2014 L'Auberge Chez Francois Restaurant - Great Falls, VA | OpenTable

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L'Auberge Chez Francois Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.LaubergeChezFrancois.com
  • Phone: (703) 759-3800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jacques E. Haeringer
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beach Mill Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self parking
A word from L'Auberge Chez Francois
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 50 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. Jacques Brasserie at L'Auberge is open Tues-Sat,5-9:00PM,Sunday 3-7:30PM. Reservations for Jacques' Brasserie via phone only!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My food was excellent, but my husband's steak was not and his soufflé was not done. (He usually orders both the items, so this is a first.) In addition, the service after the meal was served was not timely nor friendly. Just not worth the price any more."
    Dined on 10/15/2014
  • "We wanted a special place to celebrate my wife's birthday and Chez Francois fit the bill perfectly. The outstanding service was matched by the outstanding food."
    Dined on 10/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed our 25th anniversary meal at L'Auberge. The perfect romantic setting with wonderful food. Great outdoor seating, beautiful and romantic indoor seating. Waiter was incredibly attentive and not pushy at all. Truly was there to serve us however and whatever WE wanted. I think the entire menu is prix fixe and with that you get a salad, appetizer, entree, dessert, and coffee. Every bite we ate was delicious. Had a peppered steak with mushrooms and roasted vegetables and was probably the best tasting and most tender piece of meat i have ever had. They comped us two additional desserts because it was our 25th anniversary, including a couple of homemade truffles. Talking about making it our annual anniversary go to restaurant."
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. A great birthday experience."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "This is my husband's favorite go-to place for special occasions, and why not? Excellent food, thoughtful service, in a beautiful setting. Don't forget to order a souffle! And the sommelier was especially helpful, so I recommend a quick consultation with him if you're thinking about wine."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "Superb lunch for 4-great trout, filet mignon with delicious wine sauce. and tasty bouillabaisse. And this time of year their tomato salad with fresh grown tomates from their garden is really special!! Appetizers were likewise great and you can not beat their chocolate tart for dessert. Service as always was great. Just a delightful meal!! Can not beat it!"
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "A meal at l'Auberge Chez Francois never disappoints. The setting and ambiance transport you to Alsace, and the service was better than any of us recalled. There is something for every taste on the menu. Truly a very special place to spend a Sunday afternoon!"
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "This was our first visit to L'Auberge Chez Francois and we were quite impressed with the fine food. All three of us selected classic French meals - escargots, froglegs and mushroom medley for the first course, lamb, bouillabaisse and breast of duck for the entrees, and baked Alaska and a Grand Marnier souffle for dessert. Everything was delicious, although the flavor of Grand Marnier was hard to discern once the sauce was added to the souffle. Our only disappointment was the wine - a Guignols but not one of the better ones! Our waiter recommended it, given our fish and meat entrees, and while it was fine, and relatively cheap, other options were certainly better, in my experience."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at L'Auberge Chez Francois for my birthday. It's really quite an experience, from the drive there to the atmosphere to the food (of course!). The dining room feels like we're somewhere in the Alps, as opposed to being in a DC suburb, complete with a vegetable garden and deer roaming in the back. The meal is leisurely, and perfectly timed. The staff is extremely accommodating, and didn't treat us like we didn't belong (which has been our experience in some other fancy DC restaurants). I would highly recommend this restaurant, particularly for a special occasion."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "We live in the city and hadn't ventured out to our old favorite L'Auberge for dinner in several years but when a friend who lives nearby suggested brunch we jumped at the chance. What a wonderful experience and great value. We definitely will become regulars again."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "Wonderful ambience, presentation, and service. Price will set you bAck a bit, I could have purchased that new computer I've been putting off buying for the same amount. I am Still debating if I'd do it again, or instead head to Ruth Chris...."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "This is a great special occasion restaurant. It's romantic and it's not like any other restaurants in the area. We shared the chateaubriand which I would highly recommend. The souffle was wonderful. It was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "A very reliable restaurant. We have been customers for many years - beginning when it was in downtown DC. Dining in cooler months with the open fire burning is magical. Lunch in the garden is a real treat. We caught it recently on a perfect day and did not want to leave. All food is great - the plum tart is outstanding. Bethesda L'Auberge Fan"
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "We went for a celebratory lunch and were not disappointed. The fixed price lunch is very reasonable. All the dishes were excellent. We will go again soon."
    Dined on 10/8/2014
  • "Our second visit to L'Auberge Chez Francois. Incredible French food prepared to perfection. Pleasant pace to the service. Very attentive staff who go out of their way to accommodate those with dietary restrictions. Would go more often if we lived in the area. Fantastic!"
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • " what a wonderful experience it was to dine here again, after some 20 years! the food as always was perfect as was the service. when it comes to special occasions, this will again be my first choice. not "hip" perhaps, but the combination of the menu, the location and the environment makes it special."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • " Some might say "perfect" is an unattainable condition. If so then the staff within this establishment have minted the word that is 99.9% of perfect. From the table presentation before seating to each of the four courses and four "compliments of the chef" the food was a step beyond outstanding. Each dish delivered tastes that did not compete or over-power the preceding, but just added to gustatory experience. Whatever your evening plans do not rush this experience. I happen to like bread pudding and that which was served had angels singing in the background."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "We recently celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary at this restaurant. We had a lovely meal and good service. It was not as romantic as we would have liked. The table of 6 seated next to us about 15 minutes in were very loud and definitely interfered with our romantic dinner. I had indicated on the reservation that this was our anniversary, but the restaurant was not aware of this. We did receive a complimentary dessert for our anniversary."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "Although a bit pricey, the restaurant offers great food, service and ambience suitable for a romantic dinner for two or a rowdy gathering of family of 12. The food was classically French home cooking which fits perfectly with the ambience. Their wine list is exceptional and they have a great selection from all over the world, with a very select high quality choices from France. To top it all off, they have very knowledgeable and attentive staff that were discreet, detail oriented and anticipates your every need. My family had a great time..thank you!"
