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Le Diplomate

4.7
6185 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 6185 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

The manager, John, is absolutely amazing. Our waiter was also fantastic and very accommodating.

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5.0Dined a day ago

Superb and enjoyable. Rather noisy and animated. Great to share with friends

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Last night out for dinner on our 4 day weekend in Washington, and we chose a French bistro. Salad and pate starters were very good and we picked steak frites and steak au poivre for our mains. Profiteroles for dessert. All very tasty. We did find the noise level high, but overall a very nice meal.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great meal. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Visiting Washington DC, restaurant recommended so wanted to try Le Diplomate not disappointed. Atmosphere was great.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I spent a delightful evening at Le Diplomate. It was our first time dining there. I had the warm shrimp salad and steak frites, absolutely wonderful. It was the best shrimp salad I've ever eaten. My husband had the pea soup, lamb loin and salad verte. He enjoyed his dinner, as well.

Our waitress was superb. She was friendly, attentive and efficient. She completed our evening.

Valet parking was a breeze. We are looking forward to returning, soon.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

we love this restaurant and were introducing it to friends who are as wildly enthusiastic about it as we are. and our friend is a former caterer and excellent cook so to have her rave really is something.
And thank you Sean for great service.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful French food. Service leaves a bit to be desired.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Daughter’s Birthday - they brought her a lovely plate of miniature cakes with a candle. It was perfect!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

We were excited for a French inspired meal! Take note this restaurant is a bit of a “scene.” Very loud. They were late to sit us for our reservation. But brought over a free appetizer to apologize for the wait which was nice. Shrimp cocktail and escalator appetizer was great! My steak frites was undercooked and hard to chew. So overall we probably wouldn’t go back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I wore a beret to this French restaurant and the staff wasn't having it. Maybe it was the wrong move. Great food and ambiance though! Had a fabulous brunch. Tip: get the French Toast but sub the pineapples for strawberries!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Men’s bathrooms flooded and nobody seemed too bothered.
Waiter was inattentive and didn’t know what many things were

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

You should be able to leave a review without being forced to write an article.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best meal in DC by far! Waiters terrific and food superb.
Will be back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We always enjoy our dinners at Le Diplomate. The food was perfectly cooked and the atmosphere a lot of fun. Great place to celebrate.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

You just can never top the service at Le Dip! Huge fan, as always.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

too slow food

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Birthday dinner for my wife.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Another great pre-theatre dinner at Diplomate. The skate is my favorite seafood dish and it did not disappoint. Crisp, buttery and delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Overpriced and food was moderate but great customer service

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Great experience as usual.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Just go. Make a reservation and GO. We had the most amazing dinner! Everything blew us away! And the service was incredible!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The service is impeccable! I took the last sip of my iced tea and right as I set the empty glass down, it was scooped up, refilled and back on the table within 1 minute...amazing service. The food is slightly above average for a French restaurant and the value is fair. The place is very lively and a great place for unique cocktails. Stick with the steak frites!

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Our expectations for this restaurant were very high, and we were left disappointed by the service, and by the food somewhat. Two of the plates we ordered were very salty (the escargot and the mashed potatoes that came with the scallops). The bread was not brought out for a while, and only brought out when we asked the server. Additionally, the sommelier was extremely unhelpful when we asked him for guidance on the bottle of wine we should order.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This restaurant was a surprise, in a very good way. I was in town from Long Island with a friend for a long weekend of fun and good eats. We attended a show at the Kennedy Center Opera House, so we needed a dining destination that would still be serving late on a Sunday night. Le Diplomate was the perfect answer. We didn't know what to expect with this lofty name, but were delighted to find a place more akin to a French bistro or saloon. It was raucous with happy noise.
I ordered what had to be the best French onion soup I have ever had. The cheese cap was mellow and not too heavy. But what lay beneath was finished to the last drop. The steak frites was a notch above the usual, the meat flavorful, the skinny fries crisp to the end. And the bread basket was kept full with delicious fresh baguette. I had no room for dessert but opted for a decaf caffe au lait (after all, it was 11 PM at that point). It tasted as good as the caffeinated version but I slept like a kid.
My friend started with the mushroom tart which she enjoyed. I shared a taste; it was good but I'm glad I ordered the onion soup. She chose the lamb short loin for her entree and enjoyed every morsel.
I wish we lived closer. I would make Le Diplomate a habit and would try everything on the menu because I know it would be prepared with authenticity and with care.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

one of my favorite restaurants in DC. went for a special occasion and waiter sort of spoiled it. a big disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My wife and I had spent a rainy Sunday in DC doing the museum thing and had previously made a reservation for an early dinner on Sunday. We arrived a little early and after a drink at the bar were seated promptly at the appointed time.

