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Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lediplomatedc.com
  • Phone: (202) 332-3333
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday to Tuesday 5:00PM to 10:00PM
    Wednesday & Thursday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
    Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 12:00AM

    Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10:00AM to 3:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Adam Schop
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Q Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Le Diplomate
Stephen Starr brings his signature brand of hospitality and design to the nation’s capital with the opening of Le Diplomate, located at 14th & Q. Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, the stylish 260 seat restaurant transports diners to the beloved cafés of Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. The extensive menu features a variety of classic dishes including Onion Soup Gratinee, Steak Frites, and Poulet Roti as well as contemporary bistro fare, with dishes such as Shaved Veal Tongue with Mache and Bavette de Boeuf à l’Echalote. A thoughtfully curated wine list and cocktail program perfectly complements the cuisine and creates an environment suitable for romantic dinners or lively group gatherings. In warmer weather, enjoy dining "en plein air" in the stunning outdoor café where you can take in the bustling energy of DC while sipping on the perfect kir royale.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a busy place, but the service does not seem affected nor does the kitchen. The food is not routine for a place this busy. There is clearly a desire to make the attraction the food and not the ambiance. So expect a thoughtful approach to the menu, and avoid this place if you want a burger and fries. However, if you want a steak and fries, come on in."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Everything about this place was amazing. The service was impeccable from the hostess that sat us to the men and women that never let our glasses get below half empty. Our waiter went above and beyond to make sure we were all very happy and made wonderful recommendations. I wish I could have eaten everything on the menu. The cheese plate was to die for and all of the breakfast dishes were probably the best breakfast I have and will ever eat. The eggs were light and fluffy, the risotto was creamy and full of flavor, the duck melted in your mouth. The cocktails were unique and delicious. My only complaint was that I had to leave after the meal. Everyone needs to make their reservations right now."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The place was packed but our party was seated while the driver circled the block looking for parking. Service was terrific, the noise level (which I had heard was too loud) was fine and the food was very good. Great place!,"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation. Young woman "in charge" said, wait at the bar, I'll come for you. A bit after the time of our reservation, I was overheard by a waiter, speaking with my family about finding another brunch locale. The waiter sprang into action, one of many open tables was secured, brunch ensued. Yes, the restaurant was busy and energetic but manageable, no lines out the door, just a steady stream of folks walking in and being seated. The young woman "in charge" of assigning tables on Sunday is poorly trained, out of her depth or both. Otherwise, we enjoyed a lovely spring brunch."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I made a brunch reservation, we would have liked to sit outside but did not want to wait 25 minutes so we were seated inside by a window. We had mimosas and split the French Onion Soup which was delicious and smothered with a thick layer of Gruyere. I ordered the poached eggs basquaise and my boyfriend had the duck confit with egg -- both were very rich, and we were full after the soup so it was a bit of a struggle to finish! Despite our full stomachs we couldn't resist ordered the creme brulee for dessert, which was heavenly -- crunchy sugar, warm creme on top and cool at the bottom, with shortbread on the side. Our waiter was gracious and friendly and made great recommendations. Tres bien!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I was in DC with friends and they had never been to Le Diplomate. They felt it was their favorite dining experience in DC!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I had booked for a party of 5 for 9:30pm on a Saturday night. However, it was extremely busy and we were not seated till 9:50pm or so. I mentioned to the reservations lady that my party had been waiting for over 15 min. The Asst. Manager (Francis) immediately came over and apologized. When we were seated, he offered us bottle of champagne on the house as well as 3 (yes 3) appetizers! Awesome!. The food was great as were the desserts. I had ordered a glass of Sauterne. The waiter forgot about it and when I reminded him, that glass was on the house as well !!! All in all, they went out of their way to please us. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant has wonderful fresh food and a great wine and drink list. Service was great, never felt rushed and had a great relaxing time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Went for the second time on Saturday. My mushroom tart was light and flaky with the right amount of cheese and I had the short rib special. The meat was tender and flavorful but the sauce was too salty. The bread was wonderful (esp. the cranberry walnut bread). But . . . a friend ordered the steak au poivre medium rare and it came out medium, at best. Sent it back - same result. The waitress never checked after our meals were served (even after we flagged her down and sent the steak back the 1st time). Manager to the rescue! He came and checked, saw that the steak was still overcooked and let my friend order something else (the fish, sea bass I think, which was delicious). No charge for her meal (unexpected) and free profiteroles."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal immensely. The menu is built on good old fashioned French bistro cuisine, lovingly prepared and served. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "A little too noisy, a little too crowded, a little too much. Not great for special occasions but wonderful for seeing and being seen if that is what you're into. We weren't, and had an awful experience. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Delish! Great place. Wonderful cheese, veal was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We went to Le Diplomate on a Thursday night and had to make reservations almost a month in advance. So plan ahead but definitely do it because this place is worth it. We can vouch for the steak frites and the half roasted chicken. But also don't miss the macaroni au gratin... So good."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I have been to Le Diplomate a number of times because it never disappoints even when you come in with high expectations. I had the skate grenobloise, which was perfectly cooked, preceded by a tuna carpaccio, both accompanied by a great Sancerre. My companion had the same and was equally pleased."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We showed up early for a reservation and were seated immediately. Having a reservation for this restaurant seems critical as others waited who had just come by. At first I thought we might be rushed as the energy in the place gave that vibe but we were not rushed at all. The service is just hustling to get everything right and they pull it off. The salad was delicious and big enough to share. We had fish and beef and both were very good with great flavor. Would go back and would recommend. It is not a quiet bistro so if you are looking for intimate dining, this might not be the place for you."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This is a little piece of Paris in the heart of DC. My husband & I had brunch and everything was perfect! From the decor, to the service, and the beautiful food- I thought I really was dining in Paris!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I seldom give 5-star overall ratings to restaurants, but Le Diplomate warrants one for a recent Sunday pre-theatre meal. As was the case during every prior visit, the restaurant's bistro offerings, while not showing culinary daring, were executed flawlessly. Each element of each dish (escargot, duck confit, and a napoleon) tasted precisely as it should. And the bread offerings remain exceptional. The service deserves special plaudits. I alerted the staff of when we would need to exit to see a play down the block; our request was received cheerfully and the pacing of the meal was ideal -- something I have found is more the exception than the rule at DC restaurants. If only the play we saw had been as good as our meal . . ."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went with Parisian friend for first-time visit. Tasty mushroom tart and Cape Cod oysters to start, followed by lobster risotto - along with a fine French Chablis. Good dark chocolate for the shared profiteroles. Bustling atmosphere; good service by John. A very good dining experience."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Headed down to the 14th Street Corridor with my honey during the later afternoon for a birthday celebration. Dinner was exquisite, from the pre-meal visit to the bar (great beer choices), breads (French, raison and nut, the best), the best ever onion soup - I really mean it!, entrees (she had the trout and I had the skate...oh the butter, garlic and olive oil, which came with for her green beans and for me a great seasonal salad), side dishes (brussels sprout) and we shared a wonderful Napolean with multiple types of chocolate for dessert. As good as the food was, better..."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "An efficient well-run restaurant. Food quite satisfactory but nothing special. Noise not energetic, but very loud indeed. Small faults: no bread knives for butter and not much butter. Food ought to be served hotter."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "It was my first time here, but will definitely return!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I have been to Le Dip maybe two dozen times as I live nearby. I never had a bad meal or experience even when showing up without a reso and/or creating confusion with wait staff and bartenders. They are amazingly tolerant! gno"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This place has its act together. I think the best part is the service. Truly the most outstanding part of the visit!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Took out-of-town visitors for dinner and everything was excellent. Extra trouble was taken to accommodate a late arrival,."