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“Best French dishes at reasonable price” 5 of 5 stars
Review of la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe

la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe
Ranked #26 of 146 Restaurants in Reston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: French, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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69 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best French dishes at reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

The diner who expects to be seated, then be addressed by a waiter describing the specials of the day, will,be lost here. The diner must carefully examine the menu from the rack as you enter, then order the various dishes from the chefs and servers behind the food line. If you order an item that must be prepared, you are given a numbered wooden paddle to take to your table a await delivery of your choice.

Cesar salads are carefully prepared, soups and main dishes are individually prepared and delivered rather promptly. Wine, desert and other beverages are available to complement the meal. Make no mistake however, don't complain about the service, because there ain't any.. Merely the best French dishes available at any area restaurant.

Visited August 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Russian first
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English first
Southeasten Virginia
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129 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Yummy Fast-French Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

A cafeteria-style restaurant, this place is always busy at lunchtime. They have excellent selections that are priced right. Their French onion soup is delicious and their salad trio choice is a big hit. I love their Strawberries Romanoff as light dessert to top off a rich meal. Their rosemary roast chicken is beautifully prepared. Pastries, while a bit expensive for what they are, are delicious and high quality. Their mini-pastries are the way to go for a two-bit sweet treat after a meal and their French coffee is excellent.

When winter arrives, they have a roaring fire in the fireplace which makes the visit quite cozy. A nice place for a casual date.

Visited August 2013
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Yorktown
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106 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A taste of France near DC”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I was really excited to see a small French bakery near the conference I'm attending this week. Pastries are authentic, and the Mediterranean paella was perfectly prepared and seasoned - and loaded with chicken and shrimp. If I'd had room, I would have tried the soups, but the lemon tart called my name. Sadly, my diet is ruined, but it was worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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557 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
“Very good service, quaint atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars 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
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good service, good atmosphere, average food”
3 of 5 stars 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
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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