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About L'Auberge Chez Francois

Welcome to L'Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital that has captivated visitors for over 60 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.

332 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30am – 1:30pm'
Sunday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Dinner:
Tuesday – Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:30pm

Cross Street:
Beach Mill Road

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 759-3800

Website:
http://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/

Parking Details:
Self parking

Executive Chef:
Jacques E. Haeringer

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
L'Auberge Chez Francois loves special events! From Cooking Demos and Lunches led by Chef Jacques Haeringer; to Wine, Champagne and Artisinal Beer Dinners with Paul and Alex, Our Garden to Table Grand Dinners on our lovely outdoor terrace; Our new music series dinners at L'Auberge events, and so many more.
See our website for a complete list of our special events, and sign up for our monthly newsletter delivered right to your inbox! Our special events sell out quickly. Here's our link.

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Special events are always just that..special at L'Auberge Chez Francois!
We are proud to carry the honor of "Best Special Events Restaurant" voted by our diners, merci beaucoup!

Private Dining

Celebrate life's special moments, weddings, corporate luncheons or dinners, holiday parties or "just want-to-party" events in one of L'Auberge Chez François warm and inviting dining rooms or outside terrace. Specializing in offering complete menus, we can accommodate groups from 25-100 persons.

L'Auberge Chez Francois Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (161)
Romantic (129)
Good for Anniversaries (127)
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Worth the Drive (126)
Good for Birthdays (107)
Good for a Date (84)
Fit for Foodies (80)
Quiet Conversation (78)
Authentic (77)
Notable Wine List (64)
Cozy (55)
Great for Outdoor Dining (54)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Fireplace (43)
Great for Lunch (42)
Sunday Lunch (39)
Local Ingredients (37)
Historic (34)
Business Meals (32)
Scenic View (27)
Great for Brunch (24)
Good for Groups (21)
Fun (17)
Seasonal (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Outstanding Value (12)
Healthy (11)
Organic (9)
Private Room (8)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Molecular Gastronomy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Family Style (4)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Casual (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Wood Oven (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vegan (1)
Open Kitchen (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Marvelous meal and wonderful service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Anniversary for my wife and me

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

One of the very best and indeed a favorite of mine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great way to spend an evening with friends. Very nice atmosphere and delicious food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The meal was perfect. Everything was perfectly prepared. The restaurant was the perfect setting for our occasion. It was formal enough but still relaxed enough for all of our party to enjoy themselves. The Filet of Sole lived up to its reputation. The wine list was excellent and we found several bottles which went well with the meals we had chose. The restaurant is an exceptional value when you consider the quality of ingredients and the final product.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Celebrated my mother's 102 birthday with a delicious lunch. This is her favorite restaurant! They treated her royally and surprised her with a special dessert. Love this place!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a special experience! It's too bad that it's so pricey my visits are limited.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Went there for lunch with several retired teachers. We each indulged in the tasting menu that includes appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Everyone enjoyed all of our choices. The service was excellent as always. Can't wait to return. Still one of my favorite places to eat in NOVA, DC area.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 16, 2017

The service was excellent, warm with personal touch. The food -a fixed menu with 4 courses was good as well. The settings of this restaurant were elegant with a home feeling. The only downside is the tables were bit of too close; the conversation of the adjacent tables came clear and loud especially after a few runs of alcohol were consumed by those people.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 16, 2017

By far the best restaurant I have visited. I have been to many places all over the world and this place is still my favorite.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a wonderful Mother's Day dinner. The food was spectacular.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary at L'Auberge Chez Francois, and it was the perfect place for a romantic night out. The service was impeccable, and the food was delicious. We split the chateaubriand steak, and it was amazing! We upgraded the menu with Caesar salads and the grand marnier soufflé, and both were well worth it. Overall, an A+ evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

On the recommendation of several friends who dine here regularly, we were excited to celebrate our wedding anniversary with dinner at L'Auberge Chez Francois. The restaurant was charming. Although we were early for our reservation, we were seated promptly. The amuse bouche and appetizers were amazing. However, from the salad forward, things went rapidly downhill. First, I found plastic in my Caesar salad. I informed the gentleman who cleared our course, and watched him report it rapidly -- but no one came to talk to me. Some time later, the waiter, upon serving the main course, offered a casual "sorry for your salad" comment as he was placing the next course down. (The salad was ultimately removed from the bill, but I had to figure that out for myself because no one spoke to me about it.) The entrees were barely average (my husband's duck breast was overcooked), and the desserts were unremarkable. To add even further insult -- we heard most of the tables around us being wished happy birthday/anniversary, but no one said anything to us (we indicated on our Open Table reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary, and I also mentioned it when the restaurant called to confirm our reservation). In the end, we left the restaurant very disappointed, and are not likely to return. We also shared our experiences with our friends who frequent the restaurant -- and they are disappointed as well.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

hadn't been there for a couple years. glad to see the food and service were terrific.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This is our families favorite restaurant for special occasions. The ride out there is so relaxing on a country road just outside the hustle and bustle of city life. The ambiance is perfect, and the food devine. All of the appetizers are delicious. Several of us covet the soft shell crab entree when they are in season. They are the very best we have found. The menu is varied and sure to please everyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I've been going to L'Auberge for over 35 years. It never changes, which I love. Excellent food and service. The consistency of the experience is amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Outstanding! Our favorite restaurant! Everything is ALWAYS wonderful!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Awesome as always. A real gem for special occasions. Love the food, ambiance, and staff.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Historic, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

