The extensive menu features a variety of classic favorites including Onion Soup Gratinée, Steak Frites and Escargots as well as daily plats such as Bouillabaisse and Entrecôte de Boeuf. Towering plateaus of oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail and lobster are the perfect start to a meal or a main course unto itself. The crusty baguettes are made in-house and are the ideal accompaniment to a selection of regional French cheeses. A thoughtfully curated wine list and specialty cocktail program complete the experience.
For appetizers, Keith enjoyed a half dozen oysters featuring a mix from Rhode Island, Virginia, and Maryland. I chose the Mushroom Tart that was a light flaky crust loaded with pioppini mushrooms and truffle pecorino. The mushroom flavor was intense and this tart was a nice treat in itself. For my main I immediately noticed and ordered the daily plate of my favorite seafood stew called Bouillabaisse. This bowl included shrimp, mussels, and monkfish in a light tomato saffron broth. The seafood was perfectly tender and the broth incredibly fragrant and warm. I happily dunked extra French bread into the broth to soak up all the goodness. As a side dish, I wanted to try the Pommes Au Gratin. They were very rich and creamy and loaded with lots of cheese. Keith ordered Beef Bourguignon with button mushrooms, lardons, red wine sauce. His dish also came unknowingly with mashed potatoes, and was overall a hearty dish perfect for winter.
All in all, I enjoyed all the food, and the service was on point. The dining room itself can get very loud and packed. I can see how this place has gotten so popular since its anticipated opening earlier this year. If you are in the mood for classic French food in a vibrant atmosphere, then check out Le Diplomate.
Total Rating: 4.28
Food: 4.5, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 4
What I ate:
pioppini mushrooms, truffle pecorino
♥Pommes Au Gratin♥
button mushrooms, lardons, red wine sauce