Le Diplomate

4.8
9359 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 9359 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LucyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good meal with impeccable service is always guaranteed at Le Dip!

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Barbara
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We’ve been here often and love to support local businesses, especially now. So it’s with regret that I have to state our experiences with Le Dip have been going down hill. Last Sunday Brunch especially was a let down. We both ordered steaks that came out looking great, but had a burnt taste to it. This usually happens when the grill isn’t properly cleaned. The tiny blub of garlic butter on top was too small to give the dish any -much required- juice.
We used to be a big fan of the pastry basket, but regretfully they discontinued that. Ordered a croissant instead, which was bone dry and had no flavor at all. These used to be amazing here.
Honestly, the best thing about the meal was the free bread basket, which is a bit scarce on a $125,- bill for two with just on alcoholic beverage.
Another let down was the hostess, who read our note about our preferences to be seated on the Q side terrace. While a couple of tables where open, she said “these are for four”. We were then brought to the 14th street terrace to a table...big enough for four.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

God-mother’s award celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best brunch we’ve had in forever! The hollandaise sauce was the best my husband has ever tasted. I loved my omelette and the atmosphere was wonderful despite all of the special Covid restrictions. We LOVED it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always consistently good food and cute ambiance at Le Diplomate.

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AllysonW
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was not as good as we are accustomed to. Fortunately, the service was excellent as usual!

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vipTLM70
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and drinks were on point as always. Service was a bit off this go around. We tried the Vietnamese coffee for the first time. We’ll be doing that again. Thank you for another great brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We were very badly treated

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vipLuigi
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food, couldn't have been better!! Our server was fantastic as well!

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vipClaudeR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in DC! I'm always impressed with the food and service.

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Landscaper
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Nice to have the ability to reserve outdoor tables near heaters. Great service.

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CollB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love, LeDiplomat and bringing newbies for brunch. Service was great, ambiance was wonderful, and food was delicious. And plenty of social distancing between tables. Wish they still had the basket of pastries!

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LaurenK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside set up given COVID. Food is still amazing and was great managing a gluten allergy.

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viptdog
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful meal. Absolutely delicious

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Brendan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I've been to Le Dip before and have really enjoyed my experience, but I will not be returning, at least until things are back to pre-Covid. I ordered steak frites med-rare. I know the difference between med-rare, even rare vs. raw. It was so undercooked that you could barely cut it, and the inside was purple. After having it sent back and cooked a bit more and was still raw, I didn't bother to have it sent back again. We were really looking forward to revisiting Le Dip after not having been able to go for so long, and we were so disappointed. Aside of the bread, the escargot and other items were nothing spectacular, and the service was very slow for early in the evening and a number of tables being empty. We even noticed another table walk out after not receiving any service for 20-30 minutes after arriving.

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LaishaD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Daniel was AMAZING. Just AMAZING. He was timely, proactive, personable, knowledgeable.... everything you could ask for in a server. The lobster frites were DELICIOUS. What a great night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

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vipBexley
Washington DC
212 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We managed on a cold November night. It was Le Diplomate doing its best in trying circumstances.

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olena
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!!

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Bill
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice meal on the outside deck. Portable heaters provided warmth. Server was fantastic.

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alexR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall just an excellent restaurant
We sat outside
Food was excellent. If you n mood for French food this is the place

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vipAwiis
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was great, we were a somewhat unruly group of 5.
He was patient offered advice when we asked etc.
The food was WAY GOOD...two of our group had dined here before, the others were newbies and everyone was well pleased. We vowed to return.

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Skyla
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very safe covid-wise. Food was delicious as always and the service was great as always!

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Crawfords
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and good food, a very enjoyable evening. Thank you.

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vipDuff
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The menu was an authentic French brasserie offering and the food was excellently prepared and delicious. We were on the terrace so little noise. Terrace heaters were not that much help on a chilly day. Service was good although are Kirs for the apero came late and overlapped with the appetizers. This place is truly a bit of Paris in Washington DC.

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vipJimK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An enjoyable experience considering we are in the middle of a pandemic. Outside dining -- felt very safe - food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overpriced food for the quality. The steak was overdone and disappointing. The hostess was not friendly.

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vipPaigeB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful patio!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This used to be my favourite place. Tonight we had the worst service ever!!!!!!!!

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ClairD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a celebratory dinner! Our waiter was attentive, but not to the point of interrupting conversation. The ambiance was ideal & we were seated safely distant from other tables.

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Astagiaire
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

This was our first time back since the restaurant reopened. We had a lovely table on the sidewalk and felt COVID safe. We were celebrating our anniversary over brunch. Our server was attentive, food and beverages were coming out on time and accurate. Towards the end of our meal, after espresso and dessert, we decided to share another cocktail. When the server brought it out, it was half full. We asked for a full cocktail, considering that we were paying full price for it, and the server suggested that it's appropriate considering that we had enough at that point. Now, that isn't appropriate comment in my opinion. If the server thought we had too much to drink, we should not have been served. If the server made a joke, that was rather rude. When she brought back new (fuller) cocktail, she did not bother apologizing for serving us half a drink earlier. How do you think it made us feel towards the end of our meal after we spent $300s for brunch? We left with an awful taste in our mouths, and will not be coming back.

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WilliamC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good brunch. Everyone really enjoyed themselves

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Meal was delicious but service feels rushed we were told that we had a little over an hour to enjoy our meal the night of that meal waiter was a little distracted but overall the food the ambience the music and the service of the other staff members were impeccable impeccable

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Thanks
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

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Susan
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was not at expected level, missed order, delays with being checked on and clearing table

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ShanInCHS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch here while visiting the city. The bloody was just 'ok', but everything else was wonderful. Loved sitting out in the sunroom.

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KristineA
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic! We will definitely go back there.

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Aleca
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place always meets my expectations. I love coming here.
Hoping to get the epoisse again some day

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emilys
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food and service was incredible as always and the patio was heated and socially distanced.

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WillS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded even the high standards we expected. COVID precautions were explained and followed by staff. The food was exceptional and delicious.

FAQs

Le Diplomate does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Le Diplomate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 9359 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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