Le Diplomate

4.8
11322 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 11322 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
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vipKenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day 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 a day 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 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Mediocre food for the money—canned tuna on salad nicoise

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2good2betrue
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 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 3 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 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!

AJ
vipAJAC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing….

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Marley
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

DC classic with wonderful ambience, food and service.

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SheridanB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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+

AL
vipAnnieL
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

DC
vipDCgirl
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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JohnO
Denver
1 review
Dined on 11 January 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.

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vipZehraD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in town. Especially for solo dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dining experience I have ever had. The service and food was impeccable.

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vipBetsyL
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

this is my favorite restaurant in DC. went there for lunch. Service was not up to par as waitress was not all that present. Food yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An awesome dining experience! Will hope to return many times and bring guests :)

MJ
MrJones
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always, always a fabulous meal in an upbeat environment. Love that the Christmas decorations were still up! Gougeres, the best escargots in the area, warm shrimp salad and picture worthy French onion soup made this cold dreary, rainy day a memorable afternoon! Thanks for another wonderful meal!

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Simon
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Piece of plastic found in my first bite of bread.
Chicken piccata was overpowered by lemon/salt from tapenade

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vipMcklauren
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always perfect but expensive.

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BlueSwimmer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate in one of the outdoor cabanas. It was cozy on a cold day and we loved the safety and privacy.

JB
JayB
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was amazing as well as the bar staff - shout out to Jay! Our initial table was the worst table on the terrace, in the back corner right next to the service station where waiters entered orders into the computer and placed the water pitchers. This was UNACCEPTABLE as we were celebrating a birthday! Can’t believe we were seated here first. After refusing the table and about a 20 min wait, we were reseated at a nice table inside. The waitress however was disappointing as she was heavily distracted by other wait staff asking her questions and a manager pulling her away at points as well. She was also not very attentive and we had to ask bus staff and other waiters for items more than once, because she was nowhere to be found. It was a busy Saturday night but there was much room for improvement in service.

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JenniferC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party of four went for a birthday celebration. We had the best table in the front by the window and they acknowledged the birthday immediately which was not expected but a bonus! Service was very fast but not rushed and we had cocktails, appetizers, main course and dessert in 1.5 hours.

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Rohan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food wasn't too expensive although the seafood options went to astronomical prices. The brunch options were reasonable with pancakes being a cost-affordable option. I recommend coming if you want a decent brunch option.

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Lmt11
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect. Every aspect of the experience exceeded expectation.

KT
vipKTDC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic. Consistently delicious and a perfect environment

FAQs

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

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 11322 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 bookings at the moment.

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