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“A Very Special Restaurant”

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: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, 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!
Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A Very Special Restaurant”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We've been to this lovely French restaurant twice, and we even went once to its predecessor, Chez Francois, when it was located in downtown Washington, D.C. Both our visits here have been for special anniversary dinners.

This time, we decided to try the Sunday Brunch, since it was the time of year when we knew the gardens here would be blooming. It was just a little too chilly to eat outside at noon, but we were given a great table by a window with a view of the garden. The meal was superb, as we knew it would be from our previous visit. The prix-fixe menu lets you select your entree and then you have a choice of appetizers and desserts. In addition, you are served a bread plate, a salad, and a sorbet to "cleanse your palate" before the main course. We don't drink alcohol, but those who do would have a fine choice of beverages. Our waiter, Brandon, was very thoughtful and attentive without interfering with our conversation, as some waiters tend to do. All the dishes we tried were wonderfully flavorful and very attractively arranged on the plates. You don't want to hurry over a meal here - instead you want to enjoy this lovely and relaxing experience in the dining rooms filled with antiques and Old World decor!

  • Visited April 2013
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Superb French Restaurant”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Friends took us to L'Auberge while visiting the area saying it was their favorite restaurant. We now know why. Everything was excellent from the friendly service to the superb food. This is not super fancy food, this is excellent "normal" food that anyone would love. The portions are very large and we literally took half back to our friends' home and had the rest the next evening for dinner. Great experience, quiet, and you would think you are in France from the decor. You will be very happy you tried it!

  • Visited April 2013
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DC Metro
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“Wonderful meal, but pricey”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We decided to celebrate our anniversary at Chez Francois in March. We had been warned it would not come cheaply! We had a great meal, everything cooked to order and excellent service. It was nice to dine somewhere you did not feel rushed and could actually have a conversation without yelling to be heard!

  • Visited March 2013
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Sterling, Virginia
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“Tasty, a good experience”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

There isn't anything bad to say about L'Auberge, unless it's the location, which is a little far from everything. But there isn't anything for me to really RAVE about either. The food is consistently good, french, but not inventive or particularly edgy. The experience is pleasant, the food is good. You wont be disappointed, but I wasn't particularly overawed.

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Harpswell, Maine
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“Star Chef, warm ambience”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

From the moment you walk in to this very Alsatian provincial decor, you are made welcome and treated like a respected customer by the senior staff. The table waiter was a little condescending as we were a table of two ladies(I was taking my 90 year old mother to dinner) but as the night wore on he realized we were experienced eaters and his service demeanor improved.
The food was outstanding and although not inexpensive, was an excellent value for the money. Provincial country food with an air of elegance and truth, each course was delicious and well presented. Balanced and not overembellished we finished cocktails, wine, three courses, an amuse-bouche and a palate cleansing sorbet without discomfort all the while under the watchful eye of the dining room captain.
It is a restaurant for chefs and afficionados. A night to remember with fondness.

  • Visited April 2013
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