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Le Refuge Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
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127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

everything was very savory. this is by far my favorite French restaurant in DMV area. we ordered French onion soup, quill and blue crab.

Thank traceseneca
Alexandria, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 444 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here a few days ago with friends. We received the seating we requested in the reservation. The food, particularly the filets are always cooked to your specs and delicious. The service is friendly and efficient. This is our number one restaurant in Alexandria and we have lived here for over 40 years. Parking can be a consideration. You... More 

Thank VAChuck
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Based on other reviews, I tried the frog legs dish and it was tasty... my wife had the soft shell crab dish and it was tastier... the restaurant was small and kind of crowded when we got there but it gave us the feeling like we were in a sit-down dinner with family members, not strangers.

Thank T N
The Villages, Florida
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565 reviews
419 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Now the place is run by their daughter and her husband. I always loved the ambience of this French bistro type small restaurant. My favorite has always been frog legs and a bottle of Côte du Rhone. I think my friend ordered liver and he thought it was great. Prices have gone up but I still enjoy the intimacy of... More 

Thank Yori O
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

One of the better French restaurants in Alexandria. Not quite fine dining but it doesn't pretend to be. Consist quality and service makes it a good value.

Thank Artben1
Burke, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Four different dishes and everyone was extremely pleased with their meal. I had the Filet Mignon and while it is not what I think of as French food, it was every bit as good as a steak from a high end steakhouse. The room is full of pictures and items that remind of being in France. The french onion soup... More 

Thank Tony K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We popped in here on a Monday. We are local French Virginians since the 70s, and this is one of the few restaurants that has stood the test of time. Now owned by the daughter, she was charming and helpful. We had the moules marinieres and the grilled tuna, both were excellent, broth for the mussels was atypical and delicious.... More 

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Abingdon, Virginia
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72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

The seating area is very small and the tables are extremely close together. It looks like the living room of an old townhouse. I ordered the soup du jour which was cream of celery. I wish I hadn't as it was terrible. My date had the French onion soup and seemed to really enjoy it. The entree portions are pretty... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

My mom had previously visited Le Refuge a few years ago and raved about the food so we decided to come back for dinner on a recent trip. I cannot stress this enough - get the french onion soup! It was outstanding. The cheese was copious, crispy, and bubbling while the broth had a deep, rich flavor of beef and... More 

Thank Melania361
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144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

This place is a very small restaurant that can be overlooked but shouldn't. They have very good food and service. It's not cheap but its definitely worth it. One place to definitely go back to.

Thank cmwinter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 703-548-4661

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?