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Le Diplomate

4.8
4.8
12800 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.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 357 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 332-3333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

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Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Cocktail Party

    $225.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Celebrate La Nouvelle Annee in Le Diplomate’s winter wonderland of sparkling lights, delicious food, and endless champagne. Join us from 10:00pm - 2:00am as we ring in 2023 the Le Diplomate way, with live Jazz featuring Joe Herrera of DC’s Thievery Corporation, premium fruits de mer & caviar, passed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and, of course, a midnight countdown. Tickets are $225 per person inclusive of all food and beverage for the evening, but excluding tax and gratuity.

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What 12,800 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    French

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

    French

  • District of Columbia

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  1. f

    fudluvr

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Diplomat was amazing as usual. The food is so good - definitely recommend the steak tartare, foie gras parfait, ricotta ravioli, and the escargot for appetizers and the branzino and the duck. Our server was also AMAZING - she was attentive, informative, and funny; we really enjoyed her help.
  2. BL

    BenLap

    Fort Lauderdale

    158 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    158 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The foie mouse gelee appetizer was crazy good and the hanger steak excellent. They substituted the puréed potatoes for the fries and they were silky. My friends enjoyed the beef bourgignon and roast chicken and beet salad.
  3. L

    Laura

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Definitely enjoyed it. :)
  4. RM

    RickyMarcellini

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the ambiance and food here! The profiteroles is amazing
  5. KR

    KatieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Branzino l, perfectly cooked… and great energy in the room.
  6. LM

    LeslieM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If those still dining outside due to Covid concerns Le Diplomate is easily the best option in DC. The individual booths are heated and comfortable. Add in great food and terrific service.
  7. MD

    MichaelD

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    j'adore le dessert Millefeuille. C'est mon favorite. Ils se servent avec le sorbet framboise et pistache écrasée. C'est parfaire. This visit I had the Sunday special, linguini with clams. It was fantastic. around the table, guests had the duck, the pepper steak, the fois gras, and the veal. All were well prepared, delicious, and high value. great wine selection and service. The server was attentive and nice.
  8. MG

    MitchellG

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our go-to places when we visit DC. Superlative service as always. I’ve had about half the menu items so far and every one is better than the last. Make your reservations as far ahead as you can, this is a popular place.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food3service4ambience1
    To make a long story short. Extremely arrogant and self entitled hostesses and managerial staff, they clearly forgot who the client is. The only positive note were Camilo and Adrianne at the bar. This place is highly overrated.
  10. MC

    MartinC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was fabulous … outside table in the “shelters” by the street … open side let a chilly breeze in. I’ll bring a throw next time :) Lovely brunch!!!
  11. N

    Nick

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The atmosphere was a bit stuffy but the food was good.
  12. AD

    AdamD

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Everything was great as per usual except the steak this time was tough, and it had too much salt on it. I was surprised because the steak is normally tender. We will be back again.
  13. R

    Rick

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Diplomate offers a wide variety of dishes for breakfast and brunch - but do not pass up the opportunity to order the pastry basket.
  14. JP

    JennyP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We asked to be seated indoors as it was 43 degrees out, plenty of tables inside but were still told no. Made the reservation 3weeks in advance for a special brunch with our sons, we were the first seating for the day (9:30am). They served my four year old orange juice in a wine glass. Plates cluttered the table when finished leaving no room to put new items being delivered. Lastly, all of our food was cold right out of the kitchen even after our server apologized for the 42 min wait for our food to be delivered. I doubt comments matter at the this point to the restaurant, but you asked so here you go. I have asked for an indoor table the last five visits, we have always been told no. I just think the place doesn’t like kids inside. Oh well! Time to move on.
  15. MM

    MelM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was some of the worst I’ve ever experienced. Drinks came out 20 minutes after our food Server could not care less about us It was packed and loud and bread was stale Overrated
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here! The Christmas decorations are so beautiful - waiter was awesome and the food was great of course
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Over priced and the wait staff was oppressive. They couldn’t wait for us to leave and cleared plates before everyone had finished..The food was pedestrian.
  18. LC

    LisaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Le diplomate is always our go to French restaurant. We went for a brunch and ordered duck confit with baked potato and beef bourgeon with red wine sauce and cream brûlée with Madeline. It has a good amount of beef ribs steak and perfect touch of each dishes. We are glad they are able to seat us indoor and for best seats it's always helpful to book in advance. They also have baby seats for family.
  19. JS

