This restaurant is amazing. Have been here so many times. The foie Gras was absolutely delicious
Always great! Escargot were fantastic as is the bread basket.
The food here is so delicious, but they aren't great for accomodating gluten-free diets. Also, the noise level makes it difficult to have a conversation. Our table was not ready when we arrived and we had to wait in the crowded and loud entryway. Lastly, beware family diners, I had a 13 year-old boy with me and he was quite taken aback by the nude photos in the men's bathroom!
We were celebrating a birthday
Amazing food, as always.
Our party of three visited Le Diplomat while on vacation in Washington DC - and what a treat! The ambiance was wonderful, reminding all of us of several lovely little restaurants we ate at when we were in Paris. We had cocktails to start the meal, and as a special treat, these were imaginative and fun. The appetizers were stellar, with a half-dozen West Coast oysters and a perfect steak tartare with a raw quail egg - all excellent. Main courses were also very good, with the veal and skate wing flawlessly executed. Another superlative highlight was the dessert and coffee selection. We shared a divine apple tart, and the Vietnamese cafe was a truly special treat.
The only misstep was that one of our entrees, the steak frites, when ordered rare, was a bit tough with some unpleasant tendons that made eating it a bit challenging.
The service at Le Diplomat was efficient and attentive, but not the friendliest we've had - but we had absolutely nothing to complain about.
Overall, a wonderful meal. It was expensive and a bit of a challenge to get reservations.....but well worth it! One of the true highlights of our trip!
The service could be improved. We had to call several time the waiter to be served and to take away the dishes after the main meal and before the desert.
I love nearly everything about Le Diplomate. The only issue with coming here is really the host/hostess staff. They are always “on schedule” regarding their tables but yet there are always empty tables. Granted they may be for other parties but it may just be that they don’t seat people early. I’ve almost never been seated early but I was seated late this visit. So be timely but not too early.
My family & I were visiting from NJ, we had such a wonderful time! Service was top notch and the food was fantastic. It’s definitely loud, but if you’re having a good time who cares? Arthur was our server and he did an amazing job. Thank you for the experience, Le Diplomate!
I had requested a quiet/romantic spot for an anniversary and we were scrunched at the end of a connecting part of the restaurant right by the kitchen and next to a table with silverware and plates where we could hardly hear each all night. The service was great and the food very good, but the price was not worth the poor experience due to our placement and I will rethink returning. Disappointed
Overrated in every sense. Pricey and you don’t get what you pay for.
Bistro perfection. Always a little crowded but a drink at the bar while you wait allows you to soak up the atmosphere. Onion soup is delicious. Steak frites and the half chicken were both excellent.
Took me five years to eat here and it’s now one of my faves in DC. Perfect ambiance- excellent balance between lively bar and stellar dinner setting. Food is fantastic, service perfect. Everyone should eat here.
Great frites. Otherwise food is greasy with too much salt. Dessert relies too heavily on sugar.
Perfect dining experience. We'll be back for sure!
It was amazing!
Transported back to Paris through Le Diplomate. The food was classic French with some twists. Our server Kevin was perfect in timing, recommendations and accommodated our whole30 requests. Definitely will return.
Wonderful evening, Tito our server was Tops.
Everything we had was delightful. My personal favs was the warm shrimp salad and the mushroom tart.
Cute area great for a date and food tastes great. I would go again :)
We love the champagnes offered here...even the BTGs are very good, and an excellent lead in to the warm shrimp salad. The service is outstanding...and consistent with other Stephen Starr restaurants. Le Diplomate is a happy nod to Paris without leaving home.
Had a wonderful time! We really enjoyed ourselves.
Great experience. We really enjoyed it and were seated by the window which is what we wanted.
Excellent food and ample servings. Very busy for msubday brunch but reservation was honored in a timely way. Noisy, boisterous crowd.?Less so in the atrium or outside.
We were on a weekend anniversary trip, and we booked a table for brunch on a Sunday. The place was incredibly busy and loud, but really great. The food was fantastic, and the service was spot on.
Fabulous restaurant! The food was superb. The servuce very attentive and personalized for a very busy Saturday night. The noise level was high so go during a less busy time if this will bother you or your guests.
Just wonderful. Service, food, atmosphere all live up to the hype! The ONLY possible critique: the steaks are not like French cafe steaks; they're a big, thick cut. They're delicious, just not hangar steak.
Great food and amazing ambiance! Very romantic and again can’t emphasize how good the food is! Very rich so don’t over order!
Always love dining and drinking here. Neighborhood go to!
First time here but have had many recommendations. Food was fantastic - Macaroni au gratin was amazing, mushroom tart not as good as hoped. Steak frites also amazing. Service tended to be a bit slow but it was super busy on a Saturday afternoon and we weren't on a schedule. Highly recommend and will be back.
The food was ok, but not amazing, except for the pastry basket. I would go back just for the pastry basket!
Try the new lamb loin dish. Excellent. Chicken is also a good go-to. I miss the veal Milanese weekly special.
Everything was exelent. Food, service, ambience. Traut was outstanding 👌🏻 They definitely deserve 5 star.
Food menu is limited, they ran out of the "special" and is very noisy
Visiting from out of town and went for a nice dinner. Everything was great!
Overall, I was disappointed in this restaurant. As a foodie I would not recommend this establishment. However, these are my thoughts about my visit: BREAD - not sure what everyone is so excited about, the bread was cold and the butter was just butter, nothing special, MACARONI AU GRATIN - good, BRUSSELS SPROUTS - a lot going on with the addition of both onions and pomegranates, STEAK FRITES - the steak was chewy, rubbery, hard to cut, and did not have much flavor, but the sauce helped, SKATE GRENOBLOISE - it wasn’t salty as others have stated because I specifically asked for no added salt, but it just tasted oily, there was no seasoning, it was tasteless, and MILK CHOCOLATE POT DE CRÈME - not memorable, but a much needed change of taste after a non satisfing dinner. The service was good, the hostess was especially friendly. When we 1st arrived, it was not noisy, but it progressively got louder as it got later.
I absolutely love Le Dip and frequent the restaurant for casual dinners as well as special occasions. In this instance, we were celebrating my best friends birthday with a large group, and the restaurant team wowed all of us. Thank you for making us feel so special, for the delicious food and for the hospitality. I am so grateful!
The service was absolutely fantastic and it was our best meal in Washington DC. We had Ryan as our server and he was very knowledgeable on all the menu items and even some that weren’t on the menu. His extensive knowledge in food (especially the French cheese selection) left us with the best recommendations and a wonderful culinary journey. Ambiance is spot on! Sommelier was on point and brought us a great Pinot Noir. Manager checked in on us and the steak frites were incredible. Highly recommend and will be back again!
What a delightful French bistro experience. Food and service were excellent. Tagine was good. Excellent, reasonably bottle of Côte de Rhône. Great cheese plate. Wonderful, vibrant ambiance