Le Diplomate

4.8
11351 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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NANDO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Good food and professional people. Very well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service was phenomenal!

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Mark
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal, great experience, one of the best dining experiences we've had in a restaurant during the pandemic. Le Dip continues to deliver everything that makes it one of our favorite restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Great food with very bad service. If you're in a hurry to have dinner this is the place for you

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yankeesd
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

i had a reservation for outdoor seating and we were sat under the plastic cover. not sure how that was considered outside. What is the seating that is actually outside referred to as? Perhaps confusion on my end. but food was amazing.

SJ
vipSnJfromBKLYN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I took my daughter and her friend for brunch on Sunday. The food was excellent. The service was good. However it was very noisy and hard to hear the conversation. Its my second time there. I’ll come back. But would not suggest for an intimate dinner.

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EllaG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was really good (except for the pommnes frites, that were a bit dry and warm and not hot), the beer selection was satisfying as well.

The place is noisy, especially on Sundays which makes it hard to relax and enjoy the food. Sunday was packed (forget social distancing).

My server first forgot my drink order, then wanted to take my food away when I was only half way done with it, then disappeared for solid 15 minutes so I had to ask the bus boy for a bill. When I was about to pay, the server returned and made a very close & deep eye contact with me, making sure I top him well (I left 10% out of courtesy).

I will return on a weekday and will make sure to sit outside for a better experience (given the food was really good).

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MickL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good portions for price, very nice staff.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
339 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight!

Classy place

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Taylor
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Le Diplomate is definitely very hyped up, but delivers solid traditional French food and a fun atmosphere. I find I like it especially for brunch. My favorite are the gougeres and the steak tartar. I would never call it "affordable" but I feel like I get quality food and quality service every time I go.

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vipJaniceF
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate in a chalet, and it was freezing cold. I suppose I expected it to be a bit warmer. We wished that the heater had done more. The food was delicious, but the experience was marred by the fact of the cold. Avoid the chalets in winter if you are sensitive like me!

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DCfromSF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Ch. was outstanding. Thanks for great service. Play music tiny bit louder so can hear over crowd.

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vipimpressive
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Brunch: excellent food. Tables are a tad close I got tired of our chairs getting bumped every time Staff wanted to get to the window area… Beware, once you pay your bill if you continue to chat over an coffee beverage, they’ll never refill your water.

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vipFoodasaur
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. Our waiter Ben was literally the best.

The food was meh. I got my fave, the foi gras parfait. But for me and all of my friends the meal fell flat. At first my friend ordered the duck. But sent it back because it was too salty. My other friend ordered the steak which was somehow well seasoned on the outside but flavorless throughout the meat. Potentially bc it was over cooked. Lastly my trout somehow had the same conundrum.

None the less, our drinks were perfect and Ben was an absolute gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I love the restaurant, but our experience was sub par because we were seated at a table right in front of the side door on a super cold day. Every time the door opened a gust of cold air hit our table. It was disappointing that we were sat at the table. Understand that the restaurant needs to fill the space but It was really unpleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight, we went for a lunch and it was once again delicious.

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RickM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great time. Superior service. Awesome food.

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DavidH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't rave enough about the burgers here, absolutely incredible. Fries are above top notch as well

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RobG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Le Diplomate has been one of DC's most-touted restaurants for many years, so upon returning to the city after seven years in an absolute restaurant-deficient area in TX, I decided to book a reservation there for a special occasion. I was a little disappointed on our arrival by the overall ambience of the establishment. It didn't seem to be the place for a quiet dinner to celebrate 44 years of marriage. Noise level is very high; tables are close together with traffic of wait staff and diners continuous nearby.
Now, to the food. Le Diplomate definitely lived up to its reputation. Salads were so good I marvel that they can get greens that fresh in the middle of winter. Our entrees (seafood dishes) were both prepared with obvious skill in seasoning and preparation - balanced seasoning, great flavor.
The servers are as skilled in service as the kitchen is in food prep.
In sum, the meal was a big success. The noise level made conversation - an important part of a big celebration - more difficult but the food carried the evening.

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Rover
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food! Exciting ambience! I would recommend to friends.

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Stephanie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate is one of our favorite places to dine. It never disappoints.

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Ellen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing! Wished we could have sat in one of the huts outside, but overall good experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great wine great dinner.

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pauldc
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice dinner. I was a bit surprised at how crowded it was at 5:30. The food was excellent but it was a bit noisy.

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vipLuisa
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive and eager service. Do come for the classics. We are fortunate to have them in our corner. Lovely, as always.

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vipYankeehoya
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been meaning to go to this restaurant for years and it did not disappoint. My scallops were superb, but I had not noticed that they come with lentils. I am generally not a big lentil fan, but the sauce they were in was just scrumptious. I enthusiastically lapped the lentils up with the crusty French bread.
I was hosting 2 very senior foreign friends, without going into details I did something that was a diplomatic faux pas. Luckily for me, my waiter very agilely fixed the situation. Quick thinking on his part, for which I was very grateful.
My friends enjoyed their branzino and salmon. My Middle Eastern friend had formerly lived in Paris and was very complimentary of both the food and our waiter's mastery of French.

The bill seemed to be a good value. I had expected to pay somewhat more.

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JordanS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service from Faddel and Chakim. The steak and wine were well paired. The Crème du Pote and Crème brûlée were sublime.

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Apollo
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable…

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vipBexley
Washington DC
228 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable. Daniel was a very good server. Food was delicious.

KC
vipKenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in DC thus far. Le Dip offers a variety of choices, allowing diners to enjoy meals as casual as burgers, as well as ones as formal as lobster frites.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brett was very accommodating and friendly. Restaurant made sure to accommodate us on every level. Food was fantastic Brett’s recommendations were spot on. Will come again when in DC.

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RileyH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Rushed service, food quality has gone down slightly over the years. Really felt like I was being rushed

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in months! Recommended by a friend. Will dine here every time I am in DC going forward. Probably the best Onion Soup I’ve ever had. Omelet was cooked to perfection. Sat on the heated patio. Could not have been happier.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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AliceI
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very grateful to visit on the first night they're requiring vaccination proof. We had the most fantastic date night - the best food and drinks, as well as service and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Ordered a steak and it was extremely peppery. Service felt incredibly rushed. We were in and out in 45 mins and it was supposed to be a nice dinner for us and a special occasion. Beautiful restaurant. I would not recommend for the value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration was a success. The food was as good as always and the attention to detail is really what keeps me coming back. Very busy and a bit more challenging to get a reservation than in the past but it makes me happy to see that they’re doing well.

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Mali
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food not a long wait at all with a reservation I would highly recommend for date day or night

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Dad & daughter date. The service was not attentive and made our experience feel labored. The food was good but the app arrived after the main. Coffee refill was cold. Despite a reservation 3 weeks in advance we were seated in the very back 2 top by the server station. Was unfortunate and I had greater expectations.

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Samlarbkk
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We celebrated our daughter’s birthday. We would have given 5 stars all around but my daughter ordered her steak medium and when it came it was rare-still a little cold on the inside. We sent it back with no problem and everything was very good!

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Le Diplomate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 11351 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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