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Le Diplomate

4.8
4.8
12767 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 451 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 332-3333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    French

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

    French

  • District of Columbia

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was super oily and salty, great vibe tho!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server Doug was excellent.
  3. GA

    GiaA

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a classic and worth every penny.
  4. r

    robertr

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was terrific as is the ambience in the restaurant. Even the bread was a cut above everyone else's fare
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I visit every time I’m in town visiting my cousins. Everything was as good as it always it. The service was a bit tough. Two of our dishes didn’t come out and when they realized it they remade the wrong dishes. By the time our omelets hit the table the other three in are party had already finished their brunch. We were also not a fan of how our server ignored our table for a while so he didn’t have the confront the situation. (We have all worked in the industry and understand mistakes but it’s important to acknowledge them and apologize). When he did finally confront us he just blamed it on the kitchen over and over again - not necessarily, just apologize and move on.
  6. LK

    LauraK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I love Le Diplomate. It has a celebratory vibe. Beware that it is loud, however. Our party included someone who is sensitive to noise and they felt a bit overwhelmed.
  7. P

    Peter

    Baltimore

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual an exceptional brunch experience. Always look forward to it and have never been disappointed.
  8. JR

    JoeR

    Washington DC

    195 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    195 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, food was fantastic. There've been a few changes to the menu since our last visit, which added at least one new dish to our rotation. Our server was great -- fun, efficient and knew his stuff. The bar was slow, but we've gotten used to that post-pandemic. All in all, a wonderful evening.
  9. CF

    ChristineF

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Diplomate shines! It’s frankly too loud to enjoy conversation but the food is so worth the visit ! Love it
  10. AG

    AlexG

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was okay- did not live up to the hype
  11. h

    hecialis

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service, phenomenal drinks, and fantastic food.
  12. J

    Jani

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Server was kind of rude, just kind of blazé about our experience. Food was very good, cocktails we very good, yet a bit over priced.
  13. AO

    ArlingtonOLREA1

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Diplomate never disappoints. After a long hiatus from Le Dip we ventured back and it is just as it always has been. Easy to make reservations. Sat at the bar as we were a little early for our reservation. Excellent wine and, when we were ready, excellent food. Looking forward to the next time.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé Birthday dinner! Thank you for the delicious complimentary almond cookies and wonderful service!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner. Everything was cooked to perfection and we got excellent recommendations from the staff. We ordered the trout amandine and steak frites followed by a pumpkin pie for dessert.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to all the hosts, waiters, servers and cooks for your service and making the dining experience comforting. Appreciate your effort, smiles and most of all positive ATTITUDE! We all know it’s hard to do in the service industry when most people are not self aware. Thank you team Le Diplomate! Appreciation and Gratitude! LE Gómez
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Thanksgiving meal was ordinary. Turkey was dry.
  18. JM

    JoeM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food was great, as always. We've eaten here for years. The cocktails were also excellent. The service is the big issue. Our waitress was okay but she was more suited to Panera than fine dining. And I suppose the manager told her to say this, but "Have you dined with us before?" is incredibly cheesy and downscale. Everyone hates that. She and her colleagues made a few mistakes, such as no serving spoon for one of the appetizers, and she was fairly attentive but acted unnatural and fake. The waitress serving the next table was awful. She'd stand in the tiny space between our tables and lean against the wall, pushing her butt to within six inches of my face. You can do better than this, much better, but thanks so for the good food.
  19. N

    Nate

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and superior service
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating life
  21. FC

    FlavienC

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The cheese plate was messy and the portions were very small for the price. Excellent bread and tarte tatin!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very good overall. Loud, but good ambiance.
  23. PB

    PhilB

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were a bit underwhelmed this time overall. The waiter was good but some dishes were not that great. Compared to previous occasions we left a bit disappointed.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, drinks were greats, and the service was awesome!
  25. JB

    JohnBull

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had the veal, one other had the beef bourgenion, and another the chaucouteri. All raved about their selection. Service was both attentive and not intrusive. Only caveat was that the noise level was high, but conversation was still possible. The noise was that of many people having a good time.
  26. N

    Nancy

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sensational French Bistro. A must go! Outstanding service. Mick, our gracious server, offered excellent menu and specific wine suggestions that were geared to our palate ! Our portions were generous and perfectly prepared! The final showcase was the dessert of profiteroles with decadent vanilla ice cream, a slice of a banana all drenched in a bittersweet dark chocolate sauce that the server pours from a warm pitcher upon arrival. Don’t miss the walnut cranberry bread - take a loaf home if you are lucky to grab one!
  27. DD

    DallasDiner

    Dallas

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Food was excellent. Reasonable prices for the experience. Highly recommend.
  28. l

    lovelove

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience1
    Hands down our most disappointing meal at Le Diplomat in eight years. As always the server was incredible and the team very impressive to brought and cleared plates. We were seated outside in a barely heated space. No disclaimer that it’s open and in order to eat you will need coats and gloves. Wildly disappointing set up. The FOOD was just fair at best. The kitchen used so much salt on everything that it drowned out the food. I’m so bummed because it had been one of my favorite restaurants in DC. I would be hard pressed to visit again. Don’t waste holiday memories here this season!
  29. JF

    JeromeF

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place has been around for a few years, and it’s great when you can get a reservation. I can’t say enough good thing. Service was excellent, food was great and the atmosphere was very great for a dinner for two people. Will definitely be back.
  30. DW

    DanielW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We went on a Monday at 5PM. They sat us near a window and it was very cold. Another couple was seated next to us and after 10 minutes they asked to move because they were cold. Maybe it is too early in the season to turn on the heat. Perhaps it is a French thing to not have heat or air conditioning.
  31. AD

    AdelleD

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Favorites- ricotta ravioli and profiteroles! The beef bourguinon was also very good on a cold grey day. Charming interior
  32. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Reservation for 2:45 on a Sunday and it was PACKED. Server was great but super busy so we didn't get the service you might expect. Polite, responsive, but so busy we had to remind him of our drinks and he took care of it right away. Very noisey. Our food was outstanding but the "experience" was not 5 star. Very popular place and crowded.
  33. N

    Noneya

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderfully relaxing brunch! Staff was courteous and non-intrusive. Food was very good and beautifully plated. A complete brassiere experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not what I expected. Being new to the area I was eager to try this place because it was recommended by many. From the moment we sat down the service was rushed. Our server forgot to put in an appetizer and our appetizers and entrees were brought out at the same time!!! Ordered a Malbec by the glass which was very stale and my wife ordered the steak frites medium-rare but had to be sent back because it was raw. The French onion soup was good but an overall awful dining experience and not worth the $200 we spent.
  35. MC

    MarkC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing place, the food and service were beyond compare
  36. MB

    MicheleB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always great food. To go food came out incomplete though. Noticed at home
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food. Perfect service. Duck so good I could have cried!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Booked a month in advance. 2 birthdays (you asked!) The waiter, in an attempt to be efficient, rushed us through our cocktail to our meal. Slapped bill down and zero mention of birthday. Disappointing in this regard. Very loud but ambience is great, the vibe is good, and the food was delicious. Just felt rushed and after all the bday asking (at res time and when we walked in) - then absolutely nothing to mark the occasion! Weird!
  39. WW

    WinWoo

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is great! It’s an authentic French brasserie with excellent food and superb service, full of happy diners. We will definitely come again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had a reservation and the host was very dismissive to the point of rude. Frequently the hosts here act like they’re doing you a favor to eat here.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

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

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 12767 OpenTable diners.

Le Diplomate does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 451 times today
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1601 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Q Street

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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