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  • Review Count
    2
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    August 31, 2014
  • Last Review
    December 16, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4
 
 
VJDC's Reviews
 
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 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
The kitchen needs to start paying attention
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/14/2014
 2008
Dined on 12/14/2014
 2008
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"I still like the place a lot. I enjoy the service and it's fun, but something not alright is happening in the kitchen and the reliable dishes coming out are the standard American fare choices (and for that I can go anywhere else). The decidedly French choices are very inconsistent. I had the paillard and was disappointed because the dish tasted like oily tapenade; I missed the mark and the flavor did nothing to remind me there was a chicken underneath all that olive flavor. I had a similar experience with the tartare: the first time I had it long ago, it tasted fantastically balanced. However, the two later times, it was heavy with dijon or overwhelmed by something else. These last times it tasted like a mush of condiments."
Dined on 12/14/2014
 2008
Special Features: great for lunch
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Joined at the hip to Red Apron, Chef Anda's groundbreaking butcher and charcuterie shop, the restaurant and bar draws heavily from Anda's line of house made products and relies on the meticulous sourcing that has made Red Apron the first and only butcher shop in the nation to use 100% Animal Welfare Approved pork. Anda and Chef Ed Witt's charcuterie program at The Partisan draws from 100s of cured muscles, pates, and sausages, showcasing over 30 different products on any given night.<br /><br />The balance of the menu is broken up into a series of meat-centric composed dishes highlighting distinctive cuts, cooking techniques, and animal breeds. The portioning encourages sampling, sharing and customizing, which allows guests to construct a completely unique dining experience with each visit.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
The best wine list in DC
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/29/2014
 2008
Dined on 8/29/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Go for the charcuterie and the wine. The fried chicken is also outstanding, but not like mama's (at least mine)"
Dined on 8/29/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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