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
I love Le Diplomate and visit often. My ...
I love Le Diplomate and visit often. My last visit wasnt as enjoyable however I am happy to say everything was to perfection this time. I was seated immediately at a table suitable for me and my guest, the service was impeccable (in fact my waitress took the best pic of my guest and I), and the food as usual was delicious.
My wife and I really liked Le Diplomate. ...
My wife and I really liked Le Diplomate. It was very similar to places we've dined at in Paris. They have an extensive list of french wines as well as wines from other countries. I ordered the cheapest Bordeaux (Chateau de Parenchere) and it was excellent. My veal escalope was great. The French Onion soup is beautiful in appearance as good as it gets. My wife had the half chilled lobster and the skate. This was our favorite of the three restaurants we tried in DC. The others were das ethiopian and blue duck tavern. We both thought our indoor table was too loud so sit outside if the weather is good. My only complaint is that I think the waiter forgot to give me back my credit card. Anyways, I left my credit card and had to pick it up the next day.
Ambiance and atmosphere are terrific - v ...
Ambiance and atmosphere are terrific - very nice but not overly fancy. Food - oysters were shucked well but not the best. Our mushroom appetizer was a dry and probably would've chosen something else. Strip steak was fantastic with strong pepper taste and delicious sauce. Muscle friets were also great. Cocktails were some of the best in the city and prepared with plenty of care. The service was top notch and overall a great experience.
This was a huge disappointment. I urge t ...
This was a huge disappointment. I urge the readers to not be swayed by professional critics. I followed the suggestion of Sitsema that this is the best French restaurant in town. He has given it 3 stars. It is not worth even half a star. The food is badly conceived, cooked, and prepared. heavy, oily, unappetizing, and with as much relationship to French as the one of a cheeseburger. Shame! The fish (that we ordered) included skate, trout, and bass. They were all ruined. The mushroom tart was like a bad pizza. And they even managed to destroy the warm leeks appetizer by smothering it with a salty non-descript topping. As for noise level, we could not even hear our own voices. If you decide to go, goos luck!
it was recommended by a local family mem ...
it was recommended by a local family member - we were on vacation. At first we were a little disappointed by the website page - people were dressed so casually. Fortunately, in the evening people dressed very well - appropriate in our opinion.
Overall an excellent experience. Loved sitting by the open window!
Excellent food and service, we enjoyed e ...
Excellent food and service, we enjoyed everything we ate and the portions were very generous. We were sat in the back of the restaurant near the bar/kitchen which did not feel like the best seats in the house. We will definitely be back.
All I can ask of you, when you go to Le ...
All I can ask of you, when you go to Le Diplomate, is to put your trust in the hands of your wait staff. Let them ask you a few questions and put it in their hands to surprise you with what they can do.
Without a doubt, this is one of my top 3 dining experiences since moving to DC, three years ago. Just... wow! Can't wait to go back!
Le Diplomate is a great restaurant and i ...
Le Diplomate is a great restaurant and it transports you back to a French bistro. The food is very good and, for what you get, reasonably priced.
However, the noise level is very high, so it is difficult to carry on a conversation over dinner. Also, it would be nice to have servers who were French to give the restaurant a more authentic appeal.
We've been to Le Diplomat several times ...
We've been to Le Diplomat several times over the past few years and look forward to coming every time!! It's our go to place to get a great meal, in wonderful ambiance...a special place! Our waiter "Ben" was fantastic, the table seating was perfect but unfortunately for the very first time I was disappointed in my meal. My partner had a great meal so I'm hoping it was just an off night!!
We very much enjoyed the Cote de Provinc ...
We very much enjoyed the Cote de Province rose wine and the baguette. Food was very good, however, a bit too North American -- over seasoned, the French keep it simple.
Also, unlike Paris the noise level was not conducive to conversation. Sorry, we're not Smart Phone people.
This was my second visit to Le Diplomate ...
This was my second visit to Le Diplomate, but my first with children. I was nervous because I know it's a fine dining experience, but I thought my 10 and 8 year old could handle it, and we were on vacation.
The wait staff was phonomenal. The waiter was attentive and courteous, he treated the children like any other guests. We've had experiences otherwise, better restaurants sometimes roll there eyes at patrons that bring their children.
The food was delicious. We had the duck, a burger, and steak frites, all were superb. My husband was wild about the burger.
Great food, great service!
Love Le Diplomate! It never disappoints. ...
Love Le Diplomate! It never disappoints. This time, I had the duck. It came in a little cast-iron pan all mixed together, which wasn't clear from the menu, but it was DIVINE. I hadn't gotten the basket of pastries before, but those are a must-have. The bread is delicious, too. And a good Bloody Mary in DC! Goodness, I could ramble on for ages. It's not cheap, but the atmosphere and the food really make it worth it.
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