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Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club

Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://press.org/fourthestate
  • Phone: (202) 662-7638
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 11:30-2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - last seating, 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Susan Delbert
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: In addition to the a la carte dining in the Fourth Estate, we offer 10 other rooms, with seating up to 400, in which to hold your event.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights feature a $30 3-course Prix Fixe Menu, comprised of the freshest, most flavorful meats, fish & produce.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th & F
  • Public Transit: Take Metro to the Metro Center Station. We are located on the corner of 14th and F. Enter on the 14th street side under the awning for the National Pres Building, and take the elevators to the 13th Floor. Ask the front desk attendant for the Fourth Estate Restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer parking during our dinner hours at the PMI Lot on 1325 G St, NW. Bring your ticket with you from the garage and we will gladly validate.
A word from Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
Dine at the Fourth Estate restaurant at the National Press Club and you'll enjoy great food in a setting rich with history. It is the perfect place for a business lunch, interview or dinner with friends and colleagues. Executive Chef Susan Delbert offers up New American cuisine in a place where famous and newsworthy persons aren't just autographed pictures on the wall, they are probably speaking in the next room! While the venue is historic, the food is rooted in the here and now. Chef Delbert works with organic and small farmers in the Mid-Atlantic region, giving her access to the freshest, most flavorful meats and produce.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My daughter and I had a most enjoyable evening at Fourth Estate. Everyone on staff was professional as well as personable and the food was outstanding. Kate had their famous crab cakes and I had a steak - both perfection. The wine list, although limited was well chosen and most acceptable for most tastes - not to mention well priced. We were treated as though we were members and the next time I'm in D.C. I will definitely dine at Fourth Estate."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is a great addition to lunchtime possibilities in downtown D.C. Check out the shrimp and calamari salads."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This place has good food, good decor, and good service. While they are not perfect, we were very happy. I'd give them 4.5 stars. We had a table of 8 people for Saturday night dinner. We found them on open table, then found a deal on travel zoo. The restaurant was only 25% full. They had a mixup with our reservation and gave our requested table to a different party. However, they apologized and made it up to us. We had crab cakes, steak, cod, and chicken. There were also salads, bottles of wine, and desserts (flan, mouse, ice cream, rhubarb tart). The only mediocre food was the 2 steaks that were overcooked. We sent one steak back and received an excellent replacement."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Unique dining experience, where VIP's and all the rest of us combine, with history, value, and wonderful food. My wife and I just had dinner there with 6 friends including a national radio show host; all loved it. As a member of the Club's House Committee, I see the comments each month, and 99% are totally positive. We ate in the cubicle staring at wall-size photos of Eleanor Roosevelt and her friends in formal get-up with amazing hats. The rest of the restaurant and the Club's halls have photos of Presidents and VIP's. Great place to bring friends and family. It's on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 14th and F. Just take the elevator to 13. You feel like you are in an exclusive venue--you are, and it's open to the public."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went here with my wife to celebrate selling our condo. Being in the National Press Club gave this restaurant a very classy vibe. Our waiter was extremely friendly and very knowledgable of the menu. We both had the crab cakes which were delicious. The blueberry cobbler was very tasty, not too sweet or heavy on the crust. Overall, we had a great experience and would highly recommend dining here."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was terrible. Went for lunch. Impressive venue but virtually empty. We ordered the cantaloupe soup and there was every flavor but cantaloupe. The flavor that it did have was a muddy mess. The salmon was tasteless as if it were frozen for a long, long time and the sauce was broken and runny. However, the wait staff was attentive and professional."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Go for the history, the crabcakes and the spicy pineapple granita. Very quiet spot with good service but lacking on menu options. Steaks were ok but they subbed out a side item without mentioning it during ordering. Manager gave us free dessert but then the ice cream had freezer burn. Crabcakes were good although pricey. If you like spicy foods, try the spicy pineapple granita for dessert - delicious."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Good food, good service, chef came out to meet us. It's an unusual place to eat because it's basically the National Press Club. The photos in the building are great. It's a good out of the ordinary experience with a nice staff"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We went to celebrate a high school graduation, and got a round table tucked into the corner, one might call the Roosevelt table for the great pictures on the wall of Eleanor Roosevelt. The service was friendly, flexible and attentive. I couldn't believe my mom cleared her plate, she loved the Chicken Breast stuffed w/ goat cheese. My son and I got the fresh ravioli with (crmini?) mushrooms and peas and asapargus. Even picky eaters would eat these vegetables. I saved room for desert, and liked the variety. The chocolate flan seemed interesting so we tried it. It wasn't "flan-y" but it was good. Then the teas looked so interesting we couldn't resist the freshly pressed loose tea. I'd like to come back and try the other amazing teas!