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Lafayette Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1358 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 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 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: (888) 260-3497

  • 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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,358 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JA

    JAskia

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant, impeccable service, great food!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    208 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    208 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank for a wonderful lunch with my DC cousins. It was elegant and delicious and the service was impeccable!
  3. T

    Tony

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very nice restaurant. I liked the food and the ambiance.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is amazing!
  5. G

    Godfather

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best brunch in DC!
  6. RW

    RobertW

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food slower service during a non busy time. Not a very interesting menu
  7. CC

    CandiceC

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our anniversary dinner. The team was absolutely delightful! The lamb chops were excellent! The atmosphere did not disappoint and George and John were terrific!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    University Graduation celebration
  9. D

    Diesse

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, great food, exceptional service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Birthday breakfast. Green juice was delicious. Avocado tartine was great but it should have been called avocado toast.
  11. G

    Gregoire

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is the most wonderful place in all Washington DC. The people who work here are so warm and outgoing and friendly and welcoming. And the service is just superb. They are there to make your lunch the best event of your week.
  12. RA

    RyanA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The breakfast was delicious, and the staff was very professional and diligent. I would recommend this location.
  13. F

    Frankdukes78

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh ingredients, awesome ambiance, colonial feel to it. Food was tasty and wholesome! Felt great during breakfast, will come back!
  14. VA

    VASamurai

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent lunch with wife and daughter as we spend the day in DC looking at wedding venues (daughter is getting married next year). Menu options were somewhat limited but portions were large and the service was excellent. Great for business lunches; nice place for family lunches on weekends
  15. PR

    PaulaR

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A tranquil and beautiful oasis amid the hustle and bustle of DC. Excellent food and incredible service. Our waiter Jorge was outstanding! Will definitely visit again on our next trip to Washington.
  16. J

    Jesh

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to catch up with a friend. Ambiance was excellent food was amazing service was superb. I would recommend this place for a quite enjoyable evening with family and friends.
  17. MB

    MichaelB

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sehr schönes Ambiente im klassischen Stil. Das Essen ist ausgezeichnet. Der Service könnte noch ein klein wenig besser sein. Das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis ist gerade angesichts der insgesamt gestiegenen Preise wirklich angemessen.
  18. CC

    CarolC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal for a special anniversary. Exceptional, non intrusive service. Perfect night.
  19. KL

    KeneishaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was great and the food was tasty. I particularly liked the serving size.
  20. D

    David

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around great dining for our anniversary.
  21. JC

    JonC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had excellent service. Piano player in background was nice. My wife said the Amish chicken was very moist and tender. Crispy Scallop sushi was memorable. Seating was very comfortable and noise level was low so we could enjoy our conversation. This is a genuine historic room that delivers versus being a tourist trap.bring your parents or guests here- they will love it. All in all a very positive experience.
  22. TR

    TaylorR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great. Our server was amazing and had great recommendations
  23. S

    Shellym

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Easter brunch. Outstanding staff.
  24. VG

    VinceG

    Philadelphia

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we stay at The Hay, we try to have at least a couple meals here. So quiet and refined. This time I ordered the venison, cooked to medium. Perfect and delicious.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance was outstanding except for two large flies buzzing near our table. The presentation of food was wonderful along with the service. Salad was flavorful but expected a little more punch for the price. Our salt shaker did not dispense any salt even after we told our server that it was empty. She filled it but it still didn’t work. Our entrees were prepared well. The bread was good. Otherwise everything was good. Desserts were fine.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Easter brunch
  27. M

    Madi

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Restaurant was moved downstairs so you don’t get the views.
  28. KM

    KevinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was Outstanding, food was great, best breakfast restaurant every!!!
  29. TM

    TraciM

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a lovely place for breakfast with friends.
  30. J

    Jenny

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so good! Classy and beautiful restaurant…next time when i come to Washington DC. I would like to go back the Lafayette again..I love this place!❤️
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb and incredibly attentive service and incredible food, as always.
  32. AS

    AndreaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the quintessential DC experience in my opinion. You dine while viewing the White House and the service is impeccable. From the table cloths to the fresh flowers to the truly beautiful china served with an outstanding tea service, this restaurant is divine. The food is delicious and the baked goods are what keep me coming back time and time again. Enjoy!
  33. ES

    ESDI

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding from restaurant manager to everyone who is working there. We will be back for sure.
  34. DB

    DanB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant! Service, ambiance, and food were all outstanding! Weekend getaway for us and look forward to returning!
  35. FK

    FaezaK

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and ambiance looking over lafayette park with the north side of the White House in view. The staff were attentive and courteous - Geovanny was wonderful at accommodating our requests!
  36. ZB

    ZacharyB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dining room and attentive wait staff! Wine, food and the soft grand piano playing in the background was a great start to our vacation in DC
  37. s

    scott

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and service in ambient setting I had the special tasting menu starting with an Ahi Tuna appetizer followed by a duck entry snd a chocolate dessert, all of which were delicious! My wife had s salad, Bronzino and toffee pudding dessert which she thoroughly enjoyed. The service was attentive and great. Would highly recommend The Lafayette
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience from Shawn the door/ valet guy to the servers . This place never disappoints.
  39. JM

    JohnM

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily the best spot in DC for a memorable meal. The Lafayette is our go to for breakfast. It wins the trifecta for incredible food, ambience, and service. The staff is attentive, highly trained, and friendly. I'm a bit of a crab cake eggs Benedict fan, and the Lafayette has the best in the city. I cannot recommend this restaurant strongly enough!
  40. CV

    CarlosV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still the best restaurant in Washington DC. Everything is optimum.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lafayette Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1358 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 23 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 Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, 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: (888) 260-3497

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