La Cote D'Or

4.5
1212 reviews
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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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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was good, The quality of the food was uneven.
Caesar salad and coq au vin were quite good. The rockfish Marseillaise was over cooked and the sauce had very little taste, possibly because the ingredients had not merged.

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

Very good Bastille Day lunch. Food was very good as was waitstaff.

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RH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, the entire meal was wonderful. The wait staff is outstanding; he remembered my birthday from last year. How cool is that!

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

Great experience and value for the money was amazing. Nice ambience with music and quaint setting.

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

We enjoyed a Bastille Day menu of escargots, trout, shrimp and delicious desserts for a fixed price. It was a fun experience as there was also an accordionist. The service was efficient and courteous. We’re looking forward to the next event menu :-)

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! The servers are total professionals, they deserve 5 stars alone! Presentation and dishes are shear perfection!

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch cooked by angels!

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JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cote d'Or Restaurant is the next best thing to dining in a Parisienne cafe. We--two age 55+ and two millennials enjoyed a wonderful meal. Great food, service, ambiance, and a good value. I'm not a regular cocktail person but the French 45 was an amazingly delicious and fun way to kick-off our celebration. Will return soon, perhaps for the Bastille Day menu.

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FS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Jacques steaks are done to perfection with an excellent selection of cuts. His pom frites are the best in the area. Wine selection is excellent with his house wines a very good value. Highly recommend to those who like a Parisian bistro atmosphere.

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This restaurant has lost all its allure... It feels old, the food has become worse than mediocre and while it’s not expensive by French restaurants ‘standard, it’s not worth it - a major disappointment to one’s wallet and palette. Only three tables occupied on a Friday evening and the food was darn near inedible (steak frites, veal, mussels, vegetable and salad all were v poor -
only the frites were good (actually excellent) . Needs a full refurbishment. Sad for what once was a classic

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CT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Order coffee and I think it was instant coffee. Asked and I was snapped at.

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OT
Atlanta
65 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a wonderful little restaurant, conveniently located. The food is delicious and the prices are very reasonable. We dined there twice during our most recent brief trip to the Washington DC area. We had seafood including mussels and scallops -- all of which were exceptionally tasty and nicely presented.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to this place for years. Service and food are excellent. If they would cut back on the portions I could try more courses.

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KC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Not worth 55 bucks pp. portion sizes small and most of the food needed salt. We had lamb med and it was def rarish. No sauce, just meat no seasoning. Creamed spinach was just that, cream and spinach..no cheese, no salt..a little bitter. The brozino was good, but if u have ever had brozino, its usually the whole fish and not just a half fillet. Now what was excellent were the french fries and the cheese platter, however theres not much to cook on that.

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Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious Sunday lunch for Father’s Day. We ordered the prix fixe menu which included smoked trout and cold cucumber soup for appetizers, salmon and a seafood crèpe for the main course, and chocolate mousse and a floating island for dessert. The service was professional and prompt. We look forward to our next meal at La Côte d’Or!

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The food is absolutely fine, but the service is so bad. The waiter, who with all due respect cannot pronounce the name of the French dishes his restaurant is serving, couldn’t fathom an extra espresso shot in our two orders if caffe latte! He kept saying: we cannot do it because it is a machine that makes the latte. I had to explain to him that he can make an extra shot of espresso and “manually” add it to the latte, and charge it to our bill. It still took him a while and a couple of repetitions to get it. He also brought us clearly old berries as “fresh” fruits. When one of us said but they clearly look old, his answer was: we cut them yesterday and kept them in the fridge! Finally, the decor look so old and outdated. The chairs have sticky spots as if they have never been cleaned.

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JR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening celebrating Father’s Day! Food was delicious and noise level was low so we could actually have a conversation without yelling.

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JS
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great French food prepared in the traditional manner.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Reminded us of a dinner in Paris.

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CM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought a foodie couple to this restaurant for a mid-week lunch. They couldn't say enough good things about the food and the service. We particularly enjoyed the beef "cigar" appetizer, which was beautifully presented and had interesting layers of delicious flavors that kept us coming back for tastes as we tried to guess what all the ingredients, sauces and flavorings were. Soup, salad, and entrees were all delicious, as was the raspberry and caramel dessert. We will be back!

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MV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good neighborhood dining experience with a nice menu and attentive service

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner, delicious meal.

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WB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food great staff would highly recommend!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

good ambiance and reliable food, location is easy to get to by metro or driving.

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M
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Escargot was good. Service was good. Mussels were extremely bland (I even added my own butter, salt, and pepper in their white sauce for flavor but it only help a little bit). My other recommendation is for servers to smile a little bit. They don't seem happy to be there. I've also been there a dozen times and always get treated like a new customer. A nice touch is to remember your frequent customers, especially for such a small place.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lived this little quirky neighborhood gem. The food and wine were excellent and very reasonably priced. We will be back!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual !

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MG
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Good place for lunch with the ladies. Dependable French menu items, fairly prices.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. It was my girlfriend's birthday so I wanted to treat her to something special. This place did not disappoint. Wonderful french country atmosphere, excellent service, delicious food.

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Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here, where we also had our first date! The food is beautifully presented and delicious; mostly classic French but an extensive menu with some unique items. Excellent attentive service. Reasonable prix fixe or you can order à la carte. Magnifique.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parking was available...a nice surprise. We had reservations and were seated immediately. Had the three course lunch special and it was a good value. Food was delicious. We will cone here again.

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T
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food has greatly improved in recent years. We particularly appreciate the vegan entree. Service was attentive. Only complaint are the chairs. Most uncomfortable.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks at reasonable prices. Outstanding service (as usual). We normally ask for Paz, who has been our server the past five-six visits. My wife likes this restaurant for special occasions; her birthday, Mother's day, our anniversary, etc. We have never been disappointed dining here.

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JF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Pricey, but worth it. Service was excellent and the food delicious.

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DE
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We have eaten often at La Cote D'Or for many years and continue to enjoy the staff and the food. Our most recent visit was disappointing because the service was far below what we expect, ranging from not being served the usual basket of bread to failing to have all of courses served together as we requested. And, the waiter took our order orally then came back with a pad a took it again and one of the dishes was not what we ordered. If we had not many excellent meals with attentive service in the past, I would have given the restaurant no more than 2 stars due to the poor service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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M
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was slow, but kind. An hour and a half would have been fine, but it was taking over 2 hours. That's not the first time.
The onion soup was perfect, not too salty.
The profiteroles had been defrosted and refrozen.
The liver and artichokes were good.

I will always return.

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A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the special Algerian dinner and enjoyed the meat couscous, appetizer dips and the lovely dessert. The portions were very large, and we took the leftovers of each course for dinner tonight! Thanks for a lovely evening!

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The lunch was to celebrate birthday of a best friend. Unfortunately, she ordered a sandwich which the bread was too hard to eat or cut with requested sharp knife. I regret not sending it back. The 3-course meal outstanding as usual. A sad experience for friend & me.

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s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual. Have never been disappointed here.

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