Le Diplomate

4.8
11138 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
What 11138 people are saying
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vipNB41
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Seated outside, a bit cold and cramped. Service was less attentive than usual food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. The food was perfect - I can’t say enough about the French onion soup! Everything was amazing!

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vipTedA
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious experience. You food never disappoints

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vipamys
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! So glad the servers were all wearing masks at this time! Very comfortable!

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vipDLH2dine
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktails and food was outstanding. The table shared tuna carpaccio, escargot and mushroom tart. I had the halibut.

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vipsteviaman321
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal & service! The drinks and steaks are fantastic

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BklynDiner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere - reminds me of Paris. Great service. Great food - appetizer, entree, dessert - would come here again.

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GlitterB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Inside was adorable and festive however the service was absolutely awful and the food was nothing spectacular. We waited 15min before someone came to our table and poured us water. We were never greeted or welcomed by our server and we thought he was the bus boy at first. Food was under seasoned and just okay for the price point.

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vippublisher73
Mississippi
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite when visiting D.C. So good to be back after a long absence.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service felt stressed.

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GaryM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time did not disappoint definitely a re visiting thanks so much

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vipDCJG
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Dip is always a great choice - and our server, Tom, was excellent. Such a festive environment and delicious food.

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ckmarin
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food, good service although our server was extremely busy. Everything came out extremely fast, so there wasn’t a lot of sitting and enjoying a relaxing brunch. I realize they were very busy on a Sunday afternoon, but we felt rushed. While it is a fairly authentic French bistro type experience, it was extremely loud. I would definitely return, but perhaps at a quieter time.

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Born2dine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place with great food, service and ambience.

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TieshaF
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our all-time favorite! Outstanding

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vipKayV
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic good and overall good service. Busy but a beautiful space and fun. Decorated for the holidays and was a wonderful night. Will go back for sure!

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KarlM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding although the noise levels made conversation a bit challenging.

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vipcarpediemkindaguy
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Vibes…………Surprisingly efficient service at a very busy Saturday brunch…very well-prepared and well-presented food…expectations exceeded !

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Arshwyn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The outdoor chalet was a very nice option for dining. It was cozy and each room had its own heating vent. However, we went on a day where it was quite warm outside so it got really hot in there with no option to control the level of heat coming in. There was a small fan in the corner, but that did not help much. The food and drinks were decent, with the entrees being a bit on the saltier side, but still edible. We also got the escargot which was amazing. Overall, it was a nice meal.

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DavidS
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and amazing service. Love it!

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MoeH
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great festive feeling for the holidays! The food and service were great!

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AndrewD
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Food and drinks were amazing. Atmosphere and server were top notch!

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viptingold
Washington DC
141 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We met a visiting friend here for lunch; two had the chicken curry sandwich and one, the chicken paillard; all came with wonderful green salad and were very tasty. The sidewalk cabana was great with its heater and a sense of private dining.

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HadleyZ
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We grabbed the first reservation, and you must have a reservation here! Very enjoyable, but the lobster frites are not available for lunch! Amazing otherwise!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy!!! Food was great service a slow but it was packed good ambiance just a great experience overall

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Could have been seated in a better table

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lindag
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My guests fully enjoyed their Level Diplomate experience. The food, service and ambience were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside was comfortable and quiet. Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in the city.

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EllenPW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect!!! Went there for my birthday lunch with my mom. Can not wait to go again. I love this restaurant. The Christmas decorations are lovely, staff outstanding and the food is the best. Please try the warm shrimp salad!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Will be going back and taking friends with us. Our waiter was amazing. He loves his job and it rubs off on the customers.

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BillS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place! - Excellent food with good service. Le Diplomate lived up to the high reviews. Our selection: cheese plate, shrimp cocktail, mushroom tart, beef bourguignon, half roast chicken. My guests had the Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee and Profiteroles, and they enjoyed these desserts so much.

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hungrydriver
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. The beef bourguignon was delicious.

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VickiP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The music was too loud and we couldn’t hear our conversation. We asked the server to turn it down, but that didn’t happen. Such a shame.

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vipjaf2033
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delightful and Lola was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Been looking forward to this reservation that needs to be made in advance. Service was very punctual. Gathered with friends and felt very rushed to always move onto the next thing as the table next to us with the same number of people didn’t appear to be rushed. Wanted to stay for coffee and a glass of rose and felt like I was inconveniencing the server by staying. Felt this way after each app or meal and especially at the end. Felt like we were on a time crunch for two hours so much so we just closed out and moved to the bar when it wasn’t that busy and the table remained empty. The food was good and service was prompt. Could have done without the pressure to rush a get together with friends especially after spending so much. We had a 6:15 reservation. Would have loved to have given 5 stars if it wasn’t for this. Love eating out and have never felt this way in an establishment.

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CoreyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were seated quickly, but had to wait awhile (about 15min) for the waiter to greet us.

The waiter was not very attentive

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vipNadiaC
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Trying restaurants in DC.
Le Diplomate has a lot of great reviews and I wanted to give a try
This is a very beautiful French brasserie like and you can really immerse yourself in this decor.
On the food side, I was a bit disappointed.
First the bread is served with an American butter (cream cheese like) and this is far from the French butter as French we use to eat.
Second, I ordered the foie gras and I checked with the waiter if it was a real foie gras, he confirmed, but it turned out to be a mousse, this was not the meal I was expecting at all! Good toast but too much of this not so tasty mousse.
Finally the steak frites, well cooked for the steak and not the best fries I had.
Conclusion, atmosphere and decor is great, and the food is not a wow factor at all!

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KatyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall, a delicious experience! The tables were a bit crowded, and brunch on a Sunday was a little loud, but the food and service were excellent.

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 11138 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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