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
1187 reviews since June 22, 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 (769)neighborhood gem (610)great for outdoor dining (608)special occasion (598)hot spot (595)great for brunch (443)notable wine list (383)romantic (348)vibrant bar scene (272)good for groups (255)great for lunch (151)late-night find (96)kid-friendly (58)scenic view (31)Show More
  • spinndoctor1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    absolutely great food, great service, outdoor dining--a bit loud. difficult to get reservations but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Le Diplomate is fantastic. However, as recommended by our waiter, I ordered the beef short rib, which is their Saturday night special, and I was slightly underwhelmed. I thought it was too fatty, and I really had to fight with the meat to pull the fat off. Nonetheless, every other aspect of our experience was amazing! If you don't know what dessert to order, go for the dark chocolate Napoleon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Just took a friend that was in town. Minor issue with the food and the server and management went above and beyond to make up for it. The food is absolutely delicious and the staff is incredibly professional. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C'est Magnifique
    SardinianNick
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Overall excellent food and service with two exceptions: the Bouillabaise was mediocre and the noise level borders on intolerable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another amazing meal
    restaurantreviewer4VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had another amazing meal here. I had my family down for a visit and we were so excited to take them here. Everyone loved their meals and the atmosphere. The staff was very accommodating for my 94-year-old Grandma with her wheelchair in helping us seat her and get her back into the wheelchair when we were done. Fantastic service and terrific food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for Special Occasion
    samrklevy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went to LeDiplomate for the first time to celebrate my dad's 65th birthday. We were seated immediately upon arrival and many of those surrounding us also appeared to be celebrating special occasions. The menu/ambiance is almost identical to Balthazar's in NYC (same owners), but it's one of my favorite places so this certainly isn't a bad thing. The food was very good and came out quickly despite the entire place being packed. Even my French stepmom was impressed! Would definitely return in the future, especially to go to the bar which appeared to its own hot spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It was crowded for a Wesdnesday night, I felt like I was in New York. The only thing I did like was dessert. I was very disappointed with the rest of the food, my friends told me it was the best French restaurant in town; well I guess not. Skip that please it is to expensive for what it is.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, very large portions
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great food; loved the foie gras and mushroom tort; enjoyed the chicken and veal-both pretty special. Portions were so large that I recommend ordering one appetizer to share, 2 main courses; one dessert. Very loud, but friendly environment. Wine was quite expensive and we were discouraged from ordering the carafe wine. I would return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like Paris (but waiters were nicer)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went here for 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner. Enjoyed foie gras terrine, lobster risotto and pot du chocolate myself, escargot, loup de mer, and tarte tatin for my husband, plus a nice white Burgundy. Also tried Vietnamese coffee and regular (American) coffee. Food was really good (like Paris -- reminded us of a place on the Left Bank) and the wine list was extensive. Waiters were MUCH nicer than in Paris -- very accomodating toward my food allergy to lime, and helpful when selecting dishes. No problem getting spoons to share the risotto either -- just had to ask once. Only drawback would be the noise level (which really is like Paris!) - sometimes felt as if I had to shout to be heard, and I was hoarse the next morning. But no one smokes.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice authentic bistro feel
    hosts
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went to celebrate the closing of our new place (just next door--luck us!) and we had a very nice meal. My girlfriend's lobster risotto was amazing (according to her--I don't eat lobster) and she said she has never had a better risotto (and the woman knows her risotto). My steak frites was fine--nothing spectacular, but good. ambiance was very nice--absolutely PACKED on a Tuesday evening, and very noisy. Definitely a "scene" and too loud if you wanted a quiet conversation, but nice if you wanted to embrace the buzz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AXCINC12
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Very noisy, had to speak very loud to communicate with my guests. Food came very late, Main course, Lobster Risottto was great however the starter, esgargot was not great at all. Overall experience was OK but not great. very noisy and too expensive. A bit dissapointed to sy the least.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    rsubs33
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is by far the best restaurant I have visited since moving to DC a little over a year ago. It is in line with the Stephan Starr restaurants I have visited in Philadelphia. The food was absolutely suberb and the service was there to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be my guest
    RahpatchVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Such a hot spot and has been for a while. Open table it or go to the bar. Its good but I dont understand why its always fully booked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow.
