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Lafayette Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1372 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With large windows opening onto Lafayette Park and the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital and is certain to complement any dining experience.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 638-2570

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nicolas Legret

  • Catering

    Private Dining available for groups of up to 16 guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dining is available in our Lafayette Restaurant. Views of Lafayette Park and exquisite cuisine and service guaranteed!

  • Private party contact

    Colette Marquez: (888) 260-3497

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    H Street

  • Parking details

    There is a parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking.

  • Public transit

    McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

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

What 1,372 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just the best in every way. The room is beautiful and dignified. The service is impeccable without being stuffy The Dover sole is sublime. Our waiter Ephram expertly deboned the fish table side. The rack of lamb was perfectly done. The pianist is charming and very talented. He entertained us the whole evening. It was a memorable evening and we can’t wait to go back. In fact, we made reservations for breakfast the next morning before we left our dinner table.
  2. VT

    VickieT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Serene dining room so it is great for business meetings. Lovely decor. Seasoned serving staff and flexible menu for lunch.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Disappointed. There were literally mice in plain site running across the floor during dinner.
  4. LD

    LeeD

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a delicious dinner with service fit for royalty. Each dish was served with a very nice presentation that matched the taste of the food. The restaurant was very nicely decorated and quiet and relaxing. We enjoyed an excellent bottle of wine and chocolate noir torte as part of our meal. The evening was pricey but worth the cost.
  5. PH

    PeterH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service with exquisite cuisine in a charming dining room.
  6. BA

    BeenAroundtheBlock

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Given the restaurant was almost empty it didn't seem necessary to stick us in a corner at a two top beside of one of the only other occupied tables in the restaurant. The plant or fruit flies were very annoying. Quality and quantity did not equal pricing.
  7. RH

    RonH

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance. Excellent branzino. Wife thought appetizers were fabulous. Not the same old desserts. Enjoyed strawberry rhubarb tarte.
  8. I

    Irabit

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had my boyfriend’s Birthday dinner here. Everything was superb, from the greetings of our server Pedro, soft playing music, perfect table by the window to perfectly served dinner( my bf filet minion was tender and juicy, my branzino was delicious, dessert hit a final cord on the high note:) Whole experience was one of a kind. Exactly what we were looking for to make this evening unforgettable.
  9. ML

    MarciaL

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was exceptional. The Lafayette Restaurant fits the definition of fine dining and the entire experience exceeded my expectations.
  10. MW

    MattW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well served dining with a classic American appeal. Couldn't ask for more. Excellent staff as well.
  11. l

    ladyonshady

    Charleston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Lafayette Room continues to live up to its stellar reputation as a lovely dining room. During this lunch, I was dining alone so I only have my own experience to relay. The tables around me seemed to be enjoying their Sunday lunches. The huge buffet brunch was not provided as in years past. I don't know if this was a response to Covid or if the expense of the expansive display of its many delicacies was no longer feasible in light of Covid....Covid and the unsettling violent protesters may have something to do with it...I had the branzino, mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables and the carrot and fennel soup. Both were delicious and the presentation elegant. The service attendants were responsive to my requests, more coffee, no more bread, etc, but were not overbearing. This is the perfect spot for families, perhaps with older children who can conduct themselves properly in public. You never know who you'll see dining there.
  12. BC

    BCastelow

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant for a special occasion. Awesome view and outstanding service.
  13. TD

    TerryD

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food inventive and fresh. Great service and beautiful atmosphere. Old southern charm abounds.
  14. JA

    JAskia

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant, impeccable service, great food!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    212 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    212 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank for a wonderful lunch with my DC cousins. It was elegant and delicious and the service was impeccable!
  16. T

    Tony

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very nice restaurant. I liked the food and the ambiance.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is amazing!
  18. G

    Godfather

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best brunch in DC!
  19. RW

    RobertW

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food slower service during a non busy time. Not a very interesting menu
  20. CC

    CandiceC

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our anniversary dinner. The team was absolutely delightful! The lamb chops were excellent! The atmosphere did not disappoint and George and John were terrific!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    University Graduation celebration
  22. D

    Diesse

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, great food, exceptional service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Birthday breakfast. Green juice was delicious. Avocado tartine was great but it should have been called avocado toast.
  24. G

    Gregoire

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is the most wonderful place in all Washington DC. The people who work here are so warm and outgoing and friendly and welcoming. And the service is just superb. They are there to make your lunch the best event of your week.
  25. RA

    RyanA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The breakfast was delicious, and the staff was very professional and diligent. I would recommend this location.
  26. F

    Frankdukes78

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh ingredients, awesome ambiance, colonial feel to it. Food was tasty and wholesome! Felt great during breakfast, will come back!
  27. VA

    VASamurai

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent lunch with wife and daughter as we spend the day in DC looking at wedding venues (daughter is getting married next year). Menu options were somewhat limited but portions were large and the service was excellent. Great for business lunches; nice place for family lunches on weekends
  28. PR

    PaulaR

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A tranquil and beautiful oasis amid the hustle and bustle of DC. Excellent food and incredible service. Our waiter Jorge was outstanding! Will definitely visit again on our next trip to Washington.
  29. J

    Jesh

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to catch up with a friend. Ambiance was excellent food was amazing service was superb. I would recommend this place for a quite enjoyable evening with family and friends.
  30. MB

    MichaelB

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sehr schönes Ambiente im klassischen Stil. Das Essen ist ausgezeichnet. Der Service könnte noch ein klein wenig besser sein. Das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis ist gerade angesichts der insgesamt gestiegenen Preise wirklich angemessen.
  31. CC

    CarolC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal for a special anniversary. Exceptional, non intrusive service. Perfect night.
  32. KL

    KeneishaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was great and the food was tasty. I particularly liked the serving size.
  33. D

    David

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around great dining for our anniversary.
  34. JC

    JonC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had excellent service. Piano player in background was nice. My wife said the Amish chicken was very moist and tender. Crispy Scallop sushi was memorable. Seating was very comfortable and noise level was low so we could enjoy our conversation. This is a genuine historic room that delivers versus being a tourist trap.bring your parents or guests here- they will love it. All in all a very positive experience.
  35. TR

    TaylorR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great. Our server was amazing and had great recommendations
  36. S

    Shellym

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Easter brunch. Outstanding staff.
  37. VG

    VinceG

    Philadelphia

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we stay at The Hay, we try to have at least a couple meals here. So quiet and refined. This time I ordered the venison, cooked to medium. Perfect and delicious.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance was outstanding except for two large flies buzzing near our table. The presentation of food was wonderful along with the service. Salad was flavorful but expected a little more punch for the price. Our salt shaker did not dispense any salt even after we told our server that it was empty. She filled it but it still didn’t work. Our entrees were prepared well. The bread was good. Otherwise everything was good. Desserts were fine.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Easter brunch
  40. M

    Madi

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Restaurant was moved downstairs so you don’t get the views.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lafayette Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1372 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Lafayette Restaurant

800 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Additional information

  • Cross street

    H Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Continental

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is a parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking.

  • Public transit

    McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicolas Legret

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (202) 638-2570

  • Catering

    Private Dining available for groups of up to 16 guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dining is available in our Lafayette Restaurant. Views of Lafayette Park and exquisite cuisine and service guaranteed!

  • Private party contact

    Colette Marquez: (888) 260-3497

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