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Le Refuge Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
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127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176
+1 703-548-4661
11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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155 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

In terms of atmosphere, this restaurant is five stars. I would gladly take a date here for a romantic evening. The staff is friendly and attentive. The issue is, the quality of the food and flavouring is mediocre, from the bread to the quiche to the caesar salad.

Thank 1LarryFox
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I stopped in without a reservation on a Wednesday evening, dining solo. I was given a nice table in this small, authentic French bistro. I had a salad starter, the fresh fish entree and chocolate mousse for desert. All were delicious and served quickly. They have a slim, but decent list of wines by the glass, and the service was... More 

Thank PNWroadtrip
sarasota florida
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I said in the past this restaurant was like a wonderful little slice of the French Riveria. Maybe we caught an off night but the bullibaise was like some leftover fish and shellfish in a broth of garlick dishwater. More disappointing was Dover Sole - promised to be fresh and it tasted to us like fish that was frozen for... More 

Thank tappyt
Alexandria, Virginia
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

I can't say anything bad about this place. The staff is so friendly, the food is amazing and the wine is superb. Very small place and so inviting. The rack of lamb is out of this world! We go here often, and always have a wonderful time.

Thank michaelw1074
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Because they're just off the tourist path, they have managed to stay in business by pleasing the locals with exceptional food for over three decades. I try to eat there whenever I'm in the D.C. area. The salmon in crust is better here than anywhere in the world.

Thank historyscholar
Boston, Massachusetts
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207 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

My son and I were visiting my grandson, his son in the DC area. Picked Le Refuge on the basis of a few pictures. The food was excellent. He had a beet, goat cheese and walnut salad, I chose the 3 cold soups: gazpacho, pepper, and cucumber. Both his glad and my soups were perfectly prepared. We shared an excellent... More 

Thank Buppa1
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Top notch French restaurant with outstanding food for such a small establishment. The Dover sole is unsurpassed as are other continental favorites. It is a small space so make reservations as far in advance as possible.

Thank hsrlaw
Longwood, Florida
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

My favorite family restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. I really enjoy lunch and dinner. A very small and quaint restaurant right on Washington Blvd. and close to King Street. Love the atmosphere and familiar service. A family owned traditional French experience. Alas, no desert soufflé.

Thank TomGibb
Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

everything was very savory. this is by far my favorite French restaurant in DMV area. we ordered French onion soup, quill and blue crab.

Thank traceseneca
Alexandria, VA
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1,107 reviews
529 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

We came here a few days ago with friends. We received the seating we requested in the reservation. The food, particularly the filets are always cooked to your specs and delicious. The service is friendly and efficient. This is our number one restaurant in Alexandria and we have lived here for over 40 years. Parking can be a consideration. You... More 

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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?