Le Diplomate

4.8
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8766 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.
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vippamelah
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was closed due to COVIT-19.

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MichaelC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch was very good. Plenty of options. Need to make a reservation early, as this is a popular Brunch spot in DC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super efficient and friendly service. The food itself was delicious with a juicy medium rare steak, crispy potatoes, and a silky smooth lobster omelette done French style.

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Desh
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Diplomate has maintained its wonderful food since it opened. One can count on the highest quality food and service every time.

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KennaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic, and we could not have been more pleased with his menu guidance and friendly service.

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koukla
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great staff. Feel like you're in Europe. I keep trying different things on the menu and they never disappoint (and the bread is fabulous).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was way too loud and the server made a mistake with a drink order and did not correct it properly. The wine was corked and we had to return it twice. We were there to celebrate our birthdays but could hardly hear each other.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. I would definitely go back. Very friendly and professional staff, and our server was amazing. She made sure we were comfortable and the food was just as she described it to us out of this world.

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vipgreat
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good!

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vipuwsdine
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Well the food was pretty good but despite empty tables, they first sat us at a table right next to where the waiters go in and out (and kind of touched you both ways).Then upon request, we were sat elsewhere. But the new table was squished in between another table and the waiters. Then the waiter didn’t bring the wine until after the food came and after I asked. Same with the bread. In general the waiter was for some reason seemingly overwhelmed.
Finally the mussels were disappointing—just ok.

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FAB3
Houston
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very knowledgeable, friendly and efficient.

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BrendaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend took me here late on a Tuesday, and it was AMAZING! The service was excellent (they were very gracious when our outdoor eating plans were foiled by rain), the food came quickly, our server was super kind, and the entire restaurant is good for an Instagram post. I will absolutely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Spectacular gougeres and wonderful Tarte Tatin. Noise level was a bit overwhelming. Overall, I had a great meal worthy of France.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect French Restaurant with great service. I had the special Lobster Risotto which was great. My daughter had Ricotta raviolis. It was great. The bread is crazy good and homemade. They have a great menu and the wine list is AMAZING. I had a delicious cocktail called Romarin. It’s a grapefruit type cocktail. Get reservations. Go earlier. It got crazy fast.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to favorite restaurant in D.C. it never disappoints and everyone who I bring here refers their loved ones and friends here!

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Clare2422
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic delicious food with the best home made bread I have had in DC. The service is top notch, the wine list is extensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our only gripe was for the price ($270) we would hope not to sit in small, dinky chairs directly in a major pathway.

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Jsq98
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

On my radar since first DC visit. Food is traditional and delicious. Bread basket assortment is so, so good. We shared the cheese plate and charcuterie. Steak frites, skate, and lamb entrees all fantastic, my side of pommes purée sublime. Extensive wine list. Only negative was the initial interactions with our waiter! We are warm and friendly people, well-dressed and mannerly. Regardless, there is absolutely no reason for snobbery. And we were served it. He loosened up a bit in the end and we overtipped as usual, but less attitude would have made a more gracious dining experience.

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GinatDin
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Breakfast was fantastic, though we really did not eat breakfast food other than, perhaps, mimosas. The oysters were sublime. Les pommes frites everything you could imagine. The shrimp salad lovely and the burger a bulls eye

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vipDusty
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 3 had a delightful brunch on Saturday morning. There was a pretty good crowd for a chilly morning, but we were able to get a 9:30 reservation. As always, the service and food was excellent. The ambiance and noise levels were perfect for conversation, and we did not feel rushed at all. There are so many attractive breakfast choices that we feel compelled to return soon. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food4service1ambience5

Service was AWEFUL

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JGRI
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long-time popular D.C. place, for good reason. In an interesting neighborhood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal dining experience, felt like we were back in Paris! I never take the time to write reviews but this was an exceptional dinner. Thanks for a memorable evening!

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vipCWink
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

After this experience, Le Diplomate is off our list: the food was undistinguished and couldn't justify the price point. It's definitely a fun place: pretty people in a fun neighborhood. But the mushroom tarte had clearly been frozen and then inadequately heated (still frozen in the center!) and the steak wasn't any better than you can get anywhere else. This is our third blah meal there, so no more.

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ChadA
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good. Service was a bit slow for refilling the glasses from a bottle of wine purchased.

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DrewJB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine, great food, outstanding service. Even brought a special dessert for a birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Birthday celebration for 23 yr old son...came from out of town!

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vipCitizenJon
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Four of us; two foodies, two less so but know good food. Food was all good, the day's special - Cassoulet - was excellent. Portions were good for sharing and good value. Only significant disappointment were the house hand-crafted cocktails from the menu. In one the description did not convey the likely sweetness, two should have been relatively alcohol forward but one was more like lemonade and the other was considered weak. Two of us make and consume a wide variety of cocktails, and we all tasted each of the cocktails and agreed. In future, I'd opt for a simple, straight-forward cocktail like a Hendricks Martini or similar standard. That said the house manager accepted our comments graciously and delivered a shared dessert treat as compensation.

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lostinalex
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was extremely quick. Food was excellent. Beef bourguignon was tender and delicious. Roasted chicken was moist and flavorful. Moroccan lamb was tender and delicious . Excellent food and service.

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vipHH4evr
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation but we found a seat at the bar and our table was quickly ready. We ordered several apps to share before our entrees and everything was delicious! Classic French dishes - escargot, steak frites, salade Nicoise, trout almandine, gougeres, and more! Great bread! Raw oysters were expensive but good. We’ll go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to the staff who took care of my business colleague/friend who dined alone because I was sick. They brought her a special dessert and she said they treated her so well! I cannot wait to come back to Le D and return the favor to waitstaff! This is one of my favorite places in DC for all around good food and good service! Thank you so much, Team Le D! :)

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vipRobz
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Not fancy..a true French bistro.
Service is just what you would expect from a very busy French bistro..not fine dining by any stretch but I'd definitely go back. My food was perfect..bread delicious etc etc

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RickM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service outstanding. A bit noisy but that didn’t take away from the atmosphere.

The skate was excellent, as was the dorado. Loved the escargot. The gougere were simply amazing.

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Morgant
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is great! Food could be better. Some hits, some misses.

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vipGDittus
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like I was in a great left bank French bistro. Great wine selection -- and superb Steak Frites.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely divine. The servers are friendly courteous and helpful in their recommendation. The ambience is popular yet relaxed. Definitely a place one can patron again and again to relish the most amazing French cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time as always! Food was delicious, our server Madison was amazing! And a shout out to the Manager in charge for the complimentary pastries and Foie Gras Parfait as our table was running late. Thank you again!

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Beth
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Monica provided exceptional service. She was knowledgeable and helpful. Food and beverages were all great.

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vipMKY1
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday brunch!

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