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French Hound Brasserie

202 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
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Phone number
(571) 333-1881
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John-Gustin Birkitt
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Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipxxxxxx (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

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.

Enjoyable (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2016

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.

vipsoxgal (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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!

Weezer (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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

Billdozer90 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

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!

vipMatt (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

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.

Shepherdspie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

We had a wonderful dining experience at the French Hound.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

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.

Gerardo (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2015

Excellent food, environment and customer service. In my opinion the best french restaurant in northern Virginia.

Mincie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

Excellent French Onion Soup. Steak Fries and Salmon entrees were quite good. Forget about the Oysters Rockefeller which was disappointing. Good cocktails.