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Lafayette Restaurant

800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
+1 202-638-6600
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good13%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely breakfast spot with a really diverse menu and incredibly attentive and professional staff. The decor is great and though it is a little pricey, the French toast will set you up for the day!

Thank Missmairw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Elegant dining directly across from the White House. A party of six for dinner on Saturday night and it felt like we were the only ones there. The staff was perfect in their attentiveness, courtesy, and knowledge of the menu and specials of the evening....More

Thank James K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very courteous and attentive staff, yet personable as well. The food was delicious and fresh. We had a late breakfast, it was prepared perfectly and was yummy!

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate breakfast in the Lafayette Restaurant and we all enjoyed it very much. It was a bit expensive but considering the location and great food it was worth it.

Thank dollybelle578
Reviewed 11 May 2017

My husband and I ended up here on a recommendation from a friend as a nice place to go for an upscale breakfast close to the White House. We came at the beginning of a day of touring the city and were dressed in tourist...More

Thank IkeFox
Reviewed 20 April 2017

My wife and I had a special evening dining in the Lafayette restaurant. We spent 7 days in DC staying in the Hay Adams and rather than dining out, we decided to try the hotel restaurant one evening. And we were so thrilled we did....More

Thank Francis47
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We enjoyed three breakfasts and one dinner at the Lafayette. try the crab cake benedict for breakfast with a side of bacon. The rack of lamb for dinner was the best ever. they serve good sized portions and Figi bottled water. The restaurant brought out...More

1  Thank JandKtraveltime
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I couldn't believe how good a breakfast could be. I felt better than the President of the United States eating here. The service, the atmosphere, the food, everything was beyond excellent. You feel like a king eating here. Oh ya, their probable are real kings...More

1  Thank Gene P
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The staff is always happy to see you. The breakfast is always consistently good. We love the soft boiled eggs with toy soldiers (toast) Their breakfast shakes are excellent. My always stop in breakfast spot when in town.

2  Thank LUVTOTRAVELSeattle
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Very diverse menu without a vast amount of items. Detailed attention to your specific needs and requirements. Excellent service and staff.

2  Thank Ilogjr
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is restaurant in Hay Adams Hotel?
14 September 2016|
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Response from ghostdancer | Reviewed this property |
Yes but do not assume this is just another hotel restaurant. Ambience, service, food are all on par with the very best.
Hi, I read your review on the Lafayette Restaurant in D.C. Do you recall views of the white house from the restaurant windows? The restaurant says it has views but I have not seen one photo of that view from inside the restaurant. Thank you for your time.
18 December 2015|
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Response from gbiztraveler | Reviewed this property |
No...We were unable to see the White House even though we did have a window view. The windows are obstructed from the outside so you really can't see much of anything.
Douglas G
Would a tuxedo be too must for a restaurant like this?
9 June 2015|
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Response from saint22 | Reviewed this property |
I know this is an old question but I wanted to comment on this question. I think a tuxedo would be a perfect choice for this restaurant. Look at old photos of the wonderful actors of yesteryear out to dinner at an upscale... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$40 - US$50
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-638-6600
  • E-mail
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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