La Cote D'Or

4.5
1041 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
This cozy French Restaurant serves only the finest and freshest ingredients each time it prepares an unforgettable meal. A charming spot tucked away in Arlington East Falls Church will not disappoint you. French dining which is not pretentious or expensive, La Cote d"Or works for a quiet romantic evening or a casual week night meal. New owner Jacques Imperato, previous owner of Mediterranee Restaurant, will take care to ensure that your dining experience is a good one.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 538-3033
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jacques Imperato
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Private party facilities
Our private dining facilities are decorated with French Provence in mind in colors of blue and yellow. Beautiful painting by Van Gogh cover the walls with comfortable booth seating. Our set menus range in price to accommodate your party and style for lunch or dinner.
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Private party contact
Jacques Imperato: (703) 577-2751
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Catering
Jacques, owner and executive chef will personally cater your affair either at your home or in an event room. From 8 to 150 people, he will prepare sit down dining or buffet.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 66
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Parking details
Our guests may park anywhere in the hotel lot adjacent to the restaurant. We also have street parking around the building.
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Public transit
East Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line) only a 8 minute walk
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Special events & promotions
We have multiple events each month. Please check the website to see the most updated list.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1041 People Are Saying
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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as we have usually have had before and enjoyed the speacials.

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Regret we could not give a higher rating for the food because our four entrees (pork loin and fish) apparently were left too long in the warning oven and were on the dry side. Soup and desserts were quite good, though.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner here for our wedding anniversary and we loved every minute of it! We were there on a Monday night, so it was quiet and we could have nice conversation. The service was excellent from start to finish. They hung our coats, clearly answered meal questions and then gave us complimentary prosecco for our anniversary. We will definitely be back! Thank you!

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c
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Cote d'Or is a reliable favorite. It has a delightful atmosphere, excellent service, very, very good food at prices that are exceptionally reasonable. This is a very hard combination to beat.

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KR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice menu selection, the wine per glasses are great, great food and ambiance. We live to come here!

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic French cuisine in a relaxed, discrete setting, served by professionals. Its a great neighborhood gem, and perfect for lunch if you are meeting someone mid-way between DC and Tysons. The crowd skews older, but I enjoy it because you can have a quiet conversation. Been many times, always a superb presentation.

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SD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

As always, the place does not disappoint. The service and food are great. This was our first brunch and for the selection and price we will definitely add it to the rotation of places we go. It's a hidden gem of a place.

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RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed the Alsatian Night event; the menu was creative and the food outstanding. We had visited Alsace on a River Rhine cruise and were delighted to re-visit the flavors of Strasbourg. Theme nights are always special at La Cote d'Or; altho we are not fans, Elvis night was great fun because it was my birthday. The chef never fails to please, and the wait staff is personable and properly attentive. We look forward to every visit, especially the event/theme nights. We are so glad to have this gem nearby.

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WK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The vegetarian quiche -- I think was butternut squash. It was the best quiche I've ever had. So buttery. Can't wait to go back.

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Q
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is excellent. The menu choices, presentation and taste were spot on (except I didn't like my desert but that is a matter of personal taste).

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic high-quality French cooking, presented and served well.

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MA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely, authentically European bistro, with great service and food to match.

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AD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it a lot for my wife’s birthday. It was me her and my son.

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A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been here in years, still great French food and service. Good week night specials. Need to come back. Loved all you can eat mussels on Wednesdays. Good wine too.

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d
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening out.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular food!

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MA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had brunch here on Saturday and it was wonderful. Our server was Azucena and she was attentive without being annoying and even put the food in the take-home dishes for us!
We both had the prix-fix lunch. I had the beet salad, seafood crepes & apple tart and my friend had the soup of the day, asparagus soup, which she said was delicious, the trout & the apple tart. It is our new go-to place when we feel like something special. Their portions are very generous and all the staff are attentive ... filling water glasses & bringing more of their wonderful bread. You won't be disappointed!

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BT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True French cuisine in a French environment. Food excellent, fresh and well worth a visit.

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CW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated right away and not rushed to order. The food came in a timely fashion and table service was good. It might be different for dinner service since I came for lunch. Overall, good experience.

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c
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a treasure. Lovely atmosphere, excellent, friendly service and superb food. Couldln't ask for anything more.

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BJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we ate was beautifully prepared--We were there for Restaurant week and will be sure to return

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed in the menu for restaurant week, we know it to be much better than this!! We look forward to coming back when it’s not Restuarant Week....

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D
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The other 3 folks in our party enjoyed their brunch choices. I asked for advice between two options and was disappointed in the choice the waiter suggested. Fried egg was over cooked (never serve an egg with "lace" on the underside) and the crepe was dry -- as was the rest of the dish. It would have benefited from a sauce or less time under the heat lamp. The ice in my Bloody Mary melted very quickly and tasted like watery tomato juice. I did like my bread pudding very much. But since everyone else enjoyed their dishes, I wasn't going to say anything. Will go back for a dinner -- the true test of a French brasserie.

