Le Diplomate

4.8
9565 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 9565 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was cold outside, but very well done and lovely seating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate and it did not disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really hope Le Diplomate receives this review. My best friend and I had such a good time. I loved the private areas they built and our server Geda was amazing. He gave great recommendations, he was funny and he took great care of us. My meal was incredible and Geda even brought us a little treat. I really enjoyed everything.

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vipLovetoeat
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipDavidP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was great, per usual.
Additionally, our server Matthew was one of the best servers we’ve had in quite some time.

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LancyL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was for my beloved’s birthday. I had the scallops and he the had beef bourguignon. It was an elegant and perfect place for celebrating. Excellent service.

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Michael
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so happy to return to Le Diplomate after a year away.

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vipJohnB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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vip80sgirl
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Covid outdoor experience! All was spectacular! The heaters, the service, the food, and the way they created lots of comfortable and safe outdoor space!! Relaxing and much appreciated getaway for these times!!

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NormanR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the heated booths and service.......................

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience2

We were put on the outside corner (outside the hostess stand) which is more exposed to the “outdoors”, where we knew would be a little more chilly but assumed the heater would protect us. We quickly realized the heater dod not work. After sitting there shivering and asking both the hostesses as well as our waiter to help assist with the heat (several times), the problem was never resolved and we had to cut the brunch early and go home to warm up. Beyond that food was delicious per usual.

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NestorK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor dining options that have been installed

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RLynne
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was transformative given current restrictions for restaurant dining. Very comfortable, well-lit, and conditioned. We felt very safe, and comfortable. And the food was fabulous!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor cubicles were perfect. The central blown in heat was perfect to heat the space and no noise of the usual patio heaters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adele was fantastic!

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vipMainaird
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent staff, excellent outdoor dining experience considering it's January in DC. Clearly the organization has the capital to invest in a comfortable outdoor dining space & I applaud their decision to spend that capital. Well worth it for those dining.

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CathyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on a very mild January day. Sunshine and table-side warmers made it very comfortable. One of the best steak frites we have had in a long time and cooked exactly as we wanted. shared a side dish of haricots verts also tasty with butter and garlic. Fabulous server who brought us our requested copious quantities of house-made cranberry walnut bread
Covid 19 prevented us from a vacation in France this year and this was the next best thing

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viphappyinmanhattan
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food. Excellent care for social distancing.

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vipboldfoodlover
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Dip is doing a wonderful job accommodating guests during a very difficult time. A different, but still excellent, experience.

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Elsie
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I appreciate the need for restaurants to exhibit vigilance during this current climate of heightened coronavirus awareness, but approach is everything. Seeing a "NO MASK, NO SERVICE" sign when first approaching the hostess stand doesn't lend to feeling warmly welcomed by the restaurant. Being told repeatedly (three times) upon being seated that we are allotted only 1.5 hours to dine also corrupts the mood. At Parc, Le Diplomate's sister restaurant, paper menus and cloth napkins were provided when dining (outdoors as well). At Le Dip, it's paper napkins rolled around silverware and a lucite block with a URL code for scanning/accessing the menu. I have been a loyal patron of Le Diplomate since they opened and appreciate very much the economic toll the lockdowns have taken on restaurants; however, small adjustments could make the overall dining experience much more enjoyable and thus encourage repeat patronage from existing diners.

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vipRobert
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependable excellence.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Like the place - good food and service. They do not, however, seem to think it worthwhile to track frequent customers. Reception, seating, etc. seem to be on auto- pilot. Never any recognition, let alone attempt to address presences. Makes interaction rather generic and impersonal, especially compared to other DC restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new heated pods outside! Will definitely be returning!

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JudyH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day in DC to sit outside and have a bowl of onion soup. The soup was delicious, service excellent - hope to do the same thing again soon.

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MelT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great dining experience despite “outdoor seating” in winter. The dining cubes were quite comfortable and surprisingly warm. Food was excellent and our waiter, David was a joy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Uncomfortable metal chairs.
Food was delicious.
Service was average this time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was disappointed to not be sat in one of the built in covered private tables that have been advertised but luckily we sat in a section with a wonderful server who compensated for the lack luster table that kept moving every time something was placed on the table. Other than that and the heat lamp that kept going out (our server was great and got someone to fix it after the second outage), service was amazing and the food, delicious. Can’t wait to come back and hopefully be able to sit inside next time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor dining in the “street shacks” is the best dining can offer during COVID, especially in winter. You are safe and warm!

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SaharaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and I loved the cute little huts, as that made outdoor dining such a fun and cool experience!

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vipwashingtondcfoods
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!

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BrunchersAnonymous
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My first time eating out at a reastaurant since the pandemic and it was great! The mussels were absolutely delicous and perfectly paired with fries. My friend raved about her steak frites entre as well as her french 75.

The outdoor pods were... a little chilly LOL (but totally to be expected in January). The pod itself was comfortable and intimate. The wait and bus staff were friendly and attentive. Overall, it was a really good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. We were in the ‘tent’ outside, beautiful ambiance. Food was outstanding. Service was terrific, per usual.

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe our experience. Highly recommend

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vipDaniG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service impeccable—enough said!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Tim was amazing! Best experience. Love this place!

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vipCarol
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the staff, the outdoor seating, the food and the french flair. We always enjoy ourselves.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always delicious, attentive service, remembered birthday without prompting. Warm outside Oasis during pandemic!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As our first Covid experience dining in at a restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised by how safe the entire experience was. Food was amazing as usual!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is great as usual. Service was perfect, very attentive.
The new outside dining is cute!
Love it. Will come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was exceptional from start to finish. LeDip has gone to extraordinary measures to ensure that their outdoor dining experience is warm, safe and comfortable. We sat in one of the outdoor huts, which was clean and very warm. Our server was courteous and cautious and very attentive. The food was so so good. My husband and I had the Loup de mer which we loved. The kids had the warm shrimp salad which they devoured. We can’t wait to come back to DC so we can dine there again. I hope they keep the outdoor dining huts and pump air conditioning in the summer. It was fun! Well done!!

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LydiaH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in one of the outdoor cubicles- they were perfect! Heated individually, very safe - the best I have seen in the city. Everything else was perfect also - service and food. A wonderful experience during difficult times

FAQs

Le Diplomate does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Le Diplomate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 9565 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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