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
1196 reviews since May 26, 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 (751)special occasion (625)great for outdoor dining (617)neighborhood gem (603)hot spot (588)great for brunch (457)notable wine list (374)romantic (373)vibrant bar scene (264)good for groups (246)great for lunch (150)late-night find (104)kid-friendly (64)scenic view (39)Show More
  • Returning to a favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Always wonderful cuisine!!! My favorite restaurant in Washington DC. The Chef is quite talented, the staff is on top of their game and everything on the menu is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Service
    ScotreviewVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went to Le Diplomate again after hearing all the chatter of how wonderful a place it was, hoping it hadn't lost its way amongst the hype. We can happily say we came away with a smile on our face and a full belly. What makes this place is the impeccable and friendly service even in the height of rush hour weekend Brunch. Our server was attentive without being overbearing, knowledgeable (he knew the difference between a British and American Pimms which was great!) and still had time for a quick chat and a smile. We will absolutely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Perfect to the last bite- wonderful choices from appetizers through dessert. Everything was cooked perfectly. Enjoyed a table by the window on a beautiful evening.Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was a great restaurant for my husband and I to go to. It was nosier than I expected, but service was good for a busy night and the it has a great atmosphere. Portions were a good little large, but the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good French Bistro in DC
    SandCVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Don't expect fine dining, it's a bistro and a very good one, albeit a tad pricey. The Pâté de Campagne was full of lardon and porky goodness. Beef short ribs came perfectly trimmed and cooked (order this to share, it's HUMONGOUS) with a generous drizzling of excellent demi-glace, and a side of creamed spinach. Parisians would be hard pressed to find fault with the food or ambiance, except in Paris everyone smokes and the tables are tiny, so, Washingtonians come out on top here. Wine list is OK, but not strictly French. Service is prompt if a bit brusque. Baba au Rhum served cold and a bit soggy, not their best effort. Can get a little crowded and noisy on Sat. evening; a nice little place we'd come back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    Jean
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My favorite restaraunt in DC. Try the foie gras parfait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around fabulous
    RuthieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is the second time I've been here and the second time I had a wonderful dining experience. The decor makes you feel like you are in France. The staff is extremely welcoming and attentive--our waiter in particular was extremely good; despite having a full station we felt as though we were his only diners--but everyone from the hostesses to the bartender to the wait staff (even those not waiting on us) treated us like royalty. The wine list is expansive and our selection was delicious, and the food was out of this world. My only complaint was that my skate was a little greasy but that was very minor. A great restaurant overall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Reminds me of an energetic Paris Bistro. Food was outstanding!! Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem
    Fcools
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great food, honest prices. Nice terrace. Noisy though
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    ClevelandParker
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Le Diplomate is "the" bistro experience in the area. The ambience is just right. Great spot for a date. It is victim, a little, to the hype (perhaps generated by the WaPo reviews). Its a great destination, and true its vision. Its not an out of this world food experience. Its a bistro. I struggled like crazy to get an on-line reservation, but it seems like people got tables on a weeknight as walk ups. That said, I am really glad for the experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A total delight!
    Rewarding
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Le Diplomate has pleased us now five straight visits over the past several months. The greeting, ambiance, attentive waitstaff, top taste and presentation all add up to a place to go to often and share with important friends with similar restaurant experience and interests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • c'est fantastique
    klaifimust
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Le Diplomate manages to live up to all the hype surrounding it -- truly an outstanding addition to the overdone 14th St corridor. The food was stellar and represents a difficult-to-find niche in DC dining -- authentic French recipes, no fusion about it. Service was courteous, helpful, and real -- the waitstaff are human beings who don't sound like robots reciting bad poems when describing dishes. Be certain to reserve in advance, and perhaps to go fasting --- you will want to eat five meals while there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MerelVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Every time I go to DC which is often I have to eat here at least once. I have sent so many people here they must think I'm on the PR team for Le Diplomate! I love the vibe, the Balthazar-feel, the ambiance, the food, the everything! I'm hooked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another perfect brunch
    DrewDC
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great food (as always), amazing service and cute wait staff. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply fabulous!
    outoftenVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We thought that Le Diplomate would fall victim to the extreme hype when it first opened, but fortunately it has not. The food is spectacular, the setting wonderful, and the service absolutely perfect. We particularly enjoy their brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. May it continue to thrive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch service fell down
    TFY1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Reminded waiter 3 times to bring bread; 1st course forgotten by staff. As we had 9:30 brunch reservation, restaurant wasn't crowded. What happened?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MaggieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is just ok, so not sure what all the hype is on this restaurant. Had the mushroom tart and scallops. Both just ok. Scallops were salty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    mcka2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Came with my family over the weekend, great food and ambiance. Service was a little pushy, but ended up being fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Anniversary and Wife Birthday
    hsjs
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my wife on this special occasion to experience Le Diplomat. Reserving a table came with ease. However, I was disappointed with the parking situation, lack of a valet, and the manner our reserved table got dismissed. We were sent to a part of the restaurant where it was noisy, and was not able to enjoy a quiet and soothing atmosphere. The food was extraordinary. We had the American Burger, and the steak. The flavors went very well together. The steak was well-done, moist, and juicy. There was a very distinguished green sauce on the steak which mixed well with the seasoned potatoes. The american burger was fresh and juicy. The burger bun made the dish come together. The desert recommendation, dark chocolate napoleon, was well received.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took me back to Paris
    CMKSJ1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful food, ambience, decor, service. The only negative is the noise level. My friends and I had to shout to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger!Best Foie Gras Parfait!
    PapaeagleVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Don't go here if you're watching your waistline. Better give yourself a break and go here. Start with sharing the Foie Gras Parfait - it's enough for three or four to go crazy over. and then dive into the Burger Americain (Five Guys eat your heart out). Profiteroles and cafe au lair for dessert and you will go home very happy indeed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, as always.
    jfcdxi135
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I went for her birthday, and as always, it was a fantastic experience. The Service was fantastic and the food was better. Always a great place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service & atmosphere
    ck123
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food, service, and atmosphere. I absolutely love the decor; it really brings me back to Paris' lovely cafes. For my fellow NY'ers, I would equate Le Diplomate to Pastis. For dinner, my friends and I had the lamb, steak, and sea bass, the creme brûlée, and a bottle of rose -- all of which were marvelous. Highly recommended! Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth waiting for
    Brant
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    it took us six months to get a reservation at 7:15 PM and was worth the wait. do you steak frites was perfectly prepared, and the french fries were and cut and prepared. The soul meuniere was as good as you would get in a fine Paris restaurant. Service was attentive without being cloying, and the atmosphere was that of an authentic Paris bistro
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Solid but not spectacular in all categories. I know it's really popular but as someone who lives most of the time in NYC, I don't see what the fuss is about.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lives up the hype
    lionsheadVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I chose Le Diplomat simply because a reservation was available day-of. They are hard to come by. Now I understand why. Excellent raw oysters, perfect onion soup, exceptional steak frites (far better than your standard hanger steak, and probably the best steak I've had this year) and wonderful profiteroles. Everything was really first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great ambiance, terrible food.
    dukeprincessVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I went to Le Diplomate for my birthday on 9/10/14. We booked these reservations a month in advance just to ensure we would receive a table for 6. We were quickly escorted to our table and the servers were very attentive. However the food was terrible. My appetizer salad's dressing was laden in salt. I ordered the steak frites and the steak was burnt on the outside and rare on the inside. The meat was tough and not good. My boyfriend had the pork Milanese that was fried tough. Even my friend's duck confit was overcooked. The creme brule I ordered for dessert was more of a dense pudding than a light dessert as it is supposed to be. I think the hype is not warranted for this place and I wouldn't recommend. Birthday dinner ruined.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wonderful experience. I had been there before and the service was not great and I e mailed them. We were their guests this time and the service and extras to make up for bad service last time were amazing! They want to make everyone's time there memorable. The warm shrimp salad and steak frites and Steak a poive was to die for ! Definitely will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience, great service
    Drea
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. My companions all loved it. The service was outstanding and the hostess was very welcoming.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greta Evening
    Golfer
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went there, my wife's idea, for my birthday celebration. It reminded me of an old Parisian brasserie. Noisy, but everyone was having a good time. The food was delicious, and the service was among the most friendly, organized and efficient I have ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best there is in DC
    DrewVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Phenomenal French Bistro. Best Bread in Town! Steven Starr has done it again. A not to miss restaurant with a great menu and great food. can;t be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paris At Its Finest
    Strad6708
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I have very high expectations when it comes to French restaurants. The best dining experiences of my life have occurred in Paris. I can honestly say I felt like I was in Paris for the evening while dining at Le Diplomate. The french onion soup and beef bourguignon rivaled any I have had in Paris. The ambience was magnificent. Le Diplomate was the perfect setting for an evening with someone very special to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance for date night
    LizD
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I went to Le Diplomate with my boyfriend and the restaurant was lovely. We had a very friendly waiter, who explained which items on the menu were gluten free (I am celiac), some fun cocktails and wine, and a great overall experience. We noticed that the tables were mostly occupied by couples, so it definitely has a date night feeling to it. The ceviche wasn't particularly visually pleasing (not latin style ceviche), but the flavor was really delicious, so the food does speak for itself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredable wait staff
    Katie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Everything about our experience was memorable. The valets retrieved a birthday present from our parked car and brought it to our table. All our entrees were fabulous, and our waiter could tell us about every dish - wine - cocktail on the menu and was instrumental in helping us to the best selections for our various tastes and wants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French bistro at its best
    MissIvyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great bistro in D.C. severing French classics. We shared the butter lettuce salad and steamed mussels avec frites. The broth with the mussels was perfectly seasoned and very delicious. Two glasses of Cote du Rhone. Everything was excellent! Very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgot birthday candle
    cm0013aVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had great food and the service was pretty good, but I had called ahead to ask for a candle in our dessert for my boyfriend's birthday and the note didn't get passed along. It was a little disappointing. Still a good experience overall though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treated parents to amazing dinner
    DiningInDCVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was the perfect place to take my out-of-town French-loving parents for dinner. Despite it being a Sunday night, we absolutely needed reservations- it was packed! Make reservations at least a week in advance. The food was amazing- we tried the mushroom tart (4 small slices) and the 3 cheese appetizer plate. After that, the warm shrimp salad was delicious with a lemon butter sauce. For dinner, we tried the beef bourguignon, salmon, and the scallops. We loved each dish! Even my hard-to-please father enjoyed every bite and complimented the restaurant throughout our dinner. Oh, and don't fill up on the fresh warm bread they bring out to start! I would definitely recommend this as a romantic evening out- though it was quite loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • babybaby
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The noise level was too high! It was hard to hear my dinner companions when talking at a normal level. Additionally, I made a reservation for a special event one month prior to my reservation, and we had one of the worst tables in the place! Right in front of the entrance to the kitchen and immediately in front of the bar. Next time I will know to request a better table, but really????????
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed after previous visits
    MLouise1
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We were impressed with the food and ambience on several previous weeknight visits. This time on Sunday evening our party of four with out of town guests was a disappointment to us as hosts. The mushroom tart that we had loved had completely changed for the worst. The roast chicken was lukewarm and looked reheated. The music was incredibly loud, and the restaurant chaotic. The experience at Le Diplomate completely changed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loved it
    eac51
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great place-- the waitstaff is top notch, the food is delicious, the setting is perfect. There are ways to keep dinner reasonable in price or go all and splurge on Champagne and a seafood tower! I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.