Lafayette Restaurant

4.9
1247 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner. With large windows opening onto Lafayette park & the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital & is certain to complement any dining experience.


Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Available Exclusively at 3pm every Saturday and Sunday, this indulgent experience includes and extensive tea selection and a tiered tray showcasing savory and sweet confections. Presented in one of the city's most beautiful settings overlooking the White House. $55.00 per person, $75.00 per person with a glass of Taittinger, $35.00 per child 4-12 years (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1247 people are saying
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emmanuel was absolutely awesome and really made us feel special for our celebratory meal after our marriage. Amazing view and atmosphere. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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SallyI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Dress appropriately. It’s not a jeans restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service3ambience5

In front of the White House the use the view w for restaurant which is okay view. The same as the W hotel. The food is good, what bring the restaurant down is the hotel staff, the staff is trained to work for holiday inn but get a better job by chance. No one want to do their job in welcoming manner. I visit this restaurant 4 time. I loved the bar downstairs off the record it was good. However , the restaurant rooftop has not been remodel for ten years. St Regis hotel restaurant and the four season stake house is 10000% better value for money.
Rooms in the hotel is like Marriott little bit better the location helps it’s 400 cheaper than FourSeason’s may be 150 cheaper than st Regis or Jefferson. The building and the management make it non luxury Experience. I would say 6 out of ten. I have been in 100% better places in dc

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Horrible staff in the Hotel the place have not been remodelled for ten years the food and view is good. When you visit you will go through the lobby you will be greeted with great bellman and after that you be treated very poorly with very untrained by 4 star hotel staff for non star restaurant. The staff show no respect and act like it’s a holiday inn nonsense or Luxury. I am shocked or how a staff can bring the value of the place. Everyone looks angry and they truly don’t want to do their job. I don’t it’s due to Covid 19 or because the hotel is political charged. I would see you can get better view and service in the POV or St Regis hotel. If you want to better food and luxury service four seasons is where you truly want to be.

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ExperiencedGlobalDiner
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only issue is that the person at the restaurant who took my call ("George") did not come through with my request regarding my husband's birthday. When we arrived, there was no "George" and the host acted as if we did not have reservations. It was a bit disappointing. Because it was a surprise dinner for my husband, I put on a positive attitude. The table that "George" said would be prepared was not prepared. We had a back table. If restaurant employees have the habit of giving false names to inquiries, they should stop. It makes the restaurant look bad and customers like me feel bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing experience. Hands down the best breakfast I’ve ever had. Loved the china and silver, so elegant. And the view of the White House was breathtaking!

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for afternoon tea at the Hays Adams Hotel. Because of protestors, the street was closed to traffic. Our Uber driver dropped us off at the corner. The tea takes place on the rooftop with the most amazing view of the White House and Black Lives Matter plaza. We could also see the protestors below. Great photo ops with the White House. The service was very good. Food wasn't bad, but not that much food for the money. May 3-4 small savory things, scones, and 3 sweet things. The scones (cherry almond) were very good. What you're paying here is for the atmosphere (very tranquil), service, and fantastic view. Very nice. You're not really here for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Cumpleños. Desayuno, la vista espectacular. Servicio genial,
la comida nada extraordinario, pero es una parada que no puedes perder, así que con un pan francés que es delicioso y un café quedas perfecto!

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vipTeresaW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the Lafayette Restaurant. George made our dining experience/birthday celebration absolutely amazing!

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vipTax3911
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The "temporary locale on the 9th floor creates a very special environment for a celebratory dinner. Although the menu was limited
, everything we ordered was delicious.

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vipSheilaJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing was good. Except the reservation
I booked through open table I got my reservation number,but when I arrived to the restaurant, manager had no clue about my reservation,this was second time happening to me

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vipPool
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this restaurant. Every single thing!

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FNikikik
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent & classy restaurant. Highly Recommend :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! Everything was perfect!

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EirianwenH
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

The High Tea experience was lack luster, specifically the food and weak tea, but the view is well worth the money spent.

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Justagirl
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The drinks were great! And the ambiance was just what we were looking for❤ Our waiter Manuel was awesome! He took great care of us. I would definitely recommend.

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vipLisaK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent view, complemented by exceptional service and delicious food. The souflee' was so delicious!

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DeanA
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Jose is an amazing server.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, fantastic view! Great for a romantic brunch or dinner. There are options for vegans which I was ecstatic to see! Parking is also available for a reasonable fee...be sure to tell the concierge that you dined here.

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KeithR
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff , great place for business breakfast or lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and incredible views of the White House

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vipJenps
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this spot. When we need a dose of civilization this is where we turn.

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GregF
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Not enough choices on menu

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Mheiress
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience and best view of the whitehouse!

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vipLakegirl31
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and the view is amazing. Great service and food. Really enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my wife’s birthday. Beautiful evening. Perfect in all areas.

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irenab
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and staff. Awesome view. They were respectful of my time constraints.

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FrankH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way.

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MichelangeloP
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is truly a gem in DC. Food, ambience and of course, the view are all exquisite. I also want to commend the hotel receptionist, restaurant host and server for their wonderful service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Maachi and he was absolutely phenomenal making our engagement incredibly memorable! The servers and the food are out of the world. No words come close to expressing how amazing this experience was! For anyone living or visiting DC, this is an absolute must visit and eat even stay!!

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vipAnnB
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lafayette Restaurant never disappoints - from the soups and salads to the entrees and desserts. The service is superb and you can't beat the view from the 9th floor!

If time is an issue, try a Pear Martini in the cocktail lounge with their cheese and charcuterie boards. Yum!

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vipLeilaniC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing views from the patio. So quiet and peaceful. A great way to start the morning.

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MaryR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone was so great! View is amazing! Definitely a great place to try!

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vipJosh
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend the afternoon tea. The staff are always so welcoming and make the experience pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food and the best view in the city!

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DiegoB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un restaurante que ofrece un alto nivel gastronómico y una vista excepcional

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JonathanG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't have had a better meal. The service was excellent. The staff could not have been more attentive. I give it 5 stars

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MacKenzieK
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and early on a Saturday morning was perfect. If you are looking to get the view but not spend as much as dinner, breakfast is the way to go. Wonderful lattes, yummy green juice, and great breakfast options. The view was perfect for my friends first time in DC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience and view of the city. Although menu is very short, it is worth visiting.

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DivineD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a formidable experience. Asked my then girlfriend to marry me ( n she said yes).
We had the best waiter ever ( his name was Emmanuel). Will definitely came there again.

FAQs

Lafayette Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1247 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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