100 Very Best Restaurants: #22 – Le Diplomate


We can see how Le Diplomate won over your hearts (and stomachs) with their creamy crème brûlée. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Le Diplomate


1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Nearly five years on, good old Le Dip is as well-oiled a machine as ever. That’s not to say it feels tired, just that it pulls off its classics—the city’s best onion soup, a gorgeous seafood platter, a perfect omelet, along with great cocktails and breads—with remarkable consistency. When the service is on-point and the room is buzzing and a giant quenelle of foie gras parfait is on the table, it’s tough to think of a better place to be. Expensive.
Also great: Warm shrimp salad; cheeseburger; chicken paillard; eggs norwegian (brunch only); duck sarladaise (brunch only); crème brûlée.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.