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
Columbus
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Menu options were great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, comfortable given social distancing measure put in place

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SuhailK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night all around!

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vipbarrydrucker012153
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTomH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRimaN
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite restaurant in DC. Never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, always Le Dip

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MikeK
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT restaurant. Food, service, atmosphere, I loved everything!

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vipBarbaraW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!

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mikeindc
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. They were generally attentive without being over bearing. The server overheard us talking and heard it was my friend's birthday and brought out a small desert with a candle. The food was good, but the seasoning on the fish was a bit too oily. The bread was not real fresh. Wine menu is good and while not cheap, not excessively overpriced. This is a COVID review so anything about ambience needs to be taken with that understanding. They initially tried to seat us in a portioned area that had an extremely small table and the partitions (while clear) were so close I bumped my elbows. They were good and found us a table in an area without the patrons and just better spacing. It was actually quieter on the street than it is inside when I have gone in for drinks. The restaurant is not cheap, and while it would be my top choice for a nice place to go, it is definitely in the top 10.

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KeithB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger was outstanding!

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Melo
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate never disappoints. Food was excellent and service was top-notch. We enjoyed our lunch al fresco.

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vipJanP
New England
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I have been every time I am in D.C. The food is just as delicious as French food should be. The bread is especially good and the fries are fabulous plus a very nice wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnifique

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stephaniem
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing negative to say at all! Food was superb and the outdoor atmosphere was super safe during covid. What an absolute pleasure!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is always great but the 1.5 hours left us no time to order entrees. Ended up settling for just apps. Next time we’ll make sure to order everything up front

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Jennifer
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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MikeK
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, a wonderful addition to the restaurant scene of DC and easily one of the best.

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vipjisforJoe
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French cuisine near Logan Circle. One of my favorites in The District.

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Frances
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good like always, and good spacing and Covid precautions for outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in DC

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ToniT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my very favorite places to eat!!! The food was absolutely delicious! Staff was very helpful with selections too!

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vipPaulaM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter dinner! Awesome!

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JKJackson
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is SO consistent here. Almost back to the full menu. We went Easter Sunday and while dinner was excellent, service was not as smooth as usual - we had to ask for bread plates to be cleared, please bring more water, ketchup etc. It was about 3/4 full - not at capacity.

As always, I wish they would lower the music, which was too loud even outdoors.

The profiteroles with ice cream were killer!

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vipTrish
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had Easter dinner outside and the weather was beautiful! The food (shrimp cocktail, the Spring pea soup, duck l’orange and steak au poive) and wine were fabulous! Our server, Kristen, was the best! — from the moment we were seated (she immediately fixed a wobbly table that we didn’t even notice) to checking in with us throughout our meal and suggesting the best wine accompaniment to my entree! Thank you Kristen and thank you all at Le Diplomate! We are so grateful to have you in our neighborhood and look forward to many more fabulous experiences here!

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vipKDTT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined out for Easter brunch. Great service! Impressed with the COVID precautions. Food was excellent as always.

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EvelynW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing waiter! It definitely match our expectation.

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CierraG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot recommend enough- a must try when in DC. Luxurious but hip ambiance & incredible menu

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sourdough bread that came out before the meal was fantastic. All of our food was delicious. The steaks were tender, the duck was flavorful, and the creme brûlée was filled with vanilla bean. I would definitely come back.

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vipRunstoeat
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger is always the best!! I ventured down the cocktail list and they were all delicious! This is one the most consistently good places to go!! Hands down my favorite DC restaurant for any occasion!

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

Great as always!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. Fun vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch outside in a booth. Food and cocktails were delicious and service was great.

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vipEricaP
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. We sat outside in one of the enclosures and were plenty warm (it was in the 30s) and service was attentive. Excellent food, fair prices!

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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