La Cote D'Or

4.4
983 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(703) 538-3033
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jacques Imperato
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Private party facilities
Our private dining facilities are decorated with French Provence in mind in colors of blue and yellow. Beautiful painting by Van Gogh cover the walls with comfortable booth seating. Our set menus range in price to accommodate your party and style for lunch or dinner.
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Private party contact
Jacques Imperato: (703) 577-2751
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Catering
Jacques, owner and executive chef will personally cater your affair either at your home or in an event room. From 8 to 150 people, he will prepare sit down dining or buffet.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 66
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Parking details
Our guests may park anywhere in the hotel lot adjacent to the restaurant. We also have street parking around the building.
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Public transit
East Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line) only a 8 minute walk
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Special events & promotions
We will be celebrating Bastille day, July 14th, we will have entertainment lunch and dinner time.

Dinner time we will have a special discounted menu for $38.95 or can be order a la carte.

Dinner time we will have a caricaturist from 7.15 to 9
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 983 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

It was the first time I dined here but can’t wait to go back and try other dishes.
I am recommending the Egg Meurette as well as the crepe with fried egg, ham and cheese from the brunch menu ... yummy !!
Service was very good as well

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

As always, Cote D'Or provided the great combination of excellent food preparation, friendly and attentive service, and good value. Chef Jacque knows how to cook, insist on competent service and offer wines that are good but do not break the bank. Never disappoints.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

No Open Table points at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The steak Fetes were excellent and the service was superb. A great value for a high quality meal.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

After my father died, I had to spend several weeks in Arlington VA taking care of his affairs. By the end of each busy day, I was too tired to cook for myself and needed to unwind. This little restaurant on Lee Hwy was just what I was looking for. Authentic French cuisine, excellent service (without being pretentious or fussy), cozy ambience, and quiet. I was so pleased on the first occasion that I returned the next night -- and the next, and the next. I became a regular ("Your usual table, Monsieur?"). I'm sure the waiters thought I was very peculiar coming in every night by myself. But they were extremely pleasant and welcoming, and I always left more than a 20% tip. The food is excellent. One can choose from two different, affordable fixed price menus. I highly recommend the onion soup, beet salad, smoke salmon and devilled eggs appetizers; the duck and mussels main courses; and the chocolate mousse for desert. The house wines are also excellent. The restaurant attracts mainly an older crowd -- which means that the patrons are quiet and well-behaved. I highly recommend La Cote D'Or to anyone looking for elegant, French dining without the attitude. I will miss it.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My Food was tasteless and significantly undercooked. Drink was watered down and flavorless. Way too costly for what was served

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch, with excellent food (trout almondine and salad niçoise) and outstanding service!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The service was wonderful, they did everything to accommodate my group of 8. Food was amazing and service extraordinary!!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Because of price, I did not visit too much. But when I would it was always something special. However this time was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great food, good music, excellent staff! Great experience all around!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Say on patio. Enjoyed everything.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Another first-rate dining experience! A great menu to choose from, wonderful food, excellent service and a quiet elegance. La Cote d’Or is one of the few restaurants we frequent that continues to defy the impulse to offer something nouveau, instead stick with traditional favorites and doing them superbly. That’s why we keep coming back.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good food, good service. Nice atmosphere & decor. .

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Everything was delicious and the staff could not have been better from the moment we walked in the door. It was our wedding anniversary (which was noted on the reservation) and without my knowing it they brought us two complimentary glasses of champagne - very nice touch. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. Continues to be my favorite restaurant for special occasions and conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Fabulous place! First time there in 10 years and will start going back frequently.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We really liked it! It was a full great experience

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

An intimate setting. Pleasant and efficient service. Delicious food.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Really a neat place with a vibe that makes you forget you are in the DC Metro area for a while. The wait staff was very friendly and made us feel very special and welcome there.

