Le Diplomate is so popular that locals voted the restaurant their favorite in Washingtonian magazine’s most recent poll. Le Diplomate is so popular that diners fill the sidewalk cafe tables even in winter! (There are heat lamps out there, but still….) Le Diplomate is so popular that reservations for any meal at any time are often booked weeks in advance.
Why, you ask?
The French brasserie’s decor, from bistro tables on the sidewalk to leather banquettes, lace cafe curtains, stacks of freshly baked baguettes, wood paneling, and a wide and curving zinc bar inside, feels authentically French, even if the owner is American Stephen Starr. French comfort food classics fill the menu: duck confit, boeuf bourgignone, onion soup, mussels, croque monsieur, creme brulee, and so on, and they are delicious.
Romancing couples, politicians and diplomats, millennials with time and money to spare, families, groups of girlfriends and boyfriends, fill these tables day and night, and provide that added umph that makes a restaurant a true success: buzz.
Metro: U St.-African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo on the Green and Yellow Lines.