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Le Diplomate

4.8
9260 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 9260 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BobM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Much improved over my last visit.

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Imani
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lola was an amazing server! Food was so great, we celebrated a birthday and our overall experience was great. Would definitely come back.

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vipSabrina
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate is one of our favorite restaurants in D.C. and we visited in person for the first time since the pandemic began. They had digital temperature checks at check-in and outdoor distanced tables with heat lamps. All of the staff wore masks. We felt very comfortable and the food was just as excellent as we've always remembered it.

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meryan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was wonderful. The server gave us great recommendation on our cheese selection and the steak frites and porc Milanese was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so delicious!!

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vipBeckC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Truly marvelous meal served while properly distanced.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s almost nothing else to say besides “incredible.” Every single thing our party of four tried was the best [blank] we ever had. The best onion soup, the best fish, the best creme brûlée, the best cocktail— it was truly fantastic. Our server Daniel was also a true highlight. He was enthusiastic, attentive, and extremely knowledgeable. Beyond all of that, he was also like a tour guide. He took us through every part of the meal with rich, almost poetic descriptions, and gave us history and meaning about each dish we asked about. He took the time to get to know our tastes before giving recommendations we asked for, and whatever he brought out afterward was spot on. Truly the best meal I’ve had in ages, if not ever. Go! For any reason. Reserve your table now, not later.

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vipLPPS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious burgers. Outdoor patio great for pandemic dining - they had heaters but we wore coats and scarves and were glad we did so.

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vipYuliaA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it's best place for real French food. Everything is sooooo delicious !

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KofE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alaways good service and delicious food. A DC favorite

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a mother and daughters day brunch, the food was absolutely delicious, service was excellent. We will definitely be back 😊

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LizH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent our wedding night at Le diplomate and made the best choice. Our service was perfection. They made us feel so special and safe and the food was outstanding. The seafood platter is to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Le Diplomate for an anniversary because a friend recommended it. It was amazing! The cocktails were delicious and the food was great! We had the romarin and espresso martini to start for drinks. Yum! For food we ordered the assorted oysters, the sea bass and lobster frites for our entrees. The service was great as well- he was attentive, quick, and gave us time to enjoy our night not being pushy with ordering. Definitely would return.

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KateG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent and courteous. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. The outdoor seating along the road was well set up. The food was very tasty and came out in a timely manner.

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vipRaymondV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always.

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Margot
Savannah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, excellent service, and delicious menu items. Highly recommend the warm shrimp salad and the creme brulee. Sat outside on the "patio," would like to return and enjoy the interior space as well. Enjoyed the late-night option (our reservation started at 10:30 pm).

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SvetlanaP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Le diplomate amazed as always! beautiful, tasty, friendly and caring! thanks!

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While it’s a little expensive, the food is spactacular and never disappoints!!!!

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SuperMercado
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and consistent food. Our server David was wonderful and made us comfortable. He did not rush us and made sure we were happy. He made great recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience4

It was good, but not as good as past times.

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heatherb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Our server was wonderful and gave great wine recommendations. I wish I could remember his name, but he 100% made the experience!

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vipKellyS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate never disappoints! Our family of four ordered two shrimp cocktails to share. The shrimp were huge and delicious. For dinner we had the scallops, lobster frites and two of the steak frites. Everything was cooked to perfection, the scallops were tender, the lobster was huge and the steak tasted amazing. Service was impeccable and one of the many reasons this place is our go to when we want to venture out of Virginia and into DC.

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Sophie10
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful experience during this difficult time. Loved everything. Happy to be here. Great food loved the indoor but felt outdoor toom. Fabulous.

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vipBexley
Washington DC
211 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well of course the noise was energetic. We were seated in 14th Street. But I wanted to eat at a restaurant and Le Diplomate is a good outdoor option.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time and amazing food. One of my favorite places in DC

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DAS123
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was a fun evening with a good friend, and great food. Many thanks.

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vipMissMary
Philadelphia
113 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I strayed from my usual order of Beef Bourguinon and tried the Trout Almandine. It was delicious and the perfect portion for me (to avoid leftovers) -- let's just say, it has been quite the week for birthday celebrations! We were seated in the sunny, tiled room (per my request; I've always wanted to sit in there. It was one of my friends' first time at Le Diplomate. Needless to say, he'll be back!

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vipApril
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Covid careful! Very safe. Tables space appropriately
Food outstanding. Trout was cooked to perfection.
Loved marinated almond sauce.
Staff attentive

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EmmaW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! I highly recommend the Escargot.

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ElizabethG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found Le Diplomate 5 years ago by accident walking along the street. We decided to go back this year when we were visiting the area. Our good memories of our dinner were replicated. We were given an outdoor table, which is perfect for Covid. All of our meals were fabulous. The server was attentive, but not intrusive. My trout was perfect. My son LOVED his steak, and my husband devoured the mussels. I look forward to my next visit.

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Stewie
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great. Can't think of what else to say

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vipSophiaW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the oysters and clams for appetizers, they were fresh and delicious. For entree I had the salmon over lentils and it was perfect!

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vipReddog
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at street tables which were all distanced appropriately. It was a warm October evening so no heaters needed but they had heaters set up. Atmosphere is still there even in a pandemic. Food was excellent as always and our server was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time our server was a consummate professional, incredibly knowledgeable and a made us feel as if we were guests in his home.

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vipVivaandc
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent in all aspects as usual- only issue is the outside dining space on 14th street is noisy but that is unavoidable given Covid restrictions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second night in a row dining at Le Diplomat and Adnan was my server. He was marvelously attentive without being obtrusive. It was a better experience overall than the night before in terms of attention to service details. Both nights the food was consistently delicious and well presented.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was.a special birthday and the meal was special! Great food and service. Propane heaters kept things very warm.

We recommend this restaurant for all occasions!

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

More hype than anything. The food was bland. We ordered the crab cocktail, steak frites, ricotta ravioli and another beef entree and we were not impressed. We were so happy to have finally gotten a reservation but the food was nothing to ride home about. The best part was the basket of bread and butter. Will not go back.

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vipJaneO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We sat outside which was nice, unfortunately no heaters by us, but still a cool environment. The best was the warm shrimp salad, highly recommend. Great spot for people traveling through.

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InaWendel01
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I always enjoyed dining in at LeDiplomate. However, due to COVID-19 my recent visit is quite not the same. I missed being able to go in by the bar and grabbing some drinks while waiting for the table or my friend. Yet, this visit it's not allowed. I got there a bit too early and had to wait outside in cold for a bit longer than usual. The food taste great and our server was lovely.

FAQs

Le Diplomate does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Le Diplomate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 9260 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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