Le Diplomate

4.8 based on 3124 reviews
Cuisine Type French
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood Shaw

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About Le Diplomate

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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4.8
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Based on 3,124 reviews
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4.7
Food
4.6
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate - Consistently Wonderful!\nWe regularly frequent Le Diplomate and have since it opened. There are many great things about it. At the top of the list are that the food is always consistently top rate and the menu has variety. The atmosphere is cheerful and comfy. Decorations at Halloween time and Christmas Season are artfully festive without being over the top. Another plus is that we have never had to wait to be seated which tells me that pros are managing the details. Always a pleasure.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

WE had a nice dinner with family from out of town before our show at The Theater at MGM at National Harbor. the food was good, the bread even better and our waiter was attentive to our time schedule. Just be sure to book way ahead! by the way, the side salad is enough for 2 or 3 people! nice and simple to go with your meal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'm visiting from California and am a former D.C. native. If I still lived here, I'd be a regular. The food was delicious, the service was great and the restaurant is bright and lovely. We had macaroni au gratin (amazing), mussels (solid), cheeseburger (so-so), chocolate croissant (delicious), cream puffs (incredible) and chocolate pot de creme (outstanding). It's definitely a great place to take out of town guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a great experience overall. Our server was great, and he knew a lot about the menu, which was super helpful when we were trying to figure out what to get.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful rendition of a French bistro. Some of the best Onion soup we've ever had. The steak tartare was very flavorful, the duck confit and potato dish a standout. Loved this place

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I celebrated my 25th birthday here. It was absolutely fantastic! I will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved every bit of the experience. Service was professional and made us feel so welcome. My duck was perfect, as was the baba l'Armagnac and créeme brulee. Thank you! Will return!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent, and we had a great time. The only thing is that it took a long time to get our appetizer, and then the waiter forgot to bring the side orders with the entrees. But I'll give it a try again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely dinner at Le Diplomate! Food was wonderful - from appetizers to dessert and the wine options excellent. Great service and great experience - we will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was a brilliant experience. Food was superb. Great evening out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and we chose to sit at the bar to people watch. Always reliably outstanding:)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have dined here on several occasions. I have always been pleased quality of food and level of service. Relaxing pleasant atmosphere. Great brunch spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time to Le Diplomat - had dinner with a friend while visiting D.C. The food is outstanding - I had the trout, she had the steak frites - SO GOOD!! Great wine, crème brulee for dessert. Service was impeccable. Very busy place - everyone was having a great time! I will visit D.C. again just to be able to eat here again!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Exquisite food, friendly staff, impeccable service, and great atmosphere! I booked a table for 1, but decided to have a bar seat, which gave me the opportunity to pick up the nice bar vibes while enjoying a nice glass of Argentinian Malbec, their famous burger, and amazing profiteroles!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant - food is always good & consistent! We always get the burger and it did not disappoint! Bread & butter served beforehand is homemade & always a treat - last time we were there we bought a loaf to take home! Service was ok, but we keep running into the same problem of being seated in back rooms/corners when we dine out... the restaurant has 3 rooms + outside patio - 1st room was mainly empty, 2nd room was completely empty & we were put in the third (back room). Not sure why restaurants do this, but there is obviously a reason because by the time we left, there were 4 tables seated in our row but still nobody in the front rooms...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to Le Diplomate several times and I love this restaurant. The service is always outstanding and timely. The food is divine and creative. The atmosphere is cheery and classy at the same time. It's not cheap but you get your money's worth. So far, everything I've tried at this restaurant has been outstanding from the appetizers to the main entree to the dessert. Put this restaurant on your bucket list if you live in DC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sunday brunch was affordable with lots of great choices and a courteous and attentive staff. Le Diplomate never disappoints!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service from the wait staff and excellent food. Only issue was we had a 2 pm reservation and didn't get seated until 230 - 240 pm. Hostess suggested going to the bar to wait but the bar was packed. The rear bar has only 2 seats which were occupied. Besides the initial awkward standing around waiting to be seated I'll be back as our server was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate is always a great spot to bring friends, especially when they are from out of town. The service was amazing, especially since we did not expect to get a nice little surprise at dessert. 10/10 - would eat over and over and over again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing as always . The service and food is always great. One of our side dishes was burnt, and we didn't even have to address it. The remade the dish, and comp'ed the dish on bill. Our drinks and desert was also comp'ed, and again we never even mentioned there was an issue. Excellent service. Wil absolutely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely loved our meal and can't wait to go back! It was very crowded and noisy, so as long as you know that going in, there should be no surprises. The sommelier was super helpful as well, which was a bonus to help navigate the wine menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was a special brunch for my second anniversary with my boyfriend and it was perfect for the occasion. The decor and atmosphere are very nice for a special occasion and the food was outstanding. Even the butter for the bread basket seemed better than other restaurants. The duck confit sarladaise was amazing! We also had a couple of the desserts, the pot de creme and the palet chocolate-framboise, which were also delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had good food and really great service. We definitely want to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely delicious! DC's version of Parc in Philadelphia. Excellent brunch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came here for brunch, food and service was great. I loved the duck salardaise and beef bourginon the best. The omelette with truffles and mushroom tart was good too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best brunch I've been to in a while. Everything was fabulous

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'm hooked on their brunch. Outstanding. Make your reservations and be prepared for a bit of noise, but crowds are an indication that there's good nearby. No complaints. Dive in and enjoy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

WE ATTENDED WHILE ON VACATION. EVERYONE ENJOYED THEIR FOOD. SALMON WAS EXCELLENT. MUSHROOM TARTINE WAS GREAT. THE SERVICE WAS FAST AND POLITE. NOISY BUT FUN RESTAURANT. THEY ACCOMODATED ON GUEST'S FOOD ALLERGY AS WELL. ONION SOUP WAS AMAZING AS WELL. THEY WERE RECEPTIVE TO MY 10 AND 5 YR OLD

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here with my mom and dad for brunch on my birthday, and it was amazing.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

As much as we love Le Diplomate, we felt on our most recent visit that it was showing signs of suffering from its own popularity. Though we reserved well ahead of time, we were given a table near the restrooms. Not good. Our food, usually some of the best, was slightly undercooked. And we love our meat rare, but chicken?? Not so much. Furthermore, we like to enjoy a few minutes of conversation at the end of the meal without too much pressure or interruption. But waitstaff asked us five times -- FIVE TIMES -- whether we wanted our dishes removed. You can say that reflects waitstaff's attentiveness, but at a certain point you get the feeling you're being hurried to the door. Waitstaff is energetic and hardworking, and our waitperson was kind, efficient and friendly. But at Le Diplomate's prices, patrons deserve maybe just a touch LESS energy and just slightly BETTER cooked dishes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My 12 yr old son and I enjoyed every aspect of the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual, excellent. \n\nBest restaurant in DC!! Great service and hospitality. \n\nThank you!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A fun evening in France - great service, good food and wonderful ambience.\nBe prepared , the food is rich - lots of butter and cream. But delicious. We had the chicken and veal entrees, with spinach and frites on the side. The portions are generous!\nCan't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Classic and perfectly executed French fare- will come here every time I'm in D.C.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate is a favorite. It's very difficult to get reservations. Although we could not get outside seating, we were still seated in a nice inside table at the windows.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great brasserie in the U St. corridor. Solid and consistent classic French cuisine with a decent wine list and great atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A lovely evening! The wait staff was attentive and really seemed to care about providing great service. We were not rushed and enjoyed a proper evening meal with courses coming at the appropriate time. The meal began with the Petit Plateau, Gougeres, and Ravioli- all delicious and devoured by the group. Then on to Fluke Ceviche, Mushroom Soup, Steak Frites, the Omelette, Macaroni Au Gratin, and Brussel Sprouts, shared by all. Again, not a clean plate left amongst us! Dessert included the Apple Tarte Tatin, Profiteroles, and the Pot de Creme. The only one I'd skip next time would be the Tatin. The apples were overspiced, and just missed the mark a bit, but that didn't stop the rest of the guests at my table from finishing it off. \n\nIn short, dining at Le Diplomate is worth the drive, worth the wait, and worth the price!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed the ambiance and the food very much. The staff was excellent. We appreciated that the manager came over and talked to us as we were first time customers. All in all I highly recommend Le Diplomate and look forward to returning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite place in DC!!! The nicest wait staff and the best bread in town!!! Who knew high gluten bread was this good!\n\nI really enjoyed the decedent food and I could eat here every day!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The beef bourguignon, steak frites, moules frites, and warm shrimp salad were all exceptional!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This charming neighborhood French bistroserves up constrntky good fare....problem is the secret is out and they get very busy and cannot handle the volume. The kitchen was slow onthe night we went but manager Chelsea adeptly took care of the bill which was very kind as we had theater. A great date spot post or pre theater

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

listen to the recommendation, and dont forget to try the dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very, very busy which might explain some of the shortcomings...mushroom tart was really not very good - minimal mushroom on top of a crust about a half inch think and dense as a brick. Foie de veau was a gigantic piece of liver badly undercooked to the point of being inedible. Burger was fine but I'd be hard pressed to recommend it as one of DC's best. Service was indifferent - empty plates sat, uneaten food was taken away without comment, requests filled very slowly. And the bill, given minimal spending on wine and two kids eating with us, was huge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were especially impressed with the service this time. We have visited Le Diplomate in the past with a relative that has Celiac (and cannot have gluten). One of the hosts came to our table to make sure that everyone in the party could tolerate gluten. Really great staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had so much fun! Loved the service, food and ambiance :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Super French bistro. Great bread and pastries, as well as an excellent meal and menu. Very enjoyable meal. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a joy to eat here and be able to linger at a leisurely brunch...outside...in 70 degree weather..in February! We started at the bar with the grapefruit cocktail, which is out of this world! So light and refreshing. We sat down on the patio outside and were able to take our time ordering, getting our food in courses, and never felt rushed. Our server was friendly, split our meals onto 2 plates (since my friend and I were sharing) and even gave us a sweet little treat for our birthdays. Amazingly attentive service. The salad was so fresh and beautiful, I felt like the butter lettuce was just picked that day straight from the garden! Our gruyere omelette was cooked to perfection, and the frites..well, let's just say there weren't any of those left. All in all, one of the most pleasant dining experiences I've had in a very long time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There's a reason why Le Diplomate is a favorite. Great food, ambiance, and service. Loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved our entire experience. We were dining for the first time with high expectations =- set by friends and family. Our expecataiuons were exceeded on every front. The seating varies widely in privacy and traffic...be conscious to state your preferences upon making a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had another great dinner at Le Diplomate\nThe food was wonderful and our waiter, Carlos, was terrific as was Mathias, the manager

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious! Lived up to all the hype. Felt like we were in Paris.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A neighborhood gem -- we dine here five-six times a month and the food and service consistently out-perform every other restaurant in Logan. It's casual, but classy -- think bustling neighborhood bistro vs fine dining. Not uber expensive. Easily one of the best wine lists in town. Try everything. Save room for dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We LOVE this place. We were celebrating my wife's bday and it was the perfect night. From the fantastic service to the delicious bread to the awesome meal, you must visit. We will be back! Be sure to ask for manager, Umer, as he was just delightful. C'est tres tres bon!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the quiche florentine which was easily the best spinach quiche I've ever had. My husband had the baguette Provençal which he loved. The Bloody Mary was delicious too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pre Theater

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From beginning to end, it was a great dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Meaghan was great!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate is a DC stalwart. Unfortunately, our visit was marred by some sub-par food. In fairness, the bread was very good and the profiteroles were as well. The onion soup was, however, below average (thin broth), the skate was also less than good (over cooked and fishy smell), and the spinach was cold as it arrived. Oh well. The service is excellent and the room and location are appealing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We dined here celabrating Mother's Day. Some of the best beef bourguignon in D.C.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am a restaurant manager and love eating out. Anthony made our experience superb. His menu knowledge and kind service was impeccable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate was a fantastic experience, both the food and serve were top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place. I wish I could get reservations easier but that is a good sign of how amazing the place is. This is another place I often take out of town guests. The food is absolutely amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The high standards and delivery of good food, service and wonderful ambiance still remain at their lofty levels since the restaurant originally opened.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything c'est trés bien at this authentic French restaurant. Service, ambience, cuisine, and drinks were all remarkably French and remarkably good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent, always a wonderful meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food, perfect service. Great place to be any night. Brunch is also very special.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Classic brasserie style experience. Will not disappoint

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great variety of authentic French cuisine and outstanding service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious! We had friends visiting from out of town, and we immediately thought of this place for brunch. The food never disappoints! Our friends had Orchard Point Oysters and Quiche, which were delicious, as was my Eggs Basquaise, and my husband's Duck Sarladaise. All four of us enjoyed our meal immensely. They even remembered our request to celebrate our friend's birthday, bringing out tasty little cranberry muffins with a candle on top! \n\nWe'd be remiss not to mention how great the bread basket is. That cranberry and nut bread is incredible. \n\nOur waiter was also great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomat always delivers. They just know how to make the experience feel like you are at a Bistro in Paris. The food is consistently excellent, I always have the warm shrimp salad which is delicious beyond words. Do not skip the salmon carpaccio or the brad basket and the burger is absolutely perfection. They also do a very nice job with traditional French fare and seafood. My only\ncomplaint is that the young girls at the front desk do not always maximize their ability to fill open tables promptly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

While the food is excellent, the services is excellent plus....their aim to please.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every trip back to Le Diplomate is a joy. From the atmosphere to the service and most especially to the food, I'm always surprised by how creative and tasty every dish I've tried is. Last time it was steak and eggs for Sunday brunch. The other day, we had the 'to die for' bread basket and a salad nicoise. So delicious! The regular coffee and espresso drinks are about as good as it gets. No wonder this place is so very popular! Go treat yourself:)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food; had a bad table near toilet, so person sitting next to it was not entirely comfortable. Waiting staff courteous, helpful and knowledgeable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Go to spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yum. Had the French toast and chicken. The cream and lime on the French toast was an unexpectedly delicious combo. The chicken was simple, but juicy and flavorful, and the salad accompaniment, though slightly salty, was another highlight. Thus far, the hype is real. Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place definitely deserves a visit. I have been here a number of times to sit outside on a nice spring or fall day, or cool summer evening and enjoyed the cheese and wine. I have always heard the food is great but had not done a full dining experience. We had the unfortunate experience of having a waiter who was clearly having a bad day. We waited and waited and waited for service and then pulled someone over to ask for water and low and behold it was our waiter. Then, when we waited and waited and waited again we asked for some bread. The walnut and cranberry bread is heaven. The bread subdued the lack of attention. We waited and waited for him again and had to pull him over to order the mushroom tart. That was beyond delicious!! Three of us shared it as an appetizer. When we were ready to order and still no real signs of our waiter we waived him down again and asked for eggs benedict to split and one Gruyere omelette. All the food was perfectly cooked. I hate when my eggs bene are cooked all the way through - these were perfectly runny. Finally, our waiter came and asked if we wanted dessert and I quickly said no, and he quickly returned our check. One person in our party changed their mind so when he returned with the check I said, 'Excuse me, we do in fact want to see the dessert menus.' His response and action to me was appalling. I normally will just write a scathing review but was so upset because the food is VERY GOOD that when the manager walked up and asked us how everything was I told her our whole experience and she MORE than rectified it. She handled it exactly how a restaurant should. Most of the staff were incredibly service oriented. I write all this because even though it was not the greatest service experience at first it ended the correct way. I will 100% go back for the walnut bread, the tart, the eggs benedict and everything in between and I greatly appreciate the managers response to us because this review could have been so much worse.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

service is always educated and impeccable here. the food is consistent and quality also. great ambiance and people watching. always full so get a reservation or you will wait a long long time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

LeDiplomate does not disappoint. The atmosphere is a joy, wine selection as it should be food very good, service attentive & professional.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best restaurants in Washington, DC. Book early for weekend tables.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Three of us shared the petite plateau of fruits de mer... it was amazing. So fresh, so impressive in its presentation. The ceviche scallops were a revelation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tito provided outstanding service. He was personable, responsive, got great recommendations for the menu and just a great personality.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The waiter was very good. The food was excellent and the bottle of sauvignon blanc was perfect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual, fine dining with great service and a lively ambiance. That said, the escargots need to be reinvented. the lime green sauce is off-putting, at best and the mini-pastry on top is superfluous. Better the more traditional presentation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

my first time here for dinner. friend visiting from out of town. Entrees are priced a little high from my perspective but my steak was tasty and cooked well. Beer selection is not great but it's not really that kind of place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best French food in DC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food, very energetic atmosphere. Nabil was excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always an amazing time when you get to go to Le Diplomate! Service is great, atmosphere are lively and fun, and the food is consistently delicious. Can't go wrong by making a reservation here!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was an acceptable dinner and experience but did not live up to reviews. Service was slow, food was greasy and heavy, atmosphere too loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience! The boeuf bourguignon and charcuterie plate were excellent, especially the pate and the foie gras.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite restaurant in DC. Love all the Starr restaurants in Phila too. Early dinners, date nights or a group night out...Le Dip always delivers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is an authentic French brasserie. The food is spot-on French, the menu extensive. The service is excellent. We'll be back whenever we can.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service and food was impeccable!! We both had the Dorado en Pappilote and we shared the Profiteroles for dessert! We've been there for birthdays and weekend lunches and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!! We have not found a bad thing on the menu yet!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went there with my fiancee for a dinner , and we both ordered 'STEAK AU POIVRE'. The steaks ware so tasty and wine was remarkable. but while we were still seated at the restaurant, we both started to feel stomach pain and our evening ended with abdominal pain and diarrhea. I paid $191 + gratitude to spend the night in pain near my bathroom.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our favorites! Great for brunch, great for dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomat has great food, but can be overrated. We got stuck in traffic and the hostess was incredibly rude that we were fifteen minutes late... We were hosting visitors from out of town for a job interview and the hostess' attitude was not a 'selling point' for DC. She really made us feel embarrassed in front of our guests for being late. \n\nOur waiter was fantastic and the food was good, but not crazy-delicious like we'd hoped for. It was fun to have dinner at Le Diplomat, but Stephen Starr should work with his host staff on being more friendly and welcoming. We won't hurry back to Le Diplomat.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good and the ambiance was nice, but when we went there on a Saturday, it was extremely crowded and we were asked to wait an extra 15 minutes despite the fact that we had a reservation and arrived on time. When we asked the hostess when we will get seated 15 minutes after our reservation time, she was short with us and said we just need to wait at the bar and someone will grab us. There were so many people waiting at the bar and it felt very busy and overwhelming, definitely not the elegant French vibe we were looking for. I wouldn't recommend going to this place on a weekend if you want to have a quite, romantic date night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

we had brunch at le diplomate on a saturday afternoon. although we were late for our reservation, we were greeted warmly and promptly seated. we ordered the mushroom tart as a starter and it was indulgent and delicious! the service was wonderful and the dining space was beautiful. the decor made for great conversation. despite being nearly packed, our food came out quickly and our coffee cups were always full :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to take a date on. Great service and food!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great. We were seated 30 minutes past our reservation time (they did give us a complimentary app). The bar is difficult to get a drink from while waiting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and service. Very loud dining room but that was to be expected.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to the Diplomate four times. The beef was fabulous as was the bread. The escargot was not good this time at all-it was chewy/overlooked and tasted more like mushrooms than escargot. Great atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome experience - was able to get a last minute reservation on Saturday night, completely unexpected. Service was AMAZING. The restaurant was busy but we never felt that we were not taken care of. The food tasted great (salmon and trout were delicious) and the waiter was great with substitutions. Knew the menu cold. I have been here a half dozen times, but this was by far our best experience. Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've eaten a lot of Dover Sole in my life, but the Diplomate's was the best! They fly it in overnight from Normandy for Thursday night's special. Although not for those watching fats in their diets - the buttery lemon sauce was done perfectly. Service is attentive, professional and just-the-right level of engagement. As a New Yorker who lives around the corner from an excellent French bistro, I was delightfully surprised at how authentic and good this one is - would recommend to anyone.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service is mediocre at best if you can yell over the noise. Meanwhile the food is so bland and boring you'll wonder if you're in a cruddy midwestern town's bar ordering chicken fingers. Trust me you can walk outside and see 5 better restaurants in an instant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dining at Le Diplomate is always a special occasion, and today's brunch was no exception. Vladimir was the perfect server - attentive, thoughtful, perfectly engaging and professional, and quick to acknowledge my food allergies (from my reservation notes), ensuring that we had no issues with them. He also clearly communicated with the kitchen so that our food selections were prepared just as we had asked them to be. \n\nExcellent food. Excellent service. Thank you, Vladimir. Thank you again, Le Diplomate. We continue to have wonderful dining experiences with you, and very good reasons to keep you as one of our favorite places to dine in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was great. It is a lively, vibrant setting. Decor well suited to the menu. Many fdifferents seating areas. Type will effect dining experience so worth inquiring or requesting an area. The food was yummy but everything was too salty!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best cheeseburger of my life. And I have had my fair share of them...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrating a raise!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server, Roger, made my wife's birthday and our evening very special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The most consistent and excellent meal and experience every time we go. Great value - NY strip steak frites can challenge any D.C. steakhouse (BLT my favorite), at a great price. Always pleasant staff and make things right if they are not perfect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was outstanding. Onion soup was great. Desserts were wonderful. \n\nWe were seated next to a very large (10), very noisy group. The waiter had to speak to them so loud and so often, we could not carry on a conversation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Another authentic French meal. Was with two South African visitors who thoroughly enjoyed the meal and atmosphere. Great local restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

