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Le Diplomate

French Restaurant$$$$
Logan Circle - Shaw, Washington
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    The experts at Washington Post and Eater recommend this place
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    Helena W.
    "skate, MUSHROOM TART and dark chocolate Napoleon were all good!"(16 Tips)
    "Foie gras, steak frites, veal, profiteroles, Creme br没l茅e - just wow"(16 Tips)
    Ana Marie 馃拑
    "Warm shrimp salad, steak tartar, scallops are all so tasty."(6 Tips)
    "Le Diplomate鈥檚 Burger Americain"(8 Tips)
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  • good for dates
  • mushroom tart
  • trendy
  • foie gras
  • desserts
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  • Y.Arman B.heart icon on user image
    Y.Arman BarlasFebruary 15, 2017
    Top notch French food in DC. While the place is huge and they serve a ton of people each night, somehow they are able to maintain the intimacy and flare that the place deserves.
    Upvoted Jan 7
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 6, 2014
    The Burger Americain is made with two slim, seared patties tucked into a golden bun baked in-house, draped with American cheese and topped with a few tart pickles, plus its own mystery sauce. Read more
    Upvoted Dec 24, 2023
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Reservations are a must if you plan visiting Le Diplomate during peak hours. When you do get a table, don't miss the chicken foie gras parfait and the near perfect steak frites.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17, 2017
    Stephen Starr's first entry into the D.C. market excels at classic dishes like steak frites and skate, as well as some interesting twists like foie gras mousse. The atmosphere is loud and bustling. Read more
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PMarch 20, 2015
    If you like foie gras, the mousse is fabulous. 1 order is plenty for 2 or more. Steak frittes, trout almondine, beef bourgonion.. all superb. Creme brulee is perfection. Take out orders at the bar.
  • Adam F.heart icon on user image
    Adam FineMarch 17, 2017
    Love the decor! They were able to accommodate my vegan diet with the saldade a la grecque and the garden pot au feu. The bread is amazing and the waiter gave me olive oil for it without me even asking
  • Enryqwe L.heart icon on user image
    Enryqwe LopesSeptember 9, 2017
    Simply amazing, better than Balthazar in NY. The taste delicate, the flavor has balance, all the dish as made for the main ingredient, try the fish, awesome!馃構馃構馃憣馃憣馃嚝馃嚪馃嚝馃嚪
  • Eater
    EaterMay 12, 2017
    Le Diplomate鈥檚 Burger Americain is a classic, complete with two patties, American cheese, pickles, onion, special sauce and, of course, pommes frites. Read more
  • Ricardo D.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo DiazOctober 26, 2023
    This place worths every dollar. It鈥檚 one of the best french restaurants i have tried. The foie gras is simply spectacular. We had lobster risotto, rabbit pasta and snails. This place is a MUST in DC.
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsMay 6, 2015
    If there's one thing you want to indulge on, it's the massive Grand Plateau seafood tower featuring rockweed, various oysters, clams, mussels, scallops, lobster, uni, snow & king crab, and shrimp!
  • Briana B.heart icon on user image
    Briana BaileyFebruary 26, 2017
    The large seafood platter! Shared it between five people with some hors d'oeuvre such as mac and cheese, steak tartare, and goat cheese ravioli. Wait staff was tentative and everything was good.
  • Bill F.heart icon on user image
    Bill FischerApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love it here. Wait staff is on. One complaint is the hostess station is never smiling or never seem nice. 3rd time here and the lead hostess (dark hair) looks so unhappy. Btw, onion soup - love. :)
  • Anna R.heart icon on user image
    Anna RossiFebruary 22, 2015
    At last, Paris in DC. For an education on everything off the vine, pull Erik the sommelier aside for a rec. Don't let his young looks fool you- his passion for fine wine is off the charts.
  • Jasonheart icon on user image
    JasonJanuary 19, 2016
    I had the poached eggs basquaise, I really liked it. I tried the boudin noir (blood sausage) which I found quite heavy and too much to finish. Luckily I could take it to go. I would come back.
