We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Lafayette Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Dupont Circle
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
800 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4102 (H Street)
+1 202-638-6600
07:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 07:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 22:00
Sat 07:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

207 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 191: English reviews
Chicago, IL
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A perfect room. Fantastic service. Very high end. My only complaint: the steak frites came with steak fries, instead of classic McDonald's-like french fries. The atmosphere made up for it.

Thank DPD_Chicago
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely evening - great starters,main course and desserts. Service a little over attentive but perhaps because restaurant was quiet.

Thank Al104
Williamsburg, Virginia
Level Contributor
164 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the kind of place you go for a "special occasion", and it certainly will not disappoint. It is a beautiful, elegant room, with very good food. If I had to criticize, I would say the food and service, though excellent, is a tad pretentious and fussy.

Thank Elena G
New York
Level Contributor
109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We stayed in the Hay Adams and had the pleasure of two visits to the Lafayette Restaurant in this hotel. On our first visit, having dined earlier with family we just wanted dessert. We wondered if that would be okay, in such an elegant place. We were made to feel most welcome by our server, and his recommendation of the... More 

2 Thank Betera
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

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

3 Thank KatSchu
Level Contributor
85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 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 

2 Thank Anthony K
Santa Clarita, California, United States
Level Contributor
26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

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 

2 Thank Cheryl R
Largo, Florida
Level Contributor
429 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

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.

2 Thank zzzzdoc1
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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
Level Contributor
33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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

Travellers who viewed Lafayette Restaurant also viewed


Been to Lafayette Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 40 - USD 50
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
View, Romantic, Groups, 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
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lafayette Restaurant and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Lafayette Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?