L'Auberge Chez Francois

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5101 reviews
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Top tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Welcome to L'Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital that has captivated visitors for over 64 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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10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is fantastic. The service was very good. Well worth the drive.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place to celebrate our mother’s 81st birthday!!

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DB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding! Would not change a thing!!
Loved being by the fire. Most of all, no problem talking and hearing

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VM
42 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Continues to be the best and only special occasion restaurant for us. We’re still talking about how perfect everything was-thanks for your high standards!

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KI
155 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warm and charming setting, gracious service and wonderful food made this a wonderful birthday dinner. When I was struggling to try something different on this visit instead of picking between two favorites as I usually do. Our server asked a few questions about my tastes and recommended a couple of new choices -- including an oyster appetizer slightly outside my normal comfort zone. Delicious! It pays to listen to a knowledgeable staff member and I was enjoyed every bite of an outstanding meal.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I wish I had gotten everyone’s name because the excellent service started as soon as we walked in the door. The woman that greeted us was adorable, our waiter Jefferson, was excellent and when we were leaving they accommodated us by taking pictures.
The food as expected was fabulous. We all shared and everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We couldn’t have been a better evening. Thanks to all who made it so nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I confess this is our second visit this week. I also confess I prefer “Old School” gracious dining with trusted recipes. We recommend L’Auberge Chez Francois to visitors and friends because we are confident their experience will be superb.

OK, we are Groupies of this establishment. I will so stipulate. No person I know, over the last twenty years, have called me out for a bad recommendation. Go. Enjoy. Smile.

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H
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and great food Highly recommend this restaurant

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EM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great! Good food, amazing cocktails and attentive wait staff. Will definitely be back soon.

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c
11 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food is wonderful and the prix fixe menu is an incredible bargain.

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BE
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

We have used L'Auberge for special events on and off since 1989...it is our "local" now...but this week the service at lunch was very disappointing. In particular, the entree for one of my guests came after the rest of the party has finished theirs! The rest of the service was just mediocre. I get the sense the lunch team is not well supervised.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality and charm at every turn. Delicious menu selections served with comfortable elegance.

We consider this restaurant to be in the top 3 within the Washington Metroplex.

Worth every penny. Every visit here becomes a “special occasion”.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Pricey, but worth it. We only go 2-3 times a year. Spent 3 hours this time.

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S
181 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The bouillabaisse and roquefort apple tart were fabulous beginnings to an amazing dinner! The beef tenderloins and the Dover sole were both outstanding, and the divine chocolate and Grand Marnier souffles added the memorable finishing touches. Jose provided absolutely perfect service - attentive and superbly paced.

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O
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I love L‘Auberge Chez Francois. We come every year for our anniversary (6 years) and and a few other special occasions in between. We always have a fantastic experience. Firstly the food is delicious which is my boyfriend‘s favorite part. Secondly the ambiance and service is impeccable which is my favorite part. I love a good dress up date night and this is it. It is pricey, but the cost is equal to the quality and unlike some other upscale restaurants the portions are not tiny! Also, cocktails are on point. Thank you L‘Auberge Chez Francois!

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TH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, atmosphere and service was outstanding. Our waiter Eric was phenomenal. We will definitely be returning soon. What a great night.

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FR
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always great food and impeccable service. The staff is knowledgeable and seems to genuinely want you to enjoy the experience.

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MK
13 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been coming to L'Auberge for decades and it's always delicious and memorable, reminding us of why it's been a favorite near DC for so long. This trip for a Saturday luncheon was to celebrate my mom's retirement, and the chef responded to my request to specially prepare a salmon en croute entree for two that we remembered from many years ago. The preparation was stellar, just as we remembered, and them going the extra mile to make her celebration that much more special was really touching. Other dishes enjoyed were the lobster salad, bouillabaisse, mushroom and chive crepe, chocolate souffle and plum tart. As always, the food was delicious and comforting, the service attentive and engaging without being invasive, and the ambiance was cozy. I should also mention that the lunch at $45/person not counting any special orders/drinks is really a steal! We were stuffed to the rafters, making this a bargain for the high quality food, great service, courses/portions and ambiance. We never tire of coming here, and were so appreciative of the special care they lavished on us for this occasion. Looking forward to our next visit!

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C
13 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a superb visit! All enjoyed and raves about venue, food, service and company! Fantastic job and thanks for letting everyone feel so special and appreciated during our dining experience! Sammie took great care of us and all the other helpers were very attentive! We will love to visit again soon! Happy New Year to all!!! Keep up the great work!

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GH
14 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal... very attentive service. Wonderful experience!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four of us—long-time friends—come annually to celebrate the holiday season and exchange small gifts. We had a wonderful time and did not feel rushed at all! We will be back again!

