Le Diplomate

4.8
10326 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 10326 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Try the new "on street" tables; cozy and great for conversations

LD
vipLaishaD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always. The servers have adapted to full capacity dining very well. Always conscientious and courteous. Love Love Love.

-Laisha

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Ricardothetraveler
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was top notch, and the food was delicious! Loved the ambiance and the whole experience!

MG
MonicaG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time back in a restaurant since December 2019 and it was a great first start. The food was as delicious as I remembered and the service was great. The outdoor seating was comfortable and quite quiet given that we were on 14th Street! Glad to be back!

KP
KateP
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ideal! Food was great as always. Server was attentive and clearly excited to be back in full swing. Love the well-curated wine list!
Don't miss the halibut!

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vipFriendlyFoodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Diplomate always delivers a meal that is flavorful - well prepared and presented without gimmicks because the food speaks for itself. I brought my young adult children with me to celebrate my birthday and they enjoyed the food and atmosphere. They'll be next generation diners for sure!

AO
vipAlexandraO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Unfortunately, the quality of the food presentation has decreased. The foie grass is not served the same way. I know you had to change it a bit for Covid-19 outdoor sitting but now, after they started indoor sitting, its the same (picnic like presentation). Also, I ordered a shrimp warm salad and it had so much vinagrette I really could not finish it. Last, (my favourite dessert there: profiteroles) were not really fresh...Sad!

EA
vipErinA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing with some burgers and beers to catch up with my friend.

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vipRIckT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Shared three cheeses as an appetizer. Wine of us had the veal, one had soft shell crab, I had the trout all were delicious. Poutine for dessert was outstanding.

We will be back

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Magnifique
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

food was good and the restaurant was busy on a Sunday night.

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SDC1
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and ambiance are still excellent. Given the difficulty of getting a reservation, I do not want to encourage a new group of people to sample this place. I have reluctantly answered 'yes' to the question, below, about recommending this place to a friend.

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ThomasT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Less than we had expected. We originally had reservations for Marcel’s but were told it was slipping and were encouraged to change. Le Diplomate was acceptable but nothing special.

JD
JohnD
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Great service, atmosphere and food.

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ElizabethT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food here is incredible- like everyone says! The salmon carpaccio appetizer was delicious. We both loved our entrees and drinks, too. Highly recommend.

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vipLisa
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

JM
vipJM2015
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The booths set up in the streetery are the best place to have dinner on a beautiful summer night. The food and service was, as always, incredible!

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Gigi53
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with close friends we hadn’t seen in a very long time. The server was knowledgeable and friendly and the outdoor seating was perfect on a lovely night. Cavy wait to go back !

CC
vipChCH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time back in about 14 months. Major ding was that valet parking has vanished with appearance of table pods in the street (gutter). Only outside available when I booked for five. First person at reception offered inside but was overruled by second person at reception. Brief kerfuffle. Ended up at far end of permanent porch, which was pleasant but a bit out of the service action. Wait staff seemed a bit more harried than usual in before-times. A floor person, a Starr signature, didn’t show up at table until almost end of meal. Food was all very good per usual.

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vipEricaW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots on 14th street. Great food, wine and service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

MB
MaryB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing staff!!! Food was beyond spectacular, can't wait to visit again

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vipLisa
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. I just wish it were easier to book reservations.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an first-time experience at Le Diplomate. The food tasted outstanding, was perfectly-paced and looked incredible. We were celebrating my partner’s birthday, and Adele, our server, was incredible. They gave us great recommendations and made it one of the best birthdays ever. Thank you, Adele!

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Superfoodie1
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best! Food, service and scene are perfect!

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vipWonderful
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A consistently excellent restaurant. Great food, great service, great ambiance. Everytime.

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Edfoodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to come to le diplomate every chance I could while living in DC, and now that I’ve moved away every time I come back it’s a special treat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

JA
vipJohnA
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistent quality & service. you know what you'll get is a stellar experience each & every time.

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vipPph108
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a great overall experience. However fir a reservation made more than a month out for a party of
7, I was a bit disappointed that they squeezed 7 on a table for 6. It was so tight . Constantly moving items to accommodate and the waitress did very little to assist. Expected a bit more for the cost of the meal and the length of time that the reservation was made.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Food exceptional. Staff attentive and very helpful.

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Nova
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing meal. We were surprised to get a free champagne for our anniversary and the wait staff was very hot and helpful. 10/10 would recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipMikeM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special event dinner. I had shared the details with the staff before hand and they handled it very well. Indeed, various staff members walked by and said "Happy Anniversary"

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Service not as great as is has been before. Odd because there were many servers/staff/hostesses nearby. I usually come here as a treat because it’s always a special experience, but this did not feel like that.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Thanks!

DY
DilY
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not impressed. Servers were not very attentive. Food was just ok. French food is definitely overrated for its price point.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt welcomed and not rushed - ended up being a 3 hour meal for 1

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual. But turned up for Pride which I find lovely.

RK
vipRachelK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are great, great table, service. So helpful w/the cake we brought, love them!!

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vipWendy
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding dinner, best atmosphere, fabulous server, amazing food, perfect experience. thank you!

FAQs

Le Diplomate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 10326 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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