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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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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 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
Elegant and Very Good but Not Exquisite

Perhaps I'm spoiled or jaded but I was not blown away with this restaurant. Yes, it is elegantly decorated and tables are perfectly arranged with room all around. The service was exceptional and the ambience was of a Federal building with rich history. However, the food, though tasty, was not as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
TonyK300
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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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virginia
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I dined at the Lafayette recently for dinner after reading some great reviews. However, our experience fell short of others'. Starting with the Sommelier who mispronounced the wine he recommended. We were drinking cocktails when he arrived with the bottle of white wine and asked if he should serve it. I told him to pour a tasting... More 

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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Perhaps I'm spoiled or jaded but I was not blown away with this restaurant. Yes, it is elegantly decorated and tables are perfectly arranged with room all around. The service was exceptional and the ambience was of a Federal building with rich history. However, the food, though tasty, was not as outstanding as I had hoped. I started with the... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Let me preface this by saying this is one of my first times going to such a fancy restaurant. It's amazing. The food was delicious. I got the red snapper, and my fiance got the rockfish. We also got an appetizer (hamachi sashimi) - our first time having sashimi - and loved it. We also got to taste an oyster... More 

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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This was a fantastic place. My wife and I recently celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary with a trip to Washington DC. The restaurant was located at the Hays Adams hotel, just north of the White house. Lafayette's offered an over the top fine dinning experience. It was a little pricy, but the food was amazing. All the staff seemed as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Have dinned here 4 times and have never been disappointed. We both had the Dover Sole, prepared at the table. One issue is when both have the Sole it takes a little time to debone the fish, so you loose some of the temputure. The soufflés were the best we ever had. This is a restaurant for special occasions, but... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The setting was lovely but the food was OK and over priced. They are famous for their Sunday brunch. We did not know that (our fault) and went for breakfast on our first morning. The service was lacking as the staff were busy setting up the brunch. It took as a long time to get out and get on with... More 

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Vevey, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Service was attentive, I was less so because I cannot remember the waiter's name, I think it was Anthony but my wife is not so sure. The amuse-bouche and the starter were good. The main courses both arrived lukewarm on unwarmed plates. We did not order dessert. The manager was a gentleman from near Dresden in Germany who did a... More 

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Midlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Wanted to go here as it's been in so many films! Very welcoming. Our food was sublime. Scallops and lamb for me - beautiful restaurant. Not as expensive as I'd expected. Somewhere to say you've

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Glastonbury, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My fiance and I dined here back in the winter during a spur of the moment trip to DC for the weekend. We requested a window table and they sat us at a table looking across to St. John's Church. The service is what really made this restaurant special - by the time we walked from our table back to... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We celebrated our wedding night here and it couldn't have been more perfect. It was just a legal ceremony but we still wanted to celebrate. The staff was wonderful, the piano player was the perfect level of music in the background, and the restaurant was so elegant! For the quality of the food and the ambiance of the place, the... More 

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Additional Information about Lafayette Restaurant

Address: 800 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20006
Phone Number: 202 638 6600
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
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
Average Prices: USD 40 - 50
Cuisine: American, Bistro

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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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