The French Hound offers French cuisine, wine and cheeses on a menu stuffed with food choices ranging from salads to elegant meals. Owners John-Gustin and Marny Birkitt got their start in California's wine country before moving to France and eventually back to the states to open The French Hound. Open seven days a week, the restaurant offers great food and specials in an intimate and cozy atmosphere. A couple of its most popular menu items include les escargots and les moules.
The French Hound offers various salad choices including gluten free, nut free and vegetarian. On Sundays, brunch is available with numerous meal choices including smoked salmon eggs benedict, truffles and French toast.
We loved the spirit and enthusiasm by Andrea, our server. Also, our seating on the sun porch was great, allowing us to soak in some nice rays on a warm and sunny pre-Spring Sunday. Food was fine....a good value.
Charming place with both excellent food and service and the rare capacity to be quiet enough to hear yourself talk. Ate here on a busy Saturday night but it didn't sound that way. The waitress overheard our party of six talking about a birthday and brought out dessert with a celebration candle. Would definitely return.
This is another restaurant with Americanized French food. I left with a full belly, but didn't feel that I had a French meal.
I took the mousse truffée, because it mentioned foie gras. By definition, foie gras has some consistency. I didn't taste it at all, in the mousse. That, by itself, was quite disappointing.
Again, the food was overall good, and the service was excellent. Unlike other "French restaurants" though, I didn't feel like I was back in France.
Around the corner is a more modest, but much more French restaurant, Julien's. If what you are looking for an authentic French restaurant with a much better price/quality ratio, it's the place to go to.
We have dined in Middleburg many times and I am kicking myself that this was our first time at the French Hound. I was put off by the fact that they didnt have a website but I am glad I took the chance. Its a charming place, tucked back off the main street in a historic home. I had the escargo which were cooked perfectly and the steak frites. Both were delicious and great paired with the very reasonable french wines they had by the bottle. We will definitely be back!
The management need to review the requirements for staging brunch and make changes to deliver a seamless and complete experience. Though in the overall, the food was good, issues such as not having sufficient tea pots, no toaster for toast etc took the rating down. As well, service was pleasant but a bit accidental in the execution as drink order delays, failure to ask if cream was desired with tea, promised bread not delivered etc detracted from the experience.
We drove out to middleburg for valentines day and started with brunch here. We were seated at a cozy table in an area all by ourselves. Our waitress was great. We got both of the specials at her recommendation. We started with the lamb sausage bites and the special fried shrimp. And moved onto the steak frites and the special croque madame. Great way to start the special day
We make it a necessity to eat dinner here every time we visit the Middleburg, VA area. The service is always exceptional and the food is high-quality and delicious. Les Escargot are an amazing option for a starter and you cannot go wrong with any entree choices either. For dessert I highly recommend the molten lava cake!
Off the beaten path, but worth the drive from pretty much anywhere. Le Escargots was billed as better than The French Laundry's, I'll leave that to someone who's been and can compare, but was delicious. The canard au poivre was pleasantly different, but a bit over for my taste, not certain if it was accidental or if it's typically prepared medium.
We had a wonderful dining experience at the French Hound.
We always plan a dinner at The French Hound when in Middleburg. French bistro comfort food plus other taste treats come out of this consistent and skilled kitchen. Casual to upscale, warm ambience and fabrics from Provence provide charm. A favorite with the locals.
Excellent food, environment and customer service. In my opinion the best french restaurant in northern Virginia.
A pleasure from start to finish beginning with a warm welcome at the entrance. Once seated the wait staff are personable but yet professional, helpful with menu questions and attentive with out being overbearing. Last but certainly not least, the chef prepares a remarkable dinner, every time. A truly enjoyable experience, so much that we continue to celebrate our anniversary at The French Hound each year. Do make your reservations early as the word has gotten out about this gem of a restaurant.
A beautiful little place to grab a bite. The food was fine, but not memorable. Portions were small, but the biggest disappointment was that enough dishes (escargot, scallops) we're good enough to suggest that this could be an incredible place if the kitchen cared a little more.
This restaurant has been a favorite since we first discovered it several years ago. We live in DC and at least annually make a special trip for a special meal.
Excellent French Onion Soup. Steak Fries and Salmon entrees were quite good. Forget about the Oysters Rockefeller which was disappointing. Good cocktails.
The tables are very close, we did ask to be moved and the waitress was very accommodating..
It is a nice place to go and feel like you are at home.
We have eaten at the French Hound for the past 7 years, several times a year. In addition to the good food, it has its own parking space, which is a nice plus in Middleburg. Service is always friendly without being stuffy. Have eaten there for Sunday brunch (eggs benedict), lunch (hanger steak and pomme frites), and most recently for dinner (scallops and risotto, mussels, both fantastic).
Extremely disappointed given the reason I made a reservation here was because of the stellar reviews for this place in Middleburg. The host and our waitress was snooty, and not hospitable at all. The food was not tasty. We ordered the gumbo (which was the day's special), a salad and a Boeuf Bourgnignon (Classic French Beef Stew) and side of fries. Gumbo and Salad was mediocre, not to par with what is expected at a restaurant with great reviews. The Beef stew was one of the worst I've had. Beef was tough and the red wine sauce was watery tasteless. Best part was the mushrooms in there. Fries were ok. Sadly the only reason this restaurant was memorable was how dissatisfied we were.
Great food and service, but the tables are cramped and close. Despite that handicap, I won't hesitate to recommend it.