Lafayette Restaurant

4.6
1289 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner. 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.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1289 people are saying
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vipjbac
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our dinner and the atmosphere were very good indeed. The menu is not as extensive as it used to be, but still there were excellent choices. My only caveat is that the wait staff, when not busy, gather at the entrance and they talk loudly among themselves when they should be discreet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipjmgdowntown
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, amazing food, fantastic service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service, good food but you’re definitely paying for upscale ambiance. we made the mistake of thinking this was a casual brunch place. It is very fancy

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EdwardD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The main reason we wanted to eat at the Lafayette was because of the spectacular views on the 9th floor dining area. Unbeknownst to us, that location was only temporary during COVID. As a result, the dining area is on the lower main floor with absolutely no views of anything. The place is pretty pricey and the only reason to pay the high prices was the location/view. Since they moved downstairs, we won’t be eating there any longer. It was good while it lasted!

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DupontDiner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Luxurious atmosphere, outstanding food. Service is slightly slower than perfect, but an outstanding experience overall.

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FrankA
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The staff is excellent. The food was really outstanding. My only (minor) issue was the menu is very limited. There are a few small plates for appetizers, a few entrees and a couple of desserts. It is a small restaurant and very quiet. If you want to speak confidentially, this is NOT the place. I happened to be eating alone, and I couldn't help but follow all of the conversations around me. I really wasn't doing it deliberately, and I did resist the temptation to comment, but just beware, voices carry.

By the way, HB245 will die in committee. Don't ask me how I know. I just know. (That's a joke.)

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vipSilverpalate
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Expected a bit more professionalism from the staff. Not too attentive fir the first half hour nor throughout dinner. Seemed to be preoccupied. Was there for a birthday and we had to ask after desserts were brought if they remembered it was a birthday dinner? They said yes and then had a trumpet player which was lovely but the fact we had to orchestrate it and then others didn’t really rally and join, just seemed odd.
When our food arrived, the server didn’t explain the dish and set it down with patience. All seemed rushed and a bit sloppy fir a fine dining experience.
Same place for breakfast and lunch - service was casual which was expected. Seems like the staff works all day and night and evening dining experience suffers.
Food was delish.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience, wonderful service and unforgettable food. This made for a wonderful last night in D.C.

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DariusM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to enjoy special occasions. Would recommend to anyone.

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cp47
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Am blessed to dine here quite frequently...and the food and service are always impeccable. You can't find a finer establishment in the nation's capital...and there is no better location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, delicious food and wonderful service

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mallorym
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch to celebrate my Mom's birthday and I could not have been more pleased with the experience! The food was delicious. We got the mushroom omelet and the crab cakes benedict. I highly recommend both dishes! They also brought out a delicious tiramisu. I don't usually like tiramisu but this was an exception! In addition to great food, the service was impeccable! Everyone was so kind and helpful. Finally, go to the roof to see the incredible views of the White House! By far the best view in the city!

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KatelynM
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambience, very expensive though.

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vipDavid
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Was expecting to sit on rooftop. When we arrived found out it was closed for a private party. Very disappointing as my daughter selected it purposely for her engagement announcement.

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EmyWaiandt
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food was great, service absolutely amazing, but WE COULD NOT GO TO THE ROOFTOP!!! I made the reservation based on the pictures on open table and Instagram but the restaurant is not on the rooftop, you can go there to see the view, but not always.

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LanL
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and nice service! Highly recommend!!!

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Sinkaput
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had an8pm reservation on a Thursday, and we were the last table seated.
The wait staff is impeccably trained however, we were rushed to place our order(before cocktails), the first course arrived in moments after the cocktails, the main course far from properly spaced.
The waiter made a few errors in the order, nothing material , but was annoying.
Food was absolutely perfect, coffee and desert perfect.
We are from out of town and will come again but they need to understand even if you are the last table you should be treated like the first.

