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Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC
Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC
Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC
Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC
Lafayette Restaurant, Washington, DC

Lafayette Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1566 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With large windows opening onto Lafayette Park and the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital and is certain to complement any dining experience.



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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 27 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Continental
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sun 3:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 638-2570
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Nicolas Legret
  • Catering
    Private Dining available for groups of up to 16 guests.
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining is available in our Lafayette Restaurant. Views of Lafayette Park and exquisite cuisine and service guaranteed!
  • Private party contact
    Colette Marquez: (202) 638-6600
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Cross Street
    H Street
  • Parking Details
    There is a parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking.
  • Public Transit
    McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
  • Entertainment
    Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,566 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Ambience

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambience

  • District of Columbia

    American

1,566 Reviews
  1. DavidH

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting with lovely views of Lafayette Park.

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  2. LizJ

    Tampa

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Timeless beauty, soothing environment, elegant cuisine. Pedro was our outstanding server and made the experience enjoyable.

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  3. ToddB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a go-to lunch spot for us when in DC. The staff could not be more friendly and professional - super attentive and yet somehow invisible. The food is consistently very tasty and exquisitely presented.

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  4. Orion

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very good except we had to wait 25 minutes for our drinks after ordering them.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience always!

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  6. Hbrasil

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true treat and amazing experience! Beautiful environment, best service experienced in a long time. Visiting from California and felt I was treated like a VIP. Food was impeccable and service above amazing.

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  7. ISGreviews

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful historic hotel and restaurant. Food, ambience and staff all excellent. A real gem in Washington DC.

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  8. MrsMcal76

    Milwaukee

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can't beat the Lafayette Room for breakfast. My favorite hotel in DC.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant. Service was superb. Piano playing was soothing and romantic. I enjoyed every moment. The restaurant is beautiful and tastefully decorated.

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  10. KateW

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We liked this restaurant because the tables are spacious and lots of room between tables so it felt private and they played quiet classical music. The service was excellent and food very good. The only complaint is that it is very expensive and portion sizes are small.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    William was fabulous waiter. Very professional and personable.

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  12. AnnJ

    Chicago

    173 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with view of the White House. Very historic and charming. Excellent drink and wine menu. Traditional food menu with many wonderful options. Service was disappointing. The waiters were very busy, so it appeared to be a staffing issue and hopefully not what we would expect next time. Highly recommend this beautiful restaurant. Great for couples, business meetings and special occasions. Loved the pianist.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exclusive service and atmosphere. Food is great for it price and location... just walk out into cherry blossom trees, walk to White House.

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  14. Wonderful

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Although chaotic we were seated at the corner bar booth table and that was less noisy. Service and food great, plenty of choice, good quality, would recommend.

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  15. DrPham9551

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was the youngest person there . The average for diners at the restaurant was 72… so many old people . The service was outstanding. The food was above average. The fresh squeezed OJ was amazingly fresh and sweet. I ordered mushroom omelette which I found a little dry. The Nova Lox bagel was decent .

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  16. Cardiguy

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite comes through yet again. Staff (at the front door, in the kitchen, and in the dining room), food, and that splendid sense of history combined to create a most satisfying experience.

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  17. CarmenSanDiego

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On the fence. Beautiful location in a beautiful hotel. The photos are misleading only 1 table by the fireplace accurately has a view of the White House. We were seated next to it up against a wall… don’t go for the view it is not as picturesque as you see. Food was in small portions, with a pretty presentation & it was quiet. $10.00 for orange juice is over the top but the price for the Oatmeal Soufflé is worth it. The food presentation, taste & staff made this place noteworthy. Reserve an early reservation & walk to the Whitehouse before tourists arrive. That was the convenience.

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  18. Winnie

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful space, excellent service, good food beautifully presented.

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  19. EricaP

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always my favorite place in DC! Breakfast is just amazing and service impeccable.

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  20. JohnM

    Washington DC

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant remains our favorite for breakfast. The service is stellar, and the food is even better.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and amazing dinner and drinks!

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  22. PS01

    Los Angeles

    637 reviews

    5.0

    637 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went back for the second day in a row. Perfect food, perfect service, perfect atmosphere!

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  23. PS01

    Los Angeles

    637 reviews

    5.0

    637 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Five stars all around. Impeccable service and beautiful environment.

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  24. LizH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a treasure in one of the best 5 star boutique hotels in Washington DC. Customer service is #1 priority for everyone associated with this hotel and restaurant. They make you feel like the most important guest there, remembering your name and every detail of your order. There was never a moment where we were looking for someone for a water refill or anything else.

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  25. Greyford

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoy treating myself to beautiful up-scale experiences . . . . I savored each moment and morsel - lulled by lovely melodies from the piano player which echoed the restaurant's elegant atmosphere.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places in DC. Great food, great wine, great atmosphere and location

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  27. FranklinK

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lafayette always delivers an outstanding service experience.

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  28. Ramone

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite spot, we feel always welcome , staff is always so attentive and profesional . Food is outstanding .

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  29. PresMitchell

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an incredible dinner celebrating the promotion of a friend to her new role. The service and ambiance were impeccable, and I look forward to the next time we get to stop by for a good meal and good vibes.

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  30. DJMB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful dining room with excellent service and extremely good food. An old-fashioned and extremely elegant place to dine. We have always had exceptionally good food and good service and a lovely ambience when we come here. Highly recommended.

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  31. KristinA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting and great food. Great service as well!

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  32. Liz456

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I celebrated my birthday at the Hay Adams and had dinner and breakfast at The Lafayette. Both meals were delightful. The scallops and black bass at dinner both were cooked perfectly and had excellent flavor. Same goes for the french toast and oatmeal souffle at breakfast.

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  33. Nigel

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent traditional restaurant. Delicious food. Elegant setting, very good service. Quiet ambience allows conversation. Only one disappointment next day at breakfast was the changeover to very ordinary china from the Wedgwood they used before. The new coffee cups have irregularly shaped handles that make them hard to grip!

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  34. greywolf

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great service, a bit pricey, excellent views of the white house, interesting, but conservative menu

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made reservations for Christmas Eve breakfast. We were seated right away and attended to quickly. Small portions at a high price, quality was good but nothing that really stood out. My son ordered bacon and breakfast potatoes and it was literally 5 tiny potatoes but his younger sister received about 4 times the amount in her serving. I ordered an omelette with asparagus and tomato and it had one small piece of asparagus and one cherry tomato on the side which I thought was odd. Beautiful decor and nice views of the White House. I wouldn’t go back for breakfast, but dinner may be a little more substantial.

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  36. LindaP

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful “splurge” breakfast here. The meal was delicious and nicely presented. Even the coffee was good! The Christmas decorations were nice. Service was attentive and friendly. Loved the hushed tones.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Phil

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! Great breakfast right across from the white house!

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  38. jimh

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal for our first night in DC to see the National Christmas tree and other sites.

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  39. E7369

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful way to relax, dine and celebrate a special occasion! In our reservation, I mentioned we were celebrating something special and would appreciate a table with a nice view - they sure satisfied that request! Our table was center view, next to the window looking at the White House! The food was fabulous from beginning to end and the wine recommendations perfect. Will definitely return for a future special occasion. Highly recommend.

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  40. RupaD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We were so disappointed. We made reservations for the holiday tea using OpenTable - it was quite specific on the app/website that we were reserving the tea. We arrived, were seated, and given a brunch menu. When we inquired, we were told that tea doesn't start till 3, that a few others had made the same "mistake" on Open table (what?? I reserved it correctly...the Hay Adams made the mistake in putting in incorrectly into open table), and that all the slots for 3 pm and today were filled. Well, we stayed for brunch and talked for a few hours together - were were there till nearly and only saw 4 small tables seated for tea. That full? This was awful.

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FAQs

Lafayette Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1566 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Lafayette Restaurant

800 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    H Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sun 3:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Continental
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    There is a parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking.
  • Public Transit
    McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Nicolas Legret
  • Entertainment
    Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 638-2570
  • Catering
    Private Dining available for groups of up to 16 guests.
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining is available in our Lafayette Restaurant. Views of Lafayette Park and exquisite cuisine and service guaranteed!
  • Private party contact
    Colette Marquez: (202) 638-6600
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