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Lafayette Restaurant

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Dupont Circle
American, Bistro
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800 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20006 (H Street)
McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
202 638 6600
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Today
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Doing business
Local cuisine

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Stately Elegance

I love this restaurant, and have been several times. The food and service are always top notch. This past visit we were seated with a view of the White House. The ambiance is classic, and I always feel a special feeling dining so close to the Executive Mansion.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
xopher2000
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Atlanta
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Atlanta
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I love this restaurant, and have been several times. The food and service are always top notch. This past visit we were seated with a view of the White House. The ambiance is classic, and I always feel a special feeling dining so close to the Executive Mansion.

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Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Décor is fine dining and feels very elegant with a piano player, exactly what we were looking for. Food was great and so was the service. Very friendly staff that took good care of us.

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Washington, DC
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Had lunch overlooking Lafayette Park and the White House. The food was excellent but what was really outstanding was the very gracious staff who made a point of seating us at a perfect table. What very nice and welcoming people. This was my first time at the restaurant and I will be back.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Restaurant is in the Hay Adams Hotel. Great menu, reasonable prices for such a formal restaurant. One of a kind location, across from the White House.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Chef Jaime Montes cooks food to perfection. The Lafayette staff makes you feel at home. It's wonderful to have a traditional, elegant, down to earth restaurant at our Nations Capital. Ask for a table near a window so you can have a White House view.

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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Finally a restaurant that plays soft classical music in the background so you can have a stress-free conversation and relax.

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Monte Sereno, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The restaurant is located inside the historic Hay-Adams Hotel, a block from the whitehouse. The service, the food and the ambience is all impeccable. You could find a window table with a clear view of the whitehouse. We had dinner and also lunch during the presidents day weekend, 2015. The weather was coldest, but the restaurant was perfect. The staff... More 

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Washington DC
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Came here for My Girlfriend's Birthday(Surprise for Her). The Restaurant is attached to the hotel and has a free Valet Parking(which is really nice). Every employee is amazing and treat you like you are the most important person. Simply great service and attitude. They take in consideration every minor thing. We were seated near a window facing the White House... More 

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Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I have eaten here many times, and the service and food is consistently very good. Reservations are generally a good idea. When you arrive and are seated, you will be given a certain color napkin depending on what color pants you are wearing, always a nice touch. Service usually tends to be top notch, however on my last visit I... More 

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Lake Forest, IL
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Fantastic, but very formal at certain peak hours. The staff is amazing. They went out of their way with our family (at this time I was travelling with my mother and 6 year old son).

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 800 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20006
    (H Street)
  • Public Transportation: McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: 202 638 6600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?