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Wed, 5/23
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Le Diplomate

4.7
6280 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Sunday to Thursday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 12:00AM

Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10:00AM to 3:00PM
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Phone number
(202) 332-3333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Abt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Q Street

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 6280 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined a day ago

Excellent food and menu. Arrived on time, had to wait 15 minutes for a table. Extremely noisy and on top of that, a table of loud children were seated nearby. Just really impossible to talk or hear oneself think. This negated the positive aspects - food and menu - to make us eager to leave.

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5.0Dined a day ago

Absolutely wonderful experience at Le Diplomate! After a fantastic meal, we were surprised by glasses of champagne from the restaurant in celebration of our anniversary. Classy!!!

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The meal at Le Diplomate was superb. Every dish was delicious. The service (surprisingly) was really terrible. I was celebrating graduation with my grandparents, but we felt neglected for most of the evening. We got no explanation of the menu from the server, who took a good 20 minutes to get our drink orders and water. The bar was out of the wine I ordered, but the other drinks came to the table anyways, which made it very awkward. In general, the server seemed really disengaged. I've had excellent service before at Le Diplomate and was very shocked at the poor quality this time.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food and atmosphere. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious and they service was on point. The scallops entree was far more substantial than what you usually get at a high end restaurant. Creme brûlée was quite tasty.

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Service felt very rushed.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

What a fun experience! We were in town on our honeymoon and had planned on “Le Diplomate” as a nice dinner out. Our server, Alex, was wonderful. He guided us through the menu well and patiently answered questions. He did a great job clearing our table between courses as well. The food was tastey. We ordered the a lot of food but really enjoyed the mushroom tart, per Alex’s recommendation. We also order the petit chilled seafood plate. WOW! What a great deal, so much yummy food. We ended with night with bubbly and a plate of small desserts Alex brought us as a gift, since the dessert we order was no longer available. Very happy experience!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was good.
Service was disappointing. No good suggestions, no careful attention to clients.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Lackluster service. Food also left something to be desired. Don't understand the allure and hype of this restaurant other than the aesthetic.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was great. Don’t know why opentable sent an email that we missed our reservation

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Incredible restaurant. Service was great. Food was amazing and extremely well priced! Can't wait to come again..

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I don’t know if I’ll ever get anything they than the streak and fries. I’m sure everything else on the menu is amazing, but my god is it amazing.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was great as always. Cheeseburger and frites beautifully satisfied post theatre cravings!

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

They did not serve us a bottle of wine because one persons ID was expired. Even though he had another ID and other things that had his name on it

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always exceptional.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was incredible and so was the food. A few favorites were the crudo, beef bourguignon and lamb. Very good wine selection, French focused but giving you a wide range of options from around the world.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful service and the onion soup was deeply satisfying on a rainy day

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

I was expecting better food for the cost and all the hype around this restaurant. It was fair at best. No plans to return, because there are so many truly wonderful restaurants in the DC area.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Le Diplomate consistently serves great food and wine. I wish the wait for a table wasn’t quite so long but it’s definitely worth it. It’s my current favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Nabila made out experience! We was so nice and attentive. My boyfriend and is left happy with the food, the restaurant, and impressed with the service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We felt very at home. I lived in France for several years, so I was pleased with the authenticity of the meal. It was great that they had a good selection of half- bottles! We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great awesome delicious we had a blast i recommended for everyone

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

This restaurant came very highly rated from locals. Even though the food was very good, We were disappointed in the appearance and general ambiance. We had reservations but were made to stand for 15 minutes until they seated us right by the door. It was noisy, and had a hectic feel. Not one I would go back to.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Everything was great, even the food! It was just a bit too salty though, so I felt I had to finish it because of the price. The lamb was made perfectly and same with the veggies though. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Perfect spot for a quick and delicious late night meal!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Amazing food amazing place!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Dinner after Bon Jovi concert. We did open table and found ale Diplomate was open so decided to go eat French and it was amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great food & service. Waiter refilled my water glass about 9 times , impressive!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We went for a post Mother's Day dinner. This is hands down my favorite restaurant! The food is amazing, and the service is great! I look forward to coming here for special occasions. We live 45 minutes away, but it's well worth it!!! I would highly recommend Le Dip!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I go here every time I am in DC and for good reason: Le Diplomat has always delivered. The menu strikes a good balance of hitting gourmet marks without being overly pretentious. We ordered dishes family style, and there was not a soft spot in anything we ordered. Outstanding service, coupled with excellent food guarantees I will be back next time I have a trip to DC.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

50th Bday. Beautiful evening.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Le Dip went out of their way to make our first anniversary special. Thanks for the bubbly!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food. Very French

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Awesome Mother’s day lunch.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

They did an amazing job with Mother’s Day brunch!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s day

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Cheese selection by waiter excellent. Steak tartare perfect. Duck with cherries divine

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It was perfect for a family celebration! Food was amazing and service was outstanding. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

What a fantastic experience we had at “Le Diplomate”.
“Le Diplomate” is a combination of a fresh, healthy, delicious food and great atmosphere, it has a very unique style with a Europe touch.
A very special thank you to Ava, who was a Star! She has high management standards, class, manners, very strong leadership, professionalism and absolute respect for her customers.
It was a great pleasure at your restaurant. Anna and Lora

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food excellent and presented beautifully as always. Music a bit too loud.

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