We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lafayette Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Dupont Circle
French, American, Bistro
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
800 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20006 (H Street)
McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
202 638 6600
Website
Improve this listing
Today
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 127 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Great Ambiance

Not as good as the famous Blue Duck but wonderful ambiance. Fantastic desserts that can't be skipped.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Guy B
,
Indianapolis, Indiana
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
Add Photo Write a Review

127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Not as good as the famous Blue Duck but wonderful ambiance. Fantastic desserts that can't be skipped.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I are frequent guests of the Hay Adams Hotel. One of our favorite things about staying at the hotel is the Lafayette Restaurant located in the hotel. We always have breakfast here and are treated like royalty by the staff. The members of the staff quickly learn your name and if you are a returning client, you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Inside the the Hays-Adam hotel. Great food. Breakfast with reservations...it's that good! It's a must! Very dressy. Saw some dressy casual though. The crab eggs Benedict was wonderful. Corned beef (home made) with poached eggs was wonderful as was eggs Mornay. The kids loved the pancakes, pineapple juice and mango smoothie. Great fruit plates. All was perfectly made and service... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Quiet, elegant dining room. Service was very good. We had the Hamachi Sashimi and Diver Scallops appetizers, and the American Red Snapper and Sauteed Dover Sole entrees. Preparation was good, flavors well mixed, but most was pretty tame and mild.

Was this review helpful? Yes
portland, oregon
Level Contributor
56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Ormond Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Prague, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Lee, Virginia
Level Contributor
96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Buckingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
226 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Lafayette Restaurant also viewed

Washington DC, DC
 
Washington DC, DC
Washington DC, DC
 

Been to Lafayette Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lafayette Restaurant and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Hawthorne, New Jersey
5 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Lafayette Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?