Longtime Chevy Chase residents still remember when the Brookville House of Magic closed its doors in 1985 turning a page on the long and vibrant history of the old farm located at 7101 Brookville Road. Originally built as a private school in the early 1920s, the property quickly turned into a gathering place for neighbor—from tea house, to burger joint, to German restaurant to venue for children’s shows.
In 1985, “magic” was still in the air and when the late Marcel Montagnier, original owner of Bethesda’s Le Vieux Logis, and Alain Roussel, formerly executive chef at the world renowned Maxim’s in Paris, joined forces to open La Ferme, the trick was masterful.
Thirty-three years later, La Ferme has turned delighted diners into faithful regulars and is a staple of the area’s culinary scene. From escargots and sweetbreads to Chateaubriand, sole Meunière or trout amandine and a Grand Marnier soufflé, patrons enjoy classic French fare complimented by an extensive wine selection. The charming and romantic atmosphere, gracious hospitality, attentive service and live piano music always offers a memorable experience.
Countless special occasions include birthdays and anniversaries to weddings and bar mitzvahs. Recently, acclaimed food critic Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post wrote “La Ferme deserves your attention for more than just its elder status and is one of the area’s most pleasant places to catch up with friends, do business or toast a big day.”
Three years ago, Roussel, who was awarded the prestigious title of “Maitre Cuisinier de France” in 1997, launched an intimate new bar area to reinvigorate the “Old Lady.” With the loyal collaboration of General Manager Guillaume de Decker, Executive Chef Scott Chambers and Dining Room Manager Prasad Perera, La Ferme is bustling like never ever before. Come see for yourself, and you will be enchanted.