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1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been coming here for 21 years! And it has always been exceptional!! My husband surprised me for my 30th birthday where we sat at the “lover’s table.” Over two decades later, we celebrated another birthday with our three sons, who loved it as much as we do. (And in between we have celebrated our engagement, babies, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day). This is a wonderful restaurant that nothing else in this area can match.

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h
13 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every aspect of our visit was perfect. The place looked great -- the holiday decorations were still up and its worth the visit to see the beautiful lights. Service was fantastic but not stuffy. And we were never rushed. It was the perfect night to spend a wonderful evening talking, eating, and sharing. And the food was spectacular as always. The lamb chops were seasoned and cooked perfectly . The mussels appetizer turned out to be better than I could have imagined. (very plump, nice garlic butter). Wine selection is huge --hard to make a choice, but wine prices were reasonable. The outside fire was burning brightly, and if I wasn't driving, I would have welcomed a brandy and coffee by the fire. I will save that for my next visit.

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F
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A special occasion made special. Outstanding food and service. Well worth the price.

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OT
215 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our tradition is to start the year with a lunch at L'Auberge. We love the place. The server Sandra was so nice. She is new but well trained and learning it fast.

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BV
63 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family and I (five of us) went to lunch on New Year's Eve and had a fabulous time. You can't beat the setting at holiday time, when colorful strings of lights outside and in celebrate the season and real logs blaze in the fireplaces. We snagged one of the last reservations; I was worried that the kitchen staff might be overwhelmed, but they're used to it. After a slow start, the service was perfectly paced. Every course was top-notch, particularly the charcuterie appetizer (which featured enough pate and sausages to make a meal), the trout entree, and the bread pudding. There's a fine list of wines by the glass, and my daughter-in-law loved her mixed drink--the maple leaf, I think. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the year and to look forward to more special occasions at L'Auberge Chez Francois in 2019!

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b
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my fiancé here for a New Year's date and man, did it blow us away. Such a beautiful building and dinner room, very quiet, and perfect service. The food was unbelievable and there was so much of it too.

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ML
12 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

L'Auberge Chez Francois never disappoints - great wine and food selections, excellent value, service that exceeds even the highest standards, wonderful ambience. We eat there 4-5 times a year and it is consistently outstanding.

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J
9 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have lived in DC over seven decades and never been to this restaurant. A terrible oversight. We had Sunday lunch, which is pretty much the dinner menu, only a little cheaper. It is a prix fixe menu at prices from about $43 to $55. This sounds high until you realize it includes an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert, all of which were excellent among the four in my party. The service was so good we commented upon it at the meal -- not overly intrusive, allows for time to make selections, courteous and about as efficient as you would want for a French county restaurant. I had the veal, which was very good. But the pear tart appetizer and the mousse cake dessert really stay in my memory. It is a bit of a trek from DC to Great Falls, but it is really not that time consuming (folks commute to DC from their huge houses in Great Falls). Definitely plan to makeup for my oversight in what years I have left with a visit several times a year.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I make it a point to go to L"Auberge Chez Francois every year, usually around the time of our anniversary. The food, service, ambiance, and overall experience never disappoint us. We recommend this restaurant heartily to all of our friends. It is not an inexpensive evening out, but it is worth every penny.

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V
27 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had another fabulous evening at this outstanding restaurant. It’s more than a fine meal. It’s a memorable experience with friends and family. The food is consistently excellent and the service was world class. If you haven’t been here you are missing a treat.

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F
36 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

L'Auberge has been our favorite restaurant since we moved to Great Falls in 1992. It is always perfect in every way.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always a great experience. Can’t wait for the next time we go back.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food were amazing! We can’t wait to return!

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b
66 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant to celebrate the holidays since they decorate the place with hundreds of colored lights. Looks like a gingerbread house. Beautifully de orated inside also.Also interesting holiday specials — Beef Wellington, Buche de Noel, etc.

The menu stays the same and is always excellent. Standouts are the Wagyu beef cheeks, sweetbreads, frog’s legs, rack of lamb, and the soufflés .

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LF
7 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

L'Auberge Chez Francois made it to the top of our restaurant picks! Besides our wonderful 4 course lunch with a glass of wine, they brought us a complementary dessert to share and soup samples for all. Our group sat at a perfectly situated round table, the restaurant had all the ambiance and delicious food you could eat and as a friend said, there's only one word for this place - FABULOUS!

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MM
71 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Annual holiday parish office luncheon. The staff was attentive, and the food exquisite. I always have to finish my meal with a hazelnut souffle and cappuccino. A good time was had by all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go every year for Christmas and it never disappoints.

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BJ
17 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner at Chez Francois. Food was outstanding.

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