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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
11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2015 via mobile

Remember what French restaurants used to be like? Even before nouvelle cuisine? That's Le Refuge. Terrine, escargots, peche melba, cassoulet. You get the picture. All excellent and good value.Even indifferent Gallic service thrown in. And they tend to rush you a bit. Go early because they run out of specials.

1 Thank John B
Arlington, Virginia
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2015

After meaning to try for many years, finally dined on a Tuesday night and restaurant was completely packed. So cozy and true French inside and food was authentic and delicious! They had a glass of Rose on special and I loved the salad with goat cheese toasts, fish special and pear, ice cream dessert with chocolate sauce. Ambiance is very... More 

1 Thank Chaska16
Arlington, Virginia
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2015

Two friends and I went here for lunch. The quiche was large and very, very tasty. The sides with it were small, but quite adequate and colorful. The recommenced dessert was ice cream in a pastry shell, covered with chocolate sauce. It was wonderful. I will definitely visit again. Would love to come for a dinner meal.

1 Thank Scooper1962
Jacksonville, Florida
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

It's true that the menu seems old, but everything tastes like you just found a little hole in the wall restaurant in a small French city.

1 Thank discerninggourmand
Alexandria, Virginia
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

I have been going to Le refuge off and on for many year. Very good French food and service is good. The wine pairings are always on spot. Simple whole food dishes and lovely sweets.

1 Thank sbowers56
Alexandria, Virginia
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

I continue to return with friends, family, business associates to this quaint, charming refuge in Old Town. One evening I met a couple celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary, at another cluster of tables, was a multi-generational family with young children celebrating Papa's 80th birthday. ( I wouldn't bring babies or overly tired toddlers.) The food is delicious, not pretentious. Service... More 

Thank Michelle S
Alexandria, Virginia
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

Le Refuge is my wife and my favorite restaurant in Alexandria. The food is excellent, the staff friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere pleasant, welcoming and cozy. My favorite entrées, the rack of lamb and quail stuffed with goat cheese, are awesome. A word of caution, this not a good restaurant for small children, unless they are very well behaved... More 

1 Thank SCDancer_13
Alexandria, Virginia
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

Le Refuge Restaurant has wonderful cuisine. The food is outstanding. The service is good to very good (note: I tend to be forgiving with this category). But, But, But, it's very expensive for what you get. Using the economist definition of value, Le Refuge Restaurant delivers good to very good value. It is not great value. My suggestion to others... More 

2 Thank Will B
Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

My family has been eating at Le Refuge for years. We have travelled widely and eaten in a lot of French (and other) restaurants. Le Refuge is at the top. Excellent food, very good service and a nice homey atmosphere.

Thank rsteelman
Alexandria, Virginia
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

This crowded little restaurant has been in Old Town forever, and is worth the slight hassle (street parking) to get to. Be sure to make reservations. Again, it has only one room and gets crowded.

Thank AlexandriaFoodie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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?