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This French bistro is the place to see anyone who’s ever been on “Meet the Press". The food is also delicious.

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About Le Diplomate

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.

1601 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Thursday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 12:00AM

Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10:00AM to 3:00PM

Cross Street:
Q Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 332-3333

Website:
http://lediplomatedc.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Abt

Le Diplomate Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (220)
Good for a Date (214)
Fit for Foodies (181)
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Neighborhood Gem (175)
Hot Spot (157)
Good for Birthdays (156)
Good for Anniversaries (147)
Authentic (143)
People Watching (142)
Fun (137)
Great for Brunch (132)
Romantic (128)
Notable Wine List (124)
Great for Outdoor Dining (121)
Sunday Lunch (99)
Casual (84)
Worth the Drive (84)
Creative Cuisine (83)
Vibrant Bar Scene (76)
Good for Groups (69)
Cozy (66)
Business Meals (64)
Pre/post Theatre (60)
Great for Lunch (59)
Bar Seating (55)
Comfort Food (53)
Handcrafted Cocktails (52)
Late-night Find (38)
Happy Hour (26)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Seasonal (19)
Afternoon Coffee (17)
Scenic View (16)
Healthy (15)
Kid-friendly (12)
Great Beer (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Organic (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

The food was absolutely delicious.

However, the restaurant was extremely crowded and noisy. It was difficult to have any kind of conversation, or to hear the waiter.

Stingy with the toasts for the cheese board, but excellent cheese selection. The coffee was lukewarm. Asked for the bill to be split, but we happened to double check. The ‘split’ bill was quite a bit higher than it should have been, and we noticed after one person had already paid. Probably a mistake, but it speaks to the rush.

We had a reservation and still waited in the doorway ~10 minutes past the redecoration time.

Overall, I’d say the food is worth a visit, but only if you can make it off peak.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful preparations for mains, great breads and pastries, great ambiance most enjoyable eating experience. We definitely will be back with friends and family!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 2 days ago

Brunch yesterday was charming, lively, and a wonderful experience. Our guests were thrilled and this place never disappoints!

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

Great service and food!

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·Dined 3 days ago

We went here for my boyfriend's birthday and it was wonderful! We went with a group of friends and enjoyed the atmosphere, the wine, and the food was delicious. We wound up ordering a ton of appetizers to share. We had the oysters, chilled lobster, mussels, escargot, and the steak tartar. It was all amazing, but the steak tartar was out of this world!!! The bread is so good too. The service was impeccable!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food (tuna carpaccio app,Duck Breast entree), service attentive, atmosphere is just like a chic Paris bistro. This place never disappoints!

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 (Memphis)·Dined 5 days ago

Had a fantastic dinner with friends. Trout was amazing/warm shrimp salad was incredible/tuna tartare was spot on/everything was absolutely delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (México)·Dined 5 days ago

It was really great place, the food perfect, I am very happy with this place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

excellent dinner, wonderful service, traditional french

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful ambience and delicious food. Reminds me of bistros in Paris.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always I enjoyed my visit to Le Diplomate. The menu has undergone some changes and there are a few new dishes I am eager to try. I was a little disappointed my favorite lamb dish is gone, and the apple curry scallops have not returned, but overall the menu looks good. This time I tried duck for the first time ever, not impressed. And, my pepper steak was in my opinion over peppered, but my trout and mushroom tart was delicious. Oh yeah, the Romarin's were tasty as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

