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Le Diplomate

4.8
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9102 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 9102 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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DenisB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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Rupen
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

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Diner1
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

HS
vipHappilySuprised
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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vipsportsfoodAT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DP
vipDagmarP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner outside

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was perfect. The lobster omelette was delicious.

MW
vipMaplesWill
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like you were stepping from a sidewalk in Paris into the Brasserie Lipp. It started wit h Cocktails. I didn't know what to order so the waiter suggested that he would come back with something good and he was right, He made me a delicious Vieux Carre'. We then ordered appetizers consisting of state that our car, onion soup, and while we're on a parfait all of which were fantastic. My daughter and I had steak au poivre, which was delicious. The mushroom medley side order was very tasty as well. We washed it down with a very good and moderately priced half carafe of red wine.

We're never disappointed when we go to le Diplomate.

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shazam
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time out to eat since February. the food was amazing and sitting outside with the tables spaced seemed about as safe as it could be done. Sitting in the middle of 14th Street was very noisy but what can you do.

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vipLeeB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Two of the three members in our party felt ill after eating the food on Saturday afternoon. Our mushroom tarte came quite burnt and our service was awful for the first time in my experience dining at the restaurant.

Our waiter was quite rude and overall had a poor experience

NB
NoahB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food was good, service was superb. I ordered a cocktail and it turned out not to my liking, they took it back and made one that I liked. No problem.

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vipCakeboss18
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food.

RE
vipRachaelE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for respecting the social distancing guidelines - felt so safe!! Perfect visit as always!!

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vipsusanas
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was great overall! We found a hair in our food but the manager came over and apologized. He got us a new plate of food that was clean and took it off our tab. Other than that, food and service was outstanding

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Vikki
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I wasn’t overly impressed with the salmon dish, but the drinks & ambience were great.

KK
vipKarenK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside seating, as always excellent waiters! Cheers to Bill most excellent bartender!
Food was great! That burger never fails.

CB
CharlesB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Everything was fine except the bugs and flies. We ate outside and the flies were all around us a d we were bitten by bugs. We were offered bug spray, but it didn't help much. Can't wait for covid to be over so that I can eat inside.

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vipCharleneW
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice in the midst of a pandemic

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judithk
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Outdoor searing comfortably distanced. Good menu and food

SO
vipSimayO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

DC staple and must try. I will come back for brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Love this place.

DB
vipDahnB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Even under the new circumstances.

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LiaR
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Le Diplomate is one of my favorite restaurant. This time the salad was not the same fresh and tasty as other times I had it.

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Samtou
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was top notched.

j
vipjenniferhayes
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality and service. The Salad Vert is always a winner!

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vipCathy
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Would go there every day for lunch if I could. Had the warm shrimp salad. Divine

RS
RickS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and the service are great, but there are just too many flies. One of them flew straight into the butter :(

J
vipJennifer
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat in the new Streatery and it was fine. Tables far apart which was great. It was a little bit too dark by the end of dinner. We both had the Lobster Frites and agree it is one of the best dishes in town. Really really terrific. They were out of the wine we ordered but the sommelier/manager came by with an excellent alternative. Stellar customer service. I can’t wait to go back.

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vipsusan
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We have enjoyed the restaurant in the past. But this visit almost makes us take it off our go-to list. Service was terribly inattentive. We would have to talk to two people to get someone to ask our server to come to the table. It took 30 minutes to place our order. The dishes that arrived were inaccurate. Steak frites ordered rare came well done.

Management did make an effort to accommodate us by comp'ing a number of the items we had ordered.

Doubt we will return until after the pandemic ends. Hope their service and food quality returns by then.

FP
FelicityP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our lunch. The food was delicious and the staff were really friendly with our baby daughter. Tables nice and spaced out too!

MZ
MichaelZ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time to Le Diplomate was for brunch and the food and service was excellent. The bread was amazing. I am looking forward to returning for dinner.

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vipajfoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate has done a wonderful job adapting to Covid rules. Sitting outside my party felt very safe and separated from the other diners. The food was excellent, as we have come to expect.

DC
vipDCLA88
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My family loves Le Diplomate. We go there for every big occasion. Unfortunately, this time we had horrible service. We were trying to celebrate my brother's engagement. The waiter couldn't even be bothered to give us silverware or explain any of the cheeses on our cheese board. We had to ask others to get our waiter four or five times. This culminated in my father paying the hostess because we waited 30 minutes for our waiter to return to give us the check. Obviously COVID is a weird time, and we certainly tried to be understanding, but this was just such a bummer for a big occasion. Might need to seek out a new occasion spot.

EM
vipElizabethM
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday — was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We were directly in the sun and totally get corona times but they were not accommodating at all and I made the reservation like 3 weeks in advance

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Dmalts
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great time - as my husband and I always do at Le Diplomate. The food was great and the staff were all incredible. Minimal contact with others even though we sat inside.

My only issue was that I had booked this reservation online over a week in advance, and included a note that outdoor dining was preferred (since outdoor tables have been expanded recently). The restaurant called me to confirm the day before and morning of. Each time I spoke with a friendly staff member and was told that there may not be outside seating available, and indoor might be necessary. That’s fine, though a little concerning since this was our first time dining out since the pandemic began.

During both confirmation calls I was assured that if there were tables available outside upon arrival, that we may be able to sit there. So, morning of our reservation and we get to the restaurant early and there are actually 3-4 open tables outside. Super nice weather, so excited for this; but once at the hostess stand I was told that there were no tables available outside and we had to sit inside. I mentioned that there appeared to be a few tables open and proceeded to tell her what I was told on the phone, but she continued to say my reservation from open table was a “standard reservation” and that I had to sit inside.

I thought it was just ridiculous since I booked this reservation a week in advance and was told that it didn’t qualify me to sit at an outdoor table.

I wish Open Table or the restaurant would’ve clearly explained why my open table reservation didn’t qualify as an outdoor seating reservation. I was never even told once how to make a reservation for outdoor dining. Do I need to call and request? The whole situation was unprofessional and confusing, but the waitress and food was great and made up for the sour welcoming to our first brunch of 2020.

NH
NikH
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for an evening with friends! Great wine selection as well.

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 9102 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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