Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lediplomatedc.com/
  • Phone: 2023323333x
  • 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: Michael Abt
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Le Diplomate reviews from OpenTable diners
1186 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (774)neighborhood gem (607)hot spot (602)great for outdoor dining (595)special occasion (586)great for brunch (442)notable wine list (385)romantic (341)vibrant bar scene (267)good for groups (260)great for lunch (155)late-night find (97)kid-friendly (58)scenic view (30)Show More
  • Budget a good amount of time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is still a busy establishment a year after it opened (with good food), but beware - your reservation is at their mercy. You could be waiting a good amount of time to sit. Reminded me of the old "Seinfeld" bit: "you know how to take the reservation, you just don't know how to hold the reservation!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GonzoVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    one of several visits to Le Diplomate, this time I brought a friend who has been wanting to try the restaurant for some time. So I took her and she loved everything about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenom.
    NYEDiner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    That mushroom tart, good lord, it was worth every single calorie as was every other dish we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner 10.19.2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We arrived early and would have been seated promptly, but we chose to have a drink and wait for a different table instead. The staff members were genuinely friendly and accommodating. Excellent bar service. As for dinner, the foie gras parfait starter we shared (two of us) was superb. The serving is most generous and would be just fine for a group of four. We had no trouble finishing every last bite, however. Our duck and lamb entrees were prepared perfectly and delicious. Excellent, excellent service and a great dining experience all around. Good on the noise level too -- easy to have a civilized conversation in such a crowded, busy spot. No shouting necessary. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic time
    goodpizza
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great restaurant overall. Service and food were great to my expectation. Will definitly return to try other menu items.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reminds me of France
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have been travelling in France for 38 years now and Le Diplomate's menu has dishes that remind us of French food trends for all 38 years. The restaurant is very loud and one must shout to be heard, so that is irritating. But, if you want yummy bistro French food, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Anniversary
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was our first visit to the hot new restaurant we'd been reading about. And it was as charming and non-ostentaticious as could be, while retaining a European feel and grace. We mentioned it was our first wedding anniversary as we checked in, and were surprised later by a candle with our dessert and two glasses of champagne. And by the way, the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KDDEDE
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Ordered wine first. It cam after the apertizers. Bread was frozen (really). Main courses fine. Trendy place with adequate food. Not likely to return except perhaps with a large crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better to watch than to experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very crowded Sunday My European guest arrived much earlier than the reservation time and with brought another person with him and yet the young lady at the reception was kind enough to find a table for us. The menu was not what I hoped for but that was my mistake not having checked that on Sundays L. D. has only a brunch menu. The mushroom soup was way too salty (2 of us left it unfinished) When our waiter asked if everything was alright I said yes but the soup was too salty. He said do you want me to change it for you in such a manner that my guest told me say "No, sinon il va cracher dans ma soupe!" The rest was, well, "nothing to write ... about it"
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still a good brunch
    mjp396
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our second trip here for brunch. The first with friends, this time as a couple. Enjoyed both visits. The food is good and there is plenty of choice. I've still not tried the steel cut oatmeal so we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • spinndoctor1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    absolutely great food, great service, outdoor dining--a bit loud. difficult to get reservations but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Dd421VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our server was right when he said, "All the food on the menu is good." I had shrimp cocktail as a starter. It was ice-cold and delicious. Then I had the farro salad as my entree, and chocolate napoleon for dessert. My dining companion had the oysters as a starter (huge!) and the plate of the day (la plat du jour), which was beef short rib. The beef was like butter. Service was very, very attentive. We didn't wait very long for anything to be brought to our table. They seem to try and make you feel like you have your own personal server waiting on you every second. The only downside is, we did feel a little rushed, like they wanted to turn the table over quickly. All in all though, it was wonderful and we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Le Diplomate is fantastic. However, as recommended by our waiter, I ordered the beef short rib, which is their Saturday night special, and I was slightly underwhelmed. I thought it was too fatty, and I really had to fight with the meat to pull the fat off. Nonetheless, every other aspect of our experience was amazing! If you don't know what dessert to order, go for the dark chocolate Napoleon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If names are important...
