1789 Restaurant

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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. Next door in the 1789 Bar & Club Room, the large mahogany bar and tufted leather seating provide a welcoming lounge atmosphere. Both the full dinner menu and an upscale bar bites menu are available in the Bar & Club Room.

2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner; 3 Stars from 2017 Washingtonian magazine.
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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are open on Thanksgiving from 12 pm-9 pm. We'll be offering one menu option, a three course menu for $75 per person; $35 per child under the age of 12. The menu includes traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as a variety of seasonal offerings. Visit our website at 1789restaurant.com for details.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

1789 Restaurant offers an a la carte Christmas Eve menu from 4pm to 10pm.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

1789 Restaurant will only be offering a Chef's Tasting menu, price TBD.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 5665 People Are Saying
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AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. We celebrated our anniversary, the staff did everything to make our evening special. We are happy we chose 1789.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were seated next to a very large and loud table away on the second floor. The food was average at best, and not at all as good as it used to be.

EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Our waiter was outstanding. I look forward to eating at 1789 very soon.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excelente!!

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Too slow between courses. Otherwise great service

N
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great restaurant to celebrate any occasion or just to treat yourself to a nice dinner with great service.

EP
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Washingtonian restaurant. Our server was professional and marveled us with his recounting if the history of the restaurant.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

icon was an amazing server great food, great servive great food cozy atmosphere

TB
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My wife and I returned to DC and 1789 for the first time in 20 years. We chose 1789 to celebrate our 20th anniversary and it did not disappoint. We arrived about 30 minutes before our reservation and were directed to the bar to wait until our table was ready. That was a good move. The young man who was the bartender was very friendly and made some awesome drinks.

After being seated at our table on time, we were served some warm bread and butter. We both had fish (halibut and the seafood soup). It was all excellent!

For dessert, we shared some ice cream that was served on a frozen plate with “Happy Anniversary” written on the side in chocolate. It was a great restaurant for a special occasion. Would have no reservations at all about eating here again. The atmosphere is intimate and historic.

For kicks, walk across the street and see the staircase from The Exorcist. It’s still creepy even after 40 years. :)

HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

早く到着してもすばらしいバーで時間を過ごせる。
FIve tasting menu を頼んだが料理の量は予想より多くなく日本人でも大丈夫。
4人だったのでボトルを頼んだ方がお得であった。
一度は訪れたいすばらしいお店だと思う。
I arrived early than the reserved time but I spent excellent time at bar till my companions came.
The tasting menu was so excellent and that the volume was not too much even for Japanese.
I requested bottles of wine and good for 4 people.1
1789 restaurant is one of the best place to go.

BF
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food is very good but we got placed upstairs in a rather stark room which lacks the character and ambience downstairs which is very nice. Also our food took 20-30 mins to appear which was not really what you expect for the quality of the restaurant . Our server apologized twice. The dress code seems to have been relaxed as well with all sorts of outfits now acceptable ..

OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, great service

CM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic setting for a VIP client dinner. Food was excellent, and the vegetarian in our group was very happy with the options he was able to choose from. Only minor complaints were server and table location - we were at a round table in the middle of the floor and the person seated with their back towards the door and bar was bumped several times in the back of the head during dinner by people walking by - It was a tight space though, and seemed unavoidable for the most part considering the table size our group needed and the space in general. Our server was charismatic but was a little pushy in encouraging varied menu selections which our client guest did not appreciate. He really just wanted the same fig salad that a few others had ordered and he didn't appreciate being badgered about it (even if in good fun).

CA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were seated courteously and promptly. The atmosphere was lovely and quiet in an old federal style house. Our server was outstanding, recognizing our Anniversary and making a special effort to accommodate my food intolerances. The scallop appetizer was delightful but a small portion(particularly when slit in two), and the halibut with mushroom ravioli was also delicious. The duck was just ok. The only negative was that the food was just lukewarm when it was served. Overall, it was perfect for a quiet romantic dinner!

J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed it so much, we are planing on having thanksgiving dinner there with our kids.

CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant in every way. The food was incredible. The staff was warm, friendly, and attentive. The restaurant itself was beautiful. We drove in bumper to bumper traffic in pouring rain for our 6pm reservation... and would do it again and again for this place.

BF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Solid food, great location, amazing ambiance and history. Food was good, but don’t go in expecting a Michelin Star, even at the price point. Excellent cocktails and alcohol selection.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing experience, food and service. We were celebrating wife’s new promotion.
Thank you for giving us the same table we typically get which is the far corner table for two.
Wife is not a fan of beef but she loved the beef tenderloins. Scallops with bacon are always to die for. We tried something new, the cucumber salad with figs and goat cheese. That was definitely the highlight beyond expectations.
Thank you so much
Jorge

NL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service, top notch spot right across the street from the exorcist house.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The only negative was the waiter who was kinda crabby while we were trying to celebrate a birthday.

OT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

DC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food was good. The atmosphere was nice. Was able to carry a conversation with everyone at the table. The best part were we not rushed to order or leave

H
Omaha
141 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love 1789 for a special dinner while in DC once a year!

RJ
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Elegant old-school place, with great staff and ambiance. Very long delay in meal arriving (45 minutes) with no explanation. But overall a pleasant experience.

S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, old school ambiance. Wine and wine list was great. Service was friendly and solid but maybe more informal/unpolished than usual for such a restaurant.

CA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. The host was lovely in helping us with the right table for the occasion and we are greatly appreciative. The waiter knew so much about the restaurant and was happy to answer questions about that and the menu, anything we asked. The dinner was outstanding!! Thank you 1789.

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant, special intimate ambiance, good food, perfect service

TV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten at 1789 several times over the years when I am in DC. It’s always been excellent. Now my daughter is a freshman in college locally and I plan to enjoy this superb food and ambiance every time I am there. I’ve never had a bad meal or experience there.

JH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has it all - great atmosphere, superb service and great food. We will go back again and again.

L
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at 1789. Service was outstanding. Impressive wine list and menu. Nice blend of menu selections and all were cooked to perfection.

AD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Duck Breast Entree has set the bar for all ducks everywhere-- love this meal!! The ambiance of the restaurant is intimate and a fabulous style of vintage DC, and you can have a wonderful conversation over a fabulous meal without yelling over typical restaurant noise you see in DC. Everytime I come to DC, I come to this restaurant, and each time I'm introducing someone new, who in turn is raving on this restaurant's decor and culinary flare.

ME
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nice setting but food needs improvement. Service was decent. Did not arrive hot - too expensive for what you get

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent. Service was very good and the ambiance was intimate but not too stuffy.

RE
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see a traditional atmosphere and br consistent!

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town visitors looking for specific unique Georgetown / DC experience and found it. Lovely all around.

SF
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I celebrated our wedding anniversary here and it was perfect. They specially addressed the menus commemorating our anniversary and delivered them alongside a very kind note. We were placed at a cozy table where the waiter created a course offering tailored to our tastes. The wine selection, crab bisque, foie gras, rack of lamp, tenderloin and apple turnover were exceptional highlights of an overall superb meal. This is definitely the place to take someone for a memorable evening.

TP
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been to this great restaurant but LOVED it. We ate in the bar/club room section which offers the same menu as the main restaurant. While it’s not cheap, the drinks were generous and the apps very large. Most importantly all three of us loved EVERYTHING we ordered.

P
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening at our favorite DC restaurant. Have not been since leaving over 15 years ago. Would love to see a retro menu from Washington’s Camelot period during the Kennedy presidency

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