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    February 24, 2015
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Stephen Starr brings his signature brand of hospitality and design to the nation’s capital with the opening of Le Diplomate, located at 14th & Q. Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, the stylish 260 seat restaurant transports diners to the beloved cafés of Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. The extensive menu features a variety of classic dishes including Onion Soup Gratinee, Steak Frites, and Poulet Roti as well as contemporary bistro fare, with dishes such as Shaved Veal Tongue with Mache and Bavette de Boeuf à l’Echalote. A thoughtfully curated wine list and cocktail program perfectly complements the cuisine and creates an environment suitable for romantic dinners or lively group gatherings. In warmer weather, enjoy dining "en plein air" in the stunning outdoor café where you can take in the bustling energy of DC while sipping on the perfect kir royale.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Huge Hype, Disappointing Dining
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Dined on 2/22/2015
 2010
Dined on 2/22/2015
 2010
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I have been to Le Diplomate a couple of times before for brunch and for dinner shortly after it first opened and was rather disappointed. I wanted to give it another go as they are now well established and still super popular. We were disappointed.
The food was okay, the much acclaimed mushroom tart was overwhelmingly cheesy and burned, not in a delicious brick-oven-pizza kind of way, just black and burned. The salad was ordinary and under-seasoned. The mussels were swimming in a very salty broth and we were unable to get our servers' attention in time to get more bread before the dish was consumed. Dessert was unmemorable.
The service started out attentive but as the restaurant got busier we were forgotten. What looked like a manager walked by several times but only paused to talk to us once and even then did not notice that neither of us had any water or bread. Our server was professional and kindly offered menu guidance (although before asking if we had been there before) if a bit stretched thin at times. We also ordered another item but our table was cleared and dessert menus placed in our hands before our server came by and we were able to ask about the missing dish. However, as our table was cleared we decided to forgo 'backtracking' for the item and neither sincere apology or compensation was offered.
Overall, I do not feel the need to go back after having three, slightly disappointing experiences. Nothing was extraordinary or surprising and it definitely did not live up to expectations after reading so many glowing reviews and seeing it's placement in the Washingtonian's 100 Very Best Restaurants."
Dined on 2/22/2015
 2010
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