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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.9

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (20)
Special Occasion (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Romantic (17)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Authentic (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Live Music (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Cozy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Casual (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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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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vip
 (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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·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 25, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 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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food5
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 (London)·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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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing restaurant! Very classy and top notch service!

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

Excellent food, service and ambiance...will return

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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food5
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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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food4
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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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food3
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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 2, 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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·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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·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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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 12, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very nice dinner for our anniversary, very nice restaurant in the Hay Adam hotel. Enjoyed a very nice glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The waiter was outstanding!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great upscale breakfast before memorial hopping. On a Sunday, all the patrons were dressed to tour the district, but Lafayette was its formal self. Clearly, this was normal. We got what we paid for. No disappointments. On the question of "value," I only give a 5 if I feel I've received more than I've paid for. The Hay Adams is a great breakfast spot.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is a good venue for a business discussion. The food and service were excellent.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our entire experience was incredible. From the wait staff to the food it was a wonderful dining experience. The food was outstanding and our waiter was attentive and provided valuable insights from the wine list, to the menu, to a sensational dessert. We had a wonderful night and the Lafayette was one of the highlights on our visit to Washington DC.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I regularly dine at Lafayette. Never disappointed high quality food and sophisticated service. Always reserve, the are busy. If you want to see inner circle in DC, the are at Lafayette0.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Just what we wanted!!! Great atmosphere, wonderful food, and the fantastic Clarence!! If we lived here, we would be inviting him over to our house and cook and serve dinner for him. He made us feel so welcomed! Thank you!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This classic restaurant that everyone in Washington has been going to for brunch and tea over decades is in a perfect spot overlooking Lafayette Park. The dining room is beautifully decorated. The waiters are polite. It's quiet and elegant. The only problem is the cuisine. Sometimes it's fine and sometimes it's literally horrible, as if the kitchen is having wild mood swings. The "chicken salad" served at lunch the other day was worthy of a 7-11 refrigerator case or a cheap deli in a bad neighborhood - old chicken bits dripping in bad mayonnaise, mixed with limp melon (?) Appalling. Have no idea why it would be hard to present a decent salad with chicken, especially given the high prices charged for simple basics like this. Lafayette chefs apparently need closer supervision? Or maybe a holiday.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good dishes have been added to the menu. The atmosphere, as always, is elegant, quiet the night we were there letting the piano create the mood. The staff is so warm that we feel like we're meeting old friends every time we're there.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our server, Anthony, was fantastic, in every way a customer could want! Tom, the pianist, was his usual -- most excellent pianist who mixed his songs from fun to romantic to addressing all requests -- Tom is a gem!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

This is an excellent venue for a business dinner if you are eager to impress your out of town guests with Washington elegance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The staff was top notch and the food superb! We have celebrated our anniversary here twice now, and it is always an incredible evening!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very beautiful dining room. Service impeccable.
It was my wife’s birthday and pianist played Happy Birthday as the waiter brought out our dessert. Food Devine. This a great venue for special occasions. Very quiet setting. Hotel itself is both historic and beautiful to see.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Clarence was out waiter on Friday evening. He was very attentive , hospitable, and kind. Enjoyed his service. We all enjoyed our food very much. Prompt attention to our few requests.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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