This week I spent two days in D.C. exploring, gathering content for @thefrancophiles, and visiting friends. Of course, I had to make time for Le Diplomate, as it’s been on my dining wish list for a long time now. As a Philadelphia resident, I’m well-versed in the world of Stephen Starr, and Starr Restaurants – you may remember the feature I shared on my local favorite, Parc. Needless to say, I went in knowing it would be amazing, but it honestly exceeded my expectations. For the record, this post is not sponsored in any way – I just feel the need to share it with you. Even if you’re not into classic French fare (as I am), the entire place is aesthetically perfect and so very photogenic. I mean, just look at these tiles!
The main dining room is rich and romantic, but we were seated in this beautiful light-filled space. We enjoyed their freshly made-in-house bread and salted butter, pâté de campagne, along with oysters and radish crudité. In all honesty, I was focused on the conversation with my friends and didn’t get my camera out for a photo of the food (#bloggerfail), but Benedicte captured this image of our table before it was all devoured. It was an incredible evening, which won’t be soon forgotten. If you find yourself in D.C., don’t miss an opportunity to experience this French gem.