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Lafayette Restaurant at Hay-Adams Hotel: A Unique Fine Dining Experience

Lafayette Restaurant at Hay-Adams Hotel: A Unique Fine Dining Experience

30 reviews between Feb 26, 2020 and Apr 20, 2023.

The Lafayette restaurant at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington D.C. offers a sophisticated American cuisine and a reputation as THE destination restaurant in the nation's capital, with a classic French cooking technique, elegant décor, and impeccable service. Guests can enjoy a great view of the White House and farm-to-table vegetables as well as lobster omelet, crab cakes, and seared sea bass. The waiting staff's personality, professionalism, and attentiveness, combined with live piano music and a romantic atmosphere, ensure a unique fine dining experience.

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  • Best dinner this year

    A fantastic all around experience at Lafayette. We arrived a bit early so we had a before dinner drink in the swanky bar downstairs. I had a great martini and my wifes white wine was step up for a bar. Gratis nuts, olives and chips...are a very nice touch. Classy place!

    To dinner and it was fantastic! Our waiter, Pedro was excellent. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly! We asked for slower pacing to soak in the experience and Jose and company were spot on.i had a great sweet corn soup for an appetizer and it and the accompanying sourdough bread were both great! And my wifes mushroom app was also great. My wife had a fantastic duck entree and my branzino was a substantial and excellent portion. The included sides were also very good. This was our best dining experience this year so far and I doubt that it will be surpassed. One can hope though.More are a very nice touch. Classy place!

    To dinner and it was fantastic! Our waiter, Pedro was excellent. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly! We asked for slower pacing to soak in the experience and Jose and company were spot on.i had a great sweet corn soup for an appetizer and it and the accompanying sourdough bread were both great! And my wifes mushroom app was also great. My wife had a fantastic duck entree and my branzino was a substantial and excellent portion. The included sides were also very good. This was our best dining experience this year so far and I doubt that it will be surpassed. One can hope though.

    Sentiment
    • Positive
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    • Food
    Apr 20, 2023
  • Amazing!!! Perfect date night!

    Went here last night for my boyfriend and I's anniversary. It was a lovely experience. The ambiance accompanied by the live pianist made for a great atmosphere. I usually am a tough critic when eating out, but this place exceeded my expectations. It was very...quiet, not your typical noisy restaurant. The service was amazing everyone was very friendly. The food was perfect! They started us off with a nice thick slice of sourdough bread and very flavorful butter. For dinner, I got the halibut and my boyfriend got the duck breast. Both were cooked to perfection and the fish was extremely fresh. I don't normally write reviews but I had such a great experience. 10/10 recommend.More quiet, not your typical noisy restaurant. The service was amazing everyone was very friendly. The food was perfect! They started us off with a nice thick slice of sourdough bread and very flavorful butter. For dinner, I got the halibut and my boyfriend got the duck breast. Both were cooked to perfection and the fish was extremely fresh. I don't normally write reviews but I had such a great experience. 10/10 recommend.

    Sentiment
    • Positive
    Content
    • Food
    Apr 20, 2023
  • Very lovely experience

    Lovely lunch with impeccable service in a gorgeous dining room. I had the special which was seared sea bass with a pistachio pesto and roasted potatoes. It was melt in your mouth good. Husband had roasted octopus and mushroom soup and loved both of them....We got crème brûlée and blood orange dome or dessert. Right across the street from the White House. Would highly recommend it.More We got crème brûlée and blood orange dome or dessert. Right across the street from the White House. Would highly recommend it.

    Sentiment
    • Positive
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    • Food
    Mar 31, 2023
  • Wonderful Dinner

    Wonderful dinner in a relaxing environment, as opposed to all the noisy places in WDC. Light piano music with dinner and impeccable service. Overall a great experience.

    Sentiment
    • Positive
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    • Others
    Mar 30, 2023
  • Memory of a Lifetime!

    You are welcomed by a very kind individual and the music, piano leads you to your table by the window. The staff are exceptional and caring, the menu is delightful, I highly recommend the fresh green local salad as a starter presented in a beautiful...porcelain dish. The filet mignon is by far the best I have ever tasted, presented with some lovely mushrooms and carrots. We had sparkling water at the table, three bottles and finished off with fresh berries, the cafe latte was so good, we had two!

    The management team is extremely professional, and the ambiance is the best in the world.

    Prior to dinner, we had attended a concert in one of the most, elegant music salon.

    This experience will live in my heart for years to come, it took 30 years to finally have a chance to experience this magnificent evening.

    Don't forget to "look" at The White House and the Monument when you leave The Hay Adams.

    Enjoy your visit to Lafeyette Restaurant at The Hay Adams.More porcelain dish. The filet mignon is by far the best I have ever tasted, presented with some lovely mushrooms and carrots. We had sparkling water at the table, three bottles and finished off with fresh berries, the cafe latte was so good, we had two!

    The management team is extremely professional, and the ambiance is the best in the world.

    Prior to dinner, we had attended a concert in one of the most, elegant music salon.

    This experience will live in my heart for years to come, it took 30 years to finally have a chance to experience this magnificent evening.

    Don't forget to "look" at The White House and the Monument when you leave The Hay Adams.

    Enjoy your visit to Lafeyette Restaurant at The Hay Adams.

    Sentiment
    • Positive
    Content
    • Food
    Mar 13, 2023
    • Beware.

      Overrated and hopelessly overpriced as breakfast place. Nice ambience but terrible food. I haven’t had an omelette this tasteless in a long time.

      Sentiment
      • Negative
      Content
      • Food
      Dec 19, 2022
    • Attractive with Good Food

      It's a beautiful room, in 18th/early 19th century style but with modern additions. The tables are reasonably spaced. Staff are great. We had breakfast and one dinner there: food was good.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Others
      Sep 01, 2022
    • Maybe not a Special Place for Breakfast

      I went there for breakfast specifically because its intro said "overlooking Lafayette Square". But not really "overlooking" in the sense of birds-eye view of the garden or the White House, only in the sense of "right next to...."

      I ordered a cappuccino, and the mushroom...omelet with roasted avocado and veg. Quite disappointing actually. The cap was only so-so, with course foam. The half-arvo was not very fresh, a big chunk blackened . Food was plain as well, really cannot tell the fine culinary standard the restaurant claims.

      I think the most worthy experience would just be the hotel's long heritage, and the attentive service.More omelet with roasted avocado and veg. Quite disappointing actually. The cap was only so-so, with course foam. The half-arvo was not very fresh, a big chunk blackened . Food was plain as well, really cannot tell the fine culinary standard the restaurant claims.

      I think the most worthy experience would just be the hotel's long heritage, and the attentive service.

      Sentiment
      • None
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      • Food
      Aug 10, 2022
    • Delicious food in an elegant setting

      We are 3 meals here while staying at the Hay Adams and each meal was fantastic. The beautiful dining room, elegant atmosphere and delicious food cannot be beaten. The service is excellent as well. The crab cakes are the absolute best I have ever eaten...and the farm to table vegetables are top notch. The best restaurant in DC in my opinionMore and the farm to table vegetables are top notch. The best restaurant in DC in my opinion

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Food
      Jun 14, 2022
    • Best old school dining in Washington

      This has always been my favorite old school dining destination in the city, and it remains so. I usually don't like eating in hotel restaurants, but this doesn't feel like a hotel restaurant. Many tables have views of the White House. There is plush carpeting,...white tablecloths, and a piano player playing classic pieces.

      The menu is simple but classic. Wines are awesome. Kudos for having a large selection of local Virginia wines. Food is excellent.

      Service was a little slower last time due to covid staff shortages, but it was still excellent.

      Most people are in suits and ties, nice dresses, etc. It's a very romantic and pleasant restaurant. This is a must-visit for me on every trip to Washington.More white tablecloths, and a piano player playing classic pieces.

      The menu is simple but classic. Wines are awesome. Kudos for having a large selection of local Virginia wines. Food is excellent.

      Service was a little slower last time due to covid staff shortages, but it was still excellent.

      Most people are in suits and ties, nice dresses, etc. It's a very romantic and pleasant restaurant. This is a must-visit for me on every trip to Washington.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      • Others
      Apr 25, 2022
    • Lovely restaurant in a great location

      Lovely birthday breakfast at the Lafayette.
      Nice food - avocado on toast, followed by plain pancakes (as it was Shrove Tuesday).
      We had a Bellini cocktail, which the server wasn’t sure they could do, but the bar were able to make them.
      Very relaxing and...enjoyable mealMore enjoyable meal

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      • Food
      Mar 02, 2022
    • The $50 breakfast

      I was in DC and looking for a nice place for breakfast. I looked The Capital Hilton breakfast menu which was where I was staying. $20-25 per roughly depending on what you ordered. Then I looked up the menu on-line for the Hay-Adams Hotel. It...was about the same cost, so I figured ... elegant place, roughly same price, why not take a short stroll to sample this establishment's bill of fair.

