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About Lafayette Restaurant
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.
Washington, DC 20006
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
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
This classic restaurant that everyone in Washington has been going to for brunch and tea over decades is in a perfect spot overlooking Lafayette Park. The dining room is beautifully decorated. The waiters are polite. It's quiet and elegant. The only problem is the cuisine. Sometimes it's fine and sometimes it's literally horrible, as if the kitchen is having wild mood swings. The "chicken salad" served at lunch the other day was worthy of a 7-11 refrigerator case or a cheap deli in a bad neighborhood - old chicken bits dripping in bad mayonnaise, mixed with limp melon (?) Appalling. Have no idea why it would be hard to present a decent salad with chicken, especially given the high prices charged for simple basics like this. Lafayette chefs apparently need closer supervision? Or maybe a holiday.
Very beautiful dining room. Service impeccable.
It was my wife’s birthday and pianist played Happy Birthday as the waiter brought out our dessert. Food Devine. This a great venue for special occasions. Very quiet setting. Hotel itself is both historic and beautiful to see.
Lafayette is a favorite. The atmosphere is very elegant and the service just exquisite. The food is delicious. This time I went for brunch and it was just fabulous! Bottomless Taittinger champagne, chilled crab claws, amazing appetizers. I had the fried chicken entree and my friend the filet mignon. Both were excellent and the dessert table was just lovely. It is pricey but worth it.
An excellent restaurant that provides for a memorable overall experience. The food was superb, the service top notch, and the attention to detail justifying the value being provided. We were there with our 7-year old for a special family occasion and the restaurant staff made us feel extremely welcome! We had a great evening.
Impeccable service by our very knowledgeable waiter Clarence, who was an absolute delight! The food was exquisite, and thoughtfully prepared. I had the rockfish, pan fried to perfection served on a bed of pasta. My husband had the New York striploin, once again, cooked to perfection. The chocolate dessert was profoundly delicious as well. Our 2 guests were undoubtedly impressed.
WE were here for lunch, as we had been several times before when we found the food great !! And that was why we returned with friends. It is very different now and just not great... The menu has changed..the food has changed..just not as good...what a shame !!! we would not return !!!
My husband and I made a reservation in Lafayette as we wanted a special dinner to celebrate our last night in Washington. Whilst the ambience and attention of staff were excellent, our waiting period between our starter and main course was overly-long. Our waiter was obviously aware of this and apologised about same. I had ordered steak very well-cooked for my mains, and unfortunately it was still red inside when it arrived and I was unable to eat it. The waiter and maitre d' agreed it was unacceptable and took it away to be further cooked which it was. My husband had long finished his mains by this stage and had to content himself with finishing off the bread assortment while I ate my mains. The staff were very apologetic and we were given a complimentary dessert between us and a glass of dessert wine as a compensatory gesture.
I was just disappointed as the specialness of what had been anticipated for the occasion was spoilt, more so because of the excellent reviews we had read in advance about the restaurant which had raised our expectations and excitement, only to be crushed.
Complementary valet parking with dinner. Excellent service from every member of staff. Amazing cuisine in a beautiful environmennt. The pianist played a wonderful selection. All around the prices may seem high, but it is definitely an experience well worth having!
I went to this restaurant with my wife, daughter and another couple whom we invited for a special occasion. It is advertised as having a view of the White House. It is indeed across the street from the White House, but the windows are not panoramic and views are limited.
The decor is old-style elegant, the maitre d had a British accent, food was good, although not outstanding, wine selection extensive, there was a live pianist playing sedate music, etc. The place tries to convey an atmosphere of distinguished elegance, which almost succeeded except that there were gnats flying around inside the restaurant! One gnat fell into the wine glass of one of our guests! I realize it's Washington DC in the summer, hot and humid, but a place that takes on such airs should not have gnats flying around the tables. We ate at several other restaurants in Washington that weekend, including the museum cafeterias and hotel restaurant, and none had gnats bothering us. It is a small detail, but who knows what other things are not up to par. For a restaurant that is rated $$$$, insects should not be falling into the customers' drinks. Because of this, I do not plan to return, nor do I recommend it to anyone.
The service and food were outstanding. The appetizer buffet was a culinary experience bound to tap the taste buds of every foodie. The unlimited bellinis and main course options for brunch were both hearty and flavorful. And last but certainly not least, the dessert bar was just divine. My sister and I took my dad here for Father's Day and we all thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary, and the ambience was perfect. A pianist set the tone for a lovely dining experience. The food was phenomenal. It was evident that an experienced chef's artistry was on point. It was the most delicious meal we've enjoyed in a very long time.
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