About Lafayette Restaurant
Washington, DC 20006
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch. With large windows opening onto Lafayette park & the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital & is certain to complement any dining experience.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch
Private Dining available for groups of up to 18 guests.
Parking is complimentary for dinner. A parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking for breakfast Monday - Friday and Sunday Brunch. $28 for Lunch Monday - Saturday.
McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
Private Party Facilities:
The private room within the Lafayette Restaurant can accommodate up to 24 guests. Windows open to a panoramic view of Lafayette Park and The White House.
Private Party Contact:
Gabriel Lombardi: (888) 260-3497
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Brunch on most major holidays.
Lafayette Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I have been hosting or attending business meals (breakfasts primary) at the Lafayette Room in the Hay Adams for years. It is elegant, quiet, delicious, and with extraordinary service. Once again this week I had Geovanni as my primary server and he is just extraordinary. I'm always well cared for, made to feel like a special customer (and that's saying something given the power brokers that eat there regularly), and thrilled with the food quality. It's expensive but extraordinary.
We had dinner at Lafayette the Friday before Valentine's day to avoid the crowds. The restaurant was amazing, we had personalized service, and the food was superb. It was a fantastic romantic dinner with a table without any other people around us and the most fantastic piano music.
This place was a breath of fresh air during an otherwise dreary week. Went with my best friend, who'd also had a bad week, and this place and its considerable ambience (have a live pianist playing gentle old favorites) and superior service were just what we needed. Expensive, yes, but not unreasonably so, as some fancy restaurants I've been to. The food was most excellent (pistachio-crusted scallops were excellent!), and you can catch a glimpse of the White House through one of the windows if you make the effort.
This elegant restaurant was degraded by a party of six nearby dressed in various street attire. Worn jeans, hooded sweatshirts and exercise gear. We had coat/tie and cocktail dress for our 50th - what happened to dress codes? Regardless , it was a good dining experience.
Classic DC Historic Hotel Fine Cuisine & staff makes it even more enjoyable.American food with flair and “impeccable” service, memorable experience for the taste buds and friends or family. Order anything on the menu, you will love it but the seafood dishes are out of this world.
KISS THIS (r) rated 5 Kisses out 5
The service here was truly amazing from the person that greeted you at the door to your server. I really enjoyed how well they treated us and it was my moms birthday so they even brought a gorgeous desert and both the server and hostess came by to wish her a happy birthday. The food was also delicious. I think my only thing was that it was supposed to be a restaurant with a view, and it was not. The White house is close by but you couldn't see it at all. Great live piano player and a very elegant atmosphere. Overall really nice but maybe just too quiet and no view for my taste.
Great great service though!
I showed up for Christmas Brunch as I thought I had a reservation. I made it through Open Table. When I arrived they told me I could not reserve Christmas brunch through Open Table. Then why was it advertised there? And no, they could not squeeze in my family of 3. So we had an average breakfast at very expensive prices in their downstairs restaurant.
It was all rather....yaaaawn...pleasant. Basically a cliche fancy restaurant. The meal was superbly refined, as expected, but nothing unique. The ambiance was sonambulistic. I don't know, it just didn't do much for me. Good for business in the political sphere.
Very nice prix fixe at $55 including a delicious and tender tenderloin of beef. Sea bass could have been a heartier serving. Fine wine selection. Dessert of 'modified' sacher torte was creative and tasty.
The biggest asset of the dining room is the pianist Tom Vogt, who seamlessly wove standard after standard together into a melodious whole. He also put up with people like me asking who composed, etc. In my mind Tom is the overriding reason to dine at Lafayette.
The Lafayette at the famous Hay-Adams hotel is a Washington classic, especially during the holiday season. It starts with the ambience and great service; the food is very good and, perhaps my only critique, is a rather limited wine list---but I had no trouble finding an excellent bottle for the evening. If you are in DC, especially during the holidays, stop by The Lafayette for breakfast or dinner.
