Lafayette Restaurant

4.7
1057 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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New Orleans
59 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent breakfast at the Lafayette, in the Hay-Adams Hotel, prior to church at St. John’s across the street. My corned beef hash with poached eggs was outstanding and service could not have been better.

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TO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an outstanding meal all around. The fish was excellent (all of them) and the ambiance was great. Even the piano player was not nearly as intrusive as they often are at meals.

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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Incredible setting and ambiance. The food was fine, not out of this world, but good. Pricey, but so unique an experience.

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p
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Great venue. Food was presented well but we’ve sure had better and for less. Nice atmosphere for quite dinner and conversation. Service was fantastic.

Went to the bar before going up to dinner. Fun and noisy place sat at the bar where you can normally have a great conversation with the bartender but unfortunately he was too busy.

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JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I always enjoy a meal at this beautiful restaurant in the most perfect location. I took a client from the UK and he enjoyed the experience. Service was not quite up to the usual standards but did not mar the overall impression. Portions ran to the smaller side. Good for a ladies lunch but men may lack satisfaction. Always good people watching .

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EM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Elegant setting in a great DC location. Service was good, although it took a very long time to get and then pay the check. I was disappointed in the breakfast tartine with egg and avocado - the bread was not toasted adequately and therefore got soggy. My dining companion ordered a small portion of oatmeal, but they brought the regular bowl without explanation. For a very expensive, "power" breakfast location, it should have been excellent in every respect.

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VJ
Omaha
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to the Layfayette and it was exquisite.
All of the staff were fabulous especially Maachi who gave us excellent service and took our experience to the highest level.

The food pleasing to the eye and beautiful on the pallet. We also enjoyed the grand piano music.

It was an excellent place to celebrate our sister's award for Community Service from FBI Director Wray.

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T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant, quiet atmosphere. Impeccable service. Great pianist.

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BL
Atlanta
62 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant near the WH. Great food and service. 2nd tear in a row when we've been in DC that we have eaten here

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class service, ambiance, and cuisine for a special meal!

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service and food. They were really nice with my little kids.

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing but good things to say about this restaurant. Upscale but not stuffy, great and pleasant service and server, lovely food presentation.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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J
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a perfect setting and the service is outstanding. Also the coffee was the best in town!

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c
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

An attractive dining room, but dinner at 9pm was disappointing. A poor amuse-bouche was offered but unamusing. First choice of main course was unconvincingly “finished.” Three Wines had to refused because of wrong vintages (all too young). Appetizer small but good. The venison was dry and over cooked, the lamb perfectly cooked but with a disappointing sauce and accompanying vegetables. The fourth wine selected was excellent. On the whole I felt the staff wished we weren’t there.

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IL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location, view, ambiance and unbelievable service made our evening a delight. Cannot wait to return... Definitely order dessert, you will not regret...

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S
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our breakfast at Lafayette was perfect. We were meeting friends from Los Angeles who we had not seen in awhile. It was a couple where the wife was from London and the husband from Paris. Both commented that the dining room at Lafayette had the feel of London and Paris, so they were quite happy. The food and service were excellent and we lingered for a lovely breakfast in a lovely room.

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F
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet place, excellent food, awesome ambience

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H
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was expecting to have a view/eat on top floor, but was sent down to the dining area off the lobby because of a meeting luncheon taking place there. That part was disappointing, but lunch was lovely with my Dad, visiting after seeing the cherry blossoms together.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved The Lafayette. Dining there is a true pleasure. We recommend it highly. Great service, outstanding atmosphere and delicious cuisine.

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was great...a little pricey but I would definitely return.

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g
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very polite and professional, we had two extra guests that were not part of the resevation and they quickly and happily accomodated our change. The food was nicely plated and delicious. The ambiance is the main reason I went here, elegantly decorated, located in a historic, building and with view to the white house, it is a must when you are in DC.

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CM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Service is superb. Took a picture of the grits it was so beautiful and delicious.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True "Washington" - impeccable service, ambiance, food choice and tastes. With views of the White House with the spring bloom exploding, second to none!

Refined and excite dining at its best!

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MM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely hotel/restaurant. surprised that guests were in sweats and sneakers and many tables used as office meeting with binders, handouts, etc.
Spoiled birthday celebration by an office environment.

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c
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was mediocre at best. The steak was completely tasteless as in no flavor. Pasta was good as was tuna tartare but neither were anything special. The service was very good, very nice and friendly people.

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TH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the finest dining room in Washington, DC. Its charm, grace and formality so rare these days.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The dress code was not enforced. Maybe it was a saturday. I found too many customers dress overly casually.

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JM
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite upscale breakfast place. The service is spectacular. Beautiful, sunlit dining room. Never a bad experience! The wait staff have been there for years, and show it through their service.

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TG
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Would recommend this restaurant with reservations--service is very slow and indifferent, but the room is pleasant and noise level low, with nice live piano player, who does a very good job and does not overpower the room. The food is good to very good--NOT exceptional, but more or less worth the price. If you want a nice high-end restaurant where you can spend a lot of time talking with your guests, this is the place---but don't go if you are in a hurry.

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M
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was pretty good but we expected a little better. My steak was a New York strip that was covered with brown gravy. Not much different than anyone could do at home. Octopus was excellent. This place has great service but food is so-so.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, as it usually is.
Could not use valet parking as he neighborhood was hut down by trumps church visit. Had to park on the street, two blocks away.

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Buen restaurant. Nada del otro mundo

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L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best and most classy brunch in town !! Service is excellent, ambiance is great and the food is delicious. The piano player is excellent, which adds to the atmosphere.

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CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Room is fabulous. Love the decor. Waiter was great. Kitchen was really slooooow. Put a damper on the entire experience.

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C
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a weekday breakfast and it was wonderful! Food was great, service great, ambiance and view outstanding!

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

It's really wasn't worth the price. Ridiculously expensive and didn't have that much variety. The waiter went on to explain to us that he was doing us a favor by refilling our champagne glass. Pictures online are deceiving. The Seasons is far better than this place...

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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, service above all. If there were a suggestion to make, the entrees should be served a little warmer.

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LP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambiance are refined and gave us a special, relaxed, enjoyable evening. We look forward to our next evening at the Lafayette Restaurant.

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KO
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant! We came here for my birthday dinner & I was not disappointed. The lamb was cooked perfectly, our waitress was spot on, the champagne was excellent! I could go on and on. I would definitely recommend them

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