    Charlotte
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went to dinner with my son and his partner to celebrate their move to the neighborhood. They wanted to go here because it's a Stephen Starr restaurant, and labels such as that matter to them. Good for them. If that makes them happy, so be it. The restaurant is very noisy. I couldn't hear my wife sitting next to me without being 4 inches from her. Our order was only partially filled. The service was slow, though the servers were mostly pleasant. The food was good, but certainly not extraordinary.Prices were high, though not unexpectedly so. If labels matter, then this is the place for you. If you would rather have a good dinner with good conversation, go elsewhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Hamburger in Town?????
    eatingoutisagoodtimeVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I had lunch on 10/18. We have dined here before. We enjoyed the warm shrimp salad which we shared as a first course. We think that this is about the best item on the menu and it was great. We each got a hamburger based on the notion which our waiter confirmed that the burger is rated the best in town. Our hamburgers were so over salted that they were basically inedible. This was the first time we had ordered this item so we are not sure if this was just a one time error or the normal preparation. A McDonald's Big Mac which has a similar preparation is far superior to the hamburgers that we were served. We will stay away form the hamburger in the future and get something else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service amazing food
    RRogVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Just took a friend that was in town. Minor issue with the food and the server and management went above and beyond to make up for it. The food is absolutely delicious and the staff is incredibly professional. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, excellent service
    gtangVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Le Diplomate is one of the best restaurants in DC. The food is consistently delicious, the servers are attentive and prompt without being overbearing, and did I mention the food? Our party of 3 ordered the Steak Frites (delicious, flavorful hanger steak served with crispy thin fries), Steak Au Poivre (perfectly seared, served with spinach), and the burger - which tastes like a gourmet Big Mac (in a good way - they used mayo and cheese to complement the beef flavor beautifully). We paired it all with an affordable bottle of Cotes du Rhone and far too much bread. I'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C'est Magnifique
    SardinianNick
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Overall excellent food and service with two exceptions: the Bouillabaise was mediocre and the noise level borders on intolerable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Typical brasserie, which is what I expected, but the food was at best average. Everything was over salted and taste did not wow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another amazing meal
    restaurantreviewer4VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had another amazing meal here. I had my family down for a visit and we were so excited to take them here. Everyone loved their meals and the atmosphere. The staff was very accommodating for my 94-year-old Grandma with her wheelchair in helping us seat her and get her back into the wheelchair when we were done. Fantastic service and terrific food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for Special Occasion
    samrklevy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went to LeDiplomate for the first time to celebrate my dad's 65th birthday. We were seated immediately upon arrival and many of those surrounding us also appeared to be celebrating special occasions. The menu/ambiance is almost identical to Balthazar's in NYC (same owners), but it's one of my favorite places so this certainly isn't a bad thing. The food was very good and came out quickly despite the entire place being packed. Even my French stepmom was impressed! Would definitely return in the future, especially to go to the bar which appeared to its own hot spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    stephanedc
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It was crowded for a Wesdnesday night, I felt like I was in New York. The only thing I did like was dessert. I was very disappointed with the rest of the food, my friends told me it was the best French restaurant in town; well I guess not. Skip that please it is to expensive for what it is.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My husband and I came here to celebrate his birthday. While the restaurant is charming, we were very underwhelmed with our food. The ravioli appetizer was amazing. However, this was followed by two quite mediocre entrees - my husband's burger tasted like a fancy take on a McDonalds burger and my omelette was dry and boring (and almost devoid of the advertised Gruyere cheese, sadly). While our desserts were great, it's hard to look past such a disappointing main course. It was not so terrible as to keep me away entirely; I've heard their brunch is not to be missed, so we may come back to try it since we live in the neighborhood now. That said, I don't think we'll be back to Le Diplomat for dinner anytime soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, very large portions
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great food; loved the foie gras and mushroom tort; enjoyed the chicken and veal-both pretty special. Portions were so large that I recommend ordering one appetizer to share, 2 main courses; one dessert. Very loud, but friendly environment. Wine was quite expensive and we were discouraged from ordering the carafe wine. I would return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like Paris (but waiters were nicer)
    soccermom
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went here for 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner. Enjoyed foie gras terrine, lobster risotto and pot du chocolate myself, escargot, loup de mer, and tarte tatin for my husband, plus a nice white Burgundy. Also tried Vietnamese coffee and regular (American) coffee. Food was really good (like Paris -- reminded us of a place on the Left Bank) and the wine list was extensive. Waiters were MUCH nicer than in Paris -- very accomodating toward my food allergy to lime, and helpful when selecting dishes. No problem getting spoons to share the risotto either -- just had to ask once. Only drawback would be the noise level (which really is like Paris!) - sometimes felt as if I had to shout to be heard, and I was hoarse the next morning. But no one smokes.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice authentic bistro feel
    hosts
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went to celebrate the closing of our new place (just next door--luck us!) and we had a very nice meal. My girlfriend's lobster risotto was amazing (according to her--I don't eat lobster) and she said she has never had a better risotto (and the woman knows her risotto). My steak frites was fine--nothing spectacular, but good. ambiance was very nice--absolutely PACKED on a Tuesday evening, and very noisy. Definitely a "scene" and too loud if you wanted a quiet conversation, but nice if you wanted to embrace the buzz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AXCINC12
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Very noisy, had to speak very loud to communicate with my guests. Food came very late, Main course, Lobster Risottto was great however the starter, esgargot was not great at all. Overall experience was OK but not great. very noisy and too expensive. A bit dissapointed to sy the least.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    rsubs33
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is by far the best restaurant I have visited since moving to DC a little over a year ago. It is in line with the Stephan Starr restaurants I have visited in Philadelphia. The food was absolutely suberb and the service was there to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be my guest
    RahpatchVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Such a hot spot and has been for a while. Open table it or go to the bar. Its good but I dont understand why its always fully booked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow.
