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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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Sunday
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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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Visitor rating
  • 60
    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
Special place for a special celebration

We were celebrating my son's senior thesis art show at the Corcoran and wanted a special place to go. The Lafayette hit the mark. The food was excellent. Our wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. It was quiet and allowed for good conversation. We made special memories that night. Thanks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Vickie W
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Midland, GA
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Midland, GA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We were celebrating my son's senior thesis art show at the Corcoran and wanted a special place to go. The Lafayette hit the mark. The food was excellent. Our wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. It was quiet and allowed for good conversation. We made special memories that night. Thanks Lafayette.

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Buffalo, NY, USA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We went for Easter Sunday brunch at the 1 pm sitting (sittings also at 10 am and 4 pm). Brunch was on the top floor of the Hay Adams Hotel instead of the normal restaurant location to accommodate more people. Unlimited champagne and mimosas were served, starting while everyone waited on the first floor to be called for the elevator... More 

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Absolutely loved this restaurant! The style is very old school...Tables have white linen tablecloths, there is a man playing piano, chandeliers, beautiful views of Lafayette Park. The service was gracious and friendly. The ambiance is gorgeous, formal, American. The food was excellent. All in all, it was a lovely and romantic place for dinner. I would come back here in... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My husband, two daughters (ages 8 and 10 ) and I recently dined at the Lafayette. The food was divine, and the service was impeccable. They generated some simple dishes to please our daughters, and they were delighted by the fancy service and accommodations. The lobster salad was incredible, and their wine list is very impressive. The dining room is... More 

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Atlanta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
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46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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