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Le Diplomate

4.8
4.8
12079 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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Booked 399 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

Popular dishes

What 12,079 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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. KY

    KYtuuu

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family time

  2. DD

    DowntownDiner

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  3. RJ

    RonaldJ

    Miami

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 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.

  4. KM

    KimM

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 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!

  5. BI

    BethIe

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

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

  6. HS

    HarryS

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 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

  7. KP

    KP1983

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  8. BS

    BeckyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  9. EC

    EfraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service, definitely will come back.

  10. LP

    LauraP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    All decent except the lunch service was bad

  11. d

    djsm

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  12. S

    Steph

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  13. B

    Bruceaka

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good wonderful as usual. Great service.

  14. LB

    LindaB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

  15. A

    Ainsley

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

  16. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

  17. J

    Jeff

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

  18. t

    toutoften

    Washington DC

    170 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    170 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

  19. L

    Laura

    Washington DC

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  20. A

    Alex

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  21. PF

    PhilFellini

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!!

  23. JS

    JoeS

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was great, every dish! Loved it!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful, seated quickly- will come again!

  26. BR

    BishoiR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Better explanation for the menu, more friendly waiters

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience2

    Very loud, average food, and average service. I’m not sure why everyone says this place is so amazing because this was not our experience at all. Food is extremely average and overpriced for what you get

  28. PH

    PatH

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrating our anniversary at our favorite restaurant. We’ve been coming here to celebrate birthdays as well since we love it so much. Food, service, and ambiance were fantastic. Hope to return to celebrate my birthday at the end of July.

  29. J

    Jasmyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely amazing, and our server Carlos was just the best! Super friendly and engaging, really made me and my boyfriend feel at home and welcomed. I'd highly highly recommend trying this place out!!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5

    Server was super nice and food was delicious as usual. Shrimp salad, burger were outstanding. Ambiance was lively and just wonderful.

  31. R

    Redhead

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Early Father’s Day.

  32. J

    Julee

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience2

    They do not care waiting customers. Have to ask seat availability even made reservation. Will not be back.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Very good. Will come soon

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Consistently excellent

  35. DC

    DCJOE

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great dinner, the food and desserts were outstanding.

  36. MM

    MissMary

    Philadelphia

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Our server was excellent! My out-of-town guest really enjoyed his first experience at Le Diplomate. :) My only suggestion to the restaurant is to treat the outside area/seating so the pesky mosquitoes don't bite? It's the main thing that has made my recent visits to Le Diplomate less than 5-stars all around. The mosquitoes love me, and it's no fun being uncomfortable the entire time over dinner with friends!

  37. j

    jamess

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    Beware steak frites! Tough and grisly. Had to ask for bread for moule. Might try again for omelets.

  38. P

    Petals

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and food. We'll be back!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The porc milanese special was excellent - this is always a go to restaurant when in DC and it does not disappoint.

  40. FS

    FrenchStudent

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Everyone in my party enjoyed Le Diplomate. The service was exceptional. The food was tasty. The only negative was the noise level, which made it difficult to hear. The restaurant is popular and even at 9 p.m. on a weeknight, the restaurant was full.

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 12079 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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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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