Lafayette Restaurant

4.8
1202 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner. 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.

Currently serving on our beautiful 9th floor, Top of the Hay, offering iconic views of the White House and other historic DC landmarks.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1202 people are saying
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4.8
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GeneB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience, staff obviously tries very hard to satisfy their diners. Giovanni was a jewel!

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FoodLover
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal. The service was excellent and friendly. The price was very reasonable for the quality of the food and service. They were offering seating on the 9th floor (usually reserved for private parties) due to Coronavirus (very spacious with doors that open onto the terrace). It was a special treat to have the awesome view added in!

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JeffC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view and dessert were fantastic. Efrain was great with suggestions and excellent service. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service combined with an amazing view.

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LifeIsShort
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dining at the Hay is always something special, whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They have really got it right with regard to a staff that understands service that does't feel done by rote.

My only complaint, and it is a big one...the prospect of diners (most) arriving in jeans and wilderness boots for a Saturday night dinner is unacceptable. Not in what would otherwise be an elegant affair, and not at these prices. DC restaurants are going to either have to make and enforce a dress code, or expect absolutely everything to go downhill.

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CatherineS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to send off a friend before she moved away from DC. It was the perfect spot! Exceptional service and food and the view is absolutely priceless. At every level, in every way, it felt special. Thank you, thank you!

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HarveyF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were super! The prices were very fair, especially for its great location in DC. Staff were attentive but not hovering.

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vipJeff
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wow! Just fantastic view and superb proficient service! Will highly recommend and be back again!

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LesliN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and elegant. Food was delicious, wait staff was perfect. If you want a very nice dinner - this is by far the best place to go. It has a beautiful view of the White House too!

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vipBobW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous staff! Very friendly and welcoming. Food and drinks were delicious. Would recommend the sea bass at dinner. The bakery items at breakfast are all good choices, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining room was beautiful. It was on the 9th floor with a view overlooking the White House. The food was phenomenal. We had the filet. We had excellent service as well, our waiters made our anniversary very special and romantic. Highly recommend.

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kianayeg
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

This is the perfect place for a fancy dinner in a quiet, romantic place. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful -- my partner and I felt like we were on the Titanic!

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AdamC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have moved it to the 9th floor event space for covid... which is where their promo pics are taken. So you get the headline view of the white house. It was about as perfect as could be.

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SvetlanaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Unforgettable Brunch Experience. A room with a view.

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Briana
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! My first time here and everything were perfect!

Definitely I will come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was breathtaking. View of the White House and Washington Monument added to a beautiful evening. Highly recommend and we will be back again and again.

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SkipP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dinner of soup and scallops, and the scallops were cooked beautifully. Crusty bread, simple wine - and a birthday guest at another table, and clearly accomplished, took the bench at the piano and played beautifully for one classic piece. Perhaps Brahms. This is quite an unusually comfortable setting, and the atmosphere is distinct due to superb service.

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SkipP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfectly broiled lamb chops followed the soup of the day, reasonable wine, and delicious cocktail from the bar menu. It's a gracious, comfortable dining experience

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vipJeffH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back! But PLEASE bring back Clarence and the pre Covid menu!

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EileenC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best part of our trip to DC! The food was divine, and the views we’re breathtaking. If it wasn’t for this stop we wouldn’t have been able to see the White House, as Lafayette Square was closed off. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipbenji
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had lunch on the 9th floor where restaurant is operating nowadays, could bor ask for a better view; service was great and almost felt like personalized; and the food was very fresh and good. The Lafayette/Hay Adams has always been among my favorite restaurants/spots in the DC area, I recommend it, thank you.

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vipSarahP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible (as was the presentation), great place for romantic evening or business lunch/dinner. Great view of the White House and monuments. Superb service.

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vipPaulaW
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service on a scale 1 to 5 was a 10! The place is beyond beautiful and it feels very powerful to be “looking down” at the white house. Magical view! ❤️
The food is excellent. Great ambiance. Great experience. We had dinner and lunch. We’ll be back next time we’re in DC!

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vipVinceG
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Lafayette since they reopened. Such a great dining space on the rooftop. Not crowded so we felt very safe. As always, top tier service, spectacular food and satisfying drinks. You continue to impress.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary service by a professional wait staff and hostess.
Terrific setting.

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JuliusT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I expected to be on the ninth floor, however, I was placed in lobby dining area on my anniversary. Very limited menu due to the pandemic. I left before ordering, however, my waiter was very friendly and the drinks we ordered were pretty good.

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ronaldh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and i were there for dinner and had a great time. The view of the white house and monument is great and the waiter was excellent. The entree portion was small but very good. The desert was very good, recommend the chocolate souffle

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for breakfast right after our self-officiated wedding in front of the US Supreme Court. The food was very good and the presentation first class. The wait staff was definitely the most professional and genuinely nice. They also respected social distancing guidelines which made us feel good. The birds-eye view of DC was a unique experience. I would highly recommend The Lafayette as an upscale place to dine.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant and classy Birthday Dinner

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vipnancyB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every category! A very special dinner.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the street area outside is an unsafe urban danger zone

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vipSandraP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giovanny led us straight to the "V.I.P." table, the 2-top directly across from the White House! He was thouroughly charming as was our server Jose! The place setting was exquisite! Our entrees were outstanding and Jose kept the delicious and hot coffee coming and the heated maple syrup was an extra luxury. The entire experience was a most sublime and memorable one!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant is closed!!!! Please update your website!

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Wayne
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here overlooking the White House. Server Antonny was outstanding.

JM
vipJohnM
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite DC place for breakfast. The service staff is over the top great, all of them! They go above and beyond to make my guests and me feel welcome. The food was great, as always!

JM
JaneyaM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I love fine dining and when I say these were the best scallops I ever had. Also the corn soup w/ lump crab meat was delicious. The filet meal w/ veggies, potato and wine sauce paired so well it almost taste like beef stew. This chef knows what to pair with what for flavor. Never would think corn soup w/crab or scallops in a squash sauce would pair well. I want to go again this week. But I live in Virginia Beach. This will be my go to in DC

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vipLegallady
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best place to eat in town.

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vipWilliamH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible staff!!! Best in town. Best breakfast ever. Supper Accommodating and took care of every special request we had with a wonderful attitude.

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Scott
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The quality of the food was great, but would like to see a more adventurous menu.

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Lafayette Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1202 OpenTable diners.

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