L'Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie

332 Springvale Rd.
Great Falls, VA 22066


Neighborhood: Great Falls

Cuisines: French

Opening Hours:
Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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

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

100 Best Restaurants 2011: L’Auberge Chez François

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

François Haeringer, who founded this Alsatian restaurant 56 years ago, was a fixture in the kitchen and dining room until he died in June at age 91. But his son Jacques has long overseen the kitchen, so a lot remains the same: the amiable servers in red vests, the flowery decor, and the menu of old-school French fare, such as côte de boeuf, Burgundy-style snails, and a lovely lobster with butter and tropical fruits.

There are, however, some signs of change, most notably the creation of Jacques’ Brasserie, a dining room with a more casual à la carte menu of hanger steaks and thin, bacon-loaded Alsatian pizzas.

On both menus are such standouts as a crepe stuffed with mushroom duxelles, Roquefort and duck-confit salads, and dessert soufflés, plus the place’s star dish, choucroute garni, an array of sausages, bacon, and salt pork over sparkling-wine-and-apple-stewed sauerkraut (the meats get fancier in the main dining room). Fortunately, the Alsatian classic hasn’t changed a bit.

Also good: Onion soup; sole meunière; plum tart with cinnamon ice cream; baked Alaska with four ice creams.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Expensive to very expensive.

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