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.
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AB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A glimpse of Paris with the DC locals. Great food and environment.

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

Wonderful food and atmosphere!

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

We had to wait about 15 minutes for our reservation, but we got a full apology, some snacks AND two full glasses of champagne! Had a great time and the food was excellent as always.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waitress forgot about half our order. Chair at table was broken , had to swap myself. Food came out way too fast. Very much overpriced. Not a good experience.

KS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's birthday here for the second year in a row. The food and service were phenomenal as usual!

WW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Appropriately buzzing atmosphere. Experienced service. Goo French bistro food.

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

Great place for that special occasion! Service is great!

MR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and experience as always. Thank you! Mrose

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work function.

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

My husband and I went for our anniversary. It was a fantastic experience!!

JH
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I've had in D.C. and that's really impressive. The food was stellar, the service was excellent and the atmosphere felt authentic. It's a little noisy inside, but it was a fun, bustling environment. My coworker and I thoroughly enjoyed everything. My dorade was so good, I could've eaten another. My coworker claims that his half chicken was the best he's ever eaten. The cost was surprisingly low for what we got. I would put Le Diplomate to anyone in D.C.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food came out very quickly but it was otherwise a wonderful experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Steak I’ve ever had! Mashed potatoes were delectable, and our server was phenomenal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great but loud.

PP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like being in Paris ...every corner and every part of this restaurant is tres French 🇫🇷
Like in France, trust your server’s recommendations...perfect with cheese boards and with wine. Ours was amazing, perfect level of attention. We enjoyed every moment and every bite.

L
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! Our waiter, Alex, was absolutely the best. There was a slight problem with one dish. The manager, Casey, went above and beyond to ensure that we were taken care of. The food was phenomenal. It was a great night!

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We were seated promptly. The scallops were particularly good. The profiteroles were exceptionally good for dessert. The dessert consisted of a flakey pastery with 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with warm chocolate sauce. This is a must get dessert.

BK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, the service was excellent, and I am enjoying a piece of toast right now from the loaf that we purchased to go (yum!)

JB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and it was a wonderful experience - great service and the omelette and duck were both amazing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 month wedding anniversary

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible but the atmosphere was LOUD. Went for dinner and it was difficult to hear each other across the table.

NY
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

having been to paris, and lived in NY, we enjoyed the closest thing to a real French bistro- here in dc
bread, food, service- all excellent- we will return.
Not the place for a quiet conversation- but energy abounds.

GS
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three of us had a wonderful meal with great cocktails, wine and beer. Our service was spectacular. Our waiter was informed of a gluten intolerance with one of us and took very good care of her.

B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thursday night had sole special with asparagus. Other than a bit too salty ( which could just be my taste of course) it was excellent.

RS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service—enjoyable experience

RL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic brasserie experience. Terrific cuisine and super service.

MR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect. :).

e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming back and enjoying a nice meal and nice wine. Always leave with a full heart and stomach!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our server was informative and charming, apparently he just started this month. food was dynamite and the cheese for dessert was next level. nice atmosphere.

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The lobster Risotto was really very good as were the Gazpacho and the escargots. All in all a fine meal and we would return when in D.C.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Amazing seafood tower. Felt good.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing every time. Model of consistency. Save room for dessert if you can

LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience. The food was amazing, who knew that poached eggs on polenta could be so orgasmic? The warm shrimp salad was to die for. We will be going back soon. VERY soon.

CK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal. We went on Labor Day and it didn’t seem too busy but service was a bit on the slower side and we had to wait awhile between our starters and our entree to arrive. Otherwise we had a great experience. Always order the foie gras mousse. It’s divine!! Lobster omelette was incredibly decadent and a bit heavy but delicious if you’re ready for a supreme cheat meal.

M
Washington DC
253 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always good go-to place, however attitude from
Staff needs to be pulled back

It happens once you walk in to hostess stand and continues throughout evening

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

African American woman diner: Always made to feel welcome. Came at 10 on a busy night. Our server was attentive, friendly and professional. When the poulet was delayed they sent charcuterie. When they were out if tarte tartin they sent a gratis dessert. True service, warm lovely ambience and great food. A DC fav💕

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great service, great food, great cocktails, great atmosphere. Not a lot you can complain about here.

TB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Austin Texas, we enjoyed the food and service. The Eggs Norwegian was delicious!

LG
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Cocktails and wine were excellent, excellent bread, service was good, food was over salted and quality was wavering between good to great.

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