    JulieS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best eggs Benedict I ever had! The English muffin was amazing and so much better than the grocery store variety.
  20. JK

    JohnK

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience at Le Diplomate, as always. Our out of town guests loved the experience - The host staff was able to advance our reservation an hour before our arrival. The holiday decorations were up, and the place was buzzing. Brunch appetizers, main courses and drinks were delightful. Shannon, our server, made helpful suggestions and checked in often to ensure all was well. Le Diplomate remains one of our top destinations, both on our own and, as in the case, with guests. Highly recommend!
  21. SN

    SkipNM

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Heavy traffic around our table but otherwise very nice
  22. j

    jmess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    dependably fantastic. the bouillabaise was memorable.
  23. AT

    AmyT

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time dining at Le Diplomate. Overall a very enjoyable experience. We started our meal with espresso martini’s which were very good. Nice bread basket! I had the Beef Bourguignon and my daughter had the steak w/pomme frites. We both enjoyed our entrees. We had the salmon tar tar (first time) for appetizer which we did not care for. We enjoyed the raspberry sorbet for dessert (3 scoops and enough to share!) We made a reservation in advance for 5:30 pm and were seated on time. People coming in later in the evening w/o a reservation had a 2 1/2 hour wait. Make a reservation! Nice place for a special occasion if you like French cuisine. It was a bit noisy and our waiter was attentive but very rushed-it was busy!
  24. g

    greenwarm

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service in a French bistro setting.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Also just a great atmosphere. Loved it
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and wine selections. Seating was fairly tight, but we were shown to our table quickly for our reservation and service was attentive and thoughtful!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and ambiance and service!
  28. BR

    BRDC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Diplomate is the king of consistency. Everything is excellent, every time. Full stop.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was super oily and salty, great vibe tho!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server Doug was excellent.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    I typically really enjoy my visits to Le Diplomate, but this visit was disappointing. The restaurant was very noisy, and it was hard to converse with my dining partner. The server was not aware of the dietary restriction I included in my comment on OpenTable, and though I let him know of my gluten allergy when ordering dinner, he forgot about it when bringing dessert and served the pot de crème with the chocolate wafer balls on top, which could have been easily left off. Various servers visited our table, and they were not particularly attentive, which left me feeling like the quality of my dining experience was not important to the team. I will be retuning Monday, December 5, and I hope the quality of service is better. I appreciate the opportunity to leave this feedback, as Le Diplomate is one of my favorite restaurants in my new home of DC. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
  32. GA

    GiaA

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a classic and worth every penny.
  33. M

    Milano

    Washington DC

    376 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    376 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a go to place! Just wish the staff would not develop an attitude - it’s an overall sense many have observed over many experiences .
  34. r

    robertr

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was terrific as is the ambience in the restaurant. Even the bread was a cut above everyone else's fare
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I visit every time I’m in town visiting my cousins. Everything was as good as it always it. The service was a bit tough. Two of our dishes didn’t come out and when they realized it they remade the wrong dishes. By the time our omelets hit the table the other three in are party had already finished their brunch. We were also not a fan of how our server ignored our table for a while so he didn’t have the confront the situation. (We have all worked in the industry and understand mistakes but it’s important to acknowledge them and apologize). When he did finally confront us he just blamed it on the kitchen over and over again - not necessarily, just apologize and move on.
  36. LK

    LauraK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I love Le Diplomate. It has a celebratory vibe. Beware that it is loud, however. Our party included someone who is sensitive to noise and they felt a bit overwhelmed.
  37. P

    Peter

    Baltimore

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual an exceptional brunch experience. Always look forward to it and have never been disappointed.
  38. JR

    JoeR

    Washington DC

    195 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    195 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, food was fantastic. There've been a few changes to the menu since our last visit, which added at least one new dish to our rotation. Our server was great -- fun, efficient and knew his stuff. The bar was slow, but we've gotten used to that post-pandemic. All in all, a wonderful evening.
  39. CF

    ChristineF

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Diplomate shines! It’s frankly too loud to enjoy conversation but the food is so worth the visit ! Love it
  40. AG

    AlexG

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was okay- did not live up to the hype

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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 12800 OpenTable diners.

Le Diplomate does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 357 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Le Diplomate

1601 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Q Street

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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