Le Diplomate

4.8
9758 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 9758 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ReChad
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, and thoughtful Covid-19 mitigation set up.

JM
JiovaniM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nabil was our server extraordinaire! The food was incredible and they're outdoor seating is very warm and cozy. This place is doing something right!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We definitely enjoyed my husband’s birthday. Thank you so much.

GL
GaryL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a perfect Saturday late lunch on the patio. The weather was beautiful, food was great, and service was excellent. My guests were overwhelmed with the kindness that Adnane showed during out time.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

2 hours should be allotted per table not 1.5

AB
vipAnnieB1720
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our daughter’s 23rd birthday. The food was incredibly delicious. The service was great. They created a safe outdoor dining setting. This was our first time there but we will definitely be back!

KS
vipKenzieS
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Once we were seated, everything was great. The food was wonderful and our server was awesome! However, our meal started off on the wrong foot because the hostess gave us major attitude. It was enough that it impacted the overall experience of our entire meal. We’ve been to le dip plenty of times and never had an experience like this. I would hate to have this be someone’s first time visiting and be turned off from visiting again because their first impression was the rude behavior of the front staff.

MB
MaggieB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Le Diplomate never disappoints, but we were blown away by how nice the outdoor chateaus were on a cold and rainy February night! We were warm and cozy and enjoyed the intimate space. The food, wine, and service were all excellent and it was so nice to enjoy a safe dinner out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Le Diplomate is wonderful. The service was amazing. The food and cocktails are delicious! The outdoor seating options are also very comfortable. Such a fun outing!

DT
DianaT
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we love it here
outdoor music and the new heated booths are amazing

AM
vipAMADC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

It was my mom’s 80th birthday & we were excited to have a lovely lunch to celebrate in one of my favorite restaurants. We made a reservation for outdoors & were thrilled with our chalet!

DG
vipDcGeorgiaGal
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor chalets make a great dining experience even better! Favorite place to dine safely!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

We felt like we were on an assembly line. Food is really good, but didn’t feel welcome. This isn a cheap restaurant and It just wasn’t a good experience.

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Lisa
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time.

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Budsterwood
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Cold reception. Perfunctory service. Safe seating. Excellent food.

We made reservations for a very early dinner dining outdoors to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We ran into unexpected street construction and delays so were running late by about 15 minutes or so. I became a bit unnerved and so called to give a heads up on our later arrival time. The hostess told me that they can only hold our reservations for 15 minutes and then after that we would be welcome to put our name on the list for the next available table. This added to our anxiety and rush to get there. We arrived 16 minutes after our reservation time feeling more anxious than relaxed only to discover that we were easily seated as the tables were never more than half full our whole time there. When I called a good hostess would have said something more along the lines of “our policy is only to hold reservations for 15 minutes but you shouldn’t have any troubles this afternoon being seated and we look forward to seeing you when you arrive.”

The hostess reception was devoid of any warmth or hospitality. The attitude seems to be that they were doing us a favor to dine there. Very off putting.

We’ve dined here several times pre-pandemic and the food was as wonderful as ever. The fantastic breads, warm shrimp salad, the trout almandine, the chicken, and vanilla bean creme brûlée were all perfect. The waiter was efficient and fine but not warm in anyway. At the end his “thanks for spending your birthday with us” was so devoid of sincerity that it would have been better had he said nothing.

CB
vipCristyB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

My fish was not fresh and that’s the only issue otherwise great experience!

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vipBexley
Washington DC
215 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Curious. Are you having servers use pepper grinders during the pandemic? I actually think that would be more sanitary than having the server handle a set of salt and pepper shakers as he/she brings them to the table. Then the diner touches them. Just asking.

JK
JayK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Amazing food, disappointing service.
I would give this DC institution a second try based on reputation rather than experience.

WC
vipWilliamC
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice dining experience in one of their great “pop-up” pods along 14th street. Our server was top notch - very friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Thanks and we look forward to coming back soon.

DL
DeliseL
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food and drinks were excellent as always. My one complaint is COVID sucks! Apparently with dining restrictions in place they are limiting your dining experience to 1 1/2 hours. No lingering or letting your food settle.

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rileyc
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great afternoon! Food was delicious, service was excellent.

JH
vipJonathanH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always a nice dining experience at Le Diplomat. It feels like you are at a French bistro. I ate alone and the service was overall very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best outdoor dining for Covid times. They have open stalls or you can sit out in the covered patio or just outside with not covering when it’s nice and sunny. Food is always great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration with lovely food and bite size dessert with candle. Wonderful outdoor service and very conscious of pandemic protocols. Wonderful experience all around!

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Emilija
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I ordered Mushroom Tart and it was really nice, would recommend for people who want to try authentic French food

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vipGtfoodie
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great classic French food! A new classic favorite restaurant for us in DC!

JP
vipJenP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice ambiance. Enough din to make it interesting but allowable for convo. Food was fantastic. Thanks

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Leslie
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

My food has consistently been fairly bland - definitely not worth the price, ingredients can't be fresh/seasonal because the menu doesn't change. There are way better places in DC to go for a special night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience1

Made reservation days in advance but they put us outside in the cold. Had been there before and dined in their outside box city. Not sure why they wanted a frequent customer to freeze. Really uncomfortable and disappointing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the ambience and the food. A little salty, but delicious. So thoughtful to bring out an extra anniversary treat.

RS
vipReidS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outdoor stables really allowed for a comfortable experience even in 40 degree weather.

SP
SuzieP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for lunch on a Monday before flying back home & it was just what we needed. A little piece of Paris in the middle of DC. Escargot is a must. SO good. The tuna carpaccio was also delicious & the burger was magnifique! Can't wait to go back!

BH
BeckyH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was such a delightful treat! Would highly recommend. Felt very safe

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have really figured out the covid protocols while still providing an enjoyable experience. Love the single-party outdoor stalls, excellent service and great food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Friend 40th bday

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience1

Great but the place needs a redo

AR
vipAmyR
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great meal as always. Le Diplomat continues to be our all time favorite. Going for lunch again today!

CD
ChristieD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently excellent service and food and great Covid adaptations!

JS
vipJoeS
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the warm shrimp salad and salmon carpaccio. Excellent service and plenty of distance for inside dining. Love this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

LeDip is my favorite restaurant in DC and I’ve been there many times. Yesterday was not up to their standard in service or food. The waiter did not seem on top of our order. Our drink didn’t come until 3 reminders, the appetizer came after the entree was served, and was cold by the time we ate it, we had to ask for salt and pepper several times before the waiter finally brought it.

The manager did intervene and bring several items and also apologized and comped some of the bill.

We will return to the restaurant and trust that the waiter and/or kitchen was having a bad day.

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 9758 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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