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“Always Excellent”

la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe
Ranked #20 of 151 Restaurants in Reston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast
Herndon, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Always Excellent”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The fireplace in Winter, the great salads, the sinful tomato basil soup, the sometimes overcooked omelets, and the excellent coffee makes for a pleasant experience.

Visited December 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Kind of disappointed.”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Luke warm soup, rubbery roast beef sandwich and confused counter staff. Maybe an off night but not what we've come to expect from this chain.

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Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fast French Food (that doesn't arrive very fast)”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

From the outside you would never guess the interior of this place could look so nice. Strip mall outside, cozy French Provencial looking bakery inside with nooks and crannys of tables and mixed-matched caned chairs. Wine bottles on the walls and a working fireplace. Went on a Saturday and the place was humming. The initial rush of good feeling was tempered by an extraordinary long wait time on food once ordered (think Panera style restaraunt but mutilply the time wait 3X). Two of us did the French Dip which was alright but it was as if the plates had been bumped and the sandwiches were a bit soggy (one order came out missing something). Recommend the cold pasta salad over the potato chips but the dressing was heavy and ran into the spilled "dip" on the plates. Six of us had lunch. One loved her food and the rest thought it was "ok." Would be willing to try again at breakfast (2 of us had been there before for breakfast a month earlier and it was based on that good memory that we tried lunch). The bakery items looked terrific.

  • Visited August 2012
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Reston, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Where's my food??”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Upon entry at the door, you are handed a menu to peruse as you queue up to the counter. Your order is hastily taken by someone standing around the queue and you better make sure that you get a number, or else it will never be processed, as I learned. Food is fairly good, but staff are noisy and there seems to be no visible management.

Visited July 2012
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Hertford, North Carolina, United States
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great place for breakfast and lunch”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

Although we have had breakfast here in the past, our meal this time was a lunch. They have a good choice of salads and sandwiches, all made to order. They had a special salad of poached pears, bleu cheese and prosciutto that was excellent. My husband had the field greens salad with chicken, also very good. Service is quick and efficient, and prices are reasonable.

Visited June 2012
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