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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a anniversary night.the food was amazing as well as the service. We went during DC restaurant week where they have promotion 3 course dinner with wine paring. Reservation at the bar room and the food and wine pairing is on the spot Highly recommended

LW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I went for restaurant week. The warm beet salad was a too salty for me to finish. For the main course I ordered the cassoulet, which was delicious. It was flavorful and filling, I would order again. I was looking forward to the olive oil cake for dessert but was disappointed because it was extremely dry. The main course saved this experience for me. Oh and and wine! I did the pairing and enjoyed all the accompanying wines. I also had a wonderful glass of the Argentinian Malbec before dinner.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef and cooking spectacular -- 1789 again at top of game...
Most special restaurant in every sense of food, service and ambiance!

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience1

As a history buff, I was so exited to visit 1789 for DC Restaurant Week. However, 1789 was the biggest restaurant disappointment I’ve had in DC.

The food was so salty that I had to go home and eat a half pint of ice-cream to get rid of the taste. Even the dessert was soggy — likely from mass producing food for restaurant week. The ambiance is horribly loud, and uncomfortable for an intimate setting. I found myself yelling several times just to be heard. The service was as pathetic. Several times the waiter bumped into my dinner guest.

If you are looking a overhyped, hackneyed, and semi-tourist trap for wealthy folks and tourists, then this is your spot. In short, I would never return back to 1789 even if it was a free meal.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at multi-Michelin starred restaurants and I can honestly say that this was a better experience. The food was amazing and the service (from Greg) was perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant and plan to return.

l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing: from the ambiance to the quality (and beauty) of the meals. And the staff was very kind and caring Had a very perfect and special birthday, thank you!

P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We were delivered the meals for the table next to us by mistake. It was Restaurant week, so they were similar. we figured it out because the people next to us had been there 40 minutes earlier than us, and still haven't got their entrees. We had to explain it to the staff. How to write entree, but I didn't. We got our side dish very late, but they didn't charge us for it.
--but probably because they had screwed up the order, not that they took it off because they had given it to us very late. The food was hit or miss, some great, some not. The wines were excellent. We'd been there before, and now have no need to ever go back there.

o
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The choices for Restaurant week was limited. Terribly lon wait time for food to arrive. Different waiters who never knew what dish belonged to whom. Loud bar scene. Compared to other times at 1789 we were disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and had a delicious meal. The bouillabaisse was out of this world! The olive oil cake was extremely dry but they were happy to replace it with an alternative.

GM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A colleague told me that 1789 served exceptional French food. As a Parisian, I of course didn't believe it. But I had a real world-class meal with superb wine parings and excellent service. By far and by large my favorite dining experience in DC.

n
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The tasting menu was perfect.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great. A great date night and an even better venue as this restaurant is in a federal house that is just beautiful! They still have a gas chandelier in one of the room and we were lucky got seated by the huge fireplace! Go for the food and for the historical location!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate my 23rd birthday with my parents!

N
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our daughter’s birthday at the 1789 and had a wonderful time! Everything on the menu is fresh and delicious! The servers are well informed and thoughtful in their recommendations. We relaxed, told family stories while the selections were timely delivered without interrupting our conversation. The ambience is extremely warm and friendly including a cozy fire in the fireplace. It was clear that every table was filled with happy diners. A perfect choice for celebrating. Altogether a fun evening!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly it was perfect. We did the 5 course menu with wine pairings and each was delicious and delicately selected time perfection. The history of this place also makes it beyond special.

I would easily return again!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Wife’s Birthday. Nice touch with her name at the top on the menu. Bob’s personally tending the bar their cozy lounge made for a great finish to the evening.

MK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

An historic restaurant with charm but in desperate need of some TLC. Great service all around with a gracious, charming waiter, delicious food, excellent wine selection but the property itself is tired and in need of some investment.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service and food.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Bob the bartender is the best, he made our experience unforgettable. Cheers Bob!

M
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Dined on January 2nd for dinner. Reserved on on OpenTable. When we arrived the reception person did not seem to know what to do with us. Whispering between staff and then we were put in drafty cold room. Within half an hour that room was empty, we were only diners left, and staff began to set tables for breakfast. On leaving we noticed that there was a big, gracious dining room with a welcoming fire and empty tables. When we questioned why we had been shunted off into the empty front room one of the staff said that they actually preferred that room! Food OK but on the whole a very disappointing evening.

MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have spent every significant celebration at 1789 since 1990 , 1789 never disappoints!

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful experience. Some of the best cuisine in DC. Superlative service. Attention to every detail. The best!

DR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was rushed and missed items ordered. Very expensive relative to the many alternatives in DC.

JZ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

went there twice but totally different experience. first time the food is amazing. but this time very disappointing.

