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 WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Le Diplomate reviews from OpenTable diners
1215 reviews since May 6, 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 (762)special occasion (662)great for outdoor dining (636)neighborhood gem (614)hot spot (583)great for brunch (478)romantic (389)notable wine list (377)vibrant bar scene (267)good for groups (234)great for lunch (162)late-night find (114)kid-friendly (71)scenic view (42)Show More
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Really nice restaurant. This was my first French dining experience and I was impressed. Definitely can't go wrong on a date to this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing !
    DCWorker
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to dinner for my birthday and had the most amazing dining experience. The food and service were excellent and we can't wait to return for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris on "Q"
    delightedVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We finally were able to make reservations and had our first taste of what everyone is talking about. In spite of arriving on time for our 6:15 pm reservation, we had to wait (at the bar, at our expense) 20 min. for a table. Once seated, the menu did not disappoint. We shared the heirloom tomato salad and the exquisite mushroom tart. Our bottle of wine was a little slow in arriving but we enjoyed it with the trout almandine and the sea bass. Each fish entrée was very fresh and moist but very salty. We ended the meal with profiteroles (the best I've had since Paris) and a specialty coffee. Our waiter was pleasant and attentive if a bit overly detailed in describing the menu which is classic but not inventive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great customer service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The duck hash is amazing - although they have a very fancy name for it... Get the pastry basket and eat the donut first because it's straight out of the fryer. The muffin was made with almond flour and that gives it an amazing crunchy top. Cappucino is fab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the French toast!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I went here on a Sunday with two friends. Making a reservation ahead of time was a must! We got a lovely window-side booth and enjoyed everything, especially the French toast, which comes wit pineapple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I made reservations at le diplomate for a bachelorette party. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. We had to wait a few minutes while they cleared and cleaned our table. In the mean time we were offered a drink. Our waitress was wonderful and knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Overall wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Dinner
    Cheeky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I loved everything about this place. The service was warm and energetic without being annoying. The cheese plate was our favorite. My beef was a bit too salty but the trout was cooked perfectly. I would like to go back to try the lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    One of the very best restaurants ever. Near perfection on all fronts: spectacular, rapid service; well-balanced dishes; authentic, crusty bread; fun cocktails. Great for a romantic dinner. Very tough to get reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a delight!
    zerrmatt
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Consistently wonderful, quality fare, excellent service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly really kid friendly!
    ShepherdParkMom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been for dinner and wanted to come back for brunch. We had kids in tow. No kids menu, but great high chairs and they just let us wheel the baby car seat stroller in and park at our table. The staff was amazing (as always) and we got a visit from the manager, which is just unheard of at brunch. Best part of the food is the bread and pastry (yogurt too!) and they had pancakes which made my preschooler happy. I'd love a traditional French breakfast made available- just baguette, croissant, butter jam and coffee, for a set price. Would be perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very disappointing. 10:30 seating translated into over-reduced onion soup. Gelatinous texture and salty. Steak frites also a disappointment. Cooked perfectly but had a liver like taste. Weird. Dessert good as was the bread. Waiter was blah, but rest of staff was polished. This place way over-hyped. Not even as good as the Mon Ami Gabi chain. Certainly not worth a trip from the burbs.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Breakfast
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Trout and warm shrimp salad were delicious. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Top-10 DC Restaurant!
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We made our first visit to this restaurant last week, after hearing and reading rave reviews. It lived up to the accolades of others! All of my family members enjoyed their entrees. And the service could not have been better. We thought the prices were very reasonable considering the quality and name of this establishment. We'll be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I came here for our 5th Anniversary and the service, food and ambiance were impeccable. To start off the dinner, the waiter brought us complimentary glasses of champagne and to cap everything off, house-made caramels. We were not rushed and the food was divine. Highly, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    ketta
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food, excellent service. The seafood platter is incredible, the bouillabaisse fantastic, even the hamburger (I am told) is the best in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French food
    Vickie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We found this to be a great experience with the food and service. The food was brought out in time, and the manager came to our table just to see how we were. I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French bistro
    EmirAntacli
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We was surprised about this French bistro, the ambient, food and staff was wonderful, little big noise but really nice place to dinner with friends and girlfriend.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty, fair, but overhyped
    1234
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This restaurant was fair -- but certainly does not merit the buzz about it. Food was salty and filling. Service was excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gonzo
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great service and the food outstanding. The entire staff is very attentive to every detail that makes it a pleasure to enjoy a night out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely devine
    Kmax
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My friend and I shared escargot - best I've had in the city. Our three-cheese plate and meals (steak au poivre and salmon) were delicious, too. Our waiter, Jay, gave thoughtful recommendations and asked all of the right questions. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seating
    waldo
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    waitd 20 minutes for table (with reservation) Didn't honor request. Seated us at worst table in restaurant. Not happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a lovely experience!
    pattygolfer
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The attention to detail, food and service from the management to the busboy is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    KBNDupont
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    You should make a reservation for Le Diplomate as it is one of the more popular restaurants in DC at the moment. Out door seating is highly recommended if the weather is favorable as they have a nice patio. Crowd is diverse ranging from families (though probably a small number) to friends and dates. Dress ranges from casual to very chic. Basically, it's a very trendy place, but relaxed and makes everyone feel welcome. The food is outstanding and the service was great. We went on a weeknight--if you go on a weekend, expect the place to be packed--it almost always is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True to the reviews...and more!
