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Le Diplomate

4.8
4.8
12130 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 466 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 332-3333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

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What 12,130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    French

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

    French

  • District of Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. T

    Tammy

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The server was outstanding and the food fantastic!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Sorry for a review that says “meh”. On a slow holiday Monday evening with open tables and no waiting line, the wait staff kept rushing the meal, Interrupting repeatedly to try to clear plates we were still eating. It didn’t happen just once - they did this with every course all evening. Why with no one waiting o be seated and it being nowhere near closing time? Nor did we linger for way too long or anything like that. Just inexplicable and it absolutely ruined the experience and ambiance. But wait there’s more. We got an assortment of oysters and cheeses (chefs pick). They were inceremoniously dropped on the table without telling us anything about what oysters and what cheeses they picked and what weee the right accompaniments for each cheese. Never had that happen at any restaurant anywhere. Still note. I got the dorade special. This is a somewhat delicate fish. It was over cooked to the point it had a rubbery texture. I dunno. The place has a huge positive rep. Not seeing why at all. Maybe everyone needs to try eating places off the hot 14th / U neighborhood. There’s much better food and service in and around town. Sorry but I’m just reporting what our experience was.
  3. JB

    JuliaB

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Dip is perfect for a bar dine. Great energy, whatever level of food you are in the mood for (the shrimp salad is a perfect go-to) and perfect libations. If you are taking a table - be sure to get some great sharing items...
  4. WK

    WendyK

    San Diego

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A terrific spot for wonderful food
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leo, our server, made a terrific dining experience simply sublime. Excellent and timely recommendations stood out as exemplars of Leo’s attentive service.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a solid go-to spot that never fails to impress. Drinks, food, and vibe is always on-point no matter what night. A true DC gem.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Great food and drink and atmosphere! Veal is amazing
  8. AR

    AngelR

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended our trip to DC with a lovely evening at Le Diplomate. The food was perfect and the ambiance was a touch of Paris in DC. Would definitely recommend and return on my next visit.
  9. LW

    LizW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and the food is always amazing! We will be back again soon!
  10. RB

    RhameeB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Bad service no bread brought until we requested it ~1hr into meal, took ~20 minutes before anyone approached table and offered us water and menus
  11. TA

    TAriaR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server John was awesome! He gave my mom and I some great recommendations on items to try off the menu. The food was delicious. There were so many dishes I wanted to try so I will definitely be back.
  12. DF

    DavidF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great brunch at Le Diplomate. We were placed outside at a table for 2. My only complaint was that the table was a little small.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this restaurant. We had 12 people in our party (2 groups of 6) and everything was first class. Brunch was superb.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time experience. Everything was perfect. Atmosphere was very energetic. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided good recommendations! Will come back again soon.
  15. F

    Foodie

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We did not have the best welcome as our table was not available for 20 minutes and there is really not much space in the front lobby to wait. When we pulled out a chair, one of the receptionist came over and said we were not allowed to pull out a chair notwithstanding nobody sitting at the table. The front desk are also more interested on what is going on on their screens and they do not communicate well with customers and trying to manage expectations. Really, they are the first impression of your place. Kept on saying, we can sit at the bar where no seats were available. That said, the manager stepped in after seeing that the front desk was not handling the situation well and ensured that we had a wonderful evening. Thank you for stepping in and looking after us. We will definitely be back. The food was amazing and the service attentive. Really felt that that we got value for money as well.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was amazing, service fantastic. It was busy and noisy, difficult to talk, but its worth it:)
  17. HH

    HeidiH

    Jackson Hole

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We were really disappointed. It was incredibly loud, both inside and out, and difficult to hear others at the same table. We were seated outside but asked the server if we could move inside because of the heat. He brusquely told me to “walk inside and ask them yourself.” I did, they said no, I went back outside. The server, Carlos, was incredibly curt the whole time - treated us like tourists that he was just cranking through the Le Diplomate factory. Talked down to me when I asked for a gin martini and couldn’t immediately name a gin that the restaurant had (no options on the menu, I’m not sure how I was supposed to know). Looked annoyed any time one of us asked for something. Put our chilled wine in some place other than our table, but didn’t return to refill empty glasses until we had to ask him to do it. The food was fine, but nothing special, and the atmosphere and service was just lousy. We spent a ton of money and felt ripped off. A little customer service would have gone a long way toward making a hot, loud, expensive dining experience better, but it just wasn’t there.
  18. JD

    JadeD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here and everything was amazing. We were impressed by the service. The food was excellent, very similar to the sister restaurant Parc, on Philly. This is also a great place for special occasions.
  19. WJ

    WJReviews

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    We each ordered the Gruyère omelette. They were firm/hard and tasted like they had been sitting under a heat lamp for an extended period of time.
  20. W

    Will

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We had an excellent dinner with our toddler! Food was outstanding and service was great. They were busy at 6pm on a Friday and it was impressive to see that neither the service nor the quality suffered
  21. WH

    WhitneyH

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Only choice for seating was outdoors, a bit warm but we had our own cubby with our table. Salmon was very well done, steak and frites were great! Crème brûlée was a bit runny, pot de crème was on point!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We were excited to try Le Diplomate, and I’m glad we went, but I don’t feel the need to return to this establishment anytime soon. The food was alright, but overhyped, and our server was incredibly rude and rushed us to leave.
  23. LA

    LoriA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. The staff was very gracious. Service was very good. Excellent food. We sat outside so there was less noise than inside.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have to say the food is very good it is kind of pricey but it’s Washington DC the server was absolutely amazing! He really went out of his way to treat each and every guest like he only had one guest. Did you recommend this place. No I did not get my hundred points for eating here and I don’t know why?
  25. SR

    SteveR

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great staff
  26. PG

    PeterG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in the DMV. The food and service never fails to please.
  27. PB

    PhilipB

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm so happy to have had a great visit to Le Diplomate. I had planned to go there at 7:00 pm for dinner, but my partner and I decided to go earlier at 2:30 pm. The restaurant was much better with fewer customers, less chaos, and more attention to detail with the food. We had snails, tuna carpaccio, steak frites, and mussels. Everything was good, and it was so nice to have a leisurely visit there as compared to the way it is on busy evenings. My tip to you is if your schedule permits, consider going there on off-peak hours to avoid an unpleasant experience.
  28. BM

    BessM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My party and I enjoyed sitting in the outdoor booths in light of the ongoing pandemic. It was cozy and safe. The cold seafood platter was outstanding and the foie gras in a glass was exceptional!
  29. AD

    AnnDC

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service FABULOUS as always! The trout amandine was fantastic. The service was excellent. It seemed to me that the tables were rather close together for a pandemic era, and which also made it very noisy (and it was a Wednesday evening!). So keep that in mind depending on your frame of mind. But I have never been disappointed by le Diplomate and will always go back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I felt rushed at the business happy hour.
  31. DW

    DavidW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did a surprisingly good job with the harcort verts.
  32. DD

    DiningDan

    Washington DC

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Dip always makes for a great evening. Great food, professional personal service and a fun atmosphere. Good for gluten allergies too (except we can’t taste the delicious bread basket)….
  33. L

    Logancircledc

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael is an excellent addition to the team at Le Dip!
  34. F

    Foodfanatic

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Since Le Diplomate is such a DC institution, we wanted to love it. Service was top notch, atmosphere is really cute but the food was average. We were a party of 6 and had a variety of appetizers, entrees and cocktails. Per my husband the special lobster risotto was fine, not great. The veal scallopini in spring onion/morel cream sauce was below average- mostly because the veal was gray and tough. Chicken entree was ok. Escargot app was decent, French onion soup was decent, macaroni au gratin was pretty good. However, nothing blew us away. Could have been an off night considering reviews overall are stellar.
  35. RW

    RobertW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, yet friendly, space in a residential neighborhood. Service was professional and the unique choices (cheese course, etc.) provide a chance to do something different for a special dinner.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a nice Reunion of friends. It was a bit noisy but a great meal, great service
  37. F

    Franny

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way. By far our DC favorite
  38. EJ

    EveJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant has homey traditional feel. I particularly like the bread cart placed at the center. The bread basket is delicious and their deserts are superb. I ordered the lobster omelette for bunch. The omelette are smooth and tender. A nice place to have gathering.
  39. F

    Fedown

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We ate outdoors in front of the restaurant (on the 14th Street NW side) for Sunday brunch What. What a memorable experience! Le Diplomate has created "custom" food cabanas to eat in that include: fresh air from two open sides, a wall heat vent, a fan near the ceiling, lighting, a raised wooden floor, a shelf with potted plants, and glass walls on two sides, so that you can see all the outside diners. So much more private and quiet than inside! Plus, they have even created special level walkways from the street sidewalk to the food cabanas, making the cabanas safe for those with mobility issues, like Grandma. Check it out!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Terrible. Waiter forgot my order. Ordered a steak frites and received a non filet cut.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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 12130 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 466 times today
Google Map for Le Diplomate

1601 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Q Street

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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