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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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
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

f
Washington DC
6 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
9 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

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
33 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.