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1789 Restaurant, Washington, D.C., DC
Award-winning

1789 Restaurant

4.6
4.6
6223 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Sitting on a quiet residential street in Georgetown, 1789 Restaurant has the charm of a historic country inn. Our contemporary seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious dishes. Valet parking available, $20 per car.

2022 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 965-1789
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Charles Kreiser
  • Catering
    Call us at 202.965.1789
  • Private party facilities
    Location and atmosphere make 1789 Restaurant the perfect choice for private events. It has all the charm of an elegant country inn, and is situated right in the heart of Georgetown. Private rooms are available for brunches, luncheons, dinners, weddings, business meetings and cocktail receptions.
  • Private party contact
    Kathy Doe: (202) 465-7521
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Georgetown
  • Cross street
    Prospect & 36th Streets
  • Parking details
    Street parking available; Nearest parking lot: PMI Parking Lot - 3307 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 6,223 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseQuiet

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Ambiance

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • District of Columbia

    Great for fine wines

6,223 Reviews
  1. SwissCottageFoodie

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. Great service and beautiful ambience for the holiday season. Strolling carolers - what more could you want!

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  2. BClarke

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service, fine dining in a warm and historic environment. Would highly recommend.

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  3. Paul

    Washington DC

    132 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Long standing Georgetown DC restaurant. Prix fixe 3 course menu so evaluation of food a bit limited. What I and my dining companion had for Thanksgiving was good, choices quite limited on a special menu. While waiting for our reservation and with the restaurant and bar being over crowded, we were shown to a comfortable open space and our pre-dinner drinks were brought to us. All in all a very pleasant experience throughout our evening there. Restrooms are down a narrow hallway and are quite small.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best parts of Thanksgiving dinner were our servers, the bartender, and the ambiance. The food left much to be desired. The food was fantastic last year.

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  5. MichaelC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Thanksgiving meal and impeccable service.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thanksgiving meal was mediocre. Greens were burned and oversalted. Autumns salad had hardly any vegetables and was saturated with dressing. Lamo was pretty good but nothing exceptional.

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  7. OmarGOC

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The first time I've eaten here. Wanted to take the daughter of an old friend who is at university in DC to a nice dinner and catch up with her. The food was great, and the service was excellent. Lovely restaurant.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the scallops and escargot appetizer, they were good. We had the beef, short ribs, and the veal tagliatelle for dinner. The bread short rib was dry. The tagliatelle was good. The desserts were very bland, and not sweet at the service was great.

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  9. ReneB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is fantastic! Well presented, great service, nice quiet ambiance. In overall, I love this place.

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  10. DonaldM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH THE 1789, WAS IN 1963 OR 1964. I HAVE BEEN BACK MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS. IT IS ALWAYS OUTSTANDING.

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  11. TMoney

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent experience.

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  12. Maryann

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are very good, and it's not noisy so you can talk with people across the table without raising your voice.

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  13. IndyDiner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful restaurant with good food. Not phenomenal. Seared halibut was beautifully presented but cold. Both the fish and the surrounding sauce were barely warm. Escargot appetizer was beautifully presented but taste was just okay. Autumn salad was pretty, but wilted and over salted. (And I ordinarily prefer my food on the salty side). The staff was excellent and ambiance is lovely. Overall, a good but not great experience.

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  14. Rich

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance and menu. Servers were courteous and attentive, but felt a bit rushed. It seemed as though they were in a hurry to clear the table and get to another seating.

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  15. Tommy

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The 1789 Restaurant is by far one of the best restaurants in the DMV. With a fantastic, creative, and, above all, delicious menu; combined with an attentive and all-around top-notch service; this establishment is a staple of fine dining. Our server was Ruta and together with the entire staff, they made our dinner a one-of-kind experience that I am looking forward to repeat. Thank you!

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  16. AnneH

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an elegant, quiet dinner at 1789. It was quiet and the service was good.

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  17. SueM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered bouillabaisse but never got the broth! Very disappointing

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  18. RebeccaS

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience dining with my sister! Brian the GM and wine sommelier was incredible. Very personable and impressive background in food industry. We also enjoyed drinks at the bar with the bartender Danielle. She is fantastic! Try the brown sugar bourbon. We really enjoyed the tuna appetizer, scallop appetizer, and risotto for main dish. You just can’t go wrong with this gem of a place!!!!

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  19. Manny

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Anniversary dinner at its finest.

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  20. FrankR

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and attentive service. Truly enjoyed.

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  21. JohannyO

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we stepped foot into the restaurant, the staff's attentiveness was exceptional. The waiters not only provided impeccable service but also took the time to guide us through the menu, ensuring we had a memorable dining experience. It was an absolute delight celebrating my anniversary at this establishment, as the peaceful ambiance and classic-romantic decor set the perfect tone for the occasion. I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking a charming and intimate dining experience.

