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
It was worth the whole evening just to s ...
It was worth the whole evening just to see my partner's expression when they brought out our Petit Plateau. Delicious, presented well...and the hot towels after that juicy seafood goodness were a wonderful touch.
We love French bistro style restaurants ...
We love French bistro style restaurants and this is one of the best we've experienced out side of Paris, possibly the best duck I've ever had ! Everything was great and the sommelier recommended a fantastic wine without trying to get us to spend a ton.
Actually, for the first time it was very ...
Actually, for the first time it was very disappointing. The waiter was snobby, the french onion soup cold. Seemed that the intent was to turn the table as fast as possible.
So sad because in the past it was outstanding.
The food is good, but not great. It's n ...
The food is good, but not great. It's not my favorite french spot in the city. We went for a special occasion, but this place is probably better for everyday dining. The dessert was better than the dinner, which is an odd thing to happen. Profiteroles were good, so you should order that, and the presentation was nice. Service is great, that's the best part.
The food is as great as all the reviewer ...
The food is as great as all the reviewers say; our only down side was that we were seated in an area that was chilly. We asked to be moved, and they were most gracious about it. The roast chicken is not to be believed, this is a dish we don't usually order, because chicken, ya know? But I could not wait to return to Le Diplomate to eat it again. Also the profiteroles for dessert are astounding. Deep chocolate fudge, crunchy shells, ice cream and a small slice of banana on the bottom. And beautiful when they pour the fudge over the chocolate bar on top and you see it melt. Oh. My. Gosh. Taste, texture and visuals. Don't miss it.
The food is excellent and the sommelier ...
The food is excellent and the sommelier recommended a great bottle of wine to complement our dinners. The tables are a little too close together but it does add to the energy...I just like my meal at this price point to feel a little more relaxed. The wait staff is attentive and it's an overall great experience.
Food and service were outstanding. Afte ...
Food and service were outstanding. After living in DC for 2 years I was finally moving away and needed to try Le Diplomate before I left. I', really glad I did and will definitely try to go when I come back to visit. I was slightly disappointed in getting seated 25 minutes after my reservation time but that can be easily overlooked when the food was incredible and the service was great.
My eggs Benedict was outstanding. The f ...
My eggs Benedict was outstanding. The first time my dish was brought out, my food was only slightly warm. The manager brought out a new dish for me which was piping hot. It made all the difference! She even inquired later how everything was. Everyone in my party enjoyed their dishes as well.
Love the trout almandine but it wasn't a ...
Love the trout almandine but it wasn't as fresh this time so was disappointment. Fruit and nut bread is delicious! Wine also very good and service good. Can get a little noisy but area where I saw was reasonable this time. Will try again but a little disappointed this time.
Hosted a reunion with friends. Service i ...
Hosted a reunion with friends. Service is excellent. Mimmosas and Bloody Mary were very good, wine list is very nice, I can recommend the Brouilly , an excellent bottle.
Food was superb , we had EGGS NORWEGIAN, EGGS BENEDICT, EGGS VOL AU VENT, and the TROUT AMANDINE. All were superbly prepared. We all tried only one dessert, the PROFITEROLES, beautifully done.
It was a trip to a Paris bistro!
We had a Sunday brunch there after stron ...
We had a Sunday brunch there after strong recommendations from friends and the very good reviews. But we didn't found the food special and found it very salty. I had foie gras parfait and the famous beef bourguignon - they were ok and rather salty. Perhaps my expectation was too high and perhaps dinner menu is better.
The service is mediocre at best if you c ...
The service is mediocre at best if you can yell over the noise. Meanwhile the food is so bland and boring you'll wonder if you're in a cruddy midwestern town's bar ordering chicken fingers. Trust me you can walk outside and see 5 better restaurants in an instant.
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