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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food was delightful as always. Service was completely off.

E
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For any occasion! A delight!

T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

JW
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. My go to for brunch!

r
New England
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went above and beyond! Wonderful meal and service.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience but the wait was long despite having a reservation

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

D
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food & vibe! Thx!

TC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good all around

Q
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best restaurants in Washington. Every dish executed with care and precision. Excellent service from greeting to check.

b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome French Bistro. Great food and great service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Extremely crowded and loud. Authentic French feel. None of the staff was comfortable or familiar with how to treat a solo diner. Drinks were ok. Steak frites was good but pricey for what you get.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, tremendous French cuisine and overall Le Diplomate is an outstanding restaurant

l
Portland
106 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We loved Le Diplomate. Some dishes were more successful than others. All should be great for the price, though! Loved the menu choices.

BT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent service-Le Diplomat has it all. The staff is friendly and helpful; they even hailed a cab for me. I

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food and table service were lovely. However the experience was stressful as we waited a long time for our reserved table, it was crowded so we kept bumping into servers crossing and other waiting guests. Our table itself was fine, but the noise level was horrendous, one of the most uncomfortable I have personally experienced: There were several times I had to cover my ears. Perhaps it’s the high ceilings and/or the lack of sound insulation, but to make themselves heard over the din, diners spoke even louder, contributing to a vicious escalation of noise. I would return but not till the noise level is addressed by management using creative sound dampening techniques.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The service was impeccable, great wine recommendations and food was delicious. Enjoyed eating at one of DC’s best restaurants.

AS
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Great service

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was absolutely delightful! A perfect evening out in DC.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Love the food and cocktails too!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was AMAZING! Atmosphere was cozy and adorable. The vibe was inviting. Perfect for a date night, get together or celebration. Will definitely recommend and go back!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Great vibe, great decoration. Seemed like more of a local crowd versus tourist which was nice. Steak Frites were perfect.

B
Washington DC
147 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have eaten at Le Dip many times but it remains a favorite. The food is expertly prepared and we have always had great service. The wine list is excllent and the menu does not disappoint. I have had the trout almondine mutiple times and every time, it is absolutely delicious. The chef here makes the most wonderful sauces. The Steak au poivre is outstanding. That peppercorn sauce is perfection. We often get some of the frites on the side because they are the best I've tasted. Worth every calorie. We also had some Chelsea Gem oysters to start and they were extremely fresh and really delicious. Excellent dessert menu as well. Don't know how this restaurant maintains such high quality every single time after all these years but they do. Looking forward to returning soon!

T
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have been hearing rave reviews about Le Diplomate for several years. It certainly lived up to the reputation that proceeded it. The Menu was quite authentic French Bistro and very tasty. The service was excellent and we enjoyed the Sunday Brunch menu. Next time I will skip the cocktail. It was disappointing.

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sorry but Le Diplomate has totally lost touch. Food is lousy and the service is bad. Do the people receive any training at all ? It is full still because people think that it is a cool place but it seems like it is going down... No more.

L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Read that this was the place for brunch. It was yummy. We had a bottle of champagne. Perfect! mussels and the duck sarladaise both Devine. I mean it’s French so not light fare, but worthy of French style.

HO
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and breads!!! We split quite a few different apps and mains with no disappointments. They are great in handling GF requests. Management came around checking on things and Tim who was our waiter twice over the weekend did an amazing job.

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