Eat & Drink Restaurants Travel Washington DC

Le Diplomate

November 16, 2015

Before our weekend getaway in Washington DC, my boyfriend and I did a lot of research about what we wanted to do and see. We came up with the normal touristy activities (i.e. the Mall and all of the museums), but I was especially interested in where we should go out to dinner on that Saturday night.

I’d heard a lot of good things about Le Diplomate from friends and also on Instagram, which I’ve found is a really awesome resource when figuring out what to do on vacation. Plus my boyfriend lived in Paris for a few years, so I figured that it would be a win-win since escargot is one of my favorite french cuisines and it’s a dish that Le Diplomate is famous for!

After touring around the center of the city with one of my best friends from home, M and I made our way back to our AirBnB to get changed for dinner. The weather had been absolutely amazing all day but was a little chilly by that point, which I was actually a little excited for because it meant that I got to wear my new Burberry trench coat for the first time.

Bundled up, we walked to the restaurant and I basically spent the entire time pointing out houses that I would like to live in someday. Do you guys do that too?


Once we got to Le Diplomate we were seated in a cozy corner right by a window, surrounded by families and other couples. We even got asked if we were celebrating a special anniversary which was kind of cute!


The menu is authentically French and we quickly figured out what we were going to order.


I started dinner off with a glass of rosé wine and a slice of warm, crunchy country-style bread. Not going to lie, I’m a huge fan of carbs so I’m never one to pass up bread before a meal.


As an appetizer, we split an order of escargot between the two of us. I’ve been a fan of escargot now for years but this was actually M’s first time trying it! We both agreed that the escargot was absolutely delicious, although it would be hard not too love it seeing as the snail was drenched in a garlicky butter sauce and topped with a puffed pastry. I’m halfway drooling just thinking about it!

We quickly polished off the escargot and dunked our bread into the remaining garlic sauce as we waited for our mains to come out.


I’d originally been set on ordering the moules-frites but after such a big brunch at Boqueria, I decided to go with the warm shrimp salad instead. And I’m surprisingly happy that I did!

I like salads but I tend to eat them more because they’re healthier than burgers, rather than because I’m craving one. But this salad had the most amazing dressing and the shrimp were cooked to perfection, plus I was basically served an entire avocado which easily made the meal for me.


M went for a more classic dish for dinner, the steak frites. He loved it and I loved that he had fries that I could steal!


So the next time that you’re in Washington, DC and you’re looking for a cute restaurant to take a date, make a reservation for Le Diplomate. And be sure to order the escargot!!



Le Diplomate

1601 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20009

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  • You take such delicious photos of food!! This looks truely amazing Courtney 🙂 Also just seen your Insta on the sidebar and your photos look well-worth a follow 🙂 Sophie xxx

    • Courtney

      Thank you!! Le Diplomate has the most amazing food and we had the best date night ever!

  • Jenn

    Your salad looks so tasty! I’ve never eaten escargot before but I’d probably try it if I had the chance!

    • Courtney

      I love escargot! I would definitely recommend trying it the next time you eat at a French restaurant!

  • Oh wow this sounds and looks sooooo yummy!!! I want to go!! Hope you had an amazing weekend!


    • Courtney

      Thank you so much and we did have an amazing weekend! All of the food we ordered was delicious and there were plenty of other options on the menu that I’d like to try as well!

  • piecedtogetherblog

    I love that place! They make an amazing omelette as well!

    • Courtney

      I just looked up their brunch menu and it sounds amazing! When I’m back in DC I’ll have to check it out for myself!

  • Oh wow this restaurant sounds delicious! I love the photo of the menu with you guys holding hands, it’s such a sweet photo 🙂


    • Courtney

      My boyfriend was a little embarrassed when I took that picture but he ended up really liking how it turned out! Our date night ended up being surprisingly romantic!

  • I live in D.C. and have never eaten at this restaurant. I’ll make a reservation soon and will not forget to order the escargot. I’m sure I’ll remember you! Have a great week!


    • Courtney

      You should definitely make a reservation for Le Diplomate ASAP!! The food was amazing and so was the atmosphere of the restaurant!

  • Wow that sure sounds like a great place to have dinner! I’ll keep that in mind for when I’ll be visiting the States again! Love, Charelle

    • Courtney

      The food is amazing at Le Diplomate and the actual restaurant is surprisingly homey and cute! I’d definitely recommend checking it out the next time you’re in DC!

  • I’m not normally a fan of escargots but I like them when they’re in puff pastry – your shrimp looks delicious too!

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    • Courtney

      My boyfriend was a little apprehensive about trying the escargot but I think the puff pastry really helped him out! And the salad was so tasty even though I was full by the time that they brought it out!

  • It sounds and looks like a really really nice place! Thanks for sharing!

    • Courtney

      Le Diplomate is an amazing restaurant so it would be hard to not to have a good time!

  • The salad looks amazing, I might have to go to D.C. just to try it!

    • Courtney

      The salad was delicious and exactly what I needed after a heavy brunch! So yummy!

  • Amazing post dear! Have a nice day:)

    • Courtney

      Thank you!! You too!

  • This looks delicious!!

    • Courtney

      The escargot was amazing!! And my salad was tasty as well!

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