Creative Menu & Consistently GreatThis place always offers something good and different. Their menu is creative, tasty and interesting. Their desserts are also very good and not too sweet and over powering. Great place.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers Day BrunchWent for brunch. It was a special chef's tasting menu of 3 courses. My parents and I all tried different things, 9 in total (3 people X 3 courses). Everything was excellent! Great taste and presentation. Service was very good but not perfect - I would have preferred just a little more attention. If it's a beautiful day ask for outside seating.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food and great serviceWe took friends here and they liked it so well that they gave us a gift certificate for a return visit. The hot spring egg was a delicious starter and my companion liked the lentil soup. His roasted chicken was juicy and delicious. My gnocchi with oyster mushrooms and goat cheese fondue tasted divine, except the gnocchi were slightly too chewy. The toffee pudding was also delicious. Our waiter was gracious and attentive without being intrusive. He made an excellent wine recommendation that went very well with our food. A very nice experience.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic service, deliciousFantastic service, delicious food and excellent cocktails!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMJennyWas very upscale for business meetings or socials. I felt like a boisterous tourist amongst such a refined supper club. Food was still great.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the pre theater prix fixeGreat pre-theater spot! Atmosphere pretty and quiet enough for easy conversation. Service was courteous and efficient.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I had dinnerMy husband and I had dinner at 701 Restaurant on Thurs. 4/25/13. The food was excellent, our waiter was helpful and fun. I had the free range chicken dinner and my husband had the lamb,both dishes were very good. We also had a bottle of wine that was recommended to us, it went very well with both our dishes. I highly recommend. Elma and Steve from Texas.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect 21stI came here for my girlfriend's 21st birthday, and was blown away when we arrived. The night before we went, I had placed a reservation online, and at the end there was an additional comments field. I mentioned in the text field that it was my girlfriend's 21st birthday tomorrow, and that I didn't know if they did anything special, but if they did, I would greatly appreciate it. When we arrived, one of the first things they did was bring out champagne for each of us! I really didn't expect this, and was even more astonished when the check showed that the champagne was on the house. Thank you so much 701 for making my girlfriend's 21st birthday the best it could have been!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a lovely lunch. NotWe had a lovely lunch. Not particularly crowded. Nice decor, very good food. Definitely worth recommending4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWent on a Monday night whenWent on a Monday night when it wasn't too crowed and was extremely happy the meal was an unexpected delight. Food and service was wonderful and will be back soon.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AM701 is back (foodwise anyway)We really like 701 Restaurant and have been many times in the last several years. We loved it the first few times we went: food was great, atmosphere was warm, service was friendly and appropriately solicitous. I'd say the quality of the food went down each successive time we went but I was pleased that it was totally back last Sunday night. Food was excellent. Service was good. Restaurant was fairly empty although we attributed that to the fact that it was Sunday night. Since our very favorite restaurant TenPenh is now gone, it would be great if 701 could become our new very favorite restaurant.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time atThis was our second time at 701-we had first tried it during Restaurant Week, liked the food and discovered that it was not as expensive as we had thought it would be. This time we came for the pre-Theater menu, a very good value at $32.
The carpaccio appetizer was extremely tasty, the entrees were perfect--the sauce on the ravioli was heavenly. Desserts were good, but not as good as the appetizers and entrees.
The room is beautiful--of course since we went early, the noise level was low. they do have live music several times a week.
Our server, Petra, was a delight and her assistants delivered the food quickly and correctly.
We will be back.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner: excellent food,Great dinner: excellent food, good service, and lots of things on the menu that looked tasty.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAn absolutely great placeAn absolutely great place to take relatives from out of town. Staff is amazing.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe requested a table outsideWe requested a table outside and that was perfect. Servers knew the food choices and were able to describe in great detail.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWine Education with a SmileThe service was exceptional - educational and with a smile. I learned of a fairly substantial difference between the Moet and Chandon champaign of France and the firm's Chandon line from California. If you have to choose between Moet's Imperial and the Napa Chandon - go with Chandon.