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1.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Four us had lunch last Wednesday for a birthday. We have gone there for birthdays for many years. We waited too long before the server took our order. Then we waited too long for our food while watching those around us getting food even though they arrived after us. We had to ask for dressing for the salad nicoise. Our birthday girl is gluten free. She ordered chocolate mousse with sable. As I knew that was a Breton cookie, I asked him about it, and he erroneously said that was the coulis. When the mousse came, there was cookie underneath it. We ate it, but the server kindly gave our friend another without the cookie to take home.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We've been going there for years. It's always excellent. Service is friendly and attentive. Has a Wednesday special on food and wine that's a bargain.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was one of our favorite restaurants until we received very poor service this past experience. The food is good and the quality is good, but we will not return do the service we received.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The restaurant had a special menu for Mother's day with varied appetizers, entrees, and deserts. Getting the fixed price 3 course meal had one choice from each. On a whole it was a nice deal.
While the food was excellent the seating was not. We were sat at a table in basically the entrance waiting area even though I had made a reservation early. We noticed that other groups who came in right after us were seated in the main room. We also had a waiter who "overstepped" by pushing an appetizer on us that wasn't what we had originally wanted. Not that it wasn't good but we heard him later pushing the other appetizer on another table.
But the food was excellent, the sauces almost perfect, the portions nicely balanced.
I suspect that this is a restaurant that is wonderful almost anytime but gets a bit stretched when a whole day goes by at full capacity.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service was excellent just the right mix of attentive without being annoying. Very good food, and my impression is that it's still improving. The value of the food is hard to beat. We have been for two special occasions. One with a large group and one with a small group in both cases everyone came away happy.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Brought back memories of France! Delicious Coq au Vin, fun prix fixe menu, lots of options, fresh bread. Overall, we enjoyed a night out with some delicious dishes.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service wasn’t the best at first since we were waiting for a host to sit us for a while. But then once seated the service was better. Food was ok. Old school French food so if you’re looking for a modern look on French food this is not the place.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The best trout almandine I have ever had.

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Very fond of this restaurant. Attractive dining spaces in a comfortable, Old World way. Quiet, conducive to conversation. Welcoming and attentive staff. However, the quality of the food can be inconsistent. On our last occasion, the bread felt stale, and the preparation of the cod fish was not successful. We will return, simply because the other factors are so good, and we can generally get a good meal.

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Expensive for food that wasn’t great. Not sure what cut of meat the steak was but it was fatty and didn’t go well with gravy. Some people like marble in meats but most don’t like the fattiness. Fries were burnt and old.

Staff was great. Cute setting.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Excellent food and an affordable wine menu.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

La Cote D'Or has been consistently excellent for decades. Kudos to the new owner for keeping the attentive and excellent staff and some of the favorite menu items.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great dinner. Relatively quiet. Good value.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Excellent food with good service. Went there with my wife to celebrate life and had a great time all together

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

I always enjoy being in the beautiful, cozy, atmosphere of La Cote D'Or. BUT, I like quiche Lorraine . . . and this chef does not seem to be able to adapt to a proper recipe. The one served at this restaurant is FILLED with ham. A notable French recipe does not recommend the amount this chef uses. The amount he uses destroys the beauty and taste of a quiche!!
Please adjust your recipe.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

I love this restaurant. A small, unpretentious gem with delicious French bistro cuisine and a warm, attentive staff.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Used to go there 10 years ago, the food then was OK. Then we moved away a bit further away from the area so haven't been there for quite a while. Researching for good French restaurants around DC, VA area and found the restaurant has changed ownership. The food is as authentic French as it gets in the U.S. The servers were very attentive, plus everything is reasonably priced. Weill definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I was a bit worried after reading several negative reviews however decided to give it a shot anyway. I love really good French Restaurants and this place did not disappoint. Went to celebrate A birthday and it was fairly busy when we arrived (7:30pm Saturday evening) The staff was dealing with a busy restaurant so our wait seemed very short given the situation (maybe 5 minutes after seating we had bread and water delivered). Appetizers we tried were the Caesar salad, French Onion Soup and the Escargot. All tasted amazing, the soup was hot and very savory. The Escargot was unique for me, never had it with the bread on top but I must confess it was very good this way!

My entree was the Ribeye it was cooked to perfection, and one of the better steaks I've had in a long time. My dinning partner ordered the Seafood stew and was very happy with the flavor and outcome.

Don't listen to the haters try this place out, every place has good and bad days, I expect not so perfect days on Saturday evenings but was surprised at how well they did.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Cote D’Or is simply the best kept secret. We always enjoy our meal and experience at this lovely neighborhood French restaurant. The meals are always fresh and well priced. Best Caesar salad ever. Lovely soups and other French inspired treats.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The food was well prepared and delicious. More remarkable was our ability to dine at a leisurely pace. Never felt rushed in order to turn the table.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

A little gem of a restaurant. In McLean, where I live, we no longer have a French retaurant. Cote d'Or has become my go-to for French cooking. The bouillabaisse was excellent as was the accompanying bread and spread. My friend had a New Orleans-style muffaletta sandwich that wasn't up to New Orleans standards, but wasn't bad, but proably shouldn't count in a review given that it isn't authentically French either.

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