Le Diplomate

4.8
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8569 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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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Very pricey for what I was served. I wasn’t as impressed as all the recommendations had labeled it. I don’t have a desire to go back. Just wasn’t a top pick. Food wasn’t bad - but not for the price I was charged!

CW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch place in the City. If you go, you have to get their cheese board!

S
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful first visit to this restaurant after weeks of waiting to get the perfect reservation (its a very popular spot). The server was very attentive and personable from beginning to end. I started with Gougères, they give you quite a few of them and pretty much melt in your mouth - so good. I enjoyed the Steak Frites for my entree. Steak was perfectly seasoned with maître d’butter, accompanied by a load of crispy fries. There was no room for dessert this time but I'm looking forward to my next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service!

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinning experience at Le Diplomat with friends. Amazingly like a Bistro in Paris. Bob Citron

m
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

May be my favorite restaurant in DC. Reliably very good food, but I'm probably even more impressed with the exceptional service, from hostesses to servers to floor managers. The overall atmosphere is wonderful, really consistently lively and festive. I like that it's absolutely not stuffy formal, but almost a hyper-Disney version of an idealized French bistro, and they successfully pull off that illusion.

AC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always appreciate Le Dip's dependable menu. Food was great and service was great.
We were there Sat. Jan. 18, 2020. Arrived at 6:30 p.m..
Le Diplomate appeared to be full as usual even for a holiday weekend.
The noise level seemed higher than normal; was very difficult to carry on a conversation.

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was scrumptious! Our server was outstandingly attentive! The ambience was reminiscent of Paris.
The only negative I have is the hostess who served us couldn’t hide her lack of patience with me. She seemed annoyed to take my coat to check and at the end of the meal was equally disengaged. I’m chalking it up to it being a busy night.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I would recommend getting a reservation. It’s a fun place for a girls night out.

L
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch. The food, service, and atmosphere all were outstanding. Monica was so lovely with service and made it a festive and memorable morning!

KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, we all had great meals and great service.

MR
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun and great people. Great wine and food. Enjoyed the mussels.

j
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Work event

FP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hamburger in DC - Lobster bisque was excellent. Great deserts.

JI
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LE Diplomate was great as always. It’s a routine spot for my wife and I but this was the first time we did a large group for her birthday and the restaurant was extremely helpful, service was excellent and the food is always top notch. Can’t wait to go back.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place does not disappoint from great service to the delicious food. My server Matt, made great recommendations and everything I had was delicious. I can’t wait to go back.

KG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an excellent meal. Never disappoints.

I
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and had was blown away by the food and the service!

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing! the sea bass was an absolute hit!

RH
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but not impressive, service was average, but warmed up to satisfactory. Meals were delivered promptly, bread was very good and support staff responsive. Prices are reasonable but overall impression and total package left me indifferent.

KK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great but we did feel rushed.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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L
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience. We came with two little kids and the server did a really nice job of taking care of us. Not really a family Resturant so it’s really up to the server to make you feel welcome and he did a great job. I just felt that the chairs were falling apart and uncomfortable.

JD
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers are incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. They're great with recommendations and pairings. Each dish on the menu belongs there, and the range of options is outstanding.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The service was horrible. Our waiter was very nice but inexperienced at best. This was our first time to the restaurant so wasn’t that impressed.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceeds expectations every time. Do not miss the chance to dine at this Washington, DC institution.

TH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a regular for the inception of the restaurant. You will never be disappointed with the food, just make sure the hostess knows who you are and what you are wearing once you check in for a reservation, it may be crowded.

CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and brunch was impeccable. Will definitely return!

UD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brunch was nice! Looking forward to going back for dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience! Our food and service was first class. Our waiter, David, was WONDERFUL!

C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I saw Le Diplomate on many lists of great restaurants in DC and it did not disappoint. I am moving to DC for an internship for the semester and my mom and I decided to eat here. The reservation was on time and the service was fast and excellent. Both of our meals were phenomenal and I would highly recommend this to everyone. I will hopefully be back soon!

B
Nashville
39 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live this place!!! Great food and Amazing Bread's!

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Busy, loud, community-like seating, small bar, good service, good drinks, great food!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting DC and wanted a fun place to catch up!

L
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would recommend the restaurant because it is close to a true French bistro but I found it too big and impersonal. The food is good, French Fries were delicious but nothing was outstanding.

OT
Ecuador
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best diner that I ever had

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place with close friends and family for a delicious meal in a place that lets you be loud if you want to be; serves a great meal with super staff (always); and never rushes you along. It's as much about the place itself as it is about the food, the two are perfect together.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in DC! Every night is a special occasion.

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