The food at 701 was fantastic. Its my only regret I couldn't talk my companion into dessert.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMSerenity in the CityMy friend and I had a serene experience sitting outside drinking martinis and eating wonderful food. Our server was extraordinary, checking our time frame, refreshing our drinks and basically taking care of us w/o hovering. Perfect perfect evening.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again, we had a wonderfulOnce again, we had a wonderful dining experience at 701!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentgreat food. great selection of wine. great ambiance. not loud. Dishes seem to have a lot of french inspiration and generally paired well with french wines (the sommellier is french if that is any indication...). appropriately priced. I will definitely eat here again.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed a lovely dinner outside.Enjoyed a lovely dinner outside. The food and service were excellent.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again, it's hard forOnce again, it's hard for me to decide which I like better, the food or the service. Both are top notch. We go to 701 often before hitting the theater -- they have a reasonable fixed price pre-theater dinner menu -- and have yet to have a bad meal or encounter shoddy service.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMHard to beatI have been going to 701 since 1994 and this was one of the best of many very good meals that I have had. As always, the service matched the quality of the food.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AM701 -- Among DC's Best701 was my favorite restaurant years ago when I worked downtown, but I had not eaten there in years. I was pleased to discover that it's still in my "top 10:" of DC area restaurants. I had the Scottish salmon, and it was perfect -- not overcooked and seasoned just right. My only complaint was our server who was a bit too "familiar." When she asked if we needed anything else, my response was "I'm good." She replied "I'm sure you are!" She said the same thing to my friend during a similar exchange later on. We both thought it was weird and a bit much.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely wonderful placeAbsolutely wonderful place to dine. the Pre-Fix menu is just great. Everything is so fresh and tastes so good. I love goging here and taking friends here. Service is phenominal...so attentive!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Find!We were so pleased to find the 701! The food was appealing to all -- including my foodie daughter -- and absolutely delicious but really moderately priced. They were able to accommodate a group of five easily and the service was spectacular: incredibly attentive wait staff but discrete and not annoying. I particularly valued how quiet it was: my elderly parents could actually hear and participate in the conversation. I cannot say enough good about it. We will definitely return to the 701 next time we're in DC. Next time we'll get there early enough to take advantage of their fabulous pre-theatre deal.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat locationVery close to Metro and easy to find. And nice food and service.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent andThe food was excellent and the staff was attentive to every detail of our dining experience. Serving staff excelled at providing descriptions of menu items and recommending beverages. Well worth the prices. Will definitely eat there again.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent besides sittingExcellent besides sitting in back area with bright light outside back door blaring onto our table. They should put a blind on that back window.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe noise level was average.EverythThe noise level was average.Everything else very wonderful. We are very discerning regarding restaurants. One of the best. Right up
there with Range./4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely wonderful placeAbsolutely wonderful place to dine. the Pre-Fix menu is just great. Everything is so fresh and tastes so good. I love goging here and taking friends here. Service is phenominal...so attentive!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMReliably good, with a veryReliably good, with a very nice pre-theater option.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst encounter with 701We picked 701 because it offered a pre-theater menu and was within walking distance of the Woolly Mammoth Theater. When our waiter introduced himself, he said he had seen our schedule and would be sure we were finished on time. As a result the service was very prompt but not hurried. Our 6:00 reservation allowed us just enough time, I would not try a later reservation.
