1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Le Diplomate is a popular French Brassiere in Washington DC’s posh Logan Circle neighborhood. You need to reserve well in advance, otherwise come early for a seat in the bar or patio. This restaurant has a high 4.5 stars on Yelp. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner.
The food is good but not as good as San Francisco Bay area classics like Bouchon. This was a nice way to compare some of the best DC offers to what SF has. Nothing wrong about this place, we just wondered if we should have spent less somewhere else.
Le Diplomate has a classic French menu with all the famous dishes.
Our server knew his stuff and was personable. There were some long pauses before people came by. They also brought all our food at once. We assumed the appetizers would come first.
Mojito ($10) was very strong and well balanced.
Fantastic Bread Basket.
Tuna Carpaccio ($22) leek vinaigrette – was heavy handed with the dressing. It could be more subtle.
White Asparagus ($14) leek vinaigrette, cara cara orange, hazelnut was a fancy looking salad. Also a bit overdone. Good ingredients.
Steak Frites ($29.50) herb roasted, maître d’butter, pommes frites was cooked to a perfect medium rare. A great dish except for the over salted but really nice fries.
Roasted Sea Scallops ($31) olive oil crushed yukons, toasted almonds, san marzano tomatoes was a solid scallop dish. Not as good as Redd in Napa Valley, but worth getting if you like scallops.
Haricots Verts ($8) were done just fine.
Garlic Spinach ($7) were a tad bit salty