    Mustlovefood
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wow. Highlights of the night: Ricotta ravioli Steak au poivre with pommes purée Romarin cocktail AND Milk chocolate pot de creme Not only was the food incredible but I left feeling full/ completely satisfied. Loved the feel of the resturant as well! Will absolutely be back, even if just for drinks and dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food/Wonderful Staff
    MidCenturyModernist
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Exquisite food and a charming atmosphere were all that has been claimed. The Warm Shrimp Salad was a delight. The Duck and Beef Bourguingnon were both perfect, with the accompanying vegetables fresh and bursting with flavor. Best of all, the staff was just wonderful. Bringing my partner here for his 40th birthday dinner, the staff helped surprise him by delivering his gift to the table after the main course (the manager, Adrian, claiming that the bottle of Tom Ford cologne was just "a small token that Le Diplomate gives to first-time patrons."). Just delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Dininggirl
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything was beautifully cooked. Service was fabulous. Not for those who don't like salt, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I came here on the recommendation of a friend and I was not disappointed. This place is HUGE, much bigger than I expected, and because of that if it's busy it's fairly noisy. Despite the crush of people our waiter was a delight, very friendly and helpful, and we didn't have to wait long for anything. The food was delicious, plentiful, and really for DC not expensive. The best part - this place knew how to cook eggs properly! Not dry, perfectly soft omelette, I haven't had anything so well prepared since I was in Europe. The bread that you get at the beginning of the meal is also amazing, so good in fact, you don't need to order anything else carb related on offer. I definitely recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • INCREDIBLE
    LeLove
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Le Diplomate has got to be one of the most delicious restaurants I have ever been to. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and personable. I highly recommend this place to ANYONE. Already looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le Diplomate continues to please
    outoftenVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We love brunch at Le Diplomate, one of our favorite restaurants in DC. We're hoping that they'll one day serve a daily breakfast and lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nmac
    Nosh
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have been to Le Diplomate several times for breakfast and have always enjoyed it tremendously. Anyone who loves traveling to Paris will enjoy the food and ambiance of this gem on 14th Street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine!
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There's a reason Le Diplomate has remained so busy... the food! On our most recent visit, we had the macaroni & cheese, the pate, the veal, the short rib, and the crème brûlée. All dessert are made on-site by a pastry chef. It is worth the long wait or planning ahead and making a reservation (well in advance). There's a little bit of favoritism for some patrons who get to bypass the wait, but that's not atypical in DC where who you know is your most valuable asset.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful brunch!
    Brunch
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My friends and I had a wonderful brunch on Saturday at Le Diplomate! Great service, great food, and great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but a great experience
    geno911
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Luis, our server, was prompt, accommodating, and knowledgable. The restaurant was roaring with the noise of two hundred yuppies wolfing down brunch, but the charm of the Parisian decor still permeated our experience. Poached eggs basquaise and gruyere omelette were both delicious, and the specialty coffee is worth the $4-5 they charge for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointing
    Hunter1953
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nice restaurant, but food didn't live up to expectations. Mushroom tart really great, but the bouillabaise was way off the mark. I'd be surprised if any saffron at all were used in the stock, and I tasted no fennel. The rouille was crude, but it did provide some flavor. Decor was fake French, sort of a la Disney, but nice enough in a "stage set" sort of a way. Service was very pleasant but continually and unnecessarily overfilled wine glasses. Having been a server, I know the trick, and I realize that the server would really like the larger tip probably associated with selling the second bottle, but a red wine glass 1/3 full does NOT need filling in the middle of dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic