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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.

Lafayette Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

5.0

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (18)
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 17, 2012

We enjoyed our meal at Lafayette. The waiters were attentive and professional. The setting was very romantic and tables were separated sufficiently. The piano player played Christmas tunes while we dined. The food itself was nothing special, but was definitely good. The soufflé was incredibly delicious, but plan ahead because it takes 20 minutes or so. All the little touches made the experience a pleasant one. The location was excellent and we were able to walk around the White House afterwards. Valet parking was validated, so no charge for that.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2012

Once again, after getting a confirmation from opentable the restaurant did not have the reservation however, did find a table.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2012

The restaurant did not have my reservation for Art Collins even though it was confirmed through opentable. They did however, find him a table.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2012

Washnigtno power lunch location. Service was extremely attentive and food was perfect. Prices as expected for the area. Will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2012

An excellent brunch. Fine champagne, smoked salmon, shrimp, crab, many salads and veg. options, great waffles, veal. One place for improvement is the desserts, which are too similar, being mostly very creamy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2012

Excellent food and service--tremendous graciousness and hospitality. Service was timed perfectly between courses. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2012

Excellent venue. This is now my favorite place to hosts special guests and clients.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2012

Beautiful restaurant with fantastic piano player, wonderful service and delicious food and excellent cocktails and wine. We mentioned it was our anniversary when they asked us if we were out of town, and they gave us a wonderful and beautifully presented chocolate dessert to share. Excellent restaurant for special occasions!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 23, 2012

A truly exceptional restaurant in an incredible location.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2012

We had wonderful service from everyone. I loved my lamb; my husband thought the crab cakes were bland. We were celebrating our anniversary and they did a beautiful 'Happy Anniversary' on our dessert.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2012

Now that the Willard Room has closed, the beautiful Lafayette room, located in the famous Hay Adams Hotel, is among the last outposts of Old World style gracious dining in DC. The menu changes regularly, but the food is always impeccable. We both enjoyed the perfectly cooked lamb riblets, in a wine reduction as the main course. The wine list has a well-curated selection of Bordeaux, mostly at good prices, although some of the older vintages were pricy. Service was friendly, but a bit distracted at times. The room itself is lovely, with live piano music quietly in the background. Some tables have a White House view.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on October 16, 2012

After an unsteady start with a 'maitre d' who appeared new on the job our service was attentive, enthusiastic and friendly. The sommelier was excellent. Our main courses (lamb) were beautifully cooked and delicious but the meal was let down by baked alaska that was very poor. Ambience was good with live music (pianist) best suited to an older clientele. Overall it was a good meal that we enjoyed, but it wasn't cheap and when paying a lot of money for a meal one wouldn't expect a novice greeting you at the door or a dessert of that quality.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2012

I have been lucky enough to have some great Sunday Brunches over many years of travelling regularly to the States; I've also had some mediocre ones too - and overpriced ones! However, La Fayette at the Hay Adams was simply outstanding. I have had no choice but to award 5*'s for food, service and ambience and with free pouring of (proper) champagne, it gets 5*'s for value too.
It was a simply magnificent experience, accompanied by perfect live piano accompaniment, with a marvellous choice of hors d'houvres, cheese and dessert and a very adequately sized entree course chosen from an extensive list. The quality and presentation as well as choice of food was outstanding.
In Washington there's NO other place for Sunday Brunch - this is IT!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2012

Elegant refined surroundings with lovely piano
music ... Ranging from classical favourites to
popular broadway and jazz numbers. Service is
prompt and attentive. Food delicious. Wine list
not as extensive as some restaurants but has
a good international spread. Baked Alaska is good
as are the Maryland crab cakes .
A popular haunt so advanced reservations recommended

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 11, 2012

Excellent food and service!! Though view, even at a window seat at night, was not as expected from many other reviews. Not much to see but trees. Ambience was very formal, and expected. The experience was outstanding and recommended. Grouper and chicken were exceptional, and the chubby Alaskan for dessert was unexplainably amazing!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 7, 2012

