Le Diplomate

4.8
8046 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.
What 8046 People Are Saying
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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kristen, our server, couldn’t have made our engagement more memorable!! The food was EXCELLENT. The best steak I ever had and the dessert was scrumptious!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service.

AC
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as is usually the case here. . .Roger the server was knowledgeable and skilled.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience

H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. I'll be back!

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

Was a rainy day, so outdoor seating not an option. The seafood platter (petit plateau) is pricy but, with the bread basket was more than enough for two people. We also split the excellent lobster orzo (a Tuesday selection). One serving came already split into two plates (a great touch). Excellent service (our waitress Yun Ho) was extremely hospitable.

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

We will definitely go back for a meal, but hope we don’t have the same waiter.
The servers who brought our food, were nicer to us than our waiter. He was rude and very disinterested in us.
The house manager was lovely. She checked on all of the tables and was available to the customers.

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

Since the weather on Sunday was extremely hot, we ate indoors, in the main room. Although we were in a corner, the sound issue was terrible. The restaurant need a good acoustical consultant. I hesitate in going to Le Diplomat because of the sound issues.

Tomato and the ravioli appetizers were excellent. The Steak Frite, was just ok. The meat just did not have the right flavor.

Good service and fantastic bread.

k
Omaha
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service in a charming setting. The food was classic French bistro, perfect for a leisurely brunch.

TC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

I am a huge fan of this restaurant -- impeccable service and great food ... until today. The wait staff was so accommodating, allowing me to substitute a small salad for the sunny side egg in the Duck Sarladaise. Great so far! But the dish was a huge disappointment, hardly any duck, primarily potatoes in a heavy sauce. I write now to urge thr restaurant to remove this dish from the menu. Every other dish I have ever had here and those my meal companions have had have all been such winners. Two thumbs down for Duck Sarladaise, but still two thumbs up for Le Diplomate!

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

the quality and tatse of food

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

Le Diplomate is one of my favorite restaurants in the 14th St/Logan Circle neighborhood. The food, wine and service are impeccable. Even with several oyster bars in the neighborhood, Le Dip has the best and most fresh oysters I've found. The entrees are delicious but my favorite is to order apps/cheese/oysters and dessert. You can't go wrong though no matter what you order.

R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and we’ve heard good things about this restaurant so we decided to give it a try. We arrived a few minutes early and had a cocktail at the bar while our table was getting ready. Shortly after we were seated outside and were promptly waited on. We started with some delicious appetizers. The sommelier recommended a very good wine for our dinners. My wife had the mussels based on our waiters recommendation and I had the duck a l’orange. My wife was not impressed with her meal as the mussels lacked flavor and were very small but we both absolutely loved my dinner choice. The evening was finished with a good coffee and creme brûlée. We will definitely come back but will avoid the mussels. Great service by everyone! Thank you

DR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite living in the neighborhood for a few years now, we hadn't managed to get over to Le Diplomate to see what all the fuss was about. We took time out Saturday to do just that, though, and were very happy with our choice. The food was absolutely delicious. The gougières were light and full of flavor, the steak tartare was very nice and a little sweet from the cornichons, the cheese plate was fun, the skate grenobloise was fresh and cooked perfectly, and the duck à l'orange was the best we'd ever had. We ate too much, though, and sadly had no room for dessert. We did expect, though, that the "Warm shrimp salad" would have been an actual shrimp salad instead of a green salad with a side of shrimp. All in all a lovely experience, and we look forward to returning.

PJ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We love coming to this place - the food is amazingly good, and this time was no exception. One problem this time however: we had a party of 4 and were often deep in conversation when the waiter and sommelier would interrupt us. It happened several times and was jarring and unnecessary when it was clear we did not need assistance and were very occupied.

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

Hadn't been in years (moved away from the area), and was so happy to dine there again. The food was amazing as always, service top-notch. One of our favorite restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome from start to finish! From the gougeres to the profiteroles, everything was delicious. Service was absolutely outstanding, water glasses magically refilled and the flow from course to course perfectly timed. Henceforth, we have decided that ALL birthdays should be celebrated here.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A European escape in the heart of DC.

JH
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited the restaurant for my mother's birthday, and from start to finish it was an outstanding experience. The hostesses greeted my mother and wished her a happy birthday, as did the waitress, which made her feel terrific. The service was very good, the food was delicious, and the ambiance of the restaurant is unbeatable.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

thank you for the excellent service and the energetic atmosphere, food was delicious!

AH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate is vibrant and fun! We were a party of 4 and enjoyed every dish we ordered. The warm shrimp salad was especially good. They also have the best pom frites! Wonderful and attentive service, great vibe. The noise level is very high in this restaurant, so if you're looking for an intimate spot with a date another option would be better. However, if you want a high octane dining experience with friends, Le Diplomate is perfect.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, the atmosphere was lovely, great service, and the skate and creme brûlée were amazing!

KE
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my mom’s birthday. She had been looking forward to it for months. It didn’t disappoint!

N
Washington DC
208 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service at Le Dip is superb--Thank you Matthew for doing such a great job with our group!! The noise is bad--and we expected that from previous visits--but the brutally cold A/C was the real problem. We asked if it could be turned down, and the manager came by and in the nicest possible way explained that if he cut back the A/C early in the evening (we were there for a 5:30 reservation) that he would never be able to get the restaurant back up to the A/C level needed for later when they would be totally full. We really appreciated the way that the Manager handled the situation, but it was really unpleasant for some of our party to enjoy their great food while they were freezing--my wife, for example, wore a high-collar blouse and brought a wrap--which she definitely used--but her head was really cold. So while I would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends, I would have to tell them about the noise and A/C issues.

PW
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Good table and food was delicious. can't wait until we are in town so we may come again.

k
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried to order drinks when we first arrived. Since we were unfamiliar with the restaurant we were slow to order and irritated the bartender who was gruff to begin with. One needs a few minutes to digest the options on the drink side of the menu.
We moved beyond that and had a delightful taste experience

MA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Outdoor dining was quiet enough to talk. Charming and delicious. Great waiters.

E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to this place. It can get a bit noisy...all just depends on where you sit. We were in the side dining area away from the main dining area, so it was good on the noise level. Service was good. Drinks were boozy (as they should be). Didn't have to wait too long for anything. Food was excellent. Got treated to a glass of champagne given we were celebrating a new job...thank you!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Le Diplomat continuously lives up to it’s reputation of excellent food and terrific, friendly service. You can’t go wrong with the French Onion Soup and this time I tried the Trout Almondine. It was excellent, flakey, moist fish with a tasty crisp skin. I can’t wait to go back.

a
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Le Diplomate is always a memorable experience, lively, feel-like-you're-in-Paris fun, happening place. Service, from the second you walk in, is professional, welcoming, and perfectly attentive. Acoustics continue to be deafening, so if you want to have a conversation with someone who is not sitting directly next to you, this place is not for you. Or get a seat outdoors. Menu is classic and expansive. Bread basket provided the tables is delightful. I always have to have the Foie Gras Parfait--so yummy, and so much you can share with the whole table. This trip we found the trout amandine and the veal escalope both savory and happily satisfying. The tuna carpaccio, while plentiful, was a bit bland. The mushroom tart was large plate-size, very rich, very mushroom and unlikely we will order again.

NN
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must go if you are in D.C.- great food and great atmosphere!

CN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent food!

t
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent I had the special and my husband who is a chef had the duck. He was very impressed. The atmosphere is classy without being stuffy and the hostess and server were equally friendly and attentive.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside seating was wonderful with life music

OT
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great French styled restaurant. Felt as though we were in Paris. Food was very good, not fantastic. Service was very good. Expensive for pretty basic food choices. Would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. Our new favorite place!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food really tasty and full of flavours. Service very good though a bit too formal.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent, food was well prepared, and tasted so amazing.

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great on all categories

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