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Diners' Choice: French restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall French cuisine in Washington, D.C. Area? 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 Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2305)
$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
CarolB
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Dining at the Brasserie midweek always feels like a gift to yourself. Their food and service are exceptional - and the setting in the garden is unequaled.
A photo of L'Auberge Chez Francois restaurant
4.9
4.9 (8975)
$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.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious meal! The escargot was one of the best. Also highly recommend not to skip the dessert
A photo of Petite Cerise restaurant
4.7
4.7 (16)
$31 to $50
French
Mount Vernon Square
About the restaurant
We are thrilled to announce that starting Tuesday, June 25th, Petite Cerise will offer a 4-course Prix Fixe dinner menu in the dining room for $58 per person. This new menu will highlight and celebrate the wonderful regional ingredients, skillfully prepared through a French culinary lens.

Petite Cerise is a French-inspired all-day dining restaurant influenced by the changing seasons and classic technique from Chef Jeremiah Langhorne and the team at The Dabney.

Inspired by their travels and love of classic French technique, Petite Cerise shares the spirit of France with their community in DC. Part neighborhood café, part energetic bistro, Petite Cerise is located in a bright and lively historic corner space in Shaw/Mount Vernon Triangle. The restaurant and its menus were built to encourage the French way of living and enjoying life, or “joie de vivre,” and welcomes diners to slow down and savor their meal with any-time-of-day dining.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Food was delicious. The beignets popped with the foie gras parfait (raspberry preserves and pink peppercorns added a delicate touch), and the soft shell crab tartine was absolutely delicious. Mason was a great and easy going server, and Victor (at the bar) was a hero!
A photo of La Chaumiere restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4670)
$31 to $50
French
Georgetown
About the restaurant
La Chaumière is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Celebrating 48 years, La Chaumière features traditional dishes like escargots en coquille, boudin blanc, quenelles of pike, cassoulet and Grand Marnier souffle. Chef Patrick's specials reflect a modern approach to seasonal produce, seafood and game with favorites like baked oysters, Dover sole and rabbit. La Chaumière has won the 100 Best Restaurants award 29 times since 1978! We will be serving Al fresco as soon as the weather permits, please reserve, outdoor space is limited. Parking is available at the Four Seasons Hotel for $30 with validation stamp.
Top review
SoHovip
Dined 2 days ago
La Chaumiere is pricey, but worth it. The food and service are impeccable. We sat outside on a warm June evening and it was very pleasant. I highly recommend the baked oysters, medallions du boeuf, and chocolate souffle.
A photo of La Piquette restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2778)
$31 to $50
French
Cleveland Park
About the restaurant
Dear Guests,
A neighborhood Bistrot located in Cleveland Park that stays faithful to its French roots offering the best French dishes on this side of the Atlantic
Executive Chef Francis Layrle prepares a daily menu with farm raised and seasonal fresh ingredients. The bar offers a carefully curated wine selection and house cocktails. La Piquette presents an authentic bistrot atmosphere the way it is meant to be: fun, simple and delicious.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
La Piquette is always fabulous. Even on a 90-degree summer day when many items on its bistrot menu seem more suited for February, there are appealing options. For example, the gazpacho was very nice, with the right hit of garlic.
A photo of Bistro L'Hermitage restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6230)
$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
macnk
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent evening and a very good atmosphere. This was our second time to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The lobster bisque soup was outstanding and the filet mignon was fabulous! This is one of our favorite places to eat especially for special occasions.
A photo of Cafe Colline restaurant
4.8
4.8 (763)
$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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blw8vip
Dined 6 days ago
Food and service impeccable. One of the best restaurants in Arlington.
A photo of Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2557)
$31 to $50
French
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Dear guests,
Now open for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner from Tuesday thru Sunday for dining in, carry-outs and delivery through Door-Dash and UberEats.
Celebrating its 29th year Anniversary, this Grand Little restaurant is definitely part of Georgetown’s culinary landscape!
We are offering classic, regional and contemporary French cuisine.
At the Wine Bar, you will feel as comfortable and relaxed as you would in your home.
For Jazz night, please request a table in the Wine Bar. The Jazz performances are every Wednesday nights, from 6pm to 9pm.
Visit our Sister Bistrot, La Piquette on 3714 Macomb Street Nw. in Cleveland Park - Tel: 202 686 2015 - info@lapiquettedc.com
Top review
Jamesvip
Dined 6 days ago
As usual the veal cheeks were outstanding. My wife had the veal scaloppine which was great. I hope it makes it to the main menu.
A photo of Et Voila restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3678)
$31 to $50
French
Palisades Northwest
About the restaurant
Chef Claudio Pirollo is a chef driven restaurant offering Contemporary Belgian/French Bistro.

A DC staple for 15 years, with a friendly, neighborhood feel, you will feel welcome here for any occasion large or small. Our made from scratch menu is fresh, flavorful and offers something for everyone. From Classic European Bistro Cuisine to sophisticated daily Specials! Our bar covers handcrafted creative cocktails, with a large and high hand Wine List. Enjoy our cozy and energic dining room for an unforgettable experience .
We cannot wait to see you!
Top review
DeeZvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food and service, as always 👍 thank you
A photo of La Bise restaurant
4.8
4.8 (853)
$31 to $50
French
Downtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to La Bise, a modern, bright, and colorful 21st century French restaurant in the heart of Washington, DC. Just steps from the White House, patrons can enjoy our expanded outdoor patio, inviting bar, and an engaging, open-air kitchen with two distinctive dining room options. Enjoy our unique wine list of French and American varietals featuring both old and new world selections.
Top review
LeeP
Dined 4 days ago
La Bise is a gem here in Washington that makes fine dining comfortable, delightful, and insanely delicious.
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