Le Diplomate

4.8
6597 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 6597 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 7 hours ago

We had gougère and steak frites which was good but too salty. Ambiance and service was good.

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5.0Dined a day ago

Anniversary

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

French toast was sitting in pineapple juice. Coffee was good but the saucer sat in a pool of spilt coffee. Avocado toast better at Fruititive. It took three weeks to get reservations here and I didn’t think the food was worth the wait or price, unfortunately.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Service proche de la perfection, nourriture excellente, ambiance brasserie parisienne. Réservation quasi obligatoire car complet en permanence. On passe un très bon moment.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

great food selection, great tasting food - try the lobster omelette, great atmosphere

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Steak frites and cocktails were amazing. Sea bass and desserts were good. Service was impeccable. Slightly overpriced.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed our food at this restaurant -- it was wonderful -- but the noise level was -- for us 70-year-olds -- intolerable. It made conversation impossible, which is one of the reasons I go out to dinner. The waiter was typically abrupt for a Frenchman, though he wasn't one; the service was otherwise good. Because of the noise, alas, we'd hesitate to go there again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food, great service. Accommodating of my wife's gluten allergy. Our teenaged kids enjoyed their meal as well. My only complaint is that it was quite loud by the end of our meal (around 8:00pm on a Wednesday night).

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food, great ambiance, and super staff! We went for a special occasion, and it was perfect.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Went for my girlfriend's birthday. Everything from start to finish was excellent. Her steak was perfectly cooked, my lobster meal was delicious as well. Serve delicious bread with soft, salted butter, the ultimate test for any restaurant. Service was attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

One word will describe it: Excellent!!!!!!! Highly recommended!!!!!!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely loved this place. The food was very good, and they have super fast, great service.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Cheese board was interesting, steak frites were delicious and came with too large a serving of fries, also delicious. For dessert, I would recommend the chocolate pudding over the apple tart. Closeau was a favorite cocktail.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The food and service was good overall.

However, we arrived 30mins earlier due to the heavy rain but the receptionist refused to seat us by saying the dinner menu starts at 5pm.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Yum! Our meal was great. Food was all DELICIOUS! Cheeseburger, escargot, raw bar, french onion soup (YUM), veal, and softshell crab were each more outstanding than the next. Brunch menu goes a bit too late (we couldn't get dinner at 4:30 on a Sunday... which, yes, is early, but not early enough that I want pancakes!). If you're going for a special occasion and are prepared to spend a bit more, this place is well worth it.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Great service, great food every time!! The consistency is amazing…five years strong!!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Great! Food was delicious. Definitely our favorite place to go for any occasion!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

One of the best dining experiences that we have had in a long time. Excellent service, great food, great atmosphere. We can't wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Good, but not as good as its reputation. Service nice, good, but nothing out of the ordinary. I judge all outstanding service against HOUSTONS). Food good but not rave-able. Really crowded and really loud. Outside seating quieter but not that comfortable or special—sitting on a sidewalk needs an upgrade.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Great food. Great ambiance. Great customer service with friendly and engaging waitstaff. Our experience was wonderful and we look forward to coming back soon.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Wonderful experience
The service, food, and entertainment are just fantastic

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Standard french bistro fare done well, but not spectacular as the price would warrant. Kitchen has a heavy hand with the salt.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great place and Food. Service was outstanding. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Amazing food and great service.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

My favorite restaurant in DC. Always excellent from the bread to dessert. We had champagne, oysters, steak frites and the classic hamburger. Profiteroles for dessert. Just like Paris - maybe better - no passport required. Service is perfection. It’s a bit noisy inside so for more conversation try the patio it’s quieter. The decor is authentic Parisian bistro. Hard to believe it’s new because it looks like it’s been there for decades. For the quality and experience it’s a real value.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve had in DC. Escargot and Fois Gras are a must!

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great food and great service but we had a 5 pm booking for dinner and felt rushed. We hadn’t finished our cocktails before the appetisers arrived and then the wine was opened and poured. Altogether too rushed which is a shame as we felt we didn’t have time to digest anything before the check arrived and we were out at 6.25 pm.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

It was lively/noisy/busy for a Tuesday evening. The food came so fast, you knew it wasn’t cooked to order. I’d say adequate, probably better for lunch

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Delicious seafood! Gougères were worth it! All around great dining experience. Just not as cozy or intimate setting as I had imagined. Would gladly eat here anytime.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Service was fine. Food was fine. Prices were high. Seems like the restaurant has become complacent and has lost a little ambition.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Everything is good here, the service is fantastic. Wish I could dine here every week.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Le Diplomate never fails as a place to impress with consistent, fantastic French good, whether it be for a casual brunch or a visit from family/friends. Love it!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Lively brunch spot with deservedly high marks for pancakes and egg dishes - creme brulee included! Very warm summer day that challenged the air conditioning in the atrium section of the restaurant, which was a bit too warm for comfort. Main room was cooler.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The almond crusted Trout on top of a bed fresh green beans was Amazing! The French toast was a bit too sweet. I should’ve had the toppings on the side. It was a bit much. The lobster omelette could have some chunks of lobster. Overall good service, good food and good Vibes...

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Le Diplomate is hands down my favorite restaurant in DC. It has an amazing (and affordable items if not looking to splurge) brunch that is perfect for a small group of people or large group up to ten. I always recommend making a reservation, the seating options are inside and a little more comfortable. However, it is well worth the wait if you just show up.

This is authentic french cuisine at its finest! Highly recommend the duck sarladaise, the eggs benedict & the burger (a fancier version of the big mac!). Perfect if you are going out with friends or parents. My most recent brunch was a group of 10 of us ranging from 4 to 60 and the staff was extremely accommodating. Can't praise Le Diplomate enough!

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Recommended by so many but our experience was mediocre. Food was fine but nothing amazing. Service was rushed. $60 breakfast for 2 people- not worth it for me.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

It was a great restaurant with amazing food. We sat in a glass covered portion of the restaurant and it did get a bit hot.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Had Brunch there last weekend. If you miss a taste of Paris, this is the place to go. Felt transported dining here.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Super lively vibe. Definitely a hot spot on 14th street. Started with a shellfish tower. Although it was beautiful it wasn’t what was described. Friend ordered a med-we’ll steak with pommefrittes which came out super bloody and all the blood soaked the frittes to the point they were soggy in blood. Waiter brought the wrong drink ( a martini instead of a beer) and disappeared for the last hour of dinner.

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