1789 Restaurant

4.9
5853 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

2020 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Celebrate Mother's Day at the 1789 Restaurant! We will be open from 12 pm to 8 pm. Reservations are now open. We will be serving a three-course menu with beautiful selections. Call us at 202-965-1789 if you have any questions.

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Dahlia
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Everything was excellent and beautiful presentation and service. Very attentive, but not intrusive. Wish the menu had a few more choices or was changing seasonally.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation to celebrate the engagement of my fiancé and I. I requested multiple special accommodations to which they went above and beyond to make our day special. They referred me to a flower shop so that I could have flowers delivered to which they set beautifully on the table. They gave us a very romantic spot in the dining area. I was able to reserve a special bottle of champagne that they recommended which was delicious! They even customized a personal menu that said “Congratulations on your engagement!” Our server was phenomenal as well as the staff overall! The food was stupendous as we both ordered the three course chefs menu. A special thank you to the staff for helping me plan this special day! My fiancé and I couldn’t have had a better experience!

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JNow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic atmosphere with just the right personal attention for celebrating my husband’s birthday.

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KellyC
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true staple to the city. The food and staff are always exceptional. I love when a chef manages to marry art with food, but make it taste like grandma made it. That is when you know you're in good hands.

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TaraH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my birthday, the service was perfect in every aspect. Both myself and my partner was extremely satisfied. Every detail was attended to.

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vipMJoyS
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot rave enough about this very unique Georgetown experience. A legendary restaurant that has maintained it's very special ambience but has had a culinary transformation with new chef. The food was outstanding with beautiful presentations! We are not traditionally duck eaters but tried it because the preparation was so unique. The 3 of us agreed that we were so glad we did!
Our waiter Don was outstanding as well. Very knowledgable about the wine, the food and very welcoming. You feel as though you've been welcomed into someone's home for a special evening. We can't wait to return!!

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RichardN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for thoughtful/inventive food, QUIET atmosphere, tablecloths, pretty surroundings, dark room, thoughtful wait staff, this is the place for you!

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Chris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We had the chef's tasing menu and it was outstanding. Wonderful atmosphere and service for our anniversary. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Nothing particularly wrong, but nothing great either. Had sea bass and lamb rack and both were uninspiring. Same with appetizers. For the price you expect exceptional, but what you get is average.

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Buzz
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. Server was either pushy or invisible. Food as usual excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top Notch dining experience will definitely be back to try the duck and the octopus. Where to start ? Our server Jesse ( or Jessie) was perfect ( always important) it felt like the entire staff was part of our dining experience extremely attentive and knowledgeable all the way around. The food/ beverages were the only thing better than the service, cocktails had wonderful aromas and flavors, the wine list is super approachable if you know what to look for as well there are some really enticing ways to compliment your dinner. The food was awesome definitely get the tartare Amusbusch (spell check) it was a monster smash hit. The prawns were incredible the pheasant is incredible, the entrees came straight down from heaven. The lamb was impeccably executed as well as the tasting menu waygu shortrib best shortrib I’ve ever had in my life ! Great work cheers to the chef and the staff will 100% return and send as many as I can your way! I never take photos at dinner this is probably the closest I’ve ever gotten to breaking my rule. 10/10 , 20 stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and exceptional service, now reimagined in this wonderful DC establishment.

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Pooh
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary. They gave us Happy Anniversary Menus, put it on the restaurant menu and put it on our lovely dessert. The wait staff was so welcoming. It was a superb evening!

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vipnjfoodie
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic restaurant delivers - the service level is outstanding! Everyone was friendly and helpful. Everything was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous Easter dinner!! The food was out of this world!! So good! The service was excellent too!!

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AliceM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter celebrate

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals and experiences I had possibly ever. The service was outstanding along with the food.

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vipBrianDespard
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was beautifully presented, but was surprisingly disappointing in terms of flavor. The lamb was tender but bland. The deserts were the best part. The staff were friendly and fairly attentive, although the deserts took an overlong time to arrive - leaving the feeling that maybe we had been forgotten. The restaurant was careful to follow covid protocols, which we appreciated. The setting and decor is perfect for a special occasion.

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vipVictorM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food and perfect ambiance!!

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vipMilano
Washington DC
308 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really special place

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vipJRDC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Easter brunch at 1789 and have been many times pre-covid, it was just as lovely and maybe even better than before! Our server Jack was excellent and we highly recommend the Cherry Blossom Pisco a creation of their bartender while they last!

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vipAyakaK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food! The service was great I love this restaurant so much! Such a lovely and classic place 🍽❣️

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Susan
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Thought atmosphere was was stiff - my dish was very good but my husbands choice - duck- as undercooked and chewy. Neat place but too expensive. Okay but overpriced. Sorry.

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Heybobareebabe
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience at 1789! We were celebrating my son’s 11th birthday. While not a restaurant for children (ours were very quiet and well behaved), 1789 went out of their way to make our experience exceptional. We loved every minute of our dinner.

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vipBobB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

So did not have Tom Siestma's experience. This is supposed to be a great restaurant. It was not on Saturday night. A great restaurant does not bring out the wrong entree. A great restaurant does not serve an excellent dish ( halibut) with an average dish (monkfish) A great restaurant does not bring my birthday treat to a neighboring table who had no idea why they got it. We are provided with an alternative not the cheesecake that the next table got. We went ahead and ordered the cheesecake to go--and we got charged for it. A great restaurant would not do that.
So rather than getting all excited about good reviews--it might pay to focus on making the dining experience good for any customer..

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Elaine
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. It's expensive, but well worth the money.

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vipSnootyfoodie
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was solicitous & knowledgable. Both cocktails were very good the Milk Punch dessert drink was interesting & deceptively strong. Butternut soup was excellent. Wasn't too thrilled with the other two small dishes. Halibut was moist with crisp crust. Loved the dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

High expectations from a long-established icon with new chef were colored by experience. The ambiance is better with less crowded environs, and service was not quite as attentive as a result of apparently less staff. Some hits and some misses among the new cuisine-risotto a bit too al dente and fish overwhelmed by accompaniments. Dessert was luscious and quite satisfied this chocolate addict.

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience...Food was incredible and so was the service

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vipChuck
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with a wonderful ambience, perfect service and reliably great food.

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AnneV
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents celebrated their 49 anniversary at 1789. The restaurant made personalized menus and name cards saying happy anniversary for them and made the evening incredibly special. The 1789 always has wonderful food and a lovely ambiance.

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Mark
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, quiet atmosphere with stellar service and better food. Bartender knows how to make a solid old fashioned and I only wish I saved room for dessert. 5 stars.

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MeganW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Exceeds expectation.

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vipAlan
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Really nice place for a date night or special occasion.

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littledoc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was quite good, atmosphere was relaxing, service was mediocre.

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vipddiner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time we have dined at 1789 since before 2020 and the experience has improved. We had the wagyu tartare and crispy lobster to start, duck breast and sea bass entrees, and passionfruit tart for dessert. The dishes were executed beautifully (and delicious!) and, I hate to say it for the sake of the restaurant, but the generous spacing between tables and our being able to enjoy our dinner in more peaceful surroundings only enhanced our evening. We will be back soon to try the other new selections. Bravo, Chef Eom and all the staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST meal I’ve ever had. Best service, too!’

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Buzz
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food. Probably the best part was being in a room with so few table...no eating someone else's food and working about who was in your conversation.

FAQs

1789 Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. 1789 Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 965-1789.

1789 Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 5853 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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