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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Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience! Food was excellent! Only issue was they seated us 22 minutes after our reservation

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R
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to 1789 to celebrate our engagement (happened before arriving), which was excellent. The service was great and the food was exquisite. We ordered the fixed menu with wine pairings, which gave us multiple courses to enjoy the night. They surprised us with complimentary champagne and took our picture
to commemorate the toast. It actually brings up my only complaint for the night. We ordered cocktails to start the meal and they brought us the cocktails, and champagne, and wine for our first course all at the same time. We didn't have a chance to enjoy the champagne or the cocktails before the first course showed up. The food arrived before we had finished the wine for almost every course, so we felt a little rushed with the drinks. (We drink a fair amount of wine, so this was surprising...) Other than that though, the service was excellent in every other way. They were there without being "there." The food was absolutely excellent!! The tuna tartare and scallops were both amazing.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Expecting the excellence from past experiences. So disappointing we’re sorry to say

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent for a special occasion
the quiet dining room is a huge plus
service is attentive but not pushy
adequate wine list

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DT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular service and food. I have some preferences with foods, and they accommodated all of them. The flavors were a gustatory delight. Made my trip!

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KC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional. Sean at the bar went above and beyond, and the entire staff was great.

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Try to avoid any seats along the wall. As you’ll see if you look up, the air conditioning vents are along the sides of the room and they blow directly on these seats. It’s hard to enjoy what is otherwise a truly lovely restaurant when you’re shivering.

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BF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, and relatively quiet. Perfect for an up-scale dining experience without having a headache or sore throat from screaming to have a conversation. Perfectly cooked scallops, a silky smooth and balanced cream of asparagus soup, tasty soft-shell crab, and the best cherry sorbet ever. Attentive and intelligent service, and very relaxed table time for long conversation. A perfect night with an old friend to catch up on life.

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P
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My goodness. What a wonderful experience. Moved my daughter in to Georgetown to teach over the summer and needed a great meal and some pampering after a long day. The evening was divine. Thank you!

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WZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 58th anniversary and 1789 helped to make it a memorable occasion. We returned to the restaurant because our memories were all positive and we were not disappointed. It is clear that the entire staff from the chef to the wait staff and the hostesses all are focused on making the dining experience special. And they succeed.
Wonderful waiter - Raphael; wonderful dinner and special extras to commemorate our anniversary.

Thanks 1789. You show how a restaurant can be run.

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EH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, proper meal portions, beautiful plate presentations, outstanding food. You get what you pay for.

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fois gras is the best. soft shell crabs awesome. Tuna tartare first rate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, custom menu for anniversary

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Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This relatively new restaurant is cozy and clubby without being dark, claustrophobic, and old boy’s drab. The food was excellent. The menu was burgers and sandwiches or the 1789 dinner menu. The cocktails were so elegant! Can’t wait to go back!

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to disappoint for a delicious, elegant, entertaining dinner.

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BJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, and it was a fantastic choice to celebrate our anniversary! I highly recommend the scallops appetizer and the duck!

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live in NJ..Always dine at 1789 Restaurant when in Washington . One of the finest restaurants
we visit.

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Reunion fun. Very good service. Nice crowd

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F
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, outstanding service ergo 5 STARS. Best meal I've ever had in DC!!!!

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Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was amazing and beyond expectations.

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JD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1789 never fails to disappoint. The food, drinks and service have been outstanding during each one of my three dinner visits. It is a spendy place but well worth the money for a special night out. I would recommend nearly everything on the menu but the drink-dinner combo I enjoyed were the steak and the sidecar, with the scallops as an appetizer. So delicious!!

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OG
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exellent experience as always! One of my favorite places to eat when I visit Washington.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around. First wedding anniversary was perfect there.

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Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was lovely but the space was very cramped and the steep stairs to get to our table were treacherous and needed better lighting in the stairwell as it was very dark.

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had wonderful experience at 1789 on my graduation dinner. Tasting menu was beyond expectation in general, although the scallop and swordfish were slightly overcooked. Service was good as always.

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food. Very professional staff. They accomodated us in every way, and made our anniversary dinner that much more memorable.

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r
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Our waiter was condescending and rude. We were excited to come to a noteworthy restaurant but the waiter ruined it

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CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1789 restaurant made an extra effort at my request to accommodate us and our guests from Paris. They seated us in the main dining room as I requested at a central table, and (I presume) had a French speaking waiter serve our table. The service was exceptionally warm and hospitable, and we were proud of the meal served to our experienced Parisian guests.

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding luved every plate. Creative amazing cuisine.

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MM
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at 1789. I had been wanting to go here for a while, and my roommate's birthday and a mutual friend's visit in town paired to be the perfect reasons to go! Everything we ate was delicious (had my first amuse bouche and Baked Alaska), and the presentation of the Cherry Blossom Tree dessert was absolutely phenomenal. I'll definitely be back for another special occasion!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! I highly recommend the duck and baked Alaska. Absolutely divine.

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SO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!! Friendly, fun, attentive service by Christian. Christian was also great with recommendations and accomodated some food allergies. Great place to celebrate our son's college graduation.

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, we were seated at the very first table as soon as you enter the restaurant. Needless to say the constant rush (and I mean constant) of waiters and waitresses rushing past our table made for a less than perfect evening of celebrating our son's graduation from Georgetown. Food was excellent as usual, as was the service. We'll be back as our son will be attending Georgetown Law but will ask for a better table!

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RG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit on the bar side! The additional menu items were great!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding; top flight service and quality all around.

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r
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Old Washington feel. Food and drinks were delicious. One of our group got a too tough, too well done beef tenderloin and they replaced it immediately and pleasantly.

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu and service. I have a new favorite place in DC.

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited 1789 fro our son's graduation from Georgetown and it was such a special venue to mark this occasion. The attention to detail was evident in every way, and we were so pleased with every aspect of the meal. We look forward to coming back to make another event in our family's future!

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