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Lafayette Restaurant

800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
+1 202-638-6600
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“dover sole” (17 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 am - 10:00 pm Hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This has to be one of the best "Hotel Restaurants" we have eaten at and is reminiscent of some of Europe's best "Hotel Restaurants. The menu is brief but diverse. The quality of the food was superb and the portions just right. They have an...More

1  Thank Malcolm P
Reviewed 5 February 2018

I had breakfast at the Lafayette and the service was impeccable. I had already eaten a croissant in my hotel, so I simply had coffee and the crab cake benedict. The crab cake benedict is just that, one crab cake with a poached egg, sauteed...More

1  Thank Grant N
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

The food was great, and we were in a private room with a truly spectacular view of the White House. Service was excellent as well.

1  Thank Mark P
Reviewed 11 January 2018

The Lafayette is not one of those Restaurants that a hotel obligingly opens for the convenience of its patrons. The Lafayette is a masterpiece. Nothing is left unfinished. From the initial greeting to your exit and everything in between you are treated like royalty. The...More

1  Thank Frank S
Reviewed 5 December 2017

superbly cooked and presented. The staff were attentive and forthcoming with suggestions. Nothing was too much trouble.

Thank vincenttrotter068
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Located in the Hay-Adams Hotel, the Lafayette faces south toward the White House and is bright and sunny at breakfast time. The usual breakfast items are offered, at very reasonable prices for a 5-star hotel. My companion very much liked his eggs Benedict, though I...More

1  Thank MannyG2000
Reviewed 14 November 2017

This place is in a hotel which I don't normally like. But it's set off from the main hotel area so it seems like a separate restaurant. Service was spot on and the food was delicious. Very nice decor too so it would be great...More

Thank takenscreenname
Reviewed 8 November 2017

It had been a while since I had done brunch and what has long been one of my favorite restaurants in the world. Forget the location (across the street from the Whitehouse and down the street from the metro), and forget the value (only $80...More

2  Thank fsview11
Reviewed 24 October 2017

I highly recommend it for both breakfast and dinner based on outstanding food and service. I had the BEST EVER Maryland crab cake Eggs Benedict and freshly squeezed kale, lemon, apple juice! Dinner was elegant and exceptionally well prepared.

1  Thank Irene I
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Hay Adams is one of the best hotels in DC, located right opposite the White House and Lafayette is the only restaurant in the hotel and is therefore frequently used for breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings. The restaurant is old world stylish in its decor...More

Thank RoteFuchs
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Questions & Answers
15 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.
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
10 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
USD 40 - USD 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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