Le Diplomate

4.8
7906 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.
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MR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal

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DP
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We like to come here every year when we visit Washington DC. It’s one of our favorites in town!

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

We where treated great everyone was professional and friendly. Looking forward to going back

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JD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bastille Day dinner on a Sunday at 6 pm.
Excellent service!
Food was mostly good, and the entrees, while very delicious, were both a little bit too salty.
The style of the apple tart — almost an apple purée — was a disappointment. The crime brûlée was superb!

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M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a classic for a reason. This was my first time having their brunch and it was just absolutely lovely!

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DL
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As outstanding as promised!

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OT
Houston
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had planned a special outing here weeks in advance of our trip to DC to visit our adult children. The food was well executed, but the service was lacking. It was difficult to know what was going on, but our waiter seemed inexperienced. We ordered two bottle of wine (white and red) and he was uncertain how to handle it. Only one set of wine glasses were brought to the table and when we asked for a second set, the host of our table was asked who wanted each wine instead of the guests themselves. It was loud, but at this price point the staff should be able to accommodate. Moules frites were outstanding, but the bread was taken from the table and we couldn't soak up the delicious broth even though iit was requested again. Roasted chicken, skate and steak au poivre were all excellent. Not sure we'd return for the same experience.

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AH
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy LeDiplomate. Food is exceptional as is service. We were there when they celebrated Bastille Day with a drag show. It was terrific and quite loud and somewhat rowdy. If you aren’t turned off by crowds and loud guests I highly recommend.

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LL
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the decor really makes you feel like you're in a Parisient bistro

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiting staff work very hard to rush you to eat and free the table for the next guests. Once we were done with the mains, they almost haras you to finish and leave.

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

My wife and I went for our anniversary. They went above and beyond to make a it a special night for us. They provided the perfect amount of service and the food was exceptional.

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

Delicious Loup de Mer!

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SB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Fête du 14 juillet with French friends. Traditional food, as one would hope to find in a French bistrot. I’ll be back the next time I’m in DC.

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

Amzing from A to Z welcoming, waiters, food ... 1st but not last

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JB
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our service was just not the best. Food was fair. The noise level was SO loud we could not enjoy a conversation. The dessert was by far the best part.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food

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AS
Oklahoma City
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we had in D.C. - and we are some wonderful meals! Make a reservation well in advance. Go there!

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TL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Fun and friendly vibe. Big portions. Profiterole dessert to die for!

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MR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always 5 stars

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E
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is well prepared and presented. They hostess stand is not always the most accommodating, but given the regular crowd, sticking to the book is probably wise.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Le Diplomate 4 times and the food and service is always superb. We’ll be back in a couple months for my husband’s birthday. 😊

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J
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great food. Thought the place was great in a sense that anyone could go there. They had anything from classic French bistro food to burgers. My twelve year old son loved it. Would recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant with top quality food and service. Atmosphere incredibly boisterous so conversation can be hard. But otherwise, would recommend to other friends!

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M
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome restaurant Melvin was excellent best deserts in the city.

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VR
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a good experience. The food is on the salty side.

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been meaning to go to Le Diplomate for awhile now; I had heard many good things. While the food was fine, the service could use some work. Our waitress came by on three separate occasions within the first half hour to see if we wanted cocktails or wine while we had our apps; really annoying since we said no the first time. Then she disappeared for what felt like an hour- meanwhile I was trying to place another order for our main and ask for more bread. If it wasn’t for the lack of attention I would have added another star.

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JN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic French Food in a very authentic atmosphere. The wall paint and the details remind me of an old left bank bistro we used to frequent. Authentic right down to the antique fixtures and subway tile in the Bath.

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TW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Always a winner. Paris in DC.

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JN
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The small seafood plateau for was excellent quality and quite filling for the two of us. Service could not have been better - proactive but never invasive and always warm

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EJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the best scallops I have ever had and the frost was spectacular. 10/10

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R
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first meal at Le Diplomate. We had a party of five celebrating a birthday. A wonderful meal, with helpful advice on a wine selection that met all of our needs. Setting is fantastic, and service was superior. This will not be the mast time I go there.

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n
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Le Diplomate.

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DE
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch outstanding and great service. Energetic but feels laid back like a true Parisian cafe, especially outside. Looking forward to returning soon.

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c
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch was SO good. Everyone in our party loved our respective meals. Bread basket was fresh and delicious and the breakfast pastries and coffee options were to die for. Service was great (Roger was amazing), only complaint was people were taking food off of our table without asking before we were finished (bread basket, jams, coffee, etc.). Otherwise, awesome dining experience and would love to return.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must go in Washington DC! The moules frites were exceptional!!

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M
Washington DC
246 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always nice experience
Lets see if they can maintain as they are slightly slipping

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MK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is fantastic. I don't think DC has another classic French restaurant with a modern flair and vibe.

The atmosphere was energetic, without being too difficult to have a conversation.

I was disappointed that they did not do anything for my wife's birthday, as I noted it in the reservation. I would expect a restaurant on this level to at least wish her a happy birthday, if not offer a complimentary desert.

Additionally, it took nearly 15 minutes for a server to greet us. I understand it was a busy Saturday night, but this still seemed like an excessively long time.

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l
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of DC’s very finest!!!!!

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L
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch as always. Seated on time and excellent service.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my 6th time dining at Le Diplomat. I like this restaurant, but this time I really didn’t like the service and the food was bland which was a bit disappointing. The waitress was not attentive and while she was cleaning the table dropped my eye glasses. Luckily, it didn’t break, but that showed how careless she was. I’m not sure if I’d come back any time soon.

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