Readers' Pick

La Ferme

Since 1985, this quaint country inn has been exuding charm and congeniality, making it the ideal spot for a special date. It’s little surprise that it took home the “Most Romantic Restaurant” award this year and “Best Restaurant for Ambience”
last year.

“We wanted to create a restaurant that was elegant and comfortable, but wasn’t ever uptight,” chef-owner Alain Roussel says.

Choose a seat on the covered terrace on a sunny day or a balcony table for two on a dusky evening. The French-focused menu is classic to the core (entrées, $25-$36).

Begin with foie gras crème brûlée, slathered on toasted brioche ($12), before moving on to pan-seared filet mignon with peppercorn sauce and a thatch of golden frites ($35). For dessert, order one (or more) of the specialty soufflés: Grand Marnier, amaretto, chocolate or hazelnut ($10 each).

7101 Brookville Road, Chevy Chase, 301-986-5255,

Other Top Vote Getters: Old Angler’s Inn, Le Vieux Logis, Bistro Provence, Persimmon, Grapeseed