NL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful place for any occasion. Food is terrific and staff is extremely nice.

R
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We have only been living in DC for 16 months. We had high expectations for this special Christmas Eve dinner at 1789. We had heard high praise for this local legacy restaurant. From the cocktail server (Sean) to our server (Sarah) to the two items we managed to try, the restaurant was a complete and frustrating let down. We ordered two cocktails ($40). Sean failed to provide napkins or water as he was distracted by other guests at the bar. I had to ask for both. In his haste to return to the other guests he spilled my Champagne Cocktail on her foot. Regarding our dinner, Sarah should not be a guest facing person. She abruptly walked away twice as we tried to discuss menu items with her. She was more interested in clearing off a nearby table, and another tables take-away bags. She was also negative and discourteous as we tried to explain we were not going to have seafood, this even after we told her twice that we would not be having seafood.

T
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We have been to 1789 many times over the years through several eras of Chefs and Managers and staff. Our recent experiences have been very, very good, both food and service. However, Christmas Eve is not the time to go to the 1789. The normal menu was changed, the waiter was both inexperienced and overwhelmed, and the food was just ok--nothing like we had experienced in visits on non-holidays. My prime rib was tough and generally without much flavor. My son, who has dietary problems, had difficulty creating a meal that would work, for him, although I credit the waiter for trying to work with the problem. We also felt rushed, which has never happened at the 1789 before. I chalk it up to holiday overkill, and will return again, but not on a holiday.

KV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

I took a long time planning out my family’s trip from California to DC for Christmas and selected this restaurant based upon reviews and photos of the antique filled historical restaurant. All our choices were exactly what we expected or more, except for this restaurant. When we arrived, they led us to the sports club room which was a big disappointment, as it did not have the ambiance we expected. It looked like the sort of place you grab a quick drink at before proceeding to your nice dinner. Please be aware that you could be seated in this area. Had I known this, we would have chosen a different restaurant. The food was average and we experienced better dinners at The Pig and Le Diplomate. The manager was kind enough to bring us a complimentary appetizer, as he knew we were upset; however, it still did not make up for this Christmas Eve disappointment. The manager said I booked in this room but that was definitely not the case, as I booked in advance and spoke with the restaurant before arriving.

GR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

With a reservation made weeks in advance, we were seated at the middle round table in the pub room. My daughter was bumped and pushed from behind from servers squeezing past her all night, even after we asked for them to please stop. There was obviously a problem of space here and we found it obnoxious that they continued to do this. The food was OK. The fig salad consisted of one fig with a small ball of goat cheese and a large pile of undressed endive. My duck was ordered medium rare and was more on the rare side. I asked for it to be cooked a little more, and was asked twice “didn’t you want it medium rare?” before my plate was taken. It was then plopped down back to me very grilled and with attitude. The other dishes were good.
The carolers were wonderful. We were looking forward to a special dinner and unfortunately felt like we were in the way all evening. We didn’t stay for dessert.

MS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve gone to 1789 every year at Christmas for the last 15 years. Great memories.

JD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous as usual. Carol was our server and did a phenomenal job. I ordered all of her recommendations and could not be happier. The Lamb & Gnocchi, halibut, fig salad, and beer tenderloin are all must-try's. And whiskey lovers, don't miss the Sazerac. Will definitely be back!

H
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service was horrible. They couldnt make a Manhattan cocktail, received wrong entree and wrong bottle of wine. After dinner pour of wine had cork in it. Disappointed, but foid was good.

LK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Christmas celebration with family. Waiter was well meaning but nervous and

AL
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Washington, and where I used to go for special occasions and always at the holidays during my working career. The food, table service and am atmosphere remain excellent, but the front of the house is a disaster and needs to be revamped 180 degrees. The two hostesses had no idea what they were doing, made us wait 25 minutes for our table and me — on crutches — walk to another part of the restaurant to wait. As we were leaving, they also got our coats confused with those of other customers. Inexcusable for a five-star restaurant.

KA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As a special holiday splurge we took our family of 7 to dinner at 1789. There was some initial confusion about our table and we had to wait about 20 minutes past our reservation for the table to be ready. The house graciously provided comped drinks, which were appreciated. The decorations were festive and the food was delicious. The caroling provided by a quartet really made the evening memorable. It was a cozy and delightful evening. We definitely will be back for a future special evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous, as usual

S
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu excellent! Carolers were wonderful.

SR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming restaurant, perfect for a romantic holiday meal. Service was on point, friendly and never felt rushed. Our meals (Duck and Lamb) were perfectly cooked and portion sizes were just right. The Christmas carolers were a nice touch to kick off the holiday season.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We highly recommend 1789! For every special occasion or any day fine dining. The food is always prepared perfectly and the service is outstanding.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great! Enjoyed dinner

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