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Le Diplomate

4.7
5935 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Sunday to Thursday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 12:00AM

Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10:00AM to 3:00PM
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Phone number
(202) 332-3333
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Abt
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Cross street
Q Street
What 5935 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Le Diplomate continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C. I have been there many times for special occasions and just dining out, and the food, service and atmosphere is consistently excellent. It's a popular restaurant for a good reason!

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vipschmelke (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Really enjoyed Le Diplomate -- loved the setting. Great food without being pretentious. All our dishes were excellent; great drinks & bread, too! Mushroom tart, onion soup, trout, scallops, steak, all great. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food was delicious, but a bit over salted

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JustinS 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Awesome restaurant with great food. I highly recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day Brunch. Always a great experience!

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vipdfc9258 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This was our first visit to Le Diplomate.
We went here to celebrate our friend's 50th birthday and when we approached the restaurant we were a bit concerned because the outside awnings look a bit dingy and in disrepair.

However as soon as you enter the restaurant, it is a completely different feeling as the space opens up and you feel as if you have been transported to Paris.

The restaurant is a great replica of a French bistro and is buzzing with activity, servers gliding from one place to another and patrons enjoying their Sunday brunches.

We arrived about 5 minutes early for our reservation and were nicely advised that our table would be ready shortly. We had requested a quite table (doesn't really exist in this place) and a booth by the window (which we were offered and accepted). Our table was the perfect location to see what was going on outside as well as people watch what was happening indoors.

Our server was friendly and efficient and the food was great. Each table receives a basked of freshly made breads and butter to start of the meal.

The entrees were wonderful! I had Buttermilk pancakes that were good but not too big as they were light and fluffy and not too heavy. Coffee is delicious and although the cups are small, they kept filling them up!

My friends had eggs benedict which were a big hit as was the French toast and croquet madam.

The restaurant send over a complimentary birthday amenity of macarons for the table and we all shared some Madeleines with our last cup of coffee.

This place is really popular so if you want to dine here, make reservations early!

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AmandaK 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

I was disappointed. This place was highly recommended for French food in D.C. and the food was just ok. The steak was too well done for steak frites and the fries were too salty. The veal lacked flavor. The waiter was inattentive at best and recommended an American wine.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This place never lets me down. We always have a great time.

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vipDCBill (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Able to secure a last minute reservation due to the snow. Wanted a comfort meal of onion soup and a burger and that is what we had. Service was as good as it gets as is the food.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful ambiance. Fun. Friendly. Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service.

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viphjd12 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We love Steven Starr restaurants and this was a great vibe. Love the bread basket which is one of the best! Service was great and food delicious. A d
Wonderful menu.

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vipthenutsmom (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Our brunch at Le Diplomate was delicious! Our party of three had two egg dishes and a tartine and all exceeded our expectations. Our server, Lauren, was attentive and knew the menu well. The atmosphere was charming and comfortable. We will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great for brunch. Spinach quiche was 3+ inches high could only eat half. All 3 meals we ordered were excellent. Great service did not rush us. Would go back next time in DC!

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Katrina (Orlando)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

On a busy Friday night, four of us had a reservation at Le Diplomate, about which I had read rave reviews. The food was delicious, but honestly the vibe was pretentious, and the service was appalling. I felt as if the waiter thought that he was doing us a favor; when we called him over to ask questions about the wine list and the menu, he barely acknowledged us. Later we noticed that he left us in the care of another waiter without saying a word; fortunately, the second waiter seemed much more inclined to serve. Since it was around 10:30, we assume that the first waiter was annoyed that we had been seated in his section right before he was scheduled to cash out, but you shouldn't work in the food service industry if you stomp around in a foul mood most of the time. Again, the food was lovely, but I would only go back if I could choose my server.

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JanetD 
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

The nouse level was very high making it difficult to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food and service are excellent. Tables are too close together and the noise level is too loud.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Food was delicious, waiters were friendly, wait time was normal for a busy night. Overall, great experience. Can’t wait to return to try other items on the menu!

Although Le Dip is a bit more on the expensive side, you definitely get what you pay for. Food was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent choices, great atmosphere, wonderful food.

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Louey (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Takes forever to get a reservation & it’s the same old story - 5 pm or 10 pm and that’s after being put on hold at least twice! We took 5:15 pm. Horrible service - had a cocktail, never asked if I cared for a glass of wine. Had to flag her down. No Bernaise for the steak frites. “We don’t serve it!”. Attitude -5.

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