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This worked to be a nice place to have lunch just before seeing a show at the National Theatre. I found out on Saturdays at noon the only have the brunch menu, not the lunch menu. The brunch menu is limited. One person the Eggs Benedict with crab and loved it. The crab cake was good as well but I have had better. The service was slow and we had to remind our server to bring the salad even though only 4 tables were seated. Overall, the food and drinks were a nice way to have a good experience before the show. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Five of us gathered from around the country to share news and family updates. The service was excellent - very well-paced, attentive and cordial but never intrusive or pushy - starting from seating our group at a table in an alcove for a sense of privacy while still seeing out the windows onto the DC skyline. The food was excellent although since we share personal favorites we only sampled a few dishes (superb crab cakes, excellent burger). The quiet elegance (we went on an "off-day", unlike a Press Club day) the ambiance was one of relaxed elegance and quiet suited to private conversation. Delightful and perfect for the occasion. Pricing was certainly fair for the quality of the food and experience. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A friend of mine and I go out to lunch/dinner frequently in DC and had never heard of the Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club. We met for lunch on June 6. The service was attentive and impeccable, at a pace that allowed us to catch up with each other. We had the zucchini quesadillas at the waiters recommendation. The filling was flavorful and the tortilla was crispy-a nice start to the meal. My friend had the grilled lobster and gruyere sandwich and I had the cod over couscous. I'm from New England and very seldom find fresh cod cooked right in the DC metro area. This was cooked perfectly, fresh with perfectly sized portions. Impressive find. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "As a member of the NPC I have seen the restaurant space evolve over 50 plus years. Once offices and a lounge is now completely reborn as a sophisticated fine restaurant. Entrance through the club presents an avenue of historic photographs. Classic dining experience."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Wonderful experience in a historical venue. Very enjoyable."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is a terrific restaurant in a very historic place. The fact that nonmembers are now welcome provides another opportunity for the club to thrive and non members to experience this secret."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Too often people think of the Fourth Estate as a members only club. Its not. It is open to the public. Actually, that's good news as the dining room doesn't get crowded or noisy. The service is terrific and the food is very good. The crab cakes are terrific. And, lobster night is the last Wednesday of every month. I recommend that you budget a little extra time to take in all that the National Press Club has to offer in the way of walls chock full of photos of media personalities. Fun, fun, fun."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Hidden, quiet, attentive place to eat before taking in a show at theaters nearby. Service is great, food is better than good. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We bought a Groupon for lunch/dinner for 2 people and the restaurant exceeded our expectations. The food was excellent and the portions were huge! Would gladly go back and pay full price for the quality of food."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and the wait staff were good. A nice place to impress friends, family or a loved one. We will visit again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Booked here for location - short walk to National Theater. The service was a bit slow but we had allowed ample time so that was not an issue for us."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, the staff was friendly and attentive, and the historic atmosphere can't be beat. Thanks for the memories!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "My husband and I returned due to the delicious crab cakes, excellent service and the cost! We enjoyed the meal and service the second time just as much as we did the first time! Travel zoo keep the vouchers coming!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was good, but the lunch service was very slow, especiallly considering there werent that many people in the restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This is a awesome restaurant to have great food and a business or social meeting. The seating can accommodate groups or a table for two. The food can range from lobster to a hamburger The staff is professional and experienced from reception to the server. The Catena Malbec was smooth, the bread came with butter and pate, made for a smooth transition to best hamburger ever!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Bravo to the Fourth Estate for lobster night, always a pleasure. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Service was outstanding, very attentive but also unobtrusive, waiter made good recommendations. We said we were sharing starters and, without us asking, the pear salad came out divided onto two plates, very thoughtful. An interesting and historic place, lots of photos to look at, good food, quiet and relaxing, great for out of town guests. Also perfect for dinner before a show at Warner or National Theatre."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Had the groupon deal for 2 glasses of wine, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. We had the crab cakes and cod which were excellent. Also had the spinach salad and herb salad, also very good. The mango crisp was amazing. The toffee pudding was ok (more like a bread pudding), but based on others around me I should have gone with the rice pudding instead. Besides the food, the history of the place was interesting. Lots of pictures on the walls of need events and famous people. It's one of the fanciest places I've been to in DC."