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Le Diplomate

4.8
4.8
12094 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 400 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

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

    French

  • District of Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I felt rushed at the business happy hour.
  2. DD

    DiningDan

    Washington DC

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Dip always makes for a great evening. Great food, professional personal service and a fun atmosphere. Good for gluten allergies too (except we can’t taste the delicious bread basket)….
  3. L

    Logancircledc

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael is an excellent addition to the team at Le Dip!
  4. F

    Foodfanatic

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Since Le Diplomate is such a DC institution, we wanted to love it. Service was top notch, atmosphere is really cute but the food was average. We were a party of 6 and had a variety of appetizers, entrees and cocktails. Per my husband the special lobster risotto was fine, not great. The veal scallopini in spring onion/morel cream sauce was below average- mostly because the veal was gray and tough. Chicken entree was ok. Escargot app was decent, French onion soup was decent, macaroni au gratin was pretty good. However, nothing blew us away. Could have been an off night considering reviews overall are stellar.
  5. F

    Franny

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way. By far our DC favorite
  6. EJ

    EveJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant has homey traditional feel. I particularly like the bread cart placed at the center. The bread basket is delicious and their deserts are superb. I ordered the lobster omelette for bunch. The omelette are smooth and tender. A nice place to have gathering.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Terrible. Waiter forgot my order. Ordered a steak frites and received a non filet cut.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Diplomate had delicious food and wonderful service. The ambience was perfect. It felt simultaneously sophisticated and relaxed. I would try every dish if I could! And the walnut cranberry bread from the basket was so tasty.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing! The wait staff amazing along with the bartenders. However, the hosts were a bit rude and dismissive
  10. m

    msmdc

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my daughter to Le Diplomat, we had a lovely time and the food was fantastic! The salmon and branzino were. Food came super fast, despite the fact that at 7:45pm on a Sunday the place was jammed packed. The highlight was the milk chocolate pot de creme, so decadent. Worth every bite. The service was phenomenal too. The waiter gave us great recommendations, he chose my Rose which was amazing!!! Can’t wait to come back.
  11. MS

    MelissaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a great time! Not overrated at all, we enjoyed everything we ate. Some of the food presentation could be better, but service, ambiance and taste of everything was exceptional.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place to celebrate a birthday!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    The food was good, but the waiter was just horrible. I’m never coming here again
  14. SM

    SandyM

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a great brunch. It’s almost always packed here, so you can’t reasonably complain about the noise level - I’m a little hard of hearing, so conversation was tougher than normal. Service was very good even though every server had a full complement of tables. The food was perfect. Everything was fresh, hot, perfectly prepared and delicious.
  15. KY

    KYtuuu

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family time
  16. s

    sajayjaz

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Me and a friend came for Saturday brunch, we arrived 45 minutes before our reservation and were able to be seated out on the patio. Gabriel was our server and was great. I had Norwegian Benedict and my friend had pancakes with a side of bacon, both were delish! We had bellinis/mimosas that were also good. The only issue we had was my friend ordered a latte and it came in a glass without a handle. The pro, it was nice and hot...the con...it was too hot to handle! Didn't make sense to us why it would be served that way, although cute, not functional. In any case, she asked for and received a coffee cup and all was right. I would go back, especially during these summer months!
  17. DD

    DowntownDiner

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food. Had a great time and will be back!
  18. RJ

    RonaldJ

    Miami

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great French restaurant. Our server was outstanding. As good as it gets when it comes to French standard cuisine. Our beef bourguignon was fantastic. Will definitely go back.
  19. KM

    KimM

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outside seating was just perfect, the staff were unfailingly helpful and attentive and the food was simply divine. I can’t wait to go back!
  20. BI

    BethIe

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and the service were excellent. The noise level is quite high though
  21. HS

    HarryS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We thought the Moules fries was an appetizer size and we were expecting more Moules. Also a few did not open. The mushroom tarte was not too our taste. A little dry and hard. The mushroom topping was delicious
  22. KP

    KP1983

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived before the restaurant opened. We were able to select our seating area and enjoyed our time :)
  23. BS

    BeckyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here many times and it is always good.
  24. EC

    EfraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, definitely will come back.
  25. LP

    LauraP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    All decent except the lunch service was bad
  26. d

    djsm

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the starter breads and butter to the wine selection to the food, this place never disappoints.
  27. S

    Steph

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was very helpful with recommendations and service was excellent. We really enjoyed our choices: Steak Au Poivre and Lobster Risotto.
  28. B

    Bruceaka

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good wonderful as usual. Great service.
  29. LB

    LindaB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was excellent. My only complaint is that I made reservations a month in advance requesting a great table to celebrate my daughter’s 25th birthday. Unfortunately they sat us at probably one of the worst tables in the restaurant! As I was looking around I could see that they had some wonderful tables that they could have reserved for us but I guess that was not a priority for them.
  30. A

    Ainsley

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Le Dip to celebrate my birthday and service and food was fantastic. We ordered a bottle of wine, the Steak Frites, and the Lobster Risotto (Tuesday’s Special). Food was phenomenal, our waiter was super knowledgeable and constantly ensuring we had everything we needed. Could not recommend more! A true DC staple.
  31. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Le Diplomate never disappoints! We were celebrating our 47th anniversary. We shared the warm shrimp salad. My husband had the Tuesday special - lobster risotto which was fantastic and I had my usual trout amandine - which I absolutely love - (I guess one day I will get something different :). It was a beautiful evening to dine outside and the service was great. Le Diplomate is our prelude to next year's anniversary when we will actually spend two months in Paris.
  32. J

    Jeff

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The front door was friendly and accommodating through several changes to my reservation. The ambience is classic and they do French bistro fare as well as anyone.
  33. t

    toutoften

    Washington DC

    172 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Le Diplomate is one of my favorite restaurants, but lunch on Tuesday, June 21 was a bit of a disappointment. The shrimp salad, one of the best things on the menu, wasn't quite up to the usual high standards. The shrimp was tough and not as flavorful. Also, sitting in the covered space off of Q Street was unusually noisy with many stopped delivery and garbage trucks that kept their engines running for an unnecessarily long period of time. Is there anything that can be done about that? It's really becoming a huge problem in the afternoons during the week.
  34. L

    Laura

    Washington DC

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy dining at Le Diplomate. Excellent in every way.
  35. A

    Alex

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Diplomate never disappoints. Food and service were amazing as usual - we came to celebrate our engagement and were treated with a complimentary dessert, which was so nice and delicious! Not something we at all expected! Always love this restaurant and will continue to come again frequently.
  36. PF

    PhilFellini

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place for traditional French food at a reasonable price. Everything about the dinner was great, especially the service. A huge shout out to our server India who was amazingly great!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were stranded in DC from a canceled flight. After looking for recommended places to eat on Trip Advisor, Le Diplomate was highly recommended, and they were so right! Outstanding service from the moment we were seated. The bread and butter was delicious. The food choices on this Sunday were excellent. The desserts are fantastic! Our wait staff was amazing! Overall incredible dining experience!! I can’t recommend enough!!
  38. JS

    JoeS

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    As someone who does his best to enjoy the restaurant monthly, hard to believe but this occasion was a bit disappointing. Service was good and bread, crusty and fresh. The warm shrimp salad which is usually perfectly dressed lacked that goodness which makes it standout. Decided to try the Croque Madame for the first time. Sorry but nothing special to say. Brioche, skimpy portion of ham, not noteworthy bechamel and an under cooked sunny side egg. The sandwich was good but not to the level of expectations associated with Le Dip. See you in July
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was great, every dish! Loved it!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, seated quickly- will come again!

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 12094 OpenTable diners.

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 400 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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