1226 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.1789restaurant.com/
- Phone: 2029651789x
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Open for Sunday Brunch on Easter and Mother's Day.
Closed Christmas Day and July 4.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
- Executive Chef: Samuel Kim
- Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
A word from 1789 Restaurant
Sitting on a quiet residential street in Georgetown, 1789 Restaurant has the charm of a historic country inn. Chef Samuel Kim’s contemporary seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious summer dishes. A modern twist on classic desserts by Pastry Chef Ryan Westover.Continued
2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner; 3 Stars from 2014 Washingtonian magazine.
2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner; 3 Stars from 2014 Washingtonian magazine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
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1789 Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
318 reviews since May 22, 2014
- Ambiance4.6Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (257)romantic (213)fit for foodies (173)neighborhood gem (104)notable wine list (104)good for groups (26)late-night find (8)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (4)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
- Could not be happier!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/14/2014We came here for my birthday dinner with my family and was extremely pleased. The restaurant was welcoming and every staff member from the hostesses to the wait staff were so friendly. The food was outstanding!! I am so pleased and will be back soon!Special Features:
- Perfect in Every WayGeorgeDined on 9/13/2014Birthday tradition for my wife. Everything is always flawless. Most highly recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best dining experience everFoodguruDined on 9/12/2014My boyfriend and I went to 1789 to celebrate my birthday. We were treated like ROYALTY - honestly it was the best dining experience I have ever had. It is very expensive but worth every penny!Special Features:
- A little off.......OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/12/2014We have dined at 1789 periodically over the years, and have enjoyed some wonderful meals there. This time, greeters at the door were welcoming and engaging. Service was attentive, though our main server did not once smile or attempt to make us feel welcome. His approach to his job bordered on surgical! A nice touch was the appearance of a watermelon appetizer. We all ordered different selections at our table, and generally they were deemed delicious except that the hangar steak, ordered by two of us, was well- flavored and prepared but tough and gristly. There were no other beef or lamb entrees offered on the menu, a disappointment, but perhaps because 1789 was still offering its summer special at $45. Hopefully next time will be betterSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- fabulous!cookbookjunkieVIPDined on 9/11/2014We eat out a lot and it is not easy to surprise us, but this was an outstanding meal. Quaint historic setting, excellent service, and the food! creative, but not too fussy. coddled egg and mushrooms was exquisite, the gnocchi were light and in a flavorful green sauce, Icelandic cod was caramelized inn top, but not overcooked and perfectly accompanied by leeks, potatoes and lardons. Save room for dessert - peach pie with bourbon vanilla ice cream was the best!Special Features:
- Gem in GeorgetownJAAOVIPDined on 9/8/20141789 has been around for many years and it is still a premier dining spot in DC. The ambiance and setting in an old federal house converted to a restaurant provides many small side rooms and cozy spaces for a wonderful atmosphere to discuss business or have a romantic evening. The food was exceptional. It was presented beautifully and tasted divine. Every touch was perfect. Service was timing but did not overwhelm you.Special Features:
- Special Occasion DinnerEllieVIPDined on 9/7/2014Thank you for the special touches (menu, birthday note card, scrolled Happy Birthday on my dessert plate) for my birthday dinner.Special Features:
- A wonderful experienceluvtodineDined on 9/7/2014My husband and I went to dinner celebrating my husband's birthday and we had a wonderful time. Outstanding service from the moment we arrived with complimentary parking to our seating and atmosphere. Loved the cozy room we had and once seated we had very knowledgeable service by several attendants. We started with a frozen watermelon appetizer that was accompanied by great tasty breads and butter with distinct flavors. We had a nice selection of wines. We ordered a Potato Gnocchi and and the Squid Ink Tagliarini for appetizers. Our main entrees were the Duck and Rockfish with Lobster farro selections. Done superbly. My husband had a complimentary Peach Pie and I had the Rocky Road Verrine for desserts. An experience to remember!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hurried and Only So-SoOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 9/6/2014A new chef in the really old and somewhat smelly surroundings that is 1789 Restaurant was not enough to rescue a late seating dinner on a busy Saturday night. The wait staff seemed rushed, the food arrived in a hurry, the tastes were alright, nothing special and overall my companion and I simply concluded that for all its hype and reputation, 1789 reminds you of those rock legends you still go see on concert - they play the sam songs but they just aren't the same. The wine list is really nice and a very great bottle of Turley Petite Syrah was really nice. Skip this place for a while.
- FabulousGDenverDined on 9/6/2014I was visiting from out of town. It was such a treat. The old building was lovely with small intimate dining areas. The food was fabulous and our serving was formal but fun and helpful.Special Features:
- Great ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/5/2014The ambiance, food, and service were perfect for a date night.Special Features:
- Just what I hoped forDCfoodieDined on 9/5/2014We were celebrating a birthday , and I wanted someplace special. Being new to the area, I wasn't sure where to go, but this looked "special". It was perfect. Some friend mentioned "stodgy," "old"-- We loved it! We loved that most men were wearing jackets, that everyone was well dressed, and that the place was busy with a "buzz" to it. The menu choices were diverse, and all of our food was very good. Service was professional and attentive. Wine list was great. All three of us took advantage of the $45 prix-fix menu. Shared cheese course with desert was perfect. I'd take 1789 over any glass, stone, metal trendy place every time.Special Features:
- Back in time, with a Frech flaireMediocreDined on 9/5/2014Great historical décor, excellent food. The dessert could have been better. Service was impecable.Special Features:
- The service was MemorablePatriciaDined on 9/4/2014Our party of four had a pleasant dining experience but it was the service that was most memorable. Our waiter was extraordinary and did everything he possibly could for us. Other restaurants should take note. Food was good, not as memorable.Special Features:
- Love 1789auntannieVIPDined on 9/2/20141789 never lets me down. Just went with my husband for the $45 fix prixe summer dinner (until 9/12). Like all other occaisions everything was excellent. My husband thought the coddled egg was the best first course he had ever eaten and i loved the squid ink tagliarini. Rockfish and duck were quite good,too. (Surcharge for duck). Serice is always excellent. This a great place for a romantic dinner and to entertain family for special occaisions.Special Features:
- A special dining experienceUnsinkableHopeDined on 9/1/2014So refreshing to be in a restaurant where you can hear your dinner partners! Attentive, professional service highlights the delicious culinary delights coming from the kitchen. A place to return many times to sample the whole menu!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 1789 - A Great ChoiceasullivaDined on 8/31/2014This restaurant is a perfect place to mark special occasions. I noted it was our anniversary, and 1789 presented us with menus that referenced the occasion, including our names. Terrific food; lamb is notable. Wine list runs the gamut from reasonable to pricey - your choice. Wait staff was attentive and very pleasant. Several little touches added to the mood, such as small compressed watermelon squares with jalapeno peppers served as a palate cleanser. This is a reliable place with great ambiance. Ask for one of the first floor dining rooms.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/31/2014EVERYTHING WAS VERY WELL DONE. ONE PROBLEM WAS THE AMOUNT OF SALT AND SPICES IN EVERY COURSE INCLUDING DESSERT.Special Features:
- One of our favorites of the DC AreaTLi2001Dined on 8/30/2014We loved everything about the restaurant. It was our favorite dining place during our 5 day stay in DC, and it wasn't the most expensive either. Great food, attentive and friendly service, rich history, and good value. Prices aren't exactly cheap, but we've seen much higher prices at other similar restaurants. If we find ourselves in the area we'll definitely stop in again!Special Features:
- Not a fine dining restaurant.FinDinDined on 8/30/2014This restaurant is far too large to be a true fine dining restaurant. The service is as uneven as the food. From the large number of college students milling about the door to the Tombs (the bar underneath the restaurant) to the diners in t-shirts and polo shirts, nothing about this restaurant indicates fine dining. Corduroy and Marcel's are what 1789 should be and is not. It was a profoundly disappointing dining experience.
