L'Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie
332 Springvale Rd.
Great Falls, VA 22066
Neighborhood: Great Falls
Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
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
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.