    SisterVee4LeD
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Everything I had read in the Washington Post review as well as the June issue of The Washingtonian ("Washington's 25 Best Burgers") about Le Diplomate was absolutely true! The wait staff was attentive and hospitable; the bread was absolutely fabulous; everything I ordered was so well prepared, presented and delicious that I would recommend them all: burger amèricain, pommes frites, sautèed spinach, and apple tarte tatin. You also bring a wonderful ambience to the neighborhood. Merci beaucoup!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really, really good food
    AmyH
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant really knows how to cook. My meal was very tasty and very enjoyable. Although our waiter did not pay much attention to our special requests, our food was served hot and timely. We never felt rushed while dining. Don't forget t enjoy the bread basket before your meal. Very enjoyable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cherish202
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband declared that this is his new favorite DC restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied Foodie!
    MaryAngelaChi
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was looking for a restaurant that served french cuisine and was referred to Le Diplomate by some coworkers. It did not disappoint! I love the busy and energetic atmosphere of this restaurant. We ordered Macaroni Au Gratin and Foie Gras Parfait for appetizers, Steak Frites and Beef Bourguignon for entrées, and Apple Tarte Tatin for desert. All the food came out in a nice presentation and tasted delicious! The flavors were incredible and satisfied my craving for French food. Our waiter was so attentive and his service exceeded my expectations. I can't wait to go back and try something new!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good but...
    aibarrola
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    They took too much time between one course and the second until we remind them. But they had a nice gesture sending us desserts to apologize.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Delightful
    otberburVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We treated some friends to dinner at La Diplomate to thank them for a favor they had provided. It was a wise choice. Everyone enjoyed their food. My warm shrimp salad had properly dressed greens and some of the best tasting shrimp I've had in several years. The fries in my steak frites were exceptional, although the steak itself, while properly prepared, could have had more flavor. A lemon tart provided a pleasant ending and the bread basket, as in previous visits, was first rate. Service was courteous and timely without being hovering or overbearing. And, as usual, the dining area was quite noisy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy but not stuffy...
    BrunchHound
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We got a table late afternoon for our anniversary brunch. The service (Doug, our waiter), food (duck and beef bourguignon) and wine suggestion (2000 Bordeaux) were exceptional. This was our first time eating here and it will bring us back, for sure. The only reason the ambience doesn't get a 5 star is we were sat near the opening of the patio where it was steadily raining. There were other seats available that could have kept us from getting sprayed. Other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this gem on 14th.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    terry
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a late Saturday lunch outside on the patio. Great atmosphere and loved the warm shrimp salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WarsawVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, service and food. Would recommend the restaurant to anyone. Matthias Boenke, manager, was pleasant and enjoyable to talk to.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful time
    goravens
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our group of four spent 4 hours enjoying the atmosphere and ability to talk and enjoy good wine and cheese. The starters and mains were very good. Not big portions but good quality. Absolutely need reservations well in advance. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful!
    aems
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Server was amazing. Great knowledge of cheese/wine and pairing knowledge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Several highs and a low
    dcyev
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service and ambiance was terrific. Lively but not too noisy. We were seated relatively quickly given that we arrived early for our reservation and the food and wine was delivered to the table quickly (as compared to other "busy/lively" restaurants we've patronized. The only low points were with the food - especially the Dover sole which was the special for the evening but was oversalted. All in all, we still enjoyed our dinner but would have had a better experience if the food met our expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overhyped-Try Rose's Luxury Instead
    io10VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We shared a bottle of wine and the ravioli appetizer; I ordered the moules frites, and my friend had the warm farro salad. Our food was perfectly fine, but the moules were rather flavorless despite the warm buttery aroma of the broth. My friend's salad was similarly lackluster, and the ravioli was something I could easily buy at a store and make at home in under ten minutes. It was incredibly loud and hard to hear ourselves talk. The service was very good but didn't make up for the boring food. We were not wowed, and the meal was certainly not worth the over $100 we spent. My advice: Skip Le Diplomate and go to Rose's Luxury for your special occasions.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb resturant experience
    BobA
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Got back from Paris a month ago and felt like we had returned for the evening! Only difficulty was the menu -- so many fantastic choices! We will just have to plan many more visits! Excellent wine list and terrific service rounded out a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dinner with friends
    AnnF
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    There's a reason everyone is taking about Le Diplomate. I came here for a celebratory dinner with two good friends. It was the perfect spot! To start, we wanted wine but weren't sure what to order . Our wonderful waitress sent over their sommelier, who helped us select a delicious white wine (when we ordered the one he recommended, he thanked us for taking his recommendation!). To start, I split the warm shrimp salad with my friend--the waitress knew we were splitting so she had it served on two dishes! It was incredible. The Moules Frites entree was wonderful as well. When it came time for dessert, there was no splitting--we each had to try one of their desserts. Wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • janayeats
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Sorry but this time the food was disappointing. It took forever for our order to arrive and when it did, my and my daughter's scallops were cold. My husband had the chicken and said it was devoid of flavor. The previous time we visited, the food knocked our socks off. Not sure what happened! No worries. We love Steven Star restaurants and will be back. Hopefully, it was just an off night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE LOVE
    dcjeepVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been here at least 20 times and every time it is AMAZING!!!! I get the Moules Frites most of the time and they are DELICIOUS!!! Outside sitting is the best because I am able to bring my dog. He loves the pommes frites. A must go to in DC !!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic