Lafayette Restaurant

4.9
1225 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner. With large windows opening onto Lafayette park & the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital & is certain to complement any dining experience.

Currently serving on our beautiful 9th floor, Top of the Hay, offering iconic views of the White House and other historic DC landmarks.

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Available Exclusively at 3pm every Saturday and Sunday, this indulgent experience includes and extensive tea selection and a tiered tray showcasing savory and sweet confections. Presented in one of the city's most beautiful settings overlooking the White House. $55.00 per person, $75.00 per person with a glass of Taittinger, $35.00 per child 4-12 years (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1225 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.9
service
4.9
ambience
4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GregF
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Not enough choices on menu

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Mheiress
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience and best view of the whitehouse!

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vipLakegirl31
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and the view is amazing. Great service and food. Really enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my wife’s birthday. Beautiful evening. Perfect in all areas.

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irenab
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and staff. Awesome view. They were respectful of my time constraints.

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FrankH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way.

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MichelangeloP
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is truly a gem in DC. Food, ambience and of course, the view are all exquisite. I also want to commend the hotel receptionist, restaurant host and server for their wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Maachi and he was absolutely phenomenal making our engagement incredibly memorable! The servers and the food are out of the world. No words come close to expressing how amazing this experience was! For anyone living or visiting DC, this is an absolute must visit and eat even stay!!

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vipAnnB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lafayette Restaurant never disappoints - from the soups and salads to the entrees and desserts. The service is superb and you can't beat the view from the 9th floor!

If time is an issue, try a Pear Martini in the cocktail lounge with their cheese and charcuterie boards. Yum!

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vipLeilaniC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing views from the patio. So quiet and peaceful. A great way to start the morning.

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MaryR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone was so great! View is amazing! Definitely a great place to try!

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vipJosh
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend the afternoon tea. The staff are always so welcoming and make the experience pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food and the best view in the city!

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DiegoB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un restaurante que ofrece un alto nivel gastronómico y una vista excepcional

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JonathanG
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't have had a better meal. The service was excellent. The staff could not have been more attentive. I give it 5 stars

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MacKenzieK
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and early on a Saturday morning was perfect. If you are looking to get the view but not spend as much as dinner, breakfast is the way to go. Wonderful lattes, yummy green juice, and great breakfast options. The view was perfect for my friends first time in DC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience and view of the city. Although menu is very short, it is worth visiting.

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DivineD
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a formidable experience. Asked my then girlfriend to marry me ( n she said yes).
We had the best waiter ever ( his name was Emmanuel). Will definitely came there again.

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KristinG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing brunch at the Hay Adam’s. Currently, all of the dining is on the top floor and the view of the White House is unmatched. Top notch service, had a wonderful time. Will be back next Sunday in fact! Easy 5 stars.

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MarynaB
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a time of my life there. Place is extremely gorgeous and all the staff is very professional. I ordered salmon and it’s was amazing.
Would definitely come back

Lafayette Restaurant
Responded on 9 February 2021

Thank you for your wonderful review! We hope to see you back again soon.

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Pman22
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious, Service was amazing and to top it off the views of the White House were unmatched. One of the best meals I've had in the city

Lafayette Restaurant
Responded on 9 February 2021

Dear Pman22, Our staff is thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dinner. The views are certainly amazing! Hope to see you back again soon.

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zhenyah
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and it was the most beautiful and elegant restaurant for that!

Lafayette Restaurant
Responded on 9 February 2021

Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your special day!

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GeneB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience, staff obviously tries very hard to satisfy their diners. Giovanni was a jewel!

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FoodLover
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal. The service was excellent and friendly. The price was very reasonable for the quality of the food and service. They were offering seating on the 9th floor (usually reserved for private parties) due to Coronavirus (very spacious with doors that open onto the terrace). It was a special treat to have the awesome view added in!

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JeffC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view and dessert were fantastic. Efrain was great with suggestions and excellent service. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service combined with an amazing view.

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vipLifeIsShort
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dining at the Hay is always something special, whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They have really got it right with regard to a staff that understands service that does't feel done by rote.

My only complaint, and it is a big one...the prospect of diners (most) arriving in jeans and wilderness boots for a Saturday night dinner is unacceptable. Not in what would otherwise be an elegant affair, and not at these prices. DC restaurants are going to either have to make and enforce a dress code, or expect absolutely everything to go downhill.

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CatherineS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to send off a friend before she moved away from DC. It was the perfect spot! Exceptional service and food and the view is absolutely priceless. At every level, in every way, it felt special. Thank you, thank you!

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HarveyF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were super! The prices were very fair, especially for its great location in DC. Staff were attentive but not hovering.

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vipJeff
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wow! Just fantastic view and superb proficient service! Will highly recommend and be back again!

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LesliN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and elegant. Food was delicious, wait staff was perfect. If you want a very nice dinner - this is by far the best place to go. It has a beautiful view of the White House too!

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vipBobW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous staff! Very friendly and welcoming. Food and drinks were delicious. Would recommend the sea bass at dinner. The bakery items at breakfast are all good choices, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining room was beautiful. It was on the 9th floor with a view overlooking the White House. The food was phenomenal. We had the filet. We had excellent service as well, our waiters made our anniversary very special and romantic. Highly recommend.

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kianayeg
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

This is the perfect place for a fancy dinner in a quiet, romantic place. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful -- my partner and I felt like we were on the Titanic!

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AdamC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have moved it to the 9th floor event space for covid... which is where their promo pics are taken. So you get the headline view of the white house. It was about as perfect as could be.

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SvetlanaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Unforgettable Brunch Experience. A room with a view.

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Briana
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! My first time here and everything were perfect!

Definitely I will come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was breathtaking. View of the White House and Washington Monument added to a beautiful evening. Highly recommend and we will be back again and again.

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SkipP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dinner of soup and scallops, and the scallops were cooked beautifully. Crusty bread, simple wine - and a birthday guest at another table, and clearly accomplished, took the bench at the piano and played beautifully for one classic piece. Perhaps Brahms. This is quite an unusually comfortable setting, and the atmosphere is distinct due to superb service.

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SkipP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfectly broiled lamb chops followed the soup of the day, reasonable wine, and delicious cocktail from the bar menu. It's a gracious, comfortable dining experience

FAQs

Lafayette Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1225 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 bookings at the moment.

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