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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.
Amazing as always. Emanuel made the experience special.
Exceptional experience. Piano player added to an outstanding evening. Food was very good. Highly recommend.
Amazing Amazing Amazing! The ambiance is spectacular and the service was beyond great. Food was even better
Absolutely no place to combine’s history, atmosphere, the Who’s Who, and quiet
Took a friend for lunch. We both loved it and will go again.
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.
16th Birthday dinner Daughter
Emmanuel and his team were Excellent...the food was amazing!
Amazingly nostalgic. Classic DC experience. Service was incredible. Food was equally good! Great Saturday brunch experience.
Very pleasant atmosphere and the service was excellent. Food was quite good—- be prepared for an expensive meal.
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 food had in a long time. Chef Jacopo made sure we are enjoying our night and explained our food. Amazing experience and perfect service
Beautiful restaurant! We waited over an hour for our food.
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.
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.
Incredible setting and ambiance. The food was fine, not out of this world, but good. Pricey, but so unique an experience.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Very pleasant, quiet atmosphere. Impeccable service. Great pianist.
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
First class service, ambiance, and cuisine for a special meal!
Excellent customer service and food. They were really nice with my little kids.
Nothing but good things to say about this restaurant. Upscale but not stuffy, great and pleasant service and server, lovely food presentation.
Excellent as always!
Just a perfect setting and the service is outstanding. Also the coffee was the best in town!
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.
Location, view, ambiance and unbelievable service made our evening a delight. Cannot wait to return... Definitely order dessert, you will not regret...
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.
Sweet place, excellent food, awesome ambience
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.
We have always loved The Lafayette. Dining there is a true pleasure. We recommend it highly. Great service, outstanding atmosphere and delicious cuisine.
Everything about this restaurant was great...a little pricey but I would definitely return.
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.
Absolutely wonderful. Service is superb. Took a picture of the grits it was so beautiful and delicious.
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!
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.
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.