Le Diplomate

4.8
10580 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 10580 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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pamela
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great server, excellent experience! the rainstorm was also great outside in our tent :)

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vippamela
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fries in town

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jodis
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and service was outstanding. Waiter let us catch up over lunch without rushing us.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! And the creme brûlée was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had

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KristaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service! Bread and entrees came out promptly and we never had to ask for a drink refill. We celebrated our wedding anniversary here and would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The foods absolutely delicious!

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kpkp
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. We had a wonderful lunch late afternoon. The restaurant was quiet and good for conversation.

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JuanitaA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to lunch to celebrates my husband’s birthday, all the food was delicious. From the beginning with the delicious bread until the end!!
We will come back every time that we come to DC

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ethel
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I found the food to be mediocre. Service was efficient and staff helpful.

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SuzanneK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was made memorable by a step into Paris for the evening. Service, food, ambiance can’t be beat!

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vipKaren11
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Muy rica la comida. El lugar muy agradable.

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Guest
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were fantastic as was dessert! The outdoor seating setup was very quaint and fun.

JP
vipJP15
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was outstanding but the manager was very awkward regarding wines. Actually pretended to know more than he did and made up some story about a wine being bad when we know they just didn’t have it. Overall if a restaurant is going to serve such excellent food and have a strong wine list at least hire someone who knows about wine.

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MikeinMcLean
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We looked forward to returning to Le Diplomate for the first time since pre-pandemic. The food and service were every bit as good as we remembered -- and kudos to the wait staff and the kitchen for that. My caution would be about outdoor dining: due to rising Covid variant infections, we opted for outdoor dining. Unfortunately, we were not seated along relatively quiet Q Street, alongside the exterior wall of the restaurant; instead, we were situated in a cubby built in the former parking lane of 14th Street, where cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles zoomed by throughout the evening. This is not to fault Le Diplomate for our unfortunate accommodation, but I would STRONGLY recommend that if you are going to sit outside, then try to score a table along Q Street, not 14th Street.

Hope to visit again when we're truly post-pandemic.

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shelleyk
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

they do not have experienced servers and the food was terrible. Basically had french fries and bread for dinner. The men's restroom was disgusting. The steak came rare instead of medium and was too tough to chew. Two sent it back and the steak came back well done. We have eaten there many times and this was a terrible experience. We were celebrating three birthdays. So disappointing

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vipForkage
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I have always enjoyed Le Dip, but lately I am finding it has fallen flat for me, and I go there less and less often. The food is consistent, especially the burger, so my comment is on the service. The wait staff just seems less welcoming. Perhaps our waiter was having a bad day. Perhaps. He was a bit patronizing and abrupt, and then was mostly absent. They were out of an item we ordered, and the manager was extremely apologetic, and we really appreciated his going above and beyond for a such a small issue, so it was a real shame that the waiter is not on the same page and instead is a rather tepid personality.

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Bridget
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was impeccable! We did sit outside on a very very hot day so that was a downfall. Also the wait staff accidently spilt a frose on the table and some got onto me (which was by not means on purpose, it was absolutely an accident) but it was unfortunate. The food is always to die for though and we will be going back (just sitting inside)

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NataliaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice staff

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great time celebrating a birthday. The food was full of flavor and so fast. The pastries, entrees, and desserts were so good and authentic. Timothy, our waiter, created such a wonderful experience. Would definitely go back for any occasion!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great evening at Le Dip! Reliably delish French classics, wonderful service. A bit too loud, am glad we were just a party of two, but that’s sort of what you get at a bistro in Paris too

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vipJoyG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best bread anywhere! Excellent service!

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StaceyW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waiter was great. The brunch food seems to have declined in quality recently though

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Lisa
Austin
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience all around. Delicious food, friendly staff, and excellent service.

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Gigi
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely bistrot meal. Reminded us of Paris dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was very good, but it was very loud, very crowded. Could barely hear the waiters. Not as fancy of a restaurant as we were told. I think experience would’ve been a lot better if we sat outside!!

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vipYuliaA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is wonderful as usual! Food, service, music, atmosphere are amazing!

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KatieW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant, will definitely be back! Good French experience

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vipKats
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place transports you back to Paris. From the jazz playing to the fresh cut bread it will make you want to return again. Food was great and the drinks were flowing. Make a reservation well in advance since this will fill up.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. A DC staple that survived the pandemic and came out with the same stellar level of service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent, especially the oysters. Beef bourgignone was really good. Server and overall service was excellent as well. Had a great time.
The entrees came out right after we finished the oysters which felt too soon. We wished we had a few minutes pause before diving into another course. We also had cold air blowing on us where we were seated which felt uncomfortable (was a mild evening). Restaurant was rather crowded.

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JonathanH
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is excellent, nothing out of place, and the food is delicious. The staff takes pride in their service delivery; Nabil, try and ask for him.

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ABirthdayLunch
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch sitting in the outdoor booths. All food was excellent!

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AmyE
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service 5 stars! Le diplomat never disappoints

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OO77
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chibak = best server ever

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LNBA
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wouldn't recommend Profiterole if you don't like banana and chocolate together. Crème brûlée is extraordinary. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for antipasti Ricotta Ravioli, Mushroom Tart, Onion Soup Gratinée, for entrees Salmon, Steak Au Poivre, and Steak Frites. The steak is SOOOO GOOD! For a person who doesn't like red meat, salmon is a perfect choice! Lots of wine selection and they have a quite a bit outdoor seating that is social distanced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOOD HERE!

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DamarisB
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food/service. Great spot.

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vipFrequentdiner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lovely venue. Great bread. Chicken paillard was tough and chewy. No steak salad option despite a $38 steak frite option on the menu. Weak lunch choices. Mostly a destination for the ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great!

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 10580 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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