This is a fine restaurant and the food is delicious. The chef came out to talk to us. We also met a small group of people who would be accompanying the chef on a cruise in Europe. The French food served at L'auberge is perhaps one of the best in the DC area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun, Healthy, Romantic, Fireplace, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Our latest meal at L'Auberge Chez Francois was perfect. The staff here. is always attentive, helpful and knowledgeable while remaining totally unpretentious. The same is true for the sommelier who listened to our preferences and was eager to educate/guide us. She introduced us to the large selection of 1/2 bottles on the wine list so we could enjoy different wines with our meal. Our meal was perfect from the first bite to the last. L'Auberge always exceeds our expectations. Impeccable service, flawless food and great atmosphere are the hallmarks of any meal at this authentic Alsatian restaurant/institution.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Organic, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2017

This is absolutely the best French food in the DC Metro area! I was disappointed when the meal was over. The food and the staff were absolutely wonderful. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant again!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fireplace, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 9, 2017

If you can go on a beautiful day, eat outdoors. The setting is beautiful, the food great, and the service excellent

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2017

I celebrated my birthday at L'auberge Chez Francois. From the moment we arrived, my small party of three was treated with graciousness and attentiveness. Our wait person was amiable and knowledgeable without being intrusive. We loved the ambiance, the decor, and the overall warmth of the restaurant. The amuse bouche and the palate cleansing sorbet were delicious and unexpected treats. We finished the meal with out of this world souffles. Hats off to Chef Francois and his team, both in the kitchen and in the front of the house.

Tags: Molecular Gastronomy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I have dined at this restaurant since the late 60's when they it was located in DC. and it has always been one of my favorites. Their current establishment is much more sophisticated. The ambience is fantastic, the service is terrific and the food is always five star +. They have updated their menu to some degree but the traditional items are still available.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fireplace, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

As always, the food was very good. Service was attentive, but not remarkable.

The problem was, on this particular occasion, the wait for the main course to arrive was unacceptably long (30-45 minutes). I have dined here a number of times over many years, this was a first poor experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Enjoyed the rich flavors of everything we ordered. The restaurant is expensive and totally worth the expense. Every table was taken when we were there, but the spacing of the tables permitted easy conversation with all 5 members of our group. We always look forward to a meal at Chez Francois every year.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

As always, the Auberge provided impeccable service, excellent food and special attention for our 17th anniversary. We love Alsace and it's cooking and the Auberge easily matches the best of that region has to offer. We can hardly wait to return. The soft shell crabs were superb, the souffles perfect - all in all, another nice evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food was excellent as always. We greatly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 4, 2017

The food was amazing! The service was great my new favorite

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Basically, quality doesn't live up to the price. $250 for two with two glasses of wine. Some of my surf and turf meat was tough and my scallops came in the meat sauce. Yuk. Wouldn't go back. One of the deserts was good the other terrible. Coffee, although they assured me it was French roast was watered down. Dover sole and beef cheeks were not interesting nor was plum tart. Had expected a much better meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

L'Auberge is classic country French cuisine. Great attention to detail. Go there with 3 hours for a dining experience. Wonderful wines by the glass at great value.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Sunday brunch was wonderful. The food - as always - was great. The staff were all very attentive. Whether it's the Brassiere or the main restaurant the experience is always special.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Simply outstanding

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The restaurant is absolutely charming -- couldn't be more attractive, and the service people are terrific. The weakness is actually the food. And while it's good, it's not great. I had the short ribs for lunch, and it didn't look or taste like short ribs. It was like cafeteria pot roast -- honestly -- thin slices with a pretty weak maderia sauce. My husband had the beef cheeks for an appetizer and it was really mediocre. The desserts are great, though! And the house salad was very nice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Spectacular lunch! Highlights included Waygu beef cheeks, mushroom crepe, terrific salads, and lemon sole! Desserts included Grand Marnier Souffle and lime tart!

We enjoyed eating outside and spectacular service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Molecular Gastronomy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Service (Richard) was superb: attentive, helpful, good timing.
Caesar salad had far too much dressing--soggy. Vegetables were overcooked. Lamb done perfectly, as was sirloin steak; Dover sole was fresh and tasty. As usual, the soufflés were superb.
All-in-all it was good. I will return as I have since the early 1970s.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner in a french restaurant in a country setting.
Food was classic and traditional as french classic cuisine goes, quite nice
Excellent staff and sommelier .
Wine selection nice.
My lobster was cooked to perfection
Presentation of dishes was well done and plates arrived warm.
We celebrated a special occasion and it's the perfect location for it
My only wish is that they would have had some valet parking that evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 25, 2017

This was the first time we'd been there at lunchtime. The service was superb, as always. There's still a lot of food but not quite the "groan" as at dinner. I had never had beef cheeks before and ordered them out of curiosity. Meh, thought it tasted like pot roast. Live and learn. Lobster salad was really good, house salad and chocolate dessert also very good. We'll be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2017

As usual, L'Auberge Chez Francois was an excellent venue for a special birthday dinner with good friends. The country French menu with Alsatian accent is what special occasion means to us over the years.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Service, food, surroundings are just plain outstanding

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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