  • Danielle A.heart icon on user image
    Danielle A.April 11, 2013
    Second visit cleared disappointment from first... The Duck terrine and mussels were excellent and the pastry basket so fresh. I also love the fact that they make doggie biscuits for visiting pups.
  • A7MAD ..heart icon on user image
    A7MAD .December 29, 2018
    Words can't describe this place 馃挀馃挀, everything was tremendous. Burger, Steak , Fries, Shrimp salad and Cream brulee were delicious. Book in advance is better.
  • Caitlin S.heart icon on user image
    Caitlin SchiavoniJuly 1, 2013
    I got the steak au poivre (cooked rare, it's the only way) and it pretty much melted in my mouth. Outstanding. Escargots were delicious, bread was awesome, service was on point and stellar.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostJuly 3, 2013
    Critic Tom Sietsema was "most surprised by Le Diplomate鈥檚 reliability" saying it's one of the hardest qualities to achieve. 265 seats w/ patio. 25 cooks are behind the scenes here. 3/4 stars. Read more
  • Marjahn G.heart icon on user image
    Marjahn GolbanSeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    By far some of the best food I've had in DC! The macaroni is amazing and the lamb was the best I've had anywhere ever. Make sure you get a reservation at least 3 weeks in advance to get an ideal time.
  • Sheila L.
    Sheila LampitocAugust 11, 2014
    Went here for my birthday dinner. Mushroom tart was flaky and flavorful. I had the steak frites - steak was so tender and juicy and the fries had the right crunch. Great service and really good food!
  • Yong K.heart icon on user image
    Yong KwonFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a solid bet. Good food + vibes. Great for hosting out of towners. Not so great on the wallet but c'est la vie
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    Le Diplomate, under the care of executive chef Adam Schop, executes a perfect omelet, an expert steak au poivre, a divine apple tart, everything delivered by some of the best servers in the city.
  • Erin M.heart icon on user image
    Erin McLaughlinFebruary 7, 2016
    The fastest service for the most delicious French food!! Try the steak au poivre and roast chicken... And the Brussel sprouts and the macaroni au gratin!! I'm sure everything is terrific !
  • Karen C.heart icon on user image
    Karen CooperNovember 13, 2016
    Foie gras, trout, beef tartare & cr猫me br没l茅e were DELICIOUS! Take your time here, it's not for quick meals. The patio was a perfect replica of French caf茅 terraces- love, love, love!
  • 鉂mihoko鉂heart icon on user image
    鉂mihoko鉂May 10, 2013
    Freshest Bread was impressive to start with.Escargots, Foir Gras, Lamb Shank, Braised Duck. All Delicious. Great ambient, reminding us brasserie in Paris. Sat by window. Breeze was extra bonus. Merci!
  • Diana B.heart icon on user image
    Diana BrodyApril 7, 2017
    Like a Parisian bistro out of a fantasy without feeling cloyingly on-the-nose/cookie cutter. The food delicious and rich, the wine lovely, the servers equally friendly, knowledgeable, and posh.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisJune 19, 2013
    Lovely spot for Brunch especially if you're in from out of town and want to avoid the touristy areas. The foie gras parfait was sinfully delish and large enough for 2 or 4 to share. Bon appetit!
    GABRIELA MAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    one of my new favorites. everything is to die for. favorites: foie gras, escargots, tuna carpaccio, mussels and fries, creme br没l茅e. cranberry bread is a must. still to try the steak tartare.
  • Matt S.heart icon on user image
    Matt ShobeDecember 18, 2019
    Buzzing scene on Sunday afternoons. I think even sociopaths will enjoy the bar scene. Try the onion soup, it's a gold standard 鈥撀燼nd you don't even have to call it "French". (They know.)
  • Masha T.
    Masha TatianinaMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and great service. Looks like Pastis in NYC. I tried foie gras and lamb shank - both amazing. Beef Bourguignon was so-so, but I would definitely come back to try other dishes.
  • Curt S.heart icon on user image
    Curt SallingerNovember 21, 2019
    This is my go-to top restaurant when I'm in DC. Great drinks, fun menu, sharp staff. Today was our first brunch visit - that bloody Mary was notable!
