This French bistro is the place to see anyone who’s ever been on “Meet the Press". The food is also delicious.
Daughter’s Birthday - they brought her a lovely plate of miniature cakes with a candle. It was perfect!
We were excited for a French inspired meal! Take note this restaurant is a bit of a “scene.” Very loud. They were late to sit us for our reservation. But brought over a free appetizer to apologize for the wait which was nice. Shrimp cocktail and escalator appetizer was great! My steak frites was undercooked and hard to chew. So overall we probably wouldn’t go back.
I wore a beret to this French restaurant and the staff wasn't having it. Maybe it was the wrong move. Great food and ambiance though! Had a fabulous brunch. Tip: get the French Toast but sub the pineapples for strawberries!
Men’s bathrooms flooded and nobody seemed too bothered.
Waiter was inattentive and didn’t know what many things were
You should be able to leave a review without being forced to write an article.
You just can never top the service at Le Dip! Huge fan, as always.
too slow food
Birthday dinner for my wife.
Another great pre-theatre dinner at Diplomate. The skate is my favorite seafood dish and it did not disappoint. Crisp, buttery and delicious.
Overpriced and food was moderate but great customer service
Great experience as usual.
Just go. Make a reservation and GO. We had the most amazing dinner! Everything blew us away! And the service was incredible!
The service is impeccable! I took the last sip of my iced tea and right as I set the empty glass down, it was scooped up, refilled and back on the table within 1 minute...amazing service. The food is slightly above average for a French restaurant and the value is fair. The place is very lively and a great place for unique cocktails. Stick with the steak frites!
Our expectations for this restaurant were very high, and we were left disappointed by the service, and by the food somewhat. Two of the plates we ordered were very salty (the escargot and the mashed potatoes that came with the scallops). The bread was not brought out for a while, and only brought out when we asked the server. Additionally, the sommelier was extremely unhelpful when we asked him for guidance on the bottle of wine we should order.
one of my favorite restaurants in DC. went for a special occasion and waiter sort of spoiled it. a big disappointment.
My wife and I had spent a rainy Sunday in DC doing the museum thing and had previously made a reservation for an early dinner on Sunday. We arrived a little early and after a drink at the bar were seated promptly at the appointed time.
The ambience is that of a classic Parisian bistro. If I were to close my ears so that I did not hear English being spoken, I could imagine myself in Paris. The room is casual, comfortable and appealing. We arrived around 6pm and by 6:30pm the place was packed. Remember, this is a rainy Sunday night in DC. Definitely make a reservation and if you don’t, be prepared to get there early.
After we were seated, our waiter was fairly prompt considering how busy the restaurant was. The service throughout dinner was best described as leisurely. We were not in a hurry and the waiter’s service matched pretty well with that. It did take a while for the appetizer course to come out which is why I dinged the service rating just a touch. I do want to mention the bread as well. I don’t often eat bread as I want to save room for the meal, but in this case, the baguette was worth it.
I started with the White Asparagus salad. The asparagus was done exact as I like it...firm, tender but not crunchy. The leek vinaigrette was piquant with the orange adding the perfect sweet counterpoint to the dressing. I will crave that appetizer. My wife had the Grilled Loup de Mer (sea bass) and thought it absolutely delicious. She likes her seafood flaky and moist and that is exactly how it came out. I had the Beef Bourguignon and it was wonderful as well. The beef was literally falling apart tender, the sauce delicious and smoky flavored from the lardon. I would highly recommend both entrees. Regarding our wine, my wife had a glass of one of the Malbecs. I don’t remember which one. I am a fan of CA central coast wines and enjoyed a Byron ‘Nielson’ Pinot that was very nice. All in all a wonderful meal. We will definitely be returning.
Love this place!! Delicious food and great service! Brunch and dinner! One of my favorite restaurants in the city.
