Le Diplomate

4.8
8019 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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 8019 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, the atmosphere was lovely, great service, and the skate and creme brûlée were amazing!

N
Washington DC
208 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service at Le Dip is superb--Thank you Matthew for doing such a great job with our group!! The noise is bad--and we expected that from previous visits--but the brutally cold A/C was the real problem. We asked if it could be turned down, and the manager came by and in the nicest possible way explained that if he cut back the A/C early in the evening (we were there for a 5:30 reservation) that he would never be able to get the restaurant back up to the A/C level needed for later when they would be totally full. We really appreciated the way that the Manager handled the situation, but it was really unpleasant for some of our party to enjoy their great food while they were freezing--my wife, for example, wore a high-collar blouse and brought a wrap--which she definitely used--but her head was really cold. So while I would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends, I would have to tell them about the noise and A/C issues.

PW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Good table and food was delicious. can't wait until we are in town so we may come again.

MA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Outdoor dining was quiet enough to talk. Charming and delicious. Great waiters.

E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to this place. It can get a bit noisy...all just depends on where you sit. We were in the side dining area away from the main dining area, so it was good on the noise level. Service was good. Drinks were boozy (as they should be). Didn't have to wait too long for anything. Food was excellent. Got treated to a glass of champagne given we were celebrating a new job...thank you!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Le Diplomat continuously lives up to it’s reputation of excellent food and terrific, friendly service. You can’t go wrong with the French Onion Soup and this time I tried the Trout Almondine. It was excellent, flakey, moist fish with a tasty crisp skin. I can’t wait to go back.

NN
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must go if you are in D.C.- great food and great atmosphere!

CN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside seating was wonderful with life music

OT
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great French styled restaurant. Felt as though we were in Paris. Food was very good, not fantastic. Service was very good. Expensive for pretty basic food choices. Would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. Our new favorite place!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food really tasty and full of flavours. Service very good though a bit too formal.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent, food was well prepared, and tasted so amazing.

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great on all categories

M
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The noise level is NOT ENERGETIC -- it's off the wall LOUD! I love the food and physical appeal of Le Diplomate; but hate the sore throat I have the next day from screaming across the table to be heard.

VA
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As long as Pence isn't there, I would go:) #Impeach45

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great!

JH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday!!! Food was fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

It was very noisy, there is a lot of foot traffic, and the table we were seated at was in the back after a wait.

GK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was prepared well. Ingredients were delicious. Mackenzie was an excellent waiter.

JR
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes! Another (rare) DC restaurant for adults. Love the space, and the drinks were great. Energetic room, without being overbearing. Food was also delicious -- the steaks were some of the best we've had. But the topper for us was the service. No "these are my favorite dishes" or "this is how to read our menu" or "are you ready to order"? Just amazing service, letting us enjoy our drinks, available to take our order when we were ready, and cheerfully helping us from beginning to end. This explains why you have to book long in advance. Love this place and will return often!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and service were amazing. We both had the duck and loved every bite.

TT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alway an amazing time at le diplomate. We come down to DC often and always make a stop in. Saturday night steak special was outstanding.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! I have gluten and dairy allergy and they were extremely accommodating!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing as always. This place doesn't disappoint.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Le Diplomate, most of us got things from the brunch menu but some got from the lunch menu. It has excellent food and drink options, we will be back again

KW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were impeccable! Our entire party loved everything they ordered, will be back again soon!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Time of my life

B
Berlin
50 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was fine, but has lost a bit of its spark. We had a good time, but rather pedestrian. We’ll go back, but not soon.

PJ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is terrific (don’t plan on walking in - make a reservation). Dinner in the conservatory section is nice (quieter). The staff moves with alacrity. Extensive wine list. We enjoyed fine carnivore and veg options prepared and plated beautifully. Sending a nudge to take similar care when boxing take-away nibbles and make sure the laminated menus aren’t sticky.

LK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love this restaurant and try to go to it whenever we are in DC. Go here, you will love it!

MM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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m
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolute perfection again! The food, the service!! We were late, ordered special food/ the smiles and service just kept coming. The best summer evening ever!

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time! Definitely yummy food, but the ambiance was what sold the full experience!

R
Cleveland
47 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite spots as a family. This time around it was somewhat noisier than our past experience, but enjoyable nonetheless. Service and the food remains excellent.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started at the bar, which was very attractive. The ambiance was romantic and inviting. The service was wonderful and the food was beyond delicious. The wine list was good as well.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Le Diplomate has good food, great bread, delicious dessert choices, but is generally quite noisy. Fortunately we ate rather late (8:45 pm reservation) and were able to sit to the left side of the dining room -- a more quiet spot. One person at our table ordered the skate fish and asked for French fries instead of salad. The waiter brought the dish to the table with salad. He noticed the mistake and later brought her fries. I believe her skate dish was comped (though I was not responsible for paying the bill). We all enjoyed the meal.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Niçoise salad and French onion soup were delicious. Burger was meh. Overhyped and overpriced.

TB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Multiple friends have recommended we come for years ! We brought our kids and the experience was excellent all around. Everything was superb from the food, service, and ambience! A true gem ! We will try to definitely come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was slow and off . Waiter over 10 minutes for drinks after we got appetizers

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