100 Best Restaurants 2012: L'Auberge Chez François and Jacques' Brasserie
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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L'Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie
Address: 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066
Phone: 703-759-3800
Neighborhood: Great Falls
Cuisines: French
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 to 1:30 and 5 to 9, Saturday 11:30 to 1:30 and 4:30 to 9:30, Sunday noon to 7:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Formal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Required
Best Dishes Onion soup light on cheese and heavy on stock; crepe with chives, mushrooms, and Madeira-truffle sauce; grapefruit-mint sorbet; choucroute; chicken braised in Riesling with jus and haricots verts; broccoli purée; hazelnut soufflé; plum tart with cinnamon
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Outdoor Seating, Upscale
Happy Hour Details:
Tuesday through Friday 5 to 6:30, Sunday 3 to 4.
Happy Hour Days:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

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Only a handful of places can summon the aura of grand occasion that this Alsatian restaurant brings to a celebration. Formal old-world service, antique-filled dining rooms, and a prix fixe menu with amuse-bouches and other extras make dinners here special.

On a hilly country lane, the half-timbered cottage is a favored spot for family groups who are longtime fans along with empty-nesters and a smattering of younger couples. Jacques' Brasserie, with its own entrance, draws a more casual crowd (L'Auberge requests jackets for men), with an à la carte menu that zeroes in on some of the kitchen's greatest hits.

What to get: At L'Auberge: lobster bisque; choucroute with sausages, duck confit, and foie gras; lobster in Sauternes-butter sauce; hazelnut and Grand Marnier soufflés; plum tart with cinnamon ice cream. At Jacques': simpler versions of choucroute; Alsatian tart with bacon; chicken in Riesling sauce.

L'Auberge open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Jacques' open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. L'Auberge very expensive; Jacques' expensive.

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