Le Diplomate

4.8
7133 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Stephen Starr brings his signature brand of hospitality and design to the nation’s capital with the opening of Le Diplomate, located at 14th & Q. Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, the stylish 260 seat restaurant transports diners to the beloved cafés of Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. The extensive menu features a variety of classic dishes including Onion Soup Gratinee, Steak Frites, and Poulet Roti as well as contemporary bistro fare, with dishes such as Shaved Veal Tongue with Mache and Bavette de Boeuf à l’Echalote. A thoughtfully curated wine list and cocktail program perfectly complements the cuisine and creates an environment suitable for romantic dinners or lively group gatherings. In warmer weather, enjoy dining "en plein air" in the stunning outdoor café where you can take in the bustling energy of DC while sipping on the perfect kir royale.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

This French bistro is the place to see anyone who’s ever been on “Meet the Press". The food is also delicious.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 7133 People Are Saying
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HW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my boyfriends birthday and it was cozy and romantic. The waiter was very nice and attentive and gave us great suggestions! Would definitely recommend!

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had 5:45pm reservations. The meal and service were top-notch. However, the noise level crept up the longer we were there, necessitating almost yelling across the table. That's the only improvement I would suggest; reduce the noise level (softer wall coverings, etc.)

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger in town!!!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Le Diplomate is good — xcept finding reservations easily!

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MW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great and wonderful and so tasty.

We had lamb, scallops, and duck. It was all well presented and well prepared.

We would come back here for sure

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London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate is an exceptional restaurant. There attention to detail is impeccable and the quality of the food is above most others. The experience truly feels as if you have stepped into a French cafe right in the center of Paris. Great for dinner, brunch and high tea. The French baked breads, steak frites, mouses frites, French toast, homemade sausages, and preparation of loose tea are my top favorites.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch & DC

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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place
We had the French toast, the guyere omelette and the mushroom tart.
Everything was so delicious. This is my fourth time at this restaurant and I am always excited to go back

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about LeDiplomate was fabulous. The service this time was exceptional

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L
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Always an enjoyable experience.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Waited for 25 minutes after our reservation time; moved around like cattle at the Cheesecake Factory; crammed into a table near high traffic and too close to others’ tables; ate a bland rare steak and frites when medium rare was ordered

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R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate maintains its high standards: the closest thing to a Parisian bistro in Washington DC. Great atmosphere!

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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, as always. Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The duck was fantastic!

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c
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Raw scallops, veal and onion soup were standouts

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I ordered mussels and they were teeny tiny and the broth was disappointing. However, my friend enjoyed her meal and dessert was fabulous. Mussels are always risky. I will not order them again.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Best burger and fries in DC!

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CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Their manager Ray is warm and kind. A guaranteed wonderful experience every time we dine at Le Dip.

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TD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! A wonderful restaurant. It was my first time there and I loved it. It is expensive but it is well worth the money. You are paying for the quality. My fiancée loved it too so I was happy. Highly recommend the skate grenobloise if you like white fish.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was thoroughly impressed with the restaurant. Sometimes there is a bit of apprehension based upon reviews but you have to take a chance + the fact is that some people will never be happy no matter what. We were greeted cordially and promptly upon entering the restaurant, seated as per our reservation, immediately serviced by our waitress, the food came promptly and was absolutely scrumptious. Add to that the ambiance and the fact that it was a popular hot spot and there you have it! We were all very satisfied, will recommend to others and will definitely be back. Thanks for everything team Le Diplomate!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. A lovely dining experience from start to finish. Lives up to the hype.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, and drinks were outstanding. Noise level and choice of music did not seem appropriate for a fine dining restaurant, loud.

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RS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood gem; great service and delicious food.

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G
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Our “go to” place for brunch when we are in town. Great atmosphere, great food and service, reasonable prices- can’t beat it!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & food were exceptional!!!

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. Great service from all from check in to getting the check. Exquisite food with one of the best omelettes and hot chocolates around.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were terrific as always. Appreciate the fill ups of coffee and water throughout brunch and I love the complimentary bread basket. Though it is a busy place, I never feel rushed or pushed to leave.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, especially dessert. Water guy was a Jedi on point.

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M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Usually go for either brunch or dinner decided to try a little later for lunch and it was wonderful. We sat in an area we don’t usually get seated at and the noise level was quite loud and difficult for my partner to hear very well but we adjusted. The food was delicious. I’d been wanting to try the French onion soup and a sandwich, we also tried the quiche. Everything was absolutely delicious and abundant. Had to take half the sandwich home. Let Diplomate continues to be one of my favorite places to eat.

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate is amongst the best for French cuisine/restaurants in the D.C. area.

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

super busy but great find- DC staple for sure! I made reservations Wednesday morning for same week Friday night reservation and the first available wasnt until 9:45 pm. Crazy! After an amazing dining experience from tableside service to the manager stopping by my table just to check on making sure I had the best service and food experience, I can say without hesitation I will be back. One thing I would like to point out is the restaurant offers $12 valet which is much cheaper than the $22 I paid for parking a block away. Lesson learned!

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DT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate has great ambience, good service and was delicious. My only quibble is that our food came TOO quickly. We literally received our entrees 5 minutes after ordering, which was a bit strange and made us feel rushed. Would still go back and recommend to others.

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j
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Have been coming to this place regularly since it opened. Wow, it has really gone downhill. My order was wrong, the food was cold, couldn't get a refill on wine and the whole experience was not worth the nearly $300 check.

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

Awesome awesome awesome. It is huge and absolutely gorgeous inside!! I’d go back just to sit at the bar, it’s gorgeous.

We ordered the mushroom soup, the onion soup, a salad, the burger, and the steak frites. You MUST get the burger if you come, definitely one of the best we’ve ever had.

All of the drinks are good so order whatever you like and enjoy it with some of the best food in DC!

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LU
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was VERY well done! Perfect experience. One of my top meals EVER!

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C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

If I receive guests from outside the city, this is my go-to recommendation. Le Diplomate is a flagship restaurant in DC, with terrific food, good options, and a tremendous cocktail list. The ambience is always marvellous.

However, in my last reservation, I had the WORST experience in a restaurant in a long time. Our server was not attentive at all. I have received better service in any fast casual restaurant that I find in the city. The server was unpleasant and obnoxious. When we wanted some recommendations, he left two guests of my party with the word in the mouth and he left. When he replied to our questions, he was answering in the least helpful way as possible just repeating the name of the plate. We ordered side and extra dishes, and he never brought them to the table. When we ordered drinks, he never put the drinks by the patron who asked and he mostly throws the glasses in any space available of the table.

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W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed! What amazing service, food and ambiance. A true gem and standout restaurant in DC. One of the best!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate never disappoints, from the food to service to ambience. My kids had never been and were amazed by how transported we all felt by the restaurant. Our server knew it was a special occasion and let us take our time enjoying a slower feast. That’s so rare in DC now. Love this place!

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EB
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner ! Our server was friendly, helpful and very considerate of our needs. Traveling with younger diners can be a challenge (by design no kids menu) though our server provided suggestions and recommendations so all had an excellent meal. We will definitely return!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excelente todo excepto que las cantidades son ....... Muy poco !!

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