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Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC
Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC
Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC
Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC
Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC

Lafayette Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1513 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With large windows opening onto Lafayette Park and the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital and is certain to complement any dining experience.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Continental
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sun 3:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 638-2570
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Nicolas Legret
  • Catering
    Private Dining available for groups of up to 16 guests.
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining is available in our Lafayette Restaurant. Views of Lafayette Park and exquisite cuisine and service guaranteed!
  • Private party contact
    Colette Marquez: (202) 638-6600
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    H Street
  • Parking details
    There is a parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking.
  • Public transit
    McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
  • Entertainment
    Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,513 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • District of Columbia

    Good for special occasions

  • District of Columbia

    American

1,511 Reviews
  1. Winnie

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful space, excellent service, good food beautifully presented.

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  2. EricaP

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always my favorite place in DC! Breakfast is just amazing and service impeccable.

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  3. JohnM

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant remains our favorite for breakfast. The service is stellar, and the food is even better.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and amazing dinner and drinks!

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  5. PS01

    Los Angeles

    632 reviews

    5.0

    632 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went back for the second day in a row. Perfect food, perfect service, perfect atmosphere!

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  6. PS01

    Los Angeles

    632 reviews

    5.0

    632 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Five stars all around. Impeccable service and beautiful environment.

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  7. LizH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a treasure in one of the best 5 star boutique hotels in Washington DC. Customer service is #1 priority for everyone associated with this hotel and restaurant. They make you feel like the most important guest there, remembering your name and every detail of your order. There was never a moment where we were looking for someone for a water refill or anything else.

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  8. Greyford

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoy treating myself to beautiful up-scale experiences . . . . I savored each moment and morsel - lulled by lovely melodies from the piano player which echoed the restaurant's elegant atmosphere.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places in DC. Great food, great wine, great atmosphere and location

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  10. FranklinK

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lafayette always delivers an outstanding service experience.

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  11. Ramone

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite spot, we feel always welcome , staff is always so attentive and profesional . Food is outstanding .

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  12. PresMitchell

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an incredible dinner celebrating the promotion of a friend to her new role. The service and ambiance were impeccable, and I look forward to the next time we get to stop by for a good meal and good vibes.

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  13. DJMB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful dining room with excellent service and extremely good food. An old-fashioned and extremely elegant place to dine. We have always had exceptionally good food and good service and a lovely ambience when we come here. Highly recommended.

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  14. KristinA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting and great food. Great service as well!

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  15. Liz456

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I celebrated my birthday at the Hay Adams and had dinner and breakfast at The Lafayette. Both meals were delightful. The scallops and black bass at dinner both were cooked perfectly and had excellent flavor. Same goes for the french toast and oatmeal souffle at breakfast.

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  16. Nigel

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent traditional restaurant. Delicious food. Elegant setting, very good service. Quiet ambience allows conversation. Only one disappointment next day at breakfast was the changeover to very ordinary china from the Wedgwood they used before. The new coffee cups have irregularly shaped handles that make them hard to grip!

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  17. greywolf

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great service, a bit pricey, excellent views of the white house, interesting, but conservative menu

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made reservations for Christmas Eve breakfast. We were seated right away and attended to quickly. Small portions at a high price, quality was good but nothing that really stood out. My son ordered bacon and breakfast potatoes and it was literally 5 tiny potatoes but his younger sister received about 4 times the amount in her serving. I ordered an omelette with asparagus and tomato and it had one small piece of asparagus and one cherry tomato on the side which I thought was odd. Beautiful decor and nice views of the White House. I wouldn’t go back for breakfast, but dinner may be a little more substantial.

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  19. LindaP

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful “splurge” breakfast here. The meal was delicious and nicely presented. Even the coffee was good! The Christmas decorations were nice. Service was attentive and friendly. Loved the hushed tones.

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  20. Phil

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! Great breakfast right across from the white house!

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  21. jimh

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal for our first night in DC to see the National Christmas tree and other sites.