AMAZING MEAL

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had my birthday dinner at Le Diplomate and it brought back so many memories from my time in France. The bread is delicious and just like what I would eat in France. Thank you for an awesome birthday Le Diplomate!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had heard so many great things about Le Dip and have enjoyed bistro dining in Paris, so we were looking forward to having an evocative meal. We were disappointed. Our host had had excellent meals there previously, so perhaps the kitchen staff was new or different. The escargot, swimming in green sauce, were served under a cap of puff pastry, so one had to remove the cap and then dig into the sauce to find the snail. The pastry was pretty but didn't add anything to the dish in our table's opinion; the escargot and small piece of mushroom in sauce was tasty. The pate was quite good, but we missed the mustard that traditionally accompanies the dish, along with the cornichons, both of which arrived with the cassoulet, the evening's special. Sadly, there was almost no meat in the cassoulet, and the beans weren't cooked through. A failure of a dish. The scallops we had were perfectly cooked, although salty; the mussels were salty as well, and very small. The waitress and the management were wonderfully responsive to our comments, and didn't charge for the cassoulet. We decided to share the profiteroles for dessert, which my host had eaten there before, but were served something that appeared to be more of an éclair and it was still frozen on one side! \n The noise level was so high we could not hear one another and even the waitress could only be heard one-on-one. All glass, tile and wood, there's no acoustic absorption. \n Again, the service and response of the management was beyond reproach. Perhaps it was just an off night for the kitchen. Time will tell.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful ambiance and service\nFood is adequate

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service. Fun, Friendly and great food. Highly recommend! I will be back Le Diplomate!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My family and I went here Saturday night to celebrate my mom's birthday. Our table was more secluded which was perfect for conversation. The food was fabulous and whenever we relied on our server, Meghaen, for recommendations, she always made choices that were just right for what we wanted. She was extremely attentive and very friendly to all of us. We really enjoyed our dinner and will definitely be back many more times!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite restaurant in DC! Had a lovely birthday celebration here, they were kind enough to bring us a complimentary dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terrific Food and Ambience. The Specials of the Day are always GOOD! Great spot to eat in DC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Authentic French food. Very, very good service. The wine list was excellent. Though why there are American and other non-French labels on it I do not understand. Everything was very well done.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Date night with the hubby! We are coming back!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate, not typically open for lunch on weekdays, was on January 20. We decided to go for lunch that day shortly after noon for the same reason we once went there while the Super Bowl was being played: no TV! But there were plenty of alcoholic beverages available. (Our very helpful server was more apologetic than he needed to be for the delay in bringing them to us due to a backup at the bar.) The food, as usual, was excellent. We began with the first-class bread basket. Then I had something I would not typically order in a French bistro: a hamburger. The burger reminded me less of gourmet fare than what a Shake Shack burger is supposed to taste like but doesn't; it was nevertheless fine comfort food on a day I craved some.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waitress was excellent and the food and dessert was amazing! It was as wonderful as everyone told me, and a great romantic restaurant For our anniversary date

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointed in the quality of the food for the price. The scallops were extremely over salted, which is sad as a scallop has such a tender delicious flavor on its own. The beef bourguignon was so smokey that the beef and mushrooms weren't discernible. All in all it was a $300 meal that was so-so. I do want to note that the french onion soup is delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I reserved a table for 10 a month prior to the Women's March on Washington. The servers were excellent; they managed a large group in the context of a busy restaurant with ease. The food was great and also very reasonable. The Fois Gras was some the of best I've had in the US.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a pleasure to add my compliments. I have been following Starr restaurants for years and am ready to move on to Florida. First, the balance between the money invested in the 'stage' -- which makes the ambiance happen -- and the staff, the human face is astonishing. When I came into LD on 25.1.17 staff were gathered in two locations. They seemed eager and happy to go to work. This is not how I approach life at 6.00 pm! Second, the food is excellent. I ordered the Cassoulet, the Wednesday special. Had it been a bean glop I would have understood and concentrated on something else, like the wine or the crust on the French bread. Instead this was a meal of textures that someone cared to design, to execute, and to present. Third, this was a business meal with my son. The server was attentive but not intrusive. Everyone around us was enjoying their meal. I continued to be enthralled with the moving hand that guides the performance. Bravo!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful experience as always. LD never let's me down.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate is one of our favorite special restaurants. We diner here to celebrate my husband's birthday, we've been fortunate to celebrate here for the last four birthdays. We currently have two little ones so I was behind on planning but managed to get an early reservation. The day of we were late but the hostess was very understanding and accommodating. Our meal was amazing, the wine was delicious and the service was outstanding, which is exactly why we choose to celebrate here.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second time at Le Diplomate. Obviously, we loved it the first time around and came back for seconds. Great food and wine menu, excellent service. We'll go again the next time we visit DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A true gem.... wonderful to have in the neighborhood. Excellent service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came back to Le Diplomate for our Anniversary on a Monday night and as always they did not fail to impress. The Mac and Cheese is an amazing app and always worth starting with. I tried the Veal and she had the Lobster Risotto, both dishes were phenomenal. We even were seated at the same exact table as our first visit on my birthday. Fantastic server. Great wine. Even better food. Can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful Service, authentic atmosphere and yummy food in a great neighborhood! Had the Steak Frittes... omg. A beauitiful thick cut cooked to perfection (a true medium)! Melted in my mouth! Not usually a fan of french fries but these were soooo good! Normally I would say $28 was pricey but not for this cut of meat!! Would pay it everytime! Delish.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always an awesome meal. One of my favorite brunch spots in the whole city! Great for parents in town or boozy brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved our entire experience at Le Diplomate!!! Food was super fresh, bread amazing and cocktails unique! Fun ambiance! Great location! I would go back again and again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lively dining scene. Exceptional and professional service. Our waiter and the chef went out of their way to accommodate some fairly difficult dietary restrictions and did so with a smile! The food was truly spectacular. Favorites - escargot, mushroom tart, French onion soup. Oh, and the bread!!! Loved this spot.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Normally a tried-and-true favorite of mine, this visit Le Diplomate really missed the mark. I was here celebrating my boyfriend's birthday,- and the service was very disappointing. After being seated by the hostess, we were left without a server for at least 15 minutes. I actually had to ask the hostess to find the server for us, and after another wait I had ask another server a second time to please find our server. Though I would never expect anything complimentary for any occasion, I did find it odd that she asked what dessert we would 'like to put a candle in', brought it out, and then proceeded to bring us little almond pastries to 'celebrate the occasion' after we had already eaten our dessert. Totally will not hold this isolated incident against the restaurant since I have frequented many times and this is the first I have received sub-par service, but it is disappointing for it to happen while celebrating a special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

we had a WONDERFUL meal with the amazing Geysha as our waitress. She was lovely, high energy, thoughtful. The seafood tower was one for the record books. Would absolutely go back. In fact, wish I could tonight!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We made reservations and they took us right to our table upon arrival! Waitress was fantastic and super attentive with our food and drinks. Was very knowledgeable of the food and super nice! Food was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a wonderful experience. We were in from NYC for the anti inauguration march and were looking for a fun place to have dinner. Le Diplomate really delivered! Not only was it a fun and lively atmosphere, but the food was the best I've ever had at a restaurant that seems to be as well known for its decor and ambiance as its cuisine. I am still thinking about my steak au poivre and the amazing duck confit. So flavorful. Even the bread basket was to die. Thanks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is s wonderful place in DC. Brunch is fabulous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We make it a point to visit Le Diplomate with every visit to DC. Its very quaint with a lovely atmosphere - indoor/outdoor seating - (with blankets and heatlamps too). Food is delicious. Service is great too. They know what they are doing!!! We've come for oysters & champagne, for dinner, for Sunday brunch. Every experience has been wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and very attentive service. A great place for a casual lunch with a date or friends. The wine list and cheese selection was spot on for the type of food the cost was reasonable. Would definitely go there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a treat to eat here, we had so much fun! The food was delicious, so much butter and salt, very indulgent. I've always wanted to eat here when I was in college but couldn't afford it. Happy I got to experience it on my trip to DC. Try all the carpaccios, amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our favorite restaurant in Washington DC.both dinner and brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

quite good.\nthey really do a good job\nthe bread is the best in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely meal, solid wine list, good service with nice ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been here nearly a dozen times now for both brunch and dinner and every time I go I'm pleased with the consistency of the menu and service. This time was for dinner. We had oysters, tuna carpaccio, steak frites, scallops, and creme brûlée. Everything was excellent as always and the pacing of the meal was superb. It can get a bit loud during peak times, but that's also when it feels the most cozy and welcoming.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food. I had the Americain hamburger and it was outstanding. The best burger i have ever tasted.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was told to come here by Gtown law student. SO WORTH IT. One of my all time favorite dining experiences ever. And that means a lot coming from me, I promise. I am obsessed. My family is in the business so I tend to be pickier. I would say top three dining experiences of my life. I will always stop by when I'm in town! Don't miss Le Diplomate!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a lovely time at Le Diplomate. Great food, service, and ambiance.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The performance of waiter Nabil was disappointing. He has been our server on previous dining occasions and there was marked disinterest on his part in serving the table on Sunday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love is not enough! We shared the last night of Obama's Presidency with the wonderful people at 'Le Dip' and were honored by it. The space is warm and vibrant. The food is delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Some food too salty. My duck was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing. I especially recommend the mussels and the escargot

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

next time we are in DC, will definitely stop by....loved it!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a wonderful experience, the staff was extremely knowledgeable on the menu. The food was excellent as always, and worth the price of the dishes. The food was delicious, in fact I had a hard time picking out what I wanted to eat because it all sounded good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tried the mushroom tarte 3 years ago and it was just as good as I remember it. Had the moule frittes and the broth/sauce was just so flavorful. Brought my husband here for his birthday, and he got the steak frittes. We sat in silence for a few minutes because we just couldn't stop eating. The waitress, can't remember her name, was perfect. We were never without anything we could have possibly needed, nor was she intrusive. Great food great service. It was a bit loud, as this tends to be where friends gather, but not obnoxiously loud.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food - deelish- my server was outstanding - manager was attentive- biggest problem was the 4 count em 4 - hostess greeters that managed to put me in a bad mood the minute I got to the restaurant- barely looked up- no smile no greeting- we were 3 minutes early and she said they weren't quite ready- I could wait at the bar- The bar was 5 people deep!! I was not going to stand by the bar!! We waited about 7 minutes in front of the desk while not one hostess looked smiled or acknowledged our presence! Upon leaving not a thank you or acknowledgement either!!! They need to do something about this! Almost spoils a perfect evening! BTW I mentioned this to my server and he apologized - no way of knowing if he had the power to address the issue.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food, cocktails, and ambience all close to perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Met my aunt and uncle there for dinner on a Monday night at 6:30PM. The restaurant was just getting busy for the evening and became more energetic as the night wore on. Was pretty tough to get reservations because of its popularity; I would recommend getting reservations more than a week out if you have a specific day/time in mind. Because it was a Monday, the special was the Dorade Royale en Papillote for $31... Absolutely fantastic and our service was top notch! Was very happy we were only able to get Monday reservations on short notice (4-days).

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hostess not very nice, stressed out not welcoming \nFood and service was good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

it's never disappointing. took friends there for their first visit and they loved it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been here often and this visit was disappointing. I hope it was just an off night. It was a special birthday and unlike past special event visits this was not noted in any way. We were seated next to a noisy family with small kids and service was slow and did not follow up so i did not get a chance to send back the tepid snails. Still love the bread basket, pomme frites and recommend the house wine carafe. Hope this was a one-off. We usually have a great time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The staff at this restaurant were very nice which makes it difficult to say that I would never recommend this restaurant to a friend and I also would not go back there again. I ordered a radish crudite as an appetizer and I literally received an enormous bunch of radishes on a wooden cutting board with a big mound of butter. First of all, there was so many radishes, more than four people could eat let alone one person. They were not even sliced or presented nicely, just a pile of radishes. As an entree, I got Moules Frites, the mussels were not hot or tasty, just eww (the fries were very good, thank goodness). The worst dish though was my husband's entree of veal which was cooked on the edges and absolutely raw on the inside. This was breaded veal, it was just ugh, yuck. Our server apologized and offered to bring him something else but he was just disgusted from biting into that gooey raw breaded veal and decided to pass. The manager came over and apologized and took the veal off the bill. He also sent over a few complimentary desserts. As I said the staff were incredibly nice and if it had been just one thing I could have chalked it up to a bad night. There were just too many things that went wrong for us that evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was our first time here. We were hoping for a deja vue Paris brasserie experience and weren't disappointed. The menu is amazing, making choices difficult. There were 5 of us and everyone liked their food. The service, Kevin, was wonderful. We'll be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Great environment and delicious food mixed with great service!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The waiter provided excellent customer service. It was out second time coming to this restaurant and wanted to introduce our out of state relatives to La Diplomate. Unfortunately the escargot was underwhelming and the two stakes we ordered, one was over the salty and the other was not cooked as desired. Considering the amount of money we spent, the quality of food could've been better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

With three of my besties in town from NY Le Diplomate offered the most perfect brunch spot for our last meal together. Carlos, our waiter, was as close to perfection as you can get!! He knew just what to suggest to make the meal amazing. I will be back! Thank you.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fourth visit. Entertaining out-of-town sons & grandsons. Dylan loved his pancakes and I loved my poached eggs with proscuitto and polenta. Fresh squeezed orange juice hit the spot. Andrea's omelet was overcooked and then was replaced with a pie slice Quiche that was over-herbed. Every one else loved their food. The basket of pastries was the hit of the day…two pieces each for the table of 4. Never empty coffee cups were always filled. Service was superb. Door ope ned at 9:30 AM and were seated and ordering coffee within minutes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really impressed by the timely, exceptional service and food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went with friends to celebrate 2 anniversaries. We were very pleased. Food was exceptional and our server delightful and attentive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reminds me of New Orleans's restaurants but more expensive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a really great spot. It's a bit pricey, but it's definitely worth it. Great food and cocktails as well. Just make sure to get a reservation way ahead of time since this is a very popular place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place was amazing! A great way to celebrate my engagement! Thank you so much!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great French restaurant! Two friends and I went here just after beers down the street based on a recommendation. We ordered mix drinks (all were great!) and had escargot as an app (very tasty!). I had the steak au poivre and it was really yummy (a bit on the peppery side, so if you aren't a black pepper fan, probably not your cup o tea). Friends commented that their dinners were great too! Definitely worth a visit!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dined after seeing 'The Hard Problem' at the Studio Theatre a block south. As usual, service was friendly and efficient. She had the mushroom soup and an entrée salad. I got the charcuterie followed by an omelet. Everything was very tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomat never disappoints. Always good fine/great atmosphere. Very accommodating.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food; superb service. This is a great place to have dinner with friends.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was too salty.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was over salted and over cooked. The wait staff was inattentive and the noise level was so high, you couldn't talk and hear the person right next to you. Not a good experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service here is consistently the best in the neighborhood (we live a block away). If there was an award for best bread, they would win it hands down. We had a table of four and split one of the savory mushroom tarts as an appetizer (plenty to share). I had the risotto with lobster, which was delicious. Others had the mussels, trout and Brussels sprouts. All were very happy with their choices. No complaints.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic service. Absolutely the best in DC. Our sever was incredible. Knew the menu and wine list very well.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Generally a big fan. Come here quite often. Service was absolutely terrible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful a marvelous reunion/birthday celebration. The food and service were outstanding. Among our party we had lamb, steak, trout and veal as main courses, salads and pot de crime and apple tartin for desserts. All were perfectly prepared and tasted great! The service was attentive and friendly. Only concern is this is a noisy restaurant, but we knew that going in. A most enjoyable evening!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had such a fantastic dinner here on Sunday night. The restaurant was packed (as usual), but the service was outstanding and the food was amazing. We all enjoyed fresh oysters, mushroom soup, trout almondine, skate, shrimp salad, and the burger. The burger is the best I've ever tasted and their fries are delicious! The milk chocolate pots de creme is very rich, but worth it.\nCan't wait to return!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A mixed bag, but depending on what you want it could be excellent, just not for us that night. For ex, while the food & drinks were excellent they were very late in seating us. We had reservations for 7 but like a lot of places they overbooked their tables, and we weren't seated until 7:20. That was especially a problem for my elderly parents. The hostess did bring chairs for them, but still it sucked standing/seating in between dining rooms as other patrons and wait staff were constantly squeezing to get past us. \nHowever, once we were seated the table service was excellent. The food (onion soup mushroom tart, salmon, pepper steak, & skate) was great, too. I also recommend the Clouseau (sp?) cocktail (bourbon, fig, lime & bitters). \nAnd yet on the other hand, the noise level has to be called 'loud'. (Open Table should really offer 5 bars, w/that as the last option. 'Energetic' doesn't capture the problem.) My parents have mild hearing loss & use hearing aids. Consequently we should have gone somewhere else. That said, Le Diplomate could be fine in off-hours. But if you really want/need to talk during your meal, go somewhere else. \nLastly, I was in the specialty coffee biz for 19 years and have to admit their cappuccino was great. Many white linen restaurants botch the coffee.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Exceptional mushroom soup, and 'King cake'. Food was excellent, and service great and helpful. Minor draft next to window on a freezing day.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An enjoyable meal at Le Diplomate is something I can always count on and make it a habit to visit at least once a month. In early January 2017 we took as our guests a couple who travel a lot and have an appreciation for good food and good environments to accompany. Truth is one half of this couple is an excellent cook and quite particular (and on occasion quite critical of) food that doesn't meet the high bar that is set. To phrase is another way, food out is usually not as good as food cooked 'in'. Long story short is that this friend is totally enthusiastic about Le Diplomate. Consider that quite an accolade!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this restaurant- always a pleasure to feel lost in France for a few hours .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made reservations at Le Diplomate for my birthday based on a recommendations from a friend and boy did this place not disappoint. The food was mouthwatering . All four members of my party were more than impressed with our meals. In fact, it's all we could talk about the next day. Le Diplomate offers an extensive wine list, which was also wonderful. The service was very attentive without being overbearing. At no point did we feel bothered by our server, yet at no point were our wineglasses empty. I highly recommend giving Le Diplomate a chance. One of the best finds in DC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great, service excellent, we will be back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place. The food is really good. Well portioned. Thx Guys

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate delivers at all levels -- especially with the cuisine. My wife and I shared some oysters and then sampled some appetizers. The French Onion gratinee was warm and brothy swimming in sweet onions. For the entree my Steak Frites took me back to Paris while my wife went for the succulent Duck Confit. The desserts were simply delicious and hefty servings.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant has a great ambience, food and menu. I suspect service is normally good, however, we did not experience that. There for Sunday brunch I had to flag down a different waiter two times to get a drink from our waiter. It took over 40 minutes to get our drinks which arrived with our food, additionally our coffee order never arrived. My problem is with the floor manager who appeared at our table as she must have been made aware of our problem. A classy restaurant at this point should say, we are sorry you've received slow service, we would like to comp your coffee or dessert. Instead I got , 'is everything alright', this makes me, the client responsible to do managements job and causing me even more discomfort and irritation aa I, in hearing range of my waiter muar state a complaint with his service. No customer in a restaurant of this caliber should be placed in this situation. I was in from out of town taking my adult children out for a special brunch, this poor service put a damper on what should have been a meal where we left feeling valued guests.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrated my husbands birthday with a group of 6 friends. Service was good and attentive, food is great quality and lots of nice choices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, delivers a great meal and is a wonderful spot for a date night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really does remind us of some of the cafe's in Paris

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have never had a bad experience at Le Diplomate but today's visit was exceptional. Our server was phenomenal - as was the food. Thank you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came here after getting a gift certificate with my girlfriend and had an absolutely beautiful meal. Everything was so tasty, and our server was lightening quick and responsive. Will be back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to le dip twice now. I'm not sure what the hype is all about. I think it's seriously overpriced for what you get. I had been looking really forward to going again, hoping this time it would live up to the hype. I won't be going back. At least not on my own dime.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to Le Diplomate several times since it opened. Dinner there is terrific. The food and service may have slipped a bit, but I continue to believe it is the best French restaurant in town.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Becoming a DC favorite. Wait staff is eager to please, efficient, and friendly and fun, but not intrusive - they only add to the experience. Food is fantastique! Priced accordingly. Love the ambiance - very french bistro.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual, had a fantastic experience at Le Dip. The food and service was incredible, as always. My boyfriend and I were celebrating our two year anniversary and it perfectly set the stage for an amazing evening. It's no wonder it's our go-to place for a special occasion!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was wonderful except for a short wait between when we sat down and first contact with our server, although he did seem to have a full section. He did seem very knowledgeable about the menu, and he did give us personal attention when we mentioned we were there for the first time and we're celebrating a special occasion. We'll be back for sure!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my sister here for her 21st birthday. We had an amazing experience. Our server was wonderful and the food was even better! Can't wait to come back again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to Le Diplomate for our anniversary, and as usual it was generally fantastic. Still lit for the holidays, the restaurant looked even warmer and more charming than ever, making us homesick for BsAs. We tried several exceptional wines, and went with a variety of small plates for our meal - frisee salad with lardons, escargot, steak tartare (some of the best anywhere), and fabulous ricotta ravioli. They thoughtfully brought us small tarts and champagne in honor of our anniversary. Overall, really terrific.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

