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“Noisy and Overcrowded” 1 of 5 stars
Review of la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe

la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe
1833 Fountain Drive, Reston, VA 20190
703-707-0704
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Ranked #2 of 4 Bakeries in Reston
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Wiehle, VA
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265 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Noisy and Overcrowded”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Unable to rate the food as my associate and I who planned to dine here for a luncheon meeting were never seated despite waiting over 30 minutes! So, we went elsewhere. Not going back. This place makes Romano's look good by comparison!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
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47 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Greatest food.. Service: patience required”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

We are so fortunate to have this restaurant in the Reston area. The service is cafeteria style and your selection must be brought to you by displaying a numbered table flag.

All of the dishes we tried here were great. Even better are the salads, bread and pastries. Wine, tea and soft drinks are available, but no bar service.

Have patience, and learn to love the most authentic French dishes in Reston.

Visited May 2014
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Wilmington, Delaware
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141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great Spot for Business”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Had a quick business breakfast here and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The place really gets busy with lots of hustle and bustle which means it can get a little noisy at times. Quality food and a cool atmosphere; I'll be back.

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Reston, Virginia
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worst customer service & food today”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I haven't been to La Madeleine French Bakery & Café in Reston in a year. My husband and I went there for lunch today @ 1:15 pm. They were busy, but it was the WORST food and service I've ever experienced. None of the vacant tables had been cleaned so there was no place to dine in without removing other customers plates & glassware before dining in. I ordered a spinach salad with chicken. After one bite I couldn't eat it. The chicken tasted odd and looked more like shredded beef. When I got back in line to exchange the salad for a bowl of soup, When I asked for a soup spoon I was told they didn't have any at the time to come back later. The cashier didn't know what to do. I blame the management for overall hiring employees that didn't seem to care about customer service! I won't be returning anytime soon.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Nice warm fire”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We called in for desert as a family group of 8 aged 5 to over times that age. A good selection of deserts, nice coffee and a great warm fire on an icy cold December night. We'll go back.

Visited December 2013
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