Le Diplomate

4.8
7681 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.

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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.
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent!

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D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Typical French bistro. Food was good and service OK. It was very noisy and a busy place.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I reserved a table 4 weeks in advance and was seated right next to the bathrooms which was disappointing. The server was able to get us a table outside after a while. Our server was funny but forgot about the bottle of wine we ordered. It’s a great place for a special occasion but we probably won’t be returning.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Their wine selection is not good and bad marketing ! What’s listed is not what you get.

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OT
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only are the setting, food, and service perfect, so is the attention to detail. They honored my last minute request to be seated in the back room, remembered it was my wife’s birthday, and gave us plenty of time to get caught up with our guests.

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

It's simply the best restaurant in DC. Food, service, ambiance always perfect. It's expensive, but I never feel that it's not entirely worth the cost. There's is no reason to eat anywhere else in DC.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Highly recommend

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. The food and service is always good!

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

This is my favorite French Brasserie in DC hands down. Good food nice ambience great bar scene

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H
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A real classic French bistro. It reminded me very much of Paris. Food was excellent, and all the classic dishes are represented. Large street dining area just like a classic Parisian cafe. Very popular - hard to get reservations even on a Monday night

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation law school

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Liked the concept of this place and service was very good. It is extremely loud when full. People on both sides of us were literally shouting to be heard at their tables. Menu is well thought out and food was fresh however disappointingly bland.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great food, even better waiter. Definitely recommend this to everyone!
Oh...and the cheese plates are to die for. A MUST TRY!

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to many a brassarie, as French is usually our favorite. Reservations need to be obtained well in advance of your visit. Our visit was perfection, from the moment we arrived. The wine list was wonderful, and every morsel of food was enjoyed! We took many of our waiter's recommendations, including the scallops, sea bass, farmer's cheese, oysters and pea soup. Dessert was also memorable, as we shared to apple tort, creme brulee and the pot de creme. We can't wait to return to DC to enjoy Le Diplomat again!

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TN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

This is supposed to be one of DC’s best places. Well, the chef in my local neighborhood restaurant cooks as good as the guys here. The noise level is enormous. The waiters are quite inattentive. The wines are highly overpriced and nothing refined as one would expect here. I was anticipating to dine in the best French tradition, with a US twist. Reality could not have been farther away, unfortunately. All of the American restaurants I have visited were superior to Le Diplomate.
You will understand this is a European’s review ...

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JB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service food was a B+

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L
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like you stepped into a Paris Cafe! Delicious!

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PB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent attention by waiters and food was amazing.

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SD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate is always spectacular, the seasonal radish appetizer is a must. Our server, Nabil made the experience simply extraordinary! We bring our out of town guest regularly and highly recommend Le Diplomate for Sunday brunch or for a quiet dinner for two!

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CD
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good times with friends..Brunch: 5 cheeses, 2 bottles of bubbles, shrimp, eggs vol au vent , mushrooms tart, Norwegian benedict.. Delicious. Thank you

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

Excellent appetizers, entrees and desserts to die for... unusual in that everything was very good especially with a group of particular eaters. Must try the puffy gruyeres and profiteroles w banana ice cream and bittersweet chocolate poured on top at the table, ravioli excellent. Trout was flawless.

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

Great ambience! Great food and friendly wait staff.

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e
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for brunch. Started with a free bread basket, and a pastry basket (highly recommend, can always take home), and brunch dishes. Great decor that really makes you feel like you're in Paris- minus all the outdoor smoking!

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s
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great food, drink and service

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KC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always great here and the service is unbelievable. Our server Dominque went out of his way to make sure all our needs were met. I had the roasted chicken for the first time on his recommendation and I did not regret it. It was delicious!

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MM
Orlando
67 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Expected more from Le Dip. Drinks were disappointing. My mezcal drink had zero presentation and my frose was mostly melted. Recommend: Pea Soup and mushroom tart. Salmon was undercooked and the burger was average.

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manifique!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every single way.

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TK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a pleasant surprise when my friend took me to Le Diplomate. I had heard of the restaurant, but this was my first visit. Hopefully this will not be the last time. The service was great, food very tasty an ambiance casual yet stylish. Split pea soup as a starter was wonderful. Seafood was super fresh and yummy. All the flavors complimented one another. All in all a great experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course was great, we had steak and duck and both were cooked to perfection. Would recommend again.

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DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It is a lot of fun. Busy, bustling, crowded. Excellent food. Great people watching.

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LJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful experience. The food, the service and the decor all were amazing. Only downside was the noise level in the main area. But quaint seating along windows quieted things and made for a phenomenal evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was okay - both dishes I ordered (escargot and lobster risotto) were a tad too salty, which was a shame. Wine at that price was just average. Overall, it certainly wasn't worth how much we paid for our food/drinks. I was disappointed given all the reviews I saw on yelp and other website.

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food, service, ambience. Took kids and they loved the menu and the place too. Seafood outstanding. Wine list excellent. Will return and will recommend.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very French. Had the duck and the steak tartare, companion had the pate and veal. We split the warm shrimp salad. All the dishes were authentic and delicious. Definitely we ordered too much! The wine was reasonably priced, service was consistent.....it’s nice to have a manger drop by twice to check in. Will return.

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CJ
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Come for the food, not for conversation unless you are able eat outside. At 5:15 on a Tuesday the noise level is tolerable; by 6:30 conversation between two people at a small table becomes difficult. The food is totally consistently excellent. This time it was half dozen oysters and Steak Tartare du Parc for appetizers, Moroccan Braised Lamb and Skate Grenobloise, and finishing with a Palet Chocolat-Café, everything shared by two people. Plenty of food. Attentive, well-informed but not intrusive service; good cocktails, very good sommelier wine recommendation (that didn't go to the high end). A great dinner!

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TL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner was a hit!

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a fabulous Mother’s Day! Food was excellent and great service! Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with a beautiful atmosphere

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BJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Steak was surprisingly tough and not worth the price.

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