Enjoy lobster bisque, beef cheek stew and souffle in a restaurant inspired by a nostalgic French country inn plunked down in pastoral Virginia.
By Stefanie Gans and Rina Rapuano
Great Falls | French | $$$$* & $$$
Taking a step back in time isn’t always a good thing. One exception: enjoying a leisurely meal in a restaurant inspired by a nostalgic French country inn plunked down in pastoral Virginia. Settle into the white-tablecloth experience either in the charming dining room or on the equally enchanting patio and prepare to be pampered. A meal begins with an amuse-bouche, such as a rich cream of lentil soup, and moves through a roster of Gallic favorites like French onion soup, lobster bisque and trout amandine. Diners can go light, as with a lobster and citrus salad dressed with vanilla vinaigrette, or heavier with dishes like a stick-to-your-ribs beef cheek stew teeming with mushrooms, vegetables and wine served in a mini Le Creuset crock. With dinner entree prices hovering around $85, it makes more sense to order the prix fixe menu for the same price—which buys diners at least four courses and several nice extras like coffee or tea with mignardises. No matter which way you go, opt for a meal-ending souffle. For those with Champagne tastes on a beer budget, try the a la carte Jacques’ Brasserie, a more casual experience found on the restaurant’s lower level. // 332 Springfield Road, Great Falls