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“Last-minute decision, pleasant surprise”

Le Refuge Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 816 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Town
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We spent Memorial Day weekend in Alexandria, and hadn't given much thought to restaurants. At about 5PM on Saturday night, we decided we had better make a reservation somewhere, or risk a long wait on a busy holiday weekend.

A quick review of TripAdvisor found Le Refuge among the best rated restaurants in the area, and as an added plus it was a short walk from our hotel. Luckily we were able to get a reservation for 8:00PM, which was a pleasant surprise considering I only called a couple of hours beforehand.

One concern we had about French cuisine on that particular night was the perception that nice French restaurants usually serve very small portions of pricey food, on big plates with a few squiggles of sauce. My girlfriend and I had spent the whole day bicycling and were starving. In this instance however, the stereotype was all wrong.

She had the rack of lamb (lamb chops), and they gave her eight of them! She still got the big plate, with the delicious sauce, nicely presented, but the plate was so full she couldn't quite finish it. She called it a "wow-ee plus" meal, which is a rating she reserves for her favorite meals in her favorite restaurants.

I got the Beef Wellington, which is not that easy to find in many restaurants. It's even harder to find a good one, but this one was great, and the beef was cooked rare just as I had asked.

Le Refuge is a small, quaint little restaurant. The walls are heavily decorated with photos, posters and trinkets from Europe, giving the restaurant a cozy and authentic French atmosphere. They seem to do a brisk business and attract a lot of customers. There were no empty seats until later in the evening, so in hindsight maybe we were lucky to get that table.

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1  Thank GaryW888
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Well we visited this lovely French bistro restaurant again and thoroughly enjoyed it! You will truly feel like you are in a Paris bistro as it is quaint, cozy and very interestingly decorated.

Service is excellent, the food is wonderful, the wine list is nice and reasonable....what more can I say but Ooo Lah Lah Le Refuge.

I highly recommend this to you!

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1  Thank LancasterTraveler
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us by the B&B where we were staying. Their favorite restaurant in Alexandria. So glad that we asked for a recommendation. Great food and wine. We will be back.

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1  Thank Jean W
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Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

2 friends and I took water taxi from National Harbor over to Alexandria which itself is quaint and a relaxing experience. This little restaurant is a local favorite and can see why. On side street of King street, this place has amazing food, ambience and service! Very small and quaint....not to be missed. We had scallops, tuna, and soft shell crab that we shared and they were all to die for. Great dessert also. Sit back and relax with a bottle of wine and pretend you are in France.

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Thank Cindi P
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Le Refuge is a small French restaurant on on of Alexandria's main streets, N Washington St. Cozy, romantic, excellent service and wonderful food. went on a Wednesday evening and it was full during the 7 pm dinner hour. Recommend reservations. Old Town Alexandria can present parking challenges, but in addition to on street parking, there is a public pay lot a block away for only $2.50.

Delightful experience.

Thank TDG22601
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