Le Diplomate

4.8
10077 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 10077 People Are Saying
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vipAsIfYouWereInFrance
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined a day 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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vipHudson
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Alex
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoying a breakfast

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Qezi
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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NatalieJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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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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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.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I usually give Le Diplomate a 5 star rating but couldn’t this time because of one dish. The duck, beef bourguignon and scallops were all excellent. But my husband’s soft shell crabs were not up to the restaurant’s standards—too much breading and dry/over cooked.

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MatthewJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Dip has done an amazing job creating outdoor space. Food and service was great - actually enjoyed it more than when we would eat inside. Can't wait to go back.

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GeoffC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Management is serious and somewhat aggressive about the hour and a half limit that is currently being imposed. Can probably guess why but it does make the whole (expensive) experience feel too rushed.

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ALFREDOL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Great ambience. But no Valet parking !
I wish we knew sooner.I had the Trout almondine , excellent. My wife loves the half chicken,I do too. The escargot was excellent.
I wish I can find a French restaurant that will serve a good Pot au Feu !

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DCJudy
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food & an incredibly smart, skilled, schmoozey server - Michael. My friend & I truly enjoyed ourselves & felt totally COVID safe. We’ll be back!

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vipZarahM
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we got!

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vipPaulA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

When we told the manager we were celebrating a birthday (also stated in our reservation) his only response was to vacate the table in 5 minutes as we were over our time. This despite it taking them over an hour after arriving fir appetizers to arrive. Very poor hospitality they only want your $.

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Brittany
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Le Diplomate! I love their outside area and the food was incredible, as well as the service. I will definitely be coming back.

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AliciaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience is always excellent, but I love Le Diplomate even more after getting to hang with a group of friends in the COVID-19 heated outdoor booth set-up.

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JoyceW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed brunch in the outdoor area.

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vipLSBVA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as amazing as always, even though some of our favorites were not on the reduced COVID brunch menu. We ate outside in one of their dining "cabanas" which felt extremely safe and comfortable (it even had a heater!). It was clear that they have a lot of COVID protocols in place to keep everyone safe, yet still allow for an enjoyable experience. The staff was attentive and friendly and we really enjoyed our meal. If you like delicious food and want a safe and comfortable outdoor COVID dining experience, look no further!

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vipCourtney
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome date after being stuck inside for all of COVID

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Susan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great safe setup outdoors with heaters in chilly waather and well protected from the rain.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was delightful but the 90 minute limit seemed a little rushed for a fine dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been many times and it was as good as akway. Our favorite place.

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CharlotteM
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing - Le Diplomate really took outdoor dining to a new level with their blue and white booths. The traffic on 14th street is loud, but that’s out of the restaurants control.

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DentonS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience overall! Food expensive but worth it. Service phenomenal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set up great experience delicious food!

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vipKatelynP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frequent diner to Le Dip - first time sitting in one of the outdoor vestibules and it was perfect for my party of 4.

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vipSHE2K18
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Where to begin? From service to food, the entire experience was an absolute nightmare. Was mortified to be bringing family for first time after hyping for so many years. 3 steak frites were so fatty they were inedible. The scallops (my favorite dish) had me spending the night over the toilet. The waiters greeting to us upon sitting was “you have two and a half hours for your reservation so let’s get drinks in please” i had to repeatedly ask for the table water carafe to be refilled on four separate occasions (after sitting empty for ages multiple times). Twice when finally get the waiters attention he walked away while I was still speaking. Dinner was north of $700 and not even a thanks for coming in from waiter- I’m not sure he said a single nice thing our entire visit? While LD has been pretentious in the past, at least it had food to back up the pretension. Luckily, the fantastic company made up for an otherwise abysmal birthday dinner. Being a neighborhood local, I’ve been coming to le dip for years. After last week? I’ll never go back. Too many amazing new culinary experiences to justify the terrible treatment and atrocious service.

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CathyR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My husband and I are fans of Le Diplomate. We especially like to go there to celebrate special occasions and the servers always recognize those occasions.

We had a lovely outdoor table.

Le Diplomat does a very good steak frites with the steak cooked perfectly. This time the steak, the frites and the spinach we ordered were heavily salted.

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vipMyrnaD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Lè Diplomate use to be the place in DC. Honestly it can stay a distant memory- totally not the same. It took us 20 minutes to get greeted after we sat and another 10 to receive our bottle water and another 15 for lemons. We ordered appetizers and entrees and several drinks. Not a cautious tab should have been more engaged. Terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! So perfect!

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 10077 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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