About 1789 Restaurant

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.

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.

1226 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Open for Sunday Brunch on Easter and Mother's Day.

Closed Christmas Day and July 4.

Cross Street:
Prospect & 36th Streets

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 965-1789

Website:
http://www.1789restaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Easter Brunch
Mother's Day Brunch

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Private Dining

Location and atmosphere make 1789 Restaurant the perfect choice for private events. It has all the charm of an elegant country inn, and is situated right in the heart of Georgetown. Private rooms are available for luncheons, dinners, weddings, business meetings and cocktail receptions.

1789 Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (77)
Romantic (64)
Good for a Date (54)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Quiet Conversation (46)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Tasting Menu (34)
Business Meals (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Cozy (26)
Notable Wine List (25)
Seasonal (21)
Authentic (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
People Watching (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My girlfriends came to visit me from Miami for a girls weekend. We enjoyed our meal, ambiance and wine .. our waitress was amazing! Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing, I went with my boyfriend for our 1-year anniversary and the food was great, service was great, and they even gave us a personalized menu, a card, and a take-home dessert gift to celebrate our anniversary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

It’s nice experience. Good service and food in general. The tasting menu is great, totally worths it . We had the oyster, foie gras, scallop, and duck. The oyster was little bit not as well as I expected. But all the others were perfect.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

I reserved 1789 but was seated next door in a sports bar with paintings of football players on the wall - not very romantic!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

We love 1789 and we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a very special dinner. We tried the seven course tasting menu and it was the best meal we have ever had. Each course contained superior ingredients and new flavors. The presentation was amazing as well. As always the service was attentive, warm and welcoming. Congratulