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Le Diplomate

4.8
4.8
13062 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 337 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 332-3333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    French

  • Washington, D.C. Area

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  • District of Columbia

    French

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Service was excellent, food was fantastic, will definitely be folding this into the rotation:)
  2. L

    Lauren

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a treat to dine at Le Dip! Great cocktails/wine by glass selection, loved the beet salad and dorade special. Profiteroles I get every time! Thanks for the anniversary bubbly!
  3. JU

    JULIE

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated in outdoor seating which was quiet and private, so we actually like that. The Moule frite was delicious and the side bread was perfect for dipping!
  4. J

    Johnny

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived at 7:30 pm to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary on Sunday, January 29th. We were warmly greeted by 3 hosts and one took us to our table all the way to the right in the side room at the last two person table by the kitchen. Immediately, we weren’t happy and I got up to look at the bar as I remembered it not being full. Right in the middle there were two empty stools. We loved the stools and I informed the hosts we didn’t like our original seats at all and would take the bar stools. They offered us another larger table, but for me, it was too late. My mind was in another zone. At the bar the tenders and servers were super friendly and attentive. It was busy but far slower than Friday and Saturday nights. They started with two glasses of champagne, gratuit! The lead bartender had all kinds of specific suggestions and we took his lead, ordering the seafood tower for 1-3 and added a seafood appetizer to it. It was spectacular. And our meal! He also suggested we split 2 wines with two short glasses each. Lovely dry whites. I’m an avid sauvignon blanc fan. While we debated dessert, the bar staff brought out the King Cake with crown! And two glasses of dessert wine—Maurin quina! Just splendid! Both also gratuit! We then added two coffees with Kahlua. At least a few other items were gratuit but can’t remember this minute. We love Le Diplomate and the fact that it’s a block from our home always makes it a favorite! The bar staff was incredible and made it a fabulous night to remember. We were so elated we ducked into a speakeasy we’d been meaning to try on the way home. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  5. DL

    DLH2dine

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10 years in and Le Diplomat maintains amazing food and impeccable service. My hats off to all involved and my gratitude that I’m able to experience it!
  6. KA

    KAtyd

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    Consistently the most overrated restaurant in DC. The potatoes on the brunch menu were so soaked in oil they shine. The English muffins for the Benedict appear to be cut into 4ths, thinnest and smallest of any brunch Benedict I've seen. Please folks, stop giving this place higher praise than it deserves.
  7. RV

    RengaV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Except for the noise level, eve at 10pm everything else was fantastic.
  8. EL

    ErinL

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best time. Food was great, service was great. Already booked another reservation for future guests.
  9. SS

    StuartS

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice
  10. W

    Will

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I got the steak frites the first time I went here and it wasnt better than one I could get at a local TGI Fridays. Came back for a second round because my gf loved the burger and onion soup. I got this the second time around and enjoyed it much more. One of the best I have had in DC. Atmosphere is loud and energetic. Definitely need to get a reservation well in advance if you want to eat here. Would definitely recommend for a nice outing if you want a gourmet cheeseburger. Not sure about the other items.
  11. CF

    ChristineF

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The service began wonderfully- but after we were served our entrees the service kind of disappeared. We would have ordered dessert but the server returned so late that we had to depart and forgo dessert. Good was delicious as ever! Noise too loud also as ever !
  12. C

    Cody

    Chicago

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Snagged a quiet outdoor table where the heat lamps radiated just enough heat. The extraordinary bread, warm salad with shrimp, scallops and mushroom soup made our two mile walk more than worth it and the profiteroles fueled our trip home. Our waiter not only guided us through his greatest hits, but made sure we didn’t have to wait for anything.
  13. H

    Hurb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    This was my third time dining at Le Diplomate. The first two times that I have come were around similar times on a Saturday afternoon and they were positive experiences. Sadly, this time it was subpar quality and service. First, we arrive on time for our reservation (which was booked 4 weeks in advance) and are asked to stand aside to wait by the bread stand. There were two other groups also waiting so we were all in the way and getting jostled around by servers. One gentlemen walked up to us (did not introduce himself or his position) to ask if we were waiting, we said yes, his reply was: "oh ok-well let me know if you would like something to drink." and immediately walks away without waiting for a reply. After 10 minutes we were taken to our seats. Our server was friendly enough but not as engaging as my previous experiences. We were not provided cutlery and had to ask after our hors d'oeuvres were served. When our entrees came out 2/4 were cold. Ultimately, the value is not there for the cost that this restaurant wants its clientele to spend. Despite enjoying my first two experiences, I will not be returning.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food is very good but expensive. We seem to always get seated in a drafty area. Even when closed the window let a lot of cold air in. And the restaurant is very noisy. But the drinks are good and for the most part the service is very good.
  15. C

    Charles

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE best place to go in DC for a Parisian experience in our view. Wait staff can be cold, but the food is superb
  16. KH

    KellyH

    Mississippi

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Small group of folks around the US really enjoyed the visit.
  17. TM

    TMar

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although we were late they took us immediately and service was impeccable. Louie saw to our every need. It was my sons birthday and he was treated royally. Thanks for easing the pain of a big birthday!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food’s always great, service has been terrible past few times I’ve been there.
  19. EM

    EmilyM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, definitely get the escargot. Service was impeccable, we loved our waitress who made our anniversary dinner extra special.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    More chic that would have been expected; great people watching.
  21. J

    Jess

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food/ambiance every time!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love. Love. Love.
  23. TP

    TomP

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experience from service to food and ambiance. Lovely and comfortable. We will return!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Food was very salty and gave me a stomach ache
  25. S

    Soodi

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for a late lunch last Saturday and had wonderful service and delicious food. Le Diplomate never disappoints.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was loud but everything was amazing
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always wonderful. Our go tos are: pate, macaroni & grating, scallops. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the veal so I made do with boullibaise. Yum!
  28. m

    mkoviswatson

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the bouillabaisse and it was fantastic. Of course the bread basket was superb. I’ve never had a bad or even mediocre meal here super fantastic: tasty, delicious, appetizing etc. the service was impeccable.
  29. AH

    AndrewH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Wanted to try this place for a while because we heard it was very popular. Went on a Friday for a late lunch. Classic French bistro atmosphere. Even though we had made a reservation, and there were quite a few empty tables, they seated us by the busy hall leading to the kitchen and rest rooms. No thank you. Basic but limited bistro menu. Had expected more. Mushroom tart for starter was a thick dry crust with a sprinkling of mushrooms and cheese on top. Disappointing. Beef Bourguignon was a beautiful presentation, veg and meat well cooked, but it was greasy and lacked flavor. The shrimp salad was perfect as was the bread basket. Service was excellent but for $140, a disappointing experience overall.
  30. BH

    BridgetH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    Based on many positive reviews I was looking for a great lunch experience but it was an epic fail… service was good from our waitress but we were seated at a small table extremely close to other diners… it was very uncomfortable….so we started with the mushroom tart, ricotta ravioli and the beef tartare - which was very good… the other 2 dishes not so much… for the entree my husband and I shared the trout… it was way over cooked and salty… however the green beans that were paired with it were tasty…the cocktails Romarin and the Grand Damne were just ok… nothing exciting…so overall I definitely would not go back
  31. A

    Ally

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience as always! Great service, food always of excellent standard, very consistent. Love coming here! Bread and housemade butter would be for me even the only reason to keep coming back!
  32. RG

    RazG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food. Good servers but just a little slow in service.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The outside seating area is way too cold.
  34. AA

    AnitaA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely to chat to the manager. Fun with absinthe presentation. the Branzino was fabulous but I should have asked to substitute the cold beans that came with my fish.
  35. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The appetizers were varied and delicious, and the entrees were tasty and substantial. beautiful place with just the right amount of attentiveness. I'll be back!
  36. DV

    DeniseV

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience2
    Sat in enclosed patio area for dinner. Service was excellent. The bread is divine. Noise level ok as patio about half full. Inside— very very loud and packed with people having a great time. This was my 4th visit to Le Diplomate.
  37. HL

    HeatherL

    Miami

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great !! Loved my vodka /rosemary / grapefruit cocktail andt
  38. J

    Joan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Dip is just awesome! The menu and wine selection is great, the specials are wonderful, and the staff is kind and attentive. We love going to LeDip!
  39. j

    joncindc

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have often enjoyed Le Diplomate in the past. But this evening was really special. We had a wonderful and relatively quiet table towards the back -- one of your best tables. We were early for our reservation (good luck with the parking) and the front desk was so helpful and accommodating. We had the best waitress/server. She was was so flexible and always there for us! We had to change the wine selection 3 times (once our mistake in reviewing wine list, another time out of our selection, and then a perfect Pinot Gris) and she was totally helpful with that; and she was always there to refill our glasses with a well-chilled bottle. The appetizers of garget and pate were great -- accompanied by that wonderful bread. Then the food -- we were with my daughter who comes there often (and was even there for New Year's) -- and she had her favorite warm shrimp salad, which was delicious. I really enjoyed the Monday special (Dorad baked in parchment). Finally, my spouse had the tuna carpaccio and fully enjoyed it. The final profiterole was a great ending. The bill was what we expect and good value (but not cheap!). Thank you for a memorable evening (which was held to memorialize a past event).
  40. s

    sofiam

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely experience!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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 13062 OpenTable diners.

Le Diplomate does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 337 times today
Google Map for Le Diplomate

1601 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Q Street

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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