LOVE le Diplomate! Gotten the same thing every time: tuna carpaccio and warm shrimp salad. I know I should try other things but I literally dream about these two dishes!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best meal I have had ever. It was my 20th birthday celebration and I felt like I was actually in France in a bistro. Started with the foi gras and steak tartare which were absolutely exceptional. We proceeded onto veal, duck, steak and frites which all were incredible. Finally for dessert we had the creme brulee that was the best dessert I have ever had. The bread was cut fresh and brought to the table. Our server couldn't have been nicer. Will be going again for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I can't say enough good things about Le Diplomate! The atmosphere is lovely, service quick and efficient, food is excellent and the atmosphere is festive and vibrant. It has become our go-to restaurant for special occasions. Though I did not attend, I learned from a friend that the Thanksgiving dinner was excellent and she showed me the pictures to prove it! Fun and authentically reminiscent of being in Paris. I love this place! On warm summer nights request outdoor seating - it's quieter. It is a little noisy inside, but somehow it doesn't matter in this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I always love the Le Diplomate! Fabulous brunch. This was the first time I made reservations via Open Table. Much to my surprise and without my request, Open Table changed the time of my reservations. Why that was done, I don't know and it should not have happened. I won't reserve through Open Table again if it is customary for them to change one's reservation.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great as usual, but it took 20 minutes to get our cocktails that we ordered. And we continued to sit with dirty plates and glassware on our table, despite plenty of staff and management walking by. There was even a point when staff was standing around, and we were still being ignored. I have had better service here, but there always seems to be an excessive wait. Whether to be seated or brought drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Traditional New Years get togetherlle

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was not my first, second or third time, we been here before. seems like we get disappointed every other occasions. When it comes to Brunch, this place is usually me and my wife's first choice. we have explored brunch menu very well, since we only been here for brunch for all the previous occasions. Service was okay this time, I hate it when we order the cheese plate and the person just drops it in the table and go, expecting me to know what i have ordered. The server didn't even explain what kind of cheese is available that day, he said he will pick for us since we only like soft cheeses. Despite the fact that we told him we like sheep's/Goat's milk cheese, we got only cow milk cheeses. I ordered the steak and Eggs, I told him I don't want to see any blood on the meat, well I got blood. We are usually not the kind to make too many complains in a restaurant, we can see you guys working hard, no need to make you feel bad about it. \n\nSo we finished our meal quietly and tipped the server well and left. this is not a cheap place by any means, this is not the type of quality and service expected when you pay about $100 for brunch for 2. May be we should find another place for decent brunch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything excellent except duck portions were unusually small.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our table was celebrating New Years Eve. We had a fabulous meal. The wines were good, the waiter was very professional and despite the circus atmosphere of the pre-new years eve crowd, your staff was attentive. Our difficulty was in finding parking. It was 3 blocks away, 3 levels below the streets and $40.00! I'm aware that you have valet in the evening, however, on a new years eve day when you expect many patrons you must offer it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent experience.... we will definitely go back and take friends there when in town.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Eating at Le Diplomate is my annual treat to a special family. Only done on New Years Day to celebrate the beginning of a new year.\nThe food is always excellent and this year our waiter was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance- they did a lot of holiday decorating. Very homey. Country chicken club was very good, as were the croissants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

New year's' brunch!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had brunch with 4 friends/family at 2pm on 1/2. I ordered the warm shrimp salad which was excellent. It was an appetizer. Would be nice if they had this dish as a main course which would be a much large portion. Others ordered the RADISH CRUDITÉ. It was good but way too much for an Appetizer. One ordered the TROUT AMANDINE and loved it. Another ordered the STEAK FRITES. It was supposed to be medium, but was well done. 4th person ordered an omelette with potatoes. No complaints there.\n\nFood was good but service was horrible. The waiter took our orders at different times. He would take one order, and then if no one else was ready he would leave and not come back. Then we had to keep asking other folks to get our waiter for us. This happened over and over again. One person didn't order an appetizer but he didn't seem to notice that she didn't have any food AFTER our meals came. She had to ask someone to call him so she could order. He had kind of an aloof mentality. We are all served at different times. Some folks were eating their meal while other folks were eating appetizers. Crazy.\n\nAt the end of the meal, two folks asked to have their food bagged to take home. Big mistake. The person who ordered the steak wanted her remaining steak and fries boxed up. All she got was one piece of bread. \n\nI really liked the warm shrimp salad and would love to have it again. Not sure if I would go back since the service was so lousy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I went to the restaurant for our wedding anniversary. We found the ambiance, service, appetizers and bread to very good; however, the main courses were a let down. My wife had the trout almandine which was fresh, however nothing out of the ordinary. I could have gone to the store, bought the fish and cooked it at home and it would of turned out as good or better. I had the beef bourguignon which I thought was not very good at all. The sauce was ok but the beef was way over cooked and somewhat chewy. I had heard this was the best French restaurant in DC; if it is we are all in trouble.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time there. Food was outstanding. Only small 'glitch' was the server was got confused when I asked for eggs 'as you wish' (as it reads on the menu)... which is a regular brunch dish. I asked for scrambled with Gruyere and cippolini onions but somehow he thought I wanted a side of eggs. Not sure why that was confusing but in any case they were perfectly done (a rare feat in most places) and the pommes frites were fantastic, perfectly crisp. Dessert, profiteroles, was also beautifully done. Service was excellent (also a rare achievement). Our server and the other helpers were there but not all over you. They knew when to come and when to leave us alone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

wonderful food: great service and value. Looking forward to a return trip!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nabil, our server was amazing. I would definitely go back for brunch. My only regret was that I couldn't order everything on the menu!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have visited Le Diplomate on several occasions prior to this and have always enjoyed their brunch; however, our New Year's Day brunch left much to be desired. Even though I made a reservation, we were still seated at a crummy little table right near the door. Additionally, server was slow to get to our table to take our drink order and those seemed to take forever. And not one person who was roaming around the restaurant checked on us to ensure we had what we needed. What are those people doing anyway? \n\nWe put in our food order and our bread showed up with our meals. I just expect restaurants like this to understand that it about the entire experience. We have moved away from the DC area but when we visit, I doubt we will go back to Le Diplomate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This 'just like Paris' brasserie is close to perfect, although pricey. My wife and I have been several times for brunch and dinner and the food and service could not be better. Very welcoming greeting at the front desk, and the same at the bar and the table. Very helpful sommelier as well. The most authentic French food in DC, in an authentic French atmosphere. Reminds me of La Coupole in Paris or Balthazar in NY. All the dishes we've tried have been great. Reservations are essential, and should be made well in advance for prime times.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A perfect meal. Great food and superb service. We will definitely eat there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate lived up to its reputation. Excellent good and just incredible service. Our waiter was wonderful. Great vibe too. All in all, everything we had expected and more.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unbelievable experience...staff was amazing but the food was the real winner

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed New Year's brunch with my toddler, infant, and husband, and this place is always a hit for my family. The food and service is perfect for an outing with our without the kids. Every time I go here with my kids now I find myself trying to make eye contact with other moms of little kids to telepathically ask if they want to hang out. Moms of Le Dip, unite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

While I understand that this Parc (Philadelphia) clone is part of the Stephen Starr 'chain', Le Diplomate still never disappoints me or my fellow guests. Offerings are predictable, yet consistently of very decent quality. This establishment scarcely ever wins on originality, but if you're after dependably great food and excellent service, look no further. There's good reason why bookings are hard to come by. \n\nWhen one comes to accept that DC harbors few truly original culinary experiences that are often impossible to secure, Le Diplomate undeniably fills a very necessary corner of this dining market.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Superb evening. No better place to spend New Year's Eve.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were excited to try a new restaurant to celebrate the new year 2017; however, we were disappointed that it took more than 45 minutes to receive our food. A manager never came to check on us. One dish was great the other was not. The bartender was fantastic though

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We made reservations several weeks in advance and was early for our allotted time. What was disappointing is that the hostess originally selected a table stuffed in the corner by the door. It was disappointing because the restaurant was empty, we had a reservation, we arrived in plenty of time, and it made absolutely no sense to be escorted to one of the worse tables in the restaurant. It would seem to me that that particular table would be the absolute last option and/or reserved for those without a reservation. The food and serve otherwise was spectacular as always.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have taken my family and friends a dozen or so times since the opening and have always found the food, service and overall upbeat ambiance to be memorable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited for our 17th wedding anniversary after being there on our 15th. (Traveling through DC during the holidays) As always, food, service and ambiance were excellent. The menu looked the same as two years ago, which was fine for us infrequent guests, but perhaps not for locals. A little pricy when treating to dinner for 4 - but expected. Will return again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything from the bread and wine by the glass to dessert was delicious and the atmosphere was vibrant and fun.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited for 22 minutes for our table even though we had a reservation, which put a damper on our evening. I spoke with the manager and explained to her that we had an event to attend but she seemed dismissive and told us that we could sit at the bar (even though there was only one seat available there, which I pointed out to her)... We would have left but we it was NYE, options were limited, and we were on a tight schedule. I would not recommend Le Diplomate to anyone who expects their reservation to be timely honored. Very disappointing experience, especially on NYE.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome dinner! Superior service quality! We had a great time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

OMG. Steak and eggs plus the bread basket. Perfect brunch!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Casual restaurant with fine dining with an authentic french atmosphere. The service is as good as the food is delicious. Their desserts are absolutely incredible.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the best cocktail at le diplomate, the Romarin! The service and ambiance was excellent, and my family was very happy with our experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Another great brunch at Le Diplomate. Speedy service - food came very quickly and we were in an out within 45 minutes, which was a surprise since it was peak brunch time. We never felt rushed though. Get the pastry basket. My husband may have scoffed when I ordered it but one bite of that flaky croissant instantly changed his mind. The Duck Sordalaise was delicious but rich. It was a special occasion so I was ready for indulgence. The Quiche Lorraine was light and fluffy. Even a regular cup of coffee was full of flavor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was fantastic. It was our first time here and we loved it. The food was great and the desserts were even better. The service was excellent and the presentation of everything was perfect. The candle on the dessert dish for my birthday was an especially nice touch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

French cuisine and wines are the best. Le Diplomate is an excellent provider of both.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Another wonderful evening and meal. I appreciated how easily the staff accommodated an extra person in our party.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great French restaurant in North West DC. Food is excellent

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Superb! I can't wait to go back! All entrees were fantastic, there were several great vegetarian options, and the tuna carpaccio was a revelation. Le Diplomate was also incredibly accommodating of our needs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful dining experience; service exceptional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Starr restaurants occupy a special place on the eastern seaboard and now with a greater presence in Florida. One must name the consistently excellent quality of the meal and the attentive never obtrusive service. Someone has set out to create a syncretic, entire man-made environment which means that something can always go wrong. But the parts work smoothly without the dreaded let down that years of restaurant going seem to yield up, in measured disappointment. I'm a man of series, so Canadian Pacific Hotels are definitely my style. The Starr restaurant tour will be completed in 2018 so perhaps I'll write a book instead of a review. Now how can you go wrong with Krauterbutter on Steak Frites? And the off brand champagne split was highly drinkable as was the right bank Bordeaux.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The braise lamb was excellent it came with a side of couscous that was a little more spiced than I like it to be but over all the oysters were excellent and I also had French Onion soup and my mom makes it the best so I'm a harsh critic it was a little loud but I overall had a great experience. Thank you I will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Le Diplomate! The vibe is warm and friendly with great food. It's rapidly shot to the top of our list of favorite DC restaurants. The service is friendly, and if you're undecided on what to order, ask your server: you won't go wrong.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What an enjoyable experience we had tonight. Our friendly waiter Douglas\ngreeted us and we thoroughly loved the foie gras- it was the greatest we've ever had. The managers Umer and Euan treated us like royalty. From the fabulous desserts to the delicious champagne, we will surely visit Le Diplomate again and again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful meal and the service could not have been more attentive. A really fun place to dine.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reception fumbled finding the reservation upon entry, but otherwise the service was top notch. A very pleasant evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been coming here since it opened. Service has always been good UNTIL my last visit. The waiter was pompous and rude. My dinner mate isn't used to French cuisine, and let's be honest we're in DC, and was exceptionally rude, rolled eyes and condescending when asked about certain dressings and cheeses available. Something something 'were French. Only French cheese. Ummmm no we do not have a ranch related dressing. We're French. ' while laughing and rolling his eyes. \nThankfully my mate was not bothered. I was. A simple 'let me see what we have' or'sorrry we don't have anything like that here' would have sufficed. \nI've waited tables and still tend bar on the side and this is just not acceptable, especially with the prices you pay.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was AMAZING! We enjoyed every last bite. We started off with the cheese plate. They had a nice selection of cheeses. For our main entrees, we ordered the sea bass, New York Strip, lobster risotto and salmon with lentils. Lastly, the Yule log. We got one of each. They were both amazing. All and all, there was nothing that we didn't enjoy. \n\nThe service was a little strange. The waiter seemed annoyed by our presence. Thre would be long periods of time that we would not see him at all. Questions were not welcome. I would expect better service for the price of the food. \n\nWe enjoyed the experience and would come back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This might just be one of my favorite restaurant in the city because I love Brasserie style places. The bread is super addicting but try to stop eating it since the food is really the \nstar at this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love, love this restaurant as our local favorite. We love the ambiance & Chelsea!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Anniversary dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our visit to Washington could have been to Paris for the three hours we enjoyed at le Diplomate, other than more English spoken than French. Excellent seafood, especially the petit plateau....the dorado, trout and scallop dishes were equally good. A nice poulliy fume to accompany them was reasonably priced too. Fortunately we booked well in advance of our travel.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Appreciated the friendly but professional service. Well executed classic dishes make this a winner. Try to sit in the buzzy main room with its gorgeous bar. This is a good value including the carafes of house wine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great! It's one of my favorite places in DC. Will be back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this neighborhood restaurant. Consistently great food, fabulous ambiance, and good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a charming bistro! You feel like you're in a Parisian neighborhood bistro. Staff was fantastic and responsive, gave great recommendations. The French onion soup is best in the city. Mushroom tart very tasty. We had a lovely brunch

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always outstanding food with gorgeous ambiance. Not cheap, but reasonable for the quality of the cuisine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pomme frites. Warm shrimp salad. Enough said. This is my favorite restaurant in the city. Everything is perfection!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great time. Highly recommend this place!! Definitely will go back again..

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seating was 45 min late.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate continues to be, in my opinion, one of if not the best restaurant in DC. Everything was absolutely outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a very lovely anniversary dinner here tonight. Had an outstanding, friendly waiter (Moatez) who took very good care of us. Everything was top notch. Perfect dinner.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went toLe Diplomate for anniversary celebration. Staff was very cordial and kind throughout the time spent there and I have no qualms about it. But we found the scene inside the restaurant, outside of the decor, to be a grand dissapointment. Its extremely loud in there on a Saturday night. Really really loud. We were in the center area where there is one too many tables and everyone had to step over each other to get around. My spouse got hit 3 times by the person behind her and had to get up twice to let parties through. The restaurant needs to take 2 tables out of that center area to lower the sound and enhance the place. The food was fine, nothing impressive. We have eaten at Bistrot Lepic, Mont Marte, Bastille and ate finer french food at a much lower cost. We appreciate the care with the decor, and while the service was very kind, it was a dissapointing night.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Frankly, it was underwhelming. I was shocked at the lack of sophistication the food represented for a place with such high grades; both the fish and the lamb tasted gamey. \n\nThe service was excellent and the food came out unbelievably fast. Great bread, great wine selection.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Xmas eve dinner was wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything we had was delicious and our server Alex was great, especially given that it was Christmas Eve and the restaurant was packed. And even though we arrived a half hour before our reservation, they were able to get us seated right away. We will most definitely return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was poor. Waiter seemed bored, not attentive, not particularly congenial. Very disappointing. \n\nReservation was made a month earlier yet seated next to the bar area, it was noisier than usual, and not ideal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Old school, on purpose. Think of this as the work of brasserie re-enactors, albeit with more friendly wait staff and contemporary breads (excellent) in addition to traditional ones (seems crazy to focus on the bread basket, but focus on the bread basket). High quality versions of old stand-byes. Mussels and trout were both very fresh and well handled, and not just familiar.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Christmas Eve brunch. Our server was dismissive, we felt rushed, and unwelcome. The standard of food fell far below previous experience, and we left feeling that it was a most hurried and unpleasant meal.\nPerhaps the kitchen was not operating with the usual crew and the staff that we encountered were just tired and wanted to go home. At least that's how it felt. Such a pity, as previous evening meals have been delightful and the service has been excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Friendly and helpful server. Delicious food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and atmosphere; Sommelier was fantastic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome in every way! don't miss the bread. This restaurant is a winner in every way. One bite is better than the next. I loved it and can't wait to return!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food here is unreal. I have never had a bad meal. \nThe entire meal is an experience from\nStart to finish.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great experience to dine at Le Diplomate! The service was on point despite how bustling it was. The warm shrimp salad was so good! We easily could have had two for 4 people. The foie gras was perfect too! I loved the lobster risotto special (it was a Tuesday). The branzino was cooked well so it was juicy and I like when it's served boneless. The lamb was another hit. The wines were enjoyed by all!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best Steak Frite in DC. Great service. Friendly and professional staff

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The room has a bit too loud for comfortable conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

always great food and service. soooo loud though. price of being so busy and successful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, fantastic service. Slightly over-sated food. I may be a little sensitive to salt right now, but my friend agreed about the salt. Everyone has different salt tolerances, so I don't want to accuse the food of always being salty. \n\nThe escargots were delicious and the paté de campagne was very yummy. \n\nThe streak frites was salty, but delicious. LOTS of fries. \nThe scallops were yummy as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Felt a little rushed. Understand restaurant needs to turn tables but this was a special occasion and I was asked three times if I was finished with entree.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We would highly recommend everything we ordered and the service was beyond phenomenal. We could have easily been in Paris, had everyone not been speaking English. Gougeres (cheesy bread puffs), Radishes with butter (so plentiful to share and gorgeous produce), beef bourignon fell apart it was so tender, heavenly mussels, ravioli, and duck l'orange!!! The bread was divine too! Can't recommend enough. Great for romantic dates, family meals, group dinners... anytime.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was extremely charming and knowledgeable. He made great recommendations for food and wine. We were seated right away, even though we arrived 45 minutes early! Lovely decor for the holidays. A thoroughly lovely evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not the place for binge eating, but rather the exact opposite. Have small amounts of everything, because everything is so damn good. I took my wife and young daughters here for a belated Mother's Day Brunch. It was ok for 8 and 12 year olds, but they're not your usual kids and were happy to order and eat quiche, steak with hollaindaise sauce, croissants, etc. The only 'problem' is that some of the food is so so so rich. You want to eat more but you just can't. The mushroom tart is the perfect example: so good but it's heavy when you eat other things too. Man, it was really damn good though. The cheeses and breads are top notch Paris-style, and the service usually keeps up with the quality of the food. Ok, now I'm hungry.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We couldn't wait to experience this hot spot and our Le Diplomate dinner met our expectations. The server was exceptional. We all loved our dinner choices. We look forward to trying out brunch soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our friends have always raved about Le Diplomate, so we thought we would give it a try, and we found it disappointing. The seating was very tight and cramped. The steak with the steak frites was very tough and not cooked as requested.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant and amazing food. The lady at the front desk was horrific and unpleasant. We arrived only 7 minutes early for our reservation and she responded as if we were an hour early. When we went back at the time of our reservation she didn't even look up at us, another hostess did. I understand it's a busy restaurant but the hostess table can set the mood for the experience. The food made up for the lack of attention from the staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate was very accommodating with wonderful service. They allowed us to sit early for our reservation after our event ended earlier than anticipated. They also didn't rush us despite us dragging our feet catching up with one another. Great hospitality and food was excellent. One quibble would be that they really cram tables into the space and the seating is bistro style (read tight and uncomfortable) especially for a fine dining restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food and outstanding service decor and ambiance very comfortable. Everything was fresh

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wife and son both got sick from the beef tartare

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful and charming dining experience. Delicious food, warm and friendly vibes, excellent wine list. Especially fun during the holidays, the decorations were beautiful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Looking forward to my next visit to this fine restaurant. \n\nFood, service, and atmosphere were excellent

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent! High quality, fresh and fantastic flavor. I had the scallops - so delicious - and my husband had the steak frites. He said the steak was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. And the dessert of creme brulée was the best I've ever had! \n\nThe big markdown was that we were not seated until 45 minutes AFTER our reservation. There seems to be some miscommunication as to when tables are ready for seating - the table we were finally given had been open for 10-15 minutes. Making things harder the bar area was so crowded that no stools were available and we really couldn't get out of the way of servers and other guests. We were presented glasses of champagne as soon as we got to our table - softening the wait time. \n\nThe holiday decorations are beautiful. I recommend a visit - just don't be on any kind of schedule.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Take a trip to French for a few hours. Let the delicious food, cocktails, and pastries along with the Parisian ambiance whisk you away!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Moules frites were amazing, Decour was phenomenal, Service was spectacular.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a bit of a change of plans when my friend got sick but the staff was wonderful about packing up his meal - he had the mussels which were still amazing as leftovers! For the rest of us, the meal was delicious and the service friendly but not pushy. The holiday decorations were lovely, despite a smaller group than planned, it was still a very positive experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed our meal and service was excellent. Great atmosphere also. Very expensive but worth the price. With our bottle of wine our meal for two was just under $300.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food and service. The restaurant was full and energetic. Beautifully decorated for the holidays.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful holiday decor, amazing food and service, great energy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very accommodating when changing my reservation even though the place was booked. All the food was great. Try the cheese plate if you can!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was very good, the service was excellent. Montaz (sp?) our waiter was perfect. It's a high quality American version of a French Bistro that hits most of the right notes. It worked for a celebratory business meal and offers something for everyone.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ambience is the appeal and passable to good on all the rest of what a restaurant offers. Food is good but very uneven. A sense of mass food and service pervades. But at the bottom a fun place to go occasionally

