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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4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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OT
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great. Worth it for the gougeres and salade lyonnaise. Great ambiance-

RC
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at this very quality restaurant. The service was outstanding and the food was superb. Our waiter was very helpful and professional. We will definitely return to this great restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid experience at Le Dip. Definitely a reliable spot for food and ambiance.

c
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our server was rude. Maybe he was a bit rushed and busy, but he was condescending.

JR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak tartare, tuna carpaccio, mushroom soup, oysters,and duck were very good. The live scallop need a bit more acidity- couldn't taste lime.

KP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and we were well served

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Just an “OK” lunch. Not the Le Diplomate from years past. My plate of steak & frites was overcrowded. Not pleased with the bus boy sweeping up next to my table as we were eating. Sad that I won’t be returning. Ps. Good luck finding parking

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here for several times, cause it has my most favorite Onion Soup and Foie Gras in DC area.

The Lobster Omelette is extremely soft, tender and flavorful with lobster meat inside, nailed it!

Highly recommend, do remember to plan ahead, especially on weekends.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday/visiting friends

MM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Was a bit disappointed with this experience at Le Diplomate! I arrived at 6:40 for a 6:45 reservation for 1. I was told that it would be a few minutes and to wait in the bar, which I did. They were roughly 30 people in a bar made for 15 and someone immediately knocked into me spilling half of my $16 martini. I complained about this when I went to check on my table at 6:55 and while the hostess took me to my table, she made no effort to apologize for the wait and wasted money in the bar. Dinner was delicious, my waitress was lovely and overall the meal was worth the wait. But I was very annoyed when the table next to me told me they were given complimentary champagne while they waited for their table. It made me feel like my business wast important since I was just one person.

MW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The amazing thing about Le Diplomate is not that the food, service and ambiance are all outstanding. The amazing thing is that they have all remained outstanding despite Le Diplomate's huge popularity and full bookings much of the time! Consistently excellent all the time!

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Navil was an outstanding server!

PB
Philadelphia
114 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our party of three shared two salade verte to start (okay, nothing special) and then had the Sole special (spectacular), duck a l’orange (excellent), and the beef bourguignon (good, not great). Our server Kristen was the consummate professional and had excellent wine recommendations. That said, Le Diplomate is a damn expensive restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BDay with friends.

NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful dining experience - food was absolutely delicious! Our server , Tim , extremely attentive & helpful . Only downside was it was a bit noisy but it was very busy - would definitely recommend to friends

OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food was delightful as always. Service was completely off.

AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely classic establishment right from your first step they set a fun friendly but classy feel which is backed up by excellent food which remains true to high French tradition but In a fun way.
All topped by good pricing

E
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For any occasion! A delight!

T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Noise level so high eventually makes it difficult to enjoy the excellent food.

JW
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A must dinning experience in DC. Little noisy, great service, ample menu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience! Excellent service and food was amazing.

EM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went on Veterans Day when Le Dip gives free burger American to Veterans. It was a great first experience at the restaurant. The burgers and fries were fantastic! The cocktails are amazing as well!

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's already my favorite restaurant in DC, but when I found out they were giving a meal on Veterans Day, I was shocked and had to take them on the offer. I always feel odd taking any sort gestures of appreciation (since I love serving), but the staff was genuinely happy to have us and the burger was terrific.

Big thank you to Le Diplomat. You'll continue to have my patronage for the years to come.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. My go to for brunch!

r
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was great at Le Diplomate, as was the wine list. Portions for 3 of the 4 dishes were substantial, but the scallops were small (bay rather than sea?) and there wasn't much else on the plate to fill up on. The steak, steak frites, and fish were delicious and large servings. We were about 15 minutes late, and the hostess had already cancelled our reservation (despite a phone call the day before confirming the reservation). Luckily, since we were there for an early bird dinner, they still had our table when we arrived! I was a little surprised by the quick cancellation at 5:45pm, when more than half the dining room was still open.

HG
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we have ever experienced. But, it is very loud.

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation was timely. Waiter was attentive, professional and willing to explain meal choices.

HR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I got seated at the worst table in the restaurant and the wait staff did nothing to make it better. Tons of extraneous staff waiting around doing nothing, but it took forever to order/get our check. Food wasn’t good enough to put up with horrible service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went above and beyond! Wonderful meal and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, our waiter was attentive and the ambiance was perfect!

EB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and drinks. We thoroughly enjoyed everything. We made our reservation and were lucky to get the last spot. If you're in the area I would definitely recommend you give it a visit and if you know when you want to go to make a reservation. They are busy and get booked up early.

DO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience but the wait was long despite having a reservation

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little behind on reservations, otherwise great.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, although two of our half dozens oysters were bad/tasted old. The ambience was nice overall but there was a table of 10-12 girls who were screaming and yelling constantly that the staff neglected to settle down. Our server was very nice and gave some recommendations about what should be ordered/how much should be ordered but I thought she could have given more information about each dish and what to expect. The foie Gras was especially tasty and a VERY LARGE PORTION for such a delicacy. The experience was exceptional overall and I will be returning.

TN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waiter was annoyed to wait on us. The food was fine & ambiance was good. Kind of a dud on our DC food radar.

AT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Le Diplomate every time we visit DC and never disappoints

D
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed the food, ambiance, and the service. Thanks

KG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food & vibe! Thx!

TC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good all around

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