      First, my waiter, Emanuel, was excellent. Very nice, engaging, and on point.

      However, the portions were small. Oh, you want an English muffin with your meal? $6. What? I order a $25 breakfast plate and they charge $6 more for bread? I guess that is to keep the riff raff like me from returning.

      Needless to say, the five single-serve jars of assorted jams and jellies imported from England left with me.More was about the same cost, so I figured ... elegant place, roughly same price, why not take a short stroll to sample this establishment's bill of fair.

      First, my waiter, Emanuel, was excellent. Very nice, engaging, and on point.

      However, the portions were small. Oh, you want an English muffin with your meal? $6. What? I order a $25 breakfast plate and they charge $6 more for bread? I guess that is to keep the riff raff like me from returning.

      Needless to say, the five single-serve jars of assorted jams and jellies imported from England left with me.

      Sentiment
      • None
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      • Food
      Dec 13, 2021
    • Washington's destination restaurant, a place to see and be seen

      The Lafayette Restaurant in the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C., is a high-end restaurant with formal decor, a sophisticated American cuisine and a reputation for being THE destination restaurant in the nation's capital, a place to see and be seen, a perfect backdrop for business...meals and a truly unique fine dining experience. Located at 800 16th Street Northwest, overlooking Lafayette Park and the White House, it is also home to Off The Record, one of the world's best hotel bars. Open from 6:30 to 11, 11:30 to 2 and 5:30 to 10 Monday through Friday and 7 to 11, 11:30 to 2 and 5:30 to 10 Saturday and Sunday, it offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and is a popular gathering place for businessmen, politicians, diplomats and media. My wife and I have stayed at the Hay-Adams on three occasions and, along with the Willard, there is no better accommodation in town. For breakfast, we had steel cut oatmeal, house roasted cherry granola, corned beef hash and smoked salmon. For dinner, we started with wild mushroom and green lentil soup and Maine sea scallops. For entrees, we chose seared Mediterranean Whole Branzino with mashed potatoes and fall vegetables and Pennsylvania veal chops with braised Yukon gold potato, onions, winter radish and veal jus. For dessert, we shared a unique and delicious combination of salted toffee glaze, dark chocolate ganache and Cardamon ginger ice cream and apple pumpkin tart with almonds, Granny Smith chutney and pumpkin ice cream.More meals and a truly unique fine dining experience. Located at 800 16th Street Northwest, overlooking Lafayette Park and the White House, it is also home to Off The Record, one of the world's best hotel bars. Open from 6:30 to 11, 11:30 to 2 and 5:30 to 10 Monday through Friday and 7 to 11, 11:30 to 2 and 5:30 to 10 Saturday and Sunday, it offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and is a popular gathering place for businessmen, politicians, diplomats and media. My wife and I have stayed at the Hay-Adams on three occasions and, along with the Willard, there is no better accommodation in town. For breakfast, we had steel cut oatmeal, house roasted cherry granola, corned beef hash and smoked salmon. For dinner, we started with wild mushroom and green lentil soup and Maine sea scallops. For entrees, we chose seared Mediterranean Whole Branzino with mashed potatoes and fall vegetables and Pennsylvania veal chops with braised Yukon gold potato, onions, winter radish and veal jus. For dessert, we shared a unique and delicious combination of salted toffee glaze, dark chocolate ganache and Cardamon ginger ice cream and apple pumpkin tart with almonds, Granny Smith chutney and pumpkin ice cream.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      Dec 09, 2021
    • Limited menu but flawless execution

      Classic French cooking techniques, intimate setting and wonderful service. For the more "mature" set.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      • Food
      Nov 19, 2021
    • Dinner

      Went to dinner last night. I went with 2 adult men and the entree portions were meant for children. For entree dishes priced at $40-$50, it’s not ok that after dinner both of them came home to eat as they were still starving. If you...want to come here for dinner, eat beforehand. What they will serve you can be considered a “snack”.More want to come here for dinner, eat beforehand. What they will serve you can be considered a “snack”.

      Sentiment
      • Negative
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      Oct 03, 2021
    • Will go back!

