Le Diplomate

4.8
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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.
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Normally the service is excellent, but It seemed like they forgot about us, because after 10-15 of sitting there i had to ask a manager for water. The manager was so lovely and then took our drink orders as well. Then, later on our waitress came for our order. It just seemed very unlike them. Didn’t feel as though a 18-20% tip was deserved which kills me to say.

OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service. Great environment and awesome food!
Definitely, I'll be back

ND
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! Incredibly rich. A walk around 14th street is a MUST after that kind of meal.

PP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious and always fun place to go. the burger is a must have.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Greg was awesome. It was our first time and he was very helpful going over the menu and giving suggestions. We will defiantly be back

AR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends birthday

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

‘Dover Sole’ flown in from Denmark? That must have been a long swim.
Generally disappointing for all the hype.
Noise level was thunderous.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent meal

LN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at one of our favorite spots. Fabulous service and a delicious meal.

JC
Singapore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server, Matt or Mark?, was amazing! His recommendations were on point and his knowledge of the dishes very informative! Food was delicious! Great experience!

AC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful restaurant, great hospitality. We had a delicious bottle of Apple cider with dinner for a reasonable price and dessert was to die for. Definitely will be back

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, waiter was awesome and management kept asking us if everything was ok. Food was excellent and fresh. We went with our teen kids and there was something for them too. Very nice ambiance, I would recommend.

FC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We go often to Le Diplomate and it is the first time we’ve seen horrible service. Slow, inattentive, messing the orders. It took over 20 minutes to get our drinks, we had to ask for the water and bread multiple times, they ran out of one of the meals ordered and then had to change the supplementary mean. This was not the place I loved.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a 17 year anniversary and a new job position.
John Loates went over and above to make the night one to remember!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and well worth the hype. Our waitress gave us exceptional service.

TO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT AS ALWAYS EXCEPT THAT THE MUSIC WAS TOO LOUD. WHEN WE TOLD MANAGEMENT ABOUT THIS, THEY LOWERED THE SOUND. CONVERSATION LEVEL IS ALWAYS VERY LOUD MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO HEAR AND LOUD MUSIC WAS AN UNNECESSARY ADDITION.

C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our anniversary because it was expensive, but worth it. People were dressed nicely from business attire to more casual. The decor was beautiful with a bistro/cafe feel but definitely not cramped. The food was absolutely delicious. We had escargot, duck and steak, and the chocolate moose. The service was very quick and our waiter had a great whimsical sense of humor.

EM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Came here for my Birthday Lunch while we were in DC for the weekend. I had numerous people suggest this restaurant but was extremely disappointed. The hostesses were rude and unaccommodating. When we were finally sat the server took 20 minutes to approach us and then only came by once. He later realized it was my birthday and apologized saying if he knew that he would have made our table more of a priority. The food was actually really good, just a huge let down from a servicing standpoint.

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience. Excellent food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and incredible service. Worth every penny.

F
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best part of my experience in DC was dining at Le Diplomat! The energy, the food and the service were spot on.

JB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and fabulous food. It doesn’t get any better or more consistent than this restaurant The quality and presentation are top notch I wish we could afford to eat and experience this wonderful place more.

t
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere for brunch. Something for everyone on the food menu.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, great decoration and vibe of the place. The only real unfortunate part is the acoustics - it is very loud and hard to have conversation. That being said, I'd definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great dinner. Great scallops and steak. Service was very good. Our table was a little crammed close to the hostess table, and we could tell when the door opened, but we made it work. Overall a really nice time and we got what we came for! Creme brulee was fantastic!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time with friends.

R
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was about our 5th time there and have never been disappointed. It is a Washington gem. Our waiter this time was absolutely the best ever...great personality and persona! Fabulous Valentine's Day!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentine's day. We were left very impressed from food to service.

CB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Daniel and manager Eva made our first time experience extra special! Excellent descriptions on our food and wine by Daniel made the choices easier! Eva was bustling through the dining room filling glasses, answering questions, moving and bussing tables...endless motion! She was a delight! Our Valentine’s Day lunch was made to perfection! We know we will be back for sure!!

EP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The overall atmosphere was amazing, service was great, and food was good! Will definitely be coming back soon!

C
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

MR
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Cacao Bistro is better French food, the duck was ok.

d
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been customers since the 2013 opening and just love the consistency, both food, ambiance and service

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply THE BEST! The food is unbelievably delicious, the staff is so accommodating and helpful. I look forward to dining at LD every time I'm in D.C..

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Loved the food, the service, and overall experience. We will be back!

NG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 1-year anniversary! It was incredible! The staff even brought us free treats and champagne for dessert! Amazing experience!

N
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic! Our server, Daniel, was very knowledgeable and attentive.

OT
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place for every day as well as special events. Food and service are impeccable. They got it right and they’ve never stopped!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a friends birthday on Sunday night. Made reservations at 9pm. Had to wait a few minutes to be seated. We ordered the steak tartare, mac n cheese, and escargot to start. All three were amazing. The bread basket was delicious too. For our main course we ordered the steak, muscles, and duck. All amazing. Definitely will be back when we visit again!

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