I must say I was terribly disappointed by this restaurant. Expecting a formal Sunday Brunch in the main dining area of a historic hotel (Haye Adams), my family were wearing our Sunday Best Clothes. We were shocked when individuals dressed like they were attending a Redskin football game walk right up without a reservation and were seated in choice tables that overlooked the White House. In contrast, we were asked to wait for a table even though we were on time for our reservation. We were then seated in a table closest to the kitchen despite there being numerous empty tables elsewhere. The Buffet itself was totally disappointing and overpriced at $75 a person. The food was similiar to that available in any low price breakfast place.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2012

A solid experience that I will repeat.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2012

Went for brunch and the french toast is out of this world. We sat in front of one of the windows and could see the White House across the street. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated, very upscale.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 4, 2012

Had a wonderful dinner in this beautiful restaurant. The only downside was that we were placed very near the piano and found it hard to have a conversation. The music was pleasant, but found ourselves happy for a break in the music so we could talk.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2012

Very elegant restaurant that looks out to the White House (if you can get seats near the windows). The live pianist was fantastic, and not too loud. Food was very good, even the amuse bouche was oustanding. The service was good overall, however our waiter often seemed a bit distracted/confused (despite it not being very busy). Fortuntately, the other staff and Maitre'D compensated. Made for a very satisfying and romantic dinner out with the wife.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2012

One of the very best restaurants I've ever dined in, and a stunning room. Prices are comparable to other fine dining venues. Sea bass is not to be missed, if offered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2012

Fantastic cuisine and attentive service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 7, 2012

Over the top classy restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2012

Excellent venue for a business meal. Very elegant. I will definitely be bringing clients here in the future.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2012

Everything its perfect

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2012

Great place for a fancy brekafast or brunch! Service was impeccable!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2012

As usual--great service, excellent food and super ambiance. Staff is really attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2012

Fantastic food, outstanding service. Will always go back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2012

Great breadbasket, excellent service, great sea scallop special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2012

I took my wife to Lafayette Restaurant for her birthday and she thoroughly enjoyed the food, ambience and service. Our waiter, I believe his name was Efran, was especially attentive, friendly and made our dining experience extra special. I was pleasantly surprised when several staff members of the restaurant brought a cake with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate for my wife and they sang "Happy Birthday" to her. The overall experience was lovely, quiet, romantic and breath taking. I will definitely come back again and would recommend Lafayette Restaurant to friends and relatives.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2012

Attentive staff, great food. A little pricey, but you get the atmosphere for which you pay.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2012

Very classy place with wonderful branches on Sunday

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 22, 2012

Great location with very tasty food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2012

Lafayette is as classy and ornate as one would hope to expect from such a highly rated venue so close to the white house. Wear a suit and you will be placed among the wealthy folks which is enjoyable. You can get away with something less, but you will be placed away from the best seating and provided with somewhat less service as well. You can valet right at the Hay Adams hotel and it's just $10 if you are dining at Lafayette for Sunday Brunch. Keep in mind that everything is included, meaning as much as I ate and as many fresh squeezed glasses of orange juice we had to drink, it was all included for $75. No additional charges listed and we ate everything from the menu to dessert to buffet... and extra drinks. It was $75.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2012

Perfect service down to discreetly providing white or black napkins depending on your attire. The menu was creative and the food prepared perfectly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2012

Friendly, courteous, and very attentive staff. Beautiful decor. Food prepared to our liking; good presentation. Piano player adds to the overall ambiance. We have dinner here every time we are in Washington.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2012

A delightful experience. Perfect in every way!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2012

Great ambiance and service---food is good if not up to setting and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on June 22, 2012

Can't say enough good things about this restaurant. From the moment that u walk in the staff are very attentive. The food is excellent, there is no rush to get in and get out put upon you. Definitely would recommend for a relaxing meal where the staff is attenti e but not hovering.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2012

Lived in northern va for several years and I find it hard to believe I've missed this gem!Wait staff was spot on, food presentation was perfect and delicious! This is a must visit location!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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