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About Lafayette Restaurant

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.

800 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
H Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 638-2570

Website:
http://www.hayadams.com/

Entertainment:
Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch

Catering:
Private Dining available for groups of up to 18 guests.

Parking Details:
Parking is complimentary for dinner. A parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking for breakfast Monday - Friday and Sunday Brunch. $28 for Lunch Monday - Saturday.

Public Transit:
McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North

Executive Chef:
Nicolas Legret

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Brunch on most major holidays.

Private Dining

The private room within the Lafayette Restaurant can accommodate up to 24 guests. Windows open to a panoramic view of Lafayette Park and The White House.

Lafayette Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.9

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Good for a Date (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Business Meals (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Cozy (7)
Live Music (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Scenic View (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful environment, excellent service, delicious food A++

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·Dined 4 days ago

It was very nice restaurant Me and My Wife really enjoyed the food, service, dining area.
It was wonderful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Very good experience. The room is lovely. Piano player adds a nice touch. Food is traditional and prepared well. Wine list was remarkably reasonable. Great for a date night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service, delicious meals and romantic and classy ambiance. We really enjoyed it

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This restaurant is a hidden gem in DC fine dining. Even more hidden is its bar named such "Off the record" with deep red cozy decor, great cocktails a bit on the expensive side though. There is validated valet parking right in front of the lobby entrance. The decor is luxurious and the view of white house from Lafayette park across the street is a bonus. The food is extremely tasty.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent location, great view of Lafayette Park & the White House, plus its inside the "Best Hotel" in D.C...... Food and drinks were amazing and prepaired to the highest standards. Highly recommended, PS: make sure you try the bar downstairs for and after dinner cocktail, it the best hidden Gem D.C.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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food4
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I proposed to my now fiancee this week at the restaurant. The wait staff was amazing, the service was impeccable and the entire evening just perfect

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We reserved a table at Lafayette for breakfast on a Sunday morning. It was a quiet morning--only a few other patrons were there besides ourselves. Beautiful table settings and excellent service. Everyone was so kind and inviting, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We definitely hope to go back and would highly recommend to anyone!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful place for dinner. View of the White house. Service is 5 star, formal dinning room is world class and old world charm. You can almost hear former Senator's speaking from decades ago. Great dinner, highly suggest it while you are visiting Washington.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Wonderful place for our wedding anniversary. Quiet, outstanding service & great food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Classic DC. Smoked Salmon was superb. Service impeccable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food was delicious. Great service. I definitely will return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I celebrated my wife's birthday here. She absolutely loved this place! The food was excellent. .. and the service was first class!
Our waiter's name was Anthony and he was amazing and very friendly. There was anot her young lady that escorted us to the roof to get some breathtaking views of the White House....
First Class place!!!!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Nice location and very elegant, but not very prompt service. This is the largest staff doing an inefficient job with three tables on a quiet morning. There is more pretense than quality here. Try somewhere else for a nice meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great late lunch in DC in a unique ambiance and specialty gourmet food for connoisseurs.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

for weekend breakfast, wouldn't bother making a reservation for 7 am because they're not open then, service good, ask for Jose, grits and biscuits my fave. Ask for window.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Pre Les Miserable dinner, followed by a stroll across the White House park to Nationals Theatre. Service outstanding, food exceptional, decor classic.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very attractive and fancy dining. Great food. A bit expensive, but worth it for a special dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We enjoyed a perfect Christmas eve family dinner. The setting was lovely, the food was superb and the staff were all wonderful. Plus it was possible to have a conversation!!

Many thanks. We will return for other special events.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Beautiful hotel and iconic locale. Concierge, who greeted us on the way in, was marvelous. Made it an extra special visit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Has significantly improved since our last visit 1 year ago. Dover sole, while expensive, is worth the price. Other dishes are also very good. Wine list has expanded its selection of mid priced bottles.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a lovely holiday dinner here with family. We had an early dinner as we had an infant in arms with us. They could not have been kinder or more accommodating towards us and making our dinner relaxing and pleasurable even with a young baby along. One of our favorite restaurants in Washington.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing restaurant! Very classy and top notch service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food, service and ambiance...will return

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was a family Christmas brunch. The appetizer selection was excellent. Good assortment of main courses to order off the menu. Service was smoothe and very accommodating.
Got my picture taken with Santa and met their delightful concierge Ladre Falcon. We all loved the brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Limited menu, very slow service, the food was just ok, but the prices ,of course are high.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This is my first time in a very long while visiting the Lafayette, and it was simply wonderful! The atmosphere, the holiday decorations, the staff was all fantastic! The Cobb Salad was exceptional!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The dining room has a clubby, timeless elegance that is calming in and of itself. Service is quiety attentive.
Our starters were excellent; we were both appropriately enticed by the octapus. I ordered as a main course the haibut which could have been more assertively flavored; my dining companion enjoyed the Dover sole, an indulgence that the Lafayette's traditional version measured up to The sole was artfully filleted tableside, accompanied by the superb playing on the piano of Tom Vogt. In fact Tom is the primary reason we dine a few times a year here. Many diners stopped by to tell Tom how much they enjoyed his music. We did, too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Quality food and elegant dining with impeccable service by a friendly wait staff. Always a treat!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I loved the ambiance of the restaurant. My husband and I went to The Lafayette for breakfast so that my husband could show me a great place he had been on business. The menu had a lot of choices and a good variety of choices. We didn't think that the food was that great, especially for the price, but we loved the experience, the view, the decorations, the hotel's Christmas decorations, and the beauty. We highly recommend checking out this restaurant for a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

As always a gracious dining experience. Food and service are 5 stars.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a nice evening. Food was priced appropriately and the ambiance was lovely. Best part: our waiter, Anthony, and the rest of the staff. He was very knowledgeable of the menu, wonderful at paring wines, and went out of his way at every opportunity. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great experience all around!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The Lafayette restaurant had outstanding food and service. We had the lobster appetizer and the lobster/butternut squash soup to start. The steak and scallops we had for our main meals were cooked to perfection and very delicious. The Dark Chocolate Souffle was simply decadent. There was a nice selection of wines by the glass, including a Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, which you usually see sold by the bottle only. Our waiter and servers were very attentive and friendly. The prices were on the high end as you would expect. This restaurant would definitely be a great place to go for a memorable birthday or anniversary dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The staff is second to none. We were visiting DC for thanksgiving week and had breakfast there every morning. The dining room is beautiful, the food was delicious and the people that work there are special. These are true professionals; they are very good at what they do. They genuinely enjoyed working there and working with each other. They made us feel welcome. It was a wonderful way to start our day each morning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Old school , classic, great views of White House , attentive service

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Honestly the service was amazing and wasn't too expensive all things considered. Definitely a good place for anniversary's, dates, or special occasions. Would definitely come back here in the future.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I took my girl for her 30th Birthday and it was a great experience.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Lovely! Nice saloon with a piano! The food really gourmet !! Definitely I recommend the experience!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Beautiful place to celebrate for my birthday, outstanding food and very kind service. Would recommend without a doubt.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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