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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie
The dining room at L'Auberge Chez François in Great Falls, Virginia. Photograph courtesy of the restaurant.
Comments () | Published February 19, 2013
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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

Step inside this cottage and you’ll feel a world away from reclaimed barnwood, 15-minute cocktails, and other restaurant trends of the day. Little has changed since late owner François Haeringer relocated his Alsatian restaurant, Chez François, here from downtown DC in 1976.

In the main dining rooms, dinners are six-course affairs, prix fixe according to which entrée you choose. The menu is filled with vestiges of another era of fine dining, such as Châteaubriand for two and powdered-sugared soufflés. The newer Jacques’ Brasserie, which has its own entrance, serves many of the place’s hits on an à la carte menu.

It may not be to everyone’s taste, but for lovers of Julia Child and old-guard formality, there are few better places to toast a birthday or anniversary. Don’t miss: Shellfish in rémoulade sauce; pâtés; Roquefort salad; Caesar salad; lobster in Sauternes butter; choucroute garni; Alsatian tart with bacon; chocolate, raspberry, and Grand Marnier soufflés. L’Auberge Open: Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Jacques’ Open: Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Moderate to very expensive.

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  • The Java Master

    A simply outstanding restaurant in virtually every respect. I have never had a bad meal--or a bad time--while dining here. Wonderful food combined with expert service from the waitstaff.

  • Peg

    I agree with Dan ... anyone who's eaten here knows the superior food and service ... can't wait to go RIGHT NOW :)

  • Dan

    idiotic review. If this place is only a 3 star restaurant, i would love to see what they consider to be a 4-star restaurant. Bottom line is that this restaurant cannot be beat. It is the most superior restaurant in the DC metro area, and the second best one is not even close.

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