Le Diplomate

4.8
7653 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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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manifique!

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

Excellent in every single way.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course was great, we had steak and duck and both were cooked to perfection. Would recommend again.

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LJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful experience. The food, the service and the decor all were amazing. Only downside was the noise level in the main area. But quaint seating along windows quieted things and made for a phenomenal evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was okay - both dishes I ordered (escargot and lobster risotto) were a tad too salty, which was a shame. Wine at that price was just average. Overall, it certainly wasn't worth how much we paid for our food/drinks. I was disappointed given all the reviews I saw on yelp and other website.

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

Fab food, service, ambience. Took kids and they loved the menu and the place too. Seafood outstanding. Wine list excellent. Will return and will recommend.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very French. Had the duck and the steak tartare, companion had the pate and veal. We split the warm shrimp salad. All the dishes were authentic and delicious. Definitely we ordered too much! The wine was reasonably priced, service was consistent.....it’s nice to have a manger drop by twice to check in. Will return.

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

Come for the food, not for conversation unless you are able eat outside. At 5:15 on a Tuesday the noise level is tolerable; by 6:30 conversation between two people at a small table becomes difficult. The food is totally consistently excellent. This time it was half dozen oysters and Steak Tartare du Parc for appetizers, Moroccan Braised Lamb and Skate Grenobloise, and finishing with a Palet Chocolat-Café, everything shared by two people. Plenty of food. Attentive, well-informed but not intrusive service; good cocktails, very good sommelier wine recommendation (that didn't go to the high end). A great dinner!

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TL
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner was a hit!

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a fabulous Mother’s Day! Food was excellent and great service! Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with a beautiful atmosphere

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BJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Steak was surprisingly tough and not worth the price.

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance (like Paris in DC), great food. A bit pricey but worth it for special occasions.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Diplomate is always a favorite. Nick, the sommelier, was very helpful in selecting a good (and also reasonable!) bottle of wine.

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SL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was not as good as expected. No better than many French restaurants in the DMV area.

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TS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hosts were very nice. The food and wine were excellent as usual. Had a nice window seat and waiter was pleasant. Actually the noise level was lower than it usually is which made conversation very easy. Had a very pleasant evening with great food.

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Great service and beautiful interior. Food is delish - don’t skip a cheese plate!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks & service - Nabil was wonderful!

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EJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. As authentic as it can get!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always wonderful. A great place for a special occasion.

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EC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my three year anniversary. Amazing food and service. Their wine selection is incredible. Food presentation, selection, and taste was A+. I had the roasted scallops and loved the layers of flavors that were developed in this savory, nutty dish. The atmosphere is like nothing other. Upscale but relaxing and casual.

10/10 would recommend!

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TP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! The main course took a bit longer than we would have liked, but the assistant manager proactively acknowledged this and comped is a wonderful dessert.

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NL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our food was excellent. Service was very good. Our only complaints were that the bread didn't seem fresh...french bread was very chewy and not warm as expected. Or maybe we just expected it to be better because of the huge bread display when you come in. Also felt our cappuccinos were just mediocre.

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute we walked in, the staff was friendly, courteous and professional. Our server, John, was knowledgeable and patient, answering our questions and making excellent suggestions. We never felt rushed and had an enjoyable experience. We will be back!

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Le Diplomate met all the high reviews. Went here for a romantic birthday dinner, and they treated her accordingly. We ordered two entrees, both of which were presented finely and tasted delicious. Our waiter was an excellent fellow. I'm sure I will be coming back again.

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DB
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and try to eat here whenever I’m in DC. I love the ambiance & late night craziness and most of all, the homemade bread! Great service, friendly waiters and good food!

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Nashville TN and make it a priority to always eat at the Le Diplomate when traveling in DC.

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L
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our dining experience at Le Diplomat.

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As soon as you walk in you feel like you are in France. It’s a wonderful place for all occasions.

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LT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary!

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in DC. Staff is always accommodating and food is amazing.

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CT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is fantastic. Great selection of wines. Suggestion: the moules frites are amazing but too big for a single dinner serving. Recommend it being an appetizer or offered in half sizes on the menu (wasn't sure if this was an option).
Was expecting the food to come out of the kitchen a little slower than what it was. Barely had time to drink wine and finish oysters before it came out. But it was delicious.

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BE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I woulde definately recommend Le Diplomate! It is a very good restaurant, great setting and food always good! Only tricky thing is of course to find a table but no wonder with food and environment this good! Also positive that they do not add any disturbing music like other restaurants. Most restaurant are very loud. this one is not quiet either but they at least try not to add any additional noice so it is possible to talk to other people at the table (in case you are more than four).

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B
Las Vegas
162 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tito was wonderful, great service, food, Parisian bistro atmosphere! Would come back any time we’re in DC!

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CW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite restaurant! I could eat there every night. Just had my birthday dinner there with our one year old grand daughter. It was fabulous and they did a stupendous job of catering to us with a one year old.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. The food was delicious (we particularly liked the bread). Our waiter was very attentive.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome, food was delicious. Favorite brunch ever.

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RD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to share a meal with friends, service was exceptional our server was engaging and pleasant. Probably my favorite dish is the lobster omelet.

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

Fabulous, as always.

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