Lafayette Restaurant

4.8
990 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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a slow night and very quiet. Even still, the service was slow. Food was nice.

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RC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clarence, like LaFayette, is a national treasure.

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JG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lafayette is a fine dining experience. We enjoyed chatting with the chef who came to our table.

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DK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was nice for a change to have lunch at a restaurant which was elegant, the service outstanding, where the decibel level permitted conversations at a normal voice level and where the food was very good. Prices match the elegance. Would be very good for a business meeting too.

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L
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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LG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall. Classy and refined. Impeccable service. Great, creative food.

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BR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have a couple of drinks while your Beef Wellington is prepared. It will be a night to remember.

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GB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale fine dining in a world class hotel across Lafayette Square from the White House. Staff very attentive and menu has tasty selections to suite most tastes.

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JM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our go to places for breakfast when we have friends visiting. The service is great, highly attentive and responsive. The crab cake eggs Benedict is worth the visit. If you are going low carb, might I suggest the spinach frittata.

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L
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection! Consistently.

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KG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or are just looking for a superb meal, then look no farther than the Lafayette. Plan to spend some time enjoying the ambiance and conversation with those you bring with an excellently timed and perfectly executed meal. The staff knows the food and the drink menu is not to be overlooked. Take your time and listen to the live pianist play some favorites with a new twist. This restaurant is the place to relax, celebrate, and enjoy a quiet meal in DC.

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RD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was lovely but considering the pricetag and upper-scale atmosphere, I expected significantly more from our food's taste. Everything was cooked fine, but I didn't eat anything I could call really delicious.

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genuine kind service from the staff. Quiet and warm atmosphere.

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J
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Love the ambiance.
Morning service for breakfast outstanding.
Evening service was less attentive.
Specialty steak for $62.00 overcooked and not juicy or tender not once but twice.
Waiter very accommodating and apologized but not his fault.

Advise take off menu and do a nice filet or bone in filet. Not Wagu strip or whatever it was called.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go back every year to celebrate our anniversary. It’s a special tradition for us and each year the service is impeccable.

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L
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It's a beautiful setting, but is highly over-priced considering the quality of the food. Nothing at all special.

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RC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All the staff were particularly observant and gracious. They anticipated needs/wishes, and provided just the right amount of gratuitous advice and help. Very willing to make dietary adjustments and substitutions. Provided the perfect table for 2 people and one guide dog.

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a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the service is outstanding!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and was amazing.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been there for a while but again enjoyed the warm and attractive dining room, the staff is still extremely attentive and professional and there is always the delicious food. Always an elegant and predictable experience! Nice to see old friends still part of the staff. Still my favorite place to dine and not a bad view!!

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KM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want the royal treatment, eat here! Not only is the food outstanding, the service is over the top! Great place for a special breakfast or lunch, or a Power meeting! Fancy, but not off putting. A lovely experience, always.

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BP
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cakes and scallops and chicken salad were exceptional. This is what I would consider a caring restaurant: they care for the quality of their product, how the diner feels and how all of that is delivered to the table -- a great experience all around. What could have been better is having your pianist play the silent Steinway as background music to add the treasure of his music along with such a delightful dining experience. Denis Casper is one of the top pianists in the District! Why not present him at such a beautiful lunch occasion. Bob Pajer

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P
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time close to the White House to start the trip off great!!

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W
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class service by a professional wait staff. Attentive service with classically prepared food. Delicious. Highly recommended!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lafayette has it all- fabulous food and ambiance with impeccable staff.

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting and delicious food. Our waitress was very efficient, gracious, and friendly. The other staff were also very friendly.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Christmas Brunch after our White House tour was absolutely perfect at this iconic spot. The decadent menu had many great options and the deserts were amazing!

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JJ
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes were excellent!

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful evening! Delicious food.

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S
New York Area
177 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a wonderful dinner.Wonderful atmosphere.Definitely a special night.

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DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Caring staff. Plush accommodations. Will return.

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ID
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food, weak wine list for a restaurant of this caliber.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience...
Anthony was amazing....can’t wait to return....

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j
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always love going to the Lafayette Restaurant. The quality of the food is guaranteed to be good and the atmosphere is elegant. Our server, Clarence, is now a friend. He makes every visit a special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful dining experience......great waiter....

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PP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly magical setting for our anniversary dinner. Beautiful place, amazing vegan-friendly dinner, and across the street from the White House!

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BB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting across from the park in a grand hotel. Outstanding service that is a forgotten art. Food was flavorful and nicely presented. I will certainly return!

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CT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at this elegant restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was first-rate. Because the trees obscured the view of Lafayette Park and the White House, one of the staff escorted us to a balcony off the 9th floor after we finished our lunch. The view of the White House and the Executive Office Building with the Washington Monument in the background was a postcard perfect picture. Afterward she took us to the bar downstairs where the walls were covered with caricatures of Washington's elite. We left with a gift of coasters of some of the best drawings. It was a perfect day and I was very pleased that my out of town guest was able to share this experience with me. Yes, the lunch was expensive, but the memory was worth every cent.

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EH
Portland
55 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant setting at the Hay Adams Hotel. Wonderful prepared meals and great service.
Perfect for special occasion.

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