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2941 Restaurant: A User's Guide

Modern French Cuisine | Acclaimed Duck Burger | Onsite Herb Garden | Meal with a View | French Wines

Sample Menu

  • Small bite: crispy calamari, described as “luscious” by the Washington Post
  • Pasta: smoked-burrata ravioli with escarole and spicy duck
  • Entree: bacon-wrapped monkfish with syrah sauce
  • Dessert: salted-caramel brownie with buttermilk sherbet

Where to Sit: Ask for a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows, which look out over a sprawling koi pond and lush garden with an original Rodin statue at its center.

When to Go: Swing by during lunch, when the ever-popular Daffy burger is on the menu. This decadent sandwich showcases a patty blended with duck breast, duck leg, and foie gras. The patty is topped with even more foie gras, as well as a sweet-and-sour onion agradolce to cut the richness.

While You're Waiting

  • Stroll through the outside herb garden where Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel harvests fresh ingredients daily.
  • Ask sommelier Jonathan Schuyler to suggest an ideal wine pairing from 2941’s largely French selection, or pass the time with a classic cocktail.
  • Gaze into the crystalline structure of the giant geode in the dining room.

Dress Code: Come as you are. Although you’ll still see business suits and date-night dresses, 2941 shed its former special-occasion-only image with a complete redesign in 2012, incorporating a laid-back dress code to match its more casual culinary offerings.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church,
VA
US

Is Terasol an art gallery, a coffee shop or a French bistro? Yes to all, actually. This Chevy Chase spot serves three square meals a day from its charming café space, where warm lighting and a plate-glass window light up the ample woodwork inside. Even more color comes from the large amount of artisan jewelry, pottery and crafts that hang on the walls or sit inside long, open shelves. As much an artistic shop for locally-made goods as it is a restaurant, Terasol supports DC’s creative side with occasional showings and constant displays of beautiful wares. Of course, they also support the old French countryside, with a rustic menu that ticks off great dishes like a checklist: French onion soup, beef bourguignon, mussels and frites. A warming quiche is available , and the croque monsieur will satisfy the largest of appetites.

5010 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

Low key and easy to overlook, thanks in part to its location along a section of Wisconsin Avenue not known much for retail, Matisse is a little French neighborhood masterpiece. The décor and cuisine both offer a touch of inspired artistry and style, with a menu putting a nouvelle twist on French-Mediterranean cuisine. The downstairs is divided into two dining rooms, each laid with white tablecloths, soft lighting and sleek accents. The front is a bit more formal, while the banquettes and fireplace make the back dining room a cozier place to enjoy filet mignon at dinnertime or moules frites at lunch. A stylish staircase leads to the second floor, which is usually used for special events or for overflow on busy nights. But at Matisse, individual diners are likely to feel that every night is special.

4934 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Proprietor Carole Robert named Annie's Bistro Francais after her French mother, celebrating her memory with feasts of fresh classically prepared escargot with homemade persillade, composee salads, and oven-baked salmon. Guests sip glasses of wine with plates of seared duck breast or colorful ratatouille, or share small plates of charcuterie and cheese.

Inspired by the chef's childhood visits to a family farm outside Paris, Annie's Bistro Francais hearkens back to the days before industrialized agricorporations and meals delivered via text message. Passionate chefs carefully craft each dish of roasted chicken and chevre-stuffed mushroom with locally-grown produce, free from prepackaged and processed ingredients.

4823 Saint Elmo Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

It's fitting that Christian Gautrois and his wife Christa purchased?a French restaurant whose name translates to "the old lodge." After all, Christian, who also serves as the eatery's chef, was born in Champagne and learned to cook in Paris before moving to the DC area. Together, the pair brings an Old-World ambiance and classic French fare to Bethesda's Le Vieux Logis.

Le D?cor

Terra-cotta shingles, dark-wood shutters, and a hand-painted mural of the French countryside make up the quaint cottage exterior. This rustic theme extends to the interior, which features plush banquettes that sit along walls adorned with Renoir prints and copper knickknacks.

La Cuisine

Lauded by the Washington Post's food critic?Tom Sietsema, the menu at Le Vieux Logis is filled with dishes that exemplify traditional French cooking.

  • Onion soup Les Halles: The soup's thick, rich beef broth is filled with soft onions and topped with gruy?re.
  • Salade friss?e aux lardons: Crunchy applewood-smoked bacon, a poached egg, and garlic croutons make up this colorful bistro salad.
  • Cuisse de canard confite ? l'orange: Crispy moulard duck-leg confit in an orange sauce pairs with roasted fingerling potatoes, braised red cabbage, and apples.
7925 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda,
MD
US

When Sonny Abraham took a job at his father's restaurant, he assumed it would be a temporary arrangement until he received his pilot's license. But it was amid the hot suds of soapy dishes and the clatter of pots and pans that he fell in love with the restaurant industry and began dreaming of starting a fine-dining establishment of his own. In pursuit of his new dream, Sonny secured culinary positions at upscale hotels throughout Washington, DC, even traveling to Switzerland to work in a high-end kitchen. Ten years later, Sonny captains the kitchen of his own restaurant, Brasserie Monte Carlo.

Inside the restaurant, which was very recently REAL certified by the United States Healthful Food Council, Sonny whips up French Mediterranean dishes with housemade sauces and herbs from his own garden. The chef often delivers the still-sizzling dishes to the dining room himself, where diners await their meals over glasses of fine wine. A vivid mural sweeps across one wall, depicting typical scenes from Monte Carlo, from French sunbathers tanning on a beach to an ex-car-insurance salesman working on his first attempt at a romance novel, Even Car-Insurance Salesmen Fall in Love.

7929 Norfolk Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US