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About Le Diplomate

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.

1601 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Q Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 332-3333

Website:
http://lediplomatedc.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Abt

Le Diplomate Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (221)
Good for a Date (216)
Fit for Foodies (188)
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Neighborhood Gem (174)
Hot Spot (158)
Good for Birthdays (154)
Good for Anniversaries (148)
Authentic (144)
People Watching (144)
Fun (139)
Great for Brunch (132)
Romantic (132)
Notable Wine List (124)
Great for Outdoor Dining (117)
Sunday Lunch (100)
Worth the Drive (88)
Casual (86)
Creative Cuisine (79)
Vibrant Bar Scene (77)
Good for Groups (69)
Cozy (66)
Business Meals (64)
Pre/post Theatre (62)
Great for Lunch (61)
Comfort Food (56)
Bar Seating (55)
Handcrafted Cocktails (52)
Late-night Find (38)
Happy Hour (27)
Seasonal (21)
Local Ingredients (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Afternoon Coffee (17)
Scenic View (16)
Healthy (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Great Beer (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Organic (5)
Disabled Access (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was fantastic!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

I love the food here. Been to Le Diplomate several times. The escargot is a standout as is the beef bourguignon. The freshly baked bread is incredible. My last visit, I tried the steak frites and it was a bit tough. It won't dissuade me from going back, however.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a delicious brunch! Love the holiday decorations!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Romantic, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

OMG. Le Diplomate is incroyable! I had moules frites and they were the best I've ever had. Light broth with herbs that were subtle and built a base of flavor that didn't overpower the mussels. And the frites! They were PERFECT! Crispy and thin. Their bread is also outstanding. I took home a loaf of their cranberry pecan sourdough and ate half of it before I got home (live in SC and took it with me on the plane). The service is excellent, the ambiance very French bistro, and it was overall an excellent experience.

Thanks Le Diplomate!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was absolutely delicious.

However, the restaurant was extremely crowded and noisy. It was difficult to have any kind of conversation, or to hear the waiter.

Stingy with the toasts for the cheese board, but excellent cheese selection. The coffee was lukewarm. Asked for the bill to be split, but we happened to double check. The ‘split’ bill was quite a bit higher than it should have been, and we noticed after one person had already paid. Probably a mistake, but it speaks to the rush.

We had a reservation and still waited in the doorway ~10 minutes past the redecoration time.

Overall, I’d say the food is worth a visit, but only if you can make it off peak.

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 (Western NC)·Dined 5 days ago

Le Diplomate is my favorite restaurant in DC. Food is classic French, not a strange modern interpretation. Ambiance makes you feel like you are in Paris, without feeling like you are Disney World. If I could change one thing, I would add a souffle to the dessert menu. Then it would be perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, great wine list, and outstanding service. Let Diplomate continues to offer consistent great service, excellent food as well as has wonderful neighborhood vibe! We are never disappointed when we go to this restaurant; most often for special occasions and celebrating the holiday season.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Fun, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

I had the duck confit for brunch. There was very little duck, it was mostly potatoes. I usually enjoy this restaurant, but I’m a bit disappointed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

With the reservation we only had to wait about 5 minutes for our table. Food was prompt and the waiter was very nice and attentive. It was crowed but that is to be expected of le diplomate and especially for brunch. Got the burger american, and eggs Norwegian and ate every bit of it. Will def go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful preparations for mains, great breads and pastries, great ambiance most enjoyable eating experience. We definitely will be back with friends and family!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

Brunch yesterday was charming, lively, and a wonderful experience. Our guests were thrilled and this place never disappoints!

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great evening in a great restaurant. Food was delicious, service wonderful, and ambience perfect. Can’t wait for next time!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service and food!

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We went here for my boyfriend's birthday and it was wonderful! We went with a group of friends and enjoyed the atmosphere, the wine, and the food was delicious. We wound up ordering a ton of appetizers to share. We had the oysters, chilled lobster, mussels, escargot, and the steak tartar. It was all amazing, but the steak tartar was out of this world!!! The bread is so good too. The service was impeccable!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food (tuna carpaccio app,Duck Breast entree), service attentive, atmosphere is just like a chic Paris bistro. This place never disappoints!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This was my first visit to Le Diplomate and overall it was good quality French food. The servers were amazing, very accomodating and eager to make sure our experience was excellent. The bread basket is wonderful with 4 different types, enjoyed by all! Two of us ordered the special Dover sole which was cooked well. The haricot verts were excellent and nicely seasoned. Two of us ordered steak frites, the steak was just ok, the frites were very good. Both indicated they would try something else next time. The wine selection is excellent for both whites and reds.
The dessert was outstanding! Hightly recommend the profiteroles!! Delicious with fresh coffee or finishing a glass of wine!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Casual, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Had a fantastic dinner with friends. Trout was amazing/warm shrimp salad was incredible/tuna tartare was spot on/everything was absolutely delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (México)·Dined on December 6, 2017

