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Lafayette Restaurant

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Dupont Circle
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800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102 (H Street)
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The experience started with our hostess, Leah - she had the most welcoming personality and started our meal off right! We had breakfast there twice in our 3 day stay - the food was excellent. It is a little pricey, but definitely worth it. It comes just the way you order it!

1 Thank Tremaine J
Charleston, SC
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was so excited to visit the historic Hay Adams hotel that I made a breakfast reservation on our last morning in DC. While I must say the food was very good the service was underwhelming. Once we sat down we got coffee right away and was told our server would be right over. It took over 10 minutes for... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The room is bright and beautiful. The staff is attentive and the food is beautifully presented. There is also a piano player at dinner time! I highly recommend this restaurant!

2 Thank Mimma R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have recently moved from London, and we were looking for a place that matched the elegance we had left for our first year wedding anniversary. We were delighted with Lafayette. The staff was absolutely extraordinary and the ambience was charming. The food was very good, though not as excellent as I had hoped. The baked Alaska... More 

2 Thank Sophie S
Burleson, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Our desire to have a healthy, delicious breakfast was fully realized here. Geovanny listened to our request and fully delivered. Our view of the park was beautiful and the atmosphere was classy, but not stuffy. Delightful experience!!

2 Thank DallasOwen2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Go for the atmosphere, certainly go for the food. It is a little pricey even for DC. Breakfast was an adventure, ever have an oatmeal souffle? It was excellent. I would have given it 5 stars, but the service was a little slow.

1 Thank Walter D
Cupar, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We had both a wonderful dinner and also enjoyed the free-pour champagne brunch buffet here on a Sunday. you feel like you are going back to bye-gone glamour when you walk in. We were greeted and even more impressive was when we returned two days later for the champagne brunch, the door staff remembered us! We were given a well... More 

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Evans, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

What a lovely place to have the privilege to enter, sit at a gorgeous table and have a very attentive staff to serve you. The soups were delicious, our entrées were artfully presented and totally scrumptious! Desserts were colorful and soooo good! as were our coffees. When in Washington and able to lunch or dine at this majestic restaurant, do... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

This is a lovely location for a business breakfast. It was quiet, the food was great and the staff exceptional.

1 Thank NCTraveller1
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37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Top spot for DC breakfast, across from the White House. Terrific staff and Leah knows how to run a dining room! Probably go 1-2 times a week.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40 - $50
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
    (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: 12026386600
Directly overlooking Lafayette Square towards the White House, The Lafayette is a destination restaurant in Washington, DC featuring a light-filled dining room and carefully prepared menu of upscale contemporary American cuisine. With an attentive staff, stately setting and meal service for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, The Lafayette provides a truly unique fine dining experience in Washington, D.C.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?