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Restaurant apparently offers many "specials." My was a $95 coupon, supposedly worth $195, for 4 dinners. My coupon said this included 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, and 4 glasses of wine. After surrendering coupon to waiter he insisted the coupon could only have included 4 desserts, not 4 appetizers; he was wrong, but would not relent. Somewhat silly, since the appetizer prizes were only a few dollars more than the desserts. It did add to our bottom line since our party did order, and pay extra for, 4 appetizers and mostly left barely touched 3 desserts. Not a bad experience, but not worth the effort"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "So rare to find a restaurant without the usual DC noise level. Food was a disappointment. Bland veal, undistinguished brown gravy/sauce on top. Crab cake - recommended by the waiter was unimpressive, as was bread and too sweet chocolate tart for dessert. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner very much. Our wonderful server suggested the crab cakes which were the best I've had in the DC Metro area. I'll return to the NPC for the crab cakes."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Over the past few years, we have been to the Fourth Estate several times and have enjoyed the food every time. The crab cake and codfish dinners this time were excellent. Very fresh and well-prepared. We even ran into a senior U.S. Congressman who exchanged some pleasant conversation."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We were seeing a play at the nearby National Theater, so we made reservations at the National Press Club, just for the history of it. We couldn't have picked a better place. The restaurant is on the 13th floor, and when you get off the elevator you have to work your way through a bit of a mildly confusing maze to get to the restaurant. But trust me, you'll find it. The service was attentive without being overbearing, and the food was spectacular -- all four of us raved about our dishes. We notified the restaurant in advance that we were using a TravelZoo coupon, which they accommodated with no noticeable deterioration in quality of food or service, and they even made great recommendations. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was great, setting was private, quiet and classy. Our waiter was superb. I took my friend there for his first time for his birthday dinner and he was MOST impressed! We'll be back! (Not exactly a "scenic" view, but the wall art of the National Press Club is fascinating!)"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Chef exercised extraordinary precautions to address gluten and dairy allergies."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "It was a very class and unique setting to have lunch. We looked at pictures of those who spoke at the National Press Club through the years. We then had a delicious American Bistro style lunch which was well prepared and more than adequate in portion size. The chef also greeted us which made us feel welcomed and special. The service was well timed and friendly. It's a great place to go and get out of the hustle and bustle of the city."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This place is totally worth the difficulty you may have finding it. The lobster bisque was really delicious and I regretted ordering a cup instead of a bowl. The mixed greens salad also was very good. My strip steak was a perfect medium rare. My husband, who loves crab cakes and can be very picky about them, could'nt stop praising the ones here. They were a good size and had very little filler. The service also was outstanding. The only "complaint" I have is that it's a bit of a walk to the restrooms. However, you'll pass very interesting photos of reporters and news events. Given the food and the service, I've already scheduled my next meal here. If you've never been, you must go!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A lovely dinner experience made so by excellent service, a very nice setting and a room where you can hear your fellow diners. Attentive without being obtrusive, how nice is that!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The restaurant is quiet. We had a prime table in a corner, so our conversation with our guest could be heard without being loud. The house wine was perfectly fine. One steak dish was not to the taste of one of our group, but the crab cakes, the duck breast and the other entrees were very nicely done. We had been there three times, as visitors from Hawaii. The chef took the trouble to greet us. That was very nice. I like her cooking and menu."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We were not quite sure what to expect., however, our birthday celebration at the Fourth Estate Restaurant was wonderful. The reservation process was excellent! They were very accomodating with our late arrival due to my husband and I coming from one direction and my cousin and her husband coming from a different direction. The food was also very very good; as a group we had the Seared Ocean Cod, Chimichurri stuffed Chicken Breast, and Grilled New York Strip Steaks. The steaks were tender and cooked just as ordered and the Chicken was very flavorful as was the Cod. Our waiter Basisami (forgive my spelling error) was attentive and delivered everything right on cue. Loved having my water glass full at all times! Overall, an excellent dinner"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Opted out of my suburban diner comfort zone w a surprise dinner & theatre in DC to celebrate birthdays for my wife & best friends. Theatre choice was easy- a Beatles tribute band playing at the excellent Warner Theatre, just a block away. After reviews, the decision was simple. The noise factor wd be plenty later, so an ambiance contributing to conversation & a reputation for consistency made the Fourth Estate the right match. Fixed menu option assured nice choices- appetizer thru entree to dessert. Three of four orders for crab cakes- all crab, no filler. Med rare on the steak, the chef was spot on. ...& the photographic halls of history, a nice plus! With dining so fine, it was assumed the surprise complete. ...But on to the Band!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014