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I truly LOVE this restaurant. This night, however, I had to ask for a server after being at the table for about 10 minutes or so. No water, no bread -- no one came by. After having raved about the food, the ambience and the service to my out-of-town guest, the first few minutes there did not reflect my review. I suspect there was a legitimate reason, but just wanted to flag this and to note it as a concern.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always enjoy time at Le Diplomate. Nothing was wrong and everything was great as we were expecting. I would like to thank Le Diplomate's workers they never loose anything from their service quality! We will be back as soon as possible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Their brunch was fantastic and the service was quick and great. Get the basket of pastries but only if you have a party of 4+. Anything less might take away from your entree. The quiche florentine was the best quiche I've ever eaten. Their parfait was great and the Cappuccino was delicious. You can't go wrong. Every plate that was flying around to different tables looked good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious as always. Lovely wait staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food Poisoning, my wife got it. Food was great, restaurant atmosphere was terrific, but I spent the entire next day with a sick wife throwing up until 8PM. She had the escargot starter followed by the trout. I shared some of the trout (delicious by the way) and I didn't get sick. \nOther than this less that optimal issue with sickness, we really liked the restaurant (I'm a sucker for French food, and your French bread was some of the best I have had outside of Paris).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great menu, great atmosphere. Currently, one of the most popular restaurants in DC. It attracts locals as well as tourist. Another great place one block away is Estadio

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved our waiter, Roger! He made our evening so much fun. The food was amazing. Everything was well prepared and perfect. The holiday decorations made us feel as if we were in Paris at Christmas.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food with excellent service. Holiday decorations made a lovely backdrop for a dinner with friends. Noise level was only drawback-- Strongly recommend for food, setting and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fabulous. Seating was a bit tight, but restaurant was mobbed for Sunday brunch. Oysters were delightful and everything else was perfectly cooked.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice bistro atmosphere, cozy and comfortable, good basic French dishes, excellent wine list, outstanding service. A bit pricey. You certainly feel like you are in a bistro in France (a bistro, not a starred restaurant). Our server (Olesia) was absolutely outstanding. Our wine selection (Plantevin Cairanne, $39) was equally outstanding. Ambient noise is not excessive, which is nice for hearing-challenged folks like myself. My only complaint is that in the three times we have dined here, I have always asked for a table in the main room, and each time we get sent to the side room, which is nice but not as interesting for people watching. I get the impression that we are not chic enough for the main room, which is interesting since my wife is Parisian!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The sommelier was incredibly personable and helpful, wait staff was a pleasure, and every part of the meal was delicious. I also really appreciated the very tasteful Christmas decorations.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have eaten here before and enjoyed our meals, but there were some flaws this time. The bread basket and the basket of pastries were both very good. But my French Onion soup did not have the sweetness from the onions that most versions of this soup have. They did use plenty of cheese, a plus. I also ordered the Moules Frites. Some of the meats in the mussels were smaller than I usually see when I order this elsewhere. The broth they were in was just so-so. The frites were very good. A negative was the near impossibility of finding parking on the street anywhere close by. I parked on 17th Street, over three blocks away. This problem may keep us from going back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful restaurant and ambience. Was celebrating a special event and catching up with an old friend - was a bit rushed by waiter but otherwise great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The epitome of the DC food scene. Here you'll find the best of everything - mouth-watering food and drinks, first-class service, and an invigorating ambience. \n\nCome here for brunch, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. There's very few dishes that you can go wrong with. While delicious all times of days, this is one of the best brunch spots in DC. You won't leave disappointed once you have a croissant, quiche, or the Croque Madame. Really don't care about your diet? Order their pastry basket as well. You'll thank me later.\n\nThis visit was for my girlfriends birthday and the service was outstanding. They gave us mimosas, their pastry basket, and mini-pastry dessert with lighted candle... all 'on the house.' The food was amazing, but the service was one spectacular cherry on top.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was beautifully decorated for the holidays!\nOverall lovely food & ambiance. Bread basket was outstanding! Small ding, onion soup top was burnt. -all else top notch! \nDef Rec open table to get in!\nWould love to go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I always enjoy coming to Le Diplomate, it has an amazing ambiance and great service. Though it's difficult to get a good table, booking ahead always helps and its great for special ocassions. Beautifully decorated for the holidays!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The decor in this place was comically French. Subtlety was clearly lost in the designer. While the food was good with all of the classic French choices, it was rather overpriced. The layout wasn't very thoughtful either, creating bottlenecks with the large crowds. Overall, this is one of the more pretentious places I have visited in DC, which is quite the accomplishment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Like so many restaurants today, the Diplomate has a high noise level. Suggest installing curtains over the glass windows and taking other measures that an acoustical engineer could recommend. Eliminate the 'background music' which adds to the noise level without providing any positive benefits. Encourage patrons to speak in moderate tones. Four person tables tend to be quieter than larger tables. \n\nValet service was not satisfactory. It was a cold night, and we were stuck waiting for the car for much too long. Valets were not well organized.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food; we enjoyed the veal and the duck; and we split a salad verte...All excellent.\nThe fresh French baguettes were outstanding...The house Cabernet wine was a good choice to accompany the duck. All in all a great meal on a recent Friday night!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

much larger inside the I thought, the service was great, the food was great and the restaurant was beautiful. Excellent

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Noisy but enjoyable ;busy but with good service.\nGreat bread; good Tartare;good wine list

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great dining experience. Enjoyed dinner and ambience very much. Server was also very good. Will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Impeccable service, out-of-this-world French cuisine, great ambiance. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Each time is an exciting evening

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate was wonderful - great food, terrific wait staff, and fun vibe\nWe always have a great time at Le Diplomate

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Selected this restaurant while on a solo trip to DC area. I was grateful for the valet parking in this lively part of town. My appetizer was Gougeres made with Gruyere cheese--a hearty number of Gougeres which could have been shared by two or three people. I had veal escalope which came with chanterelle mushrooms and a creamy sauce and was quite good. For dessert I ordered a chocolate pot de crème with Chantilly cream and crunchy chocolate beads on top which was sensationally good. I could eat only half of it but the server suggested having it boxed up since it would keep pretty well, so I finished it the next day. The restaurant was full on a Thursday evening. Another acquaintance who has dined there several times says it is almost always busy. It is too busy and too noisy to be a good romantic spot for a special occasion but is great for gathering with a small group of friends. Some people were dining on the outside as the temperatures were still fairly mild. I had a glass of a Loire Pinot Noir Rose' although a white wine could also be ordered with the veal dish. I had a small pour of Banyuls with the dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was worth the whole evening just to see my partner's expression when they brought out our Petit Plateau. Delicious, presented well...and the hot towels after that juicy seafood goodness were a wonderful touch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

BEST MCDOUBLE YOU WILL EVER HAVE! YOU MUST TRY THE BURGER.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love French bistro style restaurants and this is one of the best we've experienced out side of Paris, possibly the best duck I've ever had ! Everything was great and the sommelier recommended a fantastic wine without trying to get us to spend a ton.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made reservations a month in advance for 2 people at 7pm on a Friday, because that's how ridiculous it is to get a seat here. When the time came, I was ready to be impressed. The place was already packed with people, but we were seated immediately and greeted by our friendly waiter. \n\nWe ordered cocktails; I had something grapefruity with elderflower, which was good but my date told me why: it tasted just like Ruby Red juice. That's not a bad thing, just uh, maybe needed more alcohol? My date also had something brightly colored that he could have lived without. Ah well. \n\nWe started with half a dozen oysters. This was an excellent decision. So, so fresh. Perfectly sized, and though they came with all the right accoutrements, all they needed was lemon. Good good good. \n\nWe split the the Lyonnaise salad. Well, they split it for us, as it arrived on 2 separate dishes, each with its own perfect poached egg. Thank you for that, that was incredibly thoughtful. \n\nWe asked the waiter if we should try the foie gras or duck terrine. He said duck. So duck terrine we ate, and my my that was delicious. Rustic and chunky. Not too salty. \n\nSteak tartare was on point. I want a plate to myself next time. \n\nI ordered the cherry clafoutis because I was excited to see it on the menu. It came, and it was less than invigorating, but I let it slide because the cherries in it were huge and very flavorful. The manager came over and asked what we thought of it. I said what I thought, and he said that it was a new addition to the menu and was interested in customer feedback. He also comped the dessert and brought me an additional creme brûlée because I admitted that I had originally thought of ordering it. \n\nService was always great. Our waiter gave suggestions for realistically priced wine and delicious menu items. We'll be back...in a month when hopefully they'll have a seat available for 2 on a Friday night. \n\nOh and damn, that bread! It's good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My steak came out raw as did the persons next to me. They didn't bother with a new plate or fries so they left the fries sitting in raw blood while they just cooked the steak a second time just cut in half.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was hoping for a better experience from a place with such a great reputation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great experience! It was a little hectic getting seated, we ended up waiting 25 minutes past our reservation, but they gave us a very nice table. The food was fantastic as usual! Great place!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Actually, for the first time it was very disappointing. The waiter was snobby, the french onion soup cold. Seemed that the intent was to turn the table as fast as possible. \n\nSo sad because in the past it was outstanding.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The dining room was freezing, the gougeres were cold and mushy. But the worst was the waiter, rude, uninformed about the menu, no manners whatsoever... so disappointed after hearing so much about it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is good, but not great. It's not my favorite french spot in the city. We went for a special occasion, but this place is probably better for everyday dining. The dessert was better than the dinner, which is an odd thing to happen. Profiteroles were good, so you should order that, and the presentation was nice. Service is great, that's the best part.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere and dining experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent foie gras and duck. The waitress was very knowledgable and attentive. Perfect for a special birthday!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Felt like we were in a bistro in Paris. Great food, especially enjoyed the warm shrimp salad. Server was very attentive and management also came. by to make sure everything was to our liking.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is as great as all the reviewers say; our only down side was that we were seated in an area that was chilly. We asked to be moved, and they were most gracious about it. The roast chicken is not to be believed, this is a dish we don't usually order, because chicken, ya know? But I could not wait to return to Le Diplomate to eat it again. Also the profiteroles for dessert are astounding. Deep chocolate fudge, crunchy shells, ice cream and a small slice of banana on the bottom. And beautiful when they pour the fudge over the chocolate bar on top and you see it melt. Oh. My. Gosh. Taste, texture and visuals. Don't miss it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great time, food was great, ambience amazing, loved it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food and service.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food poisoning for $150\nTwo people ate a meal that involved no raw or even rare food, for which they paid $150 including tax and tip. One of them got food poisoning. It meant that they had to leave after just a few minutes at a show for which they had tickets, putting them out another $50.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is excellent and the sommelier recommended a great bottle of wine to complement our dinners. The tables are a little too close together but it does add to the energy...I just like my meal at this price point to feel a little more relaxed. The wait staff is attentive and it's an overall great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were outstanding. After living in DC for 2 years I was finally moving away and needed to try Le Diplomate before I left. I', really glad I did and will definitely try to go when I come back to visit. I was slightly disappointed in getting seated 25 minutes after my reservation time but that can be easily overlooked when the food was incredible and the service was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate lived up to its reputation as a taste of Paris in DC. Despite the fact that our party was more or less ruled by a restless infant, which caused us to jump up and walk with him, trading off, the staff was more than friendly and helpful. \n\nWe were on the patio, so that was good. Still, I've seen restaurant staff make people with small children feel unwelcome. So, gold stars for that.\n\nThe food was xlnt. The snails, delicate and appropriately garlicky. Steak au poivre tender and tasty. Salade Lyinnaise solid. Onion soup gratinée just like Pierre used to make.\n\nDessert was a hit, too. Pot au chocolat, mmmmm, and some baba cognac concoction that slid down nice and easy.\n\nThe ladies's restroom gets gold stars for the carrera marble trough sink and crazed dove grey subway tiles.\n\nI'm ready to return to Le Diplomate today!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, though overpriced on some menu items. Attentive service, though too many \npeople dropping by to ask the same question: 'How is everything?'

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible food as always. The best French food and service, what else can I say? I had the incredible lobster risotto with what was the best lobster I've ever had in my life - butter poached.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

So $49 for fresh fish is unconscionable at first glance...but it was so fresh & tasty, I thought it was just pulled from the ocean! Even the salads had that 'just picked' from the garden freshness. Parking is tough, but valet and you are well on your way!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this great restaurant that features country French cuisine. They're known for having the best hamburger in the entire Metro area and I agree!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best restaurant in town!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The brunch was excellent, I ordered the bennys and was probably one of the best ones that I have had in a while. The fresh little neck clams platter as appetizer was a first but very fresh and delicious. The services were great and they take reservation!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went there for a family Thanksgiving dinner & it was wonderful. It had a festive, cheerful atmosphere, the food and drinks were great and we all enjoyed it. The best part was how warm and welcoming all the staff were. From the minute we entered until we walked out, everyone was nice and efficient.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed a wonderful mushroom soup and superb duck breast! Authentic French cuisine with a definite Washington vibe. The only problem with Le Diplomate is that it's difficult to get a reservation at a normal dining time because of it's popularity!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We LOVED this restaurant, and are only sorry it took us this long to get there for the first time! Wonderful setting with great service and a fun vibe. Food is great too! We'll be back - soon!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to dinner after the ball game with old friends who were in town on business. Had a superb meal, great service & even the chef stopped by to say hello ! We felt like VIPs!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

always fabulous - been many times - will return great value - all good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food here is wonderful, but the service is even better. Highly recommend!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice brunch setting. Excellent choice of french bistro style food; sadly out of croque for some odd reason as it's a signature dish. Moules frites were good, salmon benedict excellent, bloody marys good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My eggs Benedict was outstanding. The first time my dish was brought out, my food was only slightly warm. The manager brought out a new dish for me which was piping hot. It made all the difference! She even inquired later how everything was. Everyone in my party enjoyed their dishes as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent brunch. Will return with pleasure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our family went for Thanksgiving dinner. Three of us had the prix fixe traditional dinner and one had items off the menu. All were delicious! And our server was friendly and helpful, and always there when we needed him but *never* intrusive (which is hard to do).

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant, great service! Truely amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hosted a reunion with friends. Service is excellent. Mimmosas and Bloody Mary were very good, wine list is very nice, I can recommend the Brouilly , an excellent bottle. \nFood was superb , we had EGGS NORWEGIAN, EGGS BENEDICT, EGGS VOL AU VENT, and the TROUT AMANDINE. All were superbly prepared. We all tried only one dessert, the PROFITEROLES, beautifully done.\n\nIt was a trip to a Paris bistro!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the trout almandine but it wasn't as fresh this time so was disappointment. Fruit and nut bread is delicious! Wine also very good and service good. Can get a little noisy but area where I saw was reasonable this time. Will try again but a little disappointed this time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a Sunday brunch there after strong recommendations from friends and the very good reviews. But we didn't found the food special and found it very salty. I had foie gras parfait and the famous beef bourguignon - they were ok and rather salty. Perhaps my expectation was too high and perhaps dinner menu is better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ok, lived in Paris for 2 years and this is the most authentic Parisian restaurant I've been to outside of Paris...with one exception: no attitude. Great food, great unpretentious service. Love this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

everything about this restaurant was great! The food, the service and the ambiance! I wish we were not 2 hours away.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brought my wife there for her birthday. It was our first time there, and the food, ambiance, and service were uniformly excellent. The staff was cognizant of the birthday celebration and treated us empathetic ally and enthusiastically. I recommend Le Diplomate to anyone who wants to enjoy a great dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've gone to Le Diplomate for the past three years for Thanksgiving - it is becoming a holiday tradition. As always, it was excellent, relaxed and enjoyable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have been there 3 or 4 times...always great..went for Thanksgiving...fabulous food great service...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too noisy. No options for Thanksgiving pre fix. Gift card did not work.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always enjoy our meal here. The escargot and foie gras are the best!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely one of the best restaurants in DC!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic. Will come back here once I'm back in DC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate is always a fantastic experience. Good for everyday dining or a special occasion. Wonderful seafood.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent restaurant -- our favorite in DC. Fantastic food, great service and terrific ambiance. Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had an excellent meal on the night before Thanksgiving. We were seated at the exact time of our reservation, and although the restaurant was crowded we were not all rushed. The service and the food were both excellent. This was our first time here, and we would definitely come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant always delivers. From the lively atmosphere, to the food, it is a great gathering place. The mushroom tart for appetizer is amazing, great for sharing, it is a tasty bite. Everyone had something different. It was agreed that they have the best hamburger in the city. But the the roasted lamb was tender,and the sauce tasty. Mopped up all the sauce with the bread! Which is amazing as well. The beef bourguignon rivaled anything we have eaten in Paris. The hanger steak (steak frites) was so tender you could cut it with a fork. And then there were the mussels! Everything was perfect! Will return again, and have.....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is so warm and has such an authentic feel of a French bistros that it makes me happy I am returning to Paris soon. Our waiter, Hassan, was delightful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Friendly helpful staff, very good food well prepared and served hot. Fun ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived early enough to enjoy happy hour gougeres at the bAr. Enjoyed french onion soup and steak frites. Great service and house wine as well.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Favorite part of the our meal was the cheese plate, bread and mushroom soup! All of high quality and extremely tasty. Impressively, our waiter memorized all 10 or 12 cheeses and could explain the nuances of each! Oysters were also very good with those of Virginian origin the favorite. \n\nWe shared the salmon entree which was a little disappointing as the small portion of salmon was tasteless and had a good sized uncooked area in the middle. Brussel sprouts were a little overcooked for my taste but acceptable. \n\nNeat place with romantic ambiance and attentive service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC! During this visit I came straight from the airport (luggage and all). Incredible food, amazing service, gorgeous restaurant. \nI ordered the Salmon and had creme brûlée for dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The mussels were the best I have ever had.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointed... Liked the menu and was looking forward to dinner. The energetic atmosphere was fun. Food wonderfully prepared BUT toxically salty. Three in our party left their frites uneaten. My skate, otherwise perfectly prepared, was burn-your-tongue salty. Told the manager(?), when she came by the table to see how everything was, as it's a correctable problem. She was apologetic and sent us desserts.\nUnfortunately, found out later that others have had the same experience... and won't go back either. Surprised that they haven't addressed the salt issue.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Thank you Le Diplomate, for an absolutely incredible dining experience. The food and service were wonderful . Definitely our favorite restaurant now and we look forward to coming again soon with friends and family. My mother was Swiss German and I have grown up with lots of exposure to fine European cuisine. From the delicious bread to dessert, everything was prepared to perfection. Even my son, who spent the past summer in France, said that his steak frites was made just like he had in France. \nWe were running late due to traffic, and our reservations were able to be moved to a slightly later time, even though they were extremely busy. We were given a nice table and our food came promptly. The servers were attentive and checked on us regularly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We'd been to Le Diplomate once before a few years ago and - although it was good then - have to say the ambiance was more memorable than the food. My son's request to celebrate high school graduation & earning Eagle Scout last week was dinner at Le Diplomate. I'm happy to say the food was FANTASTIC this time! Every dish we ordered was done to perfection. (Steak Frites, Steak Au Poivre, salmon, Boeuf Berguignon, & duck) I am already planning another meal here for another special occasion soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As a frecnh woman I'm picky. I thought I was back in France. Perfect !!!! Best trout amandine I ever had

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate lives up to its reputation. Food was great, service was great, although the waiter forgot to come back and refill our wine glasses...a minor infraction! \nIt was a VERY generous portion of paté appetizer. Onion soup is delicious...not too sweet. Steaks were cooked to perfection. Profiteroles were sinful, with warm, dark chocolate poured over top!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate lived up to expectations. Our reservation was quickly honored and our waiter was pleasant and well-informed. Our brunch was excellent, including the cheese plate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am a foodie and all of their food was delicious! I tried the lobster risotto and ate the whole thing is 2.5 seconds lol!\n\nThe ambiance greeted us with a very chill but romantic vibe. Even though I was there with my sister the dim lighting didn't bother us. It just heightened the great experience.\n\nThe only thing that I didn't like was that it was cold in the restaurant and they sat us beside an open window. The plus about that was that their customer service was great. They accommodated us and closed the window so that we would feel comfortable. For me, it's the little things and they hit the nail on the head.\n\nWe were celebrating my birthday and they brought out a candle with the desert which I thought was very nice.\n\nThis place is truly a neighborhood gem.\n\nI recommend this place. I would definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely love this place. Food and service are wonderful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was very good particularly the eggs benedict with salmon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate is very very highly recommended by many. First the positives: the mushroom soup, duck a l'orange and baba au armagnac were precisely and well done as would be expected in a traditional French bistro. Service was slow, the noise level was beyond energetic being so loud as to interfere with my pleasure at the table and the dish I ordered, pot au feu, turned out to be a vegetable soup. It never occurred to me to ask if there was meat in the dish. After I got home, I actually looked up pot au feu (courtesy of Google) and all reference did include meat. Very odd. So the question is would I return. The other three members of our party felt that the food was good enough to compensate for extreme noise level. I did not. Finally, the prices seemed a bit high for a bistro experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated in the back dining area, which is less attractive than the main dining room where we had dined earlier. The room had ceiling fans twirling although it was quite cold outside. The service and food were just as good as before. We enjoyed the authentic French cheeses, pate de campaign, skate, veal, and lamb.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

On the plus side, the food and service are excellent. My wife had the sea bass and I had the duck, and both dishes were fantastic. \n\nIn my reservation I had requested a more secluded table not by the kitchen or a server station. We were plopped at a 2-top literally 2 feet away from another couple, right by a doorway and a server station. Mind you, this is a loud and open restaurant so I'm not sure how well they could have accommodated my request; but this definitely was not it. If you're looking for a quiet romantic meal, this is not the place you want. \n\nOne other negative is the valet parking situation is terrible. For $12 I had to park my own car until the attendee had a chance to take it wherever it needed to go. He also did not have any change, so I actually paid $15. At the end of the meal it took about 15 minutes to get my car; there seemed to be 4 or 5 people working the valet who didn't have their act together. \n\nNegatives aside, the food is excellent and the decor/ambience of the place is quite nice. We were coming all the way from Reston, VA, so I would have preferred a more fine dining experience as we were celebrating a special occasion. That being said, I'm pretty sure this is a place foodies would enjoy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Third visit always first rate food and service even when busy ! Will return again

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a zoo, but it fits the bill if you want decent french fare. It's definitely becoming less chic and a bit more of a tourist trap. Food is what you would expect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I wish the servers would take food allergies, especially severe gluten intolerance, seriously. I was belittled by my server and was asked to describe symptoms, which is not pleasant dinner table talk. At least one dish was sent to the table with gluten containing ingredients and no disclaimer as such. We have enjoyed dining here for years and have not experienced anything like this situation at Le Diplomate. The food is still excellent, but please give your servers the training they need.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot. Excellent food and service. It is very loud! They were running about 45 minutes behind on table but were very nice about it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A beautiful place for brunch. Stunning decor and the tables were cozy but not too close. The restaurant was bustling but we never felt rushed. Lots of wonderful choices on the menu and it was hard to narrow it down. I had the poached eggs basquaise and I'm glad it also came with a spoon because I used it to scrape up every last bit of the delicious polenta. My friend's croque madame looked picture-perfect. We split the pastry basket and it was buttery heaven. I'd go back for that alone. We had to wait for sugar for our coffees and there was a little confusion around wrapping up the leftover pastries (because we definitely wanted to take them with us!) but other than that, service was top-notch. This was an overdue birthday celebration and the server noticed the present exchange and brought over bite-sized lemon blueberry cakes with a candle for my friend. I hadn't specified this in the reservation so it was a great attentive touch. I can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing brunch--freshly made baked bread and pastry basket are so tasty. Attentive service fun atmosphere. Highly recommend Le Diplomate. My dining experience exceeded my expectations.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent. Service was outstanding. Ask to be seated in Cheveale's section.!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated 30 minutes late for our reservation, but the restaurant made up for our inconvenience with free appetizers and champagne, which was really nice!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Escargot, mushroom tarte and sea bass were delicious

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pretty loud, the menu never changes.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious. I went for brunch and want to go back for dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great time and as always food and service were top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I took our daughter and her boyfriend here to celebrate her 17 birthday. We live in Northern Virginia, but picked this restaurant because we thought it would be fun for my daughter to experience the excitement and liveliness of 14th Street. \nIt was a great experience all the way around. The food was outstanding as well as the service.\nI would highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the tiled mosaic doorstep to the last dregs of the House wine the evening was perfect and our well-travelled guests declared it was just like dining in Paris. I usually stick with the classic steak frites but tried the veal in cream sauce. Heaven.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant offers excellent French cuisine at reasonable prices. The menu contains typical French favorites with a standard daily special. House wine served in 1/2 and full Kraft. Assortment of fresh bread and salted butter. Despite the large capacity of the restaurant reservations is a must.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our entire evening was amazing except for one terrible hostess who was unfortunately the first person we talked to last night. My mother in law and I walked in out of the pouring rain- on a dark evening- to ask the first hostess where the valet was. My husband who was trying to park/find the Valet just didn't see it so we had stopped at the corner out front and I dashed in to ask. This terrible blonde looked me up and down and in the most condescending voice said it was out front. To which I wanted to respond rather snarkily- but I said back that we didn't see it nor see a person - so we were unsure if the Valet had jumped inside to avoid the torrential downpour. This hostess continued on very rudely to say 'well then obviously my dear he must be parking a car'. I'm just going to throw out there that all I needed was the stand was on the little side road and that if you park right there the valet should be with you as soon as he can. It was simply dark and very rainy-so we just didn't see it. Eventually I gave up and hoped my husband figured it out. So after this terrible introduction she immediately went back to doing something else. I had to very awkwardly stand there and wait for her to bother to speak to us again, as one of her fellow waitstaff stared at her awkwardly looking back and forth between us with a look of apology on her face. Eventually I gave her our reservation name, and she sent a server to walk us back to our table. A table where other people were seated... the waitress that came back with us was confused because apparently that first hostess told her the other half of our table was already seated. (Even though we went through this whole husband parking the car conversation). Once we were sat the food was amazing. Dinner was wonderful, the wine list was excellent. Our waiter even noticed that we exchanged small gifts at the table (it was mine and my mother in laws birthday) and so when the creme brûlée came out he had put a little candle in it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second year I have been to this restaurant and it continues to rank as one of my favorites. The service was a little choppy this time, but the food did not disappoint. The scallops were outstanding, as was the foie gras and a collection of cheeses. Really, there was no off note with the food at all. Even some of the side dishes were quite well done, with the asparagus and morels adding a highlight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the escargot appetizer which was very good with the puff pastry (of which I'm typically not a fan of), to the bouillabaisse, to the creme brulee and cheese plate, it was delicious. Service was excellent from start to finish. It was a pleasure to be treated so well and not as just another diner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, Nice ambiance, wonderful staff

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is excellent here. Worth the money but nonetheless not a place you go casually due to the price. Get the foie gras, you will not be sorry.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my fifth visit to Le Diplomate and, as always, it was a lovely experience. I brought, as my guest, an out-of-town family member. She was amazed at the overall quality: the food was absolutely delicious, the decor very authentic, the service charming and efficient. On a Sunday late morning, the noise level was very high, making it a bit difficult to talk at times. This seems to be the price we have to pay in D.C. for excellent dining. That said, the overall ambiance does make for a lively, fun feel.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible on every level

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, especially the burger (trust me), worth trying for anyone visiting the DC area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, Le Diplomate was wonderful. We went for my wife's birthday and had a great meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible french cuisine with excellent service and a breadbasket to transport you to the streets of Paris.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot for brunch in a classic French bistro setting. The service was helpful and informative in parsing through their great selection of classic French dishes, and very engaging as well with us as diners. We went for a more adventurous brunch with the boudin noir, beef tartare, and ended with a cheese plate made up of the recommendations from our waiter. The boudin noir was complex and rich, the tartare was refreshing and earthy, and the cheese plate ranged from creamy and buttery to crumbly and quite funky. Truly a diner's dream for those who love classic French food perfectly executed in a fun and vibrant restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very pleasant dinner--everything was really nicely done. The food had depth, service was very good, not too loud to talk, very good wine selection. It was rather pricey, but you get what you pay for. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Stop what you're doing and go there now. I've been two times now and have had an incredible experience both times. My favorite appetizer is the foie gras. I've never had anything like it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've lived in DC for six years and eat out regularly. I've had a lot of good meals over the years here, but this may have been the best restaurant meal I've ever had. Certainly, this is the best French meal I've ever had in the DMV, period. Chicken was succulent and herbed, potatoes were buttered and blended to perfection. Cheese plate suggestions were superb. Will definitely be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great with excellent service. Great menu and beverage selection.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been one time before with my mother but we decided to go here for my fiance's birthday. Dinner was amazing as usual, the beef bourguignon is always ALWAYS delicious, as was the mushroom tart. I had the scallops and they were delicious but didn't quite compare to my fiance's bourguignon dish.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

all of the staff was friendly and nice. it is a fabulous dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dropped in after seeing 'Straight White Men' at the Studio Theatre a block south. I got the cold-cuts platter and an omelet (sans the price-doubling truffles). She got a shrimp salad and braised lamb. Everything was very tasty. She bargained with our freiendly and attentive waiter over dessert and got what she wanted: cookies to go. We will certainly return to Le Diplomate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived one hour early for our reservation. We had a wonderful wait at the bar with great service and lively company. We were seated precisely at the time of our reservation. The food and service were impecable. I had the veal with a mushroom sauce and hot french fries. My lovely date had perfectly cooked salmon - piping hot and moist. I wish we lived nearby. We would be here every Friday night!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

So, amazing. I walked in and was a little put off by the snooty hostess crew.... but all was made up for when we sat down for dinner. Donald, our server, was absolutely the man. We were here to celebrate a bunch of things, so our meal started with a round of champagne on the house from the crew! We then had the large cheese tray and the escargot.... phenomenal. The bread basket was superb too! The five of us ordered a few bottles of wine (all top notch! One had turned which we had to send back but Donald was great about it!) and five entrees.... moules frites, the duck, the veal, the lamb, and the steak.... and all five us us were BLOWN away! The Saturday night beef cut (which I'm totally blanking on the name right now) was literally bigger than my head and all five of us working on it couldn't even come close to finishing it. The only not exactly perfect thing was the veal, which was a little overdone. We finished with some desserts (my goodness.... amazing. Profiterole? Get it.) and aperitifs and in the words of my father - the pickiest french man alive - 'this was one of the best meals I've had in my life... including from France!'

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were warned, but didn't listen. Our first meal was so good we returned for a special occasion. The oysters were good, the frogs legs were very good (hence the fair rating overall fo the food), but the Skate and Dorade were very, very salty. The Skate was cooked with olives and capers, salty in themselves, but then it tasted like someone just threw a hand-full of salt on the plate; even the frisee was salted! The service was a bit over-much also. Too may times we were asked how everything was. We did mention the salt and were offered replacement dishes but by that time we had eaten enough (since the fish itself was tasty there was always the hope that the next bite would be better) so that we didn't want anything else. Also after two misses we weren't sure what would be better. It is unfortunate that what was a very good restaurant has gone down hill so much so quickly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was mad delicious. Easily the best brunch I've eaten, EVER. They were really accommodating and replaced the bacon in the Eggs Benedict with spinach! Also it really reminded me of places I visited in Paris! I kind of loved the wicker chairs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We brought a friend from Seattle, Washington here for brunch. She had heard how great the restaurant was and we were happy to take her. We started with cups of their rich coffee and a basket of breakfast pastries. The pastries are definitely worth the calories. From there we had the eggs Benedict superbly done in a rich hollandaise sauce and the poached eggs Basquaise, another superb dish full of flavor. Our server was wonderful, steering us to dishes we hadn't tried before. Thank you for another great and memorable brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful birthday celebration at Le Diplomate! The food was phenomenal -- they ran out of the Lobster Risotto before we could try it, but the duck confit and burger were fantastic. I loved that you could get a carafe of wine or reasonable bottles. I also loved the snails-- the topper and sauce made it so much fun to try for the first time!\r\n\r\nThe restaurants is also beautiful and the outdoor/indoor spot was lovely. I hope we come back when it is warmer outside to take advantage of the very Parisian table set up.\r\n\r\nI will definitely be back, bringing my family and any out of town friends who want good, well made food for a great price.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was among my most disappointing dining experiences in Washington ever. From the awful table location (for a special occasion!), to the server either actually or pretending not to have understood our order, to wait staff gathering around our table and brushing my head twice when bustling by, to an over-salted and inedible main course, this was a disaster.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I had our anniversary dinner. The food was just as good as any meal we had traveling in France. The Escargot and and the Duck Confit were just as good as any I had in France and the trout my wife had was amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The steak frites was ordered all over the restaurant. It was truly amazing. The shrimp salad was also great, and our server (Jessica) suggested some great cheeses for dessert. It's so good, we are going back for brunch on Sunday. Lovely ambiance, even on Thanksgiving. As good (or better) than the restaurants in Paris, as far as the food goes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my husband to Le Diplomate to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary, his birthday, a recent business success and Father's Day. So it wasn't that much, per celebration. We began our meal with oysters (PEI, excellent) and champagne, and proceeded through succulent veal and a generous delicious pork chop, accompanied by a bottle of moderately priced wine. It was memorable and -- just -- lovely.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome food, staff and decor. Love this place. Very French, very authentic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I lived in Paris for 3 years. This restaurant is so authentic, it really takes me back in time...almost everything is Parisian. Decor, food, vibe. Everything but the wait staff. In Paris, they can be surly and rude. At Le Diplomate, the staff wer e friendly and attentive. I've been here 8 times, and love it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, the food was great, although my mussels seemed to have quite a bit of sand this time. Service was excellent. Great place to eat but be sure to bring a lot of cash or a credit card because you most likely won't get out without paying a large bill.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place was amazing! The staff is really nice, and the managers are very active in the restaurant. The food was just amazing, I totally recommend it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved it so so much! The ceviche was amaaaaaazing. The beef stew was the best. Order the macaroni and the onion soup! Seriously come hungry! And thirty because the drinks are tasty tasty.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous french cafe with killer bread and mostly great food (a few missteps,but overall very good)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I visited Le Diplomate for the fourth or fifth time this weekend and was happy to see that the standards they set at opening are still in effect. First, let me compliment our server, Kiara, who was exceptional. Pleasant, professional and knowledgeable. She added to our enjoyment of the evening. The food was absolutely amazing, Steak Tartare and Pate for the appetizer, Scallops, Mushroom Tartlet and the Most Amazing Duck ever for entrees and the Babba Cognac for desert, The place is a bit crowded in the main dining room, and the hustle and bustle can be a distraction, but all in all, it was one of the finest restaurant experiences I've enjoyed in the District. The décor is interesting, if not a bit contrived, but does offer a certain charm, somewhere between commercial and fictional vintage, but it works. I'd highly recommend a trip to Le Diplomate,.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We'd been here before and loved the food and the service so decided to bring our out of town guests. Unfortunately, there was a mix up with the food order and as a result one our guest had to wait until most of our meal was consumed before she received her entree. The restaurant was very gracious and comped her meal, but nevertheless, it was an uncomfortable dinner. Additionally, our water glasses went dry a few times. Our food was delicious, as always.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It is rare that a restaurant lives up to it's heralded expectations but La Diplomat certainly does. Every aspect of the meal was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved loved loved our meal last night. Service was great. Food, cocktails and wine were perfect. Too many tempting French dishes to try in one sitting. Can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great, the service was amazing. Best waitress, Emma was so nice and attentive. We were celebrating a birthday and she brought out a special treat with a candle to celebrate when no one wanted dessert.\nGreat dining experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My partner and I are big fans of Le Diplomate. We asked for the special on Wednesday – cassoulet – when we made our OpenTable reservations. Unfortunately, the restaurant changed its special, but management called me personally to let me know the cassoulet wouldn't be available. That level of attention is superb.\n\nAnd when we arrived, it's always a pleasure to see Aisling. She's new to Le Diplomate but not new to the hospitality industry. Aisling always makes sure her guests are taken care of and even made sure that the kitchen reserved two of the porc Milanese specials for us. (It's so incredibly delicious!)\n\nAgain, we love this place. The food is spectacular. The service is top notch. And we keep on coming back for more.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Last Friday my fiancée and I had a wonderful date at Le Diplomate. I made the reservation several weeks in advance and we had been looking forward to it all week. Our dining experience did not disappoint: The waitstaff was very attentive without being overwhelming; the food was delicious from the foie gras to the boeuf bourguignon to the creme brûlée! The wine was perfect. We will definitely be back soon!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been here several times because of the fine kitchen. It is really top notch. But we are about to take it off our list because it is so loud. If you want a comfortable laid back atmosphere to enjoy a fine meal, you won't get it. The waiter yells the daily specials, you yell back your order, and any conversation with your table mates will also be yelled. You will hear those around you because they are yelling too. We leave feeling harassed with our ears ringing. But this in happening elsewhere too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

with excellent food & service. Love brunch here - lots to choose from, but I love pancakes. Delicious bread basket. Super-nice server who brought out a dog water bowl for my dog. Beautiful restaurant with lots of outdoor space spring - fall, and even in winter with heat lamps. Some of the best desserts in town.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very French in feel and taste. A welcome addition to the DC dining scene.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cocktails lacked the punch and were heavy on the sweet side by the meals were phenomenal. I had high expectations and left pleased! Service was outstanding and ambience was lovely and fun

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is terrific, the ambience energetic, and the service attentive. Le Diplomate has become a favorite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my first visit to Le Diplomate and it reminded me of a favorite brasserie in Paris. The service was very good and the food was excellent. They even had my favorite Veuve Cliquot champagne. Highly recommend the seafood platter.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We are always delighted with Le Diplomate - even when we just go for burgers as we did this time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was terrific, service was good but it was almost impossible to understand what the waiter was saying between the noise and his very heavy accent. Noise level was off the charts but with food that good it is worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the second time I have been to this restaurant and I am still pleased with it. My only complaint would be our server was a bit inattentive and too quick to bring the check when I actually still wanted to place another order.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came here for graduation brunch. Food was amazing. Fois gras was the biggest hit. Everything we had was tasty. Will definitely be coming back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, wonderful service. Escargot was one of the best I have eaten. My wife's veal was incredibly tender. Diverse reasonably priced wine list. Overall and exceptional experience and we will return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding French bistro food...great appetizers, excellent main courses and very delicious deserts. We had all of our favorite traditional French delights -- sweetbreads, beef tartare, mushroom tart, duck confit, skate -- and loved enjoying profiteroles, which are hard to find in DC. Great bottle of graves for $75! Excellent service and nice buzz in the restaurant. We will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and the service are outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant both for brunch and dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great birthday dinner for my girlfriend here. Both of us enjoyed are dinner very much. Service was the best that we have had in years!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Many menu items seldom seen in the US, like my divine English pea soup or the men's radish platter. The escargots were topped with buttons of puff pastry and served with toast points to sop up the garlicky sauce. Three had trout with very generous portions of toasted almonds. Loved my roasted Moroccan lamb with couscous. The array of wonderful breads could have been a meal, they were that good. Desserts, cherry clafouty and profiteroles, were ample to share if you are willing to sacrifice half. Even the mint tea was mintier and better than any we've had elsewhere. Definitely a place to go back to so we can try some of those other menu items we didn't get a chance to try this time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We dined @ Le Diplomate on a Saturday night. We made the reservation in advance, as it is a busy night at this restaurant. The food was good french bistro. I love their bread. Everyone was pleased with what they ordered. I really enjoyed the mushroom tart, and the loup de mer. The only negative: the service. We felt rushed, the drink menu disappeared multiple times...we decided it would be best to order glasses of wine over ordering a bottle. I think we asked for the wines by the glass menu at least 5 times. A drink was also spilled on our table. And of course the waiter recommended some of the more expensive bottles on the menu over glasses. Not impressed with the service, such a disappointment for a nice evening w/friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The French onion soup is the best I've ever had! The steak au poivre was rich, perfectly cooked, and incredibly flavorful. The potatoes au gratin are not to be missed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went over just as the big DC snow was starting and had a very fine early evening dinner. Confit of Duck, NY Pepper strip and fish stew---all of which were prepared with excellence. Also, the bread selection at Le D is spectacular. We didn't have room for dessert, but they have a great selection. For such a big restaurant--with so many employees rushing about--it maintains a very high level of service and kitchen quality. We go here frequently and have never been disappointed!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This darling café has an excellent menu, the homemade bread is heavenly!\nAnd can also boast of an extensive wine list that is accessible for an opening price point with a carafe of the house blend, as well as many offerings for a more discerning pallet and abundant wallet..

