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About Lafayette Restaurant

Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch. With large windows opening onto Lafayette park & the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital & is certain to complement any dining experience.

800 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
H Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 638-2570

Website:
http://www.hayadams.com/

Entertainment:
Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch

Catering:
Private Dining available for groups of up to 18 guests.

Parking Details:
Parking is complimentary for dinner. A parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking for breakfast Monday - Friday and Sunday Brunch. $28 for Lunch Monday - Saturday.

Public Transit:
McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North

Executive Chef:
Nicolas Legret

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Brunch on most major holidays.

Lafayette Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

5.0

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Good for a Date (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Live Music (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
People Watching (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Scenic View (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The dining room has a clubby, timeless elegance that is calming in and of itself. Service is quiety attentive.
Our starters were excellent; we were both appropriately enticed by the octapus. I ordered as a main course the haibut which could have been more assertively flavored; my dining companion enjoyed the Dover sole, an indulgence that the Lafayette's traditional version measured up to The sole was artfully filleted tableside, accompanied by the superb playing on the piano of Tom Vogt. In fact Tom is the primary reason we dine a few times a year here. Many diners stopped by to tell Tom how much they enjoyed his music. We did, too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Quality food and elegant dining with impeccable service by a friendly wait staff. Always a treat!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

I loved the ambiance of the restaurant. My husband and I went to The Lafayette for breakfast so that my husband could show me a great place he had been on business. The menu had a lot of choices and a good variety of choices. We didn't think that the food was that great, especially for the price, but we loved the experience, the view, the decorations, the hotel's Christmas decorations, and the beauty. We highly recommend checking out this restaurant for a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

As always a gracious dining experience. Food and service are 5 stars.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a nice evening. Food was priced appropriately and the ambiance was lovely. Best part: our waiter, Anthony, and the rest of the staff. He was very knowledgeable of the menu, wonderful at paring wines, and went out of his way at every opportunity. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great experience all around!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

The Lafayette restaurant had outstanding food and service. We had the lobster appetizer and the lobster/butternut squash soup to start. The steak and scallops we had for our main meals were cooked to perfection and very delicious. The Dark Chocolate Souffle was simply decadent. There was a nice selection of wines by the glass, including a Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, which you usually see sold by the bottle only. Our waiter and servers were very attentive and friendly. The prices were on the high end as you would expect. This restaurant would definitely be a great place to go for a memorable birthday or anniversary dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The staff is second to none. We were visiting DC for thanksgiving week and had breakfast there every morning. The dining room is beautiful, the food was delicious and the people that work there are special. These are true professionals; they are very good at what they do. They genuinely enjoyed working there and working with each other. They made us feel welcome. It was a wonderful way to start our day each morning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Old school , classic, great views of White House , attentive service

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Honestly the service was amazing and wasn't too expensive all things considered. Definitely a good place for anniversary's, dates, or special occasions. Would definitely come back here in the future.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I took my girl for her 30th Birthday and it was a great experience.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Lovely! Nice saloon with a piano! The food really gourmet !! Definitely I recommend the experience!!!!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful place to celebrate for my birthday, outstanding food and very kind service. Would recommend without a doubt.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very nice dinner for our anniversary, very nice restaurant in the Hay Adam hotel. Enjoyed a very nice glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The waiter was outstanding!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great upscale breakfast before memorial hopping. On a Sunday, all the patrons were dressed to tour the district, but Lafayette was its formal self. Clearly, this was normal. We got what we paid for. No disappointments. On the question of "value," I only give a 5 if I feel I've received more than I've paid for. The Hay Adams is a great breakfast spot.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is a good venue for a business discussion. The food and service were excellent.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our entire experience was incredible. From the wait staff to the food it was a wonderful dining experience. The food was outstanding and our waiter was attentive and provided valuable insights from the wine list, to the menu, to a sensational dessert. We had a wonderful night and the Lafayette was one of the highlights on our visit to Washington DC.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I regularly dine at Lafayette. Never disappointed high quality food and sophisticated service. Always reserve, the are busy. If you want to see inner circle in DC, the are at Lafayette0.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Just what we wanted!!! Great atmosphere, wonderful food, and the fantastic Clarence!! If we lived here, we would be inviting him over to our house and cook and serve dinner for him. He made us feel so welcomed! Thank you!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This classic restaurant that everyone in Washington has been going to for brunch and tea over decades is in a perfect spot overlooking Lafayette Park. The dining room is beautifully decorated. The waiters are polite. It's quiet and elegant. The only problem is the cuisine. Sometimes it's fine and sometimes it's literally horrible, as if the kitchen is having wild mood swings. The "chicken salad" served at lunch the other day was worthy of a 7-11 refrigerator case or a cheap deli in a bad neighborhood - old chicken bits dripping in bad mayonnaise, mixed with limp melon (?) Appalling. Have no idea why it would be hard to present a decent salad with chicken, especially given the high prices charged for simple basics like this. Lafayette chefs apparently need closer supervision? Or maybe a holiday.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good dishes have been added to the menu. The atmosphere, as always, is elegant, quiet the night we were there letting the piano create the mood. The staff is so warm that we feel like we're meeting old friends every time we're there.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our server, Anthony, was fantastic, in every way a customer could want! Tom, the pianist, was his usual -- most excellent pianist who mixed his songs from fun to romantic to addressing all requests -- Tom is a gem!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

