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About La Chaumiere

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!

2813 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm –10:30pm

Cross street:
28th St. NW

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 338-1784

Website:
http://www.lachaumieredc.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking or public lot. For dinner, for $10.00, 2 hours of validated parking at Four Seasons Hotel.

Executive Chef:
Patrick Orange

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.

Private Party Contact:
Martin Lumet: (202) 338-1784

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Chaumiere Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.6

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (39)
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Business Meals (25)
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

This was our 3rd visit to La Chaumiere. We absolutely love this restaurant and will return again and again. Marcello is a great Waiter, very attentive even when the restaurant is busy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

La Chaumiere is the kind of place you want to go when you want to have a great meal in a great environment. The food of terrific, the wait staff is professional (nobody greats you with "how are we tonight guys?") and the ambiance is cozy, charming and romantic all at once. It's not inexpensive, so be prepared to spend, but it's worth every pennuy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

‘‘This old standby is better than it has been in several years. Classic French food prepared and served professionally. Wonderful quenelles. Excellent trout, duck, Dover sole and sweetbreads. It is that kind of place. Yet warm and friendly. We will return the next time we are in DC.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

A long time Washington favorite that still always delivers on delicious French cuisine! Our waiter especially made the meal even more enjoyable!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely day

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 January 2018

I would go back anytime in DC and the only flaw was that I felt the Martini was a bit tini.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 January 2018

Unfortunately our lunch was not as enjoyable as we had hoped. Service was slow and sporadic, our wine order was initially confused, the appetiser, a charcuterie tray, sadly meagre and incomplete, and arrived mid-meal, and the entree, tenderloin medallions (consisting of two 50 cent piece-sized bits) was pedestrian and over-cooked despite the price. "Winter vegetables" accompanying the entree consisted of two roasted baby carrots and two small leaves of braised spinach - but the portion of frites with the entree was enormous. Dessert was a ponderous chocolate mousse in a "cookie shell" that seemed vaguely Sysco. Our great hopes for a memorable meal were left at the table.

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·Dined on 14 January 2018

My very first experience I had dinner with family and I was impressed. The service was impeccable the food and wine were excellent. This was my new favorite restaurant. I ranted and raved to friends about how great it was and wanted to come back any chance I could get. My boyfriend and I had dinner last Saturday night. It was a later reservation 9 pm. We were seated upstairs which was a very different atmosphere from the first time sitting on the lower level closer to the fire. The poor waiter was running up and down the stairs trying to tend to his tables. We ordered wine and our main course while waiting for bread. When we finally received the bread it was rock hard and cold like it had been sitting out all day. Hard in could not even chew it. I asked for fresh warm bread, since the first time here everything was perfect! We got the second bread basket and still was cold not as bad as the first but by this time gave up. Quite sometime went by and we received our dinners. I ordered rack of lamb and he ordered beef Wellington both in which were cold. At this point I’m thinking to myself this is by far not anywhere close to my first experience here. In the back we could hear dishes crashing or falling so it was quite noisy. Still love this place and hope if I dine again my experience won’t be like the last.

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·Dined on 14 January 2018

As always, a fantastic meal. Great service, food, and wine.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 January 2018

Returning after a dozen years, I found the place still charming. Even though the architectural details are largely faux, it feels somewhat like a French inn. It is very densely packed with tables, thus high noise. But it is jolly noise. And the excellent service also compensates. For a French place, the menu is understandable and the specials were impressive. Service is also rapide. Wine list is excellent (and the pages are clean, not greasy) in terms of organization and selection. But the prices too high. The not-very-good cotes du rhone I picked at $75, was probably $30 in a local store. Yes, I know where restaurants make the most money.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on 13 January 2018

Excellent food! Wonderful service. Still very crowded, but worth it.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 13 January 2018

We had an excellent meal prior to seeing a show in DC. I look forward to coming back for any special occasion. The french soup was delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 January 2018

Our favorite restaurant in DC. We never miss a visit when we are in the Capital.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 January 2018

This is becoming one of my all time favorite restaurants. People watching great too! The food was delicious and the Grand Marnier souffle was delicious....so save up your calories during the day to splurge! I can't wait to get back.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 6 January 2018

One of my favorite restaurants !! Food is always delicious - I enjoy the foie Gras , trout and especially the steak au poivre !!

Tags: Authentic, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 January 2018

Beautiful dinner before going to the theatre. Waitstaff was meticulous with timing and it was most appreciated! Definitely will return for other special occasions.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 January 2018

Having just returned from 10 days in France, we wanted an authentic French meal in order to prolong the experience, and La Chaumiere came through perfectly. The duck breast with black currant sauce was delicious....the grand mariner soufflé for dessert was the best I have ever had. Ambience was warm and inviting and the service was gracious. Who needs France when you have La Chaumiere right in Georgetown?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 January 2018

There are several good French bistros in DC, but La Chaumiere has the consistently best menu. The calves' liver here is tops in the city, and the selection of dishes varies daily, continually offering new tastes. My favorite for repeat visits.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 January 2018

Wonderful as usual.

