This is a classic, up scale
This is a classic, up scale restaurant with excellent food and service. If you want to conduct a professional business meal and impress your client. This is the place.
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and the service were
The food and the service were superb. Victor is the best waiter in Washington! He is always courteous, professional, cordial, and thoughtful.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
The restaurant was lovely
The restaurant was lovely traditionally appointed room with a romantic live piano music during dinner. The food was from a special menu created for the Cherry Blossom Festival it was innovative appetizer and very good as was the rest of the meal. The whole menu and the wine pairing were spot on. The only disappointment was the view we thought the restaurant was at the top of the Hay-Adams hotel with a lovely view of Lafayette Park and the White House but it is on the ground level. The upper area is for special events only.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is an ultimate Washington
This is an ultimate Washington power dining location. Breakfast for 4 was over $100 and all I ate was fruit. The prices for breakfast foods are beyond stratospheric and well into the ridiculous. But you go here for the location, and the ambience. I don't know what lunch or dinner would be like. As breakfast food goes it was well done and very nice but there's only so much you can do with eggs.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hay Adams-Elegance Personified
In a word, exquisite. We booked brunch for a family trip to Washington without realizing it was Easter. What a sumptuous repast the Hay Adams delivered! The food was superb, the roast meats so tender they cut like butter, delicate sauces and condiments to accompany them, creative salads and side dishes, fresh caught sushi, delicious and beautiful desserts, all presented with elegance and in an expansive manner so one could move freely and enjoy the view of the skyline with the tables well spaced so no one felt crowded, too often the case with some brunches. The President and his family kindly capped off the meal by making an appearance for their annual Easter church service! Staff were most gracious and attentive. A memorable experience.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful in every way, we've
Wonderful in every way, we've been before and will return again and again!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and really
Excellent food and really attentive service--always a pleasure to dine here and perfect for conversation. Tables are well spaced to allow private discussions.
4/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a lovely romantic dinner
We had a lovely romantic dinner at Lafayette. The room is elegant with a nice space between tables. The food was excellent and the staff is extremely well trained. They are knowledgeable about what they serve, are friendly, not stuffy, and they truly make you feel comfortable. Great evening!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Food, White House View
Top-notch food and service, with an ambiance you can't beat. It's in a historic hotel opposite the White House and the windows look out at the White House. Perhaps the best experience I've ever had eating in DC.
4/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Worth the price for a special
Worth the price for a special occasion or important business meeting. Service impeccable, food first rate.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food and service.
Wonderful dinner and awesome service. Highly recommended.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of those DC restaurants
One of those DC restaurants where you can luxuriate in the ambiance of a beautiful dining room. The food is quite good as well. I had the black bean soup and the gnocchi for brunch on this visit. Also, the bread prior to the meal should receive mention. Service was quite good overall, but slightly lagging towards the end of the meal. I would certainly return for a dinner on a future visit to DC.
5/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service, great ambience - could expect anything better
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service and food were wonderful. Would definitely recommend the crab cakes.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday dinner party
Amazing service and food. One of the best dinners we have had. Everything was perfect.
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and we must say our meal could not have been more delicious and enjoyable. The food was incredible. The bread was wonderful (plentiful and excellent assortment); had the beet salad and tuna carpaccio for appetizers; a fabulous watermelon and champagne sorbet; the crab cakes and scallops for entrees; vanilla mousse with basil sugar for dessert. Everything was beautifully served and our server, Clarence, was impeccable and yet so warm and friendly and treated us like the most special guests ever! Everything was perfect right down to the wine selection and the beautiful window by which we were seated. We're so grateful for the experience and it will always be a very special memory.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely outstanding service and dining experience!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing restaurant in a classic hotel in a power city. Wow. Thanks for giving us more than we could have asked for in our meal, service and staff. The classy woman greeting us for our dinner was just the start. She was genuine and graceful. Our waiter was friendly and very knowledgeable about all that we asked. Thanks for the perfect visit!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love going back to Lafayette...the staff is always friendly and welcoming and the food is excellent.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dinners at Lafayette!
I held two special dinners with clients and potential clients at the Lafayette Restaurant. When I booked, I saw the high ratings of the restaurant and saw that it was across from the north entrance of the White House. Classy!! What I did not know until I arrived at the address is that the restaurant is in the classic Hay-Adams Hotel!
The meal, service and atmosphere were fantastic! I highly recommend it for a special evening. A really good pianist played during the evening, but at a level that did not drown out our conversation. Very Nice!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely fabulous experience. Reservation for 10 at 10:30 thinking we were good for Sunday brunch, but brunch starts at 11:30. The staff bent over backwards to defuse my mistake and take care of us like royalty. One of the best experiences I've ever had...felt like Christmas morning!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A special occasion to remember!
Eli, our waiter, was extraordinary...helpful and attentive without being overly solicitous. He recommended some selections and seemed to have a genuine interest in our dining experience. The lemon soufflé was perhaps the best dessert I have ever eaten. Eli had recommended it and told me of the 20 minute wait for its preparation. It was worth every second that it took to come to the table. AMAZING. The crab cakes were delicious - chunks of crab! The room was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers throughout. My husband and I are not drinkers, so we cannot attest to the wine list, but the house made lemonade was delicious. The overall service - Eli and Ernesto - gave us a dining experience/birthday dinner to remember.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stylish, delicious and historical!
