Le Diplomate

4.8
10896 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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ThomasinoD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Lunch was out of this world. Service and everything was top notch

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Dave
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate always delivers! Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You really can’t go wrong at Le Dip. Service is always top notch, ambiance is excellent and the food is always so solid

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vipAnthonyT
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Amaar
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Asked for medium well on the steak and the outside/ends were kinda burnt. Everything else was amazing! Definitely recommend the escargot

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vipRobertS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great steak, perfectly cooked MR; great Branzino filet; great wine; Sommelier brought my wife three wines to taste so she could choose one for dinner

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vipMeridian
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the first fining out experience I ta-COVID-19. The server, Lyndsay was exceptional …as were all staff.

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arco
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it thoroughly. The warm shrimp salad was so delicious, I want another one today. Everything else was great too.

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vipBorgie
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it!!!! Being European and living in the States for years, I felt like home :) True French food and olalala the bread.
The vibe and interior is amazing too.

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vipDelicious
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Difficult to get a brunch reservation but it was worth the wait.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I keep returning here because of the great food, fantastic service, and wonderful outdoor seating.

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GlenA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was as expected though the wait staff left something to be desired.

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vipCarin
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner!

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MargaretL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Superb ambience and wait staff. For those with sound volume concerns, the main rooms less noisy than the side room which is tiled. Really attentive and friendly wait staff. I had the fish with green beans; beans were perfect and the fish was slightly overdone, to my surprise. Bread made up for it - fantastic. It was a little bit of Paris in the middle of DC. If I lived near by, I would be there every day for a cafe and croissant! I will return for sure.

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JanAustenFan
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food, as always, but service was not what it usually is at Le Diplomat. Server kept forgetting to bring me things I asked for. I never did get ketchup for my fries and gave up asking after the third time. He looked a bit frazzled as the place was packed. But overall it was a good dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very chilled and welcoming. I love the food there.

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Darlene
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, the flavors will wake up your sense of taste. Delicious! Service was very attentive without being annoying. Absolutely perfect!

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vipDrMom
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! Fun atmosphere , we felt like we were in a French bistro!

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vipDonna
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful French Brasserie with excellent outdoor seating pods. Service was excellent as was the warm shrimp salad and creme brulee dessert. Steak poive and steak frites were tasty.

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vipLHinMD
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Lovely waiter and delicious food, good wine selection. However, so loud as to be nearly unbearable. I missed half of the conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was excellent as usual but the customer service by our waiter Drew was very subpar. I understand that the restaurant can be very busy but that does not excuse the lack of polite and respectful communication by your waiter. When we first arrived at the table, he failed to acknowledge our presence for at least 10 minutes. We had to flag him down just to get water. Then when he finally arrived at our table, his behavior was very brisk even when asked about certain items on the menu. When he brought our drinks and food, he would drop off our order at the table and leave without a word which I thought was rude. We also had to ask for every item we wanted like bread and flag him down to get our coffee and water refilled. I could excuse this behavior as just being overwhelmed during a busy time but I noticed that the table next to us who were an older white couple ordering “bottles” of wine were treated nicer than our table. My two friends who are regulars at the restaurant also noticed that the table service was lacking. The services provided by the hostess and bartender were excellent.

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TeddM
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s all bout the bread - and it’s the very best at Le Dip.

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vipBethW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual the food was outstanding!! The only disappointing moment was being told that there is now a $1.00 per Olive change for blue cheese olives.

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SnezhanaC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Not sure what happened with the DC dining scene overall - and Le Diplomate's cuisine in particular - but the quality of food last night was really mediocre. Too salty, too dry, plates and table settings not representative of the status of the restaurant and the image they want to maintain. The only Ok thing was an item no one really 'cooked' - the raw tuna carpaccio. Won't be returning again.
Also it was a birthday celebration and we mentioned in the reservation that we wanted a candle on the dessert or smth but our request was ignored. Very disappointing.

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vipall4thefood
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining brings with it the great food and service but without the crazy decibel levels indoors.

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Sunnn
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, space was well decorated, and restroom was clean.

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Chuck
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for early weekday brunch (only reservation we could get!) Service was very attentive. Ambiance was superb (Le Diplomate is one of the few American French cafes I’ve been to that actually seems as if it could exist in Paris.) I didn’t especially like my entree (poached eggs Basquaise- scant amount of prosciutto and too liquidy polenta) but I think I just chose poorly. Excellent bread for the table made up for it. All in all, a very enjoyable way to spend a morning off.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing from start to finish. The food was heavenly. Douglas was the absolute best.

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cooksathome
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service and food was mediocre. The restaurant is very loud, server not well trained, very rushed. So many better restaurants in DC, don’t waste your time or money..it’s way to hyped up. I was very disappointed and will not return.

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UptownGuy
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Sunday brunch! Food was fantastic from the Steak & Frites and Eggs Benedict to the Profiteroles for desert. Service was great and our server did a great job of keeping our Mimosas freshened up. Can't wait for our next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quiche was so good. Also had a lovely fresh squeezed sparkling lemonade.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ravioli and the mac n cheese. Profiteroles and the raspberry dessert were amazing!!

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leahh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made our special occasion feel so special. We had a wonderful time.

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vipJM14
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beef bourgignon A, mussels B (broth not very flavorful), quiche B+, pastry basket B- (you've changed it and left out some of the best pastries), bread basket A+, espresso martini A, rose wines A, salade verte A+, service A, ambience A-, value A-/B+. Overall B+

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to go here because if a friends recommendation. We ended up having the best time - we had a fabulous waiter who brought us to-die-for espresso martinis, croque madam, the crispy chicken club, and the most delicious bread basket sliced at the countertop near the entrance. 10/10

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Christine
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in DC for the weekend. Brunch here was amazing. Though reservations are recommended. It was very busy even at 9:45am. Food was exceptional and our waiter was attentive.

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Tdthreats
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary with our kids. It was very busy and energetic and the food and service were excellent.

Great place for a special occasion!

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CindyJo
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef bourguignon was fabulous! We felt like we were dining on a Paris street in a Paris Cafe. Highly recommend it!

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theycallmejane
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and ambiance was amazing! Service could have been a bit more attentive but the food and ambiance make the experience worthwhile.

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Le Diplomate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 10896 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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