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1789 Restaurant
1789 Restaurant

1789 Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.1789restaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 965-1789
  • 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: American, Seafood, Steak
  • 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
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect & 36th Streets
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking
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.

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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "My 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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "To 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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "From 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..."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Perfect venue for our wedding anniversary - romantic and elegant"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Food presentation and tastes were superb. Service was attentive but light enough to enjoy the privacy."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Terrific 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)"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Three 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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "1789 is a classic gem of fine dining. The ambiance, service, and deliciousness are top notch. Perfect for celebratory dinners."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "1789 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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "After three trips to the Inn at (Little) Washington, Virginia, we tried 1789 for an anniversary dinner. We were pleasantly surprised at how favorably 1789 compares. If you are tired of the noisy, crowded, garish, "latest thing" restaurants in downtown D.C., and you want a place to enjoy a quiet, reserved dinner, 1789 is an excellent choice."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "1789 was wonderful! Excellent food, wine, and service! I had asked for a booth or banquette ibecause we brought our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter; they had one by a wall w many pictures that kept our grsnddaughter entertained. The staff were wonderful with her."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Let me start by saying that I was pleased with the service from the moment I arrived at the restaurant to the moment I left the restaurant. The interior is true to a rustic and very 1789ish style, but with upscale, white tablecloth table settings. Because this is supposed to be a four-star restaurant, the bar is raised. While the food was very good, I thought the combination of textures ill fitting. I also was bored with each of the three courses by the time I had eaten half of the course. There was not enough interesting combinations of flavors and textures to hold my interest. Again, if the price tag hadn't been as high, I wouldn't have been as picky."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was amazing... the service was perfect. This was my first time and the restaurant and it will not be my last."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner at 1789 - superb service, gourmet food and elegant ambience!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday. Everyone wished him a happy birthday. His menu was personalized for him. Food was AMAZING!!!! We were sited in a beautifully romantic room. Service was exceptional!!! It was a fantastic dinne. My boyfriend says he has never felt so special at a restaurant before"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to dine at 1789. Excellent service and the new chef offers the high quality we have come to expect."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I always go for their summer special, as otherwise it's just too pricey. But it's always a consistently excellent meal."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was amazing as was the service and the ambience. We chose to go to 1789 even though they weren't participating in restaurant week and we were so glad we did. They had a great summer special that was even better!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner there on a Sunday night. The food was exceptional and expertly prepared; the staff was very attentive; and the ambiance was classy and I enjoyed the dining room we were assigned - it was somewhat tight, but I really did not notice my fellow diners and the noise level allowed for an ease of conversation."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I have always enjoyed dinning at 1789. The food is amazing, as is the service!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "A great place to have a quiet celebration - the food, service, ambience is always top notch!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Everything was beyond great except for unforgivable limited choice of wines by the glass. Is it that hard to have a second choice of Chardonnay? No excuse for this. With the high menu prices it's hard to understand why we need to buy two bottles to get quality as one diner drinks red and the other white wine."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "...but it became one. In the many years since our last dinner at 1789, it has lost the stuffy feel, leaving unmarred quality and class. Pressed watermelon and candied jalapeno - possibly best amuse-bouche ever. Green gazpacho creamy and flavorful, elegant smoked salmon. I had lovely rockfish, my husband had the vegetarian "marrow." Here is a lesson to chefs everywhere on how to feed vegetarians with creativity and style. Service was simply impeccable. We applaud the local sourcing, including Virginia wines. Only quibbles? Closely spaced seating, and they put shellfish and/or meat on many fish or veg dishes. When will this end? I imagine they would have accommodated a request to omit them, but you don't know till you ask (we didn't)."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A restaurant with good food, attentive service, and a quiet atmosphere is hard to find. No wonder 1789 continues to draw diners."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a terrific meal and experience here...this is what 5-star dining is all about. Very welcoming staff and attentive to our needs. And the food is so good you may not want to share a bite with your dining partner."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We took our Australian visitor here for dinner and she enjoyed the evening a lot! No rushing, attentive service, delicious food all contributed to a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "service was outstanding. food was not as good as it was in our past visits."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Your peach dessert and the zucchini bread were outstanding. Your scallops were the best that I've ever eaten. Our birthday guest was quite pleased with your restaurant."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Food and service were fantastic from the first course to the desert and from the wait staff to the valets. The American history décor, if that is your thing, added to a very special dining experience. Not inexpensive but worth the money."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I took my wife there for her 50th birthday. Good food, staff is unbelievable."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I had flowers delivered to the restaurant that afternoon and they were already on our table when we walked in. We were wished a Happy Anniversary as soon as we arrived. The pace of the meal was perfect, a great variety of dishes on the menu, and expertly prepared and served. I would highly recommend this fabulous restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner for our 22nd Anniversary. The complimentary valet parking was great and the service superb. The menu was diverse and our selections were good. The restaurant went above and beyond by offering a personalized menu for the occasion and a lovely card - memories. Thanks 1789!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in the US. Food is always excellent, the service outstanding, good wine list. It is pricey, but you get what you pay for here. I try to make it for dinner on one night whenever I come to the DC area."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Great experience from entry into the restaurant to advice on entrée. Food was wonderful and waiter and busman were attentive but unobtrusive. I shall return."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This place is good but a bit overpriced. There are other places that are as good or better that charge less. But you're paying for the service here: impeccable and unmatched by any other restaurant I've visited."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Overall a pleasant evening. The Service was outstanding and the surroundings were excellent for hosting an international client. However, we were not that impressed with some of the first course selections and entrees. Three of us selected the gazpacho soup with lump crab meat which was tasteless. The entrees were tasty but small portions."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food, the service all was absolutely wonderful, it was a wonderful dining experience and we will definitely come back for many more meals."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The restaurant was great. Overall great food and service."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The dining experience this past week was definitely not as good as our previous experience. The service was good but the kitchen was slow. I had to send back a lamb dish because half of the meat was impossible to cut with a steak knife and the other half was full of fat. We were not charged for the dish which I appreciated, however that shouldn't be happening at such an upscale restaurant. Maybe they need a new butcher. I wasn't too thrilled with the dessert I had either."
    Dined on 7/23/2014