Le Diplomate

4.8
6772 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.
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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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 6772 People Are Saying
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Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was sublime

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ridiculously good!

Authentically French and easily the best brunch in DC.

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RG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner but had to wait 30 minutes even though we had a reservation which was disappointing. The waiter was excellent but hostess was not pleasant.

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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Short, rushed service - food was salty and cold. Overhyped in our opinion.

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BS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food and cocktails. Service was great. Very busy and lively. Definitely recommend steak tartar and french onion soup, breads are amazing too!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They cancelled our reservation 30 minutes before and offered no condolence or alternative option.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere! Wish I lived here to come back regularly

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Laura was wonderful. The food was excellent. I am a “spoiled guest” from NYC and I was so impressed.

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

My husband and I chose to dine at Le Diplomate for a last date night before the arrival of our baby. Everything was wonderful from the festive decor out front to the fun ambiance and delicious food inside! I highly recommend for a date night, dinner party, or special occasion.

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KS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing! It really felt like the server was rushing us. And our entrees came before we had come close to finishing our appetizer. I expected better than that of a restaurant this highly renowned. Also very noisy.

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Charleston
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed food grad, mushroom soup, scallops and a chocolate and hazelnut cream dessert with espresso whiskey ice cream! All delicious. We sent back a mushroom tart that was not to our taste and the manager, Lenny, came over to express concern, which led us to discover the delicious mushroom soup. Great food, great service, great ambiance. we come here once a year when we visit DC!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well all I can say is it’s going to be very hard to beat the food we had here on this trip! Everything was delicious!

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LS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, thanks Nabil for making my birthday dinner special!

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RJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We came here for my son's birthday. I wanted him to get a "fancy restaurant" experience in a place that he could get a really good burger and this fit the bill. The food was excellent. He got the cheeseburger and I got the beef bourguignon. Both cooked perfectly, great taste, 5/5. He also got the apple tarte with vanilla ice cream for dessert and he pretty much demolished it so that must have been good too. I got two drinks and I was pleased with both.

The service was not bad, but it was extremely rushed. The waiter came up, said happy birthday to my son, and immediately asked what we wanted to eat. Before I could even take a breath we had put our food orders in. The waiter seemed almost annoyed when I ordered a second drink and my son got a dessert. We are from out of town so we wouldn't be back either way, but considering what the final bill was I think I was just looking for a little bit more on the service side.

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FN
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service- they changed out our meal for us quickly after we realized that there was pork in it.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Le Diplomate does not disappoint. Given the prices, we do save this place for special occasions, and as we were celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary, it was in order. Food was terrific, service was exceptional. They even sent us sparking wine with dessert as a nod to our celebration. Great location and an even better vibe. Highly recommend.

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was wonderful but the service was terrible!!!

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LE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Le Diplomate about a year ago and try and go as often as we can! It reminds us so much of Paris. The atmosphere and landscape of the restaurant is exceptional. The food is amazing! The service is impeccable. We truly enjoy our experience each time we go!

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food great, dessert fantastic, creme brûlée!

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O
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a great spot with friends. Have had better service but that will not stop my return. Food and ambience were amazing!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I was a true lover of this place. However, in my last experience I ordered an onion soup and a piece of rubber band was inside it! I told the manager about it and although he apologized, he did not do anything else. He did not even offer a treat or other perk due to the disgusting experience. I would have though such a successful restaurant would at least offer they recurring customers some sort of treat when extremely something gross is in their food. I am never coming back.

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R
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about the food and service at Le Diplomate when I went there for brunch with my teenage brother. We had the escargot and the gougères to start. Both are kind of addicting. My brother loved his steak frites and my lobster omelette tasted great. I also ordered a Clouseau from the cocktail menu. It was balanced, delicious, and beautifully presented. Le Diplomate will definitely be on my list of places to visit again next time in DC.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

waiter was weirddddddddd. he was short and condescending. food is ALWAYS good tho.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

All of the glasses at the restaurant stank like they had never been washed correctly. My water tasted disgusting even after asking for a new glass. I was able to drink the wine because it overpowered the taste, but even my wine glass smelled gross. The server was pretentious, but not very helpful when I asked for recommendations. Our drinks (which we ordered first) came after the appetizer, which is really bad form for a restaurant of this quality. No apology given -- I had to ask for my drinks a second time and it still took another 5-10 minutes. By that time my food was cooling off. The food was good but not so much better that it justified the hype or the not-so-great service. Anyway, it left a lot to be desired.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

mushroom soup, salad verte, macaroni gratin, roast chicken

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! We felt like we were in Paris.

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NY
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pricey place but great food. The service is impeccable.

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HD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have dined at Le Diplomate many times in the past and always found it to be a delicious meal. However, we had multiple disappoints on this trip. We arrived on time for our reservation (a relatively early 5:30), but seated in the very back corner next to the service station. Our waiter was obviously rushed and inattentive. The onion soup arrived cold with the cheese hard, but good luck getting anyones's attention once discovered. The Vegetable Tagine was tasteless even with the Harissa added. When we asked for more bread, it was brought to the table next to ours. The one star is for the bread, which is still excellent.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had originally requested out door seating and when we arrived there was none available. The hostess asked us if we would like to be in the outdoor covered area, brought us to see if we would like it and it was a perfect solution: not as noisy as the main dining room.

We did not mention GF - but 2 of us have gluten issues - guess that was our fault.
Disappointed that there was no Froze.

But service was lovely and we had a nice time.

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JP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely french brunch spot - options for outdoor patio seating, indoor glass room or classic restaurant original ambiance.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing avocado toast and lobster omelette. Service was very efficient.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Pretty overrated. High end restaurant, but service was that of a TGIFridays. Asked the server for a wine recommendation, his response was he wasn’t too sure because he didn’t drink wine. The person who brought the wine just poured two glasses, rather than offering to taste the wine. This isn’t the level of service you expect from a restaurant that offers an expansive wine without a bottle less than $60.

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F
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We love le dip. It’s always our go to spot. But we could tell there is a new chef. Everything was different. Lots of vinegar and extra salt on my favorite dishes. The tuna carpaccio and the warm shrimp salad which are the best I have ever had in the past. I was so disappointed. The only dishes that were just as good were the snails and the onion soup and of course the famous breads and baguette. Amazing. We will be back. I hope they just dial it back to the old recipes. We loved them!

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Nashville
32 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food but very noisy service was excellent. All courses were wonderful. Perfect appetizers, flavorful entrees and marvelous desserts.

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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This is our second visit here. The front check in staff were rude and blunt because we arrived 20 mins earlier than our reservation. We were happy to wait at the bar but this seemed to be an inconvenience. This is a busy restaurant but the staff could do with some basic training. We sent coffee back that was cold. The time before was great this really poor. There are plenty of restaurants in DC so we will look around for an alternative next time.

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NB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprise amuse bouche of gougeres happily received and enjoyed, the gruyere perfectly melted. Escargot, with small baguette for the sauce filtering down from tender fruits de mer. Excellent. The plat du jour was Dover sole meuniere, my only regret that I didn't have more baguette to enjoy the sauce, I did not think to ask our server, who was attentive without being overly so, a true talent. After the meal, my sister and I decided we needed to return to France, that seems to sum up the evening.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Le Dip lived up to the hype surrounding the restaurant. The food was sublime, the drinks refreshing and the ambiance lively. I will definitely be returning.

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Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever I come to SC this is a must for dinner!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration! Everything was great!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Wonderful menu fun lively atmosphere. A little noisy inside for a business meeting or date but great for a gathering of friends.

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