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
1194 reviews since June 2, 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 (746)great for outdoor dining (615)special occasion (604)neighborhood gem (599)hot spot (579)great for brunch (449)notable wine list (374)romantic (361)vibrant bar scene (269)good for groups (248)great for lunch (144)late-night find (95)kid-friendly (57)scenic view (34)Show More
  • Eat here.
    bullcitycocoVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Seriously, if you have the chance, eat here. One of the truly great meals of my life. Definitely pricey, completely worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure what hype is all about
    sandy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    For a restaurant that is extremely hard to get a reservation and is packed every day of the week, I was very disappointed in the Steak Frites which is a staple of a French Bistro. The cut of meat was not very good and I have never had it prepared as a thick cut of meat. The bread and appetizers, however, were delicious and my husband's duck was very tasty. The outdoor dining is very nice and almost a must as the inside noise level makes having a conversation very difficult. I think 14th St. has many other more interesting restaurants and would just rate the meal and experience as average. Nice place to go if you live in the neighborhood but not worth a special trip.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If we can't have Paris....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My Husband and I just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary at Le Diplomat. We went there for our first anniversary as well. Our honeymoon was Paris and Le Diplomat is a taste of Paris just down the road from us. From the food to the service the 2 hours were simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great meal and beautiful decor. The only downside was the rushed service, which took away from our dining experience.
    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 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was excellent. It's a happening place, with lots of bustle and noise. Don't go if you want to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really is that good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had high expectations and went to Le Diplomate for a special occasion. We had a great time and a wonderful meal. Our server was absolutely first rate, all of the food was very high quality. Friendly staff and environment, its clear to see why they are so busy. Their stars are well deserved. We are already planning on our return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    From starters to finale, Le Diplomate has perfected the casual dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    amateurfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The waiter was very friendly and helpful with suggestions. I've been before and really enjoyed the steak and eggs for brunch; the gruyere omelette didn't really compare. The bread and breakfast potatoes were very good as always though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit of many to come...
    ReynoldsVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We arrived early and enjoyed extraordinary service, a great table near an open window, a beautiful evening and perfect service! It is just one of those places we will visit over and over!! It does get noisy around 8:30p...when the younger crowd is in full flower!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently yummy
    Joani
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The bread, burger ans mussels are great as always. The chicken liver foie gras was a nice discovery eventhough it is not a real foie gras (usually made from duck and liver). The desserts were stellar: milk chocolate mousse (called pot de crème) and the crème brulée were worth the treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It!!
    LKayC
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was my first time going to Le Diplomate- and it was every bit as good as it is hyped up to be. Excellent service and they made my friend's bday a special experience and one she is still talking about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Portions getting smaller?
    MartodcdcVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Is it me, or the portions are getting smaller? I had the lamb, which I had in a previous occasion, but the portion size was about half...
    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
  • Excellent Dining Choice
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Not sure why the crowds have disappeared. This remains the top dining spot on the 14th Street corridor. My daily special of lobster risotto was delicious and all guests were equally delighted with their meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    DCNative61
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Fabulous French feel. Beautiful evening so we sat outside. I want to return and sit inside so I can appreciate the décor and feel of vibe of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I finally was able to make it to Le Diplomate and I was not disappointed. Hands down this was an outstanding meal with incredible service, delicious food and an amazing cheese selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • still excellent
    NotCsitsmaVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    attentive service is still the norm at this gem. great food too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love La Diplomate
    1SueBVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We love everything about this restaurant except the noise level. Even in the garden room, we couldn't hear each other on this visit. Service was great -- permitting me to taste a wine before ordering it & choose another when I didn't care for it.
    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 experience
    Sookie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a really good waiter, Roger who was able to make fantastic recommendations on wines, cheeses and food. The deco was delightful, with a Parisien Bistro-styled theme and beautiful wood-and leather furnishings.The food was also delicious! The only very minor issue is perhaps the restaurant could think of including a few more vegetarian options for dinner entrees!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    Abqdiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Really enjoyed a wonderful dinner here with friends. Beautiful ambiance and delicious food. Top notch service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Returning to a favorite restaurant
    PGLL2003
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le Diplomate; a great French bistro
    MikeRVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Le Diplomate is a singular restaurant experience. It is as good as the best bistros in Paris. It is exactly what Washington DC needed. And it is well placed on the booming 14th street scene. The wine and beer list are exemplary. The food is perfect. I had great New Brunswick Oysters, the best sea bass I have ever tasted bar none. Sea Bass is hard to prepare right. The chef knew what he was doing. I was very happy with my choice. And i had a really great Paris worthy dessert, a Chocolate Napoleon. Complex and mouth watering. I ate in the conservatory section, very romantic and fun. My beer and wine choices were also great. The waitstaff is attentive. I will be going back on every trip to DC. I may even eat there twice each trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always hoppin'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Le Diplomate continues to be a hot reservation and understandably so. The food is reliable, the service decent (though service during our last visit was just ok), and the people watching is fantastic. Oh, and the papmlemousse cocktail is refreshing and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    rocky8u
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Le Diplomate was absolutely fantastic. I will definitely return here whenever I want french food in DC again and will gladly recommend this restaurant to others. I had the braised lamb with couscous, escargot, and the profiteroles. All were fantastic.
    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, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!!
    2dccritics
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We enjoyed our window seat along 14th. The weather was perfect for the open windows beside us. Our server was great--very attentive and helpful with the menu and the day's specials. As returning customers, we always have a great meal a Le Diplomate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • what a disappoinment!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Hostess was prompt and friendly. Our waiter was so accomodating and courteous. One of our guests didnt like the first margarita drink. He promptly replaced with another drink. But everything else failed to meet our expactations. My onion was way too sweet. The roasted scallop was not firm and too much of the sour sauce. Dont order the moules frittes. The combination of Mayonnaise and mussels dont mix well together. Do order the foie gras, smooth and melts in your mouth. Just to be fair, I will give it another try but without my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem
    Fcools
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great food, honest prices. Nice terrace. Noisy though
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • 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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    • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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