The establishment isn’t even a month old, but already many of its 200 inside seats are claimed on a regular basis.
I have eaten at every one of Stephen Starr restaurants and have been waiting for him to open something in DC. Thank God! This is an authentic atmosphere as is the food.
Le Diplomate is the best thing to happen for dining in Washington in a long time. In addition to standards, there are some great new offerings. The appetizer mushroom tart is sheer bliss, with a very light almost pastry crust. All the brunch entrees we have tried have been exceptional. And the desserts -- the desserts -- truly the work of a master pastry chef. The dark chocolate napoleon and grapefruit coupe glacee have been divinely decadent. The service really raises the bar. Gracious servers who can answer any question about the menu and seem genuinely interested in their work and ensuring a great dining experience.
Yum yum! Even though my sister's bus from the Gaylord was a half hour late, we were treated graciously and the table was waiting for us (I called to let them know of the delay). The service was outstanding all night. This is a happening place! Full and busy, people chattering away. The bread, as Tom Sietsema has noted, was awesome. Try the one with the cherries in it. We had mushroom pie for an entree. I never eat the crusts of pies as they're never good, but this one was delicate and delicious, and not a crumb was left. Then Beef Bourguignon and trout, and finally, the grapefruit dessert mentioned and the best apple tart I've ever had, with wonderful vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate. C'est formidable! We're going back.