each other's birthays there amd I hope we will continue to do so.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday brunch was superb - everything about it and especially the quality of the food.
We have been going to La Cote D'or for years, and now more than ever before it offers great quality
for very reasonable prices. Quiet for good conversation and enjoyable. Highly recommend it.

d
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's a quaint restaurant, the servers are great and attentive. The food was okay - it was fresh but the taste was just 'eh'. It was a nice time/dinner.

LG
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Cote D’Or never disappoints. The food is served beautifully and is always delicious. Love the three tier menu options (appetizer, entree and dessert)—one for $38 and one for $48. The “new chef-owner” has done a great job of keeping some of the old favorites on the menu and introducing some new exciting dishes. I so appreciate that he has kept the raspberries and caramel dessert. It’s my favorite and is always served with the most beautiful raspberries. I love this place!

GB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and even better food.

PD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We always enjoy the food here. Lunch or dinner it is always excellent.

j
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday get together with a friend. Everything was perfect

FC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, ambiance including low noise level. Fantastic value for excellence in all phases of dining enjoyment. Definitely recommend!

J
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Classic French food and ambiance. Escargots and the onion soup were very good. Rack of lamb and rib eye hit the spot and the profiteroles were awesome. Service was excellent. Wine list very approachable and reasonable. Always enjoy coming here when visiting family nearby. Lots of dining options in the area but if a relaxed classic French Café experience is what you’re looking for, this is the place.

NW
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, charming little nook of a place. Excellent food, service, ambiance.

G
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant with terrific French food. The salads are especially wonderful (where do they get buttery Boston lettuce year-round?) and the crepes, omelettes, fish, bread and creme caramel are all stand-outs.

Q
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service. Perfect Sunday night setting for getting together with an old friend

RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavor~Have never been disappointed. Patrons become regulars.

a
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The personal attention is so nice! Not a chain restaurant at all!
The food is excellent and always a special treat to go to La Cote D'Or

MB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love quiche Lorraine but this chef doesn't make it according to recipes. Has he ever looked at a recipe to see that NO ham is included . . . it is ALL bacon!!!