Le Diplomate

4.8
10134 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 10134 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Le Dip. I eat there once a week

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vipChristine
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The trout and the mussels were outstanding, as was the service.

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PaulU
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Le Diplomate is an excellent restaurant, modelled after the Grands Brasseries in Paris, but better. The bread basket is to die for. I had probably the best lobster of my life. Other food was very good. The only shortcoming is that they dispensed with the valet parking because of Covid and the closest garage closes at 10. Street parking is limited so if you are driving, parking is a hassle. Hopefully they will reinstate the valet parking service,

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Fussyeater
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

As a long time admirer of the food at the restaurant, I was disappointed. I felt that the C team was in the kitchen. The pea soup lacked flavor &salt and was overly creamy. The soft shell crab was overly heavily crusted and one could not taste crab. The dressing tasted like mayonnaise-period.

The fries were pale I like them brown and crispy

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Roquet
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Authentic atmospherics and excellent steak tartare

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Tasteful
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every single wonderful thing one looks for in a French bistro meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect backdrop for a friend’s 50th birthday celebration.

RJ
RJWil
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

It was very “okay” but years past it was “memorable”. Great bread basket and onion soup; good steak frites and disappointing duck l’orange. Very personable and knowledgeable waiter.

JD
vipJohnD
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always. Le Dip is my go-to neighborhood spot. I eat here all the time because it is consistently fantastic and so is the service.

JB
JoeB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was perfect for birthday celebration. All had great time. Service was outstanding and food amazing. Only wrinkle was a friend tried to send us a gift of a bottle of champagne that day and was told he needed to do so two days in advance. Not sure why but to be aware.

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vipluvdining
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time and Le Diplomate and really enjoyed the entire experience. Can't wait to come back!

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vipNeighbor
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

The “special” softshell crab sandwich was awful. Tiny bit of tasteless crab enveloped in a mound of greasy breading, definitely not up to Diplomate’s usual standards. We both hardly touched our meals. And the pate was nothing like what the menu described. Worst food we have ever had here.

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Sierra
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Le Diplomate is known for great food but we were particularly impressed by the service! One member of our party has celiac disease and our server was knowledgeable and accommodating!

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vipDSeattle
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a treat! Beautiful night in DC with outdoor seating at Le Diplomate. From the bread to the butter to the wine and beyond, delicious and delightful evening.
We had reduced our group of 4 to 3 so not the perfect table but that’s on us. Thoroughly enjoyable evening all around. Thank you, Le Diplomate!

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vipJimleemo
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

I ordered steak frites and the meat was very tough. The frites were good. We also ordered profiteroles for dessert and the crust tasted stale. I was disappointed compared with my previous meals there, especially at the extremely high prices they charge now. Regarding the ambience, nearly all of the customers were sitting outdoor, which looked very pleasant. The sparsely occupied indoor area felt somewhat depressing even though it made for easier conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Daniel was one of the best waiters I have had in the 5 1/2 years I have lived in DC. I could not get the WiFi to work in one of the street eateries. He graciously offered his hotspot so I could continue doing work. That is above and beyond, which simply doesn't happen much anymore. I ordered my steak medium rare and it came out almost well done. He apologized and immediately corrected the order. Additionally, he made an amazing wine recommendation for my entree.

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vipKellyW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

I always enjoy going to this restaurant, but the service has become a problem. We had to continually flag down someone to even come to our table, and when they did things were delayed or forgotten. I am happy to pay these prices for the food, but I expect it should also include a professional wait staff that is attentive.

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ThomasB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Le Diplomate often oversalts the food. Wonderful restaurant in spite of its one fault.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

As usual Le Diplomate did not disappoint. Everything from the food to the service was excellent!

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Danlagourgane
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great French cuisine as always! Superb service all around. Had a table outside on 14th st nw side of restaurant. Reserve, you will not be deceived!

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AdrienneL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent birthday dinner! Food and service were both amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

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wendylou
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, all went splendidly well at Le Diplomate. My duck al 'orange was perfect as well as the profiteroles. The cranberry bread was out of this world. Well done!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an enjoyable evening sitting outside with great cocktails, appetizers, dinner and service. Our waiter Noble made the evening an Adventure. We would definitely come back and bring guests again. A+

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vipAmberS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So fun. Loved it for Mother’s Day!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s one of our favorite restaurants and we all loved it!

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DaryaY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I had a very nice time at le diplomate and the food was outstanding. Though, our waiter did take a long time for some of the food to be brought out. Besides that, it was a great experience overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous! We ate outside in a lovely, private space. Wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

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Torie
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

love this place, had the lobster frites and it was delicious...

LD
vipLDDDDD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and fair price. Congrats to the team

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vipswansailor
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great location with well designed outdoor seating in booths with warm air supply for your feet and open windows for your health. The food was excellent. Pea soup was an unexpected highlight. Service was good but each waitperson had too many tables.

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TomS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

People rave about Le Diplomate, and we appreciated the service and ambiance. But we found the food disappointing—it just wasn’t very special. We expected to be wowed, and we simply weren’t. We will try it again and hope the food will be better.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating our wedding anniversary with family

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vipmaxx
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great (as always)!

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vipLuv2eatout
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience! We sat outside in an individual booth separate from our neighbors. The only caveat is that it’s open so it was quite windy. Our service was impeccable and the food was excellent. We would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside at the cutest table! It even had heat and an overhead light. The bread and latte are to die for- everything was delicious. Loved the warm shrimp salad. Our server was charming and didn’t rush us! Quality of the food is outstanding

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vipamfrere
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best food and service in town. Consistently excellent in all aspects.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening! Couldn’t have been better. The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent! Love this place!!

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VanesseD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Favorite restaurant in DC! The fois gras, tuna carpaccio, and macaroni au gratin are a must for the table! The boeuf bourgignon is also to die for. Never disappointed at le dip!

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Matt
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always in all ways. It wa our first outdoor dinner in more than a year. A great choice.

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 10134 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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