Lafayette Restaurant

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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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful experience in every way!

C
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely place for breakfast with friends or business. Food is excellent and so is the staff. I love that they serve breakfast on Wedgwood china! A touch of luxury in the heart of the bustling city!

SS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic restaurant for a social or business meeting. Piano quietly in background makes it elegant.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply exceptional. Elegant dining in a magnificent setting

GD
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I was there as a single person, celebrating a private anniversary, the waiter/server came over and
said he'd be a few minutes, it was 15 actually. When I did not order a cocktail or wine, that was the
first clue ($$). The food was delicious and promptly delivered. The waiter NEVER came back to check
on me or ask how things were. The busman was excellent & attentive. The piano player was terrific, as
I was seated by him. Other waiters were most attentive to their diners. I felt discriminated against.
(White senior gay male in coat & tie.) I finally had to ask the hostess to find my waiter (she corrected me "server"), as I'd like dessert. Which was a mistake, I should have asked for the check & left. --- Meanwhile
the others were turning over the tables for breakfast which was unpleasant. I had an 8 pm reservation on Saturday, September 7th. I shall be writing a letter to management. By the way, the restaurant was less than half full. It was a disappointing experience. I am from out of state. --- Thank you.

DK
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food; excellent presentation; professional and perceptive service and personable attention. The only drawback was annoying little bugs flying around - fruit flies?

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

PF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lafayette has been one of my favorite DC restaurants for many years. Through countless business breakfasts and lunches, I always feel welcomed by the staff and gratified by how the setting facilitates productive discussions and warm feelings among my guests. My wife and I also live the splendid Sunday champagne brunch (recommend especially the lobster omelet!). The staff is superb across the board — flawless professionalism combined with special personal touches.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable staff and quality food. The best! Staff was great with the kids and corn beef hash, crab benedict, and pastries were just fabulous!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful breakfast! Enjoyed the food, the impeccable service, beautiful table setting and the view of The White House!

JM
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had yet another great experience at Lafayette! Thanks! Eric, Jose and the wait staff were welcoming and awesome as always. Your concierge, Franziska (I think I botched the spelling.) was so kind and welcoming, as well. We entertain a good number of out of town guests, and we love watching their reaction to the food and hospitality at Lafayette and the Hay-Adams. Thanks, and we'll be back.....a lot;)

ER
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was very serene, the service and food amazing. It was my boyfriend's birthday and they gave us a complimentary dessert that was delicious. Definitely recommend for a nice evening out.

SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This level of elegance is hard to find. The meal, waiter and ambience were top notch. I could have stayed all day!

L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in all ways!

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eli and Anthony never disappoint. Exceptional Service !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A prized Washington institution! The atmosphere harkens to another era.

RL
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with everything, there is no doubt Lafayette Restaurant is a five stars. I will definitely come back with other friends.

LB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delicious lunch I enjoyed last week! My friend and I enjoyed every bite!

The food was so flavorful and the service and ambiance was impeccable. The hotel location was very convenient for us as we had an earlier appointment across the street.

We will definitely be back for another lunch experience.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful splurge for brunch. Would definitely go back.

c
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Sunday brunch in the city, the pianist is the cherry on top of the fantastic service, great food, and classy atmosphere. I'll keep coming back!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing as always. Our server Clarence was outstanding!

c
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Gregory, was especially attentive and the food was very good. Loved the atmosphere and how quickly we were seated.

C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First impression as one enters is classic Washington elegance, which I guess one should expect from the Hay-Adams. Service is charming, friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Food was excellent (venison galantine to start, pappardelle with lamb ragu to follow), if a bit too abundant, but that's true in almost all Washington restaurants in my experience. Also, the sound level is perfect for conversation and, as we were visiting to see relatives we hadn't seen in a while, was just what we wanted. All in all, very satisfying.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Emanuel made the experience special.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience. Piano player added to an outstanding evening. Food was very good. Highly recommend.

DE
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Amazing Amazing! The ambiance is spectacular and the service was beyond great. Food was even better

LC
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely no place to combine’s history, atmosphere, the Who’s Who, and quiet

PR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Took a friend for lunch. We both loved it and will go again.

DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, lovely setting, fine staff and wonderful food...

F
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Per the Lafayette's website you would be able to dine with a view of the White House. This is not true and they need to change their website! We didn't end up dining at the Lafayette Restaurant, we ended up in the basement at Off the Record which are what my ratings are based off of.

P
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

16th Birthday dinner Daughter

YW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emmanuel and his team were Excellent...the food was amazing!

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

Amazingly nostalgic. Classic DC experience. Service was incredible. Food was equally good! Great Saturday brunch experience.

P
Dallas
128 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere and the service was excellent. Food was quite good—- be prepared for an expensive meal.

WL
London
26 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a perfect Memorial weekend Saturday morning Breakfast.
Excellent service and scrumptious menu.
This historic restaurant is simply a must do when in Washington DC

See you again very soon.

Best Regards
Christian Wolf-La’Moy

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food had in a long time. Chef Jacopo made sure we are enjoying our night and explained our food. Amazing experience and perfect service

KF
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant! We waited over an hour for our food.

B
New Orleans
63 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
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.

TO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
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.

JH
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
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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