Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.19mi
  2. Distance: 0.26mi
  3. Distance: 0.35mi
  4. Distance: 0.36mi
  1. Distance: 0.19mi
  2. Distance: 0.26mi
  3. Distance: 0.35mi
  4. Distance: 0.36mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.19mi
  2. Distance: 0.26mi
  3. Distance: 0.35mi
  4. Distance: 0.36mi
  1. Distance: 0.19mi
  2. Distance: 0.26mi
  3. Distance: 0.35mi
  4. Distance: 0.36mi

About Le Diplomate

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.

1601 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Q Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 332-3333

Website:
http://lediplomatedc.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Abt

Le Diplomate Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (217)
Good for a Date (177)
Fit for Foodies (168)
See All
Authentic (138)
Neighborhood Gem (136)
Good for Birthdays (136)
Good for Anniversaries (132)
Hot Spot (132)
Romantic (129)
Great for Brunch (122)
Fun (109)
Notable Wine List (105)
People Watching (97)
Sunday Lunch (89)
Cozy (83)
Worth the Drive (79)
Casual (67)
Great for Lunch (63)
Creative Cuisine (61)
Great for Outdoor Dining (61)
Comfort Food (59)
Vibrant Bar Scene (57)
Pre/post Theatre (56)
Good for Groups (55)
Business Meals (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (44)
Bar Seating (39)
Late-night Find (26)
Seasonal (23)
Happy Hour (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Afternoon Coffee (15)
Healthy (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Great Beer (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Scenic View (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Afternoon Tea (9)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Spicy (2)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Sort by
S
5920 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Wonderful ambiance. Fun. Friendly. Great food. Great service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined a day ago

Our brunch at Le Diplomate was delicious! Our party of three had two egg dishes and a tartine and all exceeded our expectations. Our server, Lauren, was attentive and knew the menu well. The atmosphere was charming and comfortable. We will definitely visit again.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Great for brunch. Spinach quiche was 3+ inches high could only eat half. All 3 meals we ordered were excellent. Great service did not rush us. Would go back next time in DC!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined 2 days ago

The nouse level was very high making it difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Food and service are excellent. Tables are too close together and the noise level is too loud.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value2

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent choices, great atmosphere, wonderful food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Takes forever to get a reservation & it’s the same old story - 5 pm or 10 pm and that’s after being put on hold at least twice! We took 5:15 pm. Horrible service - had a cocktail, never asked if I cared for a glass of wine. Had to flag her down. No Bernaise for the steak frites. “We don’t serve it!”. Attitude -5.

Tags: Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service1
value4

 
 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

It was our first time here and we were not disappointed. Both drinks and food were delicious. We recommend the farmer's cheese as a starter!

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

I love Le Diplomate. The food was great , the service was friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere is fun. It is my favorite restaurant in DC and it never disappoints.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

It doesn’t get any better in Washington, DC.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

First, I indicated on the opentable reservation that it was our anniversary but no acknowledgement was ever made. Service was average, waiter was not very attentive, often times we felt like we were waiting on him. For the price and the hype, my husband and I felt like the food fell short. The bread was probably the best part - not saying much. The steak tartar seemed like it had too much horse radish, the steak frites was really fatty/chewy and small and I didn’t care for my fish at all. Was disappointed..

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

 
·Dined 6 days ago

Robert provided excellent service. Escargot, oysters, steak frites, and mussels were delicious. Wine, coffee, and creme brûlée was excellent.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is one of my favorite places in the city and as always, the food was excellent. The service was a little less on-point than usual but everything else was so great- and everyplace can have an off night. Overall, you can’t go wrong with a night out at Le Diplomate.

Tags: Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Awesome dinner celebrating a birthday and engagement. Noise level was a little high at the table near ours but the meal and service was excellent.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Loved it. Ambiance food and bread, bread, bread. Service was great as was the vibe.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had such a great time (as always). The food is always so good and our waitress was friendly and great. In fact, I made a reservation and had to call the day before to expand it. They asked if it was ok to have it be a little tight and there might be a way but were incredibly accommodating. We showed up and were seated pretty quickly at a table that was more than big enough for all of us!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

good food we went sunday for lunch they were busy food was tasty

Tags: Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Always amazing!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a fantastic experience! The food was incredible and the service was excellent. It's a bit noisy and busy but totally worth it. The seafood tower was better than the ones we had in NYC and Boston and the cheese board and steak tartare were wonderful.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on February 10, 2018

The prime rib was well made, medium rare, and served with a delicious a jour and potatoes.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Some of the best food I’ve had on my vacation here, bar none.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food good, service looked like they were tired. They made us wait for our reservation. The food is great but avoid being near big tables. It was too loud until some parties left.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service2
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The brunch here is amazing! Everything we had was delicious.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

As usual, great food and excellent service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, incredibly fast service. Honestly felt a bit rushed by the service, which while efficient, was deadpan. Will return again for food and ambiance though!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious food with excellent efficient service!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on February 9, 2018

Just never disappoints -- one of the best meals in the city, always!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on February 8, 2018

We always love our dinners at Le Diplomate. Bread is to die for. Since we go often we would like to see other options, daily specials - menu is pretty much the same nothing new.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great meal....food is always prepared well and great flavors. Service is outstanding.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Have been coming here for years, as of recently it seems like the quality of service has gone down in recent months. Bar service seems distracted and uninterested and we had to remind the waiter after sitting at our table that we would like to order food. He also never came back to check on us until after we were done eating. The food is as tasty as ever, but staff seems to have changed and gone down hill.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value2

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

From the moment we walked in and were welcomed by a grunt from the host the evening got worse. Tarik (server) would’ve preferred to be anywhere else and his disinterested attitude poorly reflected on the restaurant. Food average; unseasoned & luke warm. First time, last time.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service1
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We went to Le Diplomate for a birthday dinner for a friend. We also had a hard stop for when we needed to leave. Our server was great. He recommended incredible champagne for us. He was the appropriate amount of chatty with us. The food was excellent; Lobster Risotto and Steak au Poivre. The restaurant brought us profiteroles for dessert. I've been to Le Diplomate several times, this was the best service and best food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We had dinner at Le Diplomate while visiting the city.
We thought the restaurant was very fun: fun and interesting to look at, really friendly and knonwledgable service and good food.
We have recommended Le Diplomate to our sister and brother in law who will be visiting in April.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was wonderful. -- the service, great the food wonderful, ambiance very nice.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing food and service, per usual. Reminds me yet again why Le Diplomate has become a go-to recommendation I give to friends visiting from our of town. Great for a special meal, or just because. The cheese board is a must. Do it, you won't regret it.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent everything!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

French Onion soup spot of
Chicken dinner great
Burger
OK

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 5, 2018

This place is absolutely charming. The menu has so many tempting options and all of the food is delicious. My favorite thing about Le Diplomate, however, is the atmosphere. It really does feel like a quaint brasserie.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

So delicious! I'd been asking my husband to take me here ever since we moved to the city a couple of years ago. We finally went for a brunch date and it was fantastic! The fresh breads were perfect, the cocktails were beautiful renditions of classic favorites (try the Sazarac, you won't regret it), and the dishes were to die for- we especially enjoyed the foie gras parfait! It took us awhile to get here, but we'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Best brunch in DC, hands down. We are regulars and we LOVE Le Diplomate. Highly recommend.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.