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  22. E7369

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful way to relax, dine and celebrate a special occasion! In our reservation, I mentioned we were celebrating something special and would appreciate a table with a nice view - they sure satisfied that request! Our table was center view, next to the window looking at the White House! The food was fabulous from beginning to end and the wine recommendations perfect. Will definitely return for a future special occasion. Highly recommend.

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  23. RupaD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We were so disappointed. We made reservations for the holiday tea using OpenTable - it was quite specific on the app/website that we were reserving the tea. We arrived, were seated, and given a brunch menu. When we inquired, we were told that tea doesn't start till 3, that a few others had made the same "mistake" on Open table (what?? I reserved it correctly...the Hay Adams made the mistake in putting in incorrectly into open table), and that all the slots for 3 pm and today were filled. Well, we stayed for brunch and talked for a few hours together - were were there till nearly and only saw 4 small tables seated for tea. That full? This was awful.

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  24. Patti

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for special occasions. Pricey but excellent food, service, view (White House)

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  25. LawCEO

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pedro, Ernesto, José, all of the team are fabulous, and the piano sets the tone for a vibrate, but relaxed business spirit

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  26. Dave

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Noisy wedding was outside the restaurant which made it almost impossible to talk. Wines were good. Service was fair at best - server forgot to bring an item. Asked for the wine list back because the restaurant only had 3 copies. Food was average. Given the cost of the mea I was expecting much better service and food.

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  27. SBR57

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with amazing food and service.

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  28. BrandiB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best customer service everytime! The atmosphere is amazing. Food is the best. My favorite spot in DC

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  29. Serge

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a very classy restaurant in the heart of Washington DC - great ambiance, an excellent not-too-long menu of beautifully prepared offerings using outstanding quality ingredients, live piano music, great wines, and good service. What else do we wish to have? Highly recommended.

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  30. JimP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pear salad was very good. The fig dessert was to die for. The Amish chicken was fine but not outstanding. I wish I had ordered two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entree.

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  31. Steve

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff and food was amazing beautiful place in DC

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  33. Lilli

    Cincinnati

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is absolutely amazing. Real Dover sole, perfectly cooked. Chocolate, truffle and vanilla dessert so delicious! Loved it.

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  34. DCPattie

    Washington DC

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great lunch place for relaxing, talking, catching up with friends -- and with nice food and superb service.

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  35. ChocolateLover

    Chicago

    183 reviews

    5.0

    183 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal in DC with friends. Enjoyed the piano during our meal.

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  36. Tracey

    Seattle

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and exceptional food. The best breakfast in the city.

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  37. LinhD

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience was lovely and the service was nice. I didn’t mind paying $140 for a lunch for 2 (w/o alcoholic beverages), but this was with the expectation that there would be an optimal view of the White House. This is not the case whatsoever so the prior reviews, raving about the view, is outdated. Food wasn’t anything spectacular to justify the price.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to be there.! Unfortunately we showed up for our brunch after a big wedding party and some but not all of the tables needed to be cleared the tables. We waited about ten minutes to be seated even though I had a reservation. Otherwise everything else was very nice. Stuff happens, but since you asked about my experience, here it is. It would not deter. E from again. The real shout out goes to the gentleman that parked my car and retrieved it for me. Polite, friendly and professional. Enhanced my experience. As my first and last point of contact with the hotel you should know what a great impression they make!!!!!

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  39. AlCas

    Greater Boston

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elegant surroundings with impeccable service. Food expertly prepared.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the perfect way to celebrate our first year of marriage. The staff was so kind and thoughtful. We loved our food and would definitely come back!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lafayette Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1513 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Lafayette Restaurant

800 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Additional information

  • Cross street
    H Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sun 3:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Continental
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    There is a parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking.
  • Public transit
    McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nicolas Legret
  • Entertainment
    Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 638-2570
  • Catering
    Private Dining available for groups of up to 16 guests.
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining is available in our Lafayette Restaurant. Views of Lafayette Park and exquisite cuisine and service guaranteed!
  • Private party contact
    Colette Marquez: (202) 638-6600
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