- Very Classy RestaurantBGDCDined on 8/30/2014We chose this restaurant because my grandmother was visiting and wanted something that was "white table cloth, quiet, warm ambiance, in a historical building, with great food". 1789 fulfilled all these demands. Our waiter was wonderful, atmosphere was spot on, and food was excellent. If I had to say something negative (which it's really not) is that 1789 is located in close proximity to Georgetown University, so there were large groups of college aged kids walking around. Again, that was not a significant issue! Great experience!Special Features:
- Good serviceYasiser2891Dined on 8/29/2014Great food and good service. Really pricey but great for special occasions.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Traditional hot spotAlishaDined on 8/29/2014Must eat spot for Georgetown. Very accessible for those who appreciate the historic spots. The wine list is pretty extensive and gives a good range from the everyday Oregon varietals to the higher end (ask for the reserve list if you know what you're looking for). Your server may be knowledgeable about wines, but didn't see anyone sporting the somm pin. Best to have someone in your group who knows wines to pick for you. Servers are very personable and professional, but don't expect "napkin placed on your lap" service. The three course dinner menu option is great for a quick dinner, but won't necessarily appeal to those foodies with a really refined palette. Overall, great opportunity to catch up with a dear friend in a great venue.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oversell on the new chef?notbadDined on 8/29/20141789 has a new chef. He wants to be the best chef in DC, according to our earnest waiter. The chef wants everyone to order at least 3 courses. Well, in our humble opinion, the chef has some work to do, and the servers should back off a bit on the oversell. The gazpacho was cold cucumber soup: not bad, but not gazpacho. The fried oysters were covered with panko (or something like it). One could only taste the breading. The rock fish was good, but could have been great had it not been so salty. (I love salt and have never complained about too much EVER.) The server was sweet and sincere, but interjected himself into our every private conversation. We will go back. But we'll hope for less hype and better food, with a little more privacy.Special Features:
- Quite with attentive serviceDCGuyVIPDined on 8/29/2014We were looking for a quite resturant wtih good food and service. 1789 did not disappoint. We were with folks we had not meet before and wanted to be able to make sure our group of 6 could hear each other without having to shout. Turns out the food was outstanding, service was attentive with a touch of humor and the ambience was just right. Free valet parking is a plus as well. Resturant is a bit pricey, so know you are out for a special dinner.Special Features:
- Used to be our favoriteSelbyVIPDined on 8/29/2014When Anthony Lombardo was chef, 1789 was our favorite. While the new chef is ok, 1789 is now non remarkable. The menu is no longer exciting. 1789 under Anthony Lombardo was exceptional starting with the bread/biscuits with variety of butter/spreads followed by unique salad such as the brussel sprouts salad, his squid ink pasta itself was worth our 6hr drive and each main course was perfection. 1789 used to be our gold standard that we compared other restaurants to. The pastry chef also been replaced. No one in our table of 5 enjoyed their dessert, in the past the desert put the finishing touch on perfect dining experience. It is sad that Anthony Lombardo is no longer at 1789, until he returns I would not recommend 1789.
