With Washington, DC Restaurant reviews always seeming to lean towards the next best and latest trend, it's a comfort to know that L'Auberge Chez Francois remains tried and true to what makes it a wonderful experience.
While the trek there last night was sleety/snowy, the comfort of the fireplace warmth in our chosen dining room was magical. Very similar to actually being in the Alsacian region of France, we literally felt transported for the evening. The wait staff were outstanding and attentive, and the food was comfort food of the highest echelon.
I'm not sure why L'Auberge doesn't make the Top 10 Restaurants in the Metro area these days, and that's a disservice to them. For a restaurant to maintain it's caliber of great service and wonderful food for many years should put them in a league all of their own, as some of the newer "Top 10" restaurants will be here, FLASH and POP the senses, and be gone before you know it. Perhaps L'Auberge doesn't "experiment" with new flavors, nor "step-it-up" with fanciful additions to their menu in keeping with the pressures of making its mark in the rated fine dining in the Metro area scheme of things, but why should they when they already have it DOWN on what good food and attention to detail is all about?
For our special Anniversary occasion, L'Auberge's ambiance has not changed and the comfort and familiarity of great food from a vist years past was still there. It continues to be magnifique and a treasure to Metro DC. We won't stay away so long next time!
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