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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 16
    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
Perfect

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
MLM7886
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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Washington, DC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Lafayette is one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Washington, with views of the White House across Lafayette Park . A great power breakfast spot, with some of the best people watching in DC. Most of the highly professional staff have been at the restaurant for 15-plus years. The food is always fantastic; I have never had a... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Perfectly cooked Dover Sole - Boned table side - An exceptional bottle of Condrieu - All served in an elegant room by competent staff. I cannot recall a better meal. This is our second visit (see 2013 review) to this restaurant. As we had a near perfect meal last time, there is always a concern that the experience cannot be... More 

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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We arrived to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Hoping for a special evening we read good comments on TA and the Hay Adams in general. It was everything we hoped it would be. From pork belly and scallop appetizers to tenderloin of beef entree, magnifique!! Coincidentally, we dined beside a familiar 2 time Pulitzer prize winning author who was generous with... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My husband and I went to Lafayette restaurant for our anniversary dinner. We choose it based in the reviews and let me say, we were not disappointed. Everything about our experience was top notch. The wait staff was meticulous and very attentive. The food was amazing. The atmosphere was nice. We would definitely recommend it!

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Ipswich, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had dinner and lunch at the Lafayette. The setting is divine, service excellent, wine list comprehensive and food outstanding.

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Melbourne, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It is not modern, edgy or cutting edge. It is simply a good classic solid restaurant. It feels that way and it works that way. And it can be good from time to time even if you like edgy choices. We had the pepper soup which was really nice and the American snapper which is a great dish. The soufflé... More 

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Knoxville, Tenn
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We stayed at the Hay-Adams during April visit, and only ate at Lafayette for breakfast on three lucky mornings. The venue is in a beautiful historic hotel with a view of Lafayette Park and the White House. The professional staff were courteous and friendly. The menu did not offer boring, usual breakfast fare. My husband loved the crab Eggs Benedict...had... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Definitely a pricey venue, but for breakfast, I find it to be perfect for an occasional indulgence. I've gone by myself many a time, and dragged along several friends (after convincing them that it's worth it to spend $30+ on breakfast). The fresh squeezed juice alone is amazing. The bacon: incredible. Haven't ever been disappointed. And it always feels luxurious.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Upon the recommendation of our server I went with the night specialty which was a pan cooked flounder, I have never had fish prepared so perfectly anywhere. The texture was light and fluffy and the seasoning complemented the fish and wine selection we had perfectly. The ambiance of the restaurant is quite nice as well, not a lot of tables... More 

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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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