Lafayette Restaurant

4.8
1083 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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 York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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!

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

Wonderful in all ways!

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Wonderful splurge for brunch. Would definitely go back.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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C
New York Area
14 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.

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

Amazing as always. Emanuel made the experience special.

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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.

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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

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LC
Phoenix
10 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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

16th Birthday dinner Daughter

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

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

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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.

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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.

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WL
London
25 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

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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

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

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

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B
New Orleans
60 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.

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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.

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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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p
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
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 on May 15, 2019
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 on May 14, 2019
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
12 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
66 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
2 reviews
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
40 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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