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took several weeks to get a reservation at this popular restaurant, but it was worth the wait. Every morsel was superb. Fun atmosphere. Felt like I was in France. Scallops serving was a bit small. Vanilla creme brûlée was the best I've had. French staples boullabaise and French onion soup were wonderful. Definitely will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Utterly awesome! Le Diplomat is in an aerie spot all to itself. Every bite was sublime, from the breads, to the steak tartare to the gougere, veal, wine list and more. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. The overall vibe is infectious, putting one into an instantaneous good mood. There is a choice of outdoor or inside dining. We selected inside. Our server was a real pro. He knew the dishes well; he found the sommelier for us in a flash - her choice was excellent! The bread is the absolute best in the DC area. I can hardly wait to return!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'm not normally a 'Brunch Person'. In fact, I really don't like brunch at all. The idea of Brunch is just weird to me. But at Le Diplomate, I wanted to take it all back. Their menu had a range of food that would satisfy people who wanted straight up breakfast, lunch or brunch items. The wait staff was efficient and friendly as well as knowledgeable. The energy in the restaurant was good and no one ever seemed like they were just standing around waiting. This was well worth all the hype!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although not very large, there is an excellent variety of delicious dishes on the menu at reasonable prices where someone can find something to their liking. I had the Faro Salad, which was outstanding and quite inventive. My wife had the shrimp salad, also exceptionally good. The wine was excellent and the service perfectly attentive. In particular, I always take note of the water refills. Without fail, the staff was continually making sure that our water glasses were always filled. And the quality of the bread proves that it is indeed possible to have excellent quality bread in the U.S. It is too bad that more U.S. restaurants and bakeries do not follow this standard. Unfortunately, the bread is not sold for take-out!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was prompt and helpful. The breads are delicious, which is almost a bad thing because one can fill up before the meal arrives. The cougeres are light, although a little salty. The mussels were plump and the creamy broth is beautifully flavored. We were stuffed and had no room for dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

it was okay. the wait staff are not that attentative...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent and very, very filling. Great wine selection to make for a great birthday celebration

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I ordered the wrong entree, corrected myself, but the wrong one came anyway. I ate it because I was the indesicive one. It was not cooked as I would have cooked it myself: too rare. Duck breast. It was absolutely wonderful! If a mistake comes out at A+, imagine the rest of the meal. My wife had scollops to die for. This is a distinguished kitchen, but if you have friends who won't notice this kind of cooking, there are burgers and fries and steak and fries also on the menu. It's worth every bite and every penny of cost.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service were outstanding. I also love the ambiance at this restaurant. You really can't go wrong with this choice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server was so kind and attentive! The faster order of soup in my life!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

lovely bistro quintessentially french in the best way

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my second time at Le Diplomate and it was just as delicious as the first. I'm going to have to come back again to try something else new!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fantastic, though would have helped if the service was a bit faster. Our server was great but she was multi tasking. Ordered an item to go, took at least 30 mins to get it to us, and what was weird was, a server put it down next to our other to go item and then, another lady server, youngish, dark hair, fair, walked by and just picked it up and walked to the kitchen with it without a word to us, which extended our wait time to another 10 mins. One of the managers on duty, short guy with short buzz cut hair, clearly chose which customer he would approach and chat up. He only approached the 'celebrity' clients and ignored the rest. parking was a nightmare but got lucky. they should offer valet service. Overall great food, justified the hard to get reservation, but they should not feel too complacent because that can change if the service deteriorates.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second trip and it was every bit as good as we remembered. If you're from out of town, make your reservations several weeks in advance. On both of our trips the restaurant was full. It's a bit loud, so I don't recommend it as a 'romantic' spot. The food is outstanding. We and/or our friends have had 6 entrees; they were all excellent. My only caution is too high expectations. This is very good food, not a life-altering event.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

An historic, lively venue, with quite nice French bistro food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Flawless, the best French food I have had outside of France or my mother's kitchen, and that in a city full of terrific French restaurants. Fantastic cocktails and seafood as well. Worth the crowds.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We spent our 25th wedding anniversary in Washington, DC and had our special anniversary dinner there. The food, service, and wine were fabulous. I was expecting something a little more subdued for a fancy French restaurant that is supposed to be very romantic. It was noisier than I would like but we still had a wonderful dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always delicious, great friendly service. It usually is a special occasion when I go, and this didn't disappoint.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to Le Diplomate before and thought it quite good , but my visit in early March was quite disappointing. My wife ordered braised lamb--when she started eating it she discovered that half of it was pure fat. She complained when the waiter asked how her food was. The waiter summoned the manager who offered to replace it. My wife declined because we had waited about 45 minutes for our main courses and did not want to wait further. (The manager did deduct the lamb from our bill.) My experience was not much better--I had ordered veal sweetbreads as an appetizer. They were excellent but were covered with a sticky sauce that appeared to come from a jar and tasted as if was made for Kung Pao chicken or General Tso's chicken. The sauce overwhelmed the sweetbreads. The Friday special of bouillabaisse was also a disappointment. The fish was quite good and well prepared but the fish stock was watery. If it was been served in Marseille, the home of bouillabaisse, the chef would have been offered a ride in a tumbril to the local guillotine. I did not complain about either the sweetbreads or the bouillabaisse because they were edible, but not enjoyable. However, the evening was partly saved by the tarte tatin my wife and I shared--excellent. Bottom line--I don't think I would go back anytime soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

wonderful on all counts. Thank you Tariq great waiter. a couple I recommended the restaurant to were so thrilled they sent a drink to our table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were a party of six feasting on terrine, escargots, steak frites, veal and bouef Bourgignon. Great atmosphere and food. If noise a problem ask for a table in one of the back rooms.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We shared the charcuterie plate and then a four cheese plate with a couple of bottles of bordeaux at the bar. Everything was wonderful. The server was responsive and helpful. The wine list has many modestly priced bottles -- along with some big bad boys for special occasions. We will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service! Always well taken care of by amazing staff!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We dine here weekly and it is always amazing and exactly what we expect. Whether it's quick service or a nice dinner together the service is exceptional and the food always top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The steak frites is always superb. But the ambiance is even better: you think you're in Paris.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been to Le Diplomate twice in six days which probably tells you how much we like it. I'm a vegan and the chef and staff are always happy to help find menu items that accommodate. The service is always fantastic and my kids love this spot, too. Great atmosphere and the food is always delicious. If you have young kids make sure to either accompany them to the restrooms or warn them in advance- there are nude photos that were a bit shocking to my 6 and 8 year old. We will definitely keep this restaurant in our small rotation of favorites.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's My Favorite local restaurant. Great atmosphere, Outdoor dining is like traveling to Paris cafe for lunch or dinner w/out the jet lag :)

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate has great decor and ambiance and a wonderful outdoor patio for nice weather dining. But I have consistently been disappointed with the food, not because it is bad per se, but because the restaurant is so over-hyped and I have yet to think they food is worth the hype or the price. But people seem to love it and for that reason I would recommend it to others and the good decor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for the second time to Le Diplomate with our 12 year old granddaughter and had a wonderful evening. We each found delicious items on the menu to enjoy. The service was attentive but not intrusive, the surroundings convivial and attractive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service of the highest standard. Appreciate the economical carafe offering of wine.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Croissants are the best in DC. Went for brunch. Other than the croissant, food tasted great though I had eggs benedict and size was extremely small and presentation was so-so. Service this day was very, very poor. Lost my order. Would go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Consistently good food and attentive service, since week 1. Also, the team work among staff is evident, hope they feel and appreciate it too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The manager, Eoun, was such a great help finding us a quieter table. It made our dining experience pleasurable and fun. Our dinner was delicious and the wine perfect. \nWonderful evening!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Heard great things from other friends. All true!! You could drop this restaurant in the middle of Paris and it would not be out of place. Magnifique!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food, taste, presentations etc. Was loud but expected that. Criticisms were tables were small compared to size of plates. Angle of sun made it shine in my wife's eyes but only briefly

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seriously delicious food and great service. Worth booking in advance, even though it fills up quickly! Brunch is amazing, especially that pastry basket. For dinner, the roast chicken and burger are amazing. Cheese selection and board is always delicious and a good value. And for lunch, the jambon beurre baguette is SO GOOD.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here with my partner for dinner in celebration of her birthday. The service was good at times seemed a little spotty but it appeared she was covering several other tables that included a few larger parties. We ordered a bottle of wine, escargot, beef bourguignon, steak frites and both the creme brûlée and tart fine.\n\nThe escargot was excellent and the sauce was tasty. The beef bourguignon was cooked well and the steak was medium rare more than the medium requested. The desserts however did not disappoint.\n\nI was surprised by just how noisy the restaurant was. I wouldn't really recommend it for an initimate meal as you might be required to either yell or speak more loudly to the person across from you. Definitely, a better option for a meal with friends and lively discussion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great brasserie experience with phenomenal food. The list of half bottles of wine was great, especially for the two of us. Wil definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and drinks are always great at Le Diplomate. We have a great time and enjoy the ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The server was very knowledgeable and had great recommendations. Everything we ordered was exquisite. From the mussels, to the mushroom tart and Vietnamese coffee, my fave!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Consistent quality, best bread in town, and excellent service. With poor competition all around Le Diplomate will do well for a long time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great meal. The food is fresh and nicely prepared. The Lupe De Mer is amazing as is the Shrimp salad. The atmosphere is rather lively and reminds me of being in Paris. We were there for our anniversary and I believe I put that in the reservation. There was no mention of it when we dined. although another couple who came into the restaurant got a very gushy happy anniversary so pleased to have you dine with us comment from the manager. I also think it's a bit noisy not very romantic for an anniversary better as a group celebration.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We sat happily outside on an unseasonably warm evening, where it seemed quieter than inside. Food was all quite good, but we didn't try enough to highlight here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server, Ronny, was great, and so was the food & wine. One thing that bothered us was that one of the busboys/water glass fillers was at a station near our table (the covered outdoor area) putting his hands all over the clean bread plates. We noticed a rattling noise first, and then when we looked over we saw him using his hand to slightly raise and then drop the plates over and over with his bare hands. He was chatting with two Spanish-speaking women employees. Every so often he would stop rattling the plates and just stand with his bare palm over the top plate. I'm sure it was just nervous energy, but he should not have been touching the 'clean' stack of plates over and over with his bare hands. The young man was Hispanic with a whisper of a goatee.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for wife's birthday. Nothing special was done. Very, very loud in restaurant. No special attention was given to us. Coffee not hot.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was adequate. Doesn't live up to the hype.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, beautiful interior. Similar to other restaurants, too many tables jammed into a small footprint, but service was spot on and food was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this Philly Import! Always a special occasion.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Traditional French bistro in a hip, 14th-Street-Corridor environment. Contemporary flair in preparation of reliable standards including Vegetables a la greque, served on a favorable bed of tapenade, and grilled loup-de-mer, the sea bass fresh and cooked to perfection. Anyplace that makes a good Sancerre available by the glass is fine by me; (regrettably, I remember not the make and vintage). Very accommodating as well to a lone business traveler.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food - inside dining was a bit noisy but we enjoyed ourselves the same

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reliably good food - love the complimentary bread (esp the walnut cranberry); I am not a dessert person; but the folks at the table almost always rave about them (the chocolate moose and creme brule are big hits). The cheese plate for a starter is great - but could use a few more starter options on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visited Le Dimplomate for our last night in DC. It was a great choice! We had several starters and enjoyed the duck and the veal as our main courses. Both were very delicious and extremely rich. The portions were the right size, so the richness wasn't overwhelming. The bathroom walls were entertaining, but for adult eyes only! I would definitely return next time we hit DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My party travelled from around the country to visit DC. We researched this restaurant on line and were not disappointed. The food was spectacular and priced well. I would recommend this place to friends/family. Be mindful, they don't hold reservations very long and if your entire party isn't present at the same time they wont seat you :/ (at least that's what happened with my party of ten).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there for Sunday brunch, the food was exceptional and decadent. Could have dined on just the bread. Great selection and service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ought not seat let shirtless guests dressed in Halloween costumes dine. Did not appreciate the shirtless 'caveman' at table beside us

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love the service and the food and the restaurant's fantastic reputation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband had the liver special and then informed me that it was the best liver he has ever had! My scallops were cooked to perfection, and our friends loved their duck and fish as well. The waiter recommended that we split the profiterole dessert -- which was a good thing; it was wonderful but a very large portion. Our wait staff was attentive but not intrusive, and the waiter even wrapped up our leftover (and spectacular) bread for us to take home. We love the food and service at Le Diplomate, and we'll be back. My only complaint is that the place is really noisy, even if you eat early; it's really hard to have a discussion over the din. Owners: Please consider some noise absorption somewhere!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Superb and authentic French food with the best bread in town. Excellent service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here with a small group of friends to celebrate my birthday over a Saturday brunch. The food was impeccable, service was great, atmosphere was bright and lovely. We ordered mimosas and most of us got the Poached Egg Basquaise which was amazing. I also recommend the croissant for a side. If you are going to order dessert, the creme brulee is out of this world and the pot de creme is spectacular too. I will definitely be coming back! Just be sure to make a reservation because it is a very popular restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good. My fish was excellent. But My husband 'quiche was not good. Also they have ' foie gras and pain d'epices'. I am very fan of foie gras and I was disapointed by Foie gras. The pain d epice was not Pain d epice but a grilled bread.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Felt like being in a Café in France. Great food and great portions. Steak Frittes is an amazing dish and the mussels were fresh with a lemon/herby broth. Onion soup was incredible. All and all a great place for brunch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My steak was supposed to be well done, and it came out feeling like I was chewing rubber... The fries were good. Don't get your steak well done. I also mentioned that is was my wife's birthday but they didn't do anything special for her. The server was great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We tried the restaurant while visiting DC from Chicago. Here are some cons and pros:\n\nPros:\n- really liked the wine selection and the waiter was able to recommend an excellent bottle of wine based on my criteria\n- some of the food was great, i highly recommend trying the dessert, especially the coconut flavored one\n- dishes to recommend: fois gras (appetizer) and BEEF BOURGUIGNON for entree\n- waiters were helpful\n- great atmosphere for a nice family dinner (we went 5-7pm)\n\nCons:\n- the veal dish was not good at all (entree)\n- not romantic for a date night spot, expensive but casual (it is a bistro) - in my personal opinion and date preference

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Gorgeous space, delicious food and wine, and spectacular service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Roger was very attentive and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding, the service was great. I would return in a second! Great place!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brunch never disappoints. Two thumbs again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I really liked Le Diplomate. It was very similar to places we've dined at in Paris. They have an extensive list of french wines as well as wines from other countries. I ordered the cheapest Bordeaux (Chateau de Parenchere) and it was excellent. My veal escalope was great. The French Onion soup is beautiful in appearance as good as it gets. My wife had the half chilled lobster and the skate. This was our favorite of the three restaurants we tried in DC. The others were das ethiopian and blue duck tavern. We both thought our indoor table was too loud so sit outside if the weather is good. My only complaint is that I think the waiter forgot to give me back my credit card. Anyways, I left my credit card and had to pick it up the next day.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service! Brunch was delicious! Must go to in DC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and excellent service and ambience. We were celebrating our daughters 23 birthday and it was a nice way to celebrate. There is a nice buzz to the Reataurant. I had ordered flowers for the table before hand and they were on the table when we arrived. Chef also made a special dessert. Highly recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall - the food was good, but the pate was not good at all. Service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the duck breast at this place. It is just beautiful :)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Solid quasi-French bistro food and drink. Very expensive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here for dinner for my 3rd year anniversary with my boyfriend. I had chosen the restaurant and was extremely excited to be trying this place out because of it's amazing reviews. \n\nWe came here during December so the ambiance was pleasant. It was very festive and it really set my expectations. I was so excited. We were greeted by a man who did seem a bit stressed out, unfortunately. He did not have much of a smile, so it did slightly hurt the mood, but no matter. I do understand that it's not easy working in the service industry, but Le Diplomate is a pretty upscale restaurant, so I did expect more. \n\nFor the food, the Beef Bourguignon was very rich and the beef was pretty tender, the sauce had a bit of an Asian umami flavor to it. It wasn't out of this world, but it was good. I expected it to be pretty rich and heavy, so I wasn't surprised there. The disappointment came with the Half Roasted Chicken - it was literally a half of a roasted chicken with a bowl of mashed potatoes. There was not other starch, no vegetables to even color the plate, just a half chicken on a plate with a side of mash. I couldn't believe it, I was half thinking this was a joke. The chicken was extremely juicy at the breast and I thought, 'Ok, at least it's cooked well'. Unfortunately, when the joint between the thigh and the breast was reached, the chicken was raw!\n\nWe didn't want to make a scene, so quietly and politely told our waitress. The manager, I believe, had come to our table asking what my boyfriend wanted to do. My boyfriend kindly said that the kitchen could just cook the rest of his meal more thoroughly. I felt horrible! I had come to this restaurant expecting nothing but 5 stars all around and was sorely disappointed. We ended up paying for the full price of the meal (~$78) and a boyfriend who felt sick that he possibly ate raw meat. I left thinking such a highly rated restaurant should have done more to remediate the situation and left the restaurant on a sour note.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Been to Le Diplomate a few times but we were disappointed on this occasion particularly with the food. The Pork Milanaise (a special) was drowning in sauce and the chicken was boring. Of course, the bread is excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was incredible - the lobster risotto was the best lobster I have eaten in a decade!!\nThe tuna carpaccio was also perfect !!\nThe desert was divine - both the creme brûlée and chocolate profiteroles were incredible!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

After not having French food for years I was really craving it and after reading a glowing review in WaPo decided to go ahead and book a night at Le Diplomate and it was a great choice. The food was very fairly priced and delicious. I would definitely recommend going here on a date night like I did. We were able to sit outside and people watch (a staple of eating in France) so it really completed the ambience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Booked this restaurant a month in advance and was really excited to experience very special family celebratory meal. Very disappointed at the very small table that was located in busy service area as well as high traffic area for the restaurant. Not at all comfortable. Noise level quite high and our service was somewhat spotty at best. The bread was very good and the food we had was good but definitely not great - we visited another French restaurant the night before in Georgetown that was WAY above in food, service and ambiance. With so many other choices and good restaurants in the DC area, think I will pass on returning here and explore other dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, the Le Diplomate is a great gathering place for family and friends. It has a very European atmosphere where conversation, food and laughter creates the ambiance and provides a positive influence. It is the place to see and be seen - the brunch menu offered several breakfast and lunch entrees that would please any palate. I have always made dinner reservations but was pleasantly pleased to dine there for brunch!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not impressed with the waiter, a self disclosed Moroccan who did not know much about French cuisine which was a disappointment since I was hosting a colleague from French Quebec. The food was fairly well done, someone authentic according to her, but we just couldn't get over the mediocre service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was very disappointed with my dinner on Saturday night. The plat du jour failed to deliver--for the second time. The prime rib provencal was tough and swimming in an overpowering sauce, similar to the sauce that helped ruin the pork plat du jour on a Tuesday a month or so ago. Le Dip would have been better off serving a smaller, more tender piece of beef with the simple, delicious herb crust. I love this restaurant but am a bit put off after a second disappointing experience. I would never order the plat du jour again. As in the past, the servers were wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A friend recommended Le Diplomate and we were certainly not disappointed. We ate on the covered patio and it was perfect for people watching on the busy D.C. streets as well as a lovely spring evening breeze. The food was excellent - loved our escargot appetizer and amazing Profiteroles dessert. The entree was very tasty, too. But the entire experience was made even better by our outstanding server, Emma. She put the finishing touches on a lovely evening. Even a popular restaurant like Le Diplomate can only stay in favor if they have employees of the caliber of Emma. Thanks for making it special,

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food with a great onion soup..the server took some time to engage with the table..but did make up with it. The host when asked where to get an after dinner drink in the neighborhood did express a little attitude.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

the service was everything that everyone has said it is. Excellent. The menu is limited, but in this restaurant it means that the food is well prepared and very tasty. A wonderful place to have a casual dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the skate. Excellent. My husband had the roasted chicken. The au jus sauce on the chicken is heaven. We shared a salad and the bread is awesome. Our waitress was absolutely fabulous. Only negative is we wanted to sit in the enclosed patio but the bugs were attacking us. So moved inside and everything was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Consistently great place to dine. We come often and are never disappointed

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

During my visit to DC all the way from NYC I decided to finally give a try to Le Diplomate and I have to say that has been by far my best meal and overall experience in DC. The decor, the ambience , the attention to details, the wine list and the great service are in complete harmony and orchestrate an epic dining experience . This is definitely a place where you want to take a date , celebrate with your wife or special occasion. Service wise , was excellent our server was impecable while telling us specials and throughout the night. (Not sure but her name was Linsey, sorry if I am wrong on this blame the excellent priced and superb Saint Emilion that you guys have in your wine list )\n\nLe Diplomate is a must try restaurant while you in DC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dined here on 10/30. We ordered the Escargots, Steak Tartare, Foie Gras Parfait, & the Onion soup to share. I enjoyed the escargots and the foie gras parfait over the other two. We both loved the foie gras parfait and even asked for extra french toast to finish this dish. I had the roasted duck breast for entree and it tasted great. We also liked the cocktails (Romarin, cochonnet, Grande Dame & Moulin orange). Great place for casual dinner and reservation is recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very delicious meal with helpful wait staff who provided drink and meal recommendations. All were attentive and ensured that we had an excellent dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Probably the closest thing to a Parisian-feeling restaurant in DC. Always a fun time, particularly for a special date or occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We sat outside under some very nice heaters. The restaurant provided blankets if it got too cold, but being outside and watching the pedestrians was really fun. Our server was fun and knowledgeable and had fantastic recommendations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Diplomate does not disappoint!! Beautiful and well-lit setting. Extensive and exciting menu. great service. Fun for any occasion!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My radishes, escalope de beau were very fine, as was the baba a l'Armagnac. \nMy guests: one found the lamb to be salty. The steak sub poibre was a bit tough b

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was delicious, our server was friendly, thoroughly enjoyed brunch

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

LOVE Le Diplomate -- they 'get it' -- from the food to the service to the experience. Other restaurants could learn a thing or two about a nice dining experience from Le Diplomate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always love the restaurant-it's fun with good food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good as always!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best omelette I have ever had! Pancakes and French toast are great too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was impeccable. Food was delicious. Especially loved the fois gras parfait!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best restaurants in DC. Classic French dishes prepared perfectly and great service. It is just like Paris just without the long flight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went with our DC based grown kids and we all loved the different dishes; great value and atmoshphere!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food--pretty authentic--and really lovely experience overall. Unfortunately the noise level, in particular the music, really put a damper on the evening. It's simply impossible to hear your dining partners when music is unnecessarily loud. It's a restaurant, not a club. And that was a real disappointment. I was there with a French friend who was mystified at the volume level. Rather than adding to the ambiance it greatly detracted from it. This was early on a Wednesday no less.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

went for an anniversary dinner date. I made a notation in the OpenTable reservation and they brought us a small treat. A little noisy and tables too close together, but good food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was very good, but the best part was their bread!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

