Lafayette Restaurant
Lafayette Restaurant

Lafayette Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.hayadams.com/
  • Phone: 2026382570x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Schaffrath
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private Dining available for groups of up to 20 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: The private room within the Lafayette Restaurant can accommodate up to 20 guests. Windows open to a panoramic view of Lafayette Park & The White House.
  • Private Party Contact: Ahmet Hacikara 2026386600x
  • Entertainment: Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch
  • Special Events: Brunch on most major holidays.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H Street
  • Public Transit: McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is complimentary for dinner. A parking fee of $10.00 via hotel valet parking for breakfast Monday - Friday and Sunday Brunch. $26 for Lunch Monday - Saturday.
A word from Lafayette Restaurant
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch. With large windows opening onto Lafayette park & the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital & is certain to complement any dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Lafayette Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (27)romantic (17)fit for foodies (12)scenic view (9)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (8)good for groups (5)hot spot (4)neighborhood gem (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Number one in D.C.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I once lived in D.C. and have been visiting the city for 30 years. No place comes close to the service and excellence of the Hay-Adams Team. Food always superb but exceeded by the staff who call you by name after a couplke of visits and have your drink order on the table before you can place it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GeezLouise
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very quiet and elegant restaurant inside a gorgeous hotel!! Can't beat the location. Great view of the White House.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As expected
    Asan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great place if you're looking for a place near the White House to have a decent conversion while helping yourselves with fine food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great breakfast meeting
    Asan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great place to have breakfast meetings. Food and service fantastic. And the overall atmosphere makes it a good place to have comfortable discussions.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very elegant restaurant
    toadie622
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The restaurant is in the Hay Adams Hotel. It is quite formal but not stuffy. I loved getting a black napkin instead of white which leaves my black pants full of white lint. Wish more places did this. We all had Marland crab cakes which were excellent. Desserts were great too but unfortunately they ignored my request for a candle on the birthday girls cake 😟
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localfoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We stayed at the Hay-Adams for the weekend and had lunch one day and dinner the next at the Lafayette. Both meals were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantastic
    Scubafood
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    An incredible dinner in an incredible place. The staff were fantastic, food amazing and it was a great way to spend my wife's birthday. Thank you to the team for a memorable night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    An outstanding restaurant: elegant food, setting, service, and an excellent pianist. Tables are beautifully appointed, far enough apart for private conversation. Make reservations. You will enjoy the evening. Prices are comparable to other acclaimed high-quality DC establishments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A superb place to eat. A stunning, beautiful room across from the White House with wonderful live piano in the background playing selections from the great American songbook. A memorable destination.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The best restaurant in the metro area for brunch - bar none.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    Gustav
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The room is gorgeous, chandeliers light up the place like a Parisian palace, and the real candles over the fireplace at night are a nice touch. The food is very good and service is prompt. It is pricey, but still a good value. Would recommend to others for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jay3
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I invited a friend to celebrate her birthday there last Sunday. The Sunday Brunch was superb: elegant setting, wonderful champagne and food, and outstanding service. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely; service could be better
    CPAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My first time here for a business lunch. The food and atmosphere were wonderful but the restaurant is missing what felt like an experienced waiters. I had to ask for more tea several times; the waiter approached at ackward times.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 469 reviews are from the Lafayette Restaurant reviews archive.
  • What a treat
    VinceGVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Stayed at the Hay-Adams this past weekend and dined at Lafayette for lunch Saturday and breakfast Sunday. Wonderful food and ambiance, plus spectacular service. I only wish we could afford to do this more often. So worth it. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself to a little luxury. Thank you Hay-Adams for a memorable weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lafayette, we will return!
    SusquehannaSojourns
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    An extra-special place with an unmatched combination of location (lovely Lafayette Park, oh and that incredible White House view as you walk up), bright natural light ambiance, amazing and unaffected service (luminaries and regular citizens are all the same), and excellent dishes. My party of three ordered and shared the scallops, snapper and crab cake entrees for lunch - all cooked to perfection. The accompanying vegetables, ex. roasted fennel, artichokes, radishes were substantial and delicious. The Lafayette really has portions down to an art. We enjoyed soup appetizers, seafood and vegetable entrees and light desserts, a glass of wine, coffee;we felt satisfied but not stuffed. We spent around $90/person, which included the 20% tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Toddler and infant at table next to us, though relative well mannered, still took the edge off of a $75 per head brunch.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An incredible dining experience
    Ecky
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I took my wife and daughter here for Sunday brunch. They are special to me and I like to treat them that way. LR did a phenominal job serving us fantastic food. We will go back EVERYTIME we are in DC
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting older
    fredoVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Pretty room pleasant piano attentive service but rather uninspired food highly overpriced needs a tuneup
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    Makunlove
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Warm and elegant service. Food was great in portion and taste.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Restaurant
    JWH48VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    My spouse and I were seated at a two top overlooking Lafayette Park. We watched groups exercising and enjoying the park. The wine list is very good and our server was knowledgeable and made great recommendations. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. The food was excellent. This is definitely a come back place for us. I had the tuna carpaccio, a great salad and mushroom risotto. The risotto was as good as I've had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lafayette Delivers
    Wendy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Traditional elegant setting, excellent service and wonderful food, not heavy French but updated to today's standards, portions not too large, perfect size
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely night out
    Fensu
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The service was great and the food was delicious! Add a view of the White House and great piano music, and it's a great night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    wonderful
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    perfec.specially our waiter...music...the food was good. waiter was so polite. music was sooo romantic.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Judy
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Through a comedy of errors, we were first directed to a buffet being held the day after the Washington Correspondents Dinner, instead of being directed to the Lafayette room for brunch with friends. I had read the brunch menu on line, so was very impressed with the before brunch appetizers and drinks! Wow, I thought---there were even celebrity chefs cooking hot appetizers. After finally figuring out we were in the wrong place, we met our friends in the Lafayette room and had a nice brunch. My only complaint was that the waiter was not very attentive. We had a difficult time tracking him down in order to get a second cup of coffee. All in all, however, a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth it
    FunDining
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Excellent ambiance and food. However, service was spotty and distracted. We had to wait too long for our food and the waiter kept forgetting our drinks requests - for example, we had to remind him several times about our mimosas.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lafayette Wins Again!!
