Le Diplomate

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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.
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing amazing food

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

Absolutely Fabulous!!

The food, staff, ambience all was excellent. They should rename the place “everything is good”. Highly recommend the foie gras and the burger was amazing.

MK
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 2:00 lunch. The service was phenomenal, the food even better. I recommend the Chicken Paillard, but not the fois gras. The escargot also amazing and get a cheese plate!

JS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly memorable experience on our DC vacation!

L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinners, good cocktails!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite!

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

3 words. WARM SHRIMP SALAD. ❤️❤️❤️ This is my favorite restaurant in DC and never disappoints.

HM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and all well timed for our largish group (6). Very nice evening of delicious food and people watching.

TT
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food is fabulous and the service excellent. Not much of a chance of getting a spot at the very small bar area. The place is certainly "energetic." Had dinner with my daughter-in-law, so it was always going to be fantastic!!

CR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I went for my birthday and everything was amazing - especially the food. We ordered escargot, mussels and frites, steak, and beef bourguignon. Everything tasted amazing. Next time we’ll skip the desserts. No bad, just not as great as the food. For as busy as it was, they didn’t rush us - that was appreciated. Already talking about going back. I’ve been to France. As good as any French bistro I ate at while there - maybe better than some actually.

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

Went for my boyfriends birthday on a Tuesday and it was surprisingly crowded! But that’s what made it fun and we got sat right away. Oysters were amazing and so was the steak frites. Very attentive waiter and romantic ambiance.

FD
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Foie Gras Parfait 5/5, Snails 4/5 (need a different kind of bread for this), Duck a la Orange 3/5 (too much food, it was nicely pink but had sat around and was tough/dry, not enough orange flavor).

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great open window table. The dishes were fabulous.

VA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were absolutely excellent! The atmosphere was lovely. It was a bit noisy at first but as the restaurant emptied a little it was much more manageable volume. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice date restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience 👍

AB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A glimpse of Paris with the DC locals. Great food and environment.

h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The vibe there was classy and I loved it! Will definitely be back!

ES
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing! Truly one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The steak frites is exceptional

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous meal and great service but soooooo load. Even on a week night it was very challenging to have a conversation. A fatal flaw I'm afraid.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere!

CB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Excellent coffee! Delicious breads and pastries. Our entries were also very good. Plenty of outdoor seating. Would definitely recommend.

ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to wait about 15 minutes for our reservation, but we got a full apology, some snacks AND two full glasses of champagne! Had a great time and the food was excellent as always.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waitress forgot about half our order. Chair at table was broken , had to swap myself. Food came out way too fast. Very much overpriced. Not a good experience.

KS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's birthday here for the second year in a row. The food and service were phenomenal as usual!

WW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Appropriately buzzing atmosphere. Experienced service. Goo French bistro food.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for that special occasion! Service is great!

MR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and experience as always. Thank you! Mrose

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

Work function.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our anniversary. It was a fantastic experience!!

JH
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I've had in D.C. and that's really impressive. The food was stellar, the service was excellent and the atmosphere felt authentic. It's a little noisy inside, but it was a fun, bustling environment. My coworker and I thoroughly enjoyed everything. My dorade was so good, I could've eaten another. My coworker claims that his half chicken was the best he's ever eaten. The cost was surprisingly low for what we got. I would put Le Diplomate to anyone in D.C.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food came out very quickly but it was otherwise a wonderful experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Steak I’ve ever had! Mashed potatoes were delectable, and our server was phenomenal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great but loud.

PP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like being in Paris ...every corner and every part of this restaurant is tres French 🇫🇷
Like in France, trust your server’s recommendations...perfect with cheese boards and with wine. Ours was amazing, perfect level of attention. We enjoyed every moment and every bite.

L
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! Our waiter, Alex, was absolutely the best. There was a slight problem with one dish. The manager, Casey, went above and beyond to ensure that we were taken care of. The food was phenomenal. It was a great night!

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We were seated promptly. The scallops were particularly good. The profiteroles were exceptionally good for dessert. The dessert consisted of a flakey pastery with 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with warm chocolate sauce. This is a must get dessert.

BK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, the service was excellent, and I am enjoying a piece of toast right now from the loaf that we purchased to go (yum!)

JB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and it was a wonderful experience - great service and the omelette and duck were both amazing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 month wedding anniversary

K
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I try to go to Le Diplomate every time I visit DC. It’s pricey but worth it, everything is delicious and they have a great menu!! I’d highly recommend it!

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