French bistro atmosphere. Bread is delicious as was French onion soup. Too much salt in most dishes.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The first few times I visited were amazing! No complaints at all. We made this our after Nutcracker dinner tradition for the past 2 years. First year was great, last time, not so good. I was hesitant to come back for this year, but went ahead and did it. The decor is just so gorgeous during the Holidays it's hard to miss. BUT...the food just isn't great and for $30+ per entree I expect great. I had to send my scallop dish back...WAY to salty. They did bring me out a fresh dish which was much better and actually good, but by that time my family was done with their meals. My husband's trout was just so-so..a bit salty also. Bread and butter is delicious though and the salad we had was tasty. My daughter had delicious ravioli and then they did bring dessert on the house, which was a nice treat and was enjoyed and appreciated. SOO hard to say if I'd recommend to a friend. I guess I would but would tell them to be careful about what they order! Service was good though and the waiter was nice about returning my food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The mac and cheese appetizer was absolutely scrumptious. The quality of food overall is excellent. Service is prompt and several individuals were working to keep our table clean and water glasses full throughout the meal. Our main server was quiet and lacked personality, however. I was also disappointed by the small portion of duck in my entree (Duck Sarladaise). But, my friends very much enjoyed their entrees (lobster omelette). The ambiance created by their holiday decor is great for a special occasion. Feels like you are in Europe.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Such a great brunch experience, highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had an amazing time and meal. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal in Washington DC. This restaurant definitely lives up to the hype!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was excellent. Our waiter gave us outstanding recommendations on both wine, appetizers, and main dishes. Excellent for a celebration and my parents in from out of town were very much impressed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food and service were excellent. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Simply Amazing! Highly suggest the mussels and the steak frites. They go above and beyond.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This place was on my bucket list for a long time and it did not disappoint. Food and service were both amazing. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, wonderful service and the best cranberry walnut bread we have ever eaten. Lots of good brunch choices. The place was jammed 30 minutes after it opened. Must make a reservation well in advance to enjoy this place. Worth a trip from anywhere in the area!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was perfect. It could be a little cheaper, but it is a nice experience to do once in a while.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and service. Bread is wonderful. Very lively and fun place. Bar is small for size of restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was excellent for our anniversary dinner

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great place but tables are close together and can be difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always enjoyable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent steaks, wonderful roasted scallops dish on mashed potatoes. A bit pricey. Very noisy when restaurant filled up toward end of our meal. Excellent otherwise. Service was exceptional. Waitstaff anticipated our needs and arrived with extra plates without our asking. Very enjoyable but we won't go often because of the cost.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

LeDiplomat is the best restaurant in the city by far. Other restaurants can learn a lot from La Diplomat high level of customer service. The food is nothing but amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I got the sea bass and we shared a cheese plate. Cheese plate was divine. Sea bass was quite fishy, something I wouldn’t have expected as much from a white fish.
We split a half bottle of Côte du Rhône wine which was yummy and a good deal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We love Stephen Starr restaurants and Le Diplomate is right there with other favorites like Buddakan and Parc. Have enjoyed Le Diplomate numerous times, for dinner and weekend brunch and have never been disappointed. We couldn't get to Paris for our anniversary, so dinner here was a fine consolation. Yes, it does remind you of a Parisian bistro.

Service was outstanding. Never rushed but always attentive. We began with my wife's favorite St. Germain champagne cocktail, which was perfect, and had a reasonable Alsace white wine with our meal, which was excellent

The food is a delight. We had to split a mushroom tart, because it is one of my favorite dishes in the world. The crust, the mushrooms, the cheese...a most savory treat! We paired it with a warm shrimp salad that was almost as good. For entrees, we each got the lobster risotto, the daily special... also excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Elegant bistro decor,fine service with lots of staff. The usual French bistro offerings with appetizing presentations and fine flavors.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Rich authentic French food, full of flavor. Escargot was garlicky and buttery, creme brulee was creamy. Everything was so good. Service was excellent. Fun time.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great bistro - love the bread salads entre's etc. Love the ambiance - very French.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had an absolutely incredible meal which was very nice for our first anniversary. The server went above and beyond and was very friendly. She even knew our dietary restrictions without asking - I’ve never had a restaurant actually pay attention to the OpenTable reservation notes and was thoroughly impressed. We had a question about a dish and special dietary needs and the server and management staff’s response and professionalism blew us away. Definitely want to dine here again soon.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was good. We had a delightful bottle of champagne to start, along with a killer basket of bread and butter. I'd like to go again!

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Definitely lived up to its brunch reputation! A must-do DC brunch experience

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had an absolutely wonderful experience at Le Diplomate. The food is absolutely excellent. The steak tartare is one of the best I have ever had. For entrees we had the chicken paillard and trout, which were both superb. The french onion soup and ricotta ravioli are also stand outs. I don't think I have ever had a bad dish. We sat outside on an unexpectedly warm day at the end of November. I practically felt like I was in Paris! Furthermore, the waiter was so friendly and even brought a special birthday treat with a candle, as we were celebrating a birthday. 10 stars - can't wait to return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, People Watching, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Paris in Washington, do I need to say anything more?

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We loved dining at Le Diplomate! The entire experience felt first-class, with an energetic ambiance, helpful staff, and delicious menu items. We took our time but the fast-paced environment made us feel like we were transported into a classic Parisian dining room. Would highly recommend for a sophisticated date night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

One of very favorites in DC!!!! The food is authentic and fantastic. The staff is incredible and very attentive. I highly reccommend!

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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