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Le Refuge Restaurant

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Old Town
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127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176
+1 703-548-4661
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent, country French food with some of the best snails I've had. By FAR the best French restaurant in the VA, DC, MD area. There are plenty that are more aloof and certainly more pricy, but none offer this combo of quality and atmosphere. One of my top 5 places in the whole area.

Thank 25wanderlings
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice, quaint ambiance ... very good service ... great food. Visit this restaurant. You'll enjoy the experience.

Thank Larry S
Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

French cuisine isn't usually on the top of my list when I'm looking to dine out, but as I was walking by this small, unassuming bistro late one evening, I saw their menu offering "Cassoulet Maison," and I knew I had to have some. For those who think all French food is all snooty and "froufrou," full of light and... More 

Thank fpuhan
Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The food was excellent. The staff was a bit snooty, I suspect they aren't really 'nice' unless they believe you are someone important or a 'regular' patron, but my money is just as good as anyone else's, correct? If you don't mind this, then the cuisine is worth the walk through Old Town.

Review collected in partnership with Sonesta Hotels and Suites

Thank wearydoctortraveler
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I took my former major professor and his wife, and friends for dinner; brought them to this French restaurant because I want to impress them of what Virginia offers. Each of us ordered different cuisines and every one was pretty much awed with what they ate. It's a little bit pricy, but from what I've heard, French restaurants in general... More 

Thank Romel L
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63 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We had not been here for about 10 years. Has not changed much. Surprisingly busy at 7:30 on a Monday night. Mostly older couples. Pre-Fixe 3-course dinner was $34.95. Generous servings. Attentive staff. Only complaint, why no real French bread? What was served was obviously frozen bread. French baguettes are available 2 blocks down the street at Trader Joe's! Will... More 

Thank Milliemarie46
Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We find ourselves going back to LeRefuge almost every week for some of the best food in Old Town. Wonderful steak, which we often combine with a half seafood order for an excellent surf and turf. Go off pick hours for quiet and charm.

Thank CBMon
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We went with friends who live in Alexandria and recommended it. We were there for an early dinner on a Saturday. They not too busy when we arrived but were full when we left. Everyone ordered something different and enjoyed what they ordered. The decoration is country French. It is small and cozy but does not feel crowded. Prices are... More 

Thank Van J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Great french restaurant with outstanding food and terrific service. One of our favorites in Alexandria.If you like good food and an authentic french setting, Le Refuge is a must.

Thank Dick L
fairfax va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

this little French inspired restaurant is very quaint and its kitchen puts out some great dishes. In oldtown Alexandria on n. Washington st just off of King so very convenient. The wait staff is always on the ball very attentive . The food is wonderful, soft shel crabs,duck,onion soup salad and wonderful dessert reasonably priced noce evening

Thank jefffairfax

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-548-4661

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?