I recommend the crab cakes! OMG! I love the old charm dining with the white table cloths and "at your service" wait staff. I took a leap choosing this place for our group, who were in DC for a convention. When our cab arrived, we had no idea it was located right across the street from The White House! We went on a Saurday, and sadly they only offer Brunch menu on the weekend.
Business attire or casual is required. No beach attire or shorts or flip flops or gym shoes. Semi elegant ambiance. Middle to high $$$.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always an excellent lunch
Always an excellent lunch in an elegant and wonderfully quiet setting. The breadbasket is outstanding. Sometimes, however, the service can be uneven, especially the end of meal when it's time for the check and no one is around. At this level, timing for each part of the meal, including the end, should be close to perfect.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The combination of food, service and atmosphere made this a wonderful experience for our family. We were very well taken care of and were made to feel very welcomed. Crab cakes and filet were very tasty. Great for business dinners where you appreciate the ability to have quality conversation at your table without noise and interruptions as well as special nights out for the family.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impeccable food and service
Just an all around great restaurant for upscale dining. Highly recommend. Group that dined with me absolutely loved it.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic, old fashioned dining
Classic, old fashioned dining room...right down to the uniformed service staff and piano player. Very nice food.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ritzy and Tasty
Excellent, creative food served a la carte at price you would expect from one of DC's top hotel properties.
Decor fancy & interesting, as was view of Lafayette Park, but view of White House from the 1st floor in summer obstructed by trees.
Service exceptionally attentive - two people just to open doors. Except much confusion over whether we were ordering from breakfast menu (breakfast ends at 11) or the brunch menu (starts at 11:30 -- unclear from Open Table), and confusion over who ordered what. Our party dribbled in between 10:30 and 10:50 AM, so we did not start ordering until 11, but they made brunch options available early. Some menu options not available, and menu on Open Table not accurate.
Recommend for special occasion.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I thoroughly enjoy dining
I thoroughly enjoy dining here, and the food is great, but there is something about the service that does not match the overall quality of the setting and the food. There is a long wait between being seated and the delivery of menus, then a bit too long a wait to have the order taken, and then a wait for the check. I would not want to be rushed at any of those points, but I also should not have to ask the waiter for each step of service. He should be watching the table and noticing when those points are reached, just as he watches to refill glasses, etc.
8/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Kill the gnats
Excellent, top-tier restaurant. The last two times I was there for lunch, however, we encountered annoying gnats. They are likely coming from the live plants, and thus the solution is simple. You wouldn't expect a place this lovely to burden its clients with bugs.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over the Top!!!
WOW - Lafayette is over the top! One of the best overall dining experiences I've had in any city - or country for that matter. Excellent food and superb service delivered in a classic environment that sets the tempo for whole experience. I can't wait for my next trip to DC.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb in every way
We had a delightful evening. Our waiter, Eli, was excellent and our menu selections were beautifully presented and delicious. Even the palate cleansing sorbet made on the premises was wonderful.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, okay service
The food is generally outstanding, especially the oatmeal soufflé. The service is okay, but should be better given the caliber and price of the hotel
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
After 50 years... Still amazing!
Took my parents to the Lafayette for a celebratory dinner. Emmanuel was excellent, the food was delicious. Overall, a great experience. The ambiance with the live piano made it extra special.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Elegant Place to Eat
I was impressed with the decore, the service, and the food. It was all a very nice setting. A very enjoyable experience.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superior Service and Food
A bit of an indulgence perhaps, but completely worth it. The champagne flows and the food is so rich and delicious that you won't want to leave...we stayed for 4 hours.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved everything about the Lafayette, special shout out to the elegant servers who made the experience more special
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a special occasion , away from home and I just wanted something reliably good and close to our hotel. My husband found it painfully formal and regretted not wearing a sports jacket. The atmosphere was wonderful, service top notch and food very good. It was, however , equally as expensive. So bring along your credit card!!! The waiter recommended a glass of wine to start off with at $18 a glass. We weren't told the price until we got the bill so I thought that was a little cheeky... Glass portions made up for it as they were very big.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lafayette is top notch
Went for our wedding anniversary. It was perfect. Superb ambiance, excellent setting, INCREDIBLE service across the boards. Valet is free, efficient and quick. Doors opened and guide you to the dining room where you are greeted and seated. Simply perfect. This is how service should be done. The food was also very good,not quite 5 star (close) but at $200 (20% tip included) with a $50 bottle of wine it was incredible. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my wife to Lafayette Restaurant for her surprise birthday dinner. The service, food, and ambiance were great.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent all around
We celebrated with our pre-wedding dinner here and it was perfect !
There wasn't one thing that passed our lips that wasn't excellent!!!
Very nice - not pretencious at all
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Restaurant across the street from the White House. The Dover Sole is a must if you like fish. You won't regret it!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top of the line
The brunch experience was a delight. Buffet appetizers were delicious, the main course was perfection, and the desserts were to die for. Mimosas glasses were refilled, and the main course was a little slow being served; but this brunch is an experience not to be rushed. Expensive - so it should be reserved for special occasions.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM