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Le Diplomate

4.8
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8843 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8843 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLauren
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited we could enjoy brunch here for our anniversary! We were seated right away outside and had fabulous, well-paced service over 3 courses. We especially loved the cocktails, tuna carpaccio, steak tartare and profiteroles. The lobster omelette was very rich with a creamy sauce over it - that’s the only thing I wouldn’t get again. Hope duck is back on the menu soon!

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Jenna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always, even the bread basket is to die for. On this visit our waitress was very kind and informative. She truly made our experience wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out since covid and it was a magical experience! We ordered oysters, French onion soup, lobster and the sea bass and everything was mouth watering good!!! We sat outside 6ft apart from everyone and our waitress was the sweetest! Can’t wait to go back!

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vipelo1220
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best burger in DC and the best ambience!

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CarolynS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is superb! Can’t wait to go back.
Service is terrific.

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vipKarenK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the wait staff is outstanding. Coronavirus has made the noise level much more tolerable!

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vipBobS
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic as always. Pretty much the best burger in DC. The ambiance is much different now in the age of social distancing as it really use to jump. the service was little confused as well, most likely due to all the changes caused with restaurants in a pandemic.

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RyanM
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+. Timothy was great.

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KarenK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

No AC inside while under COVID and during intense heat wave. Uncomfortable seating and less than desirable ambience. Food was good, but not any better than any other DC restaurant. I would try someplace else.

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vipAdriannaH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ordered the trout and it was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate does it again! I continue to be impressed with their house made bread, drinks, and classic menu. We had no particular occasion - except a friends get together after months of restaurants and bars being closed.

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NhiN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to come to Le Dip fairly regularly, but this was the first time since the pandemic that we'd come. We had a table on the patio, and it was perfect. Le Dip, as always, does a great job of making you feel like you are truly in Paris. The food was amazing, the ambiance was great (If anything, it was easier than it used to be to talk here), and they did a great job of socially distancing the tables. The tuna carpaccio and the warm shrimp salad were great to start with, the trout amandine and steak frites were perfect, and of course, you have to have the profiteroles to round out the meal. The only thing was the hostess was pretty rude, but we just chalked it up to adding to the French feel. Our server, Nabil, was fun and made recommendations we did not regret taking.

Overall, Le Dip is a classic and reliable part of the DC food scene, and covid hasn't changed that!

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vipDCSteven
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Le Dip still hasn't lost its friendliness and sparkle and Francophile hipness, even in the era of masks and social distancing. The tuna carpaccio appetizer is a must, as are gougères if you're not already filled up on bread. Also love the steak frites and roast chicken--you'll want to order a second side of the impossibly buttery mashed potatoes for dessert! Not a fan of the mushroom tart app: it's a lot of dry puff pastry topped off with mushrooms.

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vipMandy
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Le Diplomate. The food is always good (I always get the warm shrimp salad), the bread is great, and the service is professional and quick. I felt very safe in their spaced out, outdoor dining, and appreciated the measures taken to ensure safety. Their wine/drink list is a little limited, likely due to the pandemic, but otherwise, it's one of my favorite restaurants!

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MartyJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The warm shrimp salad is awesome. The frose was delicious. Saw rat running on side walk near where we were sitting but its also just a way of inner city living and outside dining. Dessert list could be better. Only had three about three options..

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vipwilliamb
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a long day of moving in, we could not have been happier with the meal, the attention to details on social distancing, protocols for cleaning and the like. What a perfect place to end the day with an excellent meal with excellent staff.

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vipJoeyM
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good, but the manager was extremely rude. A thunderstorm had come through and we had made a reservation for outdoor seating, and he told us (with an attitude) that we had to leave the restaurant and walk around until they texted us that a table was open (we were on time). Walk around in a thunderstorm?

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vipFaustoN
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Server was attentive and friendly. The food was fresh and delicious. I especially recommend the cheese platter and the oysters were a big hit with our party.

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vipPama9912
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks

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vipBethesda
Washington DC
150 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food as always and the service was great as ! It was great to return to one of our favorite places. The food here is just fantastic every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch! Delish!

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SarahS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed. He had Eggs Norwegian and I had traditional Benedict. Lattes and Cappuccino were delicious too! Our waiter was flawless!

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DianaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect! Great for a quiet Sunday morning. Thanks!

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vipNeelG
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their meal as well as the outstanding service!

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DuPontFoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in DC

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AllisonB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio experience at Le Diplomate was outstanding. Our waiter, Geda, was friendly, helpful and fun. The tables were all appropriately spaced and everyone seemed to be taking social distancing seriously.

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vipAdile
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic and food was outstanding, as always!!!!!

Thank you for making sure we are safe!
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AmyS
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful interiors and outdoor dining area. Service is perfect. Will definitely return.

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vipDavidL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate did a fabulous job of spacing out the tables and creating a comfortable dining environment. We ate outside and the food was amazing. We will be back!

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haurie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the burger, and it was delicious as usual. My husband ordered the Eggs Norwegian and loved it. The bread basket was warm and wonderful. All around great experience.

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vipPeterR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable food and service. Done a good job of dealing with Covid concerns.

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vipRobert
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Disappointed they were out of Jacquesson 742 after praising Le Dip for having such an interesting and enjoyable champagne on their menu last week...

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Bidman
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Although the food was good, we were given a bad table and spent the whole meal in very hot direct sunlight. Since this was a special event, the table placement was extremely disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

This was a dinner for my 40th birthday and my best friend’s 43rd birthday. When I made the reservation, I noted it on Open Table. I also told the reservationist when he called to confirm. No one said a thing - nothing!!! - during our entire experience. I certainly did not expect anything big, but a “happy birthday!” would have been nice. Very disappointed in the service.

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vipVa2Dc
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Had lunch around 2pm. We sat inside. Food and service was great, however, there were so many fly’s all over the place that we couldn’t wait to leave. It really destroyed the whole experience. They left the door wide open on a warm sunny day. I understand one or two but there were at least 10 fly’s constantly flying around us. It was absolutely terrible. It was unacceptable.

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ChristopherW
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun! Waiter was extra nice and everything on the menu sounded like a dream!

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LacyZ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we got there, our experience was special and we felt so taken care of. After hearing that their Lobster Risotto was a crowd favorite on the menu, we tried twice to make a Tuesday reservation to get it (it’s Tuesday night special). Right when we got there, I met the manager in passing and told him our hopes to finally try the special. He went out of his way to make sure we got it. And, it was delicious.

That is on top of the generosity of service from our waiter, the Parisian, romantic setting and the delicious wines.

Thank you for a FABULOUS experience

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vipjjjjj
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Note that we dined at Le Diplomate during social distancing--well less than 50% capacity inside. Normally it is not a quiet place. We ate inside; they also have tables outside, but at 90 degrees inside was better.

My choices: warm shrimp salad and trout with almonds. Salad was phenomenal, due to perfectly cooked shrimp and ripe avocado along with the greens. Trout was perfect. Spouse had foie gras pate, incredibly smooth, and the Tuesday night lobster risotto special. Both really good--lobster cooked perfectly. Splurged on an expensive bottle of white Burgundy. Perfect with these dishes.

When restaurants open fully, Le Diplomate will return to being packed. Good for them, even though that means it will again be tough to get a reservation. (We dined on a Tuesday night with reservations a week in advance.)

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AuntJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, server outstanding, restaurant decor charming

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bro sickest meal i’ve had in DC. Server was crazy good, food was even nuttier. I called my moms to tell her how ridiculously ill they were with it. FIVE STARS EACH AND EVERY DAY.

FAQs

Le Diplomate offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 8843 OpenTable diners.

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