About L'Auberge Chez Francois

332 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
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Travellers in the beautiful Alsatian countryside, seek out "auberge", the little family inns that dot the roadsides, to eat well and enjoy the scenery. They know they will find fine food and glowing spirits, at an excellent value. Welcome to L"Auberge Chez François, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital, nestled among lush woods and fragrant gardens, 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 sincerely hope that you will enjoy your visit with us. Reservations for Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge can be made through Open Table at L'Auberge Chez Francois-Jacques' Brasserie.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
L'AUBERGE CHEZ FRANÇOIS:
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
JACQUES' BRASSERIE AT L'AUBERGE and BAR ROUGE:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM; 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Saturday - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM; 4:30 PM - 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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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.

http://laubergechezfrancois.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe/%22

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!

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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.

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97% would recommend it to a friend

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Very good food in a nice setting

vip
Dined 4 days ago

The menu offers a great variety of dishes. Everything is prepared with talent and care and the waiters do a good job of informing and serving. I have known this restaurant for many years and my only regret is the distance from my home in Potomac: I would visit it more often were it closer!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A wonderful, delicious, romantic dinner for 2

Dined 5 days ago

L'Auberge is the special place I go with my girlfriends for lunch. I got a gift certificate for my birthday and took my husband for dinner. The food was outstanding!! Many wonderful hors d'oeuvres and entrees to choose from on the prix fixe menu. The atmosphere was romantic. It was very busy on Saturday night but the service was still great. The wine recommended with dinner by the sommelier was also outstanding. $$$$ for dinner but worth it on a special occasion.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

Service suggestion

Dined 6 days ago

Service was much slower than we've been accustomed to at this restaurant. The server was quick to promote the prix fixe menu and had to be asked for the conventional a la carte one for four senior citizens who obviously were not equipped to accommodate the multi-course program being proposed. The experience would have been better had the conventional menu been provided initially along with a mention that the prix fixe arrangement was available.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service2
value4

The food was very good but nothing compa ...

Dined 6 days ago

The food was very good but nothing compared to our first visit. The service this time was just average. I think the waitress had too many tables and wasn't nearly as knowledgeable as our first waiter. We were in the upstairs formal dining area this time. Our previous and first experience was downstairs in the more casual area. The waiter downstairs was extremely knowledgeable and ordered our entire meal which was the best meal of my life. Not the case this experience. Also to my surprise the menus were different. Beware open table does not give you a choice on which area you want to dine. You will be booked for the formal area. I realized this too late (by a call not anywhere in open table) and this experience with friends didn't even compare to our first. Although it was very good (food) we talked it up to friends to be so much more.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent meal, great value!

Dined on April 28, 2016

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided to have lunch instead of the usual dinner. She'd always wanted to go to Chez Francois and we determined to go this year. We chose from the prix fixe menu and the choices were varied and interesting. Both first and second courses were excellent, although my cassoulet was a bit too salty. We were also given extras: an amuse bouche of split pea soup, a salad between courses, an an extra plate of meringue with ice cream to recognize our anniversary. Only to be expected from a gourmet restaurant. Service was first class and wait staff were always on hand. Overall it was a great dining experience and reasonably priced at that. We'll definitely recommend this restaurant and what's more, we'll be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Coming Home...

Dined on April 27, 2016

We've been dining at L'auberge for almost thirty years! It remains one of my favorite restaurants for special occasions. Sometimes predicitibility is a good thing especially when it comes to fine dining! The dover sole never fails to disappoint--my favorite. Always cooked to perfection just the way my French grandmother would have prepared it! It is such a pleasant experience to be transported back to quieter times while savoring the French country ambiance of L'auberge. The dining room is so meticulously clean that I can't help but wonder if a league of elves descend upon the restaurant and clean thoughout the night til the place sparkles! Mainly, when I think of dining out for a birthday or anniversary, I think L"Auberge! I can count on my favorite dishes, prepared with care and, of course a delicious hot souffle to end a wonderful evening. Don't forget to take home a slice of Plum Tart!

