Lafayette Restaurant

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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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TL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey bit oh so worth it! Outstanding service and food. Extensive wine list. Great place for a special night out!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall superb dining experience!!

JM
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. It's our hands down favorite when we entertain out of town guests.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall we had an average experience. The decor and ambiance is elegant. However, as other reviewers have mentioned, the food was mediocre at best. We likely wouldn't return.

N
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband's mother flew into DC from Little Rock. She's very particular, and I wanted to wow her. Score! She could not find one thing to complain about here. Service, ambience, valet parking, food all equisite. Our server recommended the specials: ginger carrot soup and sea bass. What a perfectly delightful lunch.

TB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother-daughter trip to Washington to celebrate daughter’s 41st birthday. Elegant surroundings, attentive service and delicious food! The piano player even played “Happy Birthday” when the waiter brought out her special birthday dessert.

DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lafayette was spectacular. Food was amazing, ambiance was phenomenal (credit to the pianist), and service was incredible - shoutout to Anthony our waiter and the wonderful woman from Spain at the Concierge/Reception desk! This was a special dinner date and I could not have been happier. 10/10 would recommend!

DJ
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Beautiful elegant dining room and perfect attentive service. The food however was a disappointment. Bland. Uninteresting and expensive. 4 diners. 4 different meals (appetizer, main and desert). That is 12 different items and not one rave review.

MS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Lafayette was billed on reviews as a "view" restaurant. While on Lafayette Square, there is no view. It is a decent but not in any way special hotel restaurant. Good service and nice food but just not special. On a Friday night relatively few diners and our table was in middle of room next to room they were setting up for a buffet breakfast. Piano was a nice idea but way too loud. decor of restaurant needs updating. Restaurant probably very nice for breakfast but not for lunch or dinner unless you are staying at hotel and looking for convenience. But, service was excellent once we got to our table.

S
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place for business lunches, quiet, great room, great food, great service !

MB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing location and outstanding food as well as service.
When I got my main dish, it was a little bit to cold but immediately they take it away and served a complete new main dish.

Great service

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining at its best. Meal offerings were superb and the ambience was an absolute classic. Can’t wait to return to the DC area to experience The Lafayette again

BM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to take my mother to this establishment for her birthday because she requested brunch for her birthday and her birthday fell on a weekday this year. This restaurant was one of the very few that had brunch items she would actually eat. Upon entering the hotel, the establishment is absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful decor and the staff welcomes you from the time you get out of your vehicle. Upon entering the restaurant, we were seated near a window and I informed the staff that it was her birthday as listed in the reservation. They came and gave her extra items from bakery (complimentary) to start. We ordered our food and our dishes were exquisite. Beautifully plated and absolutely delicious. Towards the end of our meal, they brought her a birthday dessert and sung Happy Birthday to her (even called her Ms. America, absolutely adorable). My mother thoroughly enjoyed herself and she said she felt like a queen. She told her friends of her experience and now this restaurant in on their restaurant list of places to visit. Thank you so much for your stellar customer experience and I will definitely will attend again and let others know of this exceptional experience.

JH
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb choice for Sunday brunch. The Lafayette offers a classic and formal atmosphere with a diverse menu of very well prepared food. The bagel with smoked salmon (lox) was fresh and delicious and had all of the classic accompaniments. The corned beef hash was obviously housemade (not the run of the mill ground up diner fare) with perfectly poached eggs. Juices and coffee were fresh and delicious as well. Highly recommend the Lafayette.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything morsel, and everything else—from the pianist to to setting to the service—was absolutely wonderful!

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful experience in every way!

C
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
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
5 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
39 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
14 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.

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