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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Le Diplomate Ratings and Reviews
We LOVE this place. We were celebrating ...
We LOVE this place. We were celebrating my wife's bday and it was the perfect night. From the fantastic service to the delicious bread to the awesome meal, you must visit. We will be back! Be sure to ask for manager, Umer, as he was just delightful. C'est tres tres bon!!!
Le Diplomate is a DC stalwart. Unfortuna ...
Le Diplomate is a DC stalwart. Unfortunately, our visit was marred by some sub-par food. In fairness, the bread was very good and the profiteroles were as well. The onion soup was, however, below average (thin broth), the skate was also less than good (over cooked and fishy smell), and the spinach was cold as it arrived. Oh well. The service is excellent and the room and location are appealing.
Delicious! We had friends visiting from ...
Delicious! We had friends visiting from out of town, and we immediately thought of this place for brunch. The food never disappoints! Our friends had Orchard Point Oysters and Quiche, which were delicious, as was my Eggs Basquaise, and my husband's Duck Sarladaise. All four of us enjoyed our meal immensely. They even remembered our request to celebrate our friend's birthday, bringing out tasty little cranberry muffins with a candle on top!
We'd be remiss not to mention how great the bread basket is. That cranberry and nut bread is incredible.
Our waiter was also great.
Every trip back to Le Diplomate is a joy ...
Every trip back to Le Diplomate is a joy. From the atmosphere to the service and most especially to the food, I'm always surprised by how creative and tasty every dish I've tried is. Last time it was steak and eggs for Sunday brunch. The other day, we had the "to die for" bread basket and a salad nicoise. So delicious! The regular coffee and espresso drinks are about as good as it gets. No wonder this place is so very popular! Go treat yourself:)
This place definitely deserves a visit. ...
This place definitely deserves a visit. I have been here a number of times to sit outside on a nice spring or fall day, or cool summer evening and enjoyed the cheese and wine. I have always heard the food is great but had not done a full dining experience. We had the unfortunate experience of having a waiter who was clearly having a bad day. We waited and waited and waited for service and then pulled someone over to ask for water and low and behold it was our waiter. Then, when we waited and waited and waited again we asked for some bread. The walnut and cranberry bread is heaven. The bread subdued the lack of attention. We waited and waited for him again and had to pull him over to order the mushroom tart. That was beyond delicious!! Three of us shared it as an appetizer. When we were ready to order and still no real signs of our waiter we waived him down again and asked for eggs benedict to split and one Gruyere omelette. All the food was perfectly cooked. I hate when my eggs bene are cooked all the way through - these were perfectly runny. Finally, our waiter came and asked if we wanted dessert and I quickly said no, and he quickly returned our check. One person in our party changed their mind so when he returned with the check I said, "Excuse me, we do in fact want to see the dessert menus." His response and action to me was appalling. I normally will just write a scathing review but was so upset because the food is VERY GOOD that when the manager walked up and asked us how everything was I told her our whole experience and she MORE than rectified it. She handled it exactly how a restaurant should. Most of the staff were incredibly service oriented. I write all this because even though it was not the greatest service experience at first it ended the correct way. I will 100% go back for the walnut bread, the tart, the eggs benedict and everything in between and I greatly appreciate the managers response to us because this review could have been so much worse.
Yum. Had the French toast and chicken. T ...
Yum. Had the French toast and chicken. The cream and lime on the French toast was an unexpectedly delicious combo. The chicken was simple, but juicy and flavorful, and the salad accompaniment, though slightly salty, was another highlight. Thus far, the hype is real. Can't wait to go back!
my first time here for dinner. friend vi ...
my first time here for dinner. friend visiting from out of town. Entrees are priced a little high from my perspective but my steak was tasty and cooked well. Beer selection is not great but it's not really that kind of place.
The service and food was impeccable!! We ...
The service and food was impeccable!! We both had the Dorado en Pappilote and we shared the Profiteroles for dessert! We've been there for birthdays and weekend lunches and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!! We have not found a bad thing on the menu yet!
Le Diplomat has great food, but can be o ...
Le Diplomat has great food, but can be overrated. We got stuck in traffic and the hostess was incredibly rude that we were fifteen minutes late... We were hosting visitors from out of town for a job interview and the hostess' attitude was not a "selling point" for DC. She really made us feel embarrassed in front of our guests for being late.
Our waiter was fantastic and the food was good, but not crazy-delicious like we'd hoped for. It was fun to have dinner at Le Diplomat, but Stephen Starr should work with his host staff on being more friendly and welcoming. We won't hurry back to Le Diplomat.
Dining at Le Diplomate is always a speci ...
Dining at Le Diplomate is always a special occasion, and today's brunch was no exception. Vladimir was the perfect server - attentive, thoughtful, perfectly engaging and professional, and quick to acknowledge my food allergies (from my reservation notes), ensuring that we had no issues with them. He also clearly communicated with the kitchen so that our food selections were prepared just as we had asked them to be.
Excellent food. Excellent service. Thank you, Vladimir. Thank you again, Le Diplomate. We continue to have wonderful dining experiences with you, and very good reasons to keep you as one of our favorite places to dine in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
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