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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)
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Lafayette never diaspoints. Hands down the Oatmeal Souffle is one of the best things I've ever tasted in my life! Must try when dining here for breakfast. Attentive service, beautiful hotel and centrally located in DC. Great for a breakfast meeting

1 Thank KatSchu
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The decor is old world elegance and as soon as you arrive you are fussed over by waiters who understand how to serve without forced familiarity. For lunch I chose simple dishes of Peach salad and grilled scallops followed by Creme brûlée. The food was superbly fresh and prepared to perfection with brisk, discreet, attention. The tables are well spaced... More 

1 Thank Anthony K
Santa Clarita, California, United States
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I shared a dinner with a good friend after a day of meetings in the area. The moment we walked up the short flight of stairs to the restaurant and were greeted by the hostess a beautiful calm slipped over me. The room is classically furnished and is just beautiful. Service was absolutely perfect making us feel special and relaxed.... More 

1 Thank Cheryl R
Largo, Florida
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416 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, the service here was truly outstanding. Our waiter was nice, attentive, and quite funny. Plus he made great suggestions. The decor is very well done, with beautiful windows with flowers outside them. Beautiful orchids, classical moldings, artwork. Just really well done. The crab cake Benedict is superb.

1 Thank zzzzdoc1
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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!

2 Thank Tremaine J
Charleston, SC
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 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 

Thank marisaf-SC
Burlington, Canada
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

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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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 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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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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

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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
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, 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: 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?