The place is a lot of fun and the food is good French bistro but it is annoying that they are always "booked solid", meaning that it is almost impossible to get reservation unless you plan months ahead.
Last Sunday, I was coming back from the football game and on the way home at about 5:30 PM we stopped at Le Diplomate and asked if they had a table for two, the black-clad ladies at the front desk gave us the same response "we can seat you outside right away (mind you it is 45 degrees F outside) or there is a 45 minute wait inside", we thank them and proceeded to see if there was space at the bar, which was packed at this time. As we were leaving, one of the black-clad ladies approached us and said we have this table in the bar area if you do not mind the people standing around, we gratefully accepted the table since people has never bother us. We ordered drinks and there was a challenge communicating with the server, my "straight up dry martini" with olives turned out when served, as a very dirty martini with little olives. Fortunately Le Diplolmate had enough "overseers" that one of them noticed that I was upset with my drink and right away apologized and replaced the drink. Please keep in mind throughout my narrative the place is jumping with activity and most of the tables are occupied and this is only 6:00 PM on a Sunday. The place reminds us of Balthazar in New York City. We placed our order. I ordered fresh oysters which on the menu were offered as assorted, and I have to give credit to the server when I asked if they had blue point oyster she said that she could do it for the same price. I do not like red tomato sauce for the oysters and specifically asked for only mignonette sauce. When the oysters were served on a beautiful platter with crushed ice, seaweed leaves on top of the ice and lemon wedges there were two tumblers of red sauce. When I asked the buss person serving them to replace them his English was non-existent and he had to get someone else to interpret, finally I got my mignonette sauce, and I must say that the oyster were ice-cold and wonderfully fresh. My companion had the mac and cheese appetizer and it was heaven. I ordered the steak frites and it was terrific. My friend had the coq au van which was the special for the day and it was terrific too. For dessert we share the profiteroles which we have had before and one order is plenty for two, they again were wonderful.
This place is terrific and lots of fun but unfortunately if one wants to get a reservation one needs to plan ahead no spare of the moment possibility unless you get lucky like we did. We left close to 7:00 PM and still it was packed and people waiting to be seated.
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