    Good2eat
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The Lafayette Restaurant within the historic Hay Adams Hotel is a can't miss experience!! From the moment you pull into the drive, you know you are in for a special treat and the awesome experience does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful surprise
    Italinlover
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Highly recommended. From the very beginning, the service was excellent. The food was great.. We had the crab cakes with vegetables and the scallops. All perfectly cooked. Worth every penny. The "Off the Record" bar below ground floor was a great place to start. Get there early because it filled up fast. Recommend you dress up (jackets for the men and dresses for the women with all your bling).
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smalll Romantinc near White House
    DineatWH
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    A romantic dinner a block away from White House. The ambience is classy, a great service and good food. Prefer the fish because is the house speciality.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy Good!
    ContessaVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I would rate our experience 10 stars if I could. The ambiance is elegant, the food and all staff superb. I had the best crab cakes I have ever tasted. Excellent bread selection, amuse bouche an intermezzo of Champagne sorbet, and to die for chocolates all added up to an extraordinary meal. It felt as if we were celebrating an important occasion, but it was simply the first dinner of our vacation in DC. We will be hard pressed to find another meal that will equal this one in quality of service, and food. It was a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another exceptional experience
    busyguyinGreensboroVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The Lafayette Restaurant in in the Hay-Adams Hotel, right in front of the White House. The entire experience was very pleasant. The service was exceptional, and the waiters were all very nice. My dinner (scallops) was excellent. The atmosphere of the dining room is excellence.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK food, lovely setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Went here for our wedding anniversary. The room is lovely, we had a view of Lafayette Park and the White House. Very nice piano playing in the background. Service was attentive and friendly. But the food disappointed - definitely mediocre, nothing that stands out. Go for the ambiance and the location but don't expect to be dazzled by the food.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Breakfast is a difficult meal in DC on a weekend...most restaurants do brunch and don't open until it's almost lunchtime. But the Lafayette, being a hotel, serves breakfast early. I have been here for breakfast twice now, and it was spectacular both times. The service is impeccable; some of the best you'll find in the city. And the food, of course, is wonderful. Classic breakfast dishes executed perfectly. I had the smoked salmon tartine which was amazing and buttery, and my mother had the oatmeal souffle (if you like eating sweet food for breakfast please please order the souffle, you won't regret it). Yes, it is pricey but doing breakfast here is a fun alternative for a special occasion meal. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Mike
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The ambience was five star, our waiter was very attentive, the food was was less than average, the wine list had an extremely limited selection and was overpriced. Overall I was very disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little pricey!
    SJPviaRHVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Excellent! But a little pricey. Dinner was $80 without wine. Nice envrionment, free valet parking, accessible to the Downtown Area, quiet.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really?
    Ritz186
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Just because we were obviously tourists -- knapsacks, maps, guidebooks, I think we were snubbed at the Lafayette. The only time I received service from our waiter is when I signaled. I had to send the teapot back because it had egg smeared all over it. Our linen tablecloth, which I observed should have been changed between guests because I waited so long while our waiter schmoozed with the regulars, was stained and dirty. He did not put jams on our table. I was charged extra for something I am still quite certain was part of my meal. Got more attentive service from the Texas BBQ place I frequented that evening. Shame Lafayette!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than last experience
    GrannyShell
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had been coming to the Hay Adams for several years for breakfast on Easter. However, in 2011 we had a horrendous experience - the service was just awful and for the past two years we chose another place for breakfast. This year we decided to give the Hay Adams another chance. The service had definitely improved although our waiter had difficulty with our initial order for juice and coffee (he didn't write them down and there were six of us). We also did not receive a refill on our coffee (for $6 I would have expected at least one refill). The wait time between the fruit and main dish was a little long. Across the board, this year's experience was a definite improvement over past years.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hotel dining at its best
    NHTraveler
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    A beautiful restaurant in a historic hotel with excellent food and service. The restaurant was both spacious and comfortable. The piano music created a very relaxing environment. This is a place for people who like to take their time, enjoy great conversation and wine and dine in style.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special, stately, superb.
    TunkuV
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Thank you for treating us so well. The service downstairs at Off the Record bar was superb: the manager accommodated us at a table on a crowded night after only a brief wait. At Lafayette, we have a very special evening. Our waiter, Emanuel, from West Africa, was especially attentive, and had a great conversation about soccer with our 14-year-old son. These little touches matter very much. It goes without saying that the food was exquisite. The restaurant was quiet, as we dined on the early side, but that was a blessing!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service & Wonderful Food
    lawchick
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Lovely way to dine for breakfast. The service was exceptional. While the food was very good, I would return for the ambience and service first and foremost. Unfortunately, our table overlooked the kitchen door - and the restaurant was nearly empty. This was unfortunate since we went for the view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent. experiance!
    sandstone
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We celebrated my husbands 49th birthday there for brunch. He was very satisfied with the overall experience and we will definately return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.