About Le Diplomate
Washington, DC 20009
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
We make it a point to visit Le Diplomate ...
We make it a point to visit Le Diplomate with every visit to DC. Its very quaint with a lovely atmosphere - indoor/outdoor seating - (with blankets and heatlamps too). Food is delicious. Service is great too. They know what they are doing!!! We've come for oysters & champagne, for dinner, for Sunday brunch. Every experience has been wonderful.
What a treat to eat here, we had so much ...
What a treat to eat here, we had so much fun! The food was delicious, so much butter and salt, very indulgent. I've always wanted to eat here when I was in college but couldn't afford it. Happy I got to experience it on my trip to DC. Try all the carpaccios, amazing!
What a wonderful experience. We were in ...
What a wonderful experience. We were in from NYC for the anti inauguration march and were looking for a fun place to have dinner. Le Diplomate really delivered! Not only was it a fun and lively atmosphere, but the food was the best I've ever had at a restaurant that seems to be as well known for its decor and ambiance as its cuisine. I am still thinking about my steak au poivre and the amazing duck confit. So flavorful. Even the bread basket was to die. Thanks!
I reserved a table for 10 a month prior ...
I reserved a table for 10 a month prior to the Women's March on Washington. The servers were excellent; they managed a large group in the context of a busy restaurant with ease. The food was great and also very reasonable. The Frois Gras was some the of best I've had in the US.
Excellent food and very attentive servic ...
Excellent food and very attentive service. A great place for a casual lunch with a date or friends. The wine list and cheese selection was spot on for the type of food the cost was reasonable. Would definitely go there again.
Was told to come here by Gtown law stude ...
Was told to come here by Gtown law student. SO WORTH IT. One of my all time favorite dining experiences ever. And that means a lot coming from me, I promise. I am obsessed. My family is in the business so I tend to be pickier. I would say top three dining experiences of my life. I will always stop by when I'm in town! Don't miss Le Diplomate!
I've been here nearly a dozen times now ...
I've been here nearly a dozen times now for both brunch and dinner and every time I go I'm pleased with the consistency of the menu and service. This time was for dinner. We had oysters, tuna carpaccio, steak frites, scallops, and creme brûlée. Everything was excellent as always and the pacing of the meal was superb. It can get a bit loud during peak times, but that's also when it feels the most cozy and welcoming.
Tried the mushroom tarte 3 years ago and ...
Tried the mushroom tarte 3 years ago and it was just as good as I remember it. Had the moule frittes and the broth/sauce was just so flavorful. Brought my husband here for his birthday, and he got the steak frittes. We sat in silence for a few minutes because we just couldn't stop eating. The waitress, can't remember her name, was perfect. We were never without anything we could have possibly needed, nor was she intrusive. Great food great service. It was a bit loud, as this tends to be where friends gather, but not obnoxiously loud.
It was a wonderful experience, the staff ...
It was a wonderful experience, the staff was extremely knowledgeable on the menu. The food was excellent as always, and worth the price of the dishes. The food was delicious, in fact I had a hard time picking out what I wanted to eat because it all sounded good.
We've been here often and this visit was ...
We've been here often and this visit was disappointing. I hope it was just an off night. It was a special birthday and unlike past special event visits this was not noted in any way. We were seated next to a noisy family with small kids and service was slow and did not follow up so i did not get a chance to send back the tepid snails. Still love the bread basket, pomme frites and recommend the house wine carafe. Hope this was a one-off. We usually have a great time.
Food - deelish- my server was outstandin ...
Food - deelish- my server was outstanding - manager was attentive- biggest problem was the 4 count em 4 - hostess greeters that managed to put me in a bad mood the minute I got to the restaurant- barely looked up- no smile no greeting- we were 3 minutes early and she said they weren't quite ready- I could wait at the bar- The bar was 5 people deep!! I was not going to stand by the bar!! We waited about 7 minutes in front of the desk while not one hostess looked smiled or acknowledged our presence! Upon leaving not a thank you or acknowledgement either!!! They need to do something about this! Almost spoils a perfect evening! BTW I mentioned this to my server and he apologized - no way of knowing if he had the power to address the issue.
Met my aunt and uncle there for dinner o ...
Met my aunt and uncle there for dinner on a Monday night at 6:30PM. The restaurant was just getting busy for the evening and became more energetic as the night wore on. Was pretty tough to get reservations because of its popularity; I would recommend getting reservations more than a week out if you have a specific day/time in mind. Because it was a Monday, the special was the Dorade Royale en Papillote for $31... Absolutely fantastic and our service was top notch! Was very happy we were only able to get Monday reservations on short notice (4-days).
The staff at this restaurant were very n ...
The staff at this restaurant were very nice which makes it difficult to say that I would never recommend this restaurant to a friend and I also would not go back there again. I ordered a radish crudite as an appetizer and I literally received an enormous bunch of radishes on a wooden cutting board with a big mound of butter. First of all, there was so many radishes, more than four people could eat let alone one person. They were not even sliced or presented nicely, just a pile of radishes. As an entree, I got Moules Frites, the mussels were not hot or tasty, just eww (the fries were very good, thank goodness). The worst dish though was my husband's entree of veal which was cooked on the edges and absolutely raw on the inside. This was breaded veal, it was just ugh, yuck. Our server apologized and offered to bring him something else but he was just disgusted from biting into that gooey raw breaded veal and decided to pass. The manager came over and apologized and took the veal off the bill. He also sent over a few complimentary desserts. As I said the staff were incredibly nice and if it had been just one thing I could have chalked it up to a bad night. There were just too many things that went wrong for us that evening.
It was our first time here. We were hopi ...
It was our first time here. We were hoping for a deja vue Paris brasserie experience and weren't disappointed. The menu is amazing, making choices difficult. There were 5 of us and everyone liked their food. The service, Kevin, was wonderful. We'll be back.
With three of my besties in town from NY ...
With three of my besties in town from NY Le Diplomate offered the most perfect brunch spot for our last meal together. Carlos, our waiter, was as close to perfection as you can get!! He knew just what to suggest to make the meal amazing. I will be back! Thank you.
The waiter provided excellent customer s ...
The waiter provided excellent customer service. It was out second time coming to this restaurant and wanted to introduce our out of state relatives to La Diplomate. Unfortunately the escargot was underwhelming and the two stakes we ordered, one was over the salty and the other was not cooked as desired. Considering the amount of money we spent, the quality of food could've been better.
Fourth visit. Entertaining out-of-town s ...
Fourth visit. Entertaining out-of-town sons & grandsons. Dylan loved his pancakes and I loved my poached eggs with proscuitto and polenta. Fresh squeezed orange juice hit the spot. Andrea's omelet was overcooked and then was replaced with a pie slice Quiche that was over-herbed. Every one else loved their food. The basket of pastries was the hit of the day…two pieces each for the table of 4. Never empty coffee cups were always filled. Service was superb. Door ope ned at 9:30 AM and were seated and ordering coffee within minutes.
Dined after seeing "The Hard Problem" at ...
Dined after seeing "The Hard Problem" at the Studio Theatre a block south. As usual, service was friendly and efficient. She had the mushroom soup and an entrée salad. I got the charcuterie followed by an omelet. Everything was very tasty.
Great French restaurant! Two friends an ...
Great French restaurant! Two friends and I went here just after beers down the street based on a recommendation. We ordered mix drinks (all were great!) and had escargot as an app (very tasty!). I had the steak au poivre and it was really yummy (a bit on the peppery side, so if you aren't a black pepper fan, probably not your cup o tea). Friends commented that their dinners were great too! Definitely worth a visit!
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