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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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Le Diplomate Ratings and Reviews
Absolutely delicious food, as always! Staff are gracious and sweet and I am always happy I came here. The cheese plates and burger are my favorite, though the roast chicken and ham sandwich (at brunch) are delicious, too. Bread basket is always fantastic, brunch or otherwise. Love this place, highly recommend!
A bit disappointed in this very highly rated restaurant. There were 5 of us and none thought the food was great and one of us had to send the scallops back because they were too salty to eat. The onion soup was excellent but the two beef dishes were tough. It was so noisy you couldn't hear anything. Service was good but I'm sure there are better places to eat French food in DC.. it wasn't worth the money.
This is a trendy, noisy restaurant where the quality of food in not a prime consideration.
The salad was very good. I returned my medium steak because it was rare and was treated to a new serving with a rubbery piece of meat. My wife's "Loup de Mer" was underwhelming and my friend's Salad Nicoise tasted like canned tuna. Our waitress was annoying.The manager was very gracious in the manner in which he handled our dissatisfaction.
This restaurant has really declined over the years I have eaten here. Our first courses were brought to the table twice. We had to wait too long for our wine once the food arrived. A steak ordered medium-rare came very rare. I tasted eight different savory dishes and each of them was notably over-salted. The management was accommodating, and even comped dessert (very delicious), but the overall experience was very disappointing.
We were not impressed with the atmosphere or the food at Le Diplomate. The place is extremely frenetic and noisy, making it difficult to talk, or even enjoy your food with all the bustling in the immediate vicinity. The reception and service were unenthusiastic, to put it kindly, and the food average at best.
We went for a birthday dinner and had a lovely time. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, we both had wonderful cocktails, and even got a little birthday surprise at the end of the meal. Definitely get reservations, especially for weekend nights. It was crowded but since we had reserved a table we were seated very promptly. The restaurant is also fairly noisy when crowded so those who are hard of hearing may have some difficulty at peak times.
We have dined at the Dip many times. We lucked out dining the day after Bastille Day celebration as the restaurant wasn't overly crowded and they offered the Bastille Day cuisine. We enjoyed our meals. My son was exceptionally pleased with the Quail and I loved the vegetable tartine. They added a few new vegetarian selections which featured fresh local produce. I was however looking forward to the radish board but they no longer offer the selection which sadden me. The service was exceptional. It takes awhile to get a reservation but worth it.
These folks always nail it with the food. Generally, service is pretty good, but it can so.etimes get so busy that it overwhelms the server. The table wait is also too long. It is really, really loud there, so it is not the place to go for a nice quiet evening orconversational lunch.
Le Diplomate's menu is nicely varied, as is the wine list. Many hard surfaces create more noise than buzz so be sure dinner companions don't have hearing issues. Services can be surly. For example, our server got confused about our salad order, and when we pointed it out he responded "well, I read your order back to you!" rather than simply saying "I'm sorry and will take care of it."
There's a reason this place was packed even at 10pm on a Monday. We started with escargot (good even though I don't love escargot) & the foie gras parfait. The latter came in a delicious, large portion, with a great compote; one suggestion would be to bring out more than the 2 slices of bread, e.g., those 2 slices as well as some baguette slices like the ones that come with the escargot; there is simply too much of the foie gras for the bread provided, which isn't really a problem after all. I ended up using the bread basket for it.
The scallops I ordered were delicious & cooked just right, although 1 or 2 more would've been nice (but hey, this place isn't for cheap dates). I didn't try my friend's steak frites, but the portion was quite generous & she was quite the fan.
One of the best surprises was the wine. We shared a carafe of white wine, the house blend, not wanting to buy one of the moderately or immoderately expensive ones. I expected a less-than-stellar quality given that we ordered the house wine, but it was delicious and refreshing. Our server refilled as needed without rushing us or coming back too frequently, a very nice touch. This was true of his service throughout, including giving us some time to order & enjoy our appetizers before proceeding to the entrees. I forget his name unfortunately.
We opted for a table on the patio outside, which is open-air & lovely. A popular spot for couples or pairs, rather than some of the bigger booths and tables inside. Going later (after 9pm) meant we avoided the blazing heat of the afternoon. The only caveat with sitting outside is that the patio shuts down at 11pm, so if you're still enjoying your meal or drinks you'll have to move inside at that time. They warned us of this when we arrived & were quite friendly about it, so it wasn't an issue at all to finish our crème brûlée & pear liqueur inside. Only then did we realize what a cool space it is. It reminded me of a recent trip to Paris, full of ambience.
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