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
Went here for my girlfriend's birthday. ...
Went here for my girlfriend's birthday. It was a little noisy but it wasn't too much and it created a lively atmosphere. Food was excellent and our server was the right balance of attentive but not overbearing. Definitely a little on the expensive end, but we did get a bottle of wine. I have been here several times and it has never disappointed. One of my favorites in DC.
This was my first time eating dinner her ...
This was my first time eating dinner here and my mother's first time overall. Everything we ordered was delicious - from our gin cocktails (tonic & Negroni), to the escargot, duck, and creme brûlée. Our server was friendly enough but could've been a bit more engaging. Worth the visit.
This restaurant is really overhyped. The ...
This restaurant is really overhyped. The food is good. While I have never been to France, I imagine that it represents the classic neighborhood eatery. Perhaps this is why it is so popular. We were able to be seated outside, which was fortunate. The noise level inside the restaurant would have made conversation impossible. Our server appeared to be new to his job, because he could not answer any of our questions about the menu. Eventually another waiter helped him out and our order was taken. We selected a bottle of wine from the wine list, but when it arrived, it was not the wine we ordered. When this was pointed out to the waiter, he claimed we were wrong. He returned quite a while later with the correct bottle of wine. After that, our meal was served in a timely and efficient manner. While it was a good meal out on a week night, I don't think I could recommend this place for a special night out.
We really enjoyed our first experience a ...
We really enjoyed our first experience at Le Diplomate. It was our fifteenth wedding anniversary and the staff could not have been nicer. From the greeting at the front desk to the complimentary champagne and little dessert treats, all was done with class and thoughtfulness. Our server, Alex, was especially professional and kind. Thanks for a most enjoyable evening - we definitely will return!!
This is the second restaurant I've dined ...
This is the second restaurant I've dined at in DC that seems to have a policy of putting older patrons in the back away from the entrance and windows. I'm not ancient, but am older with graying hair. I and my dinner guest were seated as far back in the restaurant as you could get. I noticed that most of the people sitting around me were older as well and there was a definite line in the room where the older patrons ended and the younger patrons started. So if you're over 45, be aware that you'll be seated in the back of the place.
The food was great, we loaded up on apps and the Tuna Carpaccio was excellent as were the Sardines. I'd go again, if I didn't mind being seated in the old folks section of the place but I do.
The food was excellent and we enjoyed th ...
The food was excellent and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The only really annoying, which could easily have been avoided, was the fact that despite seeing us deep in conversation, the support staff several times insisted on interrupting us to remove empty, or nearly empty plates.
A foodie friend and I wanted to check ou ...
A foodie friend and I wanted to check out Le Diplomat, because we are les diplomats. We enjoyed the food and the people watching. Service was generally great, but we thought the price was a bit high for the overall quality.
Overrated restaurant, food was not great ...
Overrated restaurant, food was not great. Waiter was very good and explained the details but the front desk was not helpful. They missed a important details of my request and cared less about my experience as a customer
I'm definitely not a repeat customer to this restaurant!
I love this restaurant for its consisten ...
I love this restaurant for its consistently high-quality, true bistro, food. Wine list is extensive & offers good quality wines at reasonable prices, as well as very fine, expensive ones. Weekday specials are always a standout. My only complaint is the noise level which really impinges on dining conversation, but that's unfortunately what is found in most U.S. restaurants. Eat outside if you want quiet.
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