Le Diplomate

4.8
10085 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 10085 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLuv2eatout
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! We sat outside in an individual booth separate from our neighbors. The only caveat is that it’s open so it was quite windy. Our service was impeccable and the food was excellent. We would definitely come back.

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vipamfrere
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always

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vipJaniceF
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome, and the food was delicious! Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meal was fabulous and the ambience was perfect. Perfect afternoon lunch to head into the weekend!

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EricC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st official dinning out experience as a family in a year- it was great. We did outdoor seating - staff was great, food really good. Great afternoon!

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vipAsIfYouWereInFrance
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portia, our friendly and able server, knew how to describe oysters, which is rare. The food was what you would have eaten in a popular bistro in a French secondary city. It might have arrived a bit hotter.

The restaurant is much quieter and more pleasant with physical distancing.

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vipAllieB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to eat

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vipHudson
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate always does a wonderful job! Every dish on the menu is exceptional. The staff is friendly, and helps to make the experience always a special one. It is my favorite restaurant in Washington.

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krtmd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating booths. The food and the service were excellent

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DeeP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to LeDiplomate and certainly not our last. The menu had a great selection for Brunch, the food was delicious and our server was excellent, not overbearing, answered all our questions and was very friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This used to be our all time go to favorite but recently disappointed especially considering the price - steak was literally cold - service rushed and table on 14th st NOISY and dusty great frites tho ....

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Qezi
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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MikalaW
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the outdoor seating area, and it felt so safe during these scary COVID-19 times. I love that our table almost had it's own little "room" outside with walls to separate it from the other tables, but openings to the street and restaurant sides to allow airflow. The ambiance was still so spectacular and our waiter, Kevin, was amazing! Of course the food was just as good as always. The bread and the pastry basket were to die for.

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Traveler
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the cabanas and the heater was a happy surprise. Our server was delightful and our meals and cocktails were excellent, as always. The weather was less than perfect but the staff did more than their best to make everyone happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Efficient & delicious

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MsSue
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good experience! The food and the drinks were very good. Had no issues making a reservation and was seated immediately.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I ordered the scallops and when they arrived they were not hot and it seemed that they had been sitting around for a while. I should’ve asked for another but my friends mussels were good and I didn’t delay the meal. Actually, scallops tasted old and the entire dish was lukewarm. Hi I’m kicking myself for not speaking up. It wasn’t up to their standards as I’ve had the scallops many times before.

The server did not bring a spoon with the mussels and after we asked for a spoon, it did not arrive immediately. She was not very efficient.

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viptoutoften
Washington DC
156 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate is our favorite restaurant....beautiful ambiance, excellent food and great service. It doesn't get any better than that!

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ConchaO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good on food and service. Great ambience. Mosquitos a problems outdoors so need to mitigate this.

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vipelge
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service and the outdoor setting is wonderful

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ChristobelF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable experience, superb food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my first time going to Le Dip and the food lived up to its hype! We got the onion soup and escargot for appetizers, the duck and steak frites for entrees, and the Malbec, frose, and Chardonnay for drinks. The environment was great in the enclosed streatery table. It was loud due to being on busy 14th, but that’s to be expected. Pricey, but worth it!

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Jota
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Honestly probably one of the best restaurants I've ever been to in DC. My wife, a very picky eater, even tried the Escargot and really liked it. Will definitely be coming back.

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Chanty
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Sirone(not aire about spelling) was amazing!!! She went above and beyond to make our dining experience amazing.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I usually give Le Diplomate a 5 star rating but couldn’t this time because of one dish. The duck, beef bourguignon and scallops were all excellent. But my husband’s soft shell crabs were not up to the restaurant’s standards—too much breading and dry/over cooked.

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MatthewJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Dip has done an amazing job creating outdoor space. Food and service was great - actually enjoyed it more than when we would eat inside. Can't wait to go back.

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GeoffC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Management is serious and somewhat aggressive about the hour and a half limit that is currently being imposed. Can probably guess why but it does make the whole (expensive) experience feel too rushed.

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ALFREDOL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Great ambience. But no Valet parking !
I wish we knew sooner.I had the Trout almondine , excellent. My wife loves the half chicken,I do too. The escargot was excellent.
I wish I can find a French restaurant that will serve a good Pot au Feu !

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DCJudy
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food & an incredibly smart, skilled, schmoozey server - Michael. My friend & I truly enjoyed ourselves & felt totally COVID safe. We’ll be back!

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vipZarahM
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we got!

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vipPaulA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

When we told the manager we were celebrating a birthday (also stated in our reservation) his only response was to vacate the table in 5 minutes as we were over our time. This despite it taking them over an hour after arriving fir appetizers to arrive. Very poor hospitality they only want your $.

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Brittany
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Le Diplomate! I love their outside area and the food was incredible, as well as the service. I will definitely be coming back.

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AliciaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience is always excellent, but I love Le Diplomate even more after getting to hang with a group of friends in the COVID-19 heated outdoor booth set-up.

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JoyceW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed brunch in the outdoor area.

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vipLSBVA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as amazing as always, even though some of our favorites were not on the reduced COVID brunch menu. We ate outside in one of their dining "cabanas" which felt extremely safe and comfortable (it even had a heater!). It was clear that they have a lot of COVID protocols in place to keep everyone safe, yet still allow for an enjoyable experience. The staff was attentive and friendly and we really enjoyed our meal. If you like delicious food and want a safe and comfortable outdoor COVID dining experience, look no further!

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vipCourtney
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome date after being stuck inside for all of COVID

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Susan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great safe setup outdoors with heaters in chilly waather and well protected from the rain.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was delightful but the 90 minute limit seemed a little rushed for a fine dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been many times and it was as good as akway. Our favorite place.

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 10085 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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