When restaurateur Stephen Starr armed 14th Street with a slice of Paris in spring 2013, he had an instant classic on his hands, and what seems to be a perennial, highly-lauded favorite. Part brasserie, part cafe, part bistro, Le Diplomate is France-meets-DC. Brown butter-infused trout amandine and perfectly cooked steak au poivre – rest assured, it’s peppery – share the menu alongside chilled oysters, a famed roast chicken and ever-munchable pommes frites.
The Scene: From haute fashions to casual designs for les femmes and a mélange of jackets paired with jeans for les hommes, expect a laid-back yet chic vibe and high-volume chatter to fill the vast space comfortably.
Insider Info: True to a French restaurant, the bakery items are magical; just leave room for the terrine. The slim patio is a people-watching paradise and the burger Américain might just be the best in DC. Finally, if you belly up to the bar, you’ll have a front-row seat to dapperly attired bartenders mixing craft cocktails just for you.
Le Diplomate, 1601 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009