Le Diplomate

4.8
11084 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 11084 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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vipAlanK
Washington DC
435 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food was good. Lobster was delish, but the garlic butter is a little much. Overwhelming. The mushroom soup is great. French onion soup, ok. Warm shrimp salad by far the best!! Definitely a must try. The shrimp is good, and the tossed greens and dressing is tasty. The service was great! Thank you

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Eljaeg
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The special thanks giving menu was not as good as other plates in this place

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LauraG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience. Our waiter was outstanding, food was exceptional, and we loved the ambiance

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vipKellyS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, the food and service were exceptional. We love being able to take our family and friends here when they visit.

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JohnD
Savannah
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always.

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DCDiner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. There are a lot of “bad tables” in the bar area and back room. Be careful where they seat you.

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vipPhilipB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

This trip to Le Diplomate wasn’t the best I’ve had. It was super slammed on the day before thanksgiving. The staff were frantically taking care of things and did a good job but it was very loud and chaotic. Our appetizers were good. My guest had the halibut and enjoyed it. I tried lobster frites and wouldn’t recommend it. The lobster was ok, but they poured a bunch of a shallot butter sauce that was overwhelming. And they gave me a ton of fries. These used to be a high point of a visit to Le Diplomate, but these were bland. I think maybe they couldn’t cook them twice like normally because they were too busy. It took a while for main courses to come and a while to be cleared. I think I ordered wrong and the restaurant is just too busy to keep the food and service standards up to prior levels.

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RayH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service was excellent. We started with wonderful oysters and clams on the half shell. Out entrees were salmon and trout, both executed wonderfully. Desert was a zingy sorbet of passion fruit and mango. The only thing that marred our experience is that we had signed up for outdoor seating, but were really seated inside -- we walked through the main restaurant and into a tented area expanded out from the restaurant. It was completely enclosed, large, and had heat lamps that warmed up the interior too much. I wish I had spoken up, because there was true outdoor seating, but as we were seated for dinner at 5:15 on a Saturday I figured it would not get too crowded. I was wrong. I will also note that there were a number of younger, undoubtedly unvaccinated diners in our area. By the end my partially vaccinated son went outside to get fresh, cooler air before desert arrived. Again, I wished I had spoken up, but I also wish that outdoor seating was really just that so that I would not have been put in an awkward position.

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vipMichaelC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great. The best bread, terrific fries and food. Excellent service.

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EllenG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food, best wine, best service - can't believe we didn't come sooner

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vipGourmand
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

French delight. Recommend the trout, the cheeses, the 🥖!!

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PCandTC
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We got put at an outside table. The server was doing the best he could but it was clear the poor guy was freezing. I’m not sure how it could have been better but it was painful.

My son had the beef Bourgongon (sp?) and he loved it. I had the salmon which was minuscule like a piece of sushi, and cooked so rare it was like sushi. The garlic spinach was ok but uninspiring. The bread was good

The crème brûlée was awesome and brought overall average up.

Overall the meal felt below expectation, though.

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MichelleT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I hade a late reservation and they were out of the Sunday dinner & I had to order something different. It was delicious, but was not what I went for.

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vipJoanS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to town from California to visit my parents for the holiday and celebrated our 22nd anniversary having dinner here. It was wonderful!

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MichelleH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was one of the best meals Ive had in DC. Highly recommend the onion soup, escargot, and foie gras! The restaurant held an effortless french beauty. Loved celebrating my birthday here :)

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best service in DC!

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Dadi
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is done just right at Le Diplomate. From the intricately accurate decor, to the napkins, to the paper and plastic cover of the menu and it’s text font style, it’s as if the entire place has literally been plucked out of Rive Gauches in Paris and dropped into Washington DC. It’s not Disney-fake; it looks and feels like the real deal. Plus, with its consistently good food and friendly service, no wonder it continues to be a favorite in DC. Bravo to Mr. Starr and his team!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Me atendio un Sr Luis q habla frances en forma excelente, el prox domingo pienso volver y quiero q me atienda el.
La comida mbuena como siempre, el verdadero problema es el parking, gaste 30 min de mi tiempo mientras fui a un parking pago y caminar 4 bloques

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We were excited to try this restaurant. The food looked delicious and was presented well. Our waiter was courteous but forgetful and appeared rushed. For example, we had to ask multiple times for bread and struggled to get the waiter's attention. Once we did by saying, "excuse me" the waiter put up their index finger at us as they continued to speak to other customers. The food, overall, was nothing special, but well presented and tasty. The bearnaise sauce, in particular, was well balanced and complemented the freshly carved ham on the eggs benedict. What was off-putting was the container my milk came in. It was dirty with dried food stuck to it. If I could get my waiter's attention, I would have asked for a new one. Overall, due to the reasons mentioned above, we gave this restaurant 3/5 stars.

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Bobby
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding.

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LadyWhoLovesGoodEats
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing! The Foie Gras, Escargot is superb, Beef Tartare is so delicious. EXCELLENT!

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amyk
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

bummed to be put at a table at the end of the sidewalk for reservation made a month ago. Was freezing and people kept approaching table asking for money. Didn’t even feel like we were ae Le Diplomate. Staff not receptive to request for indoor table. I’m sure there are plenty of people who prefer to be outside so a preference should be asked. Ruined the experience

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ClaudiaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Outdoor seating smelled very bad
Table was dirty, used my napkin to clean it
Waiter forgot about me many times
Glass, forks, spoons smelled as not well cleaned
A lot of delay to get my drinks, I returned one because it was not good
Discriminated by the reservation hostess
Food is good but the smells made me feel stomach sick.

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AlexS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was great, the service a bit hurried and inattentive, and the sound levels off the charts.

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vipHestia
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely lovely experience and meal. Even at 2:00PM on a Saturday the restaurant is crowded so reservations are a must.

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vipVNB99
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service, delicious meal.

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RonMexico
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I thought it was a fine meal. I have no regrets going here.

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vipLeslie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We sat outside in on the stalls. Our waiter. Francisco was great! My only complaint was that my mushroom tart come to me cold. Other than that, food was very good.

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NicoleB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. We had a late 3:00 lunch and the restaurant cleared out as we were seated. However it was very full from lunch when we arrived. Very enjoyable!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was almost 30 minutes late. They sat me in less than 4 minutes. The guy at the front was very helpful.

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vipLauren
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious lunch in their outdoor dining booths section. It was a chilly day but the heater helped. My server, Michael, was outstanding. You can never go wrong with the french onion soup!

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JoeyS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

A must do in Washington, an institution which serves delicious food and (expensive) wine!

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Edward
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent.. a bit noisy.. hard to park..basket of bread magnificent.. server friendly and attentive

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AshleyB
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful evening! I’ve been dying to come here for years, and the chance finally came! We loved our meal, the service, and the ambiance.

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MarvinW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

True French bistro experience. Food is always first rate and bistro-true. Despite huge popularity, quality, both food and service, has never varied from great. Only downside, reservations now needed well in advance! :(

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Ladydi
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed the burger, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this place is phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate my boyfriend’s 24th bday and the staff were so lovely and made it very special. Food was amazing as always.

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vipDeborahH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone and everything were perfect. From the host knowing the details of my reservation to the waiter who read the table perfectly, it was a lovely night. I will definitely be back!!

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Dianae
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Lovely little dinning pods outside, which were great as not ready to eat in a crowded restaurant. Service terrific. Waiter very good with wine recommendations. Expensive.

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 11084 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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