What people say about us
“Wonderful evening dinner and service”An old world charming experience. Elenor Roosevelt ate here in 1934! The oyster stew starter was smoky, with bacon and succulent oysters. The heritage heirloom Berkshire pork chop perfect. The seafood melody a delight. Service very good and the piano player had all the dinner favorites. Reservations a must with a very loyal following here.
“Great food and beautiful place ”Yesterday my husband took me to this great French place to celebrate my graduation. The place is beautiful. We got seated in one of the two balconies, which gave us a prime view of the main floor. It was also somewhat private since were behind the closed French door. The pianist that was playing on the baby grand piano was fabulous. He had a wide repertoire and even carried a conversation while playing a challenging piece! The music and the decor of the place made the evening perfect.Since it was coincidentally also Mother’s Day, the menu had only prix-fixe three course dinner for $60 per person. All the courses we selected were delicious. The service was good. The place has a nice terrace, which we will ask to be seated on next time. We will return for sure.
“Perfect for a Private Event”We searched all over town for the perfect place to host lunch for about 25 people who were traveling to DC for an interment service. Although 20 minutes away from cemetery, we decided on La Ferme and were more than delighted with the food, service and setting. We ate in the patio which was airy and bright and it could not have been easier or more pleasant to deal with the staff in setting up the menu, costs and service. Everyone was happy; it was an old-fashioned French meal that pleased everybody; even eaters with food issues were accommodated. Perfect.
“Cozy, tasty and welcoming”Went there recently on a Friday night. It wasn’t crowded, just pleasantly full and the attention and care given to my mobility-impaired companion and her walker was very kind. Nor were we shuffled back in a corner as too many restaurants do.We ordered the fricassee of lobster, shrimp and scallops and the mussels. My companion was more than happy with her fricassee - especially since she was able to get it sans cilantro. The mussels were fresh, sweet and the serving was extraordinarily generous.My caesar salad was ultra fresh and crunchy and not drowning in dressing, and the by-the-glass Sancerre was properly flinty and dry without any acid.Our waiter came by just often enough without hovering and the maitre d appearing in a flash to retrieve the walker from where he’d parked it the second we stood up to go.Handicapped access was very good. There are two steps to navigate into the restaurant proper, but there is seating available for a wheelchair user.
“Extraordinarily good food, seamless service in a quiet and charming farmhouse”We attended a dinner with 5 other couples, featuring a limited menu. The green salad was lightly dressed (yeah!) and noteworthy for the freshness of the greens. The entrees were fabulous - deboned local rainbow trout that had a crisped buttery skin, and a high quality filet of boeuf with greaseless pomme frites. Both entrees also had some perfectly cooked haricots verts (green beans). Each was cooked to perfection - really! The creme brulee and profiterolles (cream puffs filled with ice cream swimming in freshly made chocolate sauce) for dessert were each very French in their preparation, sophistication, and lightness. We left satisfied but not bloated, which is a Good Thing. :)
“Love the new bar, outstanding service and menu choices”Hadn’t been back in years so it was special to see how it has maintained an built on its quality and service. Staff was quite good and helpful. Menu had enough variety for even picky eaters. Had the mussel appetizer, with full mussels, wonderful broth, and baguette for dipping. Companion had the onion soup - hearty, flavorful, satisfying. Entree included the rockfish special and trout almondine, both of which were well prepared and paired with vegetables. The Amaretto Souffle to finish up was a great ending to a great meal. Kudos to the staff.
“A Votre Sante!”La Ferme has clearly joined the upper crust of Washington area restaurants over the now thirty one years of its existence. Serving unpretentious but unforgettable French cuisine in manageable but adequate portions, they routinely sweep patrons well away from the ordinary.Now, they have given this older residential area in eastern Chevy Chase its own take on Cheers!. Cunningly combining into one attractive room a sit down bar with high tables, the service bar for diners in the front of the house, and wine storage areas, they now provide a great venue for happy hour offerings, after work beverages and just plain relaxing. All of this is turned over to big, jovial Mark, and he runs with it like a deer through the woods.Ben and Mrs Too stopped in for dinner the other night and arrived almost an hour early for our reservation so we could spend some time in the new bar area they call, simply, Cognac. Mark introduced himself and made it immediately clear that he, a Montgomery County native, was glad to be there for us, and was determined to make two new friends. It turned out that his father had been a principal in the county school system, and that Mark himself had been a professional or amateur mixologist all his adult life, especially enthusiastic about cocktails, now making a strong comeback on the bar scene. One thing led to another, and Mark had soon persuaded Ben to try a new twist to one of his longtime favorites and have a cognac old fashion. By golly, Ben really liked it, and went for another in due course. Time for our reservation came up, and we departed the bar in a great frame of mind.Out front, we were shown to a balcony table on the upper level, and provided with menus, as well as a supplementary card listing the current specials. Ben and his bride quickly settled upon two of those, and ordered wine. Dinner was served, presented with the usual elegance, and accompanied by delicious warm bread and a generous ramekin of sweet butter.Altogether, a most enjoyable evening, indeed. With Cognac to enjoy, we will surely be more regular quests. If you ever feel the urge for a romantic dinner for two, reserve a balcony table at La Ferme. You will be in seventh heaven.Two final points. TripAdvisor asks me whether La Ferme offers validated parking, to which I must answer no. However, there is quite ample free parking in their own lot just steps from the entrance. Second, this is strictly dining at its finest, but you will find the tariff most reasonable indeed for what you get.
My wife and I went there for a very rare date night - we don’t get too many with a 14-month-old. The service was attentive without getting in the way and the food was perfectly done. The wine list was just the amount of choice we needed without bogging us down. Definitely want to make a tradition of going there.
I recently took my wife to la Ferme for her birthday on a Saturday night. In my early thirties I was at first kind of reluctant as I imagined this restaurant filled with an older crowd. This place is a gem, we loved everything about it, from the linens, flowers and candles on the tables, to the authentic and warm atmosphere, attentive sercice and excellent food (best onion soup and filet au poivre ever eaten). The restaurant was booming and sure there were some older folks, but they really seemed to be enjoying themselves and know where value, quality and service stand, away from the crowded, noisy and “trendy” but too often ephemeral restaurant scene. I heard la Ferme was celebrating 30 years of success, they certainly do it right and we hope they will be around for another 30 as we intend to come back! We had a great time and appreciated every minute of it.
This is a great brunch spot in the DC area. Plenty of parking, charming interior, a large varied menu to choose from. Great service and a good value for brunch.