Le Diplomate

4.8
10562 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 10562 people are saying
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NataliaM
Miami
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice staff

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great time celebrating a birthday. The food was full of flavor and so fast. The pastries, entrees, and desserts were so good and authentic. Timothy, our waiter, created such a wonderful experience. Would definitely go back for any occasion!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great evening at Le Dip! Reliably delish French classics, wonderful service. A bit too loud, am glad we were just a party of two, but that’s sort of what you get at a bistro in Paris too

JG
vipJoyG
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best bread anywhere! Excellent service!

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StaceyW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waiter was great. The brunch food seems to have declined in quality recently though

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Lisa
Austin
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience all around. Delicious food, friendly staff, and excellent service.

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Gigi
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely bistrot meal. Reminded us of Paris dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was very good, but it was very loud, very crowded. Could barely hear the waiters. Not as fancy of a restaurant as we were told. I think experience would’ve been a lot better if we sat outside!!

YA
vipYuliaA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is wonderful as usual! Food, service, music, atmosphere are amazing!

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KatieW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant, will definitely be back! Good French experience

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vipKats
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place transports you back to Paris. From the jazz playing to the fresh cut bread it will make you want to return again. Food was great and the drinks were flowing. Make a reservation well in advance since this will fill up.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. A DC staple that survived the pandemic and came out with the same stellar level of service and food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent, especially the oysters. Beef bourgignone was really good. Server and overall service was excellent as well. Had a great time.
The entrees came out right after we finished the oysters which felt too soon. We wished we had a few minutes pause before diving into another course. We also had cold air blowing on us where we were seated which felt uncomfortable (was a mild evening). Restaurant was rather crowded.

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JonathanH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is excellent, nothing out of place, and the food is delicious. The staff takes pride in their service delivery; Nabil, try and ask for him.

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ABirthdayLunch
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch sitting in the outdoor booths. All food was excellent!

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AmyE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service 5 stars! Le diplomat never disappoints

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OO77
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chibak = best server ever

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LNBA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wouldn't recommend Profiterole if you don't like banana and chocolate together. Crème brûlée is extraordinary. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for antipasti Ricotta Ravioli, Mushroom Tart, Onion Soup Gratinée, for entrees Salmon, Steak Au Poivre, and Steak Frites. The steak is SOOOO GOOD! For a person who doesn't like red meat, salmon is a perfect choice! Lots of wine selection and they have a quite a bit outdoor seating that is social distanced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOOD HERE!

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DamarisB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food/service. Great spot.

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vipFrequentdiner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lovely venue. Great bread. Chicken paillard was tough and chewy. No steak salad option despite a $38 steak frite option on the menu. Weak lunch choices. Mostly a destination for the ambience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great!

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AvitalO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Service was spectacular. Order the profiteroles for dessert...

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vipamdm
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great unique and amazing spot! We were visiting from Chicago and celebrating a special birthday and everything was amazing. They adjusted our reservation for us when we ran into a transportation issue so we didn’t have to miss the special celebration. We will definitely be back the next time we’re here!

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KMadiou
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The bread and butter were amazing and the staff was friendly. But sitting outside it smelled like garbage, which was hard to take. I'm sure it would have been lovely sitting indoors, though it was really cold in there when I went in for the restroom. The burger was good but too salty - and I like a lot of salt. My husband's fish was under-seasoned, but the bean salad that came with it was really delicious, bright and flavorful. He enjoyed his escargot. The service was fine. Overall, I wasn't very impressed considering the amazing choices we have in DC. I probably wouldn't go back but would be happy to accompany my husband if he wants to.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The escargot and Bread is to die for. Can’t wait to go back!

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Anna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambience here is really unmatched. We felt totally transported to France and the food is delicious as well.

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vipDonH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a wonderful leisurely lunch

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vipBexley
Washington DC
224 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Le Diplomate has proven to be a neighborhood mainstay these past months. Consistently good food and service. Kirsten was our server on Monday. She has great instincts and really delivered good service.

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DarianK
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and awesome service! Really authentic french food!

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ChrisA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here, everything was fantastic, especially the steak.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was not good this evening. No one came to our table for a long time. When we finally asked — no apologies. Wrong orders. Rude waiter. Just awkward.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were wonderful. It was an enjoyable time with family

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Maya
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

I enjoy coming to this restaurant for many years. Generally everything is perfect but not my last visit. Our waiter was innatentive and seem to ignore us. We had to wait for almost an hour for our food. Meanwhile we did not get any update about the delay. I had to ask another waitress to help us because our waiter was simply not there. We finally left after two hours with mixed feelings about this meal. I felt so disappointed because we were looking forward for a good experience and a great meal.

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IngridR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We arrived 15mins before our reservation and the very snotty hostess was less than helpful. We decided to get a drink by the bar until our table was “ready”, keep in mind the restaurant was only half full. There was no good reason to make us wait, besides the grandiose attitude from the hostess. Even when our reservation time was up, she wouldn’t sit us until we showed her a closed tab from the bar (the ineptitude of this young lady) as if we were going to flee or something like that. Her attitude was demeaning, unprofessional and she clearly needs to learn how to deal with patrons. Thank God the food and service from our waitress made it so much better, the staff going around asking clients if they needed anything, doing small talk, recommending dishes, and the amazing wine list made it up for such a nasty experience with the hostess. Had I been in a not so chill mood, i would’ve left the restaurant immediately following her rude attitude.

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SharmiliC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well worth the wait getting a reservation finally!!! The veal was to die for! So good! Oysters were delicious too! The dessert was delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic waiter explained everything for us first timers, and gave recommendations. Wonderful shellfish, onion soup, cocktails and lobster!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a great time.

BM
BorisM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service and the food qas delicious. Time to do a little maintenance to the furniture

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 10562 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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