This is an excellent venue for a business dinner if you are eager to impress your out of town guests with Washington elegance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The staff was top notch and the food superb! We have celebrated our anniversary here twice now, and it is always an incredible evening!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very beautiful dining room. Service impeccable.
It was my wife’s birthday and pianist played Happy Birthday as the waiter brought out our dessert. Food Devine. This a great venue for special occasions. Very quiet setting. Hotel itself is both historic and beautiful to see.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Clarence was out waiter on Friday evening. He was very attentive , hospitable, and kind. Enjoyed his service. We all enjoyed our food very much. Prompt attention to our few requests.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The Lafayette Room always delivers an exceptional meal with attentive and knowledgeable staff and in the tranquility that defines the Hay Adams. It is an ideal dining room if conversation is an important part of your repertoire.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Lafayette is a favorite. The atmosphere is very elegant and the service just exquisite. The food is delicious. This time I went for brunch and it was just fabulous! Bottomless Taittinger champagne, chilled crab claws, amazing appetizers. I had the fried chicken entree and my friend the filet mignon. Both were excellent and the dessert table was just lovely. It is pricey but worth it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Elegant atmosphere and attentive staff. Delicious food beautifully plated.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

An excellent restaurant that provides for a memorable overall experience. The food was superb, the service top notch, and the attention to detail justifying the value being provided. We were there with our 7-year old for a special family occasion and the restaurant staff made us feel extremely welcome! We had a great evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Amazing service, amazing decor, amazing ambiance, excellent food, amazing location. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This restaurant is quite elegant and the food is exceptionally prepared. It is also a quiet location, good for conversation. Perhaps a little too much hovering by the wait staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Impeccable service by our very knowledgeable waiter Clarence, who was an absolute delight! The food was exquisite, and thoughtfully prepared. I had the rockfish, pan fried to perfection served on a bed of pasta. My husband had the New York striploin, once again, cooked to perfection. The chocolate dessert was profoundly delicious as well. Our 2 guests were undoubtedly impressed.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

It was absolutely wonderful. The best meal I had in Washington DC.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Superb restaurant with Gourmet food at very high quality. The service and the attention to details and to our needs was excellent. highly recommended to anyone that wants a real excellent restaurant. perfect for Food connoisseur.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Always a special treat to have lunch in the Lafayette Room...food is very good but the staff makes it an event...very attentive and friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Perfect place for breakfast during our stay in D.C. Great service!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We were treated like VIPs throughout the meal. I am grateful for the gracious service we received. It made the meal a very special occasion indeed!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I am never disappointed when I come here. The food, service, and general atmosphere is always amazing. My friend mentioned it was her birthday and the waiter brought out a complementary dessert at the end of our meal. She absolutely loved it!

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Exceptional service.

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