  • Ana Marie 馃拑heart icon on user image
    Ana Marie 馃拑June 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster Risotto on Tuesdays only, so good. Warm shrimp salad, steak tartar, scallops are all so tasty. Finish off with the creme br没l茅e and mint chocolate chip gelato.
  • Amy 鉁.heart icon on user image
    Amy 鉁堬笍July 16, 2013
    This place is packed & for good reason! Great food & service! Little pricey but good size portions, we shared the steak frittes so we could also have escargots, cheese & the amazing bread & butter!
  • Silene L.heart icon on user image
    Silene LimDecember 26, 2015
    I had the onion soup which is a must. It's cheesy and full of flavor. For entree I had the Coq Au vin which was on the salty side, especially after onion soup. Service is impeccable.
  • Jos茅 Javier G.heart icon on user image
    I really enjoyed my visit for brunch to this place. The cappuccino is great. I got the Eggs Benedict with Pommes Lyonnaise and they were awesome!
  • Marc J.heart icon on user image
    Marc JuniorJanuary 2, 2019
    This is a very chic & Slick place. I highly recommend this place for anyone in DC. (I don鈥檛 usually write reviews but I feel compelled to write this one, Thank me later lol).
  • Marwan M.heart icon on user image
    Marwan MzMay 31, 2019
    Amazing spot .. huge menu .. friendly staff .. i tried their sweet options and they were amazing chocolate cake and tiramisu plate
  • Sabina E.heart icon on user image
    Sabina ElmuradovaAugust 30, 2018
    Food was great! Service was really reactive. We loved this place. Just a little bit noisy, as it鈥檚 crowded. But if a place is good, there are always will be a lot of people!
  • megan d.
    megan dunnJuly 12, 2013
    The escargot and steak tartare were to die for! And if you like a creme br没l茅e with a strong vanilla flavor, this is for you.
  • ECS
    ECSOctober 1, 2013
    Most authentic pimms cup in the city paired with the baguette Proven莽al and you can enjoy an afternoon with a quintessentially English drink paired well with French fair. Love.
  • Tia D.
    Tia DelayOctober 14, 2022
    This place is such a vibe. Cozy, chic and tasty. Plentiful option on menu, the Terrance seating is heated, during winter and it鈥檚 a beauty! 10/10
  • Maureen S.
    Maureen SalazarMay 23, 2013
    Everything is great! The onion soup is a must! So is the creme br没l茅e!
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsMay 6, 2015
    The Burger Am茅ricain is just fantastic. From the bun, to the beef, to the cheese, everything is perfect.
  • Wilson A.
    Wilson AndrewsApril 28, 2013
    The brunch is everything you could want and more. Get the pastry basket. Bacon is otherworldly good, and you get a ton.
  • Andy F.heart icon on user image
    Andy FangApril 13, 2018
    One of the top five restaurants I've ever had the pleasure of dining. Make reservations or belly up to the bar before the dinner rush!
  • Nadia E.heart icon on user image
    Nadia EspinozaApril 20, 2013
    Everything i had was amazing. But the dessert rum cake :( sad face Oysters(westcoast) cheeses..Bread basket... And the steak frite medium cooked to perfection.... And my french 75...
  • Morgan T.heart icon on user image
    Morgan ThomasNovember 11, 2014
    Not only is the food delicious, but the service is great. Get the Marconi and cheese, and enjoy (or take home) those starter pastries during brunch..
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael G.January 13, 2019
    Warm shrimp salad and steak frites were both amazing. I loved the cidre 茅pic茅 with bourbon. Our waiter Robert was super annoying. Sorry Robert.
  • Jillian M.
    Jillian MichelleAugust 19, 2014
    Brunch was amazing. The eggs are well prepared and the French toast was perfection. Service was good quality as well. I felt like I had left DC for France
  • Kimmie M.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie MatthewsMay 19, 2013
    Food porn! Brunch was fantastic! Bacon is a must get! Pastry basket left us begging for more! Norwegian Benedict was scrumptious!
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