Le Diplomate

4.8
7554 reviews
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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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JO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I had really high expectations for this restaurant given the many rave reviews online and more. Service was pretty good and servers were attentive, but towards the end it felt very forced and not very personal at all. I felt like I have tasted better duck confit and creme brûlée elsewhere at much cheaper prices. The ambiance was nice and the noise level was just right, not too quiet and not too overbearing or headache inducing which I appreciated. It’s a shame that the food for me wasn’t that great.

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

It was horrible and insulting. I would not recommend this disgusting restaurant to anyone.

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food but too noisy. Waitress was very good.

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

I’ve lived in DC for a few years now and finally tried Le Diplomate and it lived up to the hype. I am excited to go back and enjoy another wonderful dining experience.

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W
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences ever. Best ever in DC area. Thanks for the great food and fun atmosphere. Will be back for certain.

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SR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, lovely decor, lively atmosphere and delicious food. I love this restaurant!!!

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EM
Italy
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

OK experience. Food was great, service was very good. Too noisy, perhaps, but then again this may be attractive to some and it was certainly lively. Found it somewhat pricey though.

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

Celebrated Easter and my birthday. Had a great time.

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

Really fun time at Easter brunch. We ordered the eggs norwegian and the steak and eggs and both were outstanding. Wonderful atmosphere and service. Dont leave without ordering profiteroles!

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WU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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SH
Austin
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t beat Le Dip!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

We had a lovely time on the patio for brunch- it was beautiful outside, perfect for people-watching and the food was very good (yummy simple salad and steak frittes, even the bread was delicious!) Our main issue was the service. On several occasions, we had to ask our requests 2-3 times at every stage of our meal. and to top it off, the waiter had a "miscommunication" and served us a different and more expensive bottle of wine that we ended up having to pay for. I've been to Le Diplomate several times and have never had a problem with the service until now - so don't let that dissuade you- the setting is amazing and the food was superb, a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, and champagne, cocktails and wine were all outstanding. Service was great as well. Highly recommend for any special occasion.

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NH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our 2nd time at this restaurant. The 1st time both our meals were wonderful. This time I ordered the steak frites and I was so disappointed! The meat was very tough and not that tasty. Even with a steak knife I had a hard time cutting it

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J
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Ambiance, staff and all phases of the meal. From bread through to dessert...it was all delicious!

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T
Washington DC
298 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Le Diplomate was slammed but still terrific. The service was great and the food is consistently delicious. Of course having an option to buy a loaf of the cranberry walnut bread to take home is also a win.

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NB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was pretty good, but not the best French brunch I've had. The fries were super bland and needed salt/pepper and maybe a couple of different sauces. The service was quite negligent.

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

The oysters were WAY TOO BIG awkward to eat on a date.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good. Horrible and rude service. Been working in the food industry for 20 plus years. Food runners were amazing and the manager walking around was very attentive. Server started to mumble when we called him over to ask a question. He never came back to take our dinner order. We were finished with appetizers and he was everywhere, but our table.

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EG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience overall at Le Diplomate. The food and drinks were very good and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
I only was a little disappointed in the tenderness of the meat in the beef bourguigon but the manager came talk to me as soon as I made a comment, offered to change my plate and did not charge me for it.

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

There is nothing not to like here. Service was a throwback to days gone by when a diner wanted for nothing and the waiter anticipated your every need/whim. Attentive without being pretentious. Food is outstanding as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A very nice space, with excellent cocktails and friendly, efficient service. I ordered the duck for mains and, while it was beautifully cooked, I did feel it was over seasoned and too salty.

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

We never miss Le Diplomat when in DC! Not stuffy, just fun.

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Clásico en la ciudad, buen producto, restaurante clásico francés, buena comida

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CK
Greensboro
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Service was especially good. The coconut meringue for dessert was out of this world.

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JO
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent find but far too noisy. There was a young girls birthday dinner near us and the parents were oblivious to the noise their girls were making in a restaurant that is not geared for screaming children.
Good but not great service. Attentive manager who checked with guests regarding their experience. Excellent food with generous portions and superb wine list. An excellent night out but far too noisy place, if you expect to converse.

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

The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. They all but eat the food for you.

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AS
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must go in DC. Make reservation. Great service! Moules frites were amazing! Steak frites was super! The milk chocolate creme/mousse för dessert was to die for. Our waiter John was so good and cute. Will visit again!

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GB
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and wine. The service is fantastic and I loved out waiter!!

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P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love dining at Le Diplomate. Fantastic food and a decent wine selection. And their bar makes excellent drinks. Efficient, unobtrusive service. Just a great time.

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AJ
San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly service, great ambiance

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JH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This out-of-towner's Return visit to favorite. Great experience, as always.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Le Diplomate! Went here for my birthday and it was fantastic. :) The petite plateau was amazing, as was the lobster risotto. Service was on point! Thank you for a great birthday!

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KT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You cannot beat the warm shrimp salad. Tuesday special of lobster risotto is also excellent.

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AB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was absolutely incredible. Very nice and knowledgeable about the menu. I know why this restaurant has such a good reputation! I would absolutely recommend Le Diplomate to everyone who wants an amazing and consistent meal with a trendy atmosphere.

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j
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ( a family of 4) had dinner here on a Monday night. Our server Rick was top notch, he had great recommendations, was attentive and just all around fabulous! The food was superb we never felt rushed and restaurant had a nice vibe! Highly recommend. We will be back.

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MS
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in DC. Hands down.

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LB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food delicious

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n
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always! Everyone we've ever brought there has also loved it.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had visitors from out of town. The food was excellent, as always and our waiter was friendly.

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