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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
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$75 - $75
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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French, European
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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 weeks ago

The food tastes like it was prepared for a retirement home. The setting is absolutely beautiful. Also, the soup was outstanding and the salad was beautiful, but the main courses were disappointing and the dessert was a flop. The vegetables tasted like they were boiled...and had very little seasoning, the dessert pastry was very dense and heavy and had whipped cream with almost no sweetness, the veal was soggy even though it had breading and appeared to be fried at some point during preparation, the fish dish tasted like it was boiled and had an overall lack of seasoning. Every dish we had included almonds sprinkled on top, which seemed odd for veal. The coffee was luke warm and worse than coffee from a local diner. If you want a beautiful romantic place to sit, it is great, but food is sub par.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jacques Haeringer, Owner at LAuberge Chez Francois, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good Afternoon, This is Chef Jacques Haeringer, Owner of L' Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques Brasserie.... I would like to speak to you about the experience that you had during this visit, please feel free to provide a phone number where you could be reached?...More

Reviewed January 3, 2024

We have been dining at L’Auberge since 12/31/1984. We have brought many guests, celebrated many life milestones, dined Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and in the summer to dine al fresco in the gazebo. Always had great service and a wonderful meal. Even though it is...rated “expensive” I have always argued that it was a value given the quality of the food. I was very excited to remember to call for New Years reservations.(39 years of our first time). I made the reservation for 4. They did ask for a credit card. When they called to confirm, we went down to 2 as the other couple had Covid. I woke up on New Years Eve not feeling well but hoped I could rally. By about 2pm I realized that wasn’t going to happen. My husband called to cancel the reservation. Nothing was mentioned about being charge for the cancelation.. They didn’t ask why but the gentleman was polite and said he hoped he would see us soon. I was stunned to see that I was charged $150. I guess I should have gone with the flu!! After 39 years, I have to end this relationship. We did call. We were not a “no show”. I hope that $150 went to the servers/staff that undoubtedly worked hard that evening……More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jacques Haeringer, Owner at LAuberge Chez Francois, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2024

Good Evening, This is Chef Jacques Haeringer, Owner of L'auberge Chez Francois and Jacques Brasserie.... I would like to speak to you, please feel free to provide a phone number where you could be reached? Merci, Chef Jacques.

Reviewed December 18, 2023 via mobile

We visited L’Auberge Chez Francois for the first time last night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Upon entering, it indeed felt like a country inn: warmly lit, cozy, crackling fire, and old school decor. Our server was friendly, attentive, and helpful, and really looked after us...throughout the evening. Great service! We started with vodka martinis, and then switched to wine that the sommelier helped to select. We did the prix fixe, which started with an amuse bouche of a shot glass worth of lentil soup (delicious), and then for the appetizer I had the onion soup (also delicious). The Caesar salad was great, and that was followed by a small serving of sorbet to cleanse the palate. We both went with a special of the night: I had the Beef Wellington while my husband and the goose. Both were excellent! I didn’t realize Beef Wellington was so heavy though (my first time ever having it), so I couldn’t finish it. My favorite of all the courses, though, was the chocolate soufflé for dessert. So light and airy! I’d go back just for that. We look forward to returning in the future. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful, and genuinely seemed like they wanted us to enjoy ourselves. And the food was very high quality.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 17, 2023

Lovely 5 -7 course meal depending on how you look at it, very clear outlined menu, ambiance lighting, decor is cute. Staff is wonderful, do not feel rushed allow for plenty of time to enjoy each course, impeccable service. Will be returning for another dinner....Kept table clean, offered wine suggestions, attentive 6 star service!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 24, 2023

This restaurant has outstanding French cuisine and the best service anywhere. They have excellent seafood and duck, and they often serve tomatoes or other items grown in their garden. Definitely order a souffle for dessert. They are unique and well worth it. The lovely country...French decor in its beautiful garden setting makes the experience even better.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed October 16, 2023

Have been twice in Aug., once in Sept., all for lunch on the weekend. I really enjoy bouillabaisse and ordered it each time. First 2 were good, but the last time the lobster (I think that's what it was) was inedible. Will be back again...at the end of Oct. but am afraid to order my favorite. Maybe I can find a new favorite. I think things have slipped a little.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed October 13, 2023

We celebrated a family member’s 78th birthday here and it couldn’t have been more enchanting! We all had different dishes which were all excellent. The service was incomparable; we were never rushed or ignored. As an aside, we were here last year for yet another...family birthday as well as the year before. We all love this place for its outstanding meals and its beautiful surroundings. We don’t think it can get any better! Merci Beaucoup!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 23, 2023

Our family has visited this restaurant over almost four decades. We especially enjoy Christmas Eve which is festive as well as delicious. Yes, we have celebrated birthdays here and even lunch with special friends. But Christmas Eve brings many fond memories of many years of...delicious French cuisine with outstanding service.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed August 18, 2023

