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French restaurant in Georgetown

2fat May 24, 2011 03:46 PM

Years ago I dined at an intimate French restaurant in Georgetown that was out of the mainstream of shops and restaurants. My recollection is that it was near one of the bridges to Arlington. Does this ring a bell with anyone. If not this one, then any other romantic spots in Georgetown or vicinity. I have a friend who will be proposing and wanted to give him a solid recommendation.

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    bcarter3 May 24, 2011 05:23 PM

    Could it have been Cafe La Ruche? It fits your description of being out of the mainstream and sort of near Key Bridge, and it's been a Washington institution since 1979.

    Coincidentally, I had dinner there tonight, and was delighted by the meal. They serve traditional bistro dishes--I had a spicy merguez appetizer, followed by poulet cordon bleu, with a mousse au chocolat dessert. Everything was perfectly done, and it <b>felt</b> like I was back in Paris.

    Cafe La Ruche
    1039 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

    1. alkapal May 24, 2011 06:33 PM

      bistrot lepic is in upper g-town… so… not near the bridge. la ruche is tucked away on a side street near the c & o.

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      1. re: alkapal
        katecm May 25, 2011 01:15 PM

        Yeah, it may not be what the person is referencing, but it's definitely what I'd recommend!

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        Steve May 24, 2011 07:45 PM

        La Ruche is pretty bad. I had a coq au vin with no wine in it. It was similar to a chicken fricassee you might get at a Salvadoran restaurant. If the patés are house made, then they should consider foreclosure. The pastries are big, but too sweet.

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          alkapal May 24, 2011 11:42 PM

          in my humble opinion, la ruche has never been all that -- even when it was "abuzz" in the early '80s.
          <ps, steve, i can hear you groaning at that bad pun. ;-)>

          1. re: alkapal
            Steve May 25, 2011 06:58 AM

            Ah, it took me a few moments to get it.....

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