- Still a ClassicRobertDined on 8/28/2014Returned to 1789 for the first time in years and was not disappointed. It was actually better than we remembered. Old style classic elegance.Special Features:
- Birthday celebration!1789Dined on 8/28/2014From beginning to end, the celebration was acknowledged in a surprising way! First our valet, server, menu, dessert, etc. The atmosphere was historic and elegant. The food was presented exquisitely well with small unique details by the chef and waiter. Joyful to the eyes and especially to the palette!Special Features:
- Finally made it to 1789OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/27/2014I took advantage of the $45 summer special to treat a friend to birthday dinner. It was all we wanted and more. She is a hard core foodie who delighted in the heirloom tomato appetizer with foam. The list of entrees made for some difficult choices. We chose the Icelandic Cod and Steak. We washed it all down with Prosecco. Followed by a memorable seasonal peach dessert. You skip the second course with this deal but that's okay.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful and classyMsAceDined on 8/26/2014The menu had several interesting and unusual items, but the rabbit and hanger steak were very disappointing. The accompanying vegetables were delicious and the desserts were outstanding. Presentation was quite exquisite. Look (hard!) on the menu for the summer special: 3 courses for $45--a tremendous bargain. Bathrooms are up a steep flight of stairs.Special Features:
- Not as good as it seemsjay1929Dined on 8/23/2014Service only acceptable but far from good. Maitre D was not to friendly, giving the idea that he was doing his job just because he had to do it. Food not so exquise as expected, good plate image but miss of flavour, with small portions! When I say small portions they were realy small ( I lieve in Europe and I‘m used to small french portions, but with a much better .....everything
- Been There Done ThatJonathanDDined on 8/23/2014My wife and I were really looking forward a romantic night at the restaurant. The ambiance was dimly, candle-lit, quiet and quaint, and the Service was exceptional; Professional, Friendly, and Over The Top Good. The food, on the other hand was less than expected. The food combinations were interesting, however they just didn't match in flavor, and the portions were also disappointing. Two small cubes of lamb were delightfully presented, only to consist primarily of fat. The New York Strip was the size of a petite filet, and didn't taste like quality preparation. The Peach Pie was dry and tasteless. Overall, it wasn't a very good value, but the ambiance and service offer a unique dining experience that's difficult to find any more.Special Features:
- Good food and a warningSandraDined on 8/23/2014To start with, there is no elevator; if you cannot walk up 2 flights of stairs to use the restroom, stay away. There should be a warning on their site. Only restaurant I have been to that has this issue. Apparently they have been "grandfathered" in, so no need to serve the whole population. Other than that, although the portions were small, the branzino was excellent as was the duck. The dessert, rocky road, I believe, was too dense. Service was excellent as well, but I took a start off for the lack of elevator. There was actually a good number of young couples as well as seniors, and everyone was dressed up. Jackets are strongly suggested, or required, not sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingMEdwardsVIPDined on 8/23/2014From the amuse-bouche (compressed watermelon with candied ginger jalapeño that blew us away with how much flavor it had) to the desserts, this was a phenomenal meal. The duck was perfectly prepared and was the standout, in our opinions. Our service was fantastic as well. Yes, this is a special occasion spot for most people, but we have paid as much at restaurants where we left disappointed. You will NOT be disappointed here. We're looking forward to the next time...Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/22/2014Perfect venue for our wedding anniversary - romantic and elegantSpecial Features:
- In GeneralDeanDined on 8/22/2014Food presentation and tastes were superb. Service was attentive but light enough to enjoy the privacy.Special Features:
- A talented ChefOdmarFilhoVIPDined on 8/21/2014Terrific food, and excellent service. Sam the European-trained chef, is obviously talented - perhaps even beyond what the 1789 clientele can appreciate - and makes easy-to-grasp recipes that are very contemporary but prepared under classic french technique. The Lamb Porchetta is delicious and unprecedented. (Note to self: come back, eat, repeat)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Elegant and soothingOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/20/2014Three friends and I had dinner at 1789 on a Wednesday night. It was such a delight to have delicious food, elegantly (but not stiffly) served, in a very attractive setting where we could carry on a conversation in normal voice. This is so rare in DC these days.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/19/20141789 is a classic gem of fine dining. The ambiance, service, and deliciousness are top notch. Perfect for celebratory dinners.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedalwayseatingoutDined on 8/17/20141789 is one of my favorite restaurants, for the ambience & the food, but this last visit left me very disappointed. I had the Branzini fish entrée. The fish was very dry & tasteless with no seasoning or sauce. It came with a mushroom puree. It was good but not much basically, just a design on the plate. More mushrooms in the roaasted corn side would have been better . I do not like spicy foods at all, so I am not suggesting adding peppers to flavor it, but some herbs, butter, lemon would have helped give the fish more flavor & cooked for less time, so it would have made it more moist. Some nice creamy garlic mashed potaoes would have been a nice addition.Special Features: