Rochambeau partners with local/regional farmers and fishermen, shaping its seasonally-driven menu around the finest natural/organic ingredients. Also, we are currently preparing our own herb and vegetable garden in the courtyard.
The restaurant is named in honor of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, who was appointed by Louis XVI as leader of the 5,500-person French military force sent to help the American Continentals win independence from British rule. A veteran of a number of sieges in Europe, he provided valuable expertise that helped ensure victory in the Battle of Yorktown in August 1781.
I have dined at Rochambeau about five times and the food has improved each time. However, I was very concerned when I brought a friend for brunch on Sunday and discovered that they now only have one menu....the dinner menu. This means that the price for lunch/brunch is quite expensive. We each had a crepe and a cup of coffee, and the tab was $32. (Includes tip and tax). And, for instance, there was a single poached egg appetizer (with truffle sauce) for $22. I spoke with the waitress about this sudden change and she said they were trying out the single menu approach. I, for one, will probably not be as likely to dine there again at lunch due to the height prices. I am hopeful that they will reconsider.
I went for brunch, and I was disappointed not to find a brunch menu. The specials included two items that could be considered "brunch," but this is not what I expected. I have been to Rochambeau for brunch 3 times in the past 3 months, and each time the menu was radically different. On one visit, the crepes and omelet were both extraordinary, but not available the next brunch. To me, this is not a good thing. Changing some items on the menu is different than rewriting the menu from scratch. Their focus is on dinner, but what I want to eat at noon is different than what I want to eat in the evening.
The new chef from France is absolutely amazing! Gordonsville is so fortunate to have a professional with his background and skills, and I have heard that diners are already coming from as far away as Richmond and DC to see what Restaurant Rochambeau has to offer.
Were the Count de Rochambeau living today, he would undoubtedly be very happy with the restaurant's authentic French cuisine, fine wines, warm atmosphere, and attentive service.......not to mention the fact that part of the profits go to an organization in France devoted to keeping his memory alive and maintaining his chateau (featured in a mural in the dining room).
Visiting the restaurant also encouraged me to research Rochambeau's amazing role in ensuring victory at the Battle of Yorktown!
The venue is very well decorated, white linen and a very clean bathroom. Disappointed that they removed their lunch menu and we had to order dinner selections. The food is very well presented but lacks flavor, especially the meat. Veggies were very good. The pastry was cold and would have been delicious warmer. Sadly we will not return... a table of patrons came in and left before ordering... I should have as well.
Our first visit since the Pomme closed and so very pleased with everything! The new menu selections, the attentive/knowledgable staff, not to mention the fabulous food. The chicken specialty was wonderful, the crepes full of crab + mushrooms and the salmon to perfection. Already planning to return and so glad to have back in town. Highly recommended!
I was a huge fan of Pomme, so I was delighted to hear about the transition to another French restaurant in this space. As always, the ambiance is just lovely. We had the foie gras and the soupe aux homards to start; both were excellent. He had the pecan crusted trout, which was prepared perfectly, moist fish and crispy pecans. I had the fruits de mer, and the oysters were the BEST! A bottle of white was bright and perfect for a summer evening (this evening felt like summer). Great night so far! And then came dessert. We ordered the warm chocolate cake with raspberries...what a disappointment! The cake was very dry. We each had a bite, downed the berries, then left the rest. Perhaps the restaurant knew it was not good, as it was the only item that the server did not inquire about. With a cappuccino to top off the evening, the bill including tip was around $200...not inexpensive, but I'd go back.
We were waiting for the new Chef to arrive at Rochambeau, and we were so pleased with our brunch items. The crepes were divine (there were 4 of them), served with fingerling potatoes and onions as a side dish. My husband had the omelette of the day, served with a side salad and the same fingerling potatoes. The service was the best we have had in a long time, at any restaurant. We have already notified friends about how wonderful it was. I can't wait to go back !
Wonderful new chef. The duck was amazing, thank you Guptons!!!
As Charlottesville residents, where many great restaurants are located, we find it is worthwhile to make the drive to Gordonsville to dine at Rochambeau. The service, food, and ambiance are flawless. We recently celebrated a birthday there, and could not have been more pleased. Highly recommend!
Food was excellent but service was quite slow. Did not appear to have sufficient wait staff.
Four friends enjoyed the Sunday brunch at Rochambeau this week. The food was excellent, the service at a leisurely pace, the atmosphere pleasing. We chose 3 different options and each portion was generous, served hot, and with obvious care in presentation. We felt very special and would quickly recommend this restaurant to others.
As good as it gets: perfectly-prepared food, outstanding wine list, excellent service, and warm/welcoming environment. Will be back!!!
Yes, I would recommend Restaurant Rochambeau because of the ambience and the setting in the cute town of Gordonsville. However, our meal was very expensive. Lamb, I'm told was great; however, my trout dish wasn't very tasty. Chef had just come to work 3 days before we arrived. I look forward to going back and seeing what yummy changes he will make.