Everything was superb. We did the fixed price menu. We had three glasses of chardonnay. (Surprised no prosecco by the glass on the menu.) My wife had the mussels, and I had the beef cheek cassoulet. We both had the "from their garden" tomato salad....We both had the veal scaloppini. We got the desserts to go--cheesecake and chocolate tart. They served nice breads, started us with a tomato juice amuse bouche, a lemon sorbet palate cleanser came later, and some chocolate bon bons at the end. Service was perfect, attentive yet unobtrusive. A meal well worthy of their reputation.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 11, 2023

We wanted to find a nice anniversary location, but our best time (and cost!) was lunch at LAuberge. We are glad to make the choice! This is a charming 'French country inn' run by a family for over 50 years. IWonderful service and high quality...choices made for a great meal selection. I wanted to try their new veggie bourgeoisie, it was unique, health and tasty. My wife loves trout, she make a great choice. Better choice than much of the overly expensive Washington DC area.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 6, 2023

After 31 years, L' Auberge Chez Francois continues to be 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. Service is always excellent, but a special shout out to Soufiane, our waiter, who was a 10 star waiter. He offered us more cottage cheese and garlic bread when he saw it was mostly gone by the time we received our drinks with a smile and saying how much we enjoyed it. He kept an eye on us to make sure we wanted for nothing and had a fun personality naming all the sorbets and amuse bouchée soups to see if there were any we had not had in 31 years of coming (we still need to try the tomato leek amuse bouche). Dinner was phenomenal as always. For outside dining, they have a huge tent with fans in the ceiling corners. Plenty of fresh air. Plastic walls can be pulled in case of rain. The tables outside and inside are spaced apart to allow for privacy and safety when dining. You can walk to see their gardens. They grow many tomato plants for their tomato salad and gazpacho, squash, cucumber 🥒, beans, and herbs. The gazpacho and tomato salad feature fresh tomatoes from the garden! We love the cottage cheese spread and garlic bread with the House Aperitif, champagne, Chambord and a raspberry. The unique flavors wake up my taste buds to say, "We have arrived at L'Auberge. Prepare to have fun!" My husband also 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 was tomato bisque. Appetizers over various dinners that we have enjoyed: - New appetizer not on the menu: Tuna Tartar martini - if you love tuna tartar, this will make you so happy! Fresh, a heaping of tiny cubes perfectly seasoned. Just perfect for the summer. - 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 Salade de l'Auberge or Mixed green salad or garden fresh tomato salad. Fruit sorbet to cleanse the palette course. Sorbet - passion fruit last visit - 31 years and we never had this one - slightly fruity, slightly sweet and a gentle tart taste. Love it! I normally get the Le Homard du Maine or Maine lobster with jumbo lump crabmeat, citrus, Sauternes sauce. My husband gets the steak (such as the Beef Tornados) 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 ask for the tart To Go, and the ice cream for the restaurant. It keeps the wonderful L' Auberge experience lasting one more night for a wonderful dessert. 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 - 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: August 2023
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Reviewed July 5, 2023

We hadn't been to L'Auberge in about 15 years, but the food was as good as I remembered it. Our server was very friendly, and everything was served efficiently. Come with a BIG appetite if you plan to go with the fixed price menu! From...the bread, to the appetizer, to the salad, to the generously-portioned main course, to the dessert, it's quite a feat to finish this meal. (We didn't! Had to take most of dessert home.) This is a wonderful place to visit for a special occasion.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 1, 2023

The Auberge is tired and old. The building that seemed like a quaint inn, 30 years ago just seems rundown now. The staff is friendly, the wine selection is good and the service is on point. The food, however, is now mass produced to accommodate...what could be as many as 200 diners on a busy Friday evening. Based on the rest of the building the kitchen is undoubtedly the same as it ever was and to keep churning out meals they serve, for example, sheet pan fingering potatoes - three to every plate. The main courses are devoid of taste and feel like they came off a cafeteria line. For decor there was an extension cord randomly stapled to the middle of a wall connected to nothing. They now have tables outside under tents and crammed on patios in addition to the inn. It just feels like they are trying to maximize the income they can garner before people catch on that the gig has been up for years. This is no longer a special place to eat.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Jorge Molina, Other at LAuberge Chez Francois, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2023

Good Morning! It's Chef Jacques Haeringer, Owner of L'auberge Chez Francois and Jacques Brasserie...... I would like to speak to you about the experience that you had during this visit, please feel free to provide a phone number where you could be reached? Merci, Chef...More

Reviewed June 2, 2023 via mobile

Mediocre food, tired decor. The setting is lovely, but the place is coasting on its reputation among old timers. Chez Francois is not worth the visit for the food, especially given the choices the DC area has to offer. It purports to be French, with...prices to match, but the menu is uninspiring and generic and the food just average.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 6, 2023

Over time L’Auberge has dropped items from its menu, such as sweetbreads, the Alsatian plum tarte and Alsatian mixed grill. Biggest disappointment this outing was the Grand Marnier soufflé, which had great consistency but left me wondering if they’d forgotten the Grand Marnier. Okay I...should have given it four stars, perhaps, but it just didn’t measure up to its former self.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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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