Le Diplomate

4.8
9773 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 9773 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful meal. Our waitress was amazing and the food and accommodations were perfect as usual. We especially liked the outdoor private booths. But again, our waitress was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience- food is awesome.

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kimkar
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little expensive but overall great food and service. COVID protocol was strictly followed which was great.

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vipPatti
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE enjoyed a lovely evening in the small protected dining 'pods' - great service!

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Cherry
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect, steak frite delicious. Perfect for a birthday celebration. Consistent.

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vipMike
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Michael was outstanding❗️

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viptoutoften
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Diplomate remains our very favorite restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husbands birthday. Everything was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Really great first experience at Le Diplomate! I was worried we would be cold because we were sitting outside, but I actually ended up taking my jacket off due to the ample heaters. The food was delicious! I highly recommend the onion soup gratinée as a an appetizer- it was some of the best I have ever had in the area and was filling enough it could constitute a whole meal. I had the steak frites, which were recommended by my waitress and they were fabulous. I even reheated them the next day for lunch and they still tasted the same they did fresh out of the kitchen. I highly recommend Le Diplomate for a date night, special event or even just a dinner with friends.

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vipCaitH
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe in the outdoor dining huts (which had great heating/light/ambiance), food was delicious as always!

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Michele
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I are on a Keto diet and decided to have our cheat day at Le Diplomate. By far the best joint decision we've made. The burger and fries, macaroni au gratin, and pancakes were better than we remembered. Krista/Kristin (we each heard a different name lol) was an excellent server and made great drink recommendations. She was very personable, charismatic, and made sure we were checked on appropriately. Definitely worth the "cheat"!!!

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NatalieH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing quality food, very well socially distanced, and super clean. I was really impressed with the quail it of everything!

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vipMarkN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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ReChad
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and thoughtful Covid-19 mitigation set up.

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JiovaniM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nabil was our server extraordinaire! The food was incredible and they're outdoor seating is very warm and cozy. This place is doing something right!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We definitely enjoyed my husband’s birthday. Thank you so much.

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GaryL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect Saturday late lunch on the patio. The weather was beautiful, food was great, and service was excellent. My guests were overwhelmed with the kindness that Adnane showed during out time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

2 hours should be allotted per table not 1.5

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vipAnnieB1720
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our daughter’s 23rd birthday. The food was incredibly delicious. The service was great. They created a safe outdoor dining setting. This was our first time there but we will definitely be back!

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vipKenzieS
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Once we were seated, everything was great. The food was wonderful and our server was awesome! However, our meal started off on the wrong foot because the hostess gave us major attitude. It was enough that it impacted the overall experience of our entire meal. We’ve been to le dip plenty of times and never had an experience like this. I would hate to have this be someone’s first time visiting and be turned off from visiting again because their first impression was the rude behavior of the front staff.

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MaggieB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate never disappoints, but we were blown away by how nice the outdoor chateaus were on a cold and rainy February night! We were warm and cozy and enjoyed the intimate space. The food, wine, and service were all excellent and it was so nice to enjoy a safe dinner out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate is wonderful. The service was amazing. The food and cocktails are delicious! The outdoor seating options are also very comfortable. Such a fun outing!

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DianaT
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love it here
outdoor music and the new heated booths are amazing

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vipAMADC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

It was my mom’s 80th birthday & we were excited to have a lovely lunch to celebrate in one of my favorite restaurants. We made a reservation for outdoors & were thrilled with our chalet!

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vipDcGeorgiaGal
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor chalets make a great dining experience even better! Favorite place to dine safely!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We felt like we were on an assembly line. Food is really good, but didn’t feel welcome. This isn a cheap restaurant and It just wasn’t a good experience.

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Lisa
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time.

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Budsterwood
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Cold reception. Perfunctory service. Safe seating. Excellent food.

We made reservations for a very early dinner dining outdoors to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We ran into unexpected street construction and delays so were running late by about 15 minutes or so. I became a bit unnerved and so called to give a heads up on our later arrival time. The hostess told me that they can only hold our reservations for 15 minutes and then after that we would be welcome to put our name on the list for the next available table. This added to our anxiety and rush to get there. We arrived 16 minutes after our reservation time feeling more anxious than relaxed only to discover that we were easily seated as the tables were never more than half full our whole time there. When I called a good hostess would have said something more along the lines of “our policy is only to hold reservations for 15 minutes but you shouldn’t have any troubles this afternoon being seated and we look forward to seeing you when you arrive.”

The hostess reception was devoid of any warmth or hospitality. The attitude seems to be that they were doing us a favor to dine there. Very off putting.

We’ve dined here several times pre-pandemic and the food was as wonderful as ever. The fantastic breads, warm shrimp salad, the trout almandine, the chicken, and vanilla bean creme brûlée were all perfect. The waiter was efficient and fine but not warm in anyway. At the end his “thanks for spending your birthday with us” was so devoid of sincerity that it would have been better had he said nothing.

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vipCristyB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My fish was not fresh and that’s the only issue otherwise great experience!

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vipBexley
Washington DC
215 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Curious. Are you having servers use pepper grinders during the pandemic? I actually think that would be more sanitary than having the server handle a set of salt and pepper shakers as he/she brings them to the table. Then the diner touches them. Just asking.

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JayK
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Amazing food, disappointing service.
I would give this DC institution a second try based on reputation rather than experience.

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vipWilliamC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience in one of their great “pop-up” pods along 14th street. Our server was top notch - very friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Thanks and we look forward to coming back soon.

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DeliseL
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and drinks were excellent as always. My one complaint is COVID sucks! Apparently with dining restrictions in place they are limiting your dining experience to 1 1/2 hours. No lingering or letting your food settle.

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rileyc
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great afternoon! Food was delicious, service was excellent.

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vipJonathanH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a nice dining experience at Le Diplomat. It feels like you are at a French bistro. I ate alone and the service was overall very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor dining for Covid times. They have open stalls or you can sit out in the covered patio or just outside with not covering when it’s nice and sunny. Food is always great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration with lovely food and bite size dessert with candle. Wonderful outdoor service and very conscious of pandemic protocols. Wonderful experience all around!

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Emilija
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered Mushroom Tart and it was really nice, would recommend for people who want to try authentic French food

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vipGtfoodie
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great classic French food! A new classic favorite restaurant for us in DC!

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vipJenP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance. Enough din to make it interesting but allowable for convo. Food was fantastic. Thanks

FAQs

Le Diplomate does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Le Diplomate also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 9773 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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