Le Diplomate

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8802 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.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

This was a dinner for my 40th birthday and my best friend’s 43rd birthday. When I made the reservation, I noted it on Open Table. I also told the reservationist when he called to confirm. No one said a thing - nothing!!! - during our entire experience. I certainly did not expect anything big, but a “happy birthday!” would have been nice. Very disappointed in the service.

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DanielM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant. Food is amazing and service as well. Would go back for sure anytime. A very large selection of great wines.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server, Carl, was very personable and made some great recommendations.

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vipKarenG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at a restaurant since CV 19 hit and things got shut down. We ate outside and have to complement Le Diplomate on how well they are dealing with service and food in the current environment. Would definitely recommend you go there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the patio

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edrd
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very good food. Appreciate the distancing of tables.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
276 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was great to be back - although 50% of Le Dip is the ambiance and energy which has obviously diminished with Covid

I cannot wait until it’s up and running at full potential

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vipLoyalcustomer
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure!!!!

CL
vipCLeV
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Happy to see you open again.

KP
KarlaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, our first time dining out in 3 months since COVID. Truly a great and safe experience, marked floors, respectful social distance, kind staff and delicious food we missed!

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vipAvidDCDiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appropriate social distancing and additional cleaning measures in place to give diners confidence in safe dining. Food and service were great as always!

-Gabe

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vipAmandaW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate never disappoints us! Delicious food&drink, great service!

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Pablodog
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Granted I Booked hours ahead (not days):
Made request for outdoor seating. If unavailable I asked for a call if that was not possible. Arrived; waited and then was told indoor only. Hostess acknowledged our request. The hostess was unapologetic regarding no call (this is really all that was needed: “sorry it’s been busy and we were unable to get to requests.” Simple courteous customer service from a “host”. )

The app did not give any warning of indoor only. When I look to reserve now It gives the option for outdoor. I would suggest to open table if unavailable that this also be evident.

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vipRobert
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine and gracious service. Jacquesson 742 exceptional! Thank you as always.

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vipForkage
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience1

It was my birthday. Excited to get out and had a reservation for outside seating. Instead, I was seated indoors. I asked a staff member after we were seated to check on the mistake for me, but no one ever did. I thought I might be okay inside, but I got nervous and my husband sat next to me for a moment to see if I would be okay. The manager immediately came and asked him to move, and while I am understanding that with Covid that was against the rules, he should have been escorting us to our outdoor table per our reservation. It's on me that I didn't get up and leave, but I wanted to enjoy a night out finally. With so many restaurants in need of our support, this one doesn't really deserve it. The food is always good, so I have no complaint with that, but I would only suggest going here if they will honor outdoor reservations.

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GraceR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I felt rushed by the staff, my steak came Out cold, the bread is not hot looks like it was from the previous day. my server had no patience and was limit ignoring us, I am not sure if I will return there one day

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RandyC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner with a friend that I hadn't seen in years. We spent hours catching up and never felt rushed - even with the restaurant at the required 50% capacity. Adnane was the perfect server and the food was spectacular, as usual.

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vipJohnK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to Le Diplomate not only for the excellent meal, as always, but also the wonderful job they did with social distancing protocols. The experience was pleasant, and we felt comfortable with the extended distance between patio dining tables. Thank you for opening so responsibly; it was great being back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a terrific brunch! Caught up with two friends! Food was delicious! Le Dips utilization of QR menus makes it contact free friendly. Smooth service and wonderful ambience.

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LisaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did great with social distancing the tables. All staff wore masks and menus were scanned to your phone.

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vipMichelleR
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, the best top-to-bottom restaurant in Washington.

JK
JordanK
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

All of my hot dishes came out cold: (mushroom tart and steak frites (both steak and fries). My steak was also much smaller and less properly seared than by partners.

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vipLeiaF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very good food and service, but our waiter was a little abrupt. Ambiance outside is not as authentic.

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MonaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was so happy that the patio reopened. Le Diplomate has always been one of my favorites and it was wonderful to see some of the old favorites back on the menu.

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vipksddoesdc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The. BEST. Ever

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CHLOEN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It was my mom’s birthday on Jun 17, I was really excited to take her to the restaurant so she could try the duck à l’orange dish. However, due to COVID 19 they don’t serve that entree, which was not a big deal at all.
It started to rain when we came in, we sat outside the patio, later on the rain was heavier, so I asked the waiter that was it possible could we move the table to inside a bit cause we sat right on the edge of the patio so my mom got wet. He explained that he couldn’t cause of the social distancing. We all got it. Then I asked him was it possible could him pull the rain cover down a little bit? He answered “sorry I cant”. Then he walked away. We had 5 people, and there was a big table behind us, it was enough for 6 people and he even didn’t bother to ask do we want to move the table or not. Even he saw that we will get wet when we sit there.
The service was really bad!! He barely took care off us. He let us sat there more than 20’. So I walked to the host and asked her could we change our table? Then she said “yes”.
Foods came out. We order 4 portions of Beef Bourguignon, I got the Half chicken. The chicken was fine. But the beef were really salty.
Nothing like I expected. I didnt mean to say everything had to be perfect. But I did trust Le Diplomate is a good restaurant to take my family there to celebrate because I had been there many times. It was good though. Not like this time.
We all understand that due to COVID 19 everything is getting harder, but as a big restaurant with good reputation, they should had done so much better than that.
I didnt want to complain anything about what happened, but this time it was bad. Overall,I want to give some feedback so the restaurant could improve their performance in advance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were delicious. It was the best French onion soup and trout amandine I’ve had and the mussels were of ideal consistency and flavor. We felt safe because the outdoor patio tables were placed far away from each other and the servers and other customers were very respectful of social distancing and infection prevention precautions. A great first outdoor dining experience in uncertain times!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely time at Le Diplomate.

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vipPatriciaD
Caribbean
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first outing at a restaurant since the Covid pandemic and our server made sure our family had a beautiful meal and experience, despite the hot and humid weather. His cheerful attitude made all the difference, and he timed our meal perfectly. Thankfully, the hostess seated us in a very shady spot and she did a great job of making sure everyone was socially distanced. Amazing service as per usual!!

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vipuvalindz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe! Best first meal out of quarantine!!! 🙌🙌

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BCstrengthTraining
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the burger it is absolutely awesome!!!! The drinks and cheeses are good as well.

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pickyeater
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Burger!!

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TimC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak tartare was amazing; and the shrimp salad too!

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vippamelah
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was closed due to COVIT-19.

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MichaelC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch was very good. Plenty of options. Need to make a reservation early, as this is a popular Brunch spot in DC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super efficient and friendly service. The food itself was delicious with a juicy medium rare steak, crispy potatoes, and a silky smooth lobster omelette done French style.

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Desh
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Diplomate has maintained its wonderful food since it opened. One can count on the highest quality food and service every time.

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KennaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic, and we could not have been more pleased with his menu guidance and friendly service.

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Le Diplomate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 8802 OpenTable diners.

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