Lovely little place with nice menu, warm and friendly service and good food. Excellent value
Food was delicious, service was great. I will definitely come back again
Sunday lunch. Varied menu. Pleasant wait staff. Dishes were served hot, perfectly seasoned, salad had delicious vinaigrette, bread was crusty, portions perfect. An A+ experience.
what a gem of restaurant! My husband and I celebrated our 33rd anniversary and it was a wonderful experience!
The food was great! The drinks were very good and I'll be back to try out the bar section for happy hour. Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant.
Worth going out of the way. Get off the beaten path and see what small town America is serving up.
Great addition to fine French dining in the area.
Meeting friends for brunch
It snowed that morning & we were seated close to the wood-burning fireplace, which was so romantic! The appetizers looked so tasty on the menu, so we each ordered our own. The entrees were so French & delightful. And, of course we ordered desserts, which were also out of this world.
Rochambeau is a charming place to dine, with a wood burning fireplace and old world touches that make for a cozy lunch and a romantic dinner ambiance. The staff is relaxed and attentive. Although not usually crowded, it is important to make reservations. The food is nicely prepared and of good portion. Diners familiar with its predecessor, Pomme, will find the flavors more subdued, but more on their plates. An excellent authentic crusty French bread is served to the table. Standard coffee is available, along with a dessert menu. Desserts are flavorful and interesting. Don't expect to be wowed, but you will enjoy the very pleasant dining experience.
Nice ambience and good fresh food. Convenient to shops and sights.
A good addition to the local dining scene, and a worthy successor to its predecessor, Pomme.
French-style cuisine; upscale price range. Bouilliobase was as good as in Marseille, although slightly different recipe (a little heat, less saffron).
My wife and I went there to celebrate our anniversary. The service was great as was the food. My wife had the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection. I had the Bouillabaisse Marseillaise which was wonderful. The portions were large enough we have another meal to enjoy. The atmosphere is quaint French with a crackling fire to take the damp night chill off. We will definitely return.
Wonderful experience! Gordonsville and all of its shops & restaurants are so charming. Will definitely return to Restaurant Rochambeau!
There were three of us for lunch. For two of us, this was our third visit to Rochambeau. Our server was new to us and welcomed us in at the front door. She suggested sitting by the fireplace as it was a chilly day. Two of our three had not seen each other in more than 50 years. Our server understood that we would have lengthy conversations. She attended to us graciously, but did not interrupt us too often. She made great suggestions on the menu items and was extremely pleasant throughout our stay. Two of us had lunched at Pomme for several years, and now welcome Rochambeau and its delicious luncheon menu as our meeting place. We three are checking our calendars for a return luncheon soon!
Went for brunch and it was an overall excellent experience. Great wine choices and truly delicious French food.
Though the menu is a bit limited, there is an adequate array of choices available. I can only attest to two dishes tried, the Coquilles Saint-Jacques and the pecan-crusted trout. The scallops, unlike many of these dishes that use the bay variety, were of the grand, ocean size, and perfectly seared with a flavorful crust that you wanted to scrape off the plate as well. The fish was a bit too heavily flavored for my taste which overpowered it. We also enjoyed the salad with beets and goat cheese. It was tasty and well sized. The cost is perhaps a bit on the high side, though not unreasonable for the quality. The ambiance with a roaring wood fire was a nice addition to a good quality meal. The service was adequate, though if you asked for a dish with the French name, the server did not know what that was. I guess that this being rural Virginia, French speaking wait staff are hard to come by. Overall, we would go back.
Excellent! Food and service sets a new standard and the ambiance encourages you to relax and enjoy the total presentation.
Excellent food and ambience. We had reservations on a Tuesday night at 6 pm, had a relaxing dinner with coffee and desert and left at 7:15. We were the only customers in the restaurant that night. I hope it becomes more popular, would hate to see it close.
I had lunch with a friend at Restaurant Rochambeau. My meal was excellent. I would have given an overall rating of outstanding if my friend's soup had been warm enough. I am thrilled this Gordonsville resturant is, once again, on my list of best places to dine!
Two for brunch. The renovations from the prior restaurant classy, clean, and live flowers on each table.
The wine list is great, and we had a white Bordeaux.
We ordered the croque monsieur, and a fruit compote creme brûlée topped French toast with bacon. An extremely laid back experience, we spent around 2 1/2 hours dining.
Waitress needs professional training. Very quiet, too quiet. Good wine. Crab cakes- not great. Needs some time, work and practice to make a more desirable dinner destination.
Three for brunch. The menu offered real French food that was delicious. We each had a different entree and everyone was pleased with their choices. If you haven’t been there yet, you are missing a treat.
Wonderful food in a charming location!
Delicious, great service and good food. Both an adventure and comfortable!
Fabulous recommendations and all food outstanding!