From the moment one enters the Hay-Adams Hotel and its signature restaurant you know you are in for a treat. Wanted to celebrate my birthday with a special Brunch and Lafayette hit all the right notes. From the bottomless strawberry Mimosas and Taittinger Champagne, to the vast selection of all you can eat appetizers: crab legs, jumbo shrimp, salmon, grilled veggies, assorted cheeses (even really good buffalo mozzarella),exquisite pastries (croissants, scones, cinnamon rolls!), green salads and even ceviche (my favorite thing of them all). There were meat dishes as well that I don't eat but looked perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. For $80 you get all the appetizers you want and then choose a hot main course of the menu; we had the pasta with mushrooms and mascarpone pancakes. The pancakes were a bit too skinny and dry for my taste but the pasta was scrumptious. With Mimosas, champagne and other drinks listed included, for us it was quite a bargain. And I only mention this because I do not understand any comment about this place being "expensive". It is elegant, classy and you get detailed, friendly service and haute cuisine. Forgot to mention the human element that makes this place outstanding: our server ElMahdee who was elegant, attentive and charming not only to us but to everyone he tended to. We could see how he knows to make every client feel special. And finally, the probably overlooked gentleman at the piano. I did not get his name, but the repertoire and musical selection was very whimsical and festive keeping a good soft level throughout our meal. Magical moments! Can't wait to come back!
While I really wanted to love this restaurant, frankly it fell a bit flat. I made a reservation weeks in advance to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. I requested a table by the window, which they did not fulfill even though there were such tables available. I'd mentioned in the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and to pull out all the stops, but throughout the night the service was good but unremarkable. We noticed halfway through out meal that other tables had gotten a bread basket and we had not. Just minor details here and there that made the experience less than it could have been. I don't mind paying for great service, but there was nothing special about it. It was polite and fine.
My boyfriend had the rack of lamb and i had the beef tenderloin. Both were very good, flavorful, and well executed. Portions were of a good size, which is unusual for very high end dining. Overall dinner was enjoyable.
We ordered dessert and it was delicious, but again, no acknowledgment that it was a special occasion. Frankly, I don't frequent restaurants and run up a 300+ tab for two people to feel average. I had wanted this to be a special, memorable experience, but I've come away from it more frustrated than satisfied. The food was really good and our waiter was nice and helpful, but again, I think they did a poor job of making it a special evening. I would recommend the restaurant to people looking for somewhere elegant, but don't expect anything other than polite, adequate service.
The service is unmatched and the restaurant has famous clientele. Kevin Spacey and Bob Dole are regulars. The food was awesome and plentiful. Definitely worth every penny. We enjoyed brunch for my boyfriend's birthday and they brought out an amazing chocolate mousse with a chocolate "happy birthday" message that was beautifully plated. Will definitely be going back!
The restaurant is a great choice if you are seeking a more formal lunch experience in a classic white table cloth venue. The service is exceptional, but the food is only adequate and is very limited in choice. It's a kitchen with a handle on classic preparation but short on executing anything that would be remotely memorable for its taste or ingredients.
Lafayette is my "go to" restaurant for breakfast/brunch. I had not dined with them during the lunch hour, in quite some time. Service was, as always impeccable! The salad; quite disappointing. My friend, and I, each ordered the Cobb salad, and while I was very pleased to be served a small amount of greens, the remaining ingredients were average. There was plenty of blue cheese, but maybe a quarter of an avocado, and two ounces at best, of chicken. Thankfully, the service, made up for the disappointing salad. I will continue to recommend Lafayette for breakfast, and brunch, but not sure about lunch.
The food was actually really great. There were two problems though - one was that, despite the fact that very few people were in the restaurant and it was fully staffed, staff rarely came by. But much more important, the place was absolutely full of fruit flies. They were everywhere. It really took away from the otherwise beautiful ambiance and decor. I like this restaurant, but I would not recommend going unless and until they fumigate and solve this issue.
One of the loveliest evenings my friends and I have had celebrating a birthday, in this case my birthday. Wait staff made us feel very special- the piano player was the icing on the cake. Even the valet parking men went out of their way to welcome us . Being native New Yorkers, we're used to pricey places with very good food, but the Lafayette added the elegance and old world charm so lacking in the trendy places. Worth every penny!
My wife and I went to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Beautiful dining room, nicely spaced tables and perfect atmosphere for quiet, romantic dinner. Service was attentive but not overly formal. My wife had the Dover Sole, de-boned tableside, and said it was the best she has ever had. I had the rack of lamb which was delicious. At server's suggestion, we ordered the special vanilla souflee for dessert which was wonderful. Because it was our anniversary, we were informed, when the check came, that the dessert was "on the house." All in all, a great meal and a lovely evening.
Having been to the restaurant several years ago, we were disappointed in the quality of the food ("salad" consisted of a few beets and a few carrots arranged on a plate with a dollop of goat cheese. The duck was undercooked; the creme brule was salty and consistency was odd. Whipped cream with chocolate was served seperately for some reason.) A glass of St. Emillion seemed a little off. The restaurant was unusually loud and we had trouble hearing each other. Altogether a great disappointment, as we had looked forward to it for several weeks.
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