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vipJimDLS
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for an elegant and memorable birthday celebration. From the gracious and helpful reception in the classy lobby of the Hay Adams Hotel, to the friendly and competent bartender, Martin, in the iconic Off the Record bar, to being immediately seated at our appointed reservation time at a quiet and separate table. The service was knowledgable and expert. From wines, amuse bouche, to main course to the elegant deserts plus a birthday Napoleon with candle. Hit all the notes I wanted for a classy celebration. Memorable. We will return.

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vipRobertoA
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gastronomic experience. A must rest to go!

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vipWendyS
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lafayette Room does not yet have its magnificent brunch buffet back, presumably due to Covid. But it is still a lovely venue for Sunday brunch. The menu is good, food is good, waitstaff very competent and professional. Be aware that 16 th St is torn up and you have to approach from the White House side.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was looking forward to a nice Sunday breakfast with my family based on the reviews. Unfortunately, had a very disappointing experience, server was extremely rude and off putting. Would not recommend and will never go back. Plenty of other restaurants in DC who value their customers and treat them with respect. This is not one of them.

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vipAlex
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

What a disappointment our visit to The Lafayette at The Hay Adams was. I've lived in DC for nearly ten years, and I had yet to visit The Lafayette (though I'd been several times to Off the Record). Despite the reputation The Hay Adams has and my prior experiences at their underground speakeasy, brunch at The Lafayette was shockingly poor (both objectively, as well as compared to the relative status of the hotel).
The Food: decidedly mediocre and subpar to expectations
- the bloody mary was poorly mixed (separated) and hardly seasoned
- the poached egg on the crab cake benedict was entirely unsalted and tasted extremely watery
- the crab cake on the crab cake benedict was mushy and the quality you would expect from the freezer aisle (edible, but not remotely worth the cost at the restaurant)
- the cherry souffle looked and tasted like the chef was giving it their very first go and hadn't made a souffle before; the top didn't rise, the inside was undercooked and wet far beyond "moist", and the taste was pretty bland.

The service was also inattentive and slow. Given our experience, I would discourage people from eating here, as there are myriad other restaurants in the district with views of the city/WH, better service, and decent-tasting food for the same cost.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. A wonderful place to come with a date. My boyfriend and I are in our early twenties and wanted somewhere super nice for brunch that was also not a million dollars. Great quality food, great service, and it truly felt like such a special experience. 10/10 would recommend for people who love tea, good breakfast, and a great, upscale atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful tone at The Lafayette! The food was delicious, and the service was superb!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff service. Everything was delicious and provided a great backdrop to celebrating a friend's board certification. Very accommodating, professional and attentive.

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vipbillboy
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Dinner was excellent with tremendous service. And afterwards we got an impromptu tour of the hotel from George. Something we’ll never forget.

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vipLeigh
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite DC restaurant to relax and connect and enjoy fine dining. The service is impeccable and the staff thoughtful.

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vipFood4U
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, great service. I liked it better when the restaurant was relocated on the top floor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall1food4service5ambience1

The pictures are very misleading

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SHreviewer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was outstanding. My server was rickety and over-talkative. Standard expensive restaurant understated ambience. The view is nice though.

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vipCrimson71477
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Highly recommend.

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JohnA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine and hospitality! Can’t wait to return!

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KristenA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This was our second time at the Lafayette. I was so disappointed in the food and the ambiance . It feels like the quality has gone down and the fine dining experience.

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amf25
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service cannot recommend enough. I will definitely be back.

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Ncsu18
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic place for a classic breakfast as a treat.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Phenomenal service - striking the right balance between making sure your guests have everything they need and giving them space to enjoy their meal is tough, but The Lafayette nails it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emmanuel and the entire staff were superb. 5 star service, views, and cocktails.

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cannotwaitsomuch
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The waiters were hard to call and it took too long for the food to be served.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible. We sat unattended to for over 16 minutes. This is a 5 star establishment. Then asked for more champagne and never got it. We ended up walking out .

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Lafayette Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1289 OpenTable diners.

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