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LAuberge Chez Francois

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Travellers in the beautiful Alsatian countryside, seek out "auberge", the little family inns that dot the roadsides, to eat well and enjoy the scenery. They know they will find fine food and glowing spirits, at an excellent value. Welcome to L"Auberge Chez Francois, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital, nestled among lush woods and fragrant gardens, that has captivated visitors for over 50 years. L'Auberge Chez Francois is the ideal spot to celebrate special moments, private parties,luncheons, weddings and cooking demonstrations. Our menu is extensive and full of the flavors of Alsace and traditional French cuisine. Excellent food and service, attention to detail
PRICE RANGE
$75 - $75
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
French, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went there to celebrate the birthday of my wife. Mr. Jacques himself came by to welcome us after we were seated. I must admit that I respected this gesture, and that it is not custom in the American dining environments. The food was delicious,...the drinks, Mon Dieu! Sandra, our attendant, was so respectful, so sweet; she made us feel so welcome, so celebrated. The setting is excellent, moderate noise level that SHOULD come with every restaurants because some patrons (like myself), do not like loud music while dining. Overall, the food, the staff, the place itself, were EXCELLENT! I cannot wait to return!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made our first venture out after many months and it was wonderful! We dined outside on a beautiful evening. We ordered from the al la carte menu, which, in retrospect, was a mistake. I say that only because this was to be a real...treat, and we missed the full experience of the fixed price menu. We did it because of the amount of food--cost was not an issue. We both got the house salad. My wife got the veal scaloppini and I had the tournedos. Both cooked t perfection She had glasses of chardonnay, I glasses of cabernet. We took home the Dark Valrhona chocolate tart, without ice cream. The entire meal was fabulous, nicely paced with attentive but not obtrusive service. A great way to start to come out of our shell after the worst of the pandemic!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 5, 2021

An amazing Ambience, Amazing food, i can say “Luxury dining is when I get exactly what I want, when I want it, and how I want it, before I’ve actually asked for it” thank you so much Romil for the greetings and professional approach, we...definitely will be back soon it’s our favorite restaurant, and appreciated the great dining experience yesterday, i would also thank Daniel, Samy, debradeev, and the gentleman served our table with his great recommendation.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 3, 2021

Was looking for a location in the DC area in order to celebrate my sister's 70th with luncheon for 10 in her honor. L'auberge has been our go to restaurant for family special events for 20 + yrs. We worked directly with special events staff...and front of house res and reserved table 15 which is in an alcove by itself and can handle up to ten. Had flowers delivered morning of, table was set perfectly, staff was everywhere and we wanted for nothing. The service was impeccable, and meal always well paced. We did the pre fix menu so all could select items of their choosing. Even after covid, the food was excellent, wonderful presentation, and we celebrated my sisters bday in style and left after three hours fed and well feted. Service is provided in the grand style with layers of servers, Sammy took the lead, but we never had an empty glass and Taittinger champagne was served at the exact right moment for toasts and ever delicious souffles. Memories made for a lifetime.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 25, 2021 via mobile

This was our first restaurant meal since our Covid vaccinations so it would have been fun anyway, but it was even better than we remembered. We started with an aperitif and a Manhattan, both excellent. The warm bread they served while we waited for our...appetizers was heavenly, and we really enjoyed the mushroom crepe and mussells. Our 2 entrees were Maine Divers Scallops and Le Saute Gourmandise Papa Ernest ( medallions of beef, veal, lamb chop, and roasted Maine lobster tail). Both were terrific, made all the better with small treats of lentil soup and mango sorbet between courses. For dessert we had creme brulet (outstanding) and a plum tart (not memorable). And to finish the perfect evening, they brought several absolutely wonderful chocolate truffles. We were too full to eat them at the time, but thoroughly enjoyed them the following day. Thank you, L'Auberge, for a wonderful return to civilization! Our only regret is the challenge of driving on the winding and hilly road to and from your wonderful restaurant in the dark.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 14, 2021

