Le Diplomate

4.8
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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.
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L
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch. The food, service, and atmosphere all were outstanding. Monica was so lovely with service and made it a festive and memorable morning!

MR
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun and great people. Great wine and food. Enjoyed the mussels.

j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Work event

FP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hamburger in DC - Lobster bisque was excellent. Great deserts.

JI
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LE Diplomate was great as always. It’s a routine spot for my wife and I but this was the first time we did a large group for her birthday and the restaurant was extremely helpful, service was excellent and the food is always top notch. Can’t wait to go back.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place does not disappoint from great service to the delicious food. My server Matt, made great recommendations and everything I had was delicious. I can’t wait to go back.

KG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an excellent meal. Never disappoints.

I
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and had was blown away by the food and the service!

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing! the sea bass was an absolute hit!

RH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but not impressive, service was average, but warmed up to satisfactory. Meals were delivered promptly, bread was very good and support staff responsive. Prices are reasonable but overall impression and total package left me indifferent.

KK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great but we did feel rushed.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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L
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience. We came with two little kids and the server did a really nice job of taking care of us. Not really a family Resturant so it’s really up to the server to make you feel welcome and he did a great job. I just felt that the chairs were falling apart and uncomfortable.

JD
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers are incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. They're great with recommendations and pairings. Each dish on the menu belongs there, and the range of options is outstanding.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The service was horrible. Our waiter was very nice but inexperienced at best. This was our first time to the restaurant so wasn’t that impressed.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceeds expectations every time. Do not miss the chance to dine at this Washington, DC institution.

TH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a regular for the inception of the restaurant. You will never be disappointed with the food, just make sure the hostess knows who you are and what you are wearing once you check in for a reservation, it may be crowded.

CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and brunch was impeccable. Will definitely return!

UD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brunch was nice! Looking forward to going back for dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience! Our food and service was first class. Our waiter, David, was WONDERFUL!

C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I saw Le Diplomate on many lists of great restaurants in DC and it did not disappoint. I am moving to DC for an internship for the semester and my mom and I decided to eat here. The reservation was on time and the service was fast and excellent. Both of our meals were phenomenal and I would highly recommend this to everyone. I will hopefully be back soon!

B
Nashville
39 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live this place!!! Great food and Amazing Bread's!

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Busy, loud, community-like seating, small bar, good service, good drinks, great food!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting DC and wanted a fun place to catch up!

L
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would recommend the restaurant because it is close to a true French bistro but I found it too big and impersonal. The food is good, French Fries were delicious but nothing was outstanding.

OT
Ecuador
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best diner that I ever had

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place with close friends and family for a delicious meal in a place that lets you be loud if you want to be; serves a great meal with super staff (always); and never rushes you along. It's as much about the place itself as it is about the food, the two are perfect together.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in DC! Every night is a special occasion.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Le Diplomate for a weeknight dinner, weekend brunch, or a meet up with friends. We also like bringing visitors here. Definitely always make a reservation in advance.

Favorites are the gougeres and French onion soup. Did not enjoy the beef bourguignon as much as other dishes—a little tough and not quite as flavorful as we’ve had at other places.

The atmosphere and vibe are “energetic” but it’s always extremely loud, something to keep in mind if you aren’t in the mood for that. Overall, highly recommend.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal.

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Melvin was very very good, helped to make this a memorable occasion. We ate the breakfast menu for the first time on new year's day and were very happy with our choices.

M
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. New Year’s Day brunch. French toast is a must yum!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Your servers rushed us on a 6:15 reservation due to a NYE event happening at 9pm. We were given a “last call” warning at 7pm!! It was super rude. We had planned in ordering more wine and dessert and would have been out of there well before 8pm but your servers made sure we were gone even earlier, we got our check and took our money elsewhere. Worse Le Dip experience ever.

PD
Caribbean
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food as always!

RJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice early New Year’s Eve dinner with our adult children.

V
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful seafood plateaus

B
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I was really disappointed with the table we had. I reserved the table one month ago, in spite of that we were seated outside. It was so cold that I got sick the next day.

MG
Tulsa
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was an amazing experience - my favorite place we visited in DC. Food was delightful, ambiance was perfect, and priced reasonably. My only complaint is that it could get a touch loud in the restaurant and our waiter may not have known every answer to our pointed, detailed questions. Otherwise, this was about as good as it gets. Thank you Le Diplomate!

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