i guess we picked the wrong dishes the lobster omelette was kinda bland the bass was still skinned and just large kidney beans.
the apps were ok the entrees not happy with and the apple dessert was meh also.
My sister and brother-in-law, married a few weeks ago, wanted a dining experience in Washington unlike one that they could get in their home town of Madison, WI. Le Diplomate fit the bill perfectly. They were thrilled and we had the same satisfaction that we experienced during our 12 prior visits to the restaurant. The French bistro is extremely consistent: every one in our party was pleased with every dish, and I have yet to experience a dish there that was less than very good. Portions are large and the food is rich; we left a fair amount of good food uneaten. Service was also exemplary, and our server correctly "read" our table to ascertain how we want the service to be paced, which was less rapid than one might expect from a perennially busy establishment. The place is loud, but we did not have any difficulty conversing with each other.
Always spot on
I have been going to Le Diplomate for years and it is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. However, it is definitely not a place for a large party or small children. I booked a reservation a month out for Sunday brunch and arrived to find that while we had a large table, it was in the worst place possible, almost wedged into another patron’s back. To make matter’s worse, the high chair for my 2 year old was terrible and would not allow for his legs to fit under the table. The food was good, but the table selection really took away from the experience.
I will be back, but it will be in a party of 4 or less and no kids.
Love this place, but be prepared to pay $12 for valet parking because parking in the neighborhood is virtually impossible. Also, try to sit outside because the noise level inside is deafening. But food, service, etc., is fantastic!
For a business dinner, nothing beats the half-round banquettes!
We go to Le Diplomate every anniversary and Valentine’s Day, and it always hits the spot. We have made our way through the menu and every time we try something new it’s just as delicious as what we previously thought was our favorite. This time I had the Poached Eggs Basquaise, which was just fantastic. The polenta was so creamy and was just top of the line.
Our server was pretty rude and made the overall experience poorer.
We enjoyed having lunch here on a beautiful fall Friday. Sat inside but near an open window which was nice. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and our server brought us 2 glasses of champagne when we first sat down - a very nice touch. Their bread is fantastic - perfect for dipping in the garlicky butter of the escargots.
Always a great experience, especially if you love French bistro food. The stake au poivre and duck à l’orange were wonderful.
A bit active. Not the place for a semi quiet meal. But good food and service. Special party really blocking way to toilets.
Excellent mushroom tart but the steak wasn't that great. The reference for the steak is their pepper steak.
Longtime friends on vacation, good food, good vibrations, good time
Great food and atmosphere place to go while in Washington DC
Go for the food and skip the drinks. I attended with a friend for my birthday and the food was outstanding. The menu includes traditional french dishes, pate, duck l'orange, tartare, etc. Drinks were okay- We ordered four martinis (rail vodka) which ended up being almost $17/each... Thats way too much for drinks. The wine list was also way overpriced. Bottles of wine which could be purchased at the Trader Joe's next door for $19, were listed at $70 on their menu. Do yourself a favour, go enjoy their food menu and pack a thermos for your drank ;)
30th anniversary and they treated us incredibly well! A charming server who took care of our every need. Loved the escargot, the radishes and the steak au poivre.
Food and service are always great. Atmosphere is energetic. Perfect for an enjoyable night out.
I am in DC several times a year, and had never dined at Le Diplomate. Partly due to the difficulty in securing a last-minute reservation, and partly due to a local sibling mocking me for wanting to go where “everybody goes to see people.” Well, now I know why this has historically been The Place people go to see and be seen. The decor is charming and cozy, the staff are delightful, friendly, and knowledgeable, and the food is off the charts. The cheese selection alone makes it worth the trip. The trout almandine secures it as legendary. Had we not also had oysters, escargot, and our body weights in bread and wine, we would have definitely tried one of the beautiful desserts we watched pass by. Did I mention the wine selection is outstanding? I will be back, most certainly.
Food, service, all excellent. Noise a bit on the high side 80+ decibels. Our first time here and truly enjoyed it.
Le Diplomate used to be my go to place for brunch in DC. Unfortunately the last few times I have been there, the quality of the food has gone down considerably. It is really disappointing. I had the salad that comes with the prawn salad and it was heavily overdressed making the salad wilted. Previously I had the lobster omelette which was spectacular when I first had it and this time there was a quarter of the amount of lobster in the omelette. Didn't expect this deterioration of quailty. However, the bread remains supreme.
The experience was, as the French would say, correct. Nothing was egregiously terrible but it wasn't really good either.
Skip the oysters - mediocre at best. And...the oysters arrived with no explanation of what they were. For nearly $3 an oyster, that is truly unacceptable. The onion soup was more salt than soup. Basically they take your order and then throw your food at you. Entrees were pretty good though. Water glass was never empty but no coke refill. The napkin I was given had stains on it. It was clean but it just shows a lack of attention to detail.
So this is a hot restaurant on 14th St and everyone wants to eat there but the food is spotty and the service is underwhelming. I ate there soon after it opened and it was a really amazing. Now, not so much. Just phoning it in at this point.
This restaurant serves typical French bistro food. Both meals we had were perfectly fine (as was the service), but this wasn't food you think about days later, which is, for me, a criterion for giving a restaurant a 5 star rating.
We were visiting DC for a few days, sightseeing, enjoying ‘new to us’ restaurants. We both love the French bistro vibe and were excited to go to Le Diplomate.
The atmosphere was vibrant, fun and what you’d expect in this type of place. The food, was a huge disappointment. This food is definitely not authentic French or even really close to it.
My BF ordered Croquet Monsieur. The bread was not toasted (as it should be for this dish and therefore was soggy), the ham was not French ham but Virginia ham, the sauce was mediocre.
On the advice of the waitress, I ordered a dish of scrambled eggs in a pastry with mushrooms and sauce. I was assured the eggs wouldn’t be ‘rare as advertised but medium whatI ordered. I don’t know if it was the runny eggs or the sauce, but it was not good. I ate about half and later that day, did not feel well.
Disappointed is an understatement for a place we had been looking forward to for a month or more (made reservations early)
My advice, save your time and money and go somewhere else. The breakfast at The Lafayette is excellent and the service terrific.
Winter Park FL
We love escargots and this time, delicious garlic over them.
Fantastic ambiance and food.
Very disappointing experience. This restaurant is a victim of its own success. They are far too busy, and the staff is overwhelmed and undertrained. Results in unsatisfying service relative to the price of the food - fine for an Applebee’s, not this. And it’s surprising they are so busy! The restaurant is very loud (difficult to have a conversation with your family/friends). The food is mixed. We ordered the gougeres for an appetizer which were delicious. But then we ordered the onion soup which was so salty as to be inedible. We had the Trout Amandine, which was also a salt lick! My daughter ordered the duck a la orange, which was fantastic. Overall, food gets a “C”. Wine list is insanely overpriced (but this may be an East Coast wine tax problem- but I think these guys gouge). We did not order dessert. Then, I had to wait and finally ask for someone to process my $300+ bill! Really?? Will not be coming back in future trips to DC.
I would come to Washington DC and spend a week simply trying every item on the menu as a vacation in itself, that is how much we enjoyed the Le Diplomate. Atmosphere. amazing food plus ineffable je ne sais quoi make this our favorite place to eat in the city. Our waiter Nabil recommended dishes that each of us loved and took great care to make sure that our dining experience was unparalleled. Also incredible cocktails! We are now back home in Norfolk and I have no desire to eat out until we come back to the city :-) So much love for Le Diplomate.
Gorgeous, atmospheric restaurant! Food is spectacular. Burger may be the best I have ever eaten. Mashed potatoes to die for. Chocolate mousse dessert beyond compare. Service reasonably good, not great. But I love this place & will keep returning as often as I can!
Food, as always, was great. Service...not so much. Hostess who seated us wouldn’t allow us to switch tables to one we spotted that we liked better closer to the window
Great experience in dining. I like the atmosphere at the bar, too. Le Diplomate is a fun place to gather.
While our server, Madison was excellent, I found the food to be overpriced. We had the Dover Sole. It was unpalatable but the potatoes were good. We ordered the Barbac à l'Armagnac for dessert; the bread was stale. However, the pâté de Campagne was edible. Overall, while the concept is a good one, the restaurant fell miserably at putting together a french menu that does not live up to its standard. We will not be going back.
An excellent venue for dinner with friends before Studio Theatre. The food is excellent and the service prompt and attentive.
Always great but staff still suffer from attitude
Great service, delicious food, attentive staff, beautiful atmosphere
Great service. Great food. Overall great experience. Highly recommend.
Run don’t walk to Le Diplomate! We were lucky enough to get a reservation for this fantastic establishment and so grateful as this was one of the best dining experiences my family and I have ever had. Every dish was better than the next! From the appetizers to the main course, I couldn’t decide who’s was better because they were all outstanding. We finished eight the chocolate pot for dessert, it’s hard to describe except sublime, I so wish this restaurant was located closer to my home!
Le Diplomate reminds of Paris on the busy 14th Street area. Food is delicious - we enjoyed the bread basket and seafood choices a lot.
Le Dip is one of my favorite places to go in DC. Everything is amazing, from the bread and butter to the service/ambiance and the food itself, whether you're trying something new (we had the vol au vent and the polenta) or sticking to a classic (we usually get the steak frites, moulles frites, steak tartar). It's always a delight to go!