L' Auberge Chez Francois is my favorite restaurant in the world. If you have a special occasion to celebrate or THE romantic dinner or just an amazing multi-course dinner experience with excellent, well trained service, L' Auberge Chez Francois is in a class by itself....For outside dining, they have rented a huge tent with fans in the ceiling corners. Plenty of fresh air. Plastic walls can be pulled in case of rain. I was thrilled how far the tables were from each other outside and even inside, it felt very safe. The waitstaff are masked. You can walk to see their gardens. They grow many tomato plants for their tomato salad and gazpacho, squash, cucumber 🥒, beans, and herbs. I like to start the evening properly with the House Aperitif, champagne, Chambord and a raspberry. My husband enjoys the beer with the orange liquor. Dinner is Prix-fixe or you order your appetizer, salad, entree, dessert and everything is included. We love the garlic bread and cottage cheese spread. The other bread and butter is delicious as well. A soup course - it has been split pea lately. Appetizers over various dinners that we have enjoyed: - Waygu beef cheeks in sherry base, looked like a stew. The beef were so soft and tender that truly melted in your mouth. - Onion soup - my husband used to not like onion soup until he had it here. It is delicious and the recipe is available online. - Roquefort cheese tarts with caramelized applies, cinnamon and Calvados is one my favorite appetizers. It can be a bit filling. - Warm asparagus on Virginia country ham, cheese medley, quail egg - Trio de Saumons - Norwegian salmon, house-dilled cured, rillettes, smokes, salmon caviar, capers - La coquille de Crustaces - shrimp, crab, lobster, scallops, salmon in a herb remoulade sauce - Oysters, mussels and escargots are also available La Salade de l'Auberge or Mixed green salad or garden fresh tomato salad. Fruit sorbet to cleanse the palette course. I normally get the Le Homard du Maine or Maine lobster with jumbo lump crabmeat, citrus, Sauternes sauce. My husband gets the steak or wild Maine halibut. We also enjoy the Chateaubriand de l'Auberge (for two) which is the roasted beef tenderloin, baby vegetables, Bernaise, truffle sauce. Our favorite dessert is the scoop of vanilla ice cream with the dark chocolate tart. I normally eat the ice cream, then take the tart home to enjoy for dessert the next night. I also love the three sorbets or ice cream in a Tulip shell crisp cookie. The soufflés are also lovely - chocolate, Grand Marnier - you will need to order these when you order your dinner Chocolate truffles before the bill My tips are: - make reservations well in advance for holidays - eat very lightly that day or skip lunch - If you wear high heels and do not want to walk on gravel, have your driver drop you off at the front door since the parking lot is gravel - there is one handicap accessible bathroom on the main level near the wine otherwise the are several bathrooms down the stairs next to the bar and down past the Brasserie.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 27, 2021

L’Auberge Chez François is a joyless place. It is a factory. You drive into the parking lot and see the façade of a charming, faux-Alsacian cottage. As there are no parking spaces, you drive around to the back where ample space for hundreds of cars...is provided. On weekends, you may have to struggle to find a slot. That, for me, is a red flag. Fine dining and high volume are all but mutually exclusive. L’Auberge has expanded far beyond Haeringer père’s intimate dining room with French-speaking staff that I remember from my first meals “chez François” back in the 80’s. Last night we were greeted, if that’s the word, by the host, whose attention was directed entirely at the touch screen in front of him. He busied himself by pushing so many buttons that I thought he couldn’t find our reservation. Without a further word to us, he turned to another member of the staff. “Table 31,” was all he said. Once installed, we were given cocktail menus, The waiter disappeared before I could tell him that I really would prefer to see a dinner menu and a wine list, so i could have a glass of my dinner wine instead of a cocktail. When he returned to take our drink order, I requested said menu and said wine list. It never came and I never had a pre-meal drink or the opportunity to order one. When the waiter finally brought the menus, he asked if we were familiar with how they worked — pricing and all. When we said we were, he proceeded to delineate the details at great length anyway. We ordered and ate. The food was good, if unexceptional, as expected. The menu and the preparation of the dishes hasn’t changed in memory. It’s “the product.” After the entrées, I made a point to ask the waiter to bring the check with the dessert — the soufflés are worth waiting for, by the way. Sure enough, when the soufflés arrived, I mentioned the check and he acted like I had never asked for it. The greeting-less greeting, the inability or unwillingness of our waiter to accommodate even the slightest deviation from his programmed routine are the symptoms I was talking about when I called Chez François a joyless factory. It is. But if you’re looking for traditional, classic French dishes reliably prepared, you could do worse than L’Auberge chez François. In fact, we already have a reservation for next month.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 9, 2021

Chez Francois has become an institution--and well deserved so. During the pandemic it has been one of our must go to take-out choices. And we have not been disappointed. This is not new wave cooking, but it is some of the best french comfort food...we have ever encountered. Even in its take-out mode, the service is excellent. The prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food. Once you are ready to eat inside or on the patio, this a restaurant that merits driving a fair distant for lunch or dinner. The area is beautiful, and parking is good.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 13, 2021

For over 20 years... I've been supporting and loving L'Auberge Chez Francois. I pretend to say I get to use my French but the real reasons are the outstanding food, commitment to quality, ambience & incredible customer service. So love The addition of the Brasserie...downstairs and the outdoor seating. I actually feel like I am in Alsace. I drank enough Alsatian wines and my fave Aperitif to begin brunch. Manager Danni symbolizes everything that is great customer service, for us and everyone around us. L'Auberge is authentic to the food they prepare and present. They don't try to be something they're not. That's one of the many things I love about this restaurant. From our mushroom crepe, salmon 3-ways, salads & perfectly prepared halibut and the BEST bread service ever, surely We were too full for dessert but we had already pre-ordered the dessert soufflé and had Danni surprise us with the flavor since there are four of them. The Grand Marnier hit the spot and we are now part of the clean plate club. The grounds & flowering trees are so impressive and on a perfect sunny day, brunch outdoors was an Afternoon well spent. This was my friend's first time here & her sister, who lives in France, is visiting next month. This is the first place she's going to take her to eat! Bien sur! Merci beaucoup, a bientot!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 9, 2021

Last week I stopped by for lunch... on the patio... it was one of the most delightful lunches I have ever had. The service was great, the food was excellent the setting was like being in Alsace. I ended up ordering a glass of wine...after lunch and just enjoyed.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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LAuberge Chez Francois is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5