It was really great place, the food perfect, I am very happy with this place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

excellent dinner, wonderful service, traditional french

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Wonderful ambience and delicious food. Reminds me of bistros in Paris.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always I enjoyed my visit to Le Diplomate. The menu has undergone some changes and there are a few new dishes I am eager to try. I was a little disappointed my favorite lamb dish is gone, and the apple curry scallops have not returned, but overall the menu looks good. This time I tried duck for the first time ever, not impressed. And, my pepper steak was in my opinion over peppered, but my trout and mushroom tart was delicious. Oh yeah, the Romarin's were tasty as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

French bistro atmosphere. Bread is delicious as was French onion soup. Too much salt in most dishes.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The first few times I visited were amazing! No complaints at all. We made this our after Nutcracker dinner tradition for the past 2 years. First year was great, last time, not so good. I was hesitant to come back for this year, but went ahead and did it. The decor is just so gorgeous during the Holidays it's hard to miss. BUT...the food just isn't great and for $30+ per entree I expect great. I had to send my scallop dish back...WAY to salty. They did bring me out a fresh dish which was much better and actually good, but by that time my family was done with their meals. My husband's trout was just so-so..a bit salty also. Bread and butter is delicious though and the salad we had was tasty. My daughter had delicious ravioli and then they did bring dessert on the house, which was a nice treat and was enjoyed and appreciated. SOO hard to say if I'd recommend to a friend. I guess I would but would tell them to be careful about what they order! Service was good though and the waiter was nice about returning my food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The mac and cheese appetizer was absolutely scrumptious. The quality of food overall is excellent. Service is prompt and several individuals were working to keep our table clean and water glasses full throughout the meal. Our main server was quiet and lacked personality, however. I was also disappointed by the small portion of duck in my entree (Duck Sarladaise). But, my friends very much enjoyed their entrees (lobster omelette). The ambiance created by their holiday decor is great for a special occasion. Feels like you are in Europe.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Such a great brunch experience, highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had an amazing time and meal. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal in Washington DC. This restaurant definitely lives up to the hype!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was excellent. Our waiter gave us outstanding recommendations on both wine, appetizers, and main dishes. Excellent for a celebration and my parents in from out of town were very much impressed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food and service were excellent. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Simply Amazing! Highly suggest the mussels and the steak frites. They go above and beyond.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This place was on my bucket list for a long time and it did not disappoint. Food and service were both amazing. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, wonderful service and the best cranberry walnut bread we have ever eaten. Lots of good brunch choices. The place was jammed 30 minutes after it opened. Must make a reservation well in advance to enjoy this place. Worth a trip from anywhere in the area!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was perfect. It could be a little cheaper, but it is a nice experience to do once in a while.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and service. Bread is wonderful. Very lively and fun place. Bar is small for size of restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was excellent for our anniversary dinner

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great place but tables are close together and can be difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always enjoyable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent steaks, wonderful roasted scallops dish on mashed potatoes. A bit pricey. Very noisy when restaurant filled up toward end of our meal. Excellent otherwise. Service was exceptional. Waitstaff anticipated our needs and arrived with extra plates without our asking. Very enjoyable but we won't go often because of the cost.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

LeDiplomat is the best restaurant in the city by far. Other restaurants can learn a lot from La Diplomat high level of customer service. The food is nothing but amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I got the sea bass and we shared a cheese plate. Cheese plate was divine. Sea bass was quite fishy, something I wouldn’t have expected as much from a white fish.
We split a half bottle of Côte du Rhône wine which was yummy and a good deal.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We love Stephen Starr restaurants and Le Diplomate is right there with other favorites like Buddakan and Parc. Have enjoyed Le Diplomate numerous times, for dinner and weekend brunch and have never been disappointed. We couldn't get to Paris for our anniversary, so dinner here was a fine consolation. Yes, it does remind you of a Parisian bistro.

Service was outstanding. Never rushed but always attentive. We began with my wife's favorite St. Germain champagne cocktail, which was perfect, and had a reasonable Alsace white wine with our meal, which was excellent

The food is a delight. We had to split a mushroom tart, because it is one of my favorite dishes in the world. The crust, the mushrooms, the cheese...a most savory treat! We paired it with a warm shrimp salad that was almost as good. For entrees, we each got the lobster risotto, the daily special... also excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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