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“A Very Special Place to Dine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le Refuge Restaurant

Le Refuge Restaurant
127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176 (Old Town)
703-548-4661
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Ranked #7 of 597 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Town
Herndon, Virginia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A Very Special Place to Dine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

Beef Wellington and Salmon in puff pastry... Both very good choices for our wedding anniversary. An ice spinach salad to start capped off a delightful evening. It is as if you went to Paris but still stayed close to home. This is one of my favorite places to eat locally.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
sarasota florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“almost perfect country french”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I love small intimate restaurants where they care about their patrons.
Sometimes I make a special request (I always try to make them reasonable)
and sometimes the reply is "Chef can't do that" - and if I don't then get up to
leave, I would rarely every come back.
At LeRefuge I made such a request (on a crowded Sat. evening) and the
waiter said "The chef would be glad to accomodate you"..
Other than that the restaurent is small, charming, resonably priced and "real"
country French.
I like Bistro Layafette in Anexandria - and Love Bastile for sunday Brunch -
the other highly touted French restaurant were not up to standards.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Alexandria, Virginia
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72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Awesome French Fare !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

You can't go wrong with anything on the menue. Le Refuge has shown excellent consistancy in all ways . I have dined there many times since 1984.... ALWAYS superb!

Visited September 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Cute place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Went here with two friends from work. None of us had been there before. We were all very pleased with our meal and entranced with the decor. I would go again.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denmark
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140 reviews 140 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Best French foos in the DC area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Le Refuge is a family run food temple. It serves high quality and authentic bistro style food like frog legs, that are absolutely wonderful. The winelist cannot be found much better in a bistro in France.

The only downside is that the restaurant is very small and the tables are very close together. I really do not think about it anymore but some might find it a little claustrophobic.

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