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Le Diplomate, Washington, DC
Le Diplomate, Washington, DC
Le Diplomate, Washington, DC
Le Diplomate, Washington, DC
Le Diplomate, Washington, DC

Le Diplomate

4.8
4.8
13381 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 09:30–15:00 Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–17:00 Midday Sat, Sun 15:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 17:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–23:30
  • Phone number
    (202) 332-3333
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Greg Lloyd
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What 13,381 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

13,342 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and fun outdoor dining. We enjoyed our experience.

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  2. PaulS

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant never disappoints. Excellent menu, presentation and quality food. The bread is phenomenal.

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  3. ChristinaH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fantastic! The neck clams, steak frites, pea soup, tuna Niçoise salad were all great!

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  4. foodie

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and excellent service. Will definitely come back

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  5. dcfoodie

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Hostess was extremely rude and set a poor tone for the staff of an evening. No excuse for that at a 6:00 reservation before the busy dinner rush IMO.

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  6. Sarah

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    When I booked the reservation then a few days ahead of my date I called and requested to sit in the greenhouse room. They said that shouldn’t be a problem and put a note on my reservation. When I got there the requested room was nearly empty but the hostess began taking us to a different area. I let her know I had requested the other room since it was a special occasion, she pretty rudely told me her print out said this table (in the wrong area). I asked if we could go back to the hostess stand to double check as I had requested a different table and the area I requested had many open tables. She just straight up ignored me and wouldn’t speak to me or explain anything. If she had even attempted to explain why they were not able to seat us in the requested area I would have understood, but she didn’t. She was just rude and refused to explain or fix the error. The food was very good as usual but the customer service was awful. I understand if something came up and they weren’t able to sit us in the requested area, but she shouldn’t have been so rude about it and should have at minimum offered any explanation as to why instead of just ignoring me. There are too many restaurants with good food and good customer service to waste time coming back here.

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  7. keithh

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect venue & cuisine to celebrate a birthday with friends & the service was perfection.

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  8. AmyS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food - great place to celebrate a birthday. The best burger I have ever had.

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  9. SusanW

    Orlando

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. We always make it a point to dine here while in town visiting. The food is consistently fantastic! The complimentary bread basket is reason enough to go. They offer a variety of breads - baguette, cranberry walnut, etc. I had a peach bellini and Florentine quiche with the potato side. YUM! My husband had the egg white omelet with goat cheese and ratatouille which was terrific. Our server was quite knowledgeable about the food and beverage offerings. She also offered some locals advice for touring the area. Great tips!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable meal, nice ambiance. Have visited several times and have not been disappointed.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and great ambiance. It felt like we were in France!
    Le DiplomateResponded on 9 May 2023
    Awesome! thanks for visit us!

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  12. OliviaG

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Diplomate was amazing! We sat outside on the patio and the weather was perfect. I had the Pasta Primavera and it was super good! It was pretty expensive though. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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  13. vemillion

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The noise level made it difficult for us to hold a conversation but overall we had a great experience — a genuine French bistro in both ambience and food. I would return just for the escargot and the opportunity to dip their excellent French bread in the garlicky escargot oil.

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  14. TravelDoc

    New York City

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I felt transported to a polished Paris bistro. What a trip!

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  15. ThomasB

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and fun dinner. Had a great server who advised us about food items very well.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, ambiance and authentic fare - best French bistro in DC for sure !

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely will return.

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  18. DfromCT

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the escargot and steak tartare apps. The steak Au Poivre was one of the best I’ve had. Beef Bourgogne was delicious as was the whole branzano. The last two with garlic spinach - also great! I’m looking forward to leftover steak and spinach tonight. The Baba Armagnac dessert was unexpectedly delicious- light and flavorful but not overwhelming. We got it by default because we were unimpressed with the dessert menu. The carafe of red wine was a wonderful blend that worked with all of the food. Our waiter, Roger, was great, as was the other staff who served us.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We have been to Le Diplomat a number of times, but it is clear the quality of experience is slipping. This last visit was to celebrate a birthday, which I put in the reservation notes. The server seemed to have no knowledge of the note, but moreover didn’t ask whether we were celebrating anything. I had also booked a “standard” reservation (indoor seating), but we were sat outside in a sidewalk booth. It was a cold windy evening. Overall our server seemed distracted and reluctant to be outside, which I can understand given the weather. Food was overall good, though uninspiring. Surprised Le Diplomat continues to be ranked in the Washingtonian top 25 with so many other exciting restaurants to choose from with better service.