The ambience is that of a classic Parisian bistro. If I were to close my ears so that I did not hear English being spoken, I could imagine myself in Paris. The room is casual, comfortable and appealing. We arrived around 6pm and by 6:30pm the place was packed. Remember, this is a rainy Sunday night in DC. Definitely make a reservation and if you don’t, be prepared to get there early.

After we were seated, our waiter was fairly prompt considering how busy the restaurant was. The service throughout dinner was best described as leisurely. We were not in a hurry and the waiter’s service matched pretty well with that. It did take a while for the appetizer course to come out which is why I dinged the service rating just a touch. I do want to mention the bread as well. I don’t often eat bread as I want to save room for the meal, but in this case, the baguette was worth it.

I started with the White Asparagus salad. The asparagus was done exact as I like it...firm, tender but not crunchy. The leek vinaigrette was piquant with the orange adding the perfect sweet counterpoint to the dressing. I will crave that appetizer. My wife had the Grilled Loup de Mer (sea bass) and thought it absolutely delicious. She likes her seafood flaky and moist and that is exactly how it came out. I had the Beef Bourguignon and it was wonderful as well. The beef was literally falling apart tender, the sauce delicious and smoky flavored from the lardon. I would highly recommend both entrees. Regarding our wine, my wife had a glass of one of the Malbecs. I don’t remember which one. I am a fan of CA central coast wines and enjoyed a Byron ‘Nielson’ Pinot that was very nice. All in all a wonderful meal. We will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Love this place!! Delicious food and great service! Brunch and dinner! One of my favorite restaurants in the city.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent!
My husband and I went there for brunch on Sunday, and the food was very good. Great wine selection! Our waiter was very helpful, friendly and provided excellent service. This place is very popular, so reservations is a must! Will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was probably the best it's been in all the times I've been here. Very consistent.
But the service was lacking, I'm not sure what happened on this night.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Amazing. Every. Single. Time. Go there, get the chefs cheeses as an app and follow that with the seabass dish. It'll be your new favorite restaurant.... hands down. I'm from Raleigh, NC and always make reservations for every visit to DC multiple times a year.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The prime rib was the best I’ve had, I asked the waiter for his recommendation on a wine to pair with it and it was perfect. The croquettes were also amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The cheese board was excellent

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great resto and hope to return....

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

It seems that the clientele has gotten more casual here. I know it is a brasserie, but flip flops, a t-shirt with writing on it and jean shorts seems a bit much. Also, the service was pretty slow this last weekend. Overall, I will still go back, but doesn't seem as special as it once was.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The only way to have better French is by flying.

Went for a family spring break brunch. Only learned afterward of the political infamy of late. Service was excellent and attentive. Cappuccinos were perfect. Complimentary bread plate was REDICULOUS! Followed but the ordered pastry plate which was also extraordinary. Every treat with unexpected citrus or mint accents to rise above.

The breakfast entries were sublime. Croque madame as good as I’ve had anywhere, French toast was the best ever anywhere, with the whipped cream and mint topping and pineapple. Just perfect.

Atmosphere was so great. We were lucky to have the windows ope on a nice day. Also arriving at 9:30 it was relaxed and uncrowded. I’d go any time again. This was a super memorable event for the families last brunch or spring break!

We bought bread to go and was so happy the day after!!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Beautiful day to sit on the patio and enjoy a lovely brunch. Our server Brian made it even more wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

So good. Noise was definitely a little annoying but the food was amazing - such a fun night

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I took my girlfriend here for our third anniversary, and it was excellent. The service was excellent, the food was amazing, and they surprised us with champagne after the meal. The whole experience was absolutely perfect, and we will be back again.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Really enjoyed our dinner and can’t wait to come to the D.C. area to come again. The bouillabaisse was delicious!!!

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