FABULOUS all around. Excellent, attentive, knowledgable service and DELISH food. Always my go-to place for special occasions.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for dinner on the occasion of my husband's birthday. Valet parking very useful in that area. Great Ambiance and very 'decontractré'. Delicious food, a bit pricey but worth it for the quality and service. If you want a quiet place or a conventional elegant place this is not it. Patrons of all ages but it is an adult crowd not for kids.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've had some phenomenal French meals. This was a very good one. Love the decor and the service. And the cocktails.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am never disappointed with the food here! They make a simple roasted chicken and mashed potatoes that is do die for...melts in your mouth! I'm slowly working my way through the menu each time I take an out-of-town guest for a special treat. Everything is delicious: mussels, trout almondine, lovely desserts. Our server was as nice as can be and very attentive to our needs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

we brought two out of town friends for dinner - everything was great - service, food, ambiance. It's a guaranteed good time whenever we go there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have passed this place for years and wanted to go. Finally bit the bullet and took my BFF for her birthday. We were so so pleased! we cannot wait to go back! The service was on point. I requested to have champagne waiting because it was a birthday and they had it waiting and they greeted her with happy birthday. The food was divine, the waitress was perfect and very knowledgeable on the menu and wine list. It really felt like I was back in PARIS. Definitely a 14th St GEM!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best meals. The lobster risotto was fabulous! Best creme brûlée I ever had!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and staff are great. We went to celebrate our 35th anniversary. It was a lovely dinner

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always great!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great frisee and lardon salad and good bread. Hangar steak and spinach side very mediocre. I would not recommend this to anyone as I thought it was highly overrated. Also, we felt VERY rushed through our meal. Not more than a few second break between appetizers and entrees. A disappointment!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Scallops are a favorite, but this time, they were only luke warm; the place is always so busy I hated to ask the wait person to have them heated up some.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I left a note on Open Table a month before my girlfriend's birthday dinner requesting a candle for her dessert at the end of the night. They remembered and had notes on the reservation after a month had passed. I was so humbled by the thoughtfulness and attention to my request, particularly after so much time passed. I thought I would have to get up and let the waiter know during the meal, but the had already planned to bring her a candle with her dessert. I was so thrilled and impressed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I'd been waiting for a long time since moving to DC to try Le Diplomate and it didn't disappoint! I would come back just for the fois gras parfait. We had a late reservation for a late celebration and host was so understanding and accommodating . Service was average, it was possible that our server had a long day and a 9:45 2 top wasn't ideal. We tried to be nice and made our full order right away to let him finish up and he perked up after a bit. Everything was great from the food to the wine. One note- our first glasses of wine were obvious uneven pours with one glass a good 2 ounces less than the other, surprised the bartender didn't catch that! We'll be back though as soon a possible!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was very good, though servings were fairly small, which made appetizers and sides necessary. Bread was excellent. Very 'energetic' ambiance, which was fine for us, but this is not a place for a quiet intimate dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good. Service felt rushed from the start. Appetizers are excellent. The veal is outstanding but very rich. Tried the skate this time and didnt enjoy it as much -brown butter sauce seemed greasy. Had requested a nice table and was stuck in the back right next to a pillar with one guest seat right in the walking path of servers and patrons.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went here with my parents who were visiting DC. My friend recommended it to me and it is my new favorite restaurant. I had the onion soup and mushroom tart. The mushroom tart was the best I've ever had. The service was incredible. I have nothing but positive things to say.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Reserved for a special occasion weeks ahead of time. Was seated 30 minutes after the reservation at a table in a corner near the waiter setup area. Manager was gracious and brought us champagne flutes due to the wait but there is no reason to have to wait for a 5:45 PM reservation to begin with and 30 minutes was excessive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server Jose was awesome

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Washington will never be a culinary capital. This restaurant better than most.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perfection. I dream about the pots de creme.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife has deemed this her favorite restaurant this side of Paris. She could have stayed all day. I particularly enjoyed the steak tartare and the Washington State oysters, items not available everywhere. The pastries and bread were fresh and delicious. The decor puts you back in time a bit and a continent away. It was a great escape from the ordinary.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service at Le Diplomate are unbeatable. The wait staff is extremely knowledgeable and everything on the menu is delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really love this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The fois gras parfait is to die for.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Another amazing experience. Will be returning soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love Le Diplomate and visit often. My last visit wasnt as enjoyable however I am happy to say everything was to perfection this time. I was seated immediately at a table suitable for me and my guest, the service was impeccable (in fact my waitress took the best pic of my guest and I), and the food as usual was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for brunch, which was very good. The restaurant is lovely and the service is always top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic dinner as usual... great restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved this restaurant! Fabulous brasserie food, Dover Soul, Roast chicken, steak frites, all prepared to perfection. Service was outstanding, attentive and never intrusive. Definitely will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always marvelous had the petit plat

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cool vibe, great service, marginal food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent service ,good food, and no rushing us-made for a nice birthday celebration. I would eat here again but quite expensive for brunch(we could have skipped the seafood tower which took cost over the top but it was excellent)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Incroyable-un vrai restaurant français! Our guests loved our celebration dinner. We will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful neighbourhood destination. We're going back tonight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant never disappoint! the best risotto in town!!! I love this place!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

LeDiplomate earns every accolade it receives. Very comfortable dining. Very good service.\nA delite and a treasure

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent foo as always. The service was off tonight..slow and inaccurate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A well-known restaurant in Washington that corresponds the expectations one has about it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my go to restaurant every time I'm in DC. I always eat there and I am always pleased.\nThe food is delicious, (I really enjoy the mousse pate'). The service is always wonderful and when the weather is nice, sit on the patio.\nYou can't go wrong!\nDon't forget a reservation, but if you do, you can usually sit in the bar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ambiance and atmosphere are terrific - very nice but not overly fancy. Food - oysters were shucked well but not the best. Our mushroom appetizer was a dry and probably would've chosen something else. Strip steak was fantastic with strong pepper taste and delicious sauce. Muscle friets were also great. Cocktails were some of the best in the city and prepared with plenty of care. The service was top notch and overall a great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and service, we enjoyed everything we ate and the portions were very generous. We were sat in the back of the restaurant near the bar/kitchen which did not feel like the best seats in the house. We will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

it was recommended by a local family member - we were on vacation. At first we were a little disappointed by the website page - people were dressed so casually. Fortunately, in the evening people dressed very well - appropriate in our opinion.\n\nOverall an excellent experience. Loved sitting by the open window!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a huge disappointment. I urge the readers to not be swayed by professional critics. I followed the suggestion of Sitsema that this is the best French restaurant in town. He has given it 3 stars. It is not worth even half a star. The food is badly conceived, cooked, and prepared. heavy, oily, unappetizing, and with as much relationship to French as the one of a cheeseburger. Shame! The fish (that we ordered) included skate, trout, and bass. They were all ruined. The mushroom tart was like a bad pizza. And they even managed to destroy the warm leeks appetizer by smothering it with a salty non-descript topping. As for noise level, we could not even hear our own voices. If you decide to go, goos luck!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic. Charming decor, friendly staff. Lobster risotto was magnificent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Weekend brunch at Le Diplomate is a treat. The sweet baked goods are the best in town, bar none. Their ordinary bread basket is filled with terrific breads. The foie gras parfait was luscious. We had the Moule Frites and a gruyere omelet as well. Terrific food (we ate too much and took some home), and great atmosphere. But it is popular, so make a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have been to Le Diplomate about 5 times over the last year. It never disappoints. The atmosphere and service are excellent. The food is divine. Have only eaten here for brunch but definitely want to try their dinner as well. \nThe bread with the walnuts and cranberries is wonderful.\nFor special occasions, get the seafood tower! It is such a treat! \nTry the cheese tray and split an entree with your friend.\nReally love the Norwegian benedict and the eggs benedict.\nMy husband often orders the steak and eggs.\nYou cannot go wrong with anything here. Just be sure to make your reservations well in advance, especially for larger parties.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

French onion soup, pork Milanese and potatoes au gratin were amazing. Great espresso.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you wish to impress someone, or are celebrating something special, then this is the place. It's very pricey, but worth it. The wine list tops any that I've seen. Be prepared to spend some serious money. I had the escargots (snails) and moules (mussels), with Loire Valley white wine. It was a lot, but worth it. Service was very attentive and courteous. I tipped over 20 percent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience - except for the salt. They load it on. My guest's mashed potatoes were inedible because of the enormous salt content.\n\nNone of us at the table have a sodium problem , but it wouldn't take long the way they oversalt.\n\nStill, a great place with fabulous bistro food. Just tell the server to have the lighten lighten up on the NACL.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

this restaurant never lets you down . The staff is amazingly attentative without being bothersome. Everyone is so nice. The food is fantastic, price reasonable. For the time you're there, you feel like you're actually in a Parisian bistro. Love this place- for special occasions as well as just because.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Washington's best French restaurant, this is one of the few places that serve snails (don't knock them if you haven't tried them). The food is exquisite. But be prepared to spend some serious money. I would reserve this one for special occasions.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Let me just start with the french onion soup--excellent! It seems pricey until you realize it is truly a meal by itself. The bread is excellent as well. A nice mimosa is a good addition. My friend had the quiche--very good. And you must also have the fries--I can't explain how they do them--so crisp and fresh! I also love the energy of the place. You'll be happiest if you make reservations in advance! Good service as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great brunch (again). The only point worth noting was that our server, Catherine, was exceptional. Even though it was the end of brunch (and waitstaff almost always lose energy by then, no matter how good they might be during crunch time), Catherine was attentive, helpful and pleasant. We really appreciated that she went out of her way to make our experience perfect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun and tasty. Great for date night with the right table. Otherwise it could be quite loud. Pricey entrees pushed the bill past my comfort zone.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have eaten twice at the Philadelphia location and heard many good things about the Washington location. Meeting a friend for dinner and catching up on a year or so of news, Le Diplomate seemed like a good choice, especially since her hotel was a few minutes away on New York Avenue. We were not disappointed: scallops, lamb chops, a variety of first courses - allure very good and the noise was not overwhelming, although the level is definitely not that of a Parisian restaurant !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Diplomate is a great restaurant and it transports you back to a French bistro. The food is very good and, for what you get, reasonably priced.\nHowever, the noise level is very high, so it is difficult to carry on a conversation over dinner. Also, it would be nice to have servers who were French to give the restaurant a more authentic appeal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place! Favorite brunch or lunch spot, food is delicious and staff is very friendly!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

All I can ask of you, when you go to Le Diplomate, is to put your trust in the hands of your wait staff. Let them ask you a few questions and put it in their hands to surprise you with what they can do. \nWithout a doubt, this is one of my top 3 dining experiences since moving to DC, three years ago. Just... wow! Can't wait to go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We very much enjoyed the Cote de Province rose wine and the baguette. Food was very good, however, a bit too North American -- over seasoned, the French keep it simple.\nAlso, unlike Paris the noise level was not conducive to conversation. Sorry, we're not Smart Phone people.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place - bread was delicious, meals were great and profiteroles for dessert!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food are classic French with a little twist. Overall having good flavor but most of the food are over seasoned.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great! Eggs bene and vanilla French toast-pastry basket -fabulous brunch-great atmosphere!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Dipolimate is nothing short of amazing. I've been there twice and can't wait to go back. By far - the BEST Sunday brunch imaginable. If you have the chance - GO THERE!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

hands down the best restaurant in DC! walking into le\nDiplomate feels like walking into a restaurant in Saint-Germain des Près\nbeautiful decoration, amazing food and great hostesses! (especially a girl called Camila)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Breakfast cheese selection was excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've been to Le Diplomat several times over the past few years and look forward to coming every time!! It's our go to place to get a great meal, in wonderful ambiance...a special place! Our waiter 'Ben' was fantastic, the table seating was perfect but unfortunately for the very first time I was disappointed in my meal. My partner had a great meal so I'm hoping it was just an off night!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place doesn't spend time telling you how great it is---it just IS great. Steak au poivre was stunningly large and addictively delicious. Nice house red wine in a decently-priced carafe. Hearty bread basket. Crunchy-sweet caramel chocolate tart for dessert. All in a vibrant atmosphere matched with efficient, no-hype service. I left feeling relaxed and well-fed and content---what every restaurant should aim for.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the hottest spot in DC Could only get in at 5 15 everything excellent you name it and it was A1 Worth every penny! If I go back to DC I would go back ther

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had to wait for a decent table but once seated service was great and food portions generous and tasty.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great spot for brunch, particularly if you can score the outdoor patio on a nice day. The breakfast pastry basket was particularly delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always enjoyable...excellent service...food ,too. A treat

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We really enjoyed our meal. Fantastic mushroom tart, fish, pot de creme. Yum!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a large party of 8-10 people and the waitstaff and manager could have been more accommodating. The food, service and ambiance were second to none. We will return on our next visit to Washington DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service were excellent. However, we were not pleased with the wait time to be seated. We had a reservation for four for 7:45 and were not seated until 8:20. One person in our party uses a cane and couldn't stand for a long period of time. After ten minutes or so following our arrival, a staff member did bring him a chair. In addition the waiting space is constricted, the noise was overwhelming, and the space was always filled with others who were arriving and waiting. We were introducing friends to Le Diplomate and it was a very stressful start to what we had planned would be a lovely evening. If it hadn't been for the excellent food accompanied by excellent service we would strike Le Diplomate from our list of restaurants.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My girlfriend and I were seated promptly for our 6:30 pm reservations on a Sunday (getting a reservation at a decent hour on Friday or Saturday is practically impossible). After seating and looking over the menu for a bit, our waitress came over and was able to provide details on the daily special, as well as the special for celebrating Bastille Day. We decline the specials but ordered the Roasted Duck Breast (for me) and the Braised Lamb (my girlfriend), along with a glass of wine each. While we waited for our meals, we were provided with a basket of bread - three varieties, which all were very good (especially the cranberry and walnut). It did not seem like we had to wait long for our meals to arrive. The duck was very good, though slightly dry. Dipping the meat in the cherry jus helped; nevertheless, the swiss chard and polenta that came with the dish were great. My girlfriend's lamb, however, was very tasty. The meat was very tender, and the cous cous had a slightly sweet taste to it. The yogurt and harissa sauces that came with it paired very well. Overally, the meal was very filling and a fantastic choice. We will definitely recommend it to our friends and I can't wait to make it back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a great time at Le Diplomate. The lamb is superb!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambience was fairly good but the people at the long table next to us kept spilling things and breaking them. Our waitress was very nice, however, and the wait staff in general were very professional. \nI was not a bit impressed with my meal. I ordered the softshell crabs. Though they were tasty they were ridiculously small and the chef tried to cover this up by cutting them in half and turning them up-wise. When I'm paying $31.00 for a meal, I expect better. Another diner at my table ordered the same meal and felt the same way. A third diner had the steak frites. His steak was of good quality but he ordered it medium well and it was medium rare at best. Given what we paid and all of the hype surrounding the restaurant, I thought it was a disappointment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Diplomate nicely captures the ambiance of a Parisian bistro but the service was vastly superior to the real thing. The staff at Le Diplomate couldn't be friendlier, in contrast to the sometime surly attitudes we encountered in Parisian bistros. The food was very good, we especially liked the creme brûlée, the coq au Riesling,and the duck breast, while the sea bass and the steak au poivre were good but not fantastic. Overall, our assessment is that the restaurant is pricey but a very good Parisian bistro experience in DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Jose our waiter was meticulous! I come to Le Dip at least once a week and he is the best server I've ever had, hands down.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was fair, noise level - felt like being in a child's park, food greatly overpriced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my second visit to Le Diplomate, but my first with children. I was nervous because I know it's a fine dining experience, but I thought my 10 and 8 year old could handle it, and we were on vacation.\n\nThe wait staff was phonomenal. The waiter was attentive and courteous, he treated the children like any other guests. We've had experiences otherwise, better restaurants sometimes roll there eyes at patrons that bring their children. \n\nThe food was delicious. We had the duck, a burger, and steak frites, all were superb. My husband was wild about the burger. \n\nGreat food, great service!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

As usual, Le Diplomate was excellent. Fine French bistro food and great wines.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious as always! The service was excellent. Always a wonderful experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very good (although not cheap) French-European cousine. Nice wine list.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was outstanding. Loved the basket of gougeres, and the mushroom tart. Dessert was spectacular.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love Le Diplomate! It never disappoints. This time, I had the duck. It came in a little cast-iron pan all mixed together, which wasn't clear from the menu, but it was DIVINE. I hadn't gotten the basket of pastries before, but those are a must-have. The bread is delicious, too. And a good Bloody Mary in DC! Goodness, I could ramble on for ages. It's not cheap, but the atmosphere and the food really make it worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent as usual. Plan ahead though - tough to get a table on short notice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Consistently awesome bistro. Great brunch and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I know this is well loved my many but the food was slightly disappointing in my opinion. Their focus on seafood is laudable, but it was not executed at a level that I though was commensurate with the acclaim it gets as well as the prices. The service was impeccable, the restaurant decor was fantastic, but i wished the food was better. For my money there are several better, smaller, french restaurants in DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was great- food, service, ambiance- a nice place to enjoy conversation and a well paced dining experience. Great wine selection.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very lively spot. We were seated promptly with a reservation. The foie gras parfait was phenomenal as well as the escalope de veau. Large portions so you won't be leaving hungry. Large wine list. Just be prepared for a loud environment. But overall really good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Dipolmate was everything I'd hoped for -- fun, vibrant with delicious food and wonderful cocktails. Very professional service; wonderful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my first time at Le Diplomate and I will definitely return. The service was good and the food was outstanding!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Large brunch selection, I enjoyed the Steak and Eggs and my wife had the gruyere omelette that was very good as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Terrific brunch, great crowd and great food. The warm spinach salad was one of the best things I've ever had, and I'm not a big salad eater. Service was spot on and I would absolutely go back to try dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very nice restaurant with an amazing wine list suitable for a romantic or special occasion. The dishes are simply but elegantly prepared and quite delicious. The server was very attentive and anticipated our every need. I highly recommend it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went with 3 friends on a Sunday evening, the restaurant was bustling, a bit of noise but not offensive, service was perfect, food was delicious, veal dish was outstanding relaxed but lovely atmosphere. I will go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, reasonably priced. Lots of energy. Really fun evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall we had a good experience. Food was good but we have had better French food. We were we underwhelmed and left wondering what all the fuss was about. Do not get me wrong, it was good but not special.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my 5th time at Le Dip. It disappointed. My belon oysters, which are supposed to be briny, were not, and they had a funny smell. My wife's prime rib was quite ordinary. The noise level impeded our conversation. I'm moving on to other DC choices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter was very attentive and funny! We went here for my mother's birthday, and he came out with a few pastries and a candle at the end. The cheese platter, appetizers, salad and drinks were all superb - so much so that I was a bit disappointed with my Steak-Frites. It was very good, but nothing special. Next time (there will definitely be one!) I would ask the waiter what to order.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was in town and browsed restaurant reviews for a few minutes before deciding on this place. I have loved good French restaurants ever since spending a little time in France, and this place did not disappoint. I know there are certainly higher end French restaurants, but this is a place that's nice enough to feel authentic, but not so nice where you feel like you have to spend 3 hours there to get your money's worth. I actually mentioned to the person I was with that they were able to pull off a high volume restaurant (it was packed and they have TONS of tables) without losing the authentic feel and making it feel too commercial.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food. Awesome server. We went there for our anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed. Thank you for making our night memorable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience, great service, great food. One of the best brunches in DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing pastries. A little noisy, very busy on weekends, definitely get a reservation beforehand.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing place with good food and service\nI was at brunch

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our second visit- this time with kids. Our only complaint is that we live three and a half hours away; any other brunch destination will now seem tawdry in comparison. Do not, under any circumstances, pass up the breakfast pastry basket.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service and very good food but very noisy, lots of action, a happening place. If you're looking for a romantic celebratory place better look elsewhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Diplomate has many wonderful items, but I wanted to have the lobster risotto that is their special on Tuesdays. They should call it 'Lobster Tail with lobster risotto' because it is a perfectly cooked lobster tail in the center with risotto and a flavorful lobster sauce! Perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The cocktails were phenomenal and the food was very delicious. Definitely will be returning!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Second time visiting this outstanding restaurant. Food, service and atmosphere amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Restaurant was very busy at brunch time. We did have to ask for drink refills several times. Overall enjoyable. Food very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was happy from the time I made the reservation. One of the hosts called me to confirm a few days after it was made and I was able to let him know it was my bf's birthday & he made sure we had a cute table by the window. The atmosphere was so perfect, I felt like (from what I can imagine) I was in France. The food was AMAZING and came out at perfect timing. I did feel like my boyfriend and I stood out like a sore thumb, but our waitress (I wish I remembered her name) made us feel comfortable and had a great sense of humor. Thank you making it a beautiful, tasty night <3

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and service - great ambiance. Have been wanting to try Le Diplomate for awhile now - glad my friends and I finally made it to this fine restaurant. The Clouseau cocktail was delicious and all of our entrees divine! We celebrated a friend's birthday and she adheres to a gluten-free diet - they graciously accommodated her needs. It was a most enjoyable dining experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, pleasant ambiance, and excellent service! Wish t it was open for lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best French onion soup ever. Building had charm and beautiful features

