Our food at La Bergerie was amazing - and that's what we came for, right? Definitely one of the top-5 meals I've eaten in my life, but the service and atmosphere just barely prevented this from being a 5-star review. We were seated promptly at a lovely rounded booth, which was nice and romantic since we were celebrating our anniversary. It was a few minutes before a waiter brought us our menus, and his only comment was telling us what the soup of the day was. We were promptly brought water, but were never offered a wine menu (admittedly, later that weekend we were carded to get into the movies. We look young, but one would assume that they would at least ask for our ID and then give us the wine menu, rather than assuming we were under age). We had already chosen not to drink that night, but did find it odd that alcohol was never even offered.
The menu featured two different tasting menus, as well as an a-la-carte selection. We chose to go with the a-la-carte choices, but were disappointed that some of the appetizers were only available through the tasting menu, so we decided to forgo that course. A basket of delicious, warm bread was promptly delivered to our table, and very much enjoyed.
There was a slight delay in our entrees, but the waiter came over and explained to us that the chef had over-cooked my Dover Sole and wanted to start over - resulting in an extra 10 minutes to time it properly with my husband's Buffalo order. We didn't mind, particularly since we were informed right away, and it's worth it to wait for good food! We also enjoyed the crepes suzette for dessert.
Overall, this was an above-average food experience with an average service experience. Service wasn't bad, just very minimal. I don't think I would have minded so much until the end of the night, when our server handed us our check and called us "you guys" - very informal for a formal dining experience. However, I think if we're ever back in Alexandria for a special occasion, we would return.
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