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Diners' Choice: French restaurants in Virginia - DC Suburbs

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall French cuisine in Virginia - DC Suburbs? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of L'Auberge Chez Francois restaurant
4.9
4.9 (9006)
$50 and over
French
Great Falls
About the restaurant
Welcome to L'Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital that has captivated visitors for over 66 years. L'Auberge Chez François is the ideal spot to celebrate special moments, private parties, luncheons, weddings, and cooking demonstrations. Our menu is extensive and full of the flavors of Alsace and traditional French cuisine. Excellent food and service, attention to detail, and a casually elegant atmosphere are hallmarks that have made L'Auberge Chez François a Washington favorite! We hope that you will enjoy your visit with us. Should you not see your preferred time to dine with us, please call us at 703-759-3800.
Top review
gizbab
Dined 1 day ago
Fantastic experience in dining! The food is exceptionally well done, fresh and delicious. The service provided is top notch. You feel well taken care of coming here. This is a special place well worth the drive and experience.
A photo of Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2331)
$31 to $50
French
Great Falls
About the restaurant
Restaurants in Alsace traditionally have a formal main dining room as well as a casual dining room known locally as a weinstube or brasserie. At the brasserie, diners may enjoy traditional, hearty Alsatian dishes in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. These friendly establishments are immensely popular with Alsatians and visiting them is always the best part of my trips back to Alsace. I opened Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez François to bring the tastes and comforts of the Alsatian brasserie to Great Falls.
Top review
wildcatvip
Dined 2 days ago
As always, excellent food and service along with beautiful garden setting at Jacques Brasserie
A photo of Bistro L'Hermitage restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6261)
$31 to $50
French
Woodbridge
About the restaurant
As the Historic Occoquan Waterfront Area welcomes L'Hermitage, a Classic French Bistro, we welcome you. Long time DC restaurateur (21 Federal/Bob Kinkead (RIP),Ex Co-Owner of Marcels DC, Watergate Hotel F&B) Youssef Eagle Essakl has transformed a building and the surrounding property in historic downtown Occoquan into his vision of a Romantic French country bistro. L'Hermitage, a great escape from the hectic DC restaurant scene, promises 'relaxed good taste' with the polish and sophistication of fine dining. Join us for a very special experience.
Our Motto is:
"Hospitality is the Art of Making Others Feel Welcome, Comfortable, and at Home.
It is the Talent for Spreading Warmth and Kindness that will be Remembered Always."

Top review
BrittanyCvip
Dined 1 day ago
We love this bistro! The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. Highly recommend.
A photo of Cafe Colline restaurant
4.8
4.8 (775)
$31 to $50
French
Arlington
About the restaurant
Lunch is served from 11:30 am Tuesday through Friday. Reservations for lunch are not required.
Outside seating is available.

From the culinary team that brought you Chez Billy Sud & Parc de Ville, comes a new cafe in the heart of Arlington, VA.
Featuring regional French-inspired cuisine by chef Brendan L’Etoile, Cafe Colline is the perfect place for leisurely lunches, first dates, or just a wonderful evening of delicious food and drinks.
Now with our curbside takeaway service, you can enjoy Paris without stepping on a plane

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ArlGalvip
Dined 1 day ago
Fabulous halibut special (with ratatouille & tomato coulis); I hope it is offered more often. Caesar salad & sea bass dishes are always tasty. Rice pudding: surprisingly good. Olive oil cake was fine.
A photo of Cafe Renaissance restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3057)
$31 to $50
French
Vienna
About the restaurant
For lovers of food, wine and romance,
Cafe Renaissance is your first choice in
intimate dining. Located in the heart of downtown Vienna, Cafe Renaissance
offers a quiet and charming ambiance
that will complement any dinner.




Top review
ToddC
Dined 1 day ago
Great experience for a special anniversary dinner.
A photo of La Cote D'Or restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1854)
$30 and under
French
Arlington
About the restaurant
This cozy French Restaurant serves only the finest and freshest ingredients each time it prepares an unforgettable meal. This charming spot is tucked away in Arlington East Falls Church. LCD - La Cote d'Or is fitting for a quiet, romantic evening or a casual weeknight meal. The new owner and previous owner of Mediterranee Restaurant, Chef Jacques Imperato, will take care of you to ensure that your dining experience is a great one.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Went to La Côte d'Or prior to seeing a show at Wolftrap. Very convenient location, right on the way to Wolftrap. Food is outstanding - a lovely house salad and rainbow trout amandine, with lovely side vegetables, tastefully done (very French)...broccoli, asparagus wrapped in something, and a beautiful crusty potato fritter, with creamy potato inside. One other friend had salmon that she said was wonderful. We shared a bottle of white wine. Everything was excellent and the service was impeccable. The place is quaint, and seems to bring in customers with discerning palates. HIGHLY recommend.
A photo of Bastille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2973)
$31 to $50
French
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Bastille Brasserie & Bar is located at the corner of North Fayette & Pendleton Street in Alexandria VA.

Chefs Christophe & Michelle Poteaux's award winning restaurant & bar, located in Old Town Alexandria, has continuously offered guests fresh takes on classic French cuisine, all within our quaint neighborhood brasserie.

Our creations are rooted in the use of seasonal, locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients. Our passion for French food, wine & culture is what we celebrate daily with all of Alexandria & the DMV. Enjoy our casual atmosphere in one of our dining rooms, in our Bar-Café, or at one of our outdoor tables; where locals and travelers love to relax.
We thank you for giving us a visit & we hope you’ll return, hungry for more.
VIVE LA FRANCE!!!

Top review
OT4youvip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful wine and delicious soup plus a cheese plate made for a great happy hour!
A photo of Lyon Hall restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3786)
$30 and under
French
Arlington
About the restaurant
A neighborhood brasserie in Arlington, VA.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Very attentive wait service with refilling water, learning plates, etc. However, our waiter hardly came to check on us much to see how everything was or if we needed anything else. Amazing food! Love the ambience, but it is a loud environment when super busy.
A photo of Josephine - Old Town restaurant
4.6
4.6 (712)
$31 to $50
French
Alexandria
About the restaurant
Welcome to Josephine, a French brasserie located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Inspired by classic Parisian eateries, Josephine brings the timeless charm and culinary traditions of France to the local dining scene.
Josephine’s kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Matt Cockrell, whose skilled approach is technique- and ingredient-focused, pairing with Josephine’s beverage program which is anchored by 350 French wines, 12 unique cocktails, and a focused selection of draft and bottled beer and cider rounds out the beverage program.
The ambiance at Josephine is warm and inviting, with antique millwork, vintage lighting (including pendants that once hung in the Paris Metro), and a large dining room overhung by a vaulted skylight. With 220 indoor seats, one of Old Town’s classic bars, a third-floor hideaway lounge and champagne bar (complete with fireplace), and an intimate courtyard seating 25, Josephine has space and setting for every occasion.

Top review
SandyS
Dined 1 day ago
Great food and service. The building reminds me of ones in parts of Paris.
A photo of Bistro Du Jour Capitol Hill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (78)
$30 and under
French
Washington
About the restaurant
Bistro du Jour is a Parisian bistro from KNEAD Hospitality + Design.

Serving traditional fare like Macaron Au Foie, Croque Madame, Salade Niçoise, French Onion Soup and Steak Frites as well as an extensive selection of bubbly and an exciting list of cocktails and aperitifs.

We are open for Breakfast, Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Happy Hour.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 24, 2024
Pretty good food however the escargot wasn't the best. They did however remove from the check. Service was awesome.
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