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We brought my (French) husband here for a birthday brunch because we heard they have the best bread in town, and they certainly didn't disappoint! We started with wonderful cocktails (the Romarin was a favorite), and enjoyed all of our dishes (soupe a l'oignon, pommes frites, foie gras, salade nicoise, a hamburger, oeufs en cocotte). My husband's only complaint was that the foie gras was too smooth/whipped/soft and that it shouldn't be spreadable. Other than that, it was a pretty boisterous brunch crowd so I'm hoping to go back and try when it's a little quieter. Overall, I enjoyed it!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "On my list for restaurants to try and took my bestfriend for her birthday brunch.While it was quite busy, I never felt that service lacked. Our waiter was outstanding and attentive. Food was good, but I was disappointed that they didn't have a lemon tart."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came here for our 1 year anniversary and had the best meal we've had since moving to DC. We go to a lot of restaurants and the service, ambiance, and of course, the food was outstanding. It's a little pricey, but not unbearable and COMPLETELY worth it. We'd probably keep Le Dip as a special occasion spot, but we'll definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Authentic bistro decor, genuine French fare prepared from fresh ingredients, and attentive service made for a delightful birthday celebration for two friends who had lived in France."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had the mushroom tart, gruyere omelette, eggs norwegian, pommes lyonnaise, pear caramel feuillettee, and milk chocolate pot de creme. All was delicious, only criticism is the egg dishes were both a bit salty for our taste."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall a solid b. Service was great crowd deafening"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Service was ok. Server wasn't friendly. Had to wait 15 minutes to sit for a reserved table."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My sister and I took our Mom to Le Diplomat for her birthday last Friday night and really enjoyed it. My mom wasn't feeling well unfortunately so she only had a cup of mushroom soup, but loved it. We shared the 3 cheese platter which was delicious. I had a shrimp salad and my sister had a tuna appetizer. The waiter surprised my mom with a huge serving of crème brule that was incredible. Our waiter was outstanding-so helpful choosing our wine and meals and I didn't feel like he was trying to upcharge us which annoys me at most restaurants these days. Loved the atmosphere, cute french decor. can't wait to go back and sit on the patio and try the steak and pomme frites that looked amazing!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Best restaurant in DC, but they don't give you the snooty attitude that often comes with that. I'd eat here every night if I could."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "YUM! Made a reservation for an early pre-show dinner, and I'm so glad we did. First off, it's just adorable. I can't wait to come back once it's warmer and sit at one of the little outdoor tables. Just like Paris! The wine was good and not overpriced. We ordered escargot to start. They were perfectly tender and flavorful. For entrees, I got the moules frites, and my bf got the veal. Both were stellar. The broth that my mussels came is was so good I wanted to tip the bowl and drink it once I was finished eating. The bread basket they bring was perfect for sopping it up. The veal was in a rich cream sauce, so it was a little heavy but tasted fantastic. Crème brulee and a glass of Sauternes to finish a fantastic meal!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Took out of town guests to Le Diplomate since we had read in the Washington Post that this was a real hot spot. How true. Food was great; service was impeccable; the decor/ambiance was was wonderful. All four of us agreed that this is a special restaurant. We will return!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Our experience was great. Lively restaurant with great food. A lively French bistro!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I ate dinner here on a Wednesday. It was a great night to eat on the patio. The crowd was lively and vibrant and the service was great. Our waiter was friendly and attentive and the sommelier helped us pick out a bottle of wine we enjoyed. Overall we had a fantastic time and we definitely want to come back and sample more of the menu!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great location. Close to Studio Theatre if you are going there. We had an early dinner before the show. Make reservations as by the time we left at 7:15 on a Wednesday it was packed. Moules with frites are divine. Trout almond one too."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The interior is very noisy on a busy night and the food was basic, but nothing to really wowed us."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "we did try to go there a few times, once too late - great bar hangout though, once too crowded - hour wait/starving, so this time was perfect -- oysters, chilled brouilly, then 4 great entrees - skate, veal, lamb, bourguignon.... and the deserts!! Mein Gott!!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014