Le Diplomate

4.8
6585 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Good for a Date
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Sunday to Thursday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 12:00AM

Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10:00AM to 3:00PM
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Phone number
(202) 332-3333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Abt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Q Street

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

This French bistro is the place to see anyone who’s ever been on “Meet the Press". The food is also delicious.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 6585 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely loved this place. The food was very good, and they have super fast, great service.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Cheese board was interesting, steak frites were delicious and came with too large a serving of fries, also delicious. For dessert, I would recommend the chocolate pudding over the apple tart. Closeau was a favorite cocktail.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food and service was good overall.

However, we arrived 30mins earlier due to the heavy rain but the receptionist refused to seat us by saying the dinner menu starts at 5pm.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Yum! Our meal was great. Food was all DELICIOUS! Cheeseburger, escargot, raw bar, french onion soup (YUM), veal, and softshell crab were each more outstanding than the next. Brunch menu goes a bit too late (we couldn't get dinner at 4:30 on a Sunday... which, yes, is early, but not early enough that I want pancakes!). If you're going for a special occasion and are prepared to spend a bit more, this place is well worth it.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service, great food every time!! The consistency is amazing…five years strong!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great! Food was delicious. Definitely our favorite place to go for any occasion!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of the best dining experiences that we have had in a long time. Excellent service, great food, great atmosphere. We can't wait to go back!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Good, but not as good as its reputation. Service nice, good, but nothing out of the ordinary. I judge all outstanding service against HOUSTONS). Food good but not rave-able. Really crowded and really loud. Outside seating quieter but not that comfortable or special—sitting on a sidewalk needs an upgrade.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Great ambiance. Great customer service with friendly and engaging waitstaff. Our experience was wonderful and we look forward to coming back soon.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful experience
The service, food, and entertainment are just fantastic

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Standard french bistro fare done well, but not spectacular as the price would warrant. Kitchen has a heavy hand with the salt.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great place and Food. Service was outstanding. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food and great service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My favorite restaurant in DC. Always excellent from the bread to dessert. We had champagne, oysters, steak frites and the classic hamburger. Profiteroles for dessert. Just like Paris - maybe better - no passport required. Service is perfection. It’s a bit noisy inside so for more conversation try the patio it’s quieter. The decor is authentic Parisian bistro. Hard to believe it’s new because it looks like it’s been there for decades. For the quality and experience it’s a real value.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve had in DC. Escargot and Fois Gras are a must!

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great food and great service but we had a 5 pm booking for dinner and felt rushed. We hadn’t finished our cocktails before the appetisers arrived and then the wine was opened and poured. Altogether too rushed which is a shame as we felt we didn’t have time to digest anything before the check arrived and we were out at 6.25 pm.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

It was lively/noisy/busy for a Tuesday evening. The food came so fast, you knew it wasn’t cooked to order. I’d say adequate, probably better for lunch

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Delicious seafood! Gougères were worth it! All around great dining experience. Just not as cozy or intimate setting as I had imagined. Would gladly eat here anytime.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Service was fine. Food was fine. Prices were high. Seems like the restaurant has become complacent and has lost a little ambition.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Everything is good here, the service is fantastic. Wish I could dine here every week.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Le Diplomate never fails as a place to impress with consistent, fantastic French good, whether it be for a casual brunch or a visit from family/friends. Love it!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Lively brunch spot with deservedly high marks for pancakes and egg dishes - creme brulee included! Very warm summer day that challenged the air conditioning in the atrium section of the restaurant, which was a bit too warm for comfort. Main room was cooler.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The almond crusted Trout on top of a bed fresh green beans was Amazing! The French toast was a bit too sweet. I should’ve had the toppings on the side. It was a bit much. The lobster omelette could have some chunks of lobster. Overall good service, good food and good Vibes...