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  22. Lauriek

    Seattle

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I ate at 1789 seven years ago when last in D.C. and couldn’t wait to take my husband here for our last night of vacation. The cocktails and food were just as wonderful as I remembered, the menu very yummy looking and the prices very reasonable. But the whole service/timing vibe was off for us and extremely disappointing. We are not dawdlers by any means, but we were rushed through our dinner like we have never been before. We ordered cocktails to start the evening. Before they were delivered, the server came back and took our order for starters and mains and took the wine menu away before we could order wine for dinner. Minutes later, our starters were brought out (by a different person) before we had even received our cocktails. Then our server brought the cocktails and we told her we had hoped to enjoy our cocktails first before eating. She said she didn’t understand - did we want her to take back the starters? Well, yes…. and could she please bring back the wine menu so we could order wine with dinner? Starters were taken away and she and the floor manager seemed annoyed, as we were ignored for a little while. She came back as we were finishing our cocktails and asked if we were ready for the starters now and we said we’d like to order wine first to have with the starters and main. Got that taken care of and starters were great. Entrees were also delicious but barely warm, as if they had been sitting waiting for us to finish our starters. I’m not sure if it was our particular server or whether the floor manager is rushing people through, but it was a huge disappointment to what would have been a beautiful evening. I’m giving four stars because the food was so good.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an absolutely amazing and incredible experience. Our waiter Steven was an outstanding presence throughout our experience, would recommend 1789 to any of our friends. We will definitely be going again.

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  24. ColleenS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful experience!! This was our 1st wedding anniversary and we were treated with the upmost care and celebration! Thank you to Steve, and the rest of the family at 1789!

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  25. KateM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our fav restaurants - food is outstanding - our server was so attentive but not overly ! Perfect !

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  26. DanoM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, friendly service and quiet dining experience.

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  27. KaiB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best meal ever for each of the 4 of us! Fabulous service, creative dishes expertly presented.

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  28. AnneC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and waiters were top notch. However, we were seated in the dining room and were the only patrons for about the next 10 minutes. 4 people were then seated at the next table in a completely empty dining room. That was inconsiderate of privacy especially in a city like DC, known for important meetings. The room continued to be empty except for our crowded corner for another 30 minutes. The room was not crowded before when we left. The food was merely fine. An apparent effort to be unique leaves me struggling to understand a sweet full size doughnut plated with foie gras on a dinner starter. The autumn salad was good with a delicious dressing although a bit over dressed. I regularly patronize Clyde’s restaurants but fine dining is obviously beyond their abilities.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Waiters are a little over the top attentive. It’s like they’re trying to rush you through your dinner. I think they feel that it’s more a ‘fine dining’ experience if they bombard you two seconds after you sit down rattling off cocktail ingredients and specials. Take a breath and let your guests enjoy the space. Anyhow, if you just ask them to give you some time they do listen. It’s a lovely restaurant despite this.

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  30. DaisyC

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A DC classic that doesn’t disappoint! Great service. Unique food combos and refined vibe. Special occasion n more-add this to ur list!

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  31. JAN123

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful venue; professional and friendly servers; prompt and delicious food. A great experience!

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  32. AliT

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent evening! We enjoyed the foie gras mousse, Autumn salad, delicious medium rare duck and a divine pumpkin carrot cake with homemade bourbon ice cream!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant -food/service and ambiance were all first rate

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  34. DawnM

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner and our server was a beautiful lady who just moved to DC from Atlanta n she was super friendly. Knowledgeable n professional. Highly recommend

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  35. JamesH

    Key West

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exquisite. The presentation was breathtaking and the flavors were amazing. Our waitress was perfectly attentive without being intrusive. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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  36. Lbouvier

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure, lives up to the reputation. Service just lovely.

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  37. Genevieve

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Allyson, was a delight, and our meal quite splendid. We both loved the Autumn Salad and the halibut (perfectly cooked). The key lime dessert wasn't bad, but didn't actually taste like key lime and involved a little too many colors and flavors on the plate. Festive, but a little too neon... All in all, a really perfect place to celebrate our 47th anniversary!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service very pleased with the drinks

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  39. DaFinch

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing - ordered the pork chop which was tender and flavorful. Romantic and quiet ambiance and the wait-staff were not just attentive but also knowledgable about the food and wine pairings. Will definitely be going back.

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  40. StephenX

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific experience. Staff does a great job. Food is spectacular.

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FAQs

1789 Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

1789 Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 6223 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for 1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20007

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Prospect & 36th Streets
  • Neighborhood
    Georgetown
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking available; Nearest parking lot: PMI Parking Lot - 3307 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Charles Kreiser
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 965-1789
  • Catering
    Call us at 202.965.1789
  • Private party facilities
    Location and atmosphere make 1789 Restaurant the perfect choice for private events. It has all the charm of an elegant country inn, and is situated right in the heart of Georgetown. Private rooms are available for brunches, luncheons, dinners, weddings, business meetings and cocktail receptions.
  • Private party contact
    Kathy Doe: (202) 465-7521
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