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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.
Washington, DC 20009
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
Waitress, Lindsay, was knowledgeable and interested in our experience. Food was fabulous: pea/crab soup, very salad, escargot, veal, shrimp salad, beef bourginioine. One flaw-the foie gras was not pure duck liver, served with think sliced bread.
This was our first time dining at LeDiplomat and my husband and I agreed it reminded us of our dining at Parisian cafes with all the American benefits of people speaking English in a smoke free environment with a waitress, Kaira who was both patient and attentive throughout our entire meal! The food was heavenly, the desserts Devine and my cappuccino exquisite.
Enjoyed Le Diplomate with 10 friends for a 5pm Friday reservation. The service was above average offering menu suggestions with willingness to provide separate checks for our large group. Consensus was excellent for the lamb being "melt in our mouth". Asparagus was superb. Onion soup was a bit too salty for me, likely due to the type or amount of cheese. Crème brûlée was the best I've had.
Beautiful surroundings with excellent bread/butter to start. Try the delicious onion soup complete with crusty cheese baked right on the crock. The best dressing on the warm shrimp/avocado salad I've tasted in a while. Casual dining with good service.
Definitely one of our favorite places for an early supper.
after all the hoopla of getting the reservation it's just an average meal. The pot a feau was very well executed but it was not worth the terrible mushroom appetiser and the he hectic atmosphere and most of all the pretence There are better ways to spend your time
This was our first visit to Le Diplomate as we celebrated our daughter's graduation from college. The food was excellent; started with steak tartare and frogs legs. Entree's included Steak Frites, Duck Confit, Soft Shell Crab and Mussels. We loved every dish. The mussels in particular were outstanding as the broth was to-die-for...
The meal was rounded out with a 3-cheese selection (highly recommended) and an apple tart ala mode, which was liked by the table, but not me.
Can't wait for our next visit!
Booking with some trepidation because of prior ratings for poor service, less than stellar food and uncontrollable noise levels, I really wanted to go back to my old stand-by Mon Ami Gabi where the Steak Frites are phenomenal.
Well, I'm happy to report that the experience at Le Diplomate was even more "French" and the breads and Steak Frites tasted like they were straight out of a Parisienne brasserie.
My only objection - we got served our main courses before our appetizers were even half consumed. That's a big no-no in my book, and something a true french restaurant or staff would do. Next time, I'll send the food back!
When a restaurant has over 200 guests seated by 5:30 pm on a Sunday evening, it must be doing something right. Our server said that Sunday evening is just their third busiest night (after Saturday and Friday), and that 21 servers are required, to adequately handle the 400 guests served nightly. At an average tab of $62 per guest (including liquid refreshment), that comes to a cool $25,000 revenue per night, making this one of the most popular restaurants in the city.
We enjoyed an amazing anniversary dinner. Our waiter, Nabil, offered delicious recommendations & excellent service. We enjoyed a selection of local & regional oysters---very tasty. The beet salad has every variety of beet. A fresh alternative to most salad options. The classic beef Bourguignon is hearty and full of flavor. We can't wait for an opportunity to return to Le Diplomate.
I've been to Le Dip many times. The food took a really long time and the waiter did not acknowledge until we asked why it was taking so long. He didn't apologize or even seem to care. Not my typical experience.... Service is usually much more attentive and on-point.
My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary here. The table was held for us and we were seated immediately upon arrival. The server checked with us in a very time manner and brought us both a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary--this was unexpected, but a very pleasant surprise. A delicious bread and butter basket was delivered and we ordered our dinners. My wife had a foie gras, and I enjoyed the macaroni au gratin. Both were excellent. Dinner came next and she loved her soft shelled crabs and I enjoyed my steak frites. Dessert was and coffee services followed dinner. Both were fabulous. We had a hazelnut coffee and a café au lait and the chocolate cup (basically their version of chocolate mousse). It was outstanding. All aspects of the dinner were top notch--from service to the food prep and executive. I can see what Le Diplomate continues to be a very in demand reservation. I heartily recommend Le Diplomate--it's an excellent dining experience.
We had dinner at Le Diplomate to celebrate my husband's birthday. The meal was excellent - he had the entrecote de boeuf and I had the roast chicken, with escargots and foie gras parfait as appetizers and profiteroles for dessert. The service was great -- there are good reasons why it is tough to get a reservation for this restaurant.
We met up with old friends for brunch @ le diplomate. First time eating brunch here. The bread and pastry basket was a great start. We all had very good drinks and focused on breakfast. Everyone loved their meal and would return. Just wish we could keep eating as we saw several items on the menu we would like to try. Make a reservation, it was busy. Our waiter was wonderful. Never rushed us, answered questions and checked in on us at all the right times. We will be back!
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