Le Diplomate

4.8
10357 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
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
What 10357 people are saying
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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waldoza
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Never disappoints. My special place in DC.

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vipSusanR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service
We sat outside so the noise level was fine

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SayomiK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Overpriced for what it is.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Le Diplomate is a neighborhood favorite, and we were lucky to book a reservation for dinner at 8 for Father’s Day. We were surprised though to learn that several main dishes were sold out, standard fare such as Steak Frites. While this is probably a by product of post-pandemic supply chain and high demand, it’s odd for a dinner at 8 spot to encounter this at a top restaurant, and get no explanation and a shrug.

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vipNeverdowntown
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mediocre and they were out of a Humber of things we tried to order

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vipRoberta
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this restaurant. we're from San Francisco and this is hands down as good as any restaurant we loved there. we'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and great dining experience! Highly recommend the macaroni au gratin and the beef bourguignon.

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vipBrunch
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance. Terrific menu. A bit pricey. We sat outside and it was a warm (hot) day, so while seating was covered, it did get a little uncomfortable toward the end of the meal. The lemonade and ice coffee were fantastic. Our server was great. Will definitely go back.

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eagerfoodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LeDiplomate is great in every department for a perfect brunch, Great service: knowledgeable staff -always there when you need something but doesn't end up visiting or talking too much. Great food: a french onion soup is unmatched, a medium burger is actually medium (not well done and not medium rare). Great ambiance: feels like a french bistro with very nice indoor and outdoor space. Great management: place is well organized and well run

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vipRobinR
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful! Service outstanding. Food & drink creative & delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tharuna at the bar was super sweet and knowledgeable. She made our dining experience so fun!

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Lauren
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible all around. The food, the service, the environment were so enjoyable. My friends and I had a fantastic time, and I would HIGHLY recommend Le Diplomate to anyone in or visiting DC!

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vipRuthR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The overall experience was very good. Getting seated directly next to the bathrooms and kitchen was disappointing, especially with several other tables open and available. The amount of traffic from the servers and guests constantly passing by our table was very distracting.

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wishiwasafoodcritic
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A trusty favourite - was a little off this time, probably because it is back at full capacity and servers and hostesses are overwhelmed - and it was a national holiday. Food was good, not great, and service was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

A great place to celebrate a birthday!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster frites was amazing, and the service was excellent!

DD
vipDiningDan
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Le Dip!

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Emma
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great date night at Le Diplomate. The service and food were both outstanding - highly recommend!

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WC25
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance. Great hospitality. Would definitely be back when visiting D.C.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le diplomat’s commitment to consistent quality remains. The best restaurant in the city for a special occasion

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vmarsha
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from the moment we walked in! Good food and awesome wait staff!

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joshm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great dinner!

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LauraA
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service top notch at an early indoor seating time (5:15 on a Thursday). Ordered the lovely whipped foie gras (so delicious) and husband ordered steak tartar, which he said he’d go back for the next day. For entrees we had Dover sole with asparagus and the mussels with fries. All excellent though the fries are not up to the standards of the rest of the food. Not bad but I was able to “resist” them. For dessert we had profiteroles and the millefuille. I preferred the latter. Profiteroles were good but not special. Service was outstanding. Cocktails are spot on! We will return. Nice vibe.

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WSusan
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service and recommendations from the waiter.

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vipANGEL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the warm shrimp salad and frites, both delicious!

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Heather
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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AnicaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at LeDiplomate! Was able to snag a 9:30pm reservation for a late night dinner after an evening event. Part of the magic of dining at this time was that we felt like we were transported to a bistro in France were people typically dine much later. Our server Paula was delightful and recommended two cheese for us to start with that were phenomenal! We then split the steak frites and crème brule, which were both very solid, but that cheese plate really stole the show! Overall a lovely experience, made better by the charming ambiance and once again amazing service by our waitress Paula. Will definitely come back next time we are in DC.

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JohnW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Try the new "on street" tables; cozy and great for conversations

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vipLaishaD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always. The servers have adapted to full capacity dining very well. Always conscientious and courteous. Love Love Love.

-Laisha

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Ricardothetraveler
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was top notch, and the food was delicious! Loved the ambiance and the whole experience!

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MonicaG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time back in a restaurant since December 2019 and it was a great first start. The food was as delicious as I remembered and the service was great. The outdoor seating was comfortable and quite quiet given that we were on 14th Street! Glad to be back!

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KateP
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ideal! Food was great as always. Server was attentive and clearly excited to be back in full swing. Love the well-curated wine list!
Don't miss the halibut!

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vipFriendlyFoodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Diplomate always delivers a meal that is flavorful - well prepared and presented without gimmicks because the food speaks for itself. I brought my young adult children with me to celebrate my birthday and they enjoyed the food and atmosphere. They'll be next generation diners for sure!

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vipAlexandraO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Unfortunately, the quality of the food presentation has decreased. The foie grass is not served the same way. I know you had to change it a bit for Covid-19 outdoor sitting but now, after they started indoor sitting, its the same (picnic like presentation). Also, I ordered a shrimp warm salad and it had so much vinagrette I really could not finish it. Last, (my favourite dessert there: profiteroles) were not really fresh...Sad!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there with our daughter. She just finished her first year of college and lives around the corner from Le Diplómate. We loved the mussels and fries!

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vipErinA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing with some burgers and beers to catch up with my friend.

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vipRIckT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Shared three cheeses as an appetizer. Wine of us had the veal, one had soft shell crab, I had the trout all were delicious. Poutine for dessert was outstanding.

We will be back

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Magnifique
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

food was good and the restaurant was busy on a Sunday night.

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SDC1
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and ambiance are still excellent. Given the difficulty of getting a reservation, I do not want to encourage a new group of people to sample this place. I have reluctantly answered 'yes' to the question, below, about recommending this place to a friend.

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ThomasT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Less than we had expected. We originally had reservations for Marcel’s but were told it was slipping and were encouraged to change. Le Diplomate was acceptable but nothing special.

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 10357 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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