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“Still Very Good After All These Years” 4 of 5 stars
Review of LA Bergerie Restaurant

LA Bergerie Restaurant
218 N. Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
+1 703-683-1007
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Ranked #48 of 597 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $35
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: Queen and N. Lee
Transit: King Street Metro
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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93 restaurant reviews
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“Still Very Good After All These Years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Hubby and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch out on Christmas Eve, a day off provided by The Boss. Instead of our usual keep-an-eye-on-the-budget choice, we decided to spring for Le Bergerie. LB has been a standard in Old Town Alexandria for many years and it had been a while since we last dined there.

We both started with the French Onion Soup, a particular favorite. As always it was delicious with just the correct amount of broth/cheese/onion/bread. Speaking of bread . . . the bread brought to the table is the best we have ever had. Where do they get it? Perhaps made in-house.

Hubby had the steak and frittes -- This man has never met a french fry he wouldn't down. I had my favorite, Dover sole, which is finished table side by our professional wait staff. Both entrees de-lish. My hand kept snaking over to Hubby's frittes. Simply wonderful.

After a meal of this size, we could not hold dessert, so can give no guidance on this subject. But if the desserts were the same quality as our meal, anything on the menu would be welcome.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at LA Bergerie Restaurant, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
So very happy you enjoyed everything, thank you!
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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183 reviews 183 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
“Not the best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Our party all agreed that the food was satisfactory. One ordered elk but got beef. One had over cooked veal. Both were properly replaced. But our waiter was inattentive and seemed bored and a bit too much like he was working in a hash house or something--very much detracting from our enjoyment. We were not too surprised that he'd goofed up the elk order since he was actually conversing with a just-arriving couple that he apparently knew while he was taking our orders. This restaurant just does not compare favorably with L'Auberge Chez Francois, which is where we went last week. That restaurant is more attractive and had impeccable service--a much better choice if you have the option.

Visited December 2013
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Jumpin' all over the world
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“Service was their downfall”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Four of us decided to splurge on their Christmas Eve price fixe meal, but unfortunately, in the end, we wished we'd gone somewhere else.

The good parts were:
*The food was mostly quite good.
*We were lucky that our table was in a smaller room with only one other table dining, so it was quiet and easy to talk.

But the down sides unfortunately outweighed the good:
*I ordered my stead medium and it came rare. I sent it back and when it returned it was at least medium-well -- really closer to well done. I ate it, and it was fine, but this was disappointing.
*Our raspberry souffle desserts were so overwhelmingly sweet that we simply could not enjoy them.
*Two of us had sparkling water and two had flat, but when they refilled our water glasses everyone got sparkling -- so those of us who don't like the taste of sparkling had to ask for new glasses of water.
*Our server clearly had too many tables. We could not get his attention and found ourselves grabbing any employee who happened to pass by us when we needed something.
*After finishing our desserts and coffee it took another 15 minutes to get the server's attention to get our bill (this was after asking another server if he could notify our server that we'd like our bill -- he said he would, but it didn't appear to happen). When we told him we'd like two bills, he said it would take him quite a bit of time to be able to do that, and then he walked away. I literally got up and went after him and asked if it would be easier for us to have one bill and just split it on two credit cards. He said that would be fine and easy, but if I hadn't chased after him who knows how long we would have been waiting.

The poor service -- which appeared to be due to too few servers working -- made us regret spending nearly $350 on this meail. While most of the food was good, it wasn't good enough for us to recommend La Bergerie to friends.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Flemington, New Jersey
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“Wonderful, classic French restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We had a wonderful dinner from start to finish. The dining room is lovely. We had plenty of room in our round booth and were treated well from start to finish. Service was excellent and food was equally as good. My Dover Sole was excellent and my husband totally enjoyed his venison. We also had Chocolate soufflé for dessert, which was yummy of course.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Thank you, so happy you enjoyed your experience!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Don't forget your fur!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Do you enjoy being ignored for 45 minutes?
Do you like being served Cold Raw food?
Does the thought of having to fight for a wine list entice you?

Then this is the place for you

But wait there's more, the two of you can have all of this for over 300 dollars.
It might be only one night but your colon will remember for days...

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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