    Mustlovefood
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wow. Highlights of the night: Ricotta ravioli Steak au poivre with pommes purée Romarin cocktail AND Milk chocolate pot de creme Not only was the food incredible but I left feeling full/ completely satisfied. Loved the feel of the resturant as well! Will absolutely be back, even if just for drinks and dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food/Wonderful Staff
    MidCenturyModernist
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Exquisite food and a charming atmosphere were all that has been claimed. The Warm Shrimp Salad was a delight. The Duck and Beef Bourguingnon were both perfect, with the accompanying vegetables fresh and bursting with flavor. Best of all, the staff was just wonderful. Bringing my partner here for his 40th birthday dinner, the staff helped surprise him by delivering his gift to the table after the main course (the manager, Adrian, claiming that the bottle of Tom Ford cologne was just "a small token that Le Diplomate gives to first-time patrons."). Just delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Dininggirl
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything was beautifully cooked. Service was fabulous. Not for those who don't like salt, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I came here on the recommendation of a friend and I was not disappointed. This place is HUGE, much bigger than I expected, and because of that if it's busy it's fairly noisy. Despite the crush of people our waiter was a delight, very friendly and helpful, and we didn't have to wait long for anything. The food was delicious, plentiful, and really for DC not expensive. The best part - this place knew how to cook eggs properly! Not dry, perfectly soft omelette, I haven't had anything so well prepared since I was in Europe. The bread that you get at the beginning of the meal is also amazing, so good in fact, you don't need to order anything else carb related on offer. I definitely recommend this place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • INCREDIBLE
    LeLove
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Le Diplomate has got to be one of the most delicious restaurants I have ever been to. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and personable. I highly recommend this place to ANYONE. Already looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le Diplomate continues to please
    outoftenVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We love brunch at Le Diplomate, one of our favorite restaurants in DC. We're hoping that they'll one day serve a daily breakfast and lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nmac
    Nosh
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have been to Le Diplomate several times for breakfast and have always enjoyed it tremendously. Anyone who loves traveling to Paris will enjoy the food and ambiance of this gem on 14th Street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine!
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There's a reason Le Diplomate has remained so busy... the food! On our most recent visit, we had the macaroni & cheese, the pate, the veal, the short rib, and the crème brûlée. All dessert are made on-site by a pastry chef. It is worth the long wait or planning ahead and making a reservation (well in advance). There's a little bit of favoritism for some patrons who get to bypass the wait, but that's not atypical in DC where who you know is your most valuable asset.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful brunch!
    Brunch
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My friends and I had a wonderful brunch on Saturday at Le Diplomate! Great service, great food, and great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but a great experience
    geno911
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Luis, our server, was prompt, accommodating, and knowledgable. The restaurant was roaring with the noise of two hundred yuppies wolfing down brunch, but the charm of the Parisian decor still permeated our experience. Poached eggs basquaise and gruyere omelette were both delicious, and the specialty coffee is worth the $4-5 they charge for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointing
    Hunter1953
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nice restaurant, but food didn't live up to expectations. Mushroom tart really great, but the bouillabaise was way off the mark. I'd be surprised if any saffron at all were used in the stock, and I tasted no fennel. The rouille was crude, but it did provide some flavor. Decor was fake French, sort of a la Disney, but nice enough in a "stage set" sort of a way. Service was very pleasant but continually and unnecessarily overfilled wine glasses. Having been a server, I know the trick, and I realize that the server would really like the larger tip probably associated with selling the second bottle, but a red wine glass 1/3 full does NOT need filling in the middle of dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    Bittersweet
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A smile can go a long way, I believe it's part of hospitality. Server was beyond wonderful, excellent service skills, fri nely, warm, welcoming, accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Jenny
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Fresh food with nice presentation and fantastic service. All around terrific meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great decor - disappointing food
    Frenchie1974
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The decor is fantastic here - truly captures the old Parisian feel and as a former resident of Paris, I know this place has done a great job recreating an authentic Parisian Bistro look and feel. Food was just so-so in my humble opinion. My mussels were somewhat overcooked and shriveled and there was cream in the broth which is not the way Parisians eat them Moules Marinere is always a clear soup with lots of aromatics. My friends warm shrimp salad had shrimp with a strong iodine taste which is not acceptable. Starter green salad with haricots verts was very nice and profiteroles dessert was well done. Waiter was friendly but not knowledgeable about ingredients and could not explain type of mushrooms in the tart. Go for the decor!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent French Bistro Food
    GastronomiqueSuedois
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went for a late dinner at 9. We were seated very promptly, even though we were a few minutes early and it was very full. The server was great and was very attentive to us. She helped to explain the menu and the food in a great way. She also higlighted some dishes that are a bit unusual, that you would not usually pick, like a Terrine of Pigs Cheeks ! Food was excellent and the wine list was very complete. We had a wonderful Gigondas that you really do not see available in the stores, so a great wine-experience could be had. While the noise level was a bit high at 9, it soon became a bit more sedate on this weekday. We would come back any evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful!
