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Lafayette Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Dupont Circle
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800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102 (H Street)
+1 202-638-6600
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Tallahassee, Florida
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138 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's been a few months since I was able to make it to brunch and they've had a menu and champagne refresh. So we're over to Tattinger which is also very nice, they rearranged the display a bit and the lobster benedict is gone! Fortunately it's been replaced by a very nice crab cake benedict. True to form I arrived... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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289 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We simply love this restaurant because the food is excellent (much above the American standards), there is always a new dish to try, and the waiters are professional and eager to help. They know immediately we preferred a table at a window, and we could enjoy one everyday, for breakfast or dinner. Seafood dishes deserve a special mark, for they... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Forget the rest, this is the best. A White House view, table cloths and chandeliers make this an elegant restaurant for any occasion, but every Sunday its extra special for a relaxing brunch. Taittinger Champagne flows endlessly. an amazing array of buffet style appetizers and dessert with the entree of your choice. Service is impeccable. It's shear delight. So GO!... More 

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Clinton, New Jersey
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

A trip down memory lane when Clifford Case grandfather father of my mother in law/husband came here with him when he was in the Senate. The food and service. impeccable. The root salad with whipped goat cheese was amazing. I am not a big fan of salmon but wanted a heart healthy meal. This was the Best filet I have... More 

1 Thank Megan J
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28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

Nice eggs with salmon. I had the lobster salad with was nice also. Beautiful building and friendly staff.

2 Thank Parrot C
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208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

We had breakfast at the Lafayette while staying at the Hay Adams and had a wonderful experience. The staff was friendly and professional and made us feel most welcome. They have a diverse menu from healthy to hearty. Some highlights include the fresh squeezed juices, the soft boiled eggs, fantastic sausage, biscuits and assorted jellies and jams. Food was great... More 

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Chicago, IL
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

A perfect room. Fantastic service. Very high end. My only complaint: the steak frites came with steak fries, instead of classic McDonald's-like french fries. The atmosphere made up for it.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Lovely evening - great starters,main course and desserts. Service a little over attentive but perhaps because restaurant was quiet.

2 Thank Al104
Williamsburg, Virginia
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169 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

This is the kind of place you go for a "special occasion", and it certainly will not disappoint. It is a beautiful, elegant room, with very good food. If I had to criticize, I would say the food and service, though excellent, is a tad pretentious and fussy.

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New York
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118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We stayed in the Hay Adams and had the pleasure of two visits to the Lafayette Restaurant in this hotel. On our first visit, having dined earlier with family we just wanted dessert. We wondered if that would be okay, in such an elegant place. We were made to feel most welcome by our server, and his recommendation of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$40 - $50
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view
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: +1 202-638-6600
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?