Restaurant Rochambeau

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$31 to $50
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French
Focused on authentic French cuisine, Restaurant Rochambeau features a formal dining room with a working fireplace, outdoor dining on the terrace, a separate bar, and space for private events. We also provide catering services.

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.
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JS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, presentation and ambiance. I’ll return.

CP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic atmosphere and delicious food. Background music was jazz, not loud or obtrusive. Staff was attentive to keep a the fire in the fireplace at a nice level. I had the filet mignon, my wife had salmon with ratatouille. Both dishes were exceptional and had a very nice presentation as did the deserts. I had, and recommend, the pineapple upside down cake. My wife had the sampler but liked mine better! Our waiter was very attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. Perfect place for a date!

AG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely sensational! Sublime flavors and a real fire! So so extraordinary!

JN
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

IM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with excellent service. Everyone friendly and food delicious.

g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove hour and a half to have dinner at Rochambeau. after we were greeted and seated we loved the atmosphere and ambiance. Our hostess was extremely professional, and most important she was very genuine and natural, and indeed she was right about the food, it was spectacular!!!. We had time to enjoy the food and enjoy our family time at a wonderful place.

DM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely worth the trip to Gordonsville! It's a wonderful restaurant.

JL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing three course meal hidden gem

AG
Edinburgh
50 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful Saturday lunch with my husband and a friend

PG
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food atmosphere and service

K
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thee salmon in puff pastry was delicious and service was perfect. A very warm and friendly place. A bonus was driving through Gordonsville at Christmastime. They've gone all out with lights to make it a charming fairytale-like downtown.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We enjoyed Pomme very much, so we couldn't help compare the two restaurants. The butternut squash risotto was excellent, and the salmon and seafood bouillabaisse were pretty good, as well as the bread that was served. We ordered the escargot appetizer ($18) and were very disappointed. It came out with four very small snails that tasted like sea water. Honestly, the worse escargot I've ever had. The service was deplorable. Not once were we asked how we liked any of the dishes. My water glass sat empty for at least 20 minutes while our waitress passed by our table more than once with the water jug in her hand (It's not like the restaurant was crowded, there were guests at only three other tables. Fortunately, the other waitress noticed and took care of this. All-in-all, not what anyone should expect for the prices they are asking.

S
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service! Wonderful ambience, it was a cold and rainy day and the fire in the fireplace was a real treat!

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful service. Would recommend to anyone.

s
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We retired to Keswick VA in 2013 and quickly became regulars at Restaurant Pomme in Gordonsville. We really didn't expect to find such authentic high end French cuisine in the Charlottesville area, and we were quite upset when it closed. So we were hopeful when we learned it had re-opened as Rochambeau with Maître Cuisinier de France Chef Bernard Guillot.
We had our first visit this Thanksgiving and were very impressed. When we arrived the hostess apologized profusely that they were understaffed due to the holiday and service may be a bit slow. Nevertheless, the entire meal was perfectly timed and attention to our table (and others I noticed) was just right. My wife and I both had the prix fixe traditional turkey. The soup was outstanding my wife had the creme brûlée which, after one bite she exclaimed, "Wow. THIS is the real thing."
Now, after experiencing a great traditional American meal at Rochambeau, we are eager to go back for a traditional French meal!!
And welcome Chef Guillot!!

B
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Staff was having bad day as they were short handed.

b
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not may people. Needs more customers. Pleasant waitstaff. Good wine. My dinner very good, my husbands not as good. Lovely town.

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menu was prix fixe, much to our surprise when we arrived. I wish the restaurant had messaged us to let us know that. Fortunately there were fish options as we are pescatarians, but the first dish was very salty! A scallop dish with a creamy zucchini sauce, that would have been amazing, if it wasn’t so incredibly salty. The bread came late, but it was hot, fresh and delicious. It would have been nice for the waitress to tell us bread was coming and they were cooking up a new batch. The entree of sea trout was very good followed by a salad, with cheese, so very French. My dessert was a very disappointing apple tart, but my husband loved his crepes. We won’t make a point of going back, as we did with the previous restaurant that occupied that space, but will eat there when we are in the area.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We went for brunch.Service was very slow, took 10-15 mins for server to get our drink order. Food was good, not sure worth the cost. Server did not check back until she brought our bill. At which point we finally got to have coffee refills and order dessert. Not sure I would try this restaurant again.

Restaurant Rochambeau
Responded on November 22, 2019

We are changing the slow server next week. We apologize for that. If you are willing to give us a second chance, it would be at the owners' expense, just mention it to the server. Also, we have a new Chef coming next week so you should also see an improvement in food as well.

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I would recommend if in the area but certainly would not go out of the way. Very pricey and not super clear why so in the middle of a very conservative, not so pricey town. Not sure how it can stay open like this as there was certainly no wow factor. We arrived on a Saturday night...was dead there. Three couples, we were one of three. It was fairly chilly in the place. The fireplace was there, no fire going, really needed to be going as each time door opened it was an arctic chill. I was not unhappy with the food but just not worth a $125 food tab. Yes, there was the overpriced bottle of wine in there as well. The service was great. The atmosphere was pleasant but unlikely to go again at this value. Personally, I find most "upscale" restaurants to be way overpriced but that is just me. And in the middle of Gordonsville, walking out of there with a $190 tab was just too much for me to come back. I expect pricey when thinking French but I could not distinguish that $$$ with what we got for over-all food experience.

Restaurant Rochambeau
Responded on November 22, 2019

We are in the process right now of changing the Chef. Please come back and you would be the guests of the owners, just mention it to your server. We appreciate your comments.

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W
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Great food plus a really great server.

A
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m so happy that I stumbled upon this charming place. We live in Lynchburg but we love to go to Gordonsville and this restaurant is a true gem. We had lunch and it’s tablecloth dining;there was a fire in the fireplace, It was warm and cozy. There were delicious specials and the set menu is excellent. and it’s all very French and Julia Childish in a great way. A really charming alternative to what’s happening in most of the restaurants right now. The farm to table thing is great but guess what, the French have been Doing that forever. We started with the pate’ de Maison and the salmon Fume’ and then I had a salad with fried goat cheese and my husband had the steak tartare. Everything was delicious. I highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner it’s a great find.

GH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was fairly good, not outstanding, service likewise, but the restaurant temperature was too cool to be really comfortable and enjoy the experience. Prices were also very high for lunch. I would recommend dining there to people, but they need to know it’s an expensive proposition.

Restaurant Rochambeau
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are getting an outstanding chef next week. We have adjusted the thermostat and starting using the fireplace with every meal. If you are willing to give us a second chance, it would be as the owners' guest, plus a glass of champagne, just let your server know.

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D
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant excellent chef

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V
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for great food in a beautiful space.

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I gave Rochambeau a lower rating because the food was simply unremarkable, expecially when considering the price at well over $100 per person for dinner. At that price range, one would expect an exemplary meal full of wonderful flavors that would make a diner want to come back and try it again. That just didn't happen. The wait staff, while pleasant, was not well informed about the menu or the wine list. The ambiance was pleasant and the only stuffiness came from the fireplace belching smoke every time someone opened the back door of the restaurant. Fireplace operation should have been tested before patrons were there for a meal. My clothes smelled of wood smoke when I left and I couldn't imagine why the smoke detector didn't go off in the dining room. I could be persuaded to try lunch sometime, but for dinner, I'll go somewhere else for better food at a fairer price.

Restaurant Rochambeau
Responded on November 22, 2019

We apologize. We really appreciate your feedback. Fortunately, we already identified and solved the problem. We have a new excellent French chef coming who has a great reputation and will be starting next week. In addition, we have corrected the issue with the fireplace. If you are willing to give us a second chance, it would be as the owners' guests, just let your server know.

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NR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening with exquisite French cuisine and my family visiting from France was very happy!

VM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful gem in out-of-the-way Gordonsville. We live in Richmond, and it is well worth the drive to have lunch at Rochambeau!

OT
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting old friends to catch up

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice quiet place. Good food and good service. Town is tiny but cute

N
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Guillot was amazing!

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d
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my 58th birthday with 7 family members. Bertie was such a good waitress/sommelier. The food was so tasty. I had the beef wellington, my wife had the bouillabaisse. Chef Guillot even came out and met our table and said "Dobrie Dyen" in Russian to my Russian wife.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French cuisine served in a warm and inviting dining room. Service was on point by a well trained and knowledgeable staff.

SE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited and liked this restaurant when it was La Pomme. The menu and management have changed, but it's still just as quaint and cozy as before. It's located in the restored historic downtown of Gordonsville in a brick building with antique shops on either side. There is a convenient parking lot across the street, so no need to park on the street. It's on the ground level, so it is accessible even if you don't do stairs. Because it is a French restaurant, the prices are typically high. For example, a modest lunch of quiche with a small salad and fries was about $16. But it was tasty. My son ordered the linguini and liked it. I think the price is worth it for the ambience. Be aware that they are not open all day; like most European-style restaurants, they serve lunch, then close the kitchen for several hours until dinner, so check their hours and plan your visit accordingly.

ME
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little jewel in a small town. Food was great. We had the cheese and charcuterie plate which was amazing. A must go.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The service was superior and the food was outstanding. We will be back!

KS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Rochambeau, food was wonderful, Tory waited on our table again she is so amazing. Highly recommendz

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the service and food were excellent. The staff couldn’t be any nicer and the chef came to our table to see if our meals were to our expectations.

JJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! Delicious food and beautiful ambiance! Will definitely return! Cudos to the chef!

SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Our rating is actually 3 1/2 stars. 4 snails in a lot of sauce is not a serving. (No shells)
The price of wine is outrageous. Excellent service, except coffee was not served.