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Le Diplomate

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9138 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 9138 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
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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vipZeke
Sydney / NSW
27 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mediocre as expected for a Starr Restaurant in DC. Inconsistent service and uninspiring food, but lively atmosphere.

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vipJSRS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent service and food. We were particularly impressed by the MASSIVE amount of outdoor seating they've provided, and the distance between tables, making it a truly enjoyable outing, in spite of COVID. Nice job!

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LynM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top-flight food on the street -- 14th street, that is! Lovely service on a beautiful day. Perfect place to go for lunch. Love it!

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vanguyen
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time on our anniversary. Food and service were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, great food and ambiance!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food was cooked perfectly. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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vipCarol
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere even sitting outside.love the food. Service always great

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GaryD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great dinner with exceptional service! We dined on the sidewalk which isn't the best ambience but that's our current COVID reality. Overall, a wonderful experience!

DH
DanishH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seabass was outstanding among everything else. Service was also very good. We would definitely come back again.

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CareyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always. Food was delicious and service was amazing.

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Letty
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best dinner experiences I’ve ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

They were out of steak frites. The signature dish so a bummer. But other food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The menu has changed, for the worse. There are no vegetarian entrees, and the vegetarian appetizer options (all of which I’ve tried in the past) are unappealing. My server encouraged me to have the ravioli in pomodoro sauce, which is obviously not a French dish and is also not very good (when I want Italian food, I’ll go to an Italian restaurant and have something better and more interesting). I had the mushroom tart, which was extremely salty and about 80% pastry, and the spinach side, which was as bland as can be. We had the earliest dinner reservation possible, but were told that the chef could not make the omelet that was available for brunch just an hour earlier (and had previously been on the dinner menu), because the dinner setup made it impossible for him to cook eggs. That was bizarre, and my gut feeling was that these changes must reflect an effort to cut costs. Unfortunately, there are significantly fewer entree options than there used to be, and the menu now lacks even a single, good French vegetable dish for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All French; all good!

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FranciscoG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Ok the serves good and understanding the menu good

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BethR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday brunch outsidr

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vipEllen
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outside, so the usual noise indoors in this restaurant was not a problem. Service was prompt, and the gougeres and the quiche were outstanding.

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vipSunny
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to visit after all these months. Food was good but a little cold - might have been due to dining on a chilly morning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

This was our first time dining out since January-to celebrate our anniversary. A group of protesters came through and stayed by the tables outside for about 30 minutes yelling at the diners. We support the cause of the protestors and aren’t mad at them, but a waiter said the protestors come by every weekend; as such, I would have expected a warning before dining there. All of our food was served lukewarm-not the quality I remember from years ago. In addition, no one acknowledged our anniversary, which usually restaurants do when you note it on your reservation. For a night that was supposed to be special and enjoyable, especially first time dining out since COVID, it was underwhelming and overpriced for what we experienced. Our waitress was good, so no complaints on service.

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vipSusy
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We had dinner on Saturday Sept 19th 2020 at 9pm (outdoor seating). We also encountered the 30min protest. Regardless if you agree or disagree with the protests, the protesters were agitated, verbal and demanding attention of dinner guests. It was not a fun experience. Situation escalated very quickly. A few dinner guests that had close and disturbing encounters with protesters had to leave in the middle of their dinner. We did not feel safe. If this is in fact happening every weekend at a certain time, the restaurant SHOULD give guests a heads up or change their reservation altogether. We could not fully enjoy the dinner and safety was a real concern. Service and food were very good once protest ended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, great service and they done well with social distancing

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Shan
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbae loved the burgers so much he ate 2! Head was hurting all weekend. He said it was worth it. He don't really eat beef like that either.

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TarynA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first quarantine dining experience and the food was great and the staff made us feel extremely comfortable.

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vipKensieT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Everything was delicious. Love the atmosphere.

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vipHambolina
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am celiac and the server knew exactly what I could and could not have. The meal here is always exceptional.

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Jimmy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner with lots of bread and service that will make you feel comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sat inside so street noise level was reduced. Food & service was excellent.

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DenisB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a neighborhood gem, LeDiplomate does not disappoint. The hostess, wait staff and chefs do an amazing job. I am proud to support my local restaurant.

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LukasG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server really made the whole experience awesome - I think her name was Kristin. We had a fantastic anniversary dinner and they made the entire experience fantastic. Also shoutout for being super LGBTQ+ friendly and making us feel comfortable. Really hands down the best experience and one of the best servers we have ever had = thank you Kristin!!!

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Rupen
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love coming to Le Dip. I could not for several months due to Covid, missed you guys!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

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vipAustinG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I’ve eaten here a least 25 times and this evening the food wasn’t great.

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fcarol
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

given the new environment, the experience was excellent as usual. however, next time we sit outside, I will ask to be seated on the Q street side, as the traffic -human and auto - was very noisy and distracting. The leached dogs were fun, though.

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Diner1
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service and wine were excellent. Meals and drinks were mixed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a fine dining experience on our date. We were seated outside and the weather was perfect. Our waiter was enthusiastic and entertaining which made for a great date environment. Our steaks were perfectly cooked and delicious. Would definitely eat there again and recommend Le Diplomate to anyone in the DC area.

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AydinT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I am used to Parks in Philadelphia, although the menu is almost the same execution is not. The macaroni with cheese dish is not good, burgers with french fries OK, salmon is good but not for the price. Attitude at the door could be improved. Example, we came over without reservation quarter to 5 PM, with practically every table empty. They asked us to wait till 5 PM and put our names into list. We had a 4 year old with us. Le Diplomate never fills these seats that early anyway, as we live a block away.

It is almost like a fast food restaurant with expensive wine served along with other mediocrity. Will not return.

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vipHappilySuprised
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the weekday afternoon lunch atmosphere. Relaxed and spacious and a great meal and service. Always craving a croque madame so I wish it was on the lunch menu but win plenty lose little in the case of Le Diplomate. :)

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ArthurN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food.

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vipsportsfoodAT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner as always! The food and service were incredible. Can't wait to go back!

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vipDagmarP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner outside

FAQs

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

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 9138 OpenTable diners.

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