Le Diplomate is a classic French restaurant located in the Logan Circle section of Washington DC.
Bring your appetite. This is going to be superb! Both lunch and dinner menus offer seafood “Fruit De Mer.” If you go to Le Diplomate for lunch, start with either the spring pea soup, with blue crab, petits pois, and creme fraiche, or the Pate De Campagne with pickled onions and cassis mustard. Both are delicious. I enjoy the Baguette Provencale as a lunch entree with French salami, camembert, cornichon, and mustard vinaigrette. My strong recommendation is to go to Le Diplomate for dinner. An extensive hors d’oeuvres and salad menu is available. My favorites are the tuna carpaccio, steak tartare, or again the Pate De Campagne. From the entree menu, my favorite is the Beef Bourguignon, with mushrooms, lardons, and red wine sauce. It is absolutely delicious and melts in your mouth. Other entrees that are also very good are the Veal Escalope with mushrooms, onion, and a mushroom cream, the Stea Au Poivre, and the Salmon Al Francaise. Save room, because there is an extensive dessert menu. The Apple Tarte Tatin served with vanilla ice cream and the Palet Chocolat-Framboise with rasberry and sorbet are both excellent options.
Make a reservation as the wait can be long at Le Diplomate at times. The service, as expected in our nations capitol, is exceptional. On the four occasions I have eaten at Le Diplomate, I have been in parties ranging from four to ten, as well as during peak and slower times. At every visit, the service from greeters, bartenders, and servers was consistently both efficient and friendly. When I visited with the large party, the server did not complain about dividing up checks, which important to this patron’s dining experience.
Nostalgic to the Montmartre District of Paris, Le Diplomate pays reverence to French cafes. Sitting on the corner of the bustling section of Logan Circle at 14th Street SW and Q street NW, Le Diplomate has natural light provided on two sides with gorgeous windows. This mixed with installed lighting provides for a bright, brisk, welcoming environment. The layout of the venue is such that one can experience a cappacino bar, outdoor seating, diner style seating, a more formal dining room. The acoustics provide an atmosphere where diners can hear each others at their table with ease. It is a wonderful space.
Every time I visit Washington, I make it a point to visit La Diplomate. The combination of food, service, and ambiance are all tremendous. It is without any hesitation that I give La Diplomate my highest recommendation of:
“Absolutely Must Visit!”