About Le Diplomate
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.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Thursday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 12:00AM
Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10:00AM to 3:00PM
$31 to $50
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Le Diplomate Ratings and Reviews
Another great meal at one of the most dy ...
Another great meal at one of the most dynamic, energetic restaurants in DC. We're always amazed at just how well the owners created not just the styling, but the ambience and energy of a real French brasserie (e.g. La Coupole, Balthazar). All of the food was delicious as usual: veal, lamb, steak-frites, mousse of foie gras, and profiteroles.
Always a great dining pleasure and fun experience.
I have wanted to go to Le Diplomate for ...
I have wanted to go to Le Diplomate for some time. It did not disappoint! The food was excellent and the service was great. It was a lovely night in Washington to enjoy the outside dining offered. I look forward to returning.
This was a great find. The decor was per ...
This was a great find. The decor was perfect, just like being in a bistro in Paris. Food was good, worth the price. Service was attentive and friendly. Overall a great place to dine. I would diffinately recommend a visit
We dined @ Le Diplomate on a Saturday ni ...
We dined @ Le Diplomate on a Saturday night. We made the reservation in advance, as it is a busy night at this restaurant. The food was good french bistro. I love their bread. Everyone was pleased with what they ordered. I really enjoyed the mushroom tart, and the loup de mer. The only negative: the service. We felt rushed, the drink menu disappeared multiple times...we decided it would be best to order glasses of wine over ordering a bottle. I think we asked for the wines by the glass menu at least 5 times. A drink was also spilled on our table. And of course the waiter recommended some of the more expensive bottles on the menu over glasses. Not impressed with the service, such a disappointment for a nice evening w/friends.
Seriously delicious food and great servi ...
Seriously delicious food and great service. Worth booking in advance, even though it fills up quickly! Brunch is amazing, especially that pastry basket. For dinner, the roast chicken and burger are amazing. Cheese selection and board is always delicious and a good value. And for lunch, the jambon beurre baguette is SO GOOD.
Le Diplomate has great decor and ambianc ...
Le Diplomate has great decor and ambiance and a wonderful outdoor patio for nice weather dining. But I have consistently been disappointed with the food, not because it is bad per se, but because the restaurant is so over-hyped and I have yet to think they food is worth the hype or the price. But people seem to love it and for that reason I would recommend it to others and the good decor.
Our service was impeccable! Food was ver ...
Our service was impeccable! Food was very good. A very nice restaurant but too loud in the front area near the bar. We ask to be moved and it was taken care of immediately. We will definitely return the next trip to DC.
I have eaten at Le Diplomat numerous tim ...
I have eaten at Le Diplomat numerous times. This past visit was just not up to par. The beef Bourgogne was too salty and the escargot was just average. Also when we pointed out a discrepancy in the bill the waiter was rather rude instead of being apologetic. We will go back eventually- we live in the neighborhood, but it won't be for quite awhile- it is time to give some other establishments our business.
So we went here for our anniversary. Fis ...
So we went here for our anniversary. Fist time ever! Roger was out waiter. He was fantastic. So helpful, gave great recommendations and also didn't hover over us but made sure we had everything we needed. The food was phenomenal but the overall experience was made my Roger. He even brought us a little anniversary treat with a candle! How sweet. The dinner was well worth the money!
Came highly recommended and it didn't di ...
Came highly recommended and it didn't disappoint! I'm new to DC and the general neighborhood and can see myself making this a regular spot! Plus, I have a connection with the Architect who worked on the project and he wholeheartedly recommended it!!
Me and a friend made reservations for r ...
Me and a friend made reservations for restaurant week because there restaurant was listed in the "Restaurant Week" open table section but when we got there the server looked at us like we were aliens when asked him the Restaurant Week menu. Then he came back and said ooooh, it is Restaurant week.
This was our second time at Le Diplomate ...
This was our second time at Le Diplomate, and both times it was outstanding. Really terrific food and service. Both times it was for a special occasion: the first for our wedding anniversary, and the second time to wish bon voyage to my brother and wife who are moving. It is a fun and active place. The server was extremely knowledgeable about the food, the ingredients and how it is prepared. The menu is not particularly experimental, and that's fine with me. Solid fresh food, excellently prepared. The cocktails were very good and festive. The wine from the carafe was quite good and a good value. Expect to pay a premium for such a wonderful restaurant, but it is worth the splurge. They are at the top of their game.
The ambience was fairly good but the peo ...
The ambience was fairly good but the people at the long table next to us kept spilling things and breaking them. Our waitress was very nice, however, and the wait staff in general were very professional.
I was not a bit impressed with my meal. I ordered the softshell crabs. Though they were tasty they were ridiculously small and the chef tried to cover this up by cutting them in half and turning them up-wise. When I'm paying $31.00 for a meal, I expect better. Another diner at my table ordered the same meal and felt the same way. A third diner had the steak frites. His steak was of good quality but he ordered it medium well and it was medium rare at best. Given what we paid and all of the hype surrounding the restaurant, I thought it was a disappointment.
My husband and I were visiting DC for th ...
My husband and I were visiting DC for the first time and three separate people recommended Le Diplomate to us, so it was an easy decision to give it a try. Our service was absolutely terrible. Our waiter maybe said 5 words to us the entire time. He never greeted us, introduced himself or even remotely try to start a conversation. I would love to give his name, however I'm unable to do so since he lacked the common courtesy of telling us his name. All I remember is that he was bald. He did not tell us what the specials were, what he would recommend, etc. I will say, the food was delicious and after we finished dinner, we were interested in dessert and he did not even ask us if we would like to see the menu, so we decided we didn't want to give him another cent of our money. It's sad that his terrible service ruined our experience. I'm disappointed that we wasted one of our two dinners in DC at Le Diplomate. I work in the hospitality industry and this kind of service is unacceptable.
Took my out of town relatives here when ...
Took my out of town relatives here when they were visiting DC. We had a table of 7. We had the most wonderful experience. Our table was in sun room - which I highly recommend requesting. Amazing atmosphere. We had the foie gras, macaroni and cheese and escargot appetizers. The macaroni and cheese is the very best I've ever had. Escargot was oddly not served inside the shells, but was delicious and the foie gras was delicious. The favorite table dishes were the boeuf bourguignon, lamb and the duck. Steak frites were also good but almost too rich and buttery for my taste. For desert we had the profiteroles (a must), chocolate mouse and creme brulee. All were incredible. Cocktails and wine were wonderful as was the service.
Great experience! Summer tomatoes at the ...
Great experience! Summer tomatoes at their best were recommended, Trout amandine was buttery and incomparable. My husband's passion for interesting and finely crafted breads was sated by the wonderful wonderful selections. Waitstaff member Donald was friendly and knowledgeable. We're coming back for sure.
Le Diplomate is always a good experience ...
Le Diplomate is always a good experience. The food is exceptional and the service is some of the best in the district. They need to get better at dealing with larger parties, its a bit more complicated on that front than it really needs to be (we had a party of 8).
Great experience - except for the salt. ...
Great experience - except for the salt. They load it on. My guest's mashed potatoes were inedible because of the enormous salt content.
None of us at the table have a sodium problem , but it wouldn't take long the way they oversalt.
Still, a great place with fabulous bistro food. Just tell the server to have the lighten lighten up on the NACL.
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