Le Diplomate

4.8
9910 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 9910 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic everything was great!

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Jackiem
Miami
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting DC

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DanaK
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate might have just become my favorite restaurant in DC after the experience we had dining there. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and made great recommendations on everything from cocktails to appetizers and entrees. Everything was absolutely wonderful!

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vipBmoreSki
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. We had a cute outdoor “chalet” which was an adorable atmosphere. Our server, John, was attentive and helpful. We split the pea soup, warm shrimp salad, escargot and a cheese plate. Everything was perfect. I can’t wait to go back.

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JonathanC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Covid-Pivot was flawlessly executed. the individual booths with heating vents made the entire outdoor dining experience great. Food and Service were both outstanding as usual.

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vipFoodGuy
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very good profiteroles, bouillabaisse and mussels. Salad Nicoise could have been better.

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TurpJones
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service as always from this restaurant. The outdoor seating in the “chalets” was very nice.

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vipChic413
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance! Never disappoints!

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vipReneeA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and scenery was amazing! I would definitely recommend!

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HollyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

When I made the reservation, there was a question on whether this was a special occasion. I checked "Birthday". It was my 50th BD we were celebrating. However, we didn't get any treat whatsoever from the restaurant, not even a free piece of chocolate; we didn't even get 30 more minute than the 2 hr limit. At 2 hr and 5 min, the manager gave us the check 10 min after I had ordered a drink reminding us that our time was up. So I am not sure why the is the question of whether this reservation is for a special occasion or not. I like Le Diplomat because of its bread and ambience; otherwise, the food is very average if not below average.

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vipbarryk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a cocktail, a Boulevardier, it was delicious.
The bread is outstanding.
The appetizers and entrees were very good.
Le Diplomate is a restaurant I will be happy to go to anytime.

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th3b1tdr0n3
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to get some delicious French food. This brasserie was adorable and extravagant. Stop at this establishment whenever you have the chance, we will when we come back to enjoy the autumn.

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vipAlonzoW
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The chalets along Q street and 14th are nice albeit sometimes chilly places to eat outside with greater safety. Service attentive and friendly. Menu is necessarily fairly limited these days for lunch but the Bouillabaise and appetizers did not disappoint. The proferred bread is also always a fave.

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ReanaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!! Wonderful food and a relaxed environment. Everyone was very kind as well.

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Janito
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outdoor seating under awning unfortunately some rain so we couldn’t really sit across from each other. Would have preferred the partially covered seating closer to street. Waitress was wonderful and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and yummy food. A great place for Sunday brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, best French food I have ever had

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vipRobert
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my birthday. It was wonderful! The food and especially the service. I recommend it for any occasion!

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JaneW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Proper Covid distancing. And waiter was helpful and adorable. Can’t wait to return!

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vipTjugirl
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Great food.

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vipNicole
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immaculate! Incredible food, flawless service from the runners, bussers, and server, beautiful restaurant, and a great location. The french onion soup is very, very salty.... but luckily our server was very attentive refilling our water :) Snag a reservation and come here for sure! We had a great evening.

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viptdog
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Le Dip. I am a fussy person by nature, but I can't find anything less than perfect in our last dinner there. My bourbon Old Fashioned was amazing. The bread basket great. My scallops Provencal superb. Our waiter, Michael, excellent. I will be honest and say I don't care much for the 1:30 hr limit, but I understand this is COVID era and necessary. we probably wouldn't have stayed further, but we used every minute of that 1:30 with dessert and coffee.

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MegsMix
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fan of ale Diplomate, with COVID restrictions they’ve made the best of the situation. Granted we had our own booth and the best service, sitting in the main stretch of 14th can get noisy. But always happy with everything Le Diplomate pulls out!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Menu options were great

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TylerW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible atmosphere, incredible food. The bread was delicious. I enjoyed a nice Mezcal cocktail as recommended by the waiter and then a medium rare Steak Frites. 10/10 would recommend and go back.

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vipElizabethS
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful! Service a touch slow at times but that could also be personal preference!

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AmartyoSen
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming back to Le Dip. Loved our service and food/drinks were fantastic as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, comfortable given social distancing measure put in place

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SuhailK
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Hostess was terrible, waitperson was nice, food was very good & the foot traffic and noise levels were very high.

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vipdcfoodie
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was such a pleasure to be able to return to the Dip for the first time in a year! We were seated outside at our request at a very comfortable two top where we could fawn on all the dogs that walked by, a special treat. As always, the service and the food were wonderful, easily up to the standards of pre-pandemic dining. We already are planning our next visit. Thank you especially to our server Douglas who was attentive but never intrusive!

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JimN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friends in town. Wanted to show them a DC restaurant. No chains, etc. in a neighborhood

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vipCharlesB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night all around!

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vipbarrydrucker012153
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, excellent service, very nice outside seating areas.

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vipTomandTim
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to celebrate a birthday, so I wanted to make sure it was going to be a great experience. Le Diplomate didnt disappoint. Was a perfect evening

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vipLyssaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Amazing food. Love the outdoor seating. Perfect meal great service. My favorite DC restaurant!

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dollarpincher
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely beautiful day beautiful experience

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vipRimaN
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le diplomat is our go to! One of our favorite restaurants in dc! We’ve been there so much and it’s never a disappointment!

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vipAlisonE
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was fine and the outdoor booths are wonderful. My one complaint is that everything arrived a little too fast, with no spacing between courses, so we didn't feel like we could completely relax and enjoy the warm evening outside. I'm sure they're doing this to ensure they make money during the pandemic, but it's not the "homage to French cafe culture" that they claim on their website.

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vipsteveo
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Diplomate is one of our "go to" restaurants in DC. We're particularly fond of the French onion soup and the lobster risotto. The way that the restaurant is set up to meet social distancing during the pandemic - particularly outside - makes for a very enjoyable experience.

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 9910 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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