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best meal I've had all year! The roast chicken was perfect. I've never had a more perfect piece of chicken in my life. I wish I lived in DC and could go back again and again. The atmosphere and decor remind me of the Parisian cafes in St. Germain de pres. It's definitely near the top of my list of favorite restaurants of all time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The three of us all wanted something different: an omelet, the Skate special and steak frites. And all three of us were extremely happy with our meals. We will be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service- both waiter and sommelier\nLove the salmon rilletes and gougeres freebied

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I usually have a great experience at Le Diplomate. This was my fifth time dining here. However, I was disappointed with my most recent visit. Seasoning was lacking on several of our dishes. The escargot was underseasoned while the frisee and walnut salad was overseasoned and frankly a bit salty. The fries that came with the steak frites were great, but the steak itself was underseasoned and lacked flavor. I'm disappointed and we were celebrating a birthday and I was hoping for a nice meal at a special place. Le Diplomate used to be my favorite restaurant in DC for ambiance, quality of food and value...sadly it let me down the other night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great venue... enjoy every time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great meal. Food was excellent. I had steak su poivre and it was very tender meat and a hefty portion. Fish dishes were very good as well as was the lobster risotto. \n\nThe noise level (music) was loud even though we were outside, in an open area by the sidewalk. Suggestion: Keep it low. People want to talk without having to shout.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant has a great atmosphere! The bar is great as the bartenders are very good at making any drink. The food is fantastic! Great for a date or special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I brought my mom here when she was visiting, and she loved the food, atmosphere, everything about Le Diplomate. We ate outside and the food and service was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We dined on the terrace which was lovely. The food and service were fabulous!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was delicious. Service was stellar. My water glass was never empty and our food came out in record time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It is one of the most consistent restaurants in town-always delivers\nWe had a wonderful waiter

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A long awaited visit. One of the best restaurants in DC! I would highly recommend it to everyone! Great menu of classic French cuisine!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is THE place to enjoy quintessential French cuisine in DC. Food is phenomenal usually and service is exceptional!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were seated next to where the wait staff filled their service trays, which was distracting for us. It was also not pleasant watching the wait staff dart behind the screen to have a drink or chat with each other. The food and service was excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and service with a great atmosphere. A varied menu and excellent choice draught beer extensive wine list round off the experience. Recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Diplomate is hands down amazing! The food is full of flavor and is beautiful. Only con was the escargot presentation. I love escargot but instead of the traditional garlic and cheese presentation Le Diplomate uses a parsley blend that makes the sauce a vibrant green. Besides that we had a great experience with an amazing server. We will be back for sure!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the ambience, the food and the service!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love this place and brought a friend for the first time. He thoroughly enjoyed it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Attended brunch and I appreciated the slightly less traditional brunch menu. Service was good and attentive but not overly intrusive. Noise was a bit loud as one had to speak in an elevated voice to someone sitting directly in front.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very professional and knowledgeable staff who although busy found time to ensure that our slightest need was addressed. The food was superb. This is the place that you want to frequent often.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Like a meal in Paris without the jet lag. The decor, the food, the ambiance...all perfect. One of my favorite steak tartares this side of the Atlantic. The bread was terrific...to me a sign that the restaurant pays attention to detail. If I died having dinner there I would die happy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything about dinner here was great. Excellent service (water constantly replenished, which is something I really appreciate). Waiter knew a lot about the menu. Food was an absolute dream. I came here with girlfriends and will definitely be coming back with my husband.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Be aware on a busy night despite having a reservation, you will likely have to wait for 30-45 minutes to get a table. It is very loud there as well but it is a scene.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dined here for dinner on the terrace--it was wonderful. The ambiance was that of a Parisian cafe. The food was delicious: cheese plate to start followed by beef tartare. Will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have eaten here 3 times in the past few months and each time, we have had excellent service and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. This restaurant seems to maintain such high quality. We ate there on Sunday and the restaurant was packed. We were promptly seated and ordered cocktails. We never had to wait long for drinks or food. Our waitress seemed to be able to answer all of our questions without even hesitating (varieties of oysters, wines, menu details). She was attentive, but not hovering. Our food (mushroom soup, trout almondine, oysters, pepper steak, and warm shrimp salad) was perfectly cooked and perfectly delicious. Can't wait to make a return visit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The burger was delicious--perfectly cooked with an amazing buttery bun. We had a round of bloodies, which were somewhat small but very tasty. The creme brûlée was superb.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've dined at Le Diplomate for brunch a few times and it has never disappointed. I got the cheese plate, which was delicious, to start, followed by poached eggs over polenta. Everything was very well executed! The service was professional and unassuming. The decor was beautiful and reminded me of being in Paris. I would certainly keep coming back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The bartender we had before we went to our table for dinner was outstanding - made great cheese recommendations and mixed great drinks. She was very good and efficient at her job.This was the best part of our dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were here a month ago and enjoyed it so much, we wanted to come back. It was very crowded the night we were there, but the service was just outstanding. We all ordered different dishes than last time (trout almondine, steak au poivre, and the loup de mer). All were cooked perfectly and seasoned so nicely. The sauces perfectly complement each meal - never overpowering, just perfectly accenting each meal. The peppercorn sauce that came with the steak was just delicious and the trout almondine was so good, my plate was clean at the end! We also enjoyed 3 varieties of oysters and they were fabulous. Our waiter recommended an excellent wine which only made our meals taste better. We split the chocolate pots de creme. Everything was just fantastic. Can't wait to return!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a fun dinner here on Saturday. I love the atmosphere at this restaurant. Our waiter was fantastic and was helpful answering all of our questions. All the food was very good. We enjoyed a few varieties of oysters and for our main courses, we ordered soft shell crabs, the famous burger and the warm shrimp salad. All were great, but the soft shells were tiny ! The hamburger here is amazing and the fries are cooked to perfection. On previous visits, I have always had the trout almondine, which is fabulous, but I wanted to try the soft shells here. We finished the meal with the pots de creme and profiteroles. Fabulous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've never had a bad meal here - everything from the food, to the wine, to the service is always top notch. We've had nothing less than great meals here, ranging from brunch, lunch and dinner. You won't be disappointed! Highly recommend the cheese boards, the steak tartar, the salad verte, the burger, the steak frites.............and anything on the wine menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent French toast with pineapple(that I never thought using) and a yummy cream. If I ever were to go again I would sit in the covered porch, because I was alone and it would have been less obvious if I was sitting there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were visiting DC from Los Angeles. We enjoyed it so much that we ate there twice that week. Reminded us of Balthazar in NYC. Especially the menu. more spacious than Balthazar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love this place. It is expensive but the food is absolutely amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As always, Le Dimplomate was delightful. The freshly-made pastries melted perfectly in my mouth, alongside the mocha hazelnut latte. Brunch was simple (I ordered the 'eggs as you wish', which comes with sausage, breakfast potatoes, and toast) and yet still so perfectly executed as to stand out and be worth every penny!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The quality of the food is excellence and the service is highly professional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic service, the wait staff were extremely accommodating, very professional and friendly . Nabil was our waiter, his experience and knowledge really showed during the meal. The Manager on duty also made our dining experience very memorable. The food was great and complemented the dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing. The food was superb the wait staff incredible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Three points: 1. Make a reservation. 2. Expect competent wait staff. 3. Expect unusually creative and tasty options for appetizer and entree. Of course, this restaurant is not inexpensive. We always decide after a meal whether we will return to that restaurant. Typically, it is 'no' because the cuisine just did not justify the price. In this case, the consensus (of 3 of us) was 'yes' because while the prices are aggressive the quality of product offered is decidedly above what we see in many other restaurants featuring similar pricing. It's certainly worth a try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've been to Le Diplomate twice now and absolutely love it! The food, the service, and everything else about the restaurant is amazing.\n\nDefinitely go with friends and split a bunch of items - all of the food is fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was wonderful except it is really very loud and difficult to hear anyone else at the table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous food; reminds me of being in Paris; always a special treat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing burger, great steak frites! Yummy bread, delicious cocktails. Great service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was terrific - the service first class - however the noise level was disturbing - especially for older people with imperfect hearing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Like we told the table that sat down next to us, everything on the menu is amazing! \n\nWe ordered the foie gras parfait, eggs en cocotte and eggs Norwegian. I got a delightful apple cocktail while the bf had his favourite veuve. We ended with Vietnamese coffees. \n\nAll of it was amazing! I only wonder if they might have been able to serve the Vietnamese coffees iced! We'll have to try it next time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best in DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delightful French Bistro! Amazing food, beautifully prepared!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great anniversary dinner at Le Diplomat. The food is expensive but worth it. It was a romantic experience that I didn't want to end.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We are steady customers since its opening. We just love the feel, space and food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love this place... really one of the best restaurants in the city! This time around we were celebrating family birthdays and even my sister who is a very picky eater not only found something on the menu that met her requirements but she completely fell in love with the food! The service here is easily the best in DC!\n\nKeep up the good work!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I am now on a lactose-free diet and my server was very helpful in working with the chef to find a good menu option for me. Nonetheless, when the meal came the kitchen screwed up. The server and the manager were both very apologetic. My meal charge was eliminated from the bill and the manager authorized free dessert for us. \n\nMy friend was well-satisfied with his brunch selection of eggs and boudin sausage and I enjoyed my Norwegian salmon. \n\nIt is rare that a restaurant deals with a problem so courteously and forthrightly and I give Le Dip points for that.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall a great dining experience! Love the steak frites!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great dinner for a party of four. This is one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood as well as all of DC. Haven't been disappointed yet. can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Diplomate is always a good experience. The food is exceptional and the service is some of the best in the district. They need to get better at dealing with larger parties, its a bit more complicated on that front than it really needs to be (we had a party of 8).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love it every time!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall, the food was very good, and the service was friendly and efficient. The sardine appetizer was really outstanding. While not inexpensive, I thought the prices were reasonable for a place like this, $175.00 for two with desert and wine. Though the restaurant was busy for a Tuesday night, our table was ready at our reserved time. Afterwards, the valet had our car back very quickly. Two very minor complaints: the crust on the apple tart was a little under-cooked, and the restaurant is a little loud for quiet conversation. \n\nWe had thoroughly enjoyable meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time dining at Le Diplomat was fantasic. We ordered the steak frites and moules frites. Both were great. We also ordered a cheese plate and got a 25 oz carafe of wine for $28.00 (cheaper than getting a bottle of wine and the house red was delicious!). We went here for my husband's birthday and the resturant was kind enough to treat him to a mini complimentay dessert with a lit candle! :)

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was very excited to have a girls night at Le Diplomate. Very loud fun place. However my meal was subpar and I sent it back. Poor cut of meat that was not medium rare. It was hard to cut. It seemed beyond barely cooked. My frites were so salty that I ended up drinking 8-9 glasses of water and finally drew the line and requested it be removed from my table. Any of the negative reviews on open table or yelp say the same thing- too salty. well prepared food doesn't need so much salt. The frites were beautifully cooked, perfect even but ruined by all the salt. I may go back to see if I had a bad night but I don't know if its worth it . I woke up hungry today because i didn't eat last night but am 60 dollars poorer for the effort

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was absolutely incredible, we enjoyed every part of the meal. I loved the warm shrimp salad and the roasted duck breast. The atmosphere feels French without being too crammed or stuffy. The staff was attentive, but not pushy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

it is what they say. a solid French bistro. I respect that. the food (we had three courses) was good. was I blown away...no. was I disappointed..no. the same goes for the service. I did not like the seating...simply not comfortable for an extended dinner. Overall, it was good. or maybe I can put it this way, I was more excited going in then when I left. to be clear it was not bad, lol it was just good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

LeDiplomate was a great dining experience. The only adverse comment is it is quite loud.\nThe food was outstanding and the service was excellent. I had the trout...probably the best I ever had...Don't forget to pick up a couple of baguettes on the way out...the bread is of the best you can get in DC. Overall an excellent experience and I look forward to returning....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great dinner; very genuine flavors, top level cooking and service that went the extra mile. Restaurant knew we had an anniversary, and the extra touches provided went far beyond the usual. Wisely, the place has focused its efforts on classics, done right, and intense flavors. Have the mushroom soup -- it is the richest I have ever had in the states, and all w/o cream. Dorade was done perfectly. Service was knowledgeable and--and this is unfortunately unusual even in top restaurants-- obviously interested in the food and the experience, and interested in discussing.\nA little self-disclosure: a while ago I wrote a mixed review for Le Diplomate, mainly based on wimpy flavoring, and overly-'enthusiastic' wine service actually topping up wine glasses. That would be dead wrong today. All was as it should be. We'll be back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is one of my very favorite DC restaurants to go to with friends! The food & wine is consistently excellent, a good value & service is very personable yet efficient. This visit my party arrived early for our reservation time, however we were seated quickly & without debate. Our group could then relax and enjoy the experience completely from start to finish! If you have not visited, they offer indoor, outdoor & covered outdoor seating, so everyone will be comfortable. Don't miss this excellent dining experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great French restaurant with fresh bread baked and sliced daily! Their take on escargot is a must-try!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food; very crowded and very noisy - on beyond 'buzz'. We were early for our reservation and weren't seated until 20 minutes after our scheduled time; the attractive young woman at the podium told us, 'Hopefully, it won't be too much longer' - not a good answer. We would recommend it for brunch or a weekday dinner, but not for a Friday or Saturday dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's always a memorable dining experience at Le Diplomate! The decor inside is lovely and it's easy to forget you're not in Paris. One of my favorite restaurants for when guests are visiting, and would highly recommend to friends/family.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I let her have the Steak au Poivre because I felt puckish. She also got the mushroom soup. I had the cold cuts platter and a non-truffled omelet. Everything was very tasty. The waiter kept her from ordering the wild game pate by explaining it was included in my appetizer. We will return to Le Diplomate after future shows at the Studio Theatre, a block south.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely loved the food. We made our reservation early in the evening so there was no problem making a reservation. I had the Beef Bourguignon and it was fantastic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been going to Le D since it opened. I go as often as possible and consider it a 'duty'\nto take out-of-towners there. Great spot!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first visit to Le Diplomate. We live in New Orleans so we have high standards when it comes to brunch since we are used to Brennan's and Commander's Palace. This exceeded our expectations. Everything about it was wonderful and helped make for a great Mother's Day. We will definitely return -- if we can get a reservation. Definitely my favorite place in DC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Bread was outstanding. When ordering cooked meat, specify slightly more cooked than usual. Entrees came out slightly undercooked but food was tasty.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the time I arrived the service was impeccable. Hostess was friendly & welcoming, our server was attentive to our table & very knowledgeable about the menu items. Would definitely return.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun venue. Limited menu but tasty food. Service was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We met a high school classmate and his wife for dinner while in D.C. for a meeting. Read the reviews and had to admit Le Diplomat exceeded my expectations. The lobster risotto my wife ordered was wonderful. I had the steak au poivre, which was one of the best I have had. From appetizers to desserts, this was a great experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Diplomate never disappoints! The food is excellent, service is great and the ambience is nice as well

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely marvelous menu with a wonderful wine list. However, it's noisy, the tables are small and packed tightly together. It's a trade off to visit one of America's top French restaurants!\n\nWe really loved the restaurant. Our server was delightful and the food delicious. \n\nI highly recommend Le Diplomate. However, the tables are small and cramped. So much do that our food did not fit on our table. They had to move us after a 20 minute delay.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous food from appetizer to dessert! Good service. Relaxed atmosphere. One of my favorites.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best brunch in Washington DC. Omelets are divine and daily bakery basket a must have.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Surprisingly poor service, but the food was still very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Simply wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

There's a reason Le Diplomate is always booked! From cocktails and bread basket to dessert, the service is pleasing, the French ambiance soothing, and the meals to-die for. The only disappointment was the apple tartin, which was more like warm applesauce on soggy bread, and the item was removed from our bill. As crowded as it was, even early in the evening, we felt appreciated by the staff. Lovely evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A real French bistro. Great location. Sunday brunch so it was packed, make a reservation but beware,, they only hold it for 15 minutes - no extensions or excuses. Onion soup is amazing. Service was very attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I feel like I am in a bistro in France with the surroundings and food. Been here a few times and love the Brunch the most.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

After trying for more than a year, we were able to score a same-day Open Table reservation! We had a very nice experience at Le Diplomate. Excellent service and great wine list. Yes, the bread is wonderful. They even had Norman cider (on tap)! However, the other reviewers were right about the salty food. The Coq au Vin was very nice, but the sauce was about one notch shy of being way too salty. The scallops tasted like they were brined in a strong concentration of Morton salt! Even my wife, who can't get enough salt, was put off by the saltiness.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had brunch here and absolutely loved it. The restaurant has a great vibe and the service and food are both fantastic.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and the ambience were great. The noise level is really high, and for a group of five, it was hard to talk and hear every one. \n\nI was and wasn't surprised at the service. The waiter was polite, but didn't seem to be that interested in serving our party. He acted like he was doing us a favor! That's the second time I've had that same waiter, and his interaction with our party on Dec 2, was identical to that when I came for my birthday on Aug 7. He needs to work on being more personable, friendly, and engaging with the customers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing! Everything was excellent! The foie gras parfait to doe for! The roast chicken like nothing you've ever had outside of Paris! Noise was an issue but it was packed to be fair.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a lovely brunch. We had the eggs Benedict, the duck confit with fried egg, the quiche, the gougeres, and several cocktails. One of the better experiences I have had in a long time. Excellent (rich) food and a beautiful location. We will be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This feels like an authenic re-creation of a Parisian bistro with waiters rushing about, lots of wine, and good portions of simply-cooked food. My trout over green beans was presented with a cover of toasted almonds. Creamed Pea soup with crabmeat was unusual and good. A guest enjoyed the beef bourginon followed by a chocolate tart. The quality of the white house wine in the table carafes was of a good chardonnay quality. About service, our waiter, Dutch, was helpful and enthusiastic but not the same can be said for the women at the hostess station. They seemed overwhelmed and could not find the table with a member of our party who had been seated minutes before. When I called earlier in the day asking about which credit cards are accepted, the young woman I spoke with didn't seem to know and did not act welcoming when I explained we would see them at our reservation time later. Next time, I'd try to be seated in the front right side room. Overall, it was a good experience with good food and a very helpful waiter.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is really overhyped. The food is good. While I have never been to France, I imagine that it represents the classic neighborhood eatery. Perhaps this is why it is so popular. We were able to be seated outside, which was fortunate. The noise level inside the restaurant would have made conversation impossible. Our server appeared to be new to his job, because he could not answer any of our questions about the menu. Eventually another waiter helped him out and our order was taken. We selected a bottle of wine from the wine list, but when it arrived, it was not the wine we ordered. When this was pointed out to the waiter, he claimed we were wrong. He returned quite a while later with the correct bottle of wine. After that, our meal was served in a timely and efficient manner. While it was a good meal out on a week night, I don't think I could recommend this place for a special night out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Veal escalope was near perfect. The pommes au gratin were perfect. Eating along the 14th St sidewalk at 6p was a little trafficky noisy but felt very Paris with some fun people & pet watching. And the staff is pet friendly. Yum. Yay.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I ordered a tuna tartine, expecting an open-faced sandwich. The menu described 'tuna confit' with 'eggs mimosa.' I asked the waiter to elaborate on the sandwich. He said it was as described on the menu - some chopped bits of egg over tuna. I asked if it came with a salad, and he said it did not. What arrived was an ordinary tuna sandwich (chopped, canned tuna), a small bit of egg sprinkled on top, and some very hard tomatoes. It came with a salad. It was not a 'tartan,' but was served on a very good baguette. Still, I wish I had known it was just a tuna sandwich. \nOnion soup was excellent, but not worth $15!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

it is too loud! \nloud loud loud loud loud\nexhausting.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Waiter was great. Food always good. Also love Parc in Philadelphia. Same fun cafe vibe but with really good food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food at Le Diplomate was wonderful and they serve it in a restaurant with a very Parisian feel (but with better service). We had the braised lamb and the roasted duck. Both were flavorful, tender, and well presented. Definitely make reservations as it gets crowded even till late.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We loved the food, friendly and efficient service, and authentic 'bistro' ambiance.\nIt lived up to all the good reviews!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Gracious, welcoming hosts, attentive wait staff and totally amazing Ricotta Ravioli - Le Diplomate continues to provide a fun, stylish atmosphere while delivering delicious, interesting food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server Mario was top notch. The food was right on point for the concept.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The space and service was nice. The food for the price is way overrated. This is more of a happening spot than a great restaurant. There are far better places if you like great food for the money.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, good service, attentive management, atmosphere reminded us of the old, not renovated, Thoumieux in Paris. Really a great find, we'll surely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a delight. Diplomate is a wonderful experience. The staff and kitchen are very good. Love going to Diplomate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything is amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

have been there few times before. it is good but a bit over-rated. it is a mass production restaurant that seats 500 people. drives me nuts that everyone's order can't come out at the same time. servers seem to be stressed and don't pay attention to their tables.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice service and delicious dishes. I go frecuently and always I feel satisfied

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was absolutely amazing! Made great recommendations and was a joy to have waiting on us. She was great and really made it a great experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went here for my girlfriend's birthday. It was a little noisy but it wasn't too much and it created a lively atmosphere. Food was excellent and our server was the right balance of attentive but not overbearing. Definitely a little on the expensive end, but we did get a bottle of wine. I have been here several times and it has never disappointed. One of my favorites in DC.