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Another wonderful lunch

vip
Dined on April 27, 2016

Another wonderful lunch

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We had a wonderful lunch made so by the ...

vip
Dined on April 26, 2016

We had a wonderful lunch made so by the warm atmosphere, excellent service and great food. Conversation was able to just flow with only the required interruptions

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Terrific Lunch

Dined on April 26, 2016

We love L'Auberge Chez Francois for lunch on our anniversary. It's classic French, with tables discretely apart, low noise level, excellent traditional French food with an Alsatian bent. The drive out there can be tricky especially on a foggy night which is why we prefer a two hour lunch there with a bottle of wine, followed by a short drive to Great Falls Park with its easy walk/hike. At the end of that you've sobered up enough to drive home safely. The prices are excellent for a gourmet lunch. And the setting is lovely. Can't miss!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Classic, elegant dining in an old-world setting

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

On our first visit to the famous Chez Francois, we were greeted and treated like frequent diners. Wonderful wine list featuring a wide range of Alsacian (and other) selections, we took the advice from a knowledgeable and friendly sommelier. Bring your appetite, and be prepared to relax at a wonderful 4 course meal. The bread basket and the Baked Alaska were among the highlights of our amazing meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Happy 40th Anniversary!

Dined on April 24, 2016

AMAZING staff. They treat you like the night was specifically for you. PERFECT ambiance. The chef totally outdid himself. THANK YOU to everyone there. Will cherish being the ones to close down the restaurant I grew up next door to the last 40 years that night.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Found this place on Open Table!

Dined on April 24, 2016

Perfect place for our 14 year anniversary. Was not aware this place existed . Will come back for special occasions.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect!

Dined on April 23, 2016

Our plans changed during the day. Instead of arriving on time for our 5:30 reservations, we arrived 1.5 hours early. We sat on the patio under the trees enjoying the light breeze, the sun, the good service and wonderful wine. We were offered a slightly early seating which we accepted, again enjoying great food, delicious wine and the atmosphere of the Alsace region of France. The afternoon and evening could not have been better.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

I have loved this place for 30 years

Dined on April 22, 2016

This is such a special place, with wonderful food, skillful and attentive service, and a lovely ambiance. It's not inexpensive, but every meal is memorable. L'Auberge is a monument to traditional fine dining that can never be replaced by whatever the restaurant du jour happens to be.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Perfect Birthday Dinner

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

We went for a very special birthday. The food was perfect, the atmosphere was perfect and I can't think of anything that could have been done better. It had been many years since I had been to L'Auberge Chez Francois and it was just as good as I remembered.

Tags: special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Garden Party

vip
Dined on April 21, 2016

Having been to the restaurant but never having eating outdoors, I thought this would be the opportunity. Upon arrival it was chilly, but as the afternoon progressed the temperature warmed up and the day was delightful. Snails and cassoulet!! What more can I say!! And my dining partner enjoyed her food as well. Impeccable service and a delicious right-bank Bordeaux both paired beautifully with the cuisine. What a great experience...again. And the souffles!!! If you haven't had one, get there soon and enjoy. L'Auberge is one of the great dining spots in Northern Virginia, and while it is a drive for us, we will be coming back.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Just perfect French cuisine.

Dined on April 20, 2016

Fine dining in a quaint restaurant in Great Falls, VA. Nothing but the finest ingredients and exquisite preparation.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Pleasant setting, well presented pedestrian food

vip
Dined on April 19, 2016

Choosing a seafood dish from an Alsatian restaurant was unwise, as the food while nicely prepared was not distinctive. For eaters with reasonable appetites I suggest the Bistro rather than the full more costly meal. Service was fine and attentive.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent. entertaining too when bat flew in room

Dined on April 19, 2016

erfect for our 30th anniversary . We will remember it forever. P

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding

Dined on April 19, 2016

Two friends from Europe were my guests for a special evening. They were delighted with the lovely outdoor area of the restaurant and were immensely impressed with the food and wine. The evening was a great success - with a service that was extraordinary. In short, an outstanding dining experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Magical Anniversary Lunch

Dined on April 19, 2016

The ambience was truly magical, the food and service was perfect! Outdoor dining on a beautiful and quiet Spring weekday could not have been better.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Every aspect was superb during our Sunda ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Every aspect was superb during our Sunday dinner experience. We believe that Six Stars are more appropriate for all the rankings.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fabulous Experience!

Dined on April 17, 2016

Our daughter could choose to go to a French restaurant as part of a class project. We found this restaurant online (we live 1 hr west of DC). It happened to be her birthday as well, so we rolled it into one. Both of our children (17 and 14) thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were excited to try the variety of foods offered. It's been almost a week and they are still talking about it! We WILL be back!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Birthday lunch in the garden

