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L'Auberge Chez Francois
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Ranked #1 of 33 Restaurants in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $75 - $75
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Beach Mill Road
Description: 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 and a casually elegant atmosphere are hallmarks that have made L'Auberge Chez Francois a Washington favorite. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy your visit with us. Jacques Brasserie at L'Auberge is open Tues-Sat,5-9:00PM,Sunday 3-7:30PM. Reservations for Jacques' Brasserie via phone only!
Reston, Virginia
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“Tiny Portions Very Expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

If this property was situated in downtown DC on M street I might be able to understand the prices. But for the small protion sizes served at L'auberge in the middle of nowhere I'm not sure where they get off with these prices. I'd rather take my money to the Inn at Little Washington, at least there the food is worth the money. The service also needs some help, I'd suggest having them shadow the waiters at Marcel's in DC, those guys are true professionals.

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank LessWork M
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silver spring, md
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Simply the Best - Expensive, but Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

One of my favorite restaurants. It's very expensive (dinner for two with drinks, wine, tax and tip was about $250.00), but it is such a wonderful place to celebrate special occasions. My wife and I used to eat here every year on her birthday, and two weeks ago we were celebrating the anniversary of our very first date (49 years). It was perfect! As we found out, virtually everyone in the restaurant was there for a special occasion.

First, the ambiance is terrific, both inside and out. After a long and winding ride through Virginia countryside, you'll feel as if you've been transported to a French chateau. The restaurant has several rooms, and each of them is cozy and inviting.

The service is as near to perfect as a restaurant can have. You are welcomed as soon as you enter, and each employee from the door to your table gives a warm greeting. The waiter was the perfect combination of friendly and efficient.

We started our meal with the house special drink, consisting of Chambord and Champagne. My wife's appetizer was a
warm roquefort cheese tart with caramelized apples and cinnamon, while I had the lobster bisque; both were delicious. Next, I had a Caesar salad and my wife had the house salad. Both were very good. For our entrees, my wife had veal topped with ham, crabmeat, and a mushroom cream sauce, while I ate a peppered sirloin steak in a Roquefort cheese sauce. Both meals were terrific! As it was Lent, we could not have dessert, but the assortment looked fabulous.

There is not one thing I would change about this establishment.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank IAP65
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A Five Star French Restaurant in the woods of Virginia, USA.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

We ate dinner at this award winning, romantic, family owned restaurant on 10th March 2013, to celebrate my brother’s 80th birthday. Founded by Chef Jacques Haeringer’s father in 1954, L'Auberge Chez François is situated at 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls, in Virginia,USA. The restaurant together with Jacques’ Brasserie, were named the best French restaurant by readers of the Washingtonian Magazine in January 2013, and listed as amongst the 100 Very Best Restaurants in February 2013.

L’Auberge Chez François offers a 6-course prix-fixe dinner menu for the price of the entrée, ranging from $68.00 to $81.00.
Amongst the appetizers that we ordered were: The French Onion Soup; snails from the Burgundy vineyards with garlic butter; seashell with shrimp, crabmeat, lobster, scallop, salmon with a herb remoulade sauce; braised Wagyu beef cheeks, wild mushrooms, vegetables, in sherry wine sauce; fresh mussels with garlic butter as in Provence.

For the Entrees, some of us had the lobster, shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, rockfish champagne lobster sauce; Maine lobster poached, jumbo lump crabmeat, Sauternes butter sauce and citrus; twin tenderloins of certified Angus Beef, sautéed mushrooms, vegetables and béarnaise sauce; fresh Dover sole sautéed, with lobster, mushrooms and tomato concassé; Red deer chop, grilled quail harvest vegetable gateau, wild rice and roebuck sauce, and Beef Wellington.

The soup starter came in a expresso cup which was unusual. After the appetizers, we were served the salads and this was followed by a glass of grape-fruit mint sorbet to “wash the palate”! The Entree was next, followed by desserts with a choice of coffee or tea. They also provide plates of chocolate truffles and Tuiles.

Generally, we found the food a tad too saltish. But the service was excellent, the waiters very informative and knowledgeable of the items in the menu. They were unobtrusive but attentive and available. The ambience was perfect, with the feel of a Provincial French restaurant, with porcelain plates decorating the walls, copper frying pans hanging on the walls, a working fire place, a grand father’s clock next to the fire place, and stained glass windows with lots of wood beams and trims, exposed bricks, wagon wheel chandeliers, etc.

The L’Auberge Chez Francois is opened on Tuesday through Sunday,11:30 to 2 and 5 to 9:30. Saturday 4.30 to 9:30 and Sunday, noon to 7.30
Jacques’ Brasserie Opens: Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.
Prices are from moderate to very expensive.
Dress: formal. Wheel chair accessible.
Reservation is required. Tel: 703-759-3800
Web site: http://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/

Tips: For dinner, go early to enjoy the ride through the scenic wooded country side and be able to view the lovely, large, expensive residential houses along the way.

  • Visited March 2013
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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Lovely for a special occasion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is a wonderful restaurant. We have been coming here once or twice a year for a birthday or anniversary for many years. I try to come when it's daylight because I love the country drive here and looking at the beautiful homes along the way. This is a country French restaurant, and I love the atmosphere here. It's a fixed price menu, a little expensive but worth it. We got the mushroom crepe and beef cheeks appetizers, the rack of lamb and steak, hazlenut cake and cheesecake, and the house salad. Everything was delicious. Our server was knowledgeable and gave good recommendations. We were very satisfied.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank lylac
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“Excellent experience in a country home setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Perhaps 5 years had passed since our last visit and we truly appreciate that the wonderful balance of service and flavors are very much still in place. From our champagne glass beginning to the last crusty bite of souffle, we loved every bite taken during almost a three-hour feast. Beef cheeks, a mushroom crêpe, and assorted smoked fish opened our pallets. We also shared a Rockfish ceviche that was perfectly blended with just the right amount of onion, pepper, and spices. The wine list is impressive, covering the globe and organized by region. We had two bottles of a nice Pinot Noir that worked well across the wide variety of food crossing our table. Entrees of Salmon, Beef Wellington, and Beef Tenderloin were all prepared perfectly and delivered with a few, yet divine, roasted vegetables. Our three very different souffles (Grand Marnier, chocolate, lemon) were exquisite, each with the perfect sauce. For a special event, you would need to leave the state of Virginia to have a dining experience this great. Our waiter was unobtrusive yet always available, and he offered only as much information as we requested to make the evening very pleasant.

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