The food from both the three course ($30.00) pre-theater menu and the regular dinner menu was excellent. My flat iron steak and my wife's duck were cooked perfectly. The vegetables were very tasty and worked well with the entre. The banana cream desert was sinful. As expected the drinks and wind added considerably to the cost. In all it was a great start to our evenin4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had lunch here and it wasWe had lunch here and it was very good. I had steak salad and my husband had a burger.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMTop Notch!This was our first trip to the 701 and it was fantastic! The atmosphere was very comfortable, the music was calming, the food was wonderful and the service was superb. We will be returning to the 701 every chance we get! Cudos to the entire staff!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to 701 RestaurantWe went to 701 Restaurant to celebrate our son's 26th birthday. There were six adults in the party. We all love fine dining and wanted to enjoy a relaxed and leisurely family dinner. We had several bottles of excellent wine that the sommelier recommended that were just perfect. The food was excellent. Everyone had something different (and everyone pretty much tasted every dish). We never felt rushed. The waiter, sommelier, and host (we were very close to the host's desk) were attentive when necessary, otherwise they stayed back and let us enjoy the meal ... perfect. We would definitely recommend.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, ambiance andGreat service, ambiance and food, as always. Perfect for pre-theater.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for the pre-theatre dinnerWent for the pre-theatre dinner with a 6 p.m. reservation on a Friday evening. It was pretty quiet when we arrived, but they gave us an excellent table by the windows so that worked out well. Knowledgeable and pleasant server who was attentive and involved without being pushy. The food was good and we agreed the bread basket was the best we'd ever had. Cocktails were ok, but not stellar. Place was filling up nicely when we left around 7:30, but was still quiet enough that you could easily hold a conversation, which I always prefer. Will likely return when next heading to the theatre.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was very nice, the liveIt was very nice, the live jazz music was great, and the food is incredible, try the salmon and the lamb chops3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMTruly one of our favoriteTruly one of our favorite restaurants! Food is fantastic; service is always on the mark. Simply wonderful.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for pre-theatre or businessGreat place for per-theatre meal. Fixed price 3 course meal was excellent at a very good price. Servers knew we had limited time and kept us moving. Did end up with a "corked" bottle of wine but the sommelier gave us a new bottle after tasting and agreeing with us - even though we had drank most of the first bottle. Definitely going back.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMTop TenWe have been coming to 701 Restaurant for over 15 years and continue to rate it in our top ten restaurants in D.C. The food is delicious and well-presented, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere is sophisticated and quiet. We brought friends from California this occasion and they rated their seafood, salads, soups and duck as top-notch. My pork chop was done to perfection and included a wonderful cabbage side dish. My wife's salmon was prepared chef's choice and the accompaniments were paired very well. And the prices are very competitive as well!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstanding food, service,outstanding food, service, and timing! we went for pre-theater and it was perfect as always.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAll good with one glitch:All good with one glitch: Ordered an espresso with dessert and it arrived suspect - no crema, which is either a sign that the machine is broken or else the barrista was lazy. I chose not to mention it to anyone however as my out of town guests and us were having a terrific meal, time, and good rapport with the waiter, and I did not want to register a negative.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMClara Barton ResidentGreat food! Great Service! It is one of my favorite restaurants.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant handled a changingThe restaurant handled a changing reservation -- seven, then 10, finally eight -- smoothly and with aplomb and catered to us very nicely once we were seated.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMRefined dining in a nice setting.Refined dining in a nice setting. Delays in serving our main course led to apologies and complimentary dessert.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWanted a place for lunch whichWanted a place for lunch which was quiet enough and private enough in which to be able to have some important conversations. This fit the bill at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon. My companion is a vegan and the chef was accommodating and prepared a lovely plate for her- I had a an okay shrimp sandwich with some greens. Service was perfec.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent andThe food was excellent and te service was as well. My French lunch companions were very impressed with the quality of the food and service.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMNoisier than usual becauseNoisier than usual because of large crowd that night. Food was outstanding as usual.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis long-time favorite continuesThis long-time favorite continues to turn out inventive and delicious, high-quality meals with exceptional service in a comfortable, attractive setting. There is always an enticing vegetarian-friendly selection or two, not just the usual risotto (although a red-pepper risotta I tried recently was really tasty).3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM