Le Diplomate

4.8
7917 reviews
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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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.
Brunch or early dinner are especially enjoyable.

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AF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. Will be returning

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

Always great food and service here!

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DM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time and an outstanding meal. We'll definitely visit again next year when we're in town.

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MK
Miami
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. The mussels, Niçoise salad, garlic spinach and skate were delicious. Looking forward to a return visit.

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CV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I was very frustrated with my experience at Le Diplomate. I had made a reservation for my sisters birthday and was excited because I had heard great things. When we were seated we weren’t greeted and no water was brought to us for at least 10 minutes. And then eventually the Sommelier noticed us and came over to bring us water and take our drink order. After another 10 minutes or so our waiter finally comes over and without introducing himself or greeting us just asks for our IDs which I appreciate the need to ask but rude for the fact that that was the first words spoken to us. Then we still waited another five minutes to get the Carafe of Ventoux Rouge and that we wanted as our pre dinner drinks. Finally we were able to order our appetizer. Then a bit later we finally got the appetizer of Escargot which was delicious. But before we were halfway through our appetizer he brought over our main dishes so we just felt overly rushed. And our bottle of wine was brought over before we had finished our pre dinner drink and as he was opening the cork broke and after he finally opened it left the broken crumbling cork on our already crowded table. All around the food was absolutely incredible and I loved the Parisian vibe but incredibly disappointed in the service. The price point is rather high and with that I think it is fair to have top notch service where I don’t feel rushed or neglected. However I would like to remark that the sommelier was incredible he helped us out when no one paid attention to us and also recommended a fantastic bottle of wine.

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BB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch!!! The burger is a must have!!! Server was incredibly nice and knowledgeable.

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

Excellent food

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MR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal

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DP
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We like to come here every year when we visit Washington DC. It’s one of our favorites in town!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We where treated great everyone was professional and friendly. Looking forward to going back

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JD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bastille Day dinner on a Sunday at 6 pm.
Excellent service!
Food was mostly good, and the entrees, while very delicious, were both a little bit too salty.
The style of the apple tart — almost an apple purée — was a disappointment. The crime brûlée was superb!

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M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a classic for a reason. This was my first time having their brunch and it was just absolutely lovely!

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DL
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As outstanding as promised!

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OT
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had planned a special outing here weeks in advance of our trip to DC to visit our adult children. The food was well executed, but the service was lacking. It was difficult to know what was going on, but our waiter seemed inexperienced. We ordered two bottle of wine (white and red) and he was uncertain how to handle it. Only one set of wine glasses were brought to the table and when we asked for a second set, the host of our table was asked who wanted each wine instead of the guests themselves. It was loud, but at this price point the staff should be able to accommodate. Moules frites were outstanding, but the bread was taken from the table and we couldn't soak up the delicious broth even though iit was requested again. Roasted chicken, skate and steak au poivre were all excellent. Not sure we'd return for the same experience.

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AH
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy LeDiplomate. Food is exceptional as is service. We were there when they celebrated Bastille Day with a drag show. It was terrific and quite loud and somewhat rowdy. If you aren’t turned off by crowds and loud guests I highly recommend.

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LL
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the decor really makes you feel like you're in a Parisient bistro

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VK
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only negative was our food came before our cocktails. But other than that food was amazing!

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiting staff work very hard to rush you to eat and free the table for the next guests. Once we were done with the mains, they almost haras you to finish and leave.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went for our anniversary. They went above and beyond to make a it a special night for us. They provided the perfect amount of service and the food was exceptional.

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VJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious Loup de Mer!

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SB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Fête du 14 juillet with French friends. Traditional food, as one would hope to find in a French bistrot. I’ll be back the next time I’m in DC.

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great experience at Le Diplomate! I brought some family who was visiting DC to the restaurant for Saturday brunch. The food was great, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was lovely. Le Diplomate is by far my favorite restaurant in the area!

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k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amzing from A to Z welcoming, waiters, food ... 1st but not last

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JB
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our service was just not the best. Food was fair. The noise level was SO loud we could not enjoy a conversation. The dessert was by far the best part.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food

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AS
Oklahoma City
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we had in D.C. - and we are some wonderful meals! Make a reservation well in advance. Go there!

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TL
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Fun and friendly vibe. Big portions. Profiterole dessert to die for!

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MR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always 5 stars

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E
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is well prepared and presented. They hostess stand is not always the most accommodating, but given the regular crowd, sticking to the book is probably wise.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Le Diplomate 4 times and the food and service is always superb. We’ll be back in a couple months for my husband’s birthday. 😊

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J
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great food. Thought the place was great in a sense that anyone could go there. They had anything from classic French bistro food to burgers. My twelve year old son loved it. Would recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant with top quality food and service. Atmosphere incredibly boisterous so conversation can be hard. But otherwise, would recommend to other friends!

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M
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome restaurant Melvin was excellent best deserts in the city.

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VR
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a good experience. The food is on the salty side.

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been meaning to go to Le Diplomate for awhile now; I had heard many good things. While the food was fine, the service could use some work. Our waitress came by on three separate occasions within the first half hour to see if we wanted cocktails or wine while we had our apps; really annoying since we said no the first time. Then she disappeared for what felt like an hour- meanwhile I was trying to place another order for our main and ask for more bread. If it wasn’t for the lack of attention I would have added another star.

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JN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic French Food in a very authentic atmosphere. The wall paint and the details remind me of an old left bank bistro we used to frequent. Authentic right down to the antique fixtures and subway tile in the Bath.

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TW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Always a winner. Paris in DC.

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JN
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The small seafood plateau for was excellent quality and quite filling for the two of us. Service could not have been better - proactive but never invasive and always warm

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EJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the best scallops I have ever had and the frost was spectacular. 10/10

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