Le Diplomate

4.8
7818 reviews
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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.

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

Perfect. Our waiter, Nabil, was superb too. Had the best time and best food

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GT
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner ever!!!!! Service and food
couldn’t have been any better. Great way to end a great trip. Thanks

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CF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant with a beautiful atmosphere. The atmosphere is perfect for a fancy outing with friends or a romantic date. I have been several times before. The food is always great. The muscles were a little smaller than last time I went to Le Diplomate but still a reasonable size and very good. The server was accurate and got the job done but was not very personable. He never introduced himself and for the first 20 minutes we were not even sure if he was our server. He was a little more friendly towards the end of the night but at first he wasn't the most welcoming individual. Other than that, it was a near perfect experience. Great atmosphere with delicious food at a price you would expect.

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EV
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was highly recommended, and we took an early 5:00 pm reservation on a Monday. The ambiance was great, the drinks were excellent and the appetizers were also delicious. My hangar steak was average, the steak frites were very good. Both my wife and son said that their salads were very salty and the same dressing seemed to be used for both a shrimp and garden salad. The service was very good. Overall we had a fun experience but were a bit disappointed about the quality of the meal for a restaurant which has been so highly recommended. I would give it another try before making a final recommendation.

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

Best restaurant on 14th Street and one of the best in DC!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Wine recommendation was fantastic

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

The only drawback; a customer came over to our table to remove a chair. We were very disturbed by his action; wanting to avoid any confrontations and immediately left the restaurant.

Have a great evening
Linda

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

One of our favorite spots in DC. It feels like you are at a cafe in Paris.

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food here and the ambiance. It was a very busy night which is why the bathrooms were less than desirable.

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

This was my second time at Le Diplomate and it was just as elegant, delicious, quality French fare as I remembered. We had a slighting serving snafu and our waiter could not have been nicer about correcting it and noticing before we even mentioned it. Noise level was high as it was a crowded Saturday night.

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

We had a great dinner at le Diplomat! We will definitely be back!

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The ambiance and food was incredible. The server was not entirely friendly. When we decided against a bottle of wine, he seemed insulted. Throughout dinner there were several moments he seemed off-putting.

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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance! Food was amazing, especially the cheese board. Only con was the loud noise; luckily we were able to move outside.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Treated like a number, with a total lack of personal service. Asked to sit at a window table and they told me aggressively that I didn’t put in a request. Didn’t even offer an alternative. Really disappointing.

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m
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, service, and ambiance. High expectations entirely met.

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JD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Excellent service. More vegetarian options might be nice. The mushroom tart was good but not as spectacular as I’d remembered. Overall a really standout restaurant.

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VK
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Le Diplomate is a place that you go to get some great honest, yet simple food. French cooking, to Americans, resembles fancy techniques and ingredients, small plates, and elegance. This is a fallacy that we should soon forget. French bistros like le Diplomate offer hearty simple meals with quality ingredients and honest techniques. Cheese selection is great and the food unpretentious. Service is great and ambiance is lovely and warm. The food is pricey but not moreso than other Washington DC establishments of similar quality and exclusivity.

I recommend this place for special nights, date nights, and business lunches and dinners. It is truly a good place and it’s perfect for the DC diner.

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P
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for dinner on a Wednesday night at about 7:15. The restaurant was already hopping. The patio was full of people enjoying the mild weather. Inside was almost at capacity. We were seated in the back room and ordered a bottle of wine while we perused the menu. This is a classic French Bistro. The decor, ambiance and menu is pure Paris. Our waitress was not french but she did have a foreign accent. She had a bit of trouble understanding us. She was also very soft spoken, so we had a hard time understanding her. She seemed very anxious for us to order and kept coming back every few minutes to check if we were ready to order. When we did order, our food came in just the right amount of time to allow us to have a glass of wine and sample the wonderful variety of breads that came to our table before our 1st course arrived. We had salade vert that were very fresh with a flavorful dressing and then the roasted chicken and the salmon. Both were excellent. Roast chicken is a simple dish but hard for a restaurant to produce upon order. It is either overcooked or flabby. This roast chicken was what makes roast chicken a classic french dish. Crisp skin and meltingly tender, juicy meat in a jus that was very flavorful but not fatty. The potato puree was delicious and the haricot vert were tender crisp. My husbands salmon with lentils was cooked perfectly also. He did enjoy it along with some of my chicken. We shared the Profiteroles and had coffee. It was a delightful meal and the restaurant is lively and charming. Great evening. Great people watching.

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HG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated outside, because the noise level inside was very high. Steak au poivre was excellent; the steak-frites was good, however the frites were more like 'American' than French fries and way too salty. The desserts were fabulous; le "pichet" de vin was a very good surprise.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat!

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O
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional- service was better.

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PZ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's a hopping place. Great everything. Would recommend to anyone.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food at reasonable price. Dessert was great but was expecting more considering how much it’s been hyped up. Was brought a birthday candle as I mentioned in booking but the server just brought it over without saying anything.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was the best I’ve ever had. The server was super friendly and super knowledgeable about the different menu items and informed us of all the different foods we order.

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B
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Le Diplomate was good and fun. Very busy on a Monday night which made the ambiance very good. Will go back. it is not inexpensive but it is DC.

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OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant find in a long time!!! Located in a charming neighborhood, the ambiance and vibe of the restaurant are fantastic as well as the food!!

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P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was literally one of the best dinner experiences. Superb service. I love a waiter that recommends food and drinks. He did and he nailed it. The fish was delicious as well as the beef. I would definitely return. It was a special night.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way! The scallops and duck were are favorite dishes. So delicious!

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ST
Memphis
155 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and restaurant. We had softshell crab and duck with orange sauce. Both were incredible! Very energetic vibe.

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DE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was AMAZING. I had the steak frites and it was prolly one of the best steaks I’ve ever had

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VZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 as always, food is always amazing. And the service is above and beyond. The space is a little cramped but it gives a very authentic French dining experience.

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LS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch

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NB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were a table of 8 the waiter had an annoyed expression the whole time he had to serve our table! I love Le Diplomat and every time I come to DC I make a point of eating here, just wish I didn’t have to look into the face of annoyance every time we asked for something...

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M
Washington DC
244 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great bet with incredible ambiance

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a broad choice of wines to compliment your meal. I would give the place 5 stars but in the end, we asked for decaf Cappucino and received caffeinated. This kept us up the entire night when we had a flight the next day.

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PH
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating our anniversary, dinner was delicious. Our waiter even brought us a glass of champagne which made our night out even more special.

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YI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was very good except I was moved to the different table after I sat at the window table.

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s
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our GO-TO place, although we never get there often enough. The oysters were fresh and delicious; the bread basket is always amazing. our entrees, scallops and trout were perfect. The manager, Lenny, was very gracious and generous. We had a delicious dinner and a wonderful evening. Next time, I will get the steak frites! I'm READY!!

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CS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible 💕; gourgeres were wonderful. The trout was just amazing. We were so impressed, we immediately made reservations for brunch the next day 😁

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LB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate is my all time favorite resturant- anywhere. My children love it, my wife loves it and I love Le Diplomate. Le Diplomate is always a treat whenever we're vistiing DC.

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