Tonight my wife and I went to L'auberge for only the second time since their fire. It is every bit as good as it was before. This means that the food was excellent. Not world class, not breathtakingly delicious. But excellent.
But the strength of this restaurant is the ambience. I know of no better restaurant in the D. C. area, perhaps even in America, to propose marriage. Or to celebrate a divorce! It is that kind of place.
Dimly lit with reddish hued lamps on each table it was truly romantic. With the wood beamed ceilings, the Alsatian heritage of much of the menu this transports diners to the Alsatian countryside. L'auberge is less about the food and more about the experience. For anyone reading this, I would strongly suggest this as the first choice to celebrate any anniversary or birthday. There is no question in my mind that Washingtonian, having voted this D. C.'s most popular restaurant for 20 out of the last 22 or 23 years, is right on the money.
This is a special restaurant. It should be shared with a wife, partner or date for whom there may be a future.