Le Diplomate

4.8
10032 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
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 10032 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Both the hostess and our waiter were blatantly rude and the food wasn’t anything special. I’ve been here before for drinks and appetizers and always enjoyed myself but, after last night, definitely won’t be going back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre birthday celebration

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KristiV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good mussels, good steak. They have plenty of seating outside as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Male hostess/manager was extremely rude to our group

JS
vipJeannineS
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sat in a little booth on 14th Street. Not great, but they're doing the best they can. Pea soup and onion soup were both very good. Trout and scallop entrees were both outstanding. Service was excellent.

BJ
BlairJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service, the outside dining set up feels safe and is a nice way to dine.

MM
MtnMama
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The warm shrimp salad was the best restaurant salad I have had, All four of us had spectacular appetizers and main dishes, and the service was perfect. The outdoor dining is out of the weather yet felt very well ventilated. Can’t wait to go back!

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lisaw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Forgot to bring out a birthday dessert for our daughter’s bday after confirming 2 times the reason for our dinner. However, food was fantastic.

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EmilyK
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING and our waiter was outstanding. Everything he recommend was delicious and he was funny and courteous. The little booths are adorable (and heated!) and the food was so delicious we had to roll home!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was awesome! The curbside dining is a really great option

CB
vipCmdrBond
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I have been to Le Diplomate countless times and been blown away each time however they we’re off the game this visit. Food was Luke warm at best and prior go to dishes like the Macaroni were quite frankly sub standard.

MJ
vipMrJones
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fabulous food and service. So happy the restaurant survived the pandemic and appears to be busy again! Our first time with indoor dining since getting vaccinated - and they have it all together - spaced, staff consistently masked, social distancing, etc. Definitely feel comfortable dining here again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Been to LeDip several times but first time post Panney and the food quality, service and overall vibe is just gone. Sorry to all the Stans but I think this ship has sailed. Brunch menu was extremely limited and Oysters were bad, couldn't finish even 6, mussels were reheated from frozen, and service was just different not in a good way. Front staff just snippy and a little rude, and wait staff not helpful with menu for gf options and knowing if any other food options avail from dinner menu bec of restrictions smh. Escargot was good. It was rough overall and over $230 for two adults two kids. I'll wait until they get full menu bk perhaps but perhaps not. Family seemed to be ok with some items but they weren't paying either. Disappointed.

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XanderS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Truly a little bit of France in DC. Other than servers who don't speak French, the food and the ambiance scream liberté, fraternité, et qualité.

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professionalfoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute enchanting brunch! The service was top notch professional and the food is incredible. Truly. I can be hard to impress and I have been raving about my experience since I ate there. The outdoor dining is super cute so don’t be scared of the outdoor part and they have individual heaters.

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happygolucky
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure dining here, and the creativity and effort that was put into building little window chalets to dine in is a reflection of the creativity and effort put into making each dish. The hostess, runners, and our waiter Tim were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic as well as the food. My new favorite of DC!

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kirstenm
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best brunch in DC! The cranberry bread is a perfect start. Lobster omelette with a Romarin is my go to and both are consistently made to perfection. Similarly, the service is always stellar .

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic everything was great!

SR
SuedehR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. It wasn’t anything extraordinary but solid food and would come back

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Jackiem
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting DC

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ChrisE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time, the food was excellent, as usual. They did a great job partitioning people outside, providing the atmosphere of outdoor dining with the heat and comfort of dining indoors.

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Wallis
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband's birthday with two dear friends we had not seen in over a year. Had one of the small rooms on the street - which we loved. Outstanding and I mean outstanding waiter - Kristen - very personable, great personality and provided fantastic service. Oysters, pate, escargot, champagne, flowing wine and delicious entrees. A day that we will all remember. LeDiplomate is our favorite restaurant! Can't wait to go again.

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DanaK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Diplomate might have just become my favorite restaurant in DC after the experience we had dining there. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and made great recommendations on everything from cocktails to appetizers and entrees. Everything was absolutely wonderful!

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vipEnigma
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The time limit was annoying and unfortunate. Outside seating was pleasant but cold with cross winds - would benefit from drop down plastic window panes to prevent cold drafts - embedded heaters were insufficient. Food as always was great as was the service.

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vipBmoreSki
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. We had a cute outdoor “chalet” which was an adorable atmosphere. Our server, John, was attentive and helpful. We split the pea soup, warm shrimp salad, escargot and a cheese plate. Everything was perfect. I can’t wait to go back.

JC
JonathanC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Covid-Pivot was flawlessly executed. the individual booths with heating vents made the entire outdoor dining experience great. Food and Service were both outstanding as usual.

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vipSaraF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the outdoor dining experience was exceptional - such a lovely set-up and it felt very safe and cozy in the rain.

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vipFoodGuy
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very good profiteroles, bouillabaisse and mussels. Salad Nicoise could have been better.

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TurpJones
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service as always from this restaurant. The outdoor seating in the “chalets” was very nice.

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vipChic413
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance! Never disappoints!

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vipReneeA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and scenery was amazing! I would definitely recommend!

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HollyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

When I made the reservation, there was a question on whether this was a special occasion. I checked "Birthday". It was my 50th BD we were celebrating. However, we didn't get any treat whatsoever from the restaurant, not even a free piece of chocolate; we didn't even get 30 more minute than the 2 hr limit. At 2 hr and 5 min, the manager gave us the check 10 min after I had ordered a drink reminding us that our time was up. So I am not sure why the is the question of whether this reservation is for a special occasion or not. I like Le Diplomat because of its bread and ambience; otherwise, the food is very average if not below average.

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vipbarryk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a cocktail, a Boulevardier, it was delicious.
The bread is outstanding.
The appetizers and entrees were very good.
Le Diplomate is a restaurant I will be happy to go to anytime.

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th3b1tdr0n3
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to get some delicious French food. This brasserie was adorable and extravagant. Stop at this establishment whenever you have the chance, we will when we come back to enjoy the autumn.

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vipAlonzoW
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The chalets along Q street and 14th are nice albeit sometimes chilly places to eat outside with greater safety. Service attentive and friendly. Menu is necessarily fairly limited these days for lunch but the Bouillabaise and appetizers did not disappoint. The proferred bread is also always a fave.

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ReanaM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!! Wonderful food and a relaxed environment. Everyone was very kind as well.

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Janito
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outdoor seating under awning unfortunately some rain so we couldn’t really sit across from each other. Would have preferred the partially covered seating closer to street. Waitress was wonderful and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and yummy food. A great place for Sunday brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, best French food I have ever had

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 10032 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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