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Le Diplomate

4.8
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8935 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8935 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Something is really wrong with the pork sausage — would get that checked out.

JL
JasonL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining during Covid-19 is a whole different experience, which greatly affects the overall experience. Still, we had a wonderful evening of dining. Great service on top of excellent food.

AV
AnnetteV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very well organized re Covid rules among others great spacing which made dining inside much more pleasant then Pre Covid when the noise level can be overwhelming ...
Food very good
Carafe with white wine so and so
Great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic - dined outside and felt very safe. As usual the tuna carpaccio was amazing.

CK
CaitlinK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience on the patio. Felt safe and felt that Le Diplomate followed guidelines extremely well. Food was excellent as always.

LG
LeylaGC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An authentic Parisi an experience. Delicious food and great service.

JC
JonathanC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent every time. Just amazing dishes. Beef Bourguignon cannot be touched.

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ViktorV
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our food was delicious. Service was really good. We recommend this restaurant for everyone.

MM
vipMichaelM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent wine. Excellent service. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening.

KT
KTDC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect!
I love Le Diplomate. It's always the perfect call. This time, I had some guests in town for the first time and I wanted this to be their first impression of DC food...and they did not disappoint. Everything was absolutely delicious, the service was wonderful and the safety standards are very much appreciated.

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ChrisS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, but the bathroom needed to be better maintained

BM
BryanM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It is not the same vibe with COVID-19 but the food is always top notch. We love the salad, mussels and steak frites. One of the best restaurants in DC.

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kperez
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always ! Melvin took great care of us also

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always enjoyable having a meal at Le Dip...

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Deedee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is amazing and the staff are very friendly

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travellingwithmymother
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Extensive sitting area outside with distance between tables. Friendly staff. Service is usually good, but not today.

LB
LeslieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! We ate outside, and they did a nice job implementing all the Covid guidelines for dining.

JM
JeanMarc
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great, wonderful vibe, and excellent service! Staple of D.C.

Thanks !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience will go again!

JC
vipJuliaC
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I would not return. Ate there two years ago and had delightful service and great food but this time was dramatically different. I understand that post Covid things are different but there were fundamental misses that should not have happened. Entrees were served within minutes of our appetizers. We sat in front of dirty dishes far too long. Desserts were served without us having silverware and when we asked the food runner, he gestured toward the waiter station but it took minutes before we were brought utensils. No real welcome greeting or thanking us for coming. It was very transactional. Scallops were under cooked and potato purée was overly salty, escargot was not hot bubbling like last time and the gougeres tasted like they had been cooked earlier in day so not only were they not hot, they tasted stale. Random candle placed on edge of our table during our meal without any greeting. It was odd.

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Juston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and staff! We always sit outside on 14th St side and eat. You won’t be disappointed by any dish!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant followed all precautions of coronavirus, complete with temperature checks, outdoor dining and masks on all employees. The food was great, too!

JJ
JenniferJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overrated. Nice outdoor seating but food options were just so so especially for Brunch.

SW
SWFood
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

mussells were excellent but would have been better served with a garlic bread not fries, even though the fries were good, the half lobster was so so, the warm shrimp salad excellent, mushroom tart excellent, pancakes good , bacon excellent, bread excellent, great cocktails for brunch, great atmosphere, we had a great time!

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Yassi
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to leave the house after 6 months to a place that makes you feel safe enough to enjoy a meal outside

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic!

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vipBT718
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I wasn’t sure if this place was just trendy or popular for its good location but it’s legitimately a great restaurant. Aside from the great vibe, the food is delicious and we received great service. Recommend the Beef Bourguignon, mussels, gazpacho and French onion soup!

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Gerardo
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect dining experience. Love this place! And the seafood tower is a must!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great steak frittes and staff

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Dusty
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even with masks and reduced capacity under Covid-19 restrictions, the staff made us feel welcome among the widely-spaced tables. The menu offered excellent choices, and we enjoyed the escargot and the mushroom tart appetizers, the scallops, trout almandine with a very good bottle of sparkling wine. The Vanilla Bean Crême Brûlée went nicely with decaf espresso to finish off an enjoyable evening.

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FantasticAmbianceLover
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to our server Anthony :) The mushroom tarte is delicious and so was the Les Vacances cocktail.

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vipFoodieVA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my most fav place in DC! The food, the service, and the experience is always superb! 5 star for sure!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well handled service under the current conditions. Same great food.

DC
vipDCRestaurantWeek
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience dining at Pisco y Nazca. They had great safety measures to follow CDC guidelines.

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Bossmiranda
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I was looking forward to have dinner in this place, the restaurant is beautiful and the ambience is very nice, but the sodas that I order where flat, the french onion soup it was good,but nothing special, my steak was flavorless, definitely I prefer a steak from Outback or Texas Road House for half price. Unfortunately not my favorite.

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viptoutoften
Washington DC
148 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Le Diplomat has fabulous food and service, and adheres to all COVID-19 regulations to keep customers safe.

LB
LeeB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was fine, patio seating is much less than normal experience. Didn’t see a server much, even with a large bill.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I am a former restaurant manager/server/bartender. My comments come from experience in many restaurants. Our original server was very reserved, but soon transferred us to another server. The new server was very attentive at first, but became more distant as tables were transferred to him. I understand. I tried to keep my ordering short and precise. We finished appetizers and were asked if we “would like anything else?” I was confused by that question, as we had only ordered one course. Nonetheless, we ordered our entrees. Remnants of the first course remained as entrees arrived. I had expected the table to be framed for the next course, but COVID restrictions may have changed that hospitality norm. Food was spectacular in presentation, flavor, freshness, and timing. Overall the dinning experience was great, and I made sure to take care of our waiter. Unfortunately my friends and I were limited to soft drinks, which have a marginal affect on check averages. Reflecting on my experience, I ponder the influence of lack of alcohol consumption on the overall presence and mindset of our waiter. Just food for thought. Thank you for a great night!

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service and food all great. strip steak au pouve was the weakest dish we got but all of the apps are amazing. Been numerous times in the past and its usually body to body and super loud but been twice with my family since covid lock down protocol and the staff have been really good about enforcing and making the most of the crappy situation. Its a lot easier to have a conversation now that its not super crowded which was a plus for us. Always wanted to bring my parents but father is hard of hearing so it wasnt really a good option for a family dinner until recently. Would definitely return for the mushroom tart, steak tartar, foie gras mouse and escargots, had would recommend the steak frites over the new york strip but really cant go wrong with anything at this place.

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

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 8935 OpenTable diners.

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