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Le Diplomate

4.8
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9247 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 9247 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a mother and daughters day brunch, the food was absolutely delicious, service was excellent. We will definitely be back 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Le Diplomate for an anniversary because a friend recommended it. It was amazing! The cocktails were delicious and the food was great! We had the romarin and espresso martini to start for drinks. Yum! For food we ordered the assorted oysters, the sea bass and lobster frites for our entrees. The service was great as well- he was attentive, quick, and gave us time to enjoy our night not being pushy with ordering. Definitely would return.

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vipRaymondV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always.

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Margot
Savannah
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, excellent service, and delicious menu items. Highly recommend the warm shrimp salad and the creme brulee. Sat outside on the "patio," would like to return and enjoy the interior space as well. Enjoyed the late-night option (our reservation started at 10:30 pm).

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SvetlanaP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Le diplomate amazed as always! beautiful, tasty, friendly and caring! thanks!

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While it’s a little expensive, the food is spactacular and never disappoints!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience4

It was good, but not as good as past times.

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heatherb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Our server was wonderful and gave great wine recommendations. I wish I could remember his name, but he 100% made the experience!

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vipKellyS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate never disappoints! Our family of four ordered two shrimp cocktails to share. The shrimp were huge and delicious. For dinner we had the scallops, lobster frites and two of the steak frites. Everything was cooked to perfection, the scallops were tender, the lobster was huge and the steak tasted amazing. Service was impeccable and one of the many reasons this place is our go to when we want to venture out of Virginia and into DC.

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Sophie10
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful experience during this difficult time. Loved everything. Happy to be here. Great food loved the indoor but felt outdoor toom. Fabulous.

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vipBexley
Washington DC
211 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well of course the noise was energetic. We were seated in 14th Street. But I wanted to eat at a restaurant and Le Diplomate is a good outdoor option.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time and amazing food. One of my favorite places in DC

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DAS123
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was a fun evening with a good friend, and great food. Many thanks.

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vipMissMary
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I strayed from my usual order of Beef Bourguinon and tried the Trout Almandine. It was delicious and the perfect portion for me (to avoid leftovers) -- let's just say, it has been quite the week for birthday celebrations! We were seated in the sunny, tiled room (per my request; I've always wanted to sit in there. It was one of my friends' first time at Le Diplomate. Needless to say, he'll be back!

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vipApril
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Covid careful! Very safe. Tables space appropriately
Food outstanding. Trout was cooked to perfection.
Loved marinated almond sauce.
Staff attentive

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EmmaW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! I highly recommend the Escargot.

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ElizabethG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found Le Diplomate 5 years ago by accident walking along the street. We decided to go back this year when we were visiting the area. Our good memories of our dinner were replicated. We were given an outdoor table, which is perfect for Covid. All of our meals were fabulous. The server was attentive, but not intrusive. My trout was perfect. My son LOVED his steak, and my husband devoured the mussels. I look forward to my next visit.

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Stewie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great. Can't think of what else to say

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vipSophiaW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the oysters and clams for appetizers, they were fresh and delicious. For entree I had the salmon over lentils and it was perfect!

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vipReddog
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at street tables which were all distanced appropriately. It was a warm October evening so no heaters needed but they had heaters set up. Atmosphere is still there even in a pandemic. Food was excellent as always and our server was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time our server was a consummate professional, incredibly knowledgeable and a made us feel as if we were guests in his home.

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vipVivaandc
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent in all aspects as usual- only issue is the outside dining space on 14th street is noisy but that is unavoidable given Covid restrictions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second night in a row dining at Le Diplomat and Adnan was my server. He was marvelously attentive without being obtrusive. It was a better experience overall than the night before in terms of attention to service details. Both nights the food was consistently delicious and well presented.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was.a special birthday and the meal was special! Great food and service. Propane heaters kept things very warm.

We recommend this restaurant for all occasions!

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

More hype than anything. The food was bland. We ordered the crab cocktail, steak frites, ricotta ravioli and another beef entree and we were not impressed. We were so happy to have finally gotten a reservation but the food was nothing to ride home about. The best part was the basket of bread and butter. Will not go back.

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vipJaneO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We sat outside which was nice, unfortunately no heaters by us, but still a cool environment. The best was the warm shrimp salad, highly recommend. Great spot for people traveling through.

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InaWendel01
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I always enjoyed dining in at LeDiplomate. However, due to COVID-19 my recent visit is quite not the same. I missed being able to go in by the bar and grabbing some drinks while waiting for the table or my friend. Yet, this visit it's not allowed. I got there a bit too early and had to wait outside in cold for a bit longer than usual. The food taste great and our server was lovely.

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dcdiner20
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

We really wanted to love this place but left disappointed. Expect chain restaurant quality food for Michelin star restaurant prices

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great birthday!

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vipRINAL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect table and Carlos was our waiter. Such fun!! As always food was fantastic

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AngelicaA
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great social distancing, we felt so safe AND the ambiance and food were amazing.

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Pavel
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. Having family in town, we were able to enjoy a wonderful (socially distanced) meal. Was great to see the takeout bags piled up on the bar as well...well worth the visit if you can make it!

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vipChemicalMan
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was a real disappointment. The ambiance was excellent, but service made us feel like mice in a cage

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vipHolleyN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience1

We asked for outdoor dining and we were seated on 14th street not the pretty patio. As someone who dined there frequently this was very disappointing. Then I was told to watch my bag as there was a lot of theft with tables off of 14th street. I think this is a good place for walk ins but not frequent diners and reservations.

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vipLindaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor seating on a beautiful day - it felt so normal.

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heatherw
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding as always- everything was delicious- from the drinks to the beef, onion soup, profiteroles, and cappuccino! Servers were all so good too. I have 3 complaints- 1- when I made the reservations, I said we were celebrating a birthday. We have had many family birthdays at Le Diplomat over the years and at each they either gave us a free glass of sparkling wine or a special dessert- and at least a candle in the dessert. Yesterday, they did nothing to acknowledge the birthday. 2: Their voicemail says that they are open from 1pm on week days rather than 12pm. So I was nervous that we would arrive for our 12pm reservation and they would not be open. I let them know about the message issue. Thirdly-they wanted to seat us in 2 bad locations at first- first on the very busy/loud road, but I have a hearing issue and do not want to pay for a $140 lunch while listening to loud traffic. Then they tried to put us at a table that was by a loud truck and a smelly driveway with garbage smells. There were plenty of nice tables, so I asked for a third time and we sat in a lovely space. They had said at first that those table were for larger parties, but there were 2 other tables with only 2 people, 2 tables with 3 people, and several empty tables. It was very strange. So- I love this restaurant, but there were issues before we finally got settled at our table with our super server.

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vipLoganlady
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood gem of a restaurant. Love everything About Le Dip and all of the people who work there. Great crew, beautiful setting, and delicious food.

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vipjrapples
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar none, my favorite restaurant in the DC area! It has a great ambience, and the food is reliably delicious. We love the steak frites, the duck, French onion soup, and so many other menu items. We always enjoy the profiteroles for dessert. The bread is terrific, and have I mentioned the cocktails? All yum!

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mattk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat on 14th Street, little breezy, otherwise all good

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Don’t remember the name of our server, but he was awesome! Great food, great night!

FAQs

Le Diplomate does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Le Diplomate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 9247 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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