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Lafayette Restaurant

800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
+1 202-638-6600
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
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1 - 10 of 214 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

it was a real fine dining lunch in a quite environment and Old ambiance fashion. the service was very professional and exceptional, taking care of all our needs and our special event. The food is at gourmet level with very unique dishes that are specialty...More

1  Thank JAMESDot
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed every meal we had here. The chef does an incredible job. The staff is outstanding. They treat you like royalty. Such a treat to experience this place.

1  Thank Piero M
Reviewed 9 July 2017

High level of service combined with great food. It was our Anniversary (we let them know prior) and they provided us Champange at the begging of the meal (gratis). Clarence did a wonderful job as our server and made our meal a delightful experience to...More

1  Thank Ray P
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We were in Washington DC for but a very short time – just long enough for my wife to spend a day on Capitol Hill, discussing healthcare issues. I only had her for one Dinner, and as we were staying at the St. Regis, kept...More

2  Thank The_Loup_Garou
Reviewed 30 June 2017

I've been to Lafayette Room a few times, mainly for lunch and breakfast, and overall, it's a very upscale "power lunch" spot. Service is very friendly, and you can kind of tell that there are regulars here who have been coming here for a very...More

Thank jg325
Reviewed 27 June 2017

We had a beautiful table by the window. Be sure to have a Manhattan before dinner & you won't be disappointed. I had a fabulous filet mignon (cooked to perfection) & my husband had the duck, which he is still swooning about. Order the risotto...More

2  Thank AnnieBag
Reviewed 23 June 2017

We so enjoyed our dinner at The Lafayette Restaurant. It is classy without pretension. The food and the services is top notch. The ambiance is relaxing, quiet and elegant, and the piano music was just right. (I don't usually enjoy it at dinner.) We highly...More

2  Thank ilovemusic123
Reviewed 12 June 2017

A lovely breakfast spot with a really diverse menu and incredibly attentive and professional staff. The decor is great and though it is a little pricey, the French toast will set you up for the day!

1  Thank Missmairw
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Elegant dining directly across from the White House. A party of six for dinner on Saturday night and it felt like we were the only ones there. The staff was perfect in their attentiveness, courtesy, and knowledge of the menu and specials of the evening....More

1  Thank James K
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Very courteous and attentive staff, yet personable as well. The food was delicious and fresh. We had a late breakfast, it was prepared perfectly and was yummy!

1  Thank Linda W
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Questions & Answers
15 September 2016|
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Response from ghostdancer | Reviewed this property |
Yes but do not assume this is just another hotel restaurant. Ambience, service, food are all on par with the very best.
18 December 2015|
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Response from gbiztraveler | Reviewed this property |
No...We were unable to see the White House even though we did have a window view. The windows are obstructed from the outside so you really can't see much of anything.
Douglas G
9 June 2015|
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Response from saint22 | Reviewed this property |
I know this is an old question but I wanted to comment on this question. I think a tuxedo would be a perfect choice for this restaurant. Look at old photos of the wonderful actors of yesteryear out to dinner at an upscale... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 40 - US$ 50
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
    (H Street)
  • Public Transportation: McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-638-6600
Directly overlooking Lafayette Square towards the White House, The Lafayette is a destination restaurant in Washington, DC featuring a light-filled dining room and carefully prepared menu of upscale contemporary American cuisine. With an attentive staff, stately setting and meal service for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, The Lafayette provides a truly unique fine dining experience in Washington, D.C.
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