    hairbrained
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Had our wedding anniversary here. The staff chose an ideal table for us, and our server, Dutch, was so accommodating and knowledgeable. Food courses were spaced out perfectly. We had trout, pate and steak tartare; then duck and steak au poivre; then tarte tatin and chocolate. All of it was delightful - very good food, presented well. A special shout out to Jamie Morris, the general manager, who is excellent at his job and went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner special. Thank you Le Diplomate!
    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, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great atmosphere, overpriced food
    DCfoodfan
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant with a true Parisian feel. However the food was just ok and the prices are very expensive...entrees hover around $30.. Have been here a couple of times. Beef bourguignon tasted like the sauce and the beef were burned. Coarse pate is excellent. there could be more variety on the menu offering some lower priced options. Other dishes are so so. Maybe it is difficult to maintain quality for such a large restaurant. It is not bad however there are other French restaurants in DC that are better and less expensive. If you just want great atmosphere and bar scene this is a gem.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were expecting more from what we had heard, but we probably went in with the wrong expectations. It is a good neighborhood restaurant but not a place for a special meal/occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been wanting to try Le Diplomate since it first opened and am so happy I finally got a chance to make it there. I was really impressed and it was well worth the wait. My family and I enjoyed an amazing dinner. The table had the steak tartare to start, which was very flavorful. I had the duck breast and it was cooked to perfection. My family enjoyed the shrimp salad, half roasted chicken, beef bourguignon and frites. This is a great restaurant with both excellent service and food. I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    StLfan
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    When in DC a must. Great food and service. Need reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SaraKVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Brought my brother and his girlfriend who were visiting from overseas. They absolutely loved it - everything from the food to the wine and the cocktails. They were very impressed/pleased :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NomNomNom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Everything about this place was wonderful! From the bread basket to the cheese plate to the entrees; our group snarfed it all up! :) There isn't a bad thing on this menu & we can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but underwhelming
    jsp14VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I wanted to love Le Diplomate; instead it was only decent. I liked the décor overall, but it did feel contrived, and the house music playing was off-putting and completely out of sync. The littleneck clams were good but extremely salty, the ravioli was tasty but not particularly French, and the French onion soup was delicious (very cheesy). The hanger steak was well cooked but tougher than it should have been and not particularly flavorful, which is very unusual for a hanger steak. My wife loved the warm shrimp salad. The side of haricot verts we had asked for was forgotten, brought only toward the end of the meal with apologies (and no charge), and then was completely flavorless. A decent place, but not what we were hoping for.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    food was excellent. Service was a bit slow which was surprising as the restaurant was not very crowded. Nice time to dine (Sunday evening)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • took us away from DC
    cortrig7
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was a great spot that made us feel like we had transported to France for an hour. Great seafood. Nice wine. Decadent desert. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived up to the hype
    SCEsqinDC
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was very good. We had the burger and the lamb, both were excellent. I felt a little slighted by the served, but he did a good job overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4dine
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was very good wait staff good and informative but rushed us out did not ask if we wanted coffee or desert--we found that very strange
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.