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Lafayette Restaurant

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

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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 0
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  • 3
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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, personable, and delightful

My daughter and I had the great pleasure of staying at The Hay Adams for 4 nights. We breakfasted each morning in the fabulous Lafayette Restaurant. The room is stunning and lovely. It feels like a place for Presidents or US Senators-and we had a US Senator as company at the table next to us one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
hotelfan
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portland, oregon
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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portland, oregon
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I had the great pleasure of staying at The Hay Adams for 4 nights. We breakfasted each morning in the fabulous Lafayette Restaurant. The room is stunning and lovely. It feels like a place for Presidents or US Senators-and we had a US Senator as company at the table next to us one morning. The service is... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I had the pleasure of visiting the Lafayette Restaurant while I was in DC with some friends on vacation. Our service was top notch and by the end really felt like we were at home at one of our usual places. This is such a rare thing for a Fine Dining restaurant and I was very impressed. Keep up the... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Very welcoming atmosphere. Romantic live piano music. Delicious food and wine. Small restaurant - everything made with attention to detail. If you have only one evening this is must try fine dining restaurant

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Went there with the family (a teenager + 2 girls). At first, I thought it would be a bit formal as there is a dress code. It is true that it is a bit "formal", but the staff is really fantastic and, quickly, you feel at ease. The children loved it! The food was divine! I would go back, especially... More 

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Fort Lee, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I love a quiet, elegant dining room and Lafayette is such a place. The lovely young woman who seats you makes you feel most welcome. Anthony was our server and was most helpful and quite interesting to talk with. Service is impeccable, not obtrusive. And then the magic begins….my sister had the dover sole , which is prepared tableside. It... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This has to be one of the best meals we have ever had. The food is sublime (roasted red pepper with smoked duck, followed by Atlantic salmon with Swiss chard and a perfect Hollandaise - no idea what I had for dessert now but it would have been as good as the rest). The wines we obtained to complement each... More 

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Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The breakfast selection is perfect for adults and children. The service was amazing each day. The waiters greeted us by name each morning. Try the Crab benedict and muffin selection.

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

LaFayette has old world charm and manners, as well as beautiful food, presented with interesting twists. The atmosphere was elegant, all the glass and silverware present and correct. The staff were attentive without being obtrusive. The menu covered all the main food range well. Portions allowed a diner to eat appetiser, entree and dessert without feeling uncomfortably full, and the... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

The food is masterfully prepared and tasteful - the service is a stand alone attraction. The high ceilings and table spacing contribute to noise reduction in the dining room - makes it easier to have a conversation.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I want to go back every week! Best food, best service - TOP NOTCH! The french toast was spectacular and the syrup was warm. Perfect combination of elegance and supeburb food.

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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: French, 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: French, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?