Lafayette Restaurant

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1169 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch. With large windows opening onto Lafayette park & the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital & is certain to complement any dining experience.

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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
Ambience
4.3
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Wayne
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here overlooking the White House. Server Antonny was outstanding.

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vipJohnM
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite DC place for breakfast. The service staff is over the top great, all of them! They go above and beyond to make my guests and me feel welcome. The food was great, as always!

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JaneyaM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. I love fine dining and when I say these were the best scallops I ever had. Also the corn soup w/ lump crab meat was delicious. The filet meal w/ veggies, potato and wine sauce paired so well it almost taste like beef stew. This chef knows what to pair with what for flavor. Never would think corn soup w/crab or scallops in a squash sauce would pair well. I want to go again this week. But I live in Virginia Beach. This will be my go to in DC

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vipLegallady
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best place to eat in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible staff!!! Best in town. Best breakfast ever. Supper Accommodating and took care of every special request we had with a wonderful attitude.

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Scott
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The quality of the food was great, but would like to see a more adventurous menu.

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vipmartinT
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Lafayette restaurant delivers on exceptional food and service every time. Lovely setting with direct views of the White House and Lafayette Park make this the perfect Washington power lunch destination. The long time staff are highly trained to provide some of the best service in Washington, DC today. Always a memorable experience we will go back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location for anniversary dinner; food and service is top notch

LG
vipLoveGoodFood
Dallas
54 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was another wonderful experience with fabulous food and outstanding service.

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viprufkdlk
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience3

Nice place, nice view of the WH and nice staff and managers, could not be better. Used to live close by and so I got into the habit of going. Take biscuits anytime. Tx.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Not sure what happened to Lafayette on 02/14/2020, as my wife and I have enjoyed several excellent meals and service here in the past. After taking everyone's order, the waiter had to come back after a few minutes and retake everything. This wouldn't be a big deal since we want to get everything correct--but when the servers arrived they didn't know who ordered what, and causing additional confusion by offering items not even listed on the fixed course menu. This was further complicated and concerning when dessert arrived. We had a member of our party with a severe nut allergy--and after confirming the dessert ordered contained no nuts, the server gave the wrong dessert to this individual. Disappointing and very dangerous. I'm afraid Lafayette is now just a hotel restaurant with a nice view. Sadly, a big fail and will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines Dinner. Perfect in every way. Simply wonderful.

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vipTheVirginian
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just lovely, perfect service... very rare.

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RicardoV
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I wish I could give 10 stars instead of 5. Absolutely incredible experience at this restaurant. Everything was absolutely perfect. From the ambiance to the staff. The piano man is legendary. The staff there is second to none. My fiance and I loved this place as much as Donald Trump loves Ivanka. We were taken care of well, served such delicious food. The staff was all in on my proposal and it had me feeling so warm and genuinely cared for. I would highly recommend and will return for every trip i make to DC.

We ordered the Filet Mignon, Mixed Green Salad, True Love Chocolate dessert with bourbon and wine to accompany this dinner.

A special thank you for the genuine kindness and attention to detail given to us on a very special night.

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ToddA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a must do restaurant, in the most powerful city in the world

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DanL
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, very gentle and courteous service, and excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Colombia
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tuvimos una atención excelente y dedicada

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vipJPinDC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

One of the best Sunday brunches in DC. Brunch starts at $95 per person (children under 12 are $35) with champagne, mimosa's, and bloody Mary's included. It's not cheap, but the food is outstanding with one of the best buffets and selection of entree's we've had in DC. The room is beautiful and the staff is very helpful and attentive.

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Localdude
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Overpriced. Entrees were ok. Creme brulee was amazing. Asked for a WH view, didn’t get it, despite the place being half empty. We were dressed up; the woman at the next table was in sweat pants.

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vipNorcrossGator
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food.

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vipNBS115
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were excellent. We only had appetizers. Oysters and lobster salad were over the top. Our server, Anthony, recommended both appetizers and we were very pleased. Ambiance is quiet yet the room has a bit of a buzz. Piano was a nice touch! We will return for a full dinner soon.

