Le Diplomate

4.8
7296 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.

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.
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RS
New England
9 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superior in all respects

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s
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here was excellent as always
Service was a bit better than usual

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

I’ve been wanting to go to Le Diplomate for years - it’s a DC staple, and I’ve always wanted to go there with my girlfriends and eat EVERYTHING. This experience did NOT disappoint. The food was absolutely amazing, the service was perfect, and the vibe was chic, bustling, and upbeat. I will definitely go back.

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

Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. The experience with Brunch was less pleasant. We ordered a mushroom tart, onion soup, lobster omelette and steak and eggs.
The steak and eggs we had to send back twice. The first time, the steak was tough and over cooked and salted like it was being put out for storage. The second time it was cooked well, but upon the third bite we found were the salt had been focused. I judge any good restaurant on a steak because it only requires minimal seasoning and cooking to succeed. Needless to say this was a sign of the other dishes to come. The manager did come by the first time and apologized and sent back the second attempt. The second time I think he knew it would be embarrassing and he stayed away. I’m surprised by the food, since I’ve heard good things about this place and brunch in particular, but I could find better and especially for the price. I have had much more expensive brunch experiences at supposedly lesser restaurants because I continue to order but on this date we decided to go home and save ourselves from any further disappointment. The servers and manager were great and attentive but I would stick to the cheese plates - since it was the highlight of the experience.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Extremely unprofessional hostess staff.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come here I have an excellent experience. Easily one of my favorite places in DC. The food was exceptional and the service was top notch.

The only qualm I ever have here is that the waiting area fills up very fast, and can sometimes lead to people standing close to couples dining at tables.

But once you’re seated, buckle up and enjoy an amazing time.

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AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, from wine to apps to main courses to desserts. Would recommend to anyone. it is quite noisy and busy so keep that in mind.

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DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Dip is always a joy. 100% consistent experience from the team service, food, ambiance and energy of the place.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Top of the Mushroom tart was burnt to a crisp maybe it’s supposed to be that way...

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CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate is one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. The food and atmosphere make you feel as though you are in France. I always bring family and friends from out of town!

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YT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go to Le Diplomate ask for Nabil to serve your table and sit back and enjoy his fantastic recommendations!

We went here twice in 3 days in DC and thoroughly enjoyed every dish and atmosphere.

We will be back!

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LM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place!! Service was great. A little bit noise but still you can enjoy the experience.

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

Excellent per usual- sets the standard for dining in the city!

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M
Washington DC
224 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always a pleasure and great ambiance

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E
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service m; high quality well realized cuisine. Good value. Restrooms needed attention

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of my life. Would eat it every day if I could. We got 3 cheeses, french onion soup, and the steak and frites. Everything was to die for.

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LM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great. The noise level and crowdedness was a bit overwhelming. We were at a very small table in a corner which helped a little.

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

We went for our son’s 24th birthday, we all loved it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge portions of delicious, classic fare.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s ok, a lot of hype, very busy. Ok food not great.

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

delicious cheese and eggs benedict. it was perfect

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C
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

I love Le Diplomate! However, it is very noisy! My nicoise salad was delicious but too salty and the tuna was canned not fresh. Nevertheless, I will go again.

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

My girlfriend and I celebrated a late Valentine’s Day, and we always have a great time at La Diplomate.

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

Food was great, service was perfect and the atmosphere fun

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

Dinner was amazing and the staff too. I proposed to my fiancée and everything was perfect.

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CC
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best escargot, steak tartare and entrees ever. Top 5 restaurants of a lifetime!

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

Trully a great experience. The waiter was very friendly and helpful--he helped us choose the wine--and the food was great--I had lamb, and she had duck.
One minor complaint: Not much pricacy. Not really the sort of place to go for intamacy with your loved one.
All in all, a great dining experience!

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

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

They were amazing (as always)! Perfect place for date night, especially on Valentine’s Day!

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WM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my fourth visit to the restaurant over the years. The food, service, ambiance, and overall experience have been incredibly, consistently excellent. For this visit, one of my guests required wheelchair accessibility. This was handled smoothly and professionally, without any unnecessary fanfare. We had a wonderful time and continue to reminisce and rave about the food and the experience. Thank you!

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A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It is an ok restaurant. A bit over priced. Customer service is good. The food is just ok.

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

Great food, wonderful atmosphere. I love Le Diplomat.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for my b-day dinner and it was exquisite! The interior reminds you of a European/Parisian bistro and their bread basket breads are absolutely wonderful.

Food and service was all on point.

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VE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

W went there for a Birthday with two picky eaters who frowned upon the idea of French food. They loved it. The ambiance was great -- overall à lot of fun. Highly recommend.

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MC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente como siempre!

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JK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at le Diplomate is always phenomenal. The wait staff is very accommodating, and you are their priority. The only bad thing about the restaurant is that it is difficult to get a reservation. So as long as you plan ahead, le Diplomate is perfect.

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Le Diplomate and the customer service was exceptional and the food was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this place and will be coming back again!!

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GK
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, ambiance and value!
The noise level a little bit too high in the middle of the restaurant in the first 10 minutes. Luckily the wonderful hostess was able to switch us to a booth on the side and the noise level dropped significantly.
Many thanks,
Gabor

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C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Le Diplomate. Had heard only great things. The place did not disappoint.

Service was exceptional. Food was very good.

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