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Lafayette Restaurant

800 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20006 (Dupont Circle)
202 638 6600
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Ranked #21 of 2,717 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $50
Mon 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Bistro
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: H Street
Transit: McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
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Lake Forest, IL
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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Ft. Worth
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98 reviews 98 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

No loud music, white tablecloths, excellent service from Eli, very good food. Friends were staying at the Hays-Adams Hotel & received a $100 voucher for the restaurant. We had a large table of 9 whereas most tables were 2-4 people. The tables were far enough apart to ensure a quiet ambiance & actually be able to hold a conversation throughout... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

Dined here to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Food, service, pianist tinkling in the background: all made it a memorable evening. For fine dining in this wonderful city, the Lafayette is the place to go!

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Perth, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Nothing .... I loved that they served "soft boiled egg's and toast soldiers "....The staff were attentive and were friendly, nothing to fault with eating here. Bellisimo

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Bedford, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Superb! Excellent dining experience! Great hotel and a cool location. Highly recommend this place! The service is phenomenal and so is the food!

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North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Need I say more?? This is an item that must be tried when at Lafayette. Takes 20 minutes but worth every minute. Loved the Ginger and Carrot juice.. Really good wait staff. So friendly and competent. Well Done...

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Herndon, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Real Champagne, excellent appetizers, creative entrees. This is not a typical all you can get brunch. You start with appetizers which are unlimited. They are heavy on seafood. After your hunger is well satisifed, you order an entree, and then there is unlimited deserts. Excellent service and elegant surrounding make for a meal to remember.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Had a wonderful breakfast at the Lafayette within the Hays-Adam hotel. Very attentive (but not hovering) wait staff. We lingered long after breakfast, having a business meeting. They kept warm coffee coming even though all other guests had gone. Enjoyed the Smoked Salmon and Chive eggs. What a lovely serving--lox mixed in with chives and eggs and served with a... More 

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Washington, DC
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178 reviews 178 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Just got back from Brunch at the Lafayette at the Hay-Adams. For $75 (each) you get champagne or mimosas, a huge appetizer buffet (think lobster, shellfish, gorgeous salads, pate), your choice of a dozen or so incredible main entrees and some of the most amazing dessert buffets anywhere. The room is beautiful, understated and elegant - with windows overlooking the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Adore the service, food and attention to detail! This is what an ADULT restaurant is all about. If you are looking for trendy then this venue is not for you. If you are looking for a sophisticated dining experience then you have located an iconic DC GEM. The room itself is so warm and inviting with large windows facing 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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