Le Diplomate

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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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YI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was very good except I was moved to the different table after I sat at the window table.

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S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-Father’s Day dinner date. Service as always was exceptional and food was amazing. LeDiplomat never fails to provide the utmost in high quality service and dining at anytime of the day and anytime of the year. Has the mushroom tart because I can never turn it down, hubby tried the tuna tartare and it melts in your mouth. Finally tried the beef bourguignon....BEST EVER

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A
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome! Go whenever we are in dc.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful service! Perfect for our celebration.

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

The food was very good except the veal sauce was too salty.

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

Loud think I was served mussels which had turned still struggling not a good experience

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

Even with a reservation it took time to seat us.

Expensive & delicious. Service matches the price.

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RW
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was attentive and helpful. Noise level was high but not offensive. Overall experience was very good.

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

Daughters graduation from high school

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

The BEST burgers in DC. Excellent bread too. Great service, and always bustling.

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RY
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasty dinner, reasonably priced. Terrific service!

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

We were promptly seated, and our waiter (I forgot his name!) provided an excellent overview and description of all items in which we inquired.

The food and service were excellent! Our party had the salmon, cheeseburger, roasted chicken and scallops. The warm shrimp salad and macaroni and cheese were equally delicious. Our waiter also provided a beer recommendation which was also a great selection.

We will definitely be back!

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

Thank you for very attentive staff and for making our special day even more special! Delighted! It's definitely one of "our place" ))

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K
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French experience. Great wine list. Duck le orange was magnificent. Scallops were divine and the steak au poivre didn’t disappoint. Foie gras appetizer with pate and charcuterie was also a big hit.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always on point. It was very crowded and noisy so hard to have a conversation but lively atmosphere

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NG
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops were perfectly prepared! The creme brulee was off the charts!

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PK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The Front of House staff was amazing the evening of my visit. My server was unfortunately very rude. He rushed us throughout the entire meal, was inattentive , and when he was around he was removing dishes and drinks before they finished. He insisted twice on boxing our food to go shortly after we received our meals. I was extremely disappointed, because ale Diplomate has been one of my favorite restaurants and I was looking forward to having a positively memorable meal, rather than leaving with a bad taste in my mouth.

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

Always a treat. It is my *special occasion* restaurant. Can't wait for my next visit!

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Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was the best!

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LS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I took our father’s there for a joint birthday lunch. The food was wonderful and the service was superb. The only downside is that it’s very noisy inside. Request to be seated outside if you have heard of hearing members of your party.

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

What a cool spot, the experience is worth every penny. My fiance' and I had reservations for Sunday brunch while visiting DC and the experience did not disappoint. Show up hungry. We had the Mushroom Tart, Eggs Benedict, and Poached Eggs Basquaise. Would order again, although it would be a while before we got back around to them because everything on the menu (and all around us) looked and smelled excellent. Service was also top notch - welcoming and attentive without being annoying/interruptive.

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f
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and I loved the atmosphere - felt like I was back in France.

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JR
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fav brunch in DC. Everything is excellent, highly recommend.

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K
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service always!

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E
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They were able to accommodate us outside with our fur baby, on a beautiful Saturday. Had the Petit Plateau for brunch as a reward after a 5K and it did not disappoint. It was massive for 2 adults-we were stuffed! I highly recommend this place.

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IW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was another great dining experience every time! My husband was so pleased with the food experience as well. It was his first time dining at the restaurant, I was truly glad that he loves the ambiance and the food. It is surely one of my go to restaurant to bring my girlfriends and now my husband. You can’t go wrong with this establishment.

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, very good service. Highly recommended tartare, steak, fish, everything! A little noisy

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. I visit DC often, so have been there for Brunch, Dinner and Happy Hour and have never gone wrong, the food is amazing and the service has always been great. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat in DC.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service good food great French ambiance though quite loud

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CI
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant in Washington DC, good ambiance and plenty of young people!

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LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Suddenly the diplomat feels like it’s too good to cater for its regular clientele.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food. Dover sole was perfection. Warm shrimp salad always an A+. Cream Brulee delicious - natural vanilla fresh taste with perfect top. Kudos to Stephen Starr who has maintained the quality over the years. Just as good as Parc in Philly. Can't top Le Cou Cou in NYC, but what can?

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AL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love to be able to dine there easily at 5 PM,espaecially we are retired. Perfect to go to a museum in DC, and quit and go dine at Le Diplomate at 5 PM. Service is always excellent,food excellent. Now our favorite DC restaurant.

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M
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Albeit fairly loud, excellent place to dine. Delicious food and wonderful services.

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MM
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in a fantastic neighborhood, we were greeted cheerfully and shown to our bistro table. Our server was quick and responsive. When the manager noticed my daughter was a bit tentative with her steak, he immediately took it back and cooked it to her preference. Everything was delicious!! Service was great and the atmosphere was lively!!

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l
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Noisy!!!!!! Not only shrieking customers but barking music. Really cuts into the enjoyment. So not worth it.

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Austin
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved! Excellent service, great vibe, beautiful ambiance. The food was amazing, we will back, cheers!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wife’s birthday

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tom was the best waiter that we have ever had. Highly recommend this restaurant based on level of food but also level of service!!!

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LB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal every time we come.

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