Le Diplomate

4.8
9726 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 9726 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Made reservation days in advance but they put us outside in the cold. Had been there before and dined in their outside box city. Not sure why they wanted a frequent customer to freeze. Really uncomfortable and disappointing.

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vipReidS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor stables really allowed for a comfortable experience even in 40 degree weather.

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SuzieP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for lunch on a Monday before flying back home & it was just what we needed. A little piece of Paris in the middle of DC. Escargot is a must. SO good. The tuna carpaccio was also delicious & the burger was magnifique! Can't wait to go back!

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BeckyH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a delightful treat! Would highly recommend. Felt very safe

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have really figured out the covid protocols while still providing an enjoyable experience. Love the single-party outdoor stalls, excellent service and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Friend 40th bday

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vipAmyR
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal as always. Le Diplomat continues to be our all time favorite. Going for lunch again today!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Great but the place needs a redo

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ChristieD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent service and food and great Covid adaptations!

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vipJoeS
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the warm shrimp salad and salmon carpaccio. Excellent service and plenty of distance for inside dining. Love this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

LeDip is my favorite restaurant in DC and I’ve been there many times. Yesterday was not up to their standard in service or food. The waiter did not seem on top of our order. Our drink didn’t come until 3 reminders, the appetizer came after the entree was served, and was cold by the time we ate it, we had to ask for salt and pepper several times before the waiter finally brought it.

The manager did intervene and bring several items and also apologized and comped some of the bill.

We will return to the restaurant and trust that the waiter and/or kitchen was having a bad day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We enjoyed the food and drinks, but found the experience to be not worth the cost, as we were urged out exactly 90 minutes after our reservation time. To be fair, this was clearly outlined to us beforehand, but we weren’t able to fully enjoy the experience and felt rushed. At that price point, I don’t think it is worth returning until capacity and restrictions return to normal.

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ScottA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The heaters in the chalets were not working

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cold, very cold.

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NerrBby
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Outside was not heated well and the food was cold...

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viptraveltoeat
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate has always been one of our favorite dining places in DC. It continues to be so with their outside dining options and their safety protocols. We dined in one of the little "cabanas." It was 30ºF outside, but we were kept warm. We have never had a bad meal at Le Diplomate. I would highly recommend Le Diplomate especially if you are still practicing COVID safety measures and need to celebrate a nice event such as an anniversary or a birthday.

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AliciaB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy reservation process, the restaurant is very clear about restrictions and limitations in COVID times. The food is still as amazing as ever!

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Susie
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing meal per usual, love the ambiance of the restaurant. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great family brunch there yesterday. Service was wonderful, and the food is always outstanding. Thanks for another wonderful visit!

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

Such a great experience and food was amazing. The warm shrimp salad is my favorite. Lola was our server and made our experience!!

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vipKelseyK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Best most reliable food in DC.

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PatriciaA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The outdoor sitting was colder then expected. Small heaters on top, but not enough to get us warm. Definitely not comfortable for children. The food and the service was incredible though. All meals were delicious! I would definitely go back another time to sit inside.

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CaraN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always great! Service was a little slow but that has never been a problem before.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating! Had a great cappuccino, however, I was disappointed to find out they only serve chocolate croissants during their brunch on the weekends, which is what I ultimately went for to have w my capp.So I’ll to say overall the experience was just good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal. The service was excellent, I don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with anything on the menu. The escargot were delicious as well as the crab cocktail. For entrees I tried the steak au poivre which was excellent and plenty of food. My boyfriend had the lobster frites and we were so shocked by how much food it was! This was probably my favorite meal since moving to D.C.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a dinner reservation at Le Diplomat to celebrate my birthday with my daughter and husband.
We were impressed with the service , ambiance and delicious food. Our waiter was amazing. He was attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant.
We will be back for sure!

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Callie
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and ambiance. Food came out extremely quick, waiter was knowledgeable, and very COVID friendly outside.

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vipGregoryW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday outdoors in one of their semi-private, heated "booths." Service was stellar, with great recommendations, accommodations for my Celiac disease, and a surprise birhtday treat. The food was wonderful: flavorful escargot, rich beef bourguignon, and silky chocolate pot de creme. A wonderful experience overall.

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WilliamK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate has made the most of a bad situation given the limitations on indoor dining during the pandemic. The heated outdoor dining pavilions are a brilliant concept that allowed us to go out to one of our favorite restaurants for my wife’s birthday. We felt safe and stayed very comfortable on such a cold evening as it was on February 16th. The food was as excellent as ever, as was the service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was delicious, the onion soup, steak and frites, steak au poivre and even the hamburger was stunning. The waiter was so nice and always taking care of us. Will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time dining at a restaurant since the pandemic. Super well done!!! The profiterole changed my life. The chalets were super appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tres bien ! A faire sans hésiter

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DanielL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for an outdoor experience Le Dip was amazing

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HolliR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tried gougers for the first time (crunchy bliss in the mouth), trout almondine better than in France and pot de creme to die for. And just because the French 75 isn't on the menu, doesn't mean you can't get it.

Because of COVID there were a lot of outdoor diners and the door close to us was constantly being opened so there was a cold draft.

Otherwise magnifique.

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vipPurple
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great special occasion lunch outside in one of their little heated spaces. The heater didn’t work at first but when it did it was great. The service was impeccable by Nabil. The food was amazing although a little salty. Loved the bread, warm shrimp salad and trout, and my husband is still in a food coma from the beef bourgeonon. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt safe, comfy and warm!! in our outside booth. Food was delicious and service was great!! Will definitely come back. Love, love, love!

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PaulT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seat (in the era of Covid) is delightful and nicely heated. Experience is just as satisfactory as it always was pre-pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a very good place for Valentine’s day!

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vipRosaNationalHarborVibe
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went on Valentine’s Day 2021 and as always Le Diplomat delivered 5 stars! Started with Romarins, king crab legs, half lobster, mushroom soup and escargot. Mains were the steak frites, orange duck and a bottle of Rosé. Time limit did not allow for dessert.

They even had an artist come down from NYC to draw sketches of the guests as gifts. So thoughtful, made my night!

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Mike
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were able to get outdoor seating with the heat lamps alongside the restaurant on Valentine's day. The atmosphere was good for such an occasion, but the quality of the entrée was lacking. For a highly reviewed and sought after restaurant, the food was not consistent, but maybe because of the occasion and/or lack of cooks due to COVID. Nevertheless, the atmosphere is good for a date but the food is lacking.

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 9726 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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