La Chaumiere

4.7
2718 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Authentic
La Chaumiere is as close as it gets to dining in a French country inn. Celebrating 41 years, La Chaumiere 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 Chaumiere has won the "100 Best Restaurants" award 29 times since 1978!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm –10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 338-1784
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Patrick Orange
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Private Party Facilities
Two private rooms: Terrace/front room seats up to 15 guests, and upstairs/2nd floor seats up to 40 guests. Customized menus available upon request.
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Private Party Contact
Martin Lumet: (202) 338-1784
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
28th St. NW
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Parking Details
Street parking or public lot. For dinner, for $10.00, 2 hours of validated parking at Four Seasons Hotel.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2718 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service in a cozy atmosphere.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

La Chaimiere is one of our old-time favorites in Georgetown. The food is excellent, the service efficient, and the staff helpful and knowledgeable. The noise level is moderate, so one can have a conversation without having to shout. This time we visited during DC Restaurant week. The menu was limited but representative. The fried mussels were superb, calf’s liver was delicious, and the profiterols made for an enjoyable desert. All this with a bottle of St Emilion at a reasonable price (not included in the menu).

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Magnifique as usual. Never fails. ALWAYS top drawer. thanks AGAIN guys.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Consistently wonderful. Never disappoints. ❤️

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Though we hadn't been in a couple of years, it was nice to see great things remained great at Chaumiere. The service, food and ambiance were as special as we remembered, and the neither the owners nor the servers failed to take note of our reservation for our anniversary, providing congratulations and more. We were very pleased to have revisited this special place.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Lovely good food, ambience felt old school French. Wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our go to French restaurant when we visit DC, authentic outstanding menu, delicious food and great service.

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2018

We continue to be thrilled by the quality of the French cuisine offered here. Dishes that are half-heartedly executed elsewhere, with precooked ingredients, are cooked here a la minute with authentic flavors. This night our dishes were perfect sweetbreads in madeira sauce and tripes a la mode da Caen as appetizers, followed by lovely veal scallops in Calvados cream and a special of utterly succulent quail nested on lentils de Puy. Flavors are layered and everything is perfectly seasoned. Expert, professional service from staff who know their stuff. A well chosen wine list with offerings at several price points. There a just so many dishes on the regular menu -- not to mention weekly and daily specials -- that will keep us coming back over and over to taste them all.

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Always great food and service. Have never had a negative experience.

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

As has been the case for years, the food, service, and ambiance were outstanding. Every time we are in DC, we go back. The riz de veau are the best in the City.

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2018

Thier liver is the best in town. My wife loves liver and has tried at many of our best DC bistros. She says, "to die for."

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Awesome food but the seated us at a table for two jn a corner. The table was really small. Other than the table the food and service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

This was an amazing restaurant. The food was outstanding, as good or better, than many places we have been in France. The waiter was knowledgeable about the preparation of each dish and was fun to talk to. I would highly recommend this restaurant and the prices were very reasonable. Try the salmon en croute. It was amazing!

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Our family dinner as LaChaumiere was absolutely lovely. The ambience is serene and welcoming. The service is terrific. And the food is consistently terrific. On this visit our granddaughter had her first soft shell crabs --she loved them!-- and was thrilled with the attentiveness of the wait staff. The veal chop rated a "stellar" comment and the dover sole was delicious --as was the chocolate soufflé. All in all, a great evening.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Celebrated our anniversary here with our teen kids while visiting DC from New York. Loved everything about the restaurant. The ambiance was cozy French country setting. Food was all delicious. Service was great; the waiter put a little candle on our shared desert and wished us happy anniversary - a very thoughtful touch. Would recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Classic French fare and amazing service. Most underrated restaurant in Georgetown.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

A bit pricey, especially for the appetizers. Overall, wonderful food and ambience.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Always superb, never disappoints. We’ve been going here for decades, so wonderful it is still here!

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

If you're looking for a classic French bistro with traditional food, you can't beat La Chaumiere. We rank it as the #1 best place to go in Washington. Sweetbreads, brains in butter with capers, fabulous pike quenelles, and, of course, the souffles!

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Delicious cucumber soup for a warm evening, robust cassoulet, saumon en croute reminiscent of coulibiac and a wonderful chocolate soufflé to finish

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Excellent venue for everyday dining. A bit noisy this past Saturday, but food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Great flavors, menu & staff & wine list/knowledge!

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2.0Dined on 20 July 2018

In a world of trendy restaurants, I love finding a restaurant with classic cuisine, but this was fair at best. Really disappointing.

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1.0Dined on 15 July 2018

My wife and I were insulted by the maitre d' / owner in loud and abrasive tones. He and his staff had clearly overbooked (it was Bastille Day, and it is a French restaurant, but that is no excuse). We had a reservation, arrived on time, but were told it would be at least a half-hour before seating. The maitre d' / owner then said he would not seat us at all, and we walked out. Another couple was told that their reservation could not be honored, and they walked out. To try making a bit more money, the restaurant squeezes reservations together, and thus risks losing customers. We have been there at least a dozen times (the prior ownership was far better - courteous and helpful, as is one's right, given that they are in business and we are paying.) Never again. Tell people who are thinking of this restaurant that a reservation is no guarantee of a table.

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3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

We were seated upstairs. The waiter would disappear for extended periods of time. We waited for our drink orders and had an exceedingly long wait for our main course. During these long waits, the waiter was no where to be seen, and seemed irritated having to climb the stairs to the second floor. Although it was quieter upstairs, it lacked the charm and ambience of the main floor dining areas. Fortunately, the food was quite good, making up for having to wait but not completely making up for the lack of professional, friendly service.

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

In celebration of Bastille Day, La Chaumiere provided a very authentic and traditional french meal. The service was prompt and courteous. We selected Soup L'onion, with veal and lamb dishes to follow. Everything was cooked and prepared to perfection. We saved room for great desserts of creme brûlée and profiteroles. If you are looking for predictable French food served in a great ambiance, La Chaumiere will provide a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

My second time here and I really liked it again. I got the Waugh Flap Sirloin and my girlfriend got the salmon. Server did a very good job and gave us both excellent wine suggestions to pair with our food. I look forward to coming back again.

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5.0Dined on 10 July 2018

The rustic charms of La Chaumiere never fail to impress. I had four courses - salad, entrée, plat principal and dessert. Each was perfectly presented, correctly portioned and delicious. The Foie Gras was a particular treat, as was the Soufflé au Chocolat.

The service was a bit disordered, as we had several (very experienced) waiters calling on us, so there was some duplication of inquiries. But overall, very nice without being too intrusive. There was a dustup at the table next to ours when an older gentleman stepped out to take a phone call leaving his younger date to sit alone for at least 25 minutes. When he returned, she was furious! She made quite a scene. Still, it was better than sitting next to some jerk on his cell phone, so I could only feel bad for this young woman.

Years ago, when I first visited, I was refused service by Mr. Martin Lumet himself, because I was wearing shorts. This time, I noticed many others wearing shorts (it was 95F, so it's understandable). It was also a Tuesday, which apparently is a slow night and Mr. Lumet wasn't anywhere in sight. Or maybe the standards have slipped?

I visit DC with some frequency, and I will be back!

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Wonderful place!! great food and service!! best in DC

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Always delicious food at this French Restaurant. We shared the lamb chops & Special
For that day Wagyu Steak...and each had the Caesars Salad...Highly recommend this
Restaurant...yum yum

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Excellent food, great service, wonderful ambiance.

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Impeccable food, service and ambience, as always. Our favorite in DC.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Classic French cuisine beautifully prepared. Delightful but not overpowering depth of flavor. Excellent service. Great wine selection. Cozy place, great for couples too. All staff were gracious and welcoming.

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4.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Definitely recommend ordering the chocolate souffle ahead of time for dessert.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

We have dined at La Chaumiere many times in the past 15 years. It does not get better than this for those who enjoy country French cuisine. The restaurant has an expansive wine list with plenty of offerings in all price ranges including sufficient wines in the $40 range.

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

This was such an incredible culinary experience, from start to finish. My husband took me for my birthday and although it was very expensive, we both thought it was worth every penny for a special occasion meal. We both ordered the filet beef medallions and then split a piece of the flourless chocolate cake with hazelnut sauce. It was the best meal I've had probably in years! We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Was very good! True French food and offerings. Nice wine list of French wine. They do souffles for dessert if you are so inclined. Dover Sole was as expected, excellent. Everything was very tasty and temperature correct when arriving at table. Nice little private area/room in front if you have a larger party you wish to accommodate and dine alone.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Highly recommended. Incredible service and food. Absolutely perfect.

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

This dinner was a business dinner. Upon entering I was greeted and escorted to the table. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. The waiter discussed the menu with us and explained details with us. Upon learning of one colleague's preferences the chef offered a Crab dinner salad which was not on the menu. It was delicious. A cold Summer soup was also very good. This was very considerate. I am a huge fan of Escargot. Their version of Escargots Au Buerre D'Ail arrived a deep black color with 6 tiny morsels of Escargot. They were not much bigger than the eraser on an end of a pencil. It was not my preference for the preparation. The Trout Almondine was excellent. The service was excellent. I look forward to another meal.

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Authentic old school French restaurant. Could have been dining in the French countryside. Warm and true.

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