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“A Surprising Authentic Alsatian Chalet”

LAuberge Chez Francois
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Ranked #1 of 34 Restaurants in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $75 - $75
Cuisines: French, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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!
Reviewed April 12, 2009

LAuberge Chez Francois is a small Alsatian restaurant tucked away on a tree lined street amongst the mansions of Great Falls, VA. Upon entering the parking lot, you're guided past the French chalet styled building by restaurant staff, which is quite helpful considering how tight the parking lot lanes are, although the spots are plentiful. We were seated immediately upon entering. While this may have been due to the fact that we had reservations for the night's first seating (at 6:00pm on a Saturday), it was still appreciated. This attentive service lasted throughout dinner. The were informative and available, while not being overbearing.

Our table was comfortably tucking into a corner, where we could enjoy the gardens outside the windows. As the night drew on and the sunlight faded, the staff considerately closed the shutters to block the headlights driving through the parking lot. The table setting, choice of lighting and wall decoration were all traditionally Alsatian and created a comfortable yet sophisticated ambiance.

The menu is a variety of French cuisine ranging from approximately $60 - 90 depending on the entree, with the majority falling in the $70s. All diners have a six course mean, The meal beginning with a small hors d'oeurve, in our case a piece of quiche. You then order your appetizer from the menu. The appetizers, like the entrees, offer a wide range of options, from a platter of local and European hams served with fresh fruit to frogs legs to the most delicious beef tenderloin on toast. Next, the house salad can be upgraded if desired, but in my opinion is not necessary. In fact, one in my party who ordered the tomato salad believes it was too garlicky.

A homemade sorbet cleansed the palate before enjoying the main course. My party, for example, had roasted rabbit and quail; sauteed soft-shell crabs stuffed with lump crab meat and your choice of three toppings; mixed grill featuring beef, veal, lamb and Maine lobster; and sea bass topped with roasted vegetables. All of the entrees were very well prepared and the portions were larger than expected.

Finally, the dessert menu offered a variety of options, but I would highly recommend you pre-order the souffle when you order the appetizer and entree. Because we notified that staff beforehand that we were celebrating a birthday, they presented the guest of honor with a plate of homemade meringue. Though I personally didn't review the wine list, my well-versed companion was impressed with it's lower priced offerings, beginning in the mid-$20s.

A jacket is recommended for men, and the equivalent for women. However, I don't think this is a requirement. Despite even a sign on the door reminding you that "proper attire is required, merci", there were several patrons in jeans.

All in all, LAuberge Chez Francois was a welcomed surprise. I was not expecting such a varied menu, nor was I expecting such a relaxed experience in a near-upscale atmosphere. I look forward to my return visit.

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Reviewed February 25, 2009

This restaurant is ideal for "special occasion" dinners. Apart from its well-deserved reputation, it is unique in several ways: rural setting not too far from major residential areas in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC; French country inn decor and ambience; professional and very friendly staff; excellent Alsatian cuisine using the best of local ingredients. Our party of four were seated in a cosy corner, right in front of the old grandfather clock! We were generally pleased with the wide choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Most of the dishes turned out as well as expected. However, the prix-fixe option tends to lead to too much food arriving at the table. (Perhaps management could consider a lighter menu of a second appetizer in place of the entree?) Most impressive dish was the Foie Gras appetizer, offered as an additional choice and with an extra charge. The wine list is truly comprehensive, so we had no problem picking a good, not-too-overpriced bottle.

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Reviewed January 13, 2009

Not cheap at about $80 per person, but the price includes 5 courses from first course to dessert. Almost too much food for me! Everything was very tasty and the service was nice - not snooty at all. Most people were nicely dressed, so you might feel out of place in jeans even though they don't have a dress code. The atmosphere is French country. I'd go back there when my wallet allows.

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Reviewed September 16, 2008

A little out of the way, but always a treat to go to - definitely a treat

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Reviewed August 28, 2008

Excellent inside. Even better outside on a cool evening.

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