Le Diplomate

4.8
11335 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 11335 people are saying
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RickM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great time. Superior service. Awesome food.

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DavidH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't rave enough about the burgers here, absolutely incredible. Fries are above top notch as well

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RobG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Le Diplomate has been one of DC's most-touted restaurants for many years, so upon returning to the city after seven years in an absolute restaurant-deficient area in TX, I decided to book a reservation there for a special occasion. I was a little disappointed on our arrival by the overall ambience of the establishment. It didn't seem to be the place for a quiet dinner to celebrate 44 years of marriage. Noise level is very high; tables are close together with traffic of wait staff and diners continuous nearby.
Now, to the food. Le Diplomate definitely lived up to its reputation. Salads were so good I marvel that they can get greens that fresh in the middle of winter. Our entrees (seafood dishes) were both prepared with obvious skill in seasoning and preparation - balanced seasoning, great flavor.
The servers are as skilled in service as the kitchen is in food prep.
In sum, the meal was a big success. The noise level made conversation - an important part of a big celebration - more difficult but the food carried the evening.

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Rover
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food! Exciting ambience! I would recommend to friends.

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Stephanie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate is one of our favorite places to dine. It never disappoints.

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Ellen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing! Wished we could have sat in one of the huts outside, but overall good experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great wine great dinner.

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pauldc
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice dinner. I was a bit surprised at how crowded it was at 5:30. The food was excellent but it was a bit noisy.

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vipLuisa
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive and eager service. Do come for the classics. We are fortunate to have them in our corner. Lovely, as always.

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vipYankeehoya
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been meaning to go to this restaurant for years and it did not disappoint. My scallops were superb, but I had not noticed that they come with lentils. I am generally not a big lentil fan, but the sauce they were in was just scrumptious. I enthusiastically lapped the lentils up with the crusty French bread.
I was hosting 2 very senior foreign friends, without going into details I did something that was a diplomatic faux pas. Luckily for me, my waiter very agilely fixed the situation. Quick thinking on his part, for which I was very grateful.
My friends enjoyed their branzino and salmon. My Middle Eastern friend had formerly lived in Paris and was very complimentary of both the food and our waiter's mastery of French.

The bill seemed to be a good value. I had expected to pay somewhat more.

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JordanS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service from Faddel and Chakim. The steak and wine were well paired. The Crème du Pote and Crème brûlée were sublime.

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Apollo
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable…

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vipBexley
Washington DC
228 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable. Daniel was a very good server. Food was delicious.

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vipKenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in DC thus far. Le Dip offers a variety of choices, allowing diners to enjoy meals as casual as burgers, as well as ones as formal as lobster frites.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brett was very accommodating and friendly. Restaurant made sure to accommodate us on every level. Food was fantastic Brett’s recommendations were spot on. Will come again when in DC.

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RileyH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Rushed service, food quality has gone down slightly over the years. Really felt like I was being rushed

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in months! Recommended by a friend. Will dine here every time I am in DC going forward. Probably the best Onion Soup I’ve ever had. Omelet was cooked to perfection. Sat on the heated patio. Could not have been happier.

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AliceI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very grateful to visit on the first night they're requiring vaccination proof. We had the most fantastic date night - the best food and drinks, as well as service and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Ordered a steak and it was extremely peppery. Service felt incredibly rushed. We were in and out in 45 mins and it was supposed to be a nice dinner for us and a special occasion. Beautiful restaurant. I would not recommend for the value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration was a success. The food was as good as always and the attention to detail is really what keeps me coming back. Very busy and a bit more challenging to get a reservation than in the past but it makes me happy to see that they’re doing well.

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Mali
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food not a long wait at all with a reservation I would highly recommend for date day or night

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Dad & daughter date. The service was not attentive and made our experience feel labored. The food was good but the app arrived after the main. Coffee refill was cold. Despite a reservation 3 weeks in advance we were seated in the very back 2 top by the server station. Was unfortunate and I had greater expectations.

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Samlarbkk
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We celebrated our daughter’s birthday. We would have given 5 stars all around but my daughter ordered her steak medium and when it came it was rare-still a little cold on the inside. We sent it back with no problem and everything was very good!

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SteveH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Mediocre food for the money—canned tuna on salad nicoise

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2good2betrue
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Diplomate continues to be excellent. Attentive service, delicious food and overall ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overall the food was not at the level we have experienced before. The bun for the burger with stale and the fries were overcooked. The Norwegian Benedict was also underwhelming and definitely was missing a lemon wedge.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

AJ
vipAJAC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to The Diplomat since 2019 and wondered how it fared during covid.
The food was as good as we remembered. I had steak frites. The steak was cooked to perfection. My husband the beef Burgundy. Prices a bit higher than we remembered but it is to be expected. The service was excellent. The ambience has the same feel you get in a restaurant on Paris' Left Bank.
Everything ran like a well oiled
machine.
Kudos to management and all who work there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing….

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Marley
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DC classic with wonderful ambience, food and service.

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SheridanB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately, my steak was undercooked and when asked for a new one they used the same steak, burning the outside while leaving the inside undercooked. As a way to apologize, the server brought us cookies but failed to say they were made with almond flour... Needless to say, we had to rush to a CVS to get Claritin for my boyfriend who broke out in hives and had an itchy throat/mouth.

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MLKLQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dependable and solid. Service is always good and I just love their outdoor cubbies. Amazing that they're climate controlled. Makes it ideal to eat out safely in these times. Food always good. Cocktails A+

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vipAnnieL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious. Service was very good but we felt like we were a bit rushed. Be sure to order in phases. Unless you are in a hurry.

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vipRobinL
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch stop as this was on my list for awhile. Fantastic food and service

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vipDCgirl
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday over dinner with friends -- my absolute favorite restaurant! The food and cocktails were superb, as always. And our waiter was so nice and fun and really made our celebration special. Thank you!

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Ting
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A classic staple in DC. Great service. Originally they sat us in the plastic greenhouse, but I requested to change and we were able to eat in the outdoor heated stalls which offers a MUCH more intimate experience. Try to get that if you want to sit outdoors!

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BeckiK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Loved everything about it, food service, ambiance. Everything was perfect! I can’t wait to come back.

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KristenE
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Le Dip many times over the years, and it’s never disappointed me. This time was no exception. Great service, amazing food, beautiful location. Top marks across the board, once again. Will be back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Lola was great!!!!! He was excellent!!!L

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JohnO
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tuesday evening and tough choice between the duck comfit and the lobster risotto, went with the duck which was very good, look forward to trying the lobster. We also had the steak au poivre which was truly outstanding, tender, perfectly done medium rare, fantastic sauce, very memorable.

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 11335 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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