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·Dined on 5 January 2018

Three of us had dinner. Two enjoyed their meal. I did not. If I needed to eat shoe leather to survive I would have stayed home. I recommended the restaurant as a favorite spot. The veal had no flavor and would have offended my dog. I will try again, but never order the veal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 January 2018

On a freezing DC night La Chaumiere was perfect. The fireplace and cozy French setting was just what we needed to warm up our bodies and spirits. And what a pleasure to be served be attentive, professional waiters, as opposed to “I’m Jim and I’ll be your server.” My house Cabernet was superb, as was my peppercorn steak and Ceasar salad. Companion’s salmon likewise. My one regret was I didn’t indulge in a grand mariner or chocolate soufflé - next time I’m going for it. Needless to say I will return soon!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 January 2018

New Year’s Eve menu and atmosphere were superb. It was cozy with the fireplace.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 December 2017

My husband and I enjoy La Chaumiere each time we visit! Although we love the romance of the cozy French restaurant, it is not unusual to see large family groups (up to 10 people) also enjoying a delicious meal. For starters, you must try the escargot. Perfectly cooked and served in their own cup in cast iron dish with butter and herbs, they are absolutely delicious. For entrees, my husband and I have eaten the lamb, Dover sple, and the veal - all to our liking. However, my hands down favorite is the soft shell crab special! For dessert, the soufflé is traditional and perfect in every way, but our personal favorite is the slightly sweeter apple tart served a la mode.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on 31 December 2017

Really enjoyed everything about this restaurant. From the prompt and friendly service to the delicious wine and food, all aspects were excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 December 2017

I have been going to this restaurant for as long as it has been open. The food quality and service are very consistently very high.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 December 2017

Great meal, amazing soufflés, perfect ambiance for a winter night.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 December 2017

Been coming here for years. Timeless and always wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on 29 December 2017

Rene was a great server!! The food was great (we had the lamb, the venison, and our kids shared the beef tenderloins). For dessert, we shared the apple tart and the grand marnier soufflé. The soufflé was really nothing short of heaven on earth. The kids tried and liked everything in our plates as well, which was awesome. The atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. I will absolutely recommend this Georgetown gem to friends and fam who visit DC.

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·Dined on 28 December 2017

We had a lovely evening with our children, enjoyed delicious food and drank good wine. Thank you for a memorable evening.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 December 2017

As always great food and service in a delightful cozy environment. It is a gem!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 28 December 2017

Rene was a great waiter.
The wine was awesome.
The food was excellent, we felt we were eating in France.
The Grand Marnier Souffle was outstanding!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 December 2017

Will need another visit to better judge. My first visit was harried because of a show. Tables are too close to each other. You can hear neighbors conversation even if you were not listening. My cheese soufflé was underwhelming but the day’s special couscous with harrisa was satisfying. Didn’t get a wine bottle but the list looked good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 27 December 2017

It was a nice place for a nice meal. A bit small and could be organized better, as I was celebrating a birthday with my wife and would have appreciated a more intimate table - smaller tables lined the perimeter and ours had a draft from the front door. Did not think the food was exceptional or exceptionally creative, but it was satisfying, like a nice country meal. The service was great, attentive server, smooth, good recommendations. A variety of groups there, all had a good time. We enjoyed it, and it would be our pleasure to return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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Food4
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on 27 December 2017

Service must have been off based on reviews. Hopefully this was not a normal night. Felt put off

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 December 2017

La Chaumiere is a Washington gem. The food is always wonderful and the atmosphere charming. We were there for Christmas Eve dinner. It was crowded, but we had only a short wait. The only thing that would make it better is a cozy bar.

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·Dined on 25 December 2017

My fiancé and I got engaged and it was very memorable night !!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 December 2017

I have been to La Chaumiere a few times and always loved it. I returned the other day for a much anticipated holiday dinner. However, my visit this past Saturday left me somewhat disappointed. The lobster bisque, while tasty, was $10 for a small cup (not even a bowl?). More than the price/value, it didn't even have one piece of lobster in it (as I remembered it having in the past). I loved their baked oysters in the past, but the Oysters Chaumière - baked with ginger, sautéed spinach and hazelnuts was lackluster. My duck entree was swimming in black currant sauce, masking the flavor of the duck. The chef should definitely go easier on that sauce. The chocolate souffle was superb and definitely the best past of the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 December 2017

Great location and exceptional food; the pike dumpling was probably the best I ever had. Other dishes - Beef Wellington for example - were also excellent. We'll definitely come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on 23 December 2017

Excellent food as always. Excellent server. Only issue with restaurant is that too many tables have been squeezed into small space. This is truly unfortunate since the food and service are wonderful! Plus, beware being given the 2 person table right behind the hostess. One person has to sit out in the walkway with waiters coming by constantly with food trays. Have seen numerous people refuse to sit there (including ourselves). Plus, hostesses need to look happier.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 22 December 2017

We've come there several times and always had a pleasant, "classic French" experience. Waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Food fantastically yummy and comforting.

Tags: Special Occasion
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