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  20. AlcioneS

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food and amazing service. Unfortunately they removed the windows facing 14th street from the outside booths, so it was extremely noisy and dirty with the cars passing by, as well cold and humid because of the rain, very poor experience. They should put the windows back.

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  21. RonA

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    We were so looking forward to our return trip to DC so that we could go to Le Diplomate. Other than our waiter Marino, who was friendly and efficient, the evening was a big disappointment. There were no tables available indoors and so we took what we could outdoors being told the cute little booths were heated. The heat at the floor level was minimal and not adequate to counter the wind and cold blowing through the windowless space. The Fois gras parfait, which we loved when we had it last, was pre made and served in a canning jar with a layer of jelly on the top. It was way too whipped and the fois gras flavor diluted. The coq au vin was two chicken legs and was tasty, but wished for some chicken breast too. The accompanying noodle was more fitting for a German dish than a French meal. The cheese plate had about a tablespoon or less of each cheese at $6.50 per slice. The wine was good, but a 300% mark up. All in all, if we come back, it will only be in hopes that things will improve, dramatically.

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  22. Matt

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Server was wonderful, food was great as usual, but host was awful!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy Saturday night and service was flawless. Food was great, and drinks too.

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  24. DCDINKS

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    1st visit, and nothing like the reputation. I had high expectations, and was disappointed. Nothing awful, but no one in our party thought the food was better than ok. Desert and Prosecco for a birthday was a nice touch.

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  25. Denion

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, cool atmosphere and fabulous service

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  26. AJXIGamma

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Walter is outstanding! He deserves to be rewarded. And of course we rewarded him with a good tip. Food is outstanding. Onion soup is second to none! The foies gras is excellent. Trout is perfectly cooked. Beef is heavenly. Those bread and whipped butter are killers. We will be back for sure!!!

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  27. sofiam

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best burger in DC! Never disappoints! Love the ambiance

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  28. MatB

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great and the atmosphere was very Parisian!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely great Birthday meal! Delicious cocktails, chilled oysters & clams on the half shell, yummy mussels in broth, and a scrumptious profiterole dessert! Thanks to the General Manager for the white Burgundy recommendation!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Entree arrived over 45 minutes late. Server was very apologetic and the meal was still enjoyable.

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  31. BiancaV

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great restaurant! Will be returning!! The food was good and the service was excellent

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  32. JamesK

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliable for great food, friendly service and lively atmosphere.

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  33. Primus2k

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed and one of the greats in DC. Food and ambience was phenomenal as usual.

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  34. TimL

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Long-time Le Diplomate customer. I can't recommend this place highly enough. Food, service, price, altogether a great, delicious value

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Mushroom tart was dry. Cocktails had minimal Ice so clearly sat in bar a long time bf getting to us. Staff was very pleasant but all seemed crazy overworked.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks weren’t the greatest but the food and service was top notch! I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone.

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  37. Glenn

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere of a Parisian bistro, top-quality food to match the warm atmosphere. Service started very well, but faded as the evening progressed, likely due to a nearby large party that arrived midway through our dining experience. The ambient noise was nice until a very loud party was swayed next to us - not Le Diplomate’s fault, and we did not allow it to spoil our otherwise excellent evening. We will be back!

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  38. ArinW

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was the best part of this exquisite dining experience. He was so attentive and we were there for 3 hours!! The food was beautiful.

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  39. Meetstoeat

    Omaha

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jake was a great server. The food was wonderful. I am from out of town and had not been in many years and will not stay away so long again.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious. The bread and farmer’s cheese appetizer were both amazing. The steak frites and scallops entrees were spectacular. The staff was lovely and very attentive. The decor was gorgeous, and the atmosphere was electric.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Le Diplomate using the Order Online button. 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 13381 OpenTable diners.

Le Diplomate does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Not bookable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable booking network. To see if they take bookings and have availability, please contact the restaurant directly or visit their website for more information.

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Google Map for Le Diplomate

1601 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Q Street
  • Area
    Logan Circle
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 09:30–15:00 Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–17:00 Midday Sat, Sun 15:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 17:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–23:30
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Greg Lloyd
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch
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