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Le Diplomate

4.8
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8949 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8949 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food5service3ambience2

It was my birthday dinner and honestly I was so thrilled to eat here for the very first time. We were sat at a table outside that was swarmed with flies. The waiter was a nice guy but it was such a rushed experience. The food was so great but was brought out way too quickly and then before we could even finish our food the check was brought to the table. We didn’t even get asked if we wanted another drink or dessert, they just brought the check. I was so upset because of how excited I was and how poorly the whole evening went. I will probably not go back here for a while and definitely not for any special occasion like a birthday dinner.

LC
vipLeonardoC
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

LeDiplomate always has good and fantastic service. It is a little different having dinner on the sidewalk but it is the situation today!

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vipDavidL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loved the set up of the new outdoor tables and the food was great, although the service did feel a bit rushed

AV
AnnetteV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat outdoor at the large terrace at Le Diplomate. Generous umbrellas provided good shade. Covid distancing provided privacy.
Brunch was excellent and so was service. We plan to go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! The food and ambiance was excellent per the usual. I appreciated seeing the extra measures they’ve taken for COVID to keep everyone safe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It’s a bit expensive fast food... They obviously serve several hundred or more a night. It shows. The steak of the steak frites is way to chewy. And it would be nice for 35 bucks to add some vegetables. The wine was good enough, but overprices at 86 bucks. B Too is way better value for the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place operates like a chain—it is, it’s part of Starr Restaurants. Requests for special accommodations go unanswered, even essential ones like the option of vegan food. We called in advance for the cost of corkage, arrive, and are told they don’t do corkage. They manage to disappoint each time.

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vipShellyF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Will definitely go back again

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InveterateTraveler
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Quintessential bistro food. Excellent hamburger (actually 2 patties) and steak frites, each done to perfection, accompanied by an assortment of 3 breads( love the crusts) finished off with profiteroles and sorbets. Full covid temp check on arrival, properly spaced tables and masked staff. Nice night out away from quarantine.

AP
vipAmyP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lola, our server, was amazing- he was super attentive but not overbearing and made sure they had the special quiche for me before they ran out!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Something is really wrong with the pork sausage — would get that checked out.

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ryliem
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved our time at La Diplomate. The food was delicious and the service was incredible. They took our temperature at the door and had tables 6 feet apart. We felt very safe and taken care of. Our waiter was very helpful and had great recommendations. Loved our experience, and would definitely return!

SH
SusanH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was great, everyone stayed safe and distanced and wore a mask-it was great. We got the charcuterie platter and the pate was so good.
One odd thing-when I got back to work, I saw the had gotten an email saying our reservation had been canceled at 1:15. Considering we were sitting down and having some bread at 1:15, it was a little strange, nut no matter. We had a lovely lunch and would do it again in an instant.

JL
JasonL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining during Covid-19 is a whole different experience, which greatly affects the overall experience. Still, we had a wonderful evening of dining. Great service on top of excellent food.

CB
CatherineB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My dining companions appeared to have good meals, but my mussels were a disappointment. First of all, the sand in the mussels was way more than normal. The soup which is usually very flavorful was bland, and I had 4 unopened mussels which seems quite a bit for a bowl. Since it was my husband's birthday, I thought we would have something a little extra, but nothing was offered. As an afterthought, we were given some little cookies in a take out container for his birthday. Otherwise, I think the restaurant does a good job handling the covid situation. But I sure was looking forward to some good mussels!

AV
AnnetteV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very well organized re Covid rules among others great spacing which made dining inside much more pleasant then Pre Covid when the noise level can be overwhelming ...
Food very good
Carafe with white wine so and so
Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Terrible service since Covid. I’ve been back for my favorite steak au pouve only to be more disappointed al three times. I’ll wait before I get thrown a $38 steak for lunch with no eating utensils ir attentive service. No thanks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic - dined outside and felt very safe. As usual the tuna carpaccio was amazing.

CK
CaitlinK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience on the patio. Felt safe and felt that Le Diplomate followed guidelines extremely well. Food was excellent as always.

LG
LeylaGC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An authentic Parisi an experience. Delicious food and great service.

JC
JonathanC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent every time. Just amazing dishes. Beef Bourguignon cannot be touched.

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ViktorV
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our food was delicious. Service was really good. We recommend this restaurant for everyone.

MM
vipMichaelM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent wine. Excellent service. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening.

KT
KTDC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect!
I love Le Diplomate. It's always the perfect call. This time, I had some guests in town for the first time and I wanted this to be their first impression of DC food...and they did not disappoint. Everything was absolutely delicious, the service was wonderful and the safety standards are very much appreciated.

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ChrisS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, but the bathroom needed to be better maintained

BM
BryanM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It is not the same vibe with COVID-19 but the food is always top notch. We love the salad, mussels and steak frites. One of the best restaurants in DC.

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kperez
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always ! Melvin took great care of us also

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always enjoyable having a meal at Le Dip...

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Deedee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is amazing and the staff are very friendly

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travellingwithmymother
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Extensive sitting area outside with distance between tables. Friendly staff. Service is usually good, but not today.

LB
LeslieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! We ate outside, and they did a nice job implementing all the Covid guidelines for dining.

JM
JeanMarc
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great, wonderful vibe, and excellent service! Staple of D.C.

Thanks !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience will go again!

JC
vipJuliaC
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I would not return. Ate there two years ago and had delightful service and great food but this time was dramatically different. I understand that post Covid things are different but there were fundamental misses that should not have happened. Entrees were served within minutes of our appetizers. We sat in front of dirty dishes far too long. Desserts were served without us having silverware and when we asked the food runner, he gestured toward the waiter station but it took minutes before we were brought utensils. No real welcome greeting or thanking us for coming. It was very transactional. Scallops were under cooked and potato purée was overly salty, escargot was not hot bubbling like last time and the gougeres tasted like they had been cooked earlier in day so not only were they not hot, they tasted stale. Random candle placed on edge of our table during our meal without any greeting. It was odd.

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Juston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and staff! We always sit outside on 14th St side and eat. You won’t be disappointed by any dish!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant followed all precautions of coronavirus, complete with temperature checks, outdoor dining and masks on all employees. The food was great, too!

JJ
JenniferJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overrated. Nice outdoor seating but food options were just so so especially for Brunch.

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SWFood
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

mussells were excellent but would have been better served with a garlic bread not fries, even though the fries were good, the half lobster was so so, the warm shrimp salad excellent, mushroom tart excellent, pancakes good , bacon excellent, bread excellent, great cocktails for brunch, great atmosphere, we had a great time!

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Yassi
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to leave the house after 6 months to a place that makes you feel safe enough to enjoy a meal outside

FAQs

Le Diplomate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 8949 OpenTable diners.

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