Le Diplomate

4.8
7274 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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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day 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 a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always a pleasure and great ambiance

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

It was good

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

Great food, wonderful atmosphere. I love Le Diplomat.

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

Excelente como siempre!

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JK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and price are second to none.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was great!

The service was amazing and the food was wonderful.

We got the cheese board and the “live scallop” for appetizers. Had the veal and scallops four our main courses and the creme brûlée for dessert. All were fantastic!

Our wait staff was great, and Chris the manager was very friendly and professional when we spoke with him.

The ambiance was lovely and we had an overall great time. 10/10 will go again!

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m
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Le Diplomate, and we will definitely be back.
We were promptly seated and served. The food was outstanding - great oysters, escargot better than most we've had in France, and excellent fish. Wonderful attentive service. Excellent wine list with wide variety and a wide range of price points.
Overall a superb experience. Well worth it.

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f
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great This is our go to restaurant when we waNT GREAT FOOD ans great service..never disappoints

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner for the family celebrating a birthday!

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KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to celebrate a birthday!
Amazing food! I would recommend it to anyone!!!

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PK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Terrible and rude front desk . The lady was absolutely inappropriate

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MP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a bad thing to say. Went to brunch yesterday. It was our first time there and won't be our last. In spite of being packed, service was very attentive. The atmosphere definitely has feel of a French bistro. It was a bit noisy, but not bad considering it's a big room with a tin ceiling.

I had the boeuf bourguignon and my partner had the Clouseau baguette sandwich. Portions were fairly large and we brought home some leftovers. For dessert we split the millefeuille. That sent the meal over the top. Really yummy. And to cap the whole experience, the waiter overheard my partner mention birthday and at the end of the meal brought me a plate of profiteroles. Looking forward to trying other items on the menu.

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d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had brunch on 2/10. Never disappoints. Quiche light, flavorful. The poached eggs Basquaise were amazing on a bed of creamy polenta with onion "sauce" and crispy fried prosciutto bits. The breads are "to die for". The sights, sounds and flavors of a Paris brasserie without leaving town.

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Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great morning. Excellent service as always, great food. The only mild complaint is that the heaters in the terrace were running a hit too high for our taste, and while they did eventually turn them down, it was still pretty toasty.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, but some of their tables are terrible. And the service could have been a lot faster.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Lively atmosphere. Must get the escargot! And the bread basket is unbelievable.

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MS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger and cheese platter were fantastic. We will be back for brunch!

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PJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is helpful and knowledgeable. Onion soup is to die for! Wonderful ambiance.

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ML
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pricey dinner for 2. Definitely not a place to dine frequently. Steak and frites - steak was burnt on the outside and medium in the inside. Expensive for the meal not done to perfection. The fries were the best part of the meal. Very casual place, open space, so noise level is loud.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggs cooked perrrrrfectly. Great brunch selection for whatever you're in the mood for (not just the usual stuff!) and yummy cocktails. Prices definitely at the higher end, but worth it for the food quality and experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time dining here. The service was excellent and we could not stop talking about the food for days afterwards. The goat cheese was our favorite, although it ties with the Bordeaux! This was a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner, we will definitely be coming back.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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G
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! host and servers were amazing (Rick has served us the last three times we were there, a funny yet wonderful coincidence)! food was delicious per usual! We love coming here all the time!

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GS
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic French food! Had four different main courses with our group - all great!
The profiteroles are a must for dessert - best we've ever had!

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A
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service. Authentic Parisian decor and taste. Pricey, but will be back again for special occasions. Loved the Warm shrimp salad and creme brûlée!

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