My husband and I went there for brunch on Sunday, and the food was very good. Great wine selection! Our waiter was very helpful, friendly and provided excellent service. This place is very popular, so reservations is a must! Will be back!
The food was probably the best it's been in all the times I've been here. Very consistent.
But the service was lacking, I'm not sure what happened on this night.
Amazing. Every. Single. Time. Go there, get the chefs cheeses as an app and follow that with the seabass dish. It'll be your new favorite restaurant.... hands down. I'm from Raleigh, NC and always make reservations for every visit to DC multiple times a year.
The prime rib was the best I’ve had, I asked the waiter for his recommendation on a wine to pair with it and it was perfect. The croquettes were also amazing.
The cheese board was excellent
Great resto and hope to return....
It seems that the clientele has gotten more casual here. I know it is a brasserie, but flip flops, a t-shirt with writing on it and jean shorts seems a bit much. Also, the service was pretty slow this last weekend. Overall, I will still go back, but doesn't seem as special as it once was.
The only way to have better French is by flying.
Went for a family spring break brunch. Only learned afterward of the political infamy of late. Service was excellent and attentive. Cappuccinos were perfect. Complimentary bread plate was REDICULOUS! Followed but the ordered pastry plate which was also extraordinary. Every treat with unexpected citrus or mint accents to rise above.
The breakfast entries were sublime. Croque madame as good as I’ve had anywhere, French toast was the best ever anywhere, with the whipped cream and mint topping and pineapple. Just perfect.
Atmosphere was so great. We were lucky to have the windows ope on a nice day. Also arriving at 9:30 it was relaxed and uncrowded. I’d go any time again. This was a super memorable event for the families last brunch or spring break!
We bought bread to go and was so happy the day after!!!
Beautiful day to sit on the patio and enjoy a lovely brunch. Our server Brian made it even more wonderful.
So good. Noise was definitely a little annoying but the food was amazing - such a fun night
I took my girlfriend here for our third anniversary, and it was excellent. The service was excellent, the food was amazing, and they surprised us with champagne after the meal. The whole experience was absolutely perfect, and we will be back again.
Really enjoyed our dinner and can’t wait to come to the D.C. area to come again. The bouillabaisse was delicious!!!
Overall we enjoyed our experience here. The only complaint we had was the slow service.
After 10 years in the district, I was leaving back to the west coast and knew I wanted my last meal to be at le diplomate. They did not fail me. My meal, my drinks and all my dear friends had a blast and it was delicious. I will always recommend this place. From when this restaurant opened to now, they’ve never dropped in quality and service. I will miss Le Diplomate!
Food would have gotten 5 stars except it was entirely too salty! My extremities were swollen for days. Authentic French food with American portion sizes. Nice wine selection.
Great ambiance and wonderful service. A tad loud with the music. Had perfectly cooked steak frites and Brussels sprouts. A nice but ordinary old fashioned. (Cocktail) My colleague had roasted chicken and he loved it as well.
I came here for a business meal on a recommendation. The ambiance was great, however our entrees were so salty they were inedible. Service was great, however the cocktails were also nothing to write home about.
Just love this restaurant when in need of delicious comfort food!
For all the hype surrounding this restaurant, I can't put into words how disappointed I was by the food. The appetizer was bland and disgusting, a collection of cold vegetables and seafood that they charged $20 for. The main courses were mediocre. The biggest thing about this place is the price. This food was worth maybe $10-15 based on how good it was. But they charged 30 for each entree. It just isn't worth it. I can't for the life of me figure out why people go crazy over this restaurant. I highly recommend you go to somewhere like Mintwood Place, which is better French food at a better price.
My husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary at my favorite restaurant - Le Diplomate! It is always my first choice if I can get a reservation, as its very popular. The bread basket alone is worth the trip. I highly recommend!
Fantastic food, drinks, service, atmosphere. Last minute find, best meal!
Always fresh, deliciously prepared food. Nice & experienced waitstaff.
Poor, rushed, inattentive service.