Le Diplomate

4.8
10773 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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vipJeffH
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, everything on the menu is top notch. Service is always fantastic and they'll go the extra mile for you.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family lunch

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Michael
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The real deal. Get the ratatouille as a side and order the steak frites as a main.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great ambience, fantastic service.

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HerschelH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matthew and the team were spot on. Fantastic experience; next time would like to sit outside!

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anaB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The whole experience from start to finish is great waitress is always so friendly and kind. Legitimately the best restaurant around!!

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beth
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great servers, great ambience. Love this place.

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LeslieC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Diplomate serves consistently excellent food with service that is attentive but not rushed. Outside service is challenging but the restaurant seems to be managing it well.

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Kate
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as good as everyone says! Great food and service. Can’t beat the ambience.

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AngelaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service5ambience1

I finally venture out to check out Le Diplomate. Our lunch date was going great until I see a mouse crawling under the table of another diner. If I had not already finished my food, I would have stopped. It was horrible experience and I don’t think I can ever go back there to eat!

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KSmith
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside and had a lovely server. The food came out promptly and quality was excellent. However- there were constantly servers coming by to refill our water. While it seemed nice in the beginning- it came to a point of being distracting. But our biggest complaint is that we told the restaurant twice that it was my birthday and had assumed they would acknowledge it somehow and they never did. We saw a table next to us get a small treat and candle and expected the same- but it never happened and next thing we know, the check was out and it was time to go. We came there especially to celebrate my birthday so this this was quite disappointing esp. after we indicated this in our reservation and called.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside, cute little booths street side. We experienced the usual street sounds. Couldn’t hear any conversations from the adjacent booths.
Our server was excellent, kind and attentive to our four year old.
Outstanding kids menu - the “ham and cheese” sandwich my daughter got was excellent (prosciutto!) and not at all dumbed down for children.
I was very happy with my mushroom tart and tomato salad; husband had moule frites with a fantastically flavorful, herbaceous broth.
Great coffee/espresso, and an excellent dessert menu (we had the creme brûlée).

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MonC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food, foie gras parfait was amazing and highly recommend the steak tartare, we have eaten steak tartare all over the world but none compares to Le Diplomate’s version.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic! The food was fresh!

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PamelaZ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was great.

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vipTimurT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendship

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vipAnna
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience as always! The nightly specials are consistently a winning selection. Merci!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great experience - the service level is top notch and the food is always delicious

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MarianneS
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in WDC and maybe in the US, phenomenal every time!

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BadTeacher
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent, excellent food, great service, reasonable prices. And the bread is incredible. We came for late brunch, sat outside. My only complaint was that the streatery booth on 14th Street was hot, a little like sitting in a greenhouse. Next time I'll choose a table on Q Street under an umbrella.

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FadiS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a good dining experience overall. Food was delicious but nothing extraordinary. Drinks were good. Service was good. We were there to celebrate a birthday which was not acknowledged even though it was noted in the reservation. It is the details that differentiate one restaurant from another.

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vipSZMil
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fast service, nice outside patio ambience, exceptionnel comme toujours!

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janem
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service absolutely outstanding. Got us earlier than reservation and outside dining was quiet and intimate. Definitely recommend!

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vipExPat
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Spectacular Pacific shrimp cocktail, something that is surprisingly hard to find in DC.

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ArthurJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking an outside, private four-top is a must! It's safe and well-worth the advance planning to enjoy a very nice weekend brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, as always. Love the outdoor space along 14th. I will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! The food was amazing!! I highly recommend it!!!

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vipNewyrseve
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was amazing, service was impeccable. Can’t wait to go back. Veal- brazino- and onion soup were all favorites! Along with dessert did not disappoint.

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vipAnissaE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% worth the hype. Everything was delicious and service was very attentive. We had the onion soup, the macaroni au gratin, the halibut and the steak au poivre. The complimentary bread basket alone was worth the trip! I will be dreaming about this meal for months to come. The dessert list also looked fantastic, but by the end of the meal we were too full to try any of the desserts. Will definitely have to go back for them!

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JoshM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor booths are amazing and offer unique ambience. Tremendous service and amazing food. Well worth it and would highly recommend.

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MichaelM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner, but it didn't really live up to it's reputation. The mocktail I got was uninspired, and our entrees were good not great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations

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vipFlash2
New Orleans
72 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cafe

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NathanT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef was outstanding, came and spoke to us as we left. The somelier chose an excellent wine for us. Waiter Misha was helpful, quick and knowledgeable. This is a first-rate restaurant.

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vipDinaTheDiner
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good. Staff were very helpful and friendly. The trout was not as good as usual. Butter slightly burnt. Fish not as sweet. But still very good. The noise level was almost too much. Everyone was very happy to be there. I wish we had been able to reserve a table outside. That would have helped!

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vipAnonemouse
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

People were crowded around the entrance when we arrived, causing our Uber driver to comment, "they must serve good food here." He's right, they do! Definitely recommend Le Diplomate. Enjoy!

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GRBNZ
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost expired with paroxysms of orgiastic ecstacy!!!

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vipJoeLogan
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always wonderful

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vipchisme
Tampa
81 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were fortunate to snag an outside cabana, even though we had reserved for indoors. That was very quiet, in contrast to the unbearable din inside. After more than a year away, we were eager to get back to old favorites;onion soup, beef tartare, frites, cranberry and sour dough breads. They were superb, as was the daily lobster rissotto special. Alas, the tarte tatin was a little burnt. Outdoor service was a bit scattered, and the ambiance on 14th St was decidedly not ideal, but all in all, we’re happy le Dip is doing well. As long as we can escape the noise we’ll be coming back.

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 10773 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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