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
It was a great experience overall. My pa ...
It was a great experience overall. My parents were in town for thee weekend and I took them for the 1st time. We were in the table across from the door leading outside on 14th street. Servers were gathered around the door 2-3 people at a time just chatting and laughing loudly, we could hear all of their conversations during the entire time we were there over an hour and half. My mom mentioned that she felt like we were in the servers area because we had to talk over them.
Also, it was 7/24 and it was so hot out (95 degrees) that no one was seated on that side patio in the heat but servers kept going in and out constantly and a huge wave of heat would smack us in the face, not enjoyable. I get that they probably had to set up for guests coming in later or something but they would just stand there with the door open talking to each other and not doing it in a more timely manner. I had sweat dripping down my face but yet I was in a fully air conditioned building. Not ideal.
Overall our server was great and the food was awesome. Had the servers been a bit more respectable of us trying to enjoy our meal I would have given all 5 stars.
I am having Le Diplomate withdrawals. Th ...
I am having Le Diplomate withdrawals. This restaurant reminded me of Bouchon in Vegas but bigger and a little more visual appeal (interior design-wise). Hands down the best brunch I've ever had. Husband and I like to order a few things and split everything. I ordered a mimosa and an espresso. Breakfast pastries for starters- flaky, buttery, goodness, a gruyere omelette for me, and salmon and lox for husband. Watering at the mouth while typing this review. A must see for anyone visiting DC.
Really need to have a reservation to din ...
Really need to have a reservation to dine at Le Diplomate, but it's ABSOLUTELY WORTH planning ahead. The food is phenomenal. It's a packed house here pretty much all the time, so it's loud, but very energetic. We had the mushroom tarte , a cheese board, trout and seared duck. The starters (tarte and cheese) were good, not great, but the entrees were spectacular. Would absolutely recommend to friends and would go back
What a gem! I cannot beleive in all my y ...
What a gem! I cannot beleive in all my years in DC I had never eaten at Le Diplomate. It was definitely worth every penny spent! Wonderful home-made bread, nice wine list, wonderful escargots, excellent service... I will definitely come back. There are too many things in the menu I want to try.
My family and I went to had dinner with ...
My family and I went to had dinner with a friend who lives in Washington, at the beginning surpwell I saw french restaurant and was not sure, when we arrived to the restaurant my family and I change our mind, the place, the service and the food was really a graet surprise, thank you for the dinner Le Diplomate.
Everything from start to finish was incr ...
Everything from start to finish was incredible. The hostess made sure that we were seated on time and had a wonderful table. The server attended to every need that we had. The manager even came over to our table and complemented us on our wine choice as well as how much she enjoyed the bottle. Every course we had tasted delicious and the timing of each was perfect. I would love to come back
Le Diplomate was fabulous. The food was ...
Le Diplomate was fabulous. The food was excellent as well as the service. We ordered duck and veal and we couldn't help but eat every bite off of our plates. Our server was insightful into the menu and answered all of our questions beautifully. We expect to eat here the moment we land in DC next time.
First time visit. Was hoping for more f ...
First time visit. Was hoping for more formally dressed requirement. But this is a very casually place. Recommended as romantic but we were placed in an area which was anything but.
Staff was off the chart awesome, frequently checking, interpreting the French cuisine choices.
The food was quality but nothing spectacular. Deserts and drinks were okay. Probably would go again but not for a romantic evening and never in a tie. Definitely festive and enjoyable.
We were seated next to where the wait st ...
We were seated next to where the wait staff filled their service trays, which was distracting for us. It was also not pleasant watching the wait staff dart behind the screen to have a drink or chat with each other. The food and service was excellent.
My wife and I celebrated our 6th wedding ...
My wife and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary with dinner at Le Diplomate. Everything about the experience was superb. The hostess who seated us; to our waiter who took extremely good care of us; to the food and drink which were divine. I can't say enough good things about the restaurant. It is certainly fine dining at its finest!
I visited Le Diplomate for the fourth or ...
I visited Le Diplomate for the fourth or fifth time this weekend and was happy to see that the standards they set at opening are still in effect. First, let me compliment our server, Kiara, who was exceptional. Pleasant, professional and knowledgeable. She added to our enjoyment of the evening. The food was absolutely amazing, Steak Tartare and Pate for the appetizer, Scallops, Mushroom Tartlet and the Most Amazing Duck ever for entrees and the Babba Cognac for desert, The place is a bit crowded in the main dining room, and the hustle and bustle can be a distraction, but all in all, it was one of the finest restaurant experiences I've enjoyed in the District. The décor is interesting, if not a bit contrived, but does offer a certain charm, somewhere between commercial and fictional vintage, but it works. I'd highly recommend a trip to Le Diplomate,.
We came to Le Diplomate to celebrate my ...
We came to Le Diplomate to celebrate my birthday. I ordered an omelette and the pastry basket and my friend ordered the warm shrimp salad. The brunch menu offers dishes for all times of day. My coffee was delivered cold, but quickly replaced. All the bread was exquisite. The lemon beurre blanc added a lively touch to the shrimp salad. We arrived for the last brunch seating when the noise level was a little high but quickly quieted down. We can't wait to go back for dinner!
Food was excellent as usual. Nice seatin ...
Food was excellent as usual. Nice seating and ambience.
Service was just OK...nothing notably bad, just not the excellent service we've come to excpect. Been here 4 times for brunch and once dinner. The last 2 brunches, service was not superior. The food is of course the big draw but the best service is more important. Had to look for wait staff several times, to return 2drinks not what we ordered.
We will definetly be back for brunch.
We had a fun dinner here on Saturday. I ...
We had a fun dinner here on Saturday. I love the atmosphere at this restaurant. Our waiter was fantastic and was helpful answering all of our questions. All the food was very good. We enjoyed a few varieties of oysters and for our main courses, we ordered soft shell crabs, the famous burger and the warm shrimp salad. All were great, but the soft shells were tiny ! The hamburger here is amazing and the fries are cooked to perfection. On previous visits, I have always had the trout almondine, which is fabulous, but I wanted to try the soft shells here. We finished the meal with the pots de creme and profiteroles. Fabulous.
The interior of the restaurant was beaut ...
The interior of the restaurant was beautiful, but crammed full of tables and quite loud. The service was excellent. Two of us got the bouillabaise which we both enjoyed, but it was missing the "wow" factor one hopes for in a classic dish. My husband had the lamb which he loved. We had two desserts: the Saint Honoré cake and the creme brulee. Again, both were very good, but not very memorable. We'll probably go back, but perhaps during a less busy time of day and try something else.
We found this place on our last visit to ...
We found this place on our last visit to DC a few months ago. We simply HAD to go back. This visit was just as good, so now we have a 'must go' place for each visit. I'm reviewing based on both visits.
This restaurant is in the DuPont Circle area. Lots of restaurants and shops -- which means scarce street parking if you have a car. They do offer valet parking for $12. I'm not sure where they actually park the cars, but it must be far away. Both times, we waited 8-10 minutes to get ours back. It would have been helpful if the valet had been notified when we were paying our restaurant bill -- so our sidewalk wait would have been shorter.
This restaurant is traditional French. If you are dieting, or don't like cheese and butter -- maybe you should save it for another time.
The wine list is extensive, but their cocktails are delicious -- we didn't bother with wine! For starters, I'd recommend either a cheese plate (choose 3, 5, or 7 kinds from a long list) or the mac & cheese. Both were delicious! The warm shrimp salad has a dressing that I have craved since my first visit. We shared the salad and the kitchen split it onto two plates -- both beautifully plated. That was a nice touch. When we were torn between two entrees, our servers were able to describe how the dishes are prepared and share their thoughts on what we should try based on what else we had ordered. So much more helpful than 'they're both good -- depends on what you are in the mood for'. We were not disappointed. We have now sampled four entrees that we would order again. But not until we try the rest!
The saddest part of both visits is that we couldn't sample their delicious-sounding desserts. We have to plan better next time and save room for that!
We will be back in a few months. But as soon as we have our dates finalized, we will make reservations for a dinner. This trip, we only booked a week out and ended up with 5:00 on a Thursday (we prefer 7 or 8:00, like most others!).
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