Le Diplomate

4.8
10104 reviews
$31 to $50
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 10104 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AdrienneL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday dinner! Food and service were both amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipAmberS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun. Loved it for Mother’s Day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We ate outside in a lovely, private space. Wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

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Torie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place, had the lobster frites and it was delicious...

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LDDDDD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and fair price. Congrats to the team

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vipswansailor
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great location with well designed outdoor seating in booths with warm air supply for your feet and open windows for your health. The food was excellent. Pea soup was an unexpected highlight. Service was good but each waitperson had too many tables.

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TomS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

People rave about Le Diplomate, and we appreciated the service and ambiance. But we found the food disappointing—it just wasn’t very special. We expected to be wowed, and we simply weren’t. We will try it again and hope the food will be better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our wedding anniversary with family

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maxx
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great (as always)!

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vipLuv2eatout
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! We sat outside in an individual booth separate from our neighbors. The only caveat is that it’s open so it was quite windy. Our service was impeccable and the food was excellent. We would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside at the cutest table! It even had heat and an overhead light. The bread and latte are to die for- everything was delicious. Loved the warm shrimp salad. Our server was charming and didn’t rush us! Quality of the food is outstanding

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vipamfrere
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food and service in town. Consistently excellent in all aspects.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Couldn’t have been better. The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent! Love this place!!

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VanesseD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in DC! The fois gras, tuna carpaccio, and macaroni au gratin are a must for the table! The boeuf bourgignon is also to die for. Never disappointed at le dip!

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Matt
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always in all ways. It wa our first outdoor dinner in more than a year. A great choice.

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vipJaniceF
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome, and the food was delicious! Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meal was fabulous and the ambience was perfect. Perfect afternoon lunch to head into the weekend!

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EricC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st official dinning out experience as a family in a year- it was great. We did outdoor seating - staff was great, food really good. Great afternoon!

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vipAsIfYouWereInFrance
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portia, our friendly and able server, knew how to describe oysters, which is rare. The food was what you would have eaten in a popular bistro in a French secondary city. It might have arrived a bit hotter.

The restaurant is much quieter and more pleasant with physical distancing.

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Lani
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Super knowledgeable and friendly waiter. ONLY thing was we didn't have a table cloth lol. A must-try in DC.

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vipHudson
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate always does a wonderful job! Every dish on the menu is exceptional. The staff is friendly, and helps to make the experience always a special one. It is my favorite restaurant in Washington.

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Michael
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I’ve never had a bad meal at Le Diplomate. The restaurant is a little too loud indoors and outdoors, and the hostesses need to be reminded good manners are not the price of efficiency. The food and table service are some of the best in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I went for a late dinner with my friend Stephen to celebrate my birthday. My onion soup was delicious, and he enjoyed the warm shrimp salad....but the entrees left much to be desired. I was served lukewarm mussels with French fries that were bordering on cold. He was underwhelmed with his seared scallops. Neither of us finished our dinners. But we did have dessert to celebrate my birthday.

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krtmd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating booths. The food and the service were excellent

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Alex
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful ambiance reminiscent of a French bistro. Service was great, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoying a breakfast

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Qezi
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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NatalieJ
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate is always a great place to visit, but this most recent visit was exceptional. Our server, Sean, was a delight and took good care of us. The whole place is set up to keep everybody safe during covid, which was greatly appreciated. And, as always, the food was fantastic. If you can, try the foie gras parfait!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Efficient & delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I ordered the scallops and when they arrived they were not hot and it seemed that they had been sitting around for a while. I should’ve asked for another but my friends mussels were good and I didn’t delay the meal. Actually, scallops tasted old and the entire dish was lukewarm. Hi I’m kicking myself for not speaking up. It wasn’t up to their standards as I’ve had the scallops many times before.

The server did not bring a spoon with the mussels and after we asked for a spoon, it did not arrive immediately. She was not very efficient.

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viptoutoften
Washington DC
156 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate is our favorite restaurant....beautiful ambiance, excellent food and great service. It doesn't get any better than that!

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vipPapaya
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super yummy place with excellent service. Outdoor seating can’t be beat.

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ConchaO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good on food and service. Great ambience. Mosquitos a problems outdoors so need to mitigate this.

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vipelge
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service and the outdoor setting is wonderful

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ChristobelF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable experience, superb food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my first time going to Le Dip and the food lived up to its hype! We got the onion soup and escargot for appetizers, the duck and steak frites for entrees, and the Malbec, frose, and Chardonnay for drinks. The environment was great in the enclosed streatery table. It was loud due to being on busy 14th, but that’s to be expected. Pricey, but worth it!

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Jota
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Honestly probably one of the best restaurants I've ever been to in DC. My wife, a very picky eater, even tried the Escargot and really liked it. Will definitely be coming back.

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Chanty
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Sirone(not aire about spelling) was amazing!!! She went above and beyond to make our dining experience amazing.

FAQs

Le Diplomate offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 10104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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