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JackieS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The ambiance is incredible but the portion sizes were insanely small. I took my lady out for her birthday and it was impressive, but again I had to stop and eat on the way home and I am by no means a large person. I just think $40 for around 4 ounces of fish is insane. We also waited over 30 minutes for the dessert souffle and the place wasn't even busy. For what we paid for the experience the value was very low. I could have gone to the Hamilton and gotten a great meal for a lot less. Lafayette needs to step it up. Also, $9 for sparkling water. Really?

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johnr
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Needed a special dinner prior to a black-tie event. Lafayette was perfect! It is an elegant formal setting, very quiet, seemingly discreet, yet with views of monuments. The food was very good, not among DC’s elite, and on the lighter side, but a very nice meal. I will repeat.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had breakfast there, and it was exquisite. From the service to the food to the lovely china, it was perfect. I had the lox and bagel, which was beautifully laid out, and my friends had the oatmeal soufflé and a savory egg frittata. The scones and baked goods are made in house. Can’t say enough good things.

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NYCvisitor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My go-to spot for breakfast in DC. Staff are fabulous and the room and ambiance and views are second to none.

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vipCM41
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We specifically requested a table away from the kitchen and wait station to celebrate a special birthday. The staff did not reserve a table for us. They tried to seat us in the farthest table in the back, right next to the kitchen and wait station. Unacceptable. So we had to wait. We ended up in the cold adjacent room by ourselves. Odd.

The waiter treated us to a complimentary champagne that was a nice gesture however the rest of dinner experience was less than average.

We ordered the sole, $68 and it was served cold along with cold side dishes. Our sides were brought to the table and sat there while the waiter deboned the fish. The staff should know how to prepare and serve the dinners.

The night was to be a fabulous dining experience and ended up be far far less.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The scallops were delicious, but I thought charging $9.00 for a$1.50 bottle of Pelligrino was a stretch.

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ChristtneS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Pear salad one of the best dishes I have ever had. Amazing service. Always a wonderful experience

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GWUGroup
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Loverly room. Attentive, sometimes too attentive service. Limited menu options and the pasta dish wasn't to my taste. Partner's scallops were excellent.

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vipLouiseD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I particularly like this restaurant for breakfast and private conversation. Food is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal. Nice surroundings. Great service.

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Soldier83
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 29th Wedding Anniversary at the Lafayette Restaurant and was not disappointed. I read a few reviews, all positive, but stated that it was a little pricey. My thoughts on the matter are I paid for what I got; great food, excellent service, quaint ambiance, live soft piano music for our dining pleasure and a quiet/romantic dinner with my bride....priceless. This was our first dining experience at the Lafayette, but most certainly will not be our last.

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Amantedelacomida
Mexico City
20 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Casi no había clientes. Fue la cena de fin de año. Había música de piano. Cantaron las mañanitas x mi cumple, muy amables. La comida muy rica. Bien equilibrada. La carta de vinos bien.

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Zach
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A stunning restaurant with incredible food, service, ambiance, and live piano music while you eat. I had a truly premier and world class brunch experience that you simply cannot miss if you’re in the area. Our server, Geo, really made the dining experience feel exceptional.

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AndreaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely ambiance, food was great, service-perfect!

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vipPremN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High class dinning in beautiful settings. Perfect for a special occasion lunch or dinner.

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vipKiki
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Location, location, location. Oh, and white tablecloths. That's what allows Lafayette to charge the prices they do. It can't be for the food -- bland, unimaginative, pedestrian. Umami is still a foreign concept in this kitchen. And it can't be for the service -- disorganized, borderline rude.

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vipBill
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. Really enjoyed the piano which created a wonderful ambiance.

Eli our waiter was excellent providing great service and advice on both food and wine.

We will definitely return.

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vipEnthralled
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having lunch at the Lafayette Restaurant is always a delight. The food is wonderful, the service is impeccable, and the ambience is nelegant. One could not ask for more.

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