Le Diplomate

4.8
10542 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
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

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ABirthdayLunch
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch sitting in the outdoor booths. All food was excellent!

LN
LNBA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wouldn't recommend Profiterole if you don't like banana and chocolate together. Crème brûlée is extraordinary. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for antipasti Ricotta Ravioli, Mushroom Tart, Onion Soup Gratinée, for entrees Salmon, Steak Au Poivre, and Steak Frites. The steak is SOOOO GOOD! For a person who doesn't like red meat, salmon is a perfect choice! Lots of wine selection and they have a quite a bit outdoor seating that is social distanced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOOD HERE!

DB
DamarisB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food/service. Great spot.

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vipFrequentdiner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lovely venue. Great bread. Chicken paillard was tough and chewy. No steak salad option despite a $38 steak frite option on the menu. Weak lunch choices. Mostly a destination for the ambience.

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AvitalO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Service was spectacular. Order the profiteroles for dessert...

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vipamdm
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great unique and amazing spot! We were visiting from Chicago and celebrating a special birthday and everything was amazing. They adjusted our reservation for us when we ran into a transportation issue so we didn’t have to miss the special celebration. We will definitely be back the next time we’re here!

KM
KMadiou
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The bread and butter were amazing and the staff was friendly. But sitting outside it smelled like garbage, which was hard to take. I'm sure it would have been lovely sitting indoors, though it was really cold in there when I went in for the restroom. The burger was good but too salty - and I like a lot of salt. My husband's fish was under-seasoned, but the bean salad that came with it was really delicious, bright and flavorful. He enjoyed his escargot. The service was fine. Overall, I wasn't very impressed considering the amazing choices we have in DC. I probably wouldn't go back but would be happy to accompany my husband if he wants to.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The escargot and Bread is to die for. Can’t wait to go back!

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Anna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambience here is really unmatched. We felt totally transported to France and the food is delicious as well.

DH
vipDonH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a wonderful leisurely lunch

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vipBexley
Washington DC
224 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Le Diplomate has proven to be a neighborhood mainstay these past months. Consistently good food and service. Kirsten was our server on Monday. She has great instincts and really delivered good service.

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DarianK
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and awesome service! Really authentic french food!

CA
ChrisA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here, everything was fantastic, especially the steak.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was not good this evening. No one came to our table for a long time. When we finally asked — no apologies. Wrong orders. Rude waiter. Just awkward.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were wonderful. It was an enjoyable time with family

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Maya
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

I enjoy coming to this restaurant for many years. Generally everything is perfect but not my last visit. Our waiter was innatentive and seem to ignore us. We had to wait for almost an hour for our food. Meanwhile we did not get any update about the delay. I had to ask another waitress to help us because our waiter was simply not there. We finally left after two hours with mixed feelings about this meal. I felt so disappointed because we were looking forward for a good experience and a great meal.

SC
SharmiliC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well worth the wait getting a reservation finally!!! The veal was to die for! So good! Oysters were delicious too! The dessert was delicious!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic waiter explained everything for us first timers, and gave recommendations. Wonderful shellfish, onion soup, cocktails and lobster!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a great time.

BM
BorisM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service and the food qas delicious. Time to do a little maintenance to the furniture

BS
vipBobS
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Took visitors from AZ for lunch.

EB
vipEricaB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience!

JB
JamesB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate never fails to please. One of the best dining spots in Washington.

KP
KimberlyP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance. Lovely place for a special occasion.

RL
RLWL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server Matthew was exemplary.

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vipfoodietrio
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food, excellent service, celebratory environment. Great place!

MR
vipMichelleR
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Thank you

HH
HydrangeaHill
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I really wanted to give Le Dip 5 stars, since I’ve waited so long to go there. But honestly it was a little disappointing after all the hype. We ate indoors and it was LOUD. We had to shout and repeat ourselves and I got hoarse. The place was hopping! I loved the lively atmosphere and the decor, but maybe a few sound panels?

Service could be better. We had to wait a long time to order. We ordered cocktails, entrees and a bottle of wine when we finally got the waiter’s attention. The meal came so fast we had just started our drinks, but it took a long time to get the wine. The steak au poivre was truly excellent, but the boeuf bourguignon was meh and the steak frites was mostly frites with a small C- steak. The pot de creme and the profiteroles were to die for. Yum!

Maybe it was an off night, and I appreciate that restaurant staffing is a challenge these days. I’d like to try it again sometime, maybe for a boozy lunch.

MD
MichaelD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

The place was too crowded, too loud, and the waiter did not give a memorable service for the price we paid. I thought was suppose to be a higher level of dress code from the public. It was my first time there and now the last.

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claudiaC
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The service was very poor. The table to the left sat 5 mins after us and they were greeted first and served first. The waiter was rude and always seemed rushed. He never introduced himself to us and when taking our orders walked away before we finished placing our orders so we had to order twice. I visited from Texas and this was my first time to Washington DC. My son really wanted to eat the burger since it has outstanding reviews but the service offered by the waiter and overall staff was extremely unpleasant and ruined our experience at Le Diplomat. I do not plan on coming back to this restaurant. And it is important to point out it was not busy at all when we came.

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MattW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Absolutely lovely and well done. I highly recommend.

RA
RachelA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was great. The food and the service was top notch. No complaints.

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vipwillyW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Le Dip and will be coming back for more. Amazing steak frites. Honestly, just delicious French-American goodness.

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Orlando
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It is a nice place but I don’t see why so crowded, it’s good but not that good. The firs waiter that we had, she doesn’t care about making you feel welcome, the guy after her was much better.
Duck and salmon were okay in taste, steak au poivre, mushrooms tart and boeuf burguignon were delicious. Ambiance is great.

TP
vipTrishaP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service was amazing. One of my favorite restaurants in DC.

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vipthenutsmom
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It was a crowded Sunday evening and we had a reservation. We were seated in the back of the restaurant, which wasn’t ideal. It was a hot/humid evening, so we were looking for a light meal and ordered salads to start and heavier appetizers to follow (the third in our party ordered a full entree). We also ordered carafes of wine. This seemed unsatisfactory to our waiter, as he was condescending to us throughout the evening , and went so far as to kick my husband’s chair 5 times (!). We have been to Le Diplomate before, but unsure if we will return.

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vippowersesq
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I simply love this restaurant. I always over order because I want to taste different dishes. The service is beyond five starts, attentive, personal and smart. Thanks for another great experience.

MM
MarieM
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good casual dining if you wish to enjoy brunch on Sunday with friends. The service was friendly and the food was good but not memorable. They need a signature dish .

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Stylist73
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time the staff was courteous and attentive. The food is always on ooint

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 10542 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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