      We were walking around The White House and just went to closest reastraunt in this area, and it wasn’t mistake - atmosphere in dining room is amazing, waiters are incredibly nice, friendly, and helpful. Food is delicious (ask for a desert menu and I promise...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      • Staff and Service
      Sep 22, 2021
    • Great

      One of my favorite places in DC for breakfast, lunch or dinner. French menu with a lot of very well selected and balanced dishes. Top Quality.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      Aug 22, 2021
    • Beautiful dining room and excellent service

      The dining room is gorgeous, excellent for a romantic dinner. The service was wonderful and the food taste was very good. For a healthy adult man (6'3" , 200lbs) the food portions are unfortunately inadequate. My main course consisted of 3 scallops and if I...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      Aug 12, 2021
    • Excellent views, food and SERVICE!

      My husband and I traveled to Washington DC for the first time in April, 2021. I surprised him with the trip for his birthday. I really wanted a good view of the White House, because it is barricaded with tall fences right now. We went...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      May 09, 2021
    • The Restaurant at the Top

      We had a special treat when we took our friend's advice to eat at the restaurant on the Hay-Adams' 9th floor! It is a fine dining experience and probably the best view of the White House with the Washington Monument and Tidal Basin in the...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      • Others
      Apr 21, 2021
    • Spur of the moment, great decision

      We were looking for a place to have a drink and appetizers, and get a great view. Nothing was available, and some places wanted a minimum charge of $150 to even get a table.
      We walked to the Lafayette from our hotel and went up...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      • Others
      Mar 30, 2021
    • Absolute perfection!

      Dinner last night at Lafayette was absolute perfection! The restaurant has been moved from the elegant main floor space to the 9th floor, where they normally host private events. It was a beautiful evening, and our table faced the terrace with a view of the...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      • Food
      Mar 10, 2021
    • Great View of the White House

      Lafayette Restaurant, located inside the Hay-Adams Hotel's top floor, provides an opportunity for guests to have a great view of the White House. We made reservations in advance for a birthday celebration. Even though we were not accommodated to a window seat, we still were...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      • Others
      Feb 27, 2021
    • Nice place for a good Meal

      Compact menu. few salads and main. Loved the Snapper and the sea bass. Not a major wow. but descent. Nice view is a bonus. will be back

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      Dec 28, 2020
    • Must do a major shout out

      Must do a major shout out to our waiter, Emmanuel! Talk about personality. We were treated like royalty. He made amazing suggestions for our lunch. I had the scallops and parsnip soup, which were amazing. My friend had the mushroom soup. This restaurant has been...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Staff and Service
      Dec 03, 2020
    • A Great Breakfast - Again

      A Great Breakfast - Again

      We were back to Washington, DC, for a series of meetings for my wife. We were staying at the Hay-Adams Hotel, so had breakfast in the lovely Lafayette, just off of the hotel’s lobby. While I enjoy several other restaurants...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      Oct 16, 2020
    • Lovely Solo Dinner at Lafayette

      Lovely Solo Dinner at Lafayette

      While in Washington DC in May, my wife had a business dinner, so I was solo for dining, and decided to return to Lafayette in the Hay-Adams Hotel, even though we were not staying there on this trip.

      While I...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      Apr 07, 2020
    • Best traditional dining in DC

      My favorite restaurant in DC. The space is elegant. They had a piano player, and everyone was well-dressed. Greeting was warm. Service was excellent. Food was really amazing, Michelin quality dining. Wine list is good, ambiance is wonderful. If you're looking for a special occasion,...More

      Sentiment
      • Positive
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      Mar 11, 2020
    • Wonderful Breakfast/Brunch

      We dined twice at the Lafayette. Once for Brunch and once for Breakfast. Service is happy and attentive. The Lobster Omelette and the Grits with Poached Egg and Salse were the highlights. Good coffee and a view of the White House.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Food
      Mar 02, 2020
    • Exceptional lunch experience

      Group of twelve had lunch at the Lafayette in the historic Hay Adams hotel. Many ordered the crab cakes, which were the best I have ever had. The service was exquisite and the setting was incomparable. Highly recommended.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Food
      Feb 26, 2020

Sentiment Analysis

  • Positive(26)
    87%
  • Negative(2)
    7%
  • None(2)
    7%
80 Net Promoter
Score

Popular Topics

  • Food(20)
    67%
  • Others(6)
    20%
  • Location(2)
    7%
  • Staff and Service(2)
    7%

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    100%

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