Le Diplomate

4.8
10878 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very chilled and welcoming. I love the food there.

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Darlene
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DM
vipDrMom
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 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 3 days ago
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.

LH
vipLHinMD
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BW
vipBethW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Chuck
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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leahh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
vipJM14
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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!

CJ
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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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was salty

MK
vipMarkK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Felt like we were in Paris.

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John
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service, to the drinks, and the food was amazing! A tad on the loud side for us but that doesn’t take away from everything else!

MD
MikeDCFood
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite was incredible. Server was wonderful. I’m so sad we won’t be able to come here regularly, since we’re from another state. I would eat here again in a heartbeat. Will recommend it to everyone I know who comes to DC.

RK
vipRK3DEFan
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate NEVER disappoints! Great food, excellent wines, knowledgeable wait staff, and fun vibe. The trout almandine is the best in the world (or, at least in MY world), but don’t be afraid to jump into something you’ve never tried.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put, our very favorite spot to eat in town. Every dish reliably delicious and ambiance feels festive and fun.

ME
MoElinzano
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the ambiance truly felt like a French cafe!

KB
vipKB777
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must go for when you have friends or family in town.

CK
CharK
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was incredible. The steak was perfectly cooked, the waiters were attentive, and OMG the escargots!!! After spending two weeks in France this summer (my family is French) - this meal absolutely rivaled some of our best meals there.

KJ
KJSpeaks
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like stepping in to the best neighborhood brasserie in France, Le Diplomate does not disappoint with food selection, friendly service and Parisian ambiance. Also, be sure to leave room for the desserts, they are the best!

GD
GeetaD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating changing our table so we could hear each other. The biggest lobster we ever saw and it was AMAZING!!

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ReginaA
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Steak frites was veeery rare and just not as good as it used to be. I love Le Dip and will continue to visit. Everything else was great.

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Joaquin
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a good meal. Make sure to reserve with time, there's almost no place.

LT
LilianT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aside from being loud, Le Diplomate was phenomenal; the ambiance, drinks, service, but most importantly FOOD was top notch. Such a great spot.

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 10878 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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