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "We come here to celebrate special occasions. The food has always been excellent and the service is impeccable. We would recommend this restaurant for special occasions such as anniversaries, graduation, birthday etc. It never disappoints."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "Best food we have ever eaten. Service is always exceptional. Outdoor dining is nice, weather permitting. Outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "Outstanding does not sum up my experience. They have improved upon perfection"
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "The most impeccable service and makes you feel like you are in someone's home in France. Food is delicious and come on an empty stomach, and don't eat the day before. There is so much food."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "awesome food, awesome service, awesome decor! L'Auberge Chez Francois made my wife's birthday a very special event. Our waiter was top-notch and so professional."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "My wife and I went to the 5:00 p.m. seating last Saturday evening to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, ambiance, and six course fixed price dinner! Every course was impeccably prepared and made us want to savor the moment while looking forward to the next course! Most importantly, we did not feel rushed at all during our 2 and a half hour visit. The service was outstanding and the low lighting very romantic."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "Saturday lunch was delicious. The service was friendly, attentive, and thoughtful. When we mentioned that we were celebrating a double birthday, a baked Alaska with a candle was presented to each of us."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "We've been to L'Auberge Chez Francois now three times and always have a great experience. The food is fantastic, the service is friendly and attentive, without being intrusive, and overall the atmosphere is exactly what we would want. We'd highly recommend to everyone, but hopefully everyone doesn't go so the experience isn't ruined."
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "We loved the freshness and variety of the food. Quite a memorable meal!"
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "I recently spent a delightful evening here with my octogenarian parents and my 11-year-old son. We enjoyed drinks in the gorgeous garden followed by a delicious dinner inside, completed with scrumptious souffles. There was something on the menu to please everyone and the wait staff were quite solicitous. My parents especially enjoyed the European ambiance."
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "It was a lovely evening in Great Falls, VA, when we went for dinner at L'Auberge Chez Francois. We opted to sit outside in their beautiful outdoor terrace area. Surprisingly, no one else sat out there -- some people came through to take pictures using the terrace as a backdrop. The service was impeccable, the food delicious (we both enjoyed the sole, back on the menu after a period of absence). Our waiter was attentive, yet didn't hover. This was not our first visit, and we will go back. We have taken a few friends there when they visit, and all are very pleased with our choice. I highly recommend L'Auberge for a special occasion or any time."
    Dined on 10/1/2014
  • "We dined for the first time there on our 25th Anniversary. What a gem. The service was impeccable, the food absolutely amazing and overall one of the top five meals we've had anywhere in the world. The only reason they earned five stars was because six isn't an option."
    Dined on 9/30/2014
  • "We had lunch on Sunday to celebrate a birthday. The four-course meal was outstanding; each course, particularly the appetizer and the entree, was excellent. They even gave us and extra dessert for the birthday celebration. The wine list was also excellent, though somewhat pricey."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "Chez Francois has been around for half a century, still run by the same family and still the best restaurant in the entire DC area. Impeccable service, superb food. Everything cooked to perfection. Good variety on the menu. Pricey but you will see why it's worth every penny. Perfect for special occasions: Anniversaries, birthdays, raduations, etc."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "The place is charming and conversation is easy. The food is a throwback to the 1960's. The offerings change very little, and while nothing is bad, nothing is wonderful (except the garlic toast). Every dish arrives with the same vegetables. If ambiance and decent food is what's wanted, this place would fit the bill."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "Fine restaurant with a loyal following. It is obviously a well coordinated team effort that covers all the details no matter how small. Well dom"
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "Upon a recommendation from a family member we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with dinner at L'Auberge Chez Francois. It was a wonderful evening- the meal was fantastic, the service excellent and the atmosphere most enjoyable. We do not live in the area and were visiting to attend a family wedding. If we are ever in the DC area again, we plan to return for another memorablel meal."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "My husband and I had lunch at L'Auberge for our 32nd wedding anniversary. We knew the ambiance, setting, etc., would be great, but the plus for me was that items are now marked gluten-free. L'Auberge staff ensured our meal and service fit this special occasion. In addition, my husband arranged for 32 roses be sent to L'Auberge so that they would be waiting for my arrival (I was coming straight from work). Flowers arrived on time and were show cased at our table--other patrons were impressed by this and I felt very special! The staff was very attentive and even arranged for us to have our meal inside then dessert and coffee outside in the beautiful garden. Our server then took some pictures for us! We hope to return soon."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "L'Auberge Chez Francois never fails to please. We save this restaurant for special occasions and it has been consistently excellent. Their menu has remained pretty much the same so we know what to expect. They present a "fixed price" type of menu where diners select an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert for a set price (depending on the entree selected). We usually choose the Chateaubriand, which is prepared just as we request and comes with an assortment of wonderful vegetables. Service was attentive and friendly. The setting is very romantic and beautiful. We will return in the future and recommend it to others. It is a high class restaurant that is down to earth and we actually prefer it over The Inn at Little Washington."
    Dined on 9/25/2014
  • "The food was worth the hour drive. Service & ambiance conducive for comfortable dining. We will retun for lunch next time."
    Dined on 9/24/2014
  • "The food and service is excellent as always. We go to Chez on special occasions."
    Dined on 9/23/2014

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