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“Very good service, quaint atmosphere”

la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe
Ranked #20 of 150 Restaurants in Reston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: French, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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“Very good service, quaint atmosphere”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We found something for everyone for breakfast. My daughter especially liked the warm apple turnover, the bacon was crisp, and the hash brown cake was to die for! We were greeted right away so that we could place our order as we were unsure how the line worked. The server used a handheld device, we chose our drinks, and our table and the food was brought to us. The calorie count was listed next to each item on the menu. My order was incorrect but they took care of it right away. There are even audio French lessons in the bathroom if you enjoy multitasking!

  • Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good service, good atmosphere, average food”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

The restaurant was clean and the service was quick. We went for breakfast and the food was average. The breakfast croissant (with eggs, bacon, and cheese) was a bit bland tasting. My girlfriend tried some sort of crepe with strawberries... again, not bad, but not as robust tasting as expected.

Because of the service and the overall atmosphere, I would try this place again, but probably for lunch and not for breakfast.

  • Visited July 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Charming and clean”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I like La Madeleine a lot! The only downside is that it takes a very, very long time for food to come out. Otherwise, the restaurant is clean and quaint.

  • Visited May 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“French Bistro atmosphere”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

This is a favorite lunch spot for me, although it is open for breakfast and dinner. They feature bakery items for carryout and French styled meals in a kind of cafeteria style. The dining room is styled in a French farmhouse atmosphere.

Made to order salads, fresh soups, quiche, potato Galette, Croque Monsieur are always good, but a little short of what one might expect in France. Some items are made to order and brought to your table. Excellent coffee. Wine is available.

  • Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Provincial French Cafe atmosphere!”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

The La Madeline French Bakery and Cafe, selling breads, cakes, savories, apart from meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner is situated on the ground floor of a mall on 1833 Fountain Drive in Reston, Virginia. Upon walking into the restaurant, the bread and French savory displays meet your eyes with tempting mouth watering offerings! What a delicious looking array of breads, cakes, pastry and quiches.

On the menu are selections of homemade soups; artisan salads; cafe salads; signature crepes; pastas; savory entrees; and French specialties like Quiche Florentine and Quiche Lorraine, Chicken Friand and Spinach Pochette. Ordering is done in a cafeteria line, paying cash at the end of the line for your orders, and what you have taken on your tray.

Two in our group ordered the crepe Romanoff which was a heavily wheaten crepe topped with fresh strawberries and their signature brandy sour cream sauce and cinnamon. This has 280 calories. One of us had the egg omelet with French croissant, and I had the American breakfast plate which came with a choice of toasted bread, baguette, or a croissant and a choice of sausages, bacon or ham, and a choice of how you want your eggs done. I had my eggs scrambled, with a freshly baked crispy crusted baguette, two sausages and a hash brown thrown in. The portions are generous. Coffee and tea are available, with a choice of French or American coffee. There is are selections of other soft drinks as well.

Prices are on the average between $5.69 to $6.49. The amount of calories contained for the dish or selection, are also printed next to the prices. I like the internal decor, although from the outside, you have no hint of what the inside presents. Wood beams, and French themed decorations, wine bottles on the walls, a working fire place, small wooden tables and wooden chairs, quaint black metal grills, wooden cloth pegs, all contribute successfully to producing that ambiance of a little rustic Provincial French cafe! Generally, the food is not fantastic or out-of-this world, but satisfying and mostly acceptable. The service is friendly, attentive and quick. I would come again, mainly to try their baked products that look so delicious!

OPENING HOURS ARE: Monday to Thursday, 6.30am to 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 6.30 am to 11pm. Sunday 7 am to 9pm.
Telephone number: 1-703-707-0704. You are advised to make reservations as the eatery can be full during meal times especially on weekends.

  • Visited March 2013
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