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Le Refuge Restaurant

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127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176
703-548-4661
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 111
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Feel like I'm back in Provence

After meaning to try for many years, finally dined on a Tuesday night and restaurant was completely packed. So cozy and true French inside and food was authentic and delicious! They had a glass of Rose on special and I loved the salad with goat cheese toasts, fish special and pear, ice cream... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Chaska16
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Arlington, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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182 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

After meaning to try for many years, finally dined on a Tuesday night and restaurant was completely packed. So cozy and true French inside and food was authentic and delicious! They had a glass of Rose on special and I loved the salad with goat cheese toasts, fish special and pear, ice cream dessert with chocolate sauce. Ambiance is very... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Two friends and I went here for lunch. The quiche was large and very, very tasty. The sides with it were small, but quite adequate and colorful. The recommenced dessert was ice cream in a pastry shell, covered with chocolate sauce. It was wonderful. I will definitely visit again. Would love to come for a dinner meal.

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Jacksonville, Florida
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It's true that the menu seems old, but everything tastes like you just found a little hole in the wall restaurant in a small French city.

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Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have been going to Le refuge off and on for many year. Very good French food and service is good. The wine pairings are always on spot. Simple whole food dishes and lovely sweets.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I continue to return with friends, family, business associates to this quaint, charming refuge in Old Town. One evening I met a couple celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary, at another cluster of tables, was a multi-generational family with young children celebrating Papa's 80th birthday. ( I wouldn't bring babies or overly tired toddlers.) The food is delicious, not pretentious. Service... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Le Refuge is my wife and my favorite restaurant in Alexandria. The food is excellent, the staff friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere pleasant, welcoming and cozy. My favorite entrées, the rack of lamb and quail stuffed with goat cheese, are awesome. A word of caution, this not a good restaurant for small children, unless they are very well behaved... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Le Refuge Restaurant has wonderful cuisine. The food is outstanding. The service is good to very good (note: I tend to be forgiving with this category). But, But, But, it's very expensive for what you get. Using the economist definition of value, Le Refuge Restaurant delivers good to very good value. It is not great value. My suggestion to others... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My family has been eating at Le Refuge for years. We have travelled widely and eaten in a lot of French (and other) restaurants. Le Refuge is at the top. Excellent food, very good service and a nice homey atmosphere.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This crowded little restaurant has been in Old Town forever, and is worth the slight hassle (street parking) to get to. Be sure to make reservations. Again, it has only one room and gets crowded.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I think cozy and quaint is the best way to describe Le Refuge. The food is very good and fresh. Wait staff is excellent. The restaurant is very "hush" as it is a small space, all in all it reminds me of the neighborhood restaurants of Europe. If you want big box chains with lots of options and noise then... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 703-548-4661

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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