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
1217 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (764)special occasion (638)great for outdoor dining (633)neighborhood gem (615)hot spot (593)great for brunch (469)notable wine list (378)romantic (376)vibrant bar scene (265)good for groups (243)great for lunch (152)late-night find (107)kid-friendly (68)scenic view (40)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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
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    • 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.
  • Skip the traditional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Go for something crazy on this menu. If you just want eggs and sausage there are other places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Misses
    ArlgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is my third visit and it's the same old same old: delicious, great service and great decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, very noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We made reservations for our anniversary. We ended up being 20 minutes late due to bad weather and slow traffic. The hostess managed to get us a table within 15 min after arriving, but it wasn't ideal. Right by the door and very noisy. It wasn't quite what we had in mind. We decided to try some place else, but when we told our waiter he insisted on finding us another table in a quieter part of the restaurant. In less than 5 min he managed to find us a quieter spot in a room will lower lighter and better ambiance. It was perfect. All done with grace and professionalism. And the food was as good as the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Babs
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food, the service, the wine. and the bistro atmosphere were marvelous. The only criticism my party had was the pricing of the special. It was delicious, but $38.00 for a short rib seems a bit excessive. That is really the only negative we encountered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    KimbyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was extremely impressed with Le Diplomate. The food was delicious. Normally, I find potatoes bland and I leave them untouched. The breakfast at Le Diplomate were wonderfully crispy and flavorful--I ate them all. My omelette was cooked perfectly. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent birthday meal!
    nicenick73
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We dined at Le Diplomate for my birthday. Most incredible macaroni au gratin!!! Salade Lyonnaise was outstanding. Heirloom tomato salad was delicious, as were the profiteroles! Le Diplomate transports you to France. Very similar to Balthazar in NYC but larger portions. We were here on a very busy Friday night. Our server was outstanding and the Beverage Manager/Sommelier Erik was incredibly accommodating and friendly. I would love to come back for another visit, perhaps for breakfast. If you love French bistro cuisine do yourself a favor and visit Le Diplomate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, 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
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acoustics ruin A+ meal
    SbejcVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We love everything about Le Diplomate except for the noise level. It's terrible to have to shout so your dinner mates can hear you. We really wish some kind of sound containment were installed to make Le Diplomate an all-around excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A slice of Paris in DC
    MaplesWillVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Took my wife and 6 guests there 9/4 for her birthday. Food, wine and service were all exceptional. Have been to the famous Brasserie Lipp in Paris, and can say the vibe was similar. If you want to feel like a night in Paris, go to Le Diplomate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food excellent, noise level unbearable making conversation difficult, if not impossible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recipe for Success
    z001VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    How does Stephen Starr create a French brasserie that rivals the best in Paris? At Le Diplomate, Starr blends brilliant chefs that create outstanding French cuisine; competent and caring managers that put their customers first; and a highly polished wait staff that is friendly, efficient, kind, and extremely knowledgeable with traditional French comfort food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale
    FamilyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My wife and I are "foodies" and take pride in dining at the restaurants that receive the most positive buzz. Having been in DC for many of the last 40 years, there have not been that many great restaurants for the area. Most were the usual suspects. When friends kept raving about Le Diplomate, I thought that it was probably very good but the extent of their praise made me believe they were exaggerating. I know the restaurants in NYC and many in Europe and feel that Le "Dip" can stand up to any of them. We had the Dover Sole and it was expertly prepared. Coupled with everything else, it still brings a smile to my face. I can't speak any more highly. It is the best I have had in DC in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.