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.
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!
We were thrilled to see the restaurant reopen at this location. Nice to see the goodness from Pomme transform into the new place. We’ll be back!
Well the food was tasty the portions were inconsistent and sometimes outrageously small. We were referred to the quail as the nuggets which certainly did not feed my grown son. The service was in accurate we waited five minutes before we received a greeting. The lamb stew was outrageously good and everything was flavorful But we had asked for coffee three times before the hostess finally served it. We were never asked how our meal was or had drinks refilled. Unfortunately we joked about stopping at Arby’s on our way out of town. The ambience is awesome but they need to do something about service.
First time here overall impression calm and organized, sat right away . Good variety on the menu and nice specials . My husband had the steak and scallop potatoes.. the steak was perfectly cooked on a bed of creamy potatoes.. I had the traditional Niçoise salad the lightly dressed poached tuna was on point .. also had the frois gras mousse creamy and wonderful with herb crystals.. dessert was killer .. frangipane custard topped with apples and super creamy vanilla custard ice cream . My husband loves an espresso which was perfectly made ..the waitstaff was sufficient but could have used some more fine dining training to match the menu ..
That haven’t been open long but their brunch menu is very limited and not very good. The mushroom tart left a lot to be desired. The Benedict was the only thing at the table that was as it should be. Hoping things improve. Happy to have them there.
Rochambeau is truly an "Authentique Francais" experience! From the beautiful French decor to the exquisite French menu, this little gem in the village of Gordonsville is wonderful!
Brunch here was terrific! The restaurant is quite new so I understand growing pains but we had a fantastic time. All told it is not inexpensive and I personally think the salads are overpriced for what they are. They are not small, side salad size but are also not necessarily entree size for the price and I hope they get a bit more reasonable with that. Everything else we had was fantastic and we will certainly be coming back!
Very nice addition to the area!
Had a wonderful experience with my friend who was celebrating her birthday.
Would have been nice to offer her a small dessert.
Almost all other restaurants do this.
A great traditional French fine dining experience with an attentive staff and wonderfully prepared food. We will be back often.
Four friends and I dined here yesterday for lunch and en\joyed the food and atmosphere very much. The food is a little on the pricey side but excellent service and French food. I'd definitely return for another visit.
Rochambeau has replaced Le Pome, a fabulous French Cafe restaurant. Since it was Thanksgiving, we had turkey or course. It was delicious, except that one person found the meat to be tough. They did offer to return it, but she declined. The other choices on the menu were enticing, but if you want an appetizer too the price quickly adds up. The pumpkin pie or dessert was the best I've ever had.
Since the restaurant just opened, I'm not sure if they have finished decorating. Le Pomme had a French Countryside mural covering one wall and several colorful paintings. There was always a huge bouquet of flowers at the entrance. Rochambeau is dreary in comparison. The walls are beige and there is one framed. faded tapestry in the main dining room. Another larger faded tapestry is on the way to the annex. It sort of feels like a monastery.
The service was very pleasant, although somehow our reservation time got mixed up. I made it via, Open Table, for 4:00 pm, and confirmed it twice. Nevertheless, the restaurant called me at 3:15 wondering where we were. They expected us at 3.
My friends and I went the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for lunch. The restaurant is lovely inside. Our server was friendly and attentive. I had the chicken provencal and my friends both had the duck breast. The food was so delicious, perfect temperature and presentation. We shared a bottle of the Pinot Gris and it was outstanding. For dessert my friends had the apple tart with ice cream and I had the blackBerry ice cream. Both delicious a nicely presented. The price point for the high quality experience is paired well. We recommend Rochambeau and will go again.
Rochambeau brings excellent cuisine to downtown Gordonsville. The service is professional yet friendly. I had the trout for lunch and it was delicious. The fish was served over rice pilaf and seasoned delicately with herbs and capers. The crusty French bread served while we were waiting for our entrees was warm and perfectly crusty.
Had lunch during the week. Menu selection was good and food was well prepared and flavorful. Restaurant is new so service is new too - nothing bad, just need a little experience. Lunch prices are a little high, but the meal quality is high as well. I would recommend as a dinner restaurant or as a treat for lunch.
Was wonderful. Enjoyed the French onion soup, Scottish salmon and rack of lamb.
The wine list was limited to Bordeaux which I thought was odd. No Red Cote Du Rhone.
Jordan was our server and he was attentive.
We would go back.
Had a delightful evening, mostly due to my companion, the food and the service. It WAS a Tuesday evening so our conversations at out table were easily heard. Can’t say enough about the food. My scallops so tender and his trout with pecans were perfect. I had the Bisque a la tomate, so yummy.