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

1789 Restaurant offers a Thanksgiving menu from 12pm to 9pm.

Wednesday, November 27, 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 offers an a la carte menu and a Chef's tasting menu for New Year's Eve.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 5631 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RE
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to see a traditional atmosphere and br consistent!

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SF
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Ordered a dish but a different one came out. He must have not heard me completely. Both dishes had the same type of fish but one was a stew the other by itself.

ZZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Well, I wend there with High Hope.
I am not sure if it because we ordered too little, or there is unspoken rule for going to this kind of restaurant that you have to order a lot to show something.
The waiter double checked several times that if we only want one main dish, with three people, and two small plates and no alcohol. We are that hungry and we did not want to waste the food. And we do not drink in general.
And when we were having our food, the waiter is looking at the direction of us, which is really uncomfortable.
After, when serving a complimentary dessert, he only gave knife for each one, not even a fork. We did not even touch the dessert.
It is really a bad experience especially in this kind of restaurant and I vouched for this restaurant in front of my friends. Really really really DISAPPOINTED.

RA
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday so great

PB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and ambience. Highly recommend

NV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Surprisingly limited menu with average food for a shiny price. Environment is great. Not what I expected.

WP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. Great from start to finish. Good food, good servers, good wine sommelier/manager. The full package!

G
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding. The food and service where superb. Our waiter, Anil, was knowledgeable and very kind. The barman, Christian, is a class act. The lamb and duck dishes are first rate. We will definitely will come back.

RR
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful space and location. Terrific food and outstanding service!

AD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and great food selections. The crowd is more on the sophisticated side so I would not recommend with young children; which was not an issue with my visit.

I would go back.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Quiet place for a good comfortable evening.
We took only starters and the portions were great.
The service was perfect.

JY
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding waiter. The food was inventive and amazing but not pretentious. It is expensive but quality ingredients, strong service, and calm ambiance are worth it.

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our anniversary dinner and got the tasting menu with wine pairings. The service was amazing, they paid a lot of attention to detail, made modifications as needed for allergies and made us feel like we were valued.

AJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening with special menu paired with wines. A wonderful dinner with good service and a personal touch.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable and food was delicious! Awesome experience!

G
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed our dinners at 1789 for the last 20 years, the food is amazing every time we eat there. Thank you taking such good care of us!

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Amazing food and service in a quaint Georgetown atmosphere.

c
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an old style house, actually several houses that have been connected. They were built in the Federal style in the mid 1800s. There are several types of rooms that you can go to but the more traditional one is the green room with a fireplace. It has much more charm and a romantic atmosphere. There is no question that the atmosphere here is lovely and it is a romantic place to have dinner.

The service was top of the line and they had taken note that this was an anniversary. Our menu was personalized and said happy anniversary at the top of it. Also when our dessert came, it came marked with chocolate that said happy anniversary. Everything about the service was excellent.

The rack of lamb gets the most votes from everyone and I would agree. I asked for it to be rare and even though the waiter looked at me a bit askance because he wasn't sure I really meant it, it came exactly as I wanted. It was delicious. It is also 2 very large sections of lamb on the ribs. The duck also was excellent, cooked just to perfection, and the yellow fin tuna tartare was also excellent. I was a bit disappointed in the fig salad because there was so much endive in it and only a little piece of goat cheese. But the goat cheese and the figs together were just outstanding. I didn't hear anything about the foie gras but the lobster bisque was very rich, creamy and absolutely delicious. As a dessert the hazelnut torte cake was a bit unusual. It was basically a hard pancake on top over a round slab of chocolate with hazelnut cream on top of it and four meringue type chocolate pastries on top. It was very good but it was unusual.

Key now is that on Tuesday night there is no corkage fee so you can bring your own wine. however there is a very extensive wine list.

KC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Fabulous service and the food was delectable. The atmosphere was wonderful!

TT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience from being met by Greg to your receptionist ordering a taxi everything was perfect.

JJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I went to get my MBA at Georgetown University from 2000-2002 I always passed the 1789 restaurant but never went inside. Well, a couple of weeks ago I took my wife there for our anniversary. I expected the experience to be high-class and it did not disappoint.

I remembered the server from her time at the Cheesecake Factory, and she was very attentive and friendly throughout. We had the tasting menu, and it was just declicious. My favorite would have to be the duck breast (though the dessert came a close second due to its sheer size).

I highly recommend 1789 Restaurant for any special occasion.

DR
Toledo
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great!
Food was prepared well! Very tasty and satisfying. Enough options for every pallet.
Highly recommend
Thank you for making a special night special!

MO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate dinner here for my husbands birthday and it was the perfect way to celebrate! Our waiter made sure we were well taken care of the whole evening. The meal was perfectly paced-never did we feel rushed or like we were left waiting. The ambiance was romantic and perfect for date night. The food...oh my goodness. The food was so good. Everything we ate was perfect that evening and we felt our meal was worth every single penny. I would recommend this to anyone seeking a quiet, romantic evening in the city.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

For years, I've heard about this restaurant but to be honest, it was completely overrated. We ordered the duo of berkshire pork and the tea smoked duck breast as main courses... both of which were highly recommended from the waitor but neither was that great or even memorable. It was pretty clear, yet no one took notice, that the duck meal was barely touched/eaten by my significant other. However, the lamb and gnocchi was quite good and the organic tequilla old fashion and 1789 sidecar cocktails were excellent. The chocolate hazelnut desert wasn't anything to rave about either... it was difficult to break apart and the puff pastry tasted old/bland. I really dislike writing negative reviews but I really did expect substantially more from such a well known establishment.

MM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatly enjoyed the experience and plan to return. Christian was outstanding is helping us enjoy the experience with his suggestions and service.

f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite dining experiences while visiting DC. Everything about 1789 was sheer perfection. Will definitely eat there again next time in DC

NV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere of 1789 restaurant. Met beforehand in the new bar lounge area, would love to eat there next time. Lovely ambience - very elegant but comfortable.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service and food.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Hoity Toity

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine
Make sure you make a reservation
Eat the recommendations

NJ
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose 1789 for our anniversary dinner and weren't disappointed! The staff and servers were friendly and made us feel special! Food was amazing, fresh, and unexpected flavors for all food and drinks.

E
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Enjoyed my lamb chops and Caesar salad very much, My husband also enjoyed his halibut and lamb gnocchi appetizer. Great service and a very cozy restaurant in a Georgetown town house with tons of history. Would definitely go back when we visit the D.C. area.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had such high hopes and wonderful memories of 1789...but we left very disappointed. The dinner was $300 for two, which is fine...when everything is good. This was not good...food nor service.

RA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting was just as memorable as the first. They really go above and beyond - more than any other place I've dined. When it comes to special occasions, this is it for me.

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