100 Very Best Restaurant 2016: L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie

Châteaubriand for two with béarnaise sauce is among the most beloved dishes at the Great Falls restaurant founded by the late François Haeringer. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About L’Auberge Chez François/Jacques’ Brasserie

332 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066

French bistro classics are having a moment, but it’s tougher to find the more opulent showpieces—Châteaubriand, Dover sole—that once defined Washington-area fine dining. Unless, that is, you’re at Jacques Haeringer’s cottage in Great Falls. His menu, which includes many nods to his late father, François, who founded the restaurant in 1954, dazzles not with innovation but with small comforts: The toasty garlic bread that kicks off the meal. The powdered-sugar-dusted soufflés that wind them down. In between, six-course parades of soul-satisfying cooking. In the event you’re not celebrating an anniversary or promotion,—which might place you in the minority at L’Auberge—Jacques’ Brasserie offers an à la carte menu and doesn’t require reservations or a coat and tie.

Don’t miss: Bacon-and-onion tart; pâtés and rillettes; Roquefort salad; seafood in Champagne-lobster sauce; lobster with Sauternes-butter sauce; choucroute garnie; baked Alaska.

Price: Moderate to very expensive.

See what other restaurants made our 100 Very Best Restaurants list. This article appears in our February 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.