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K
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this neighborhood restaurant that is elegant and old Europe in style. The food is always good, not great, but don’t let the great be the enemy of the good. This restaurant is a gem.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We continue to be impressed with La Cote D'Or. The food is fantastic at a reasonable price. It's just a gem!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small place, when your group is big and loud, this restaurant might not be the best option because I felt self conscious about our noise. Service was great, food delicious. Great restaurant for intimate groups.

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OW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

I had high hopes after seeing the menu and reading reviews online. We went for restaurant week, and I know it puts extra stress on staff. The meal was okay - it just lacked seasoning. Every course - even dessert. I had the pork schnitzel for entree, and it was huge. The aiming of capers and garlic wasn’t enough for the whole thing, unfortunately. The apple tart could have used some vanilla or even a little cinnamon - the apples were neither tart nor sweet. Just run of the mill apple. I’ll give this place another try a different time, though. It was really a charming place and the service was excellent.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Completely disappointed! This place needs a Gordon Ramsay makeover big time. Unless you want cheap frozen food that's been reheated pass on this one; make the drive to Great Falls and opt for L'Auberge Chez Francois. To stay closer to Arlington try Lyon Hall for a pleasant meal at a reasonable price.

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W
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My appetizer was really good but that's the best thing I can say about the restaurant. I was dining alone so I got to speak to a family seated next to me who had been there a couple times before and they were as disappointed as I was.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

One would think that Restaurant Week would serve as a showcase for the establishment to show off its best cooking. This certainly was not the case. While the service was considered and attentive, the food bordered on the disaster.
Two different soups were so salty that they "burned" in the throat.
The trout with almonds was almonds with trout, totally overpowering the taste of the fish. Finally, the coq au vin was absolutely tasteless and lacked the "vin".
When the restaurant opened years ago it served good solid French fare. It rapidly deteriorated and we stopped frequenting it. After a few years, in the hope that the cooking is back to normal, we tried again and were disappointed. A few years past so last Friday we went for lunch assuming that on Restaurant week we would expect a decent meal. What we we experienced was nothing but decent. NEVER to visit agail. A real insult.

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m
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The sauces were great, the bread was fresh, the service was responsive. Wide selection of food to choose from. They bring new silverware for each course. The ingredients were fresh.

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R
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an outstanding meal during Washington Restaurant Week August 2018. Wife had the cod with a beet salad to start and bread pudding to end. I had the veal breast with fois gra to start and chocolate mousse to finish. The service was excellent, the restaurant quiet, free parking next door. We were dressed, sport coat and dress, but slacks and collared shirt would have worked. They have a number of weekly specials outside of Restaurant Week that we will be sure to try.

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C
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jacques Imperato is a great Cheh and host!
His prepared dishes are all wonderful.

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IJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food Nice atmosphere Quiet so that one can have a conversation with others. Service a bit slow however it gives time to enjoy the meal. No rush to clean table from one guest before others have finished. A great place to enjoy a meal with friends.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Restaurant has potential. Table staff were superb. Of four entrees, two we're decent and two we're not. Liver was overcooked and a very thin sliced. Vegetables were either overdone or underdone. Steak bavette was the best dish. The tartare was decent and the bouillabaisse barely okay. Profiteroles we're made with old puffs that had been toasted. The mousse was grainy. The floating islands were very good. The bread was also good. Overall, an unsatisfactory meal. But the service was great. The location is also very good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Mediocre not worth it. Restaurant week special is a weekly special

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JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good French food at a reasonable price. The fixed priced menus are a great deal, esp. for lunch. It took a little while to have our order taken, but we were in no hurry since it was a special occasion.

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J
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Perfect place to catch up with friends. Asucena, our waitress, was terrific.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately this was the second time I’ve been in a month and the service was terrible both times. They seat you without menus and it takes 5+ min for them to bring them. Then they disappear for several more before you can order drinks. Then we waited about 30 minutes before flagging someone else down to ask if we could order. We ordered appetizers and entrees at the same time and when the apps were delivered, we asked for our food as soon as it was ready but it was still another 30 minutes. We ordered bottomless mussels and they waited until we were done with our Fordt round before offering us the second, at which time I asked how long it would take to arrive and they said another 30 minutes.

They also don’t bring the complimentary bread to the table until you’ve ordered your dinner so you can’t even snack while you wait.

Sad to say, as cute and cozy as this place is, I probably won’t be back.

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RJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another exemplary, delightful experience at La Cote d'Or on Tuesday evening, August 7. Counted among our favorite dining venues! Well worth the travel from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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