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About Le Diplomate
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.
Washington, DC 20009
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Le Diplomate Ratings and Reviews
Recommended by another establishment in DC we found Le Diplomate to be one of the best meals in the city. Greeted warmly (confirmed reservations), and seated at a table of our choice, excellent service was the norm for the evening. Frog legs and escargot for the appetizer; sea bass and steak frites for the main. Wines, although a small-ish selection, will please every palate. Dessert, reluctantly, was impeccable.
My boyfriend and I went to Le Dip for his birthday dinner. We loved the food. We got a lovely bottle of cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend, oysters, foie gras, coq au reisling, and steak frites. Everything was perfect and I was blown away. It was an expensive night out for us, but very worth it.
Second time here. Best foie gras parfait I’ve had in the area. Their bread is simply amazing. Steak frites has been consistently perfect and the mushroom tart was decadent and delicious. Even a non-mushroom lover at the table enjoyed it. Really enjoy dining here and the staff always seems very attentive and friendly.
We had been looking forward to dining here since we missed out in September. The food is excellent. Kudos to the kitchen and support staff for sending out incredibly tasty dishes even though the restaurant was filled to capacity. The escargot and foie gras were delicious. I had the scallops, which were perfectly cooked. My husband had the trout almondine - also perfectly cooked and our friend had the steak au poivre. We all enjoyed our dishes immensely. My only complaint was that our server was extremely pushy and tried to hurry us along. I understand the place is busy but refilling our already half full wine glasses and removing our bread less than five minutes after dropping it off isnt cool. In the end we skipped out on dessert because she was just too much.
Once again , Le Diplomate was superbe ! Wonderful meal for a gluten free me and my two friends thoroughly enjoyed their first experience. It is still very busy and I recommend using Open Table for reservations as I did. Worked beautifully. Our server quickly notified me of the lobster risotto that was about to be gone , and I took that opportunity to enjoy it even though I had been ready to enjoy steak/ frites for weeks. 5* again!
Love the food here. I was a huge fan of parc in philly so this is just terrific to have in DC. I find the front desk hostesses always to have a bit of an edge to them that is certainly not welcomed. If they can't get you in you feel guilty for not making a reservation. Recently I was standing with a group and one tried to walk by me she bumped my shoulder and did not say excuse me. Little etiquette differences are not excercised by this team. I hesitated to comment but its just happened 6 times now that they are totally unfriendly. I also left my umbrella there, called to ask if they had it and nobody ever called me back.
I️ ordered a salad with a small piece of grilled salmon and they charged me for a fancy salmon entree plus an up charge for the salmon! Ludicrous and rude. Very disappointed they would try pass off a tiny salad and salmon as an entree!
If you want to feel like you're in Paris, this is the place. Authentic French Brasserie. Our meal very good - two of us had Steak Frites. Steak delicious and cooked perfectly but tough - shouldn't happen at a restaurant of this caliber. Server had arrogant attitude (perhaps trying to live up to French stereotype?). He spent a lot of time with table next to us discussing wine, and his time there apparently paid off as they ordered an expensive bottle. However, due to his neglect, our table wasn't cleared of our starters before our entrees arrived, and two of us waited for some time before getting the glasses of red wine we ordered for our entrees - we were well into our steaks before they arrived. Disappointing. But the food is good and the ambiance wonderful!
The decor is is pretty nice. It has a 1920's feel with French music playing throughout. The restaurant feels like one big room, however it manages to not be obnoxiously loud.
Appetizers: French Onion soup and the mushroom tart. The soup was pretty good, but the tart was EXCELLENT! The crust was so buttery and flaky! It's a lot bigger than I expected! So keep that in mind! Two people can definitely share it.
Entrees: Coq au Riesling and Beef Bourguignon. Both were delicious. The beef was very tender and flavorful.
Great food, wonderful atmosphere, and perfect for my Sunday brunch. However, our service was very poor. The table next to us had a different server who was so on top of it— I actually just asked her for help a couple times (after failed attempts with my server). That was truly a bummer because the food is not cheap and it definitely influenced my overall experience at Le Diplomate. I would still return, though! It was that good! My friend and I both had the gouyere omelet with egg whites... delish!
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