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Le Diplomate is hands down my favorite restaurant in DC. It has an amazing (and affordable items if not looking to splurge) brunch that is perfect for a small group of people or large group up to ten. I always recommend making a reservation, the seating options are inside and a little more comfortable. However, it is well worth the wait if you just show up.

This is authentic french cuisine at its finest! Highly recommend the duck sarladaise, the eggs benedict & the burger (a fancier version of the big mac!). Perfect if you are going out with friends or parents. My most recent brunch was a group of 10 of us ranging from 4 to 60 and the staff was extremely accommodating. Can't praise Le Diplomate enough!

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Recommended by so many but our experience was mediocre. Food was fine but nothing amazing. Service was rushed. $60 breakfast for 2 people- not worth it for me.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Had Brunch there last weekend. If you miss a taste of Paris, this is the place to go. Felt transported dining here.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Super lively vibe. Definitely a hot spot on 14th street. Started with a shellfish tower. Although it was beautiful it wasn’t what was described. Friend ordered a med-we’ll steak with pommefrittes which came out super bloody and all the blood soaked the frittes to the point they were soggy in blood. Waiter brought the wrong drink ( a martini instead of a beer) and disappeared for the last hour of dinner.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The cheese course and tomato salad were amazing. The almond trout and lamb loin were over salted. But loved the apps and cheese selection (and cocktails) that we will give it another try.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Celebrated our 4th Anniversary here. Food was good but there was issue with sandy greens and BUT their awesome customer service truly made up for it. They even brought out a couple champagne and a candlelit plate of small pastry bites for our celebration at the end~ Will go back to try brunch!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Fabulous food, attentive staff, quick service and amazing cranberry walnut bread.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Wonderful wine selection, with a great recommendation. Food was basic fayre, but done to perfection.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Everything was drowning in dressing or butter. It was GROSS!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We ate outdoors on a busy Saturday night. The mushroom tart and moules frites were outstanding. Great service, and we were not rushed. A fun experience-- almost like being in France.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was extremely savory. We ordered the duck confit and the steak frites. We arrived at 1:20 pm, and the restaurant was very crowded and noisy. This is not a relaxing midday ambiance at all. The service in general was fine, until we asked for a small to-go box. It took over 5 minutes to get to us.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Firstly, there was less than amiable interaction during check-in; a simple request for inside seating was responded to abruptly with a tone of disbelief. But, upon the third try, the request was at least acknowledged even if a bit surly. NOTE: I don't expect high level of graciousness and service at a busy casual place like Le Diplomate; what I expect at any place -- be it fastfood or fine dining -- is a reasonable level friendly customer service.

Secondly, we were seated in the "atrium" area, glass roof zone, and a strong smell akin to a wet-dog filled that space! I almost said something but then decided at least visually it was bright and pleasant and thought we would get used to the smell.

Thirdly, the food can be hit or miss here and it was. There wasn't a freshness to the dishes and visually less than appealing. Even some of the plates had chips in them and the silverwear was not the cleanest. On the whole taste was fine.

I have been to this restaurant a number of times since its opening but don't plan on returning anytime soon.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I was really disappointed by my experience. I’ve always loved LeDiplomat, but this experience was terrible. I brought my mom who was in town for the weekend and the waiter did not get her water until after the food came. The dressing on the shrimp salad was extremely salty and when we sent it back it seemed like they brought us the same salad in a different bowl. The high point was the mussels, which were delicious, but overall it was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Hands down one of my favorite spots in DC.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I've visited this restaurant many times and I've never been disappointed. This is my favorite classic French bistro in the U.S. The menu includes many of the classic bistro dishes. Each dish I've eaten has been prepared perfectly. Service is always attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. Tonight I ordered the Veal Escalopes with mushrooms and ramps with cream sauce. The Veal was simply delicious. Whenever I'm in D. C. I try to eat here. Another outstanding dining experience.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Food quality is great, with high prices. Service was okay. Not much room to wait for our table to be ready. Good ambiance and outside patio right on busy 14th street.

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