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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
This restaurant really lives up to the reputation. Everything about our dinner was just fabulous. Our waitress was outstanding and helpful answering all of our questions. The restaurant was extremely busy, but we did not have to wait long for anything. The food was amazing. We had the trout almondine, steak au poivre, mushroom soup, and oysters. Everything was absolutely delicious. We enjoyed a very nice a bottle of the Chateauneuf de Pape with dinner. We split the chocolate pots de creme, which was fabulous. Love this restaurant. Always a pleasure to dine here. We will be back soon!
Big restaurant but still feels like a French bistro. Food was exceptional, especially the bread basket! The salad a la grecque was a bit too acidic for my tastes, but everything else (the loup, duck confit) was delicious. The tarte citron is one of my favorite desserts - not too sweet. Overall, great service, exceptional food; highly recommended.
This is one of our favorite dining spots for weekend brunch or anytime dinner. We have had many items on the menu and never disappointed. It is hard to pick favorites since it depends on what we are in the mood for...comfort food like the Beef bourguignon or Half Chicken or something light like the Warm Shrimp Salad or Skate. We almost always start with the Moules Frites. And my husband's new favorite is the Sunday special of Calf Liver Steak. The service is always professional and friendly. The atmosphere is fun and energetic. Great wine and beer selection and cocktails are always made perfectly.
Same owner as Parc in Philly - same model, same menu, same plate preparation, same everything except the location in Philly is better. From the start, our party needed to request a different table as the hostess attempted to seat us at a table by the five deep rows of diners at the bar; who were all waiting to be seated because their tables were not yet available. Of course, we rejected the table and this meant waiting 10 minutes longer. Food was up to par for a Steven Starr restaurant but not exceptional. The noise level was off the chart - way too loud. We had to secure our reservation two months in advance, and it wasnt worth the wait! Probably won't return to LeDiplomate as much better French options like Convivial have shown up in D.C.
Excellent food, great service, and extremely good value. Le Diplomate lives up to the wonderful recommendations it has received. The bread was the best we have ever had at a restaurant. French fries are a must, and the mussels were cooked in a broth that was worth finishing on its own after they were all gone. Try the Belon oysters, which are different and really good (and not cheap). The martinis were excellent and reasonable. The only disappointment is that we were too full to eat dessert, which we will definitely leave room for next time.
We were seated promptly for our 7:30 reservation even though we asked for a table change so we wouldn't be right next to the door leading to the patio. Good things: our waitress was friendly but not overly familiar; the cocktails were delicious; the bread was wonderful; the cheese board was excellent; the meal was paced as we requested--slowly; the lamb was tasty; the coffee was great! Not as good: the lamb and the brussell sprouts were served cold. We sent them back and they came back at the proper temperature with apologies from the manager. The manager comped those items for us as well as sending out a delicious crème brulee gratis. Both the scallop dish and the skate seemed overly salty. I was told that the men's room was dirty, and one of the two faucets in the ladies room was out of commission. But even with the little annoyances, it was an enjoyable experience, and I would come back.
We took a friend here for her birthday. Were seated in a special events section of he restaurant. Appetizers were French onion soup, Fois Gras and Salad Lyonnaise. All spectacular. We had Lamb and Scallops as entrees. And split the sorbet and lemon tart for dessert. My friend got a special pastries with a candle for her birthday. House cocktails were delicious. The whole meal was amazing and my friend was made to feel very special. Thank you!
The food and the service was impeccable but the experience was marred by a loud foulmouthed group (5 guys) behind us who also spilled their red wine - some of which ended up on the back of my sweater. I had difficulty hearing the two seated across from me at my table. There was another table who tried to 'shush' them but to no avail.
The ambiance really varies from section to section. Get in the main section where the bar is if you want a buzz. The food is only ok. Large portions (all appetizers will do for 2), if that is what turns you on. Very limited menu choices. Wine list is fantastic but food is nowhere near the same level.
This was one of the most delicious meals I have ever had! My daughter had the steak frites and I had the moules frites and both were incredible. The cheese plate appetizer was extraordinary, with fig jam, a roasted cherry compote and honey drizzled roasted almonds. We ended with chocolate pot de creme and it was perfect. Highly recommend!
We were disappointed. We were shunted off to the bar before our table was ready. The bar is too small and crowded. The food was fair at best. In particular, my beef bourguignon was horribly salty. The atmosphere is too noisy for a conversation and the service was erratic. I have had wonderful experiences at other Steven Starr restaurants but this one was a real disappointment.
I am a steak snob and I'm typically disappointed but mine was amazing. My friends also were in love with their dishes from the special of the day to the omelette. Also was one of the better creme brulees I've had in a while (it's my go-to dessert) and the waiter was great. Slightly pricey but I think that's typical for DC (I'm from TX) and the food was worth it. It's also beautiful inside.
The bread basket was amazing! I think I got full off of just the cranberry walnut bread. We also ordered escargot, fois gras parfait, onion soup, & creme brûlée for dessert. My least favorite was the soup because it was way too salty for my taste. The escargot was also salty & had a strong garlic taste that was a tad over whelming. The fois Gras was delicious with the huckleberry mustard. The creme brûlée was definitely on point. We didn't try any entrees but I would definitely go back to try other options on the menu.
Have been waiting to eat here and it didn't disappoint. The food was gorgeous and excellent service. The hard part was trying to decide on what to eat as the menu choices are great. It has a lovely ambiance to it. Great value for money as well. The portion sizes are large!
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