Dined on April 17, 2016

Celebrated my wife's and my 10 y.o. daughter's birthdays for Sunday lunch on the patio. The weather was amazing, the red tulips were blooming and the food was great. I had not been to the restaurant in years and we forgot how amazing it is. The service was great, a balance not being obtrusive and being efficient. My daughter only wanted Escargot and a Caesar salad, but the rest of us ordered from the Prix Fixe menu. Our choices ranged from Sole, duck and calf's liver. All excellent. Then deserts came. A soufflé, plum tart, 3 chocolate cake. The restaurant sent two meringue swans over raspberry coulis for the birthday girls. Then they sent champagne and sparkling apple juice for my daughter. Only to be followed by chocolate truffles. While the meal was long, my daughter amused herself by sitting by the fountain, walking around the gardens or reading on one of the benches or rocking chair. What a great way to celebrate a special occasion!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect Dinner

Dined on April 16, 2016

Been to most, if not all, of the top restaurants in DC and none of them can come close to offering the overall dining experience you get at L'Auberge Chez Francois.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4

Extremely romantic and always delicious

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

Extremely romantic and always delicious

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A wonderful anniversary dinner

Dined on April 9, 2016

for our anniversary, we wanted to find a new special place beyond our usual favorites. Two of our previous favorites had closed over the years and we wanted to be adventurous. A friend of ours recommended Chez Francois. We LOVED it! Wonderful ambiance, service and food. A very romantic setting and we will definately be returning!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful, as always. Enjoyed the prix f ...

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Wonderful, as always. Enjoyed the prix fixe lunch menu that includes a small glass of wine.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Exceptional

Dined on April 9, 2016

My latest meal at L'Auberge was an exceptional as always. The service is impeccable, the food is fantastic, and the overall experience was perfect for the occasion.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Lovely anniversary

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

We celebrated our anniversary here and it was all posh and swell and delish. The Dover sole was so special. The service was attentive, but not invasive. Somehow we ended up with three desserts. All was good in our world. Thank you for a lovely anniversary dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

anniversary dinner

Dined on April 8, 2016

My husband and I went for our 14 year anniversary and the dinner was everything we could hope for. The server (Mark) was outstanding, the food was amazing and they did everything to make us feel like we were the only couple there. The wine list was top notch, also. All in all it was a lovely experience and I would happily recommend them.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

WONDERFUL AS ALWAYS

Dined on April 8, 2016

This was my first return visit since moving away from Great Falls in 2008 and it was a must do on my list. Was also my mother's birthday and Chez Francois is one of her favorite restaurants. We were lucky to have Sammy attend to us and he was absolutely wonderful. Our lunch was the experience we were expecting - no easy feat. I was a tad disappointed that frog legs is no longer on the menu as noone does them better! Many wonderful memories were evoked by this last visit and I'm sure there will be more to come.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service5
value1

Good food, but very pricey

Dined on April 6, 2016

Service is outstanding, food is good, but very expensive. This is fit for a special occasion, not an everyday place.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Delightful Evening At L'Auberge

Dined on April 6, 2016

Pleasant setting, great food and plentiful, excellent friendly service and good seating separation from other patrons. Where ever you want to be ensure a great meal, go to L'Auberge Chez Francois.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Such a special treat!

Dined on April 6, 2016

This restaurant makes you feel truly pampered in France! It rivals bistros in France! The food, elegance, ambiance is perfect for a special occasion & won't be rushed!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Mrs.

vip
Dined on April 6, 2016

Restaurant is elegantly appointed. The service is outstanding. The food is of very good quality, but a bit too heavy for my taste.. The four course tasting menu is laden with unneeded calories. Too much beans.... The cost is rather high.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Review

Dined on April 3, 2016

We certainly enjoyed the food, wine, ambiance and excellent service. We will go back with pleasure.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service5
value2

Nice but Pricey

Dined on April 3, 2016

This is a long-standing restaurant with consistently good reviews, but I just think it is overpriced. Some think that the more you pay the better the experience, but I have eaten well prepared food with excellent service around the world that isn't as expensive as this restaurant. L'Auberge Chez Francois is a fully expert restaurant, but I wouldn't return unless there was a specific reason to dine there. Plus, getting there is off the beaten track, and I live in Arlington, close by.

Tags: special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic Dinner!!

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

Had dinner here with two friends. I was impressed with the ambiance even before walking into the restaurant. Plenty of parking spaces. Food was fantastic and service was fabulous. They kept bringing more and more food, all wonderfully presented and delicious. I will definitely come back again to celebrate special occasions with family and friends.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

Always a favorite!

Dined on April 3, 2016

We frequent L'auberge chez francois and even Jacques. The food is consistently great, wonderfully presented and a great place all year long. This time I forgot to ask for my favorite waiter, and the waiter we had was not as good, overcharged us on the bill, we had to correct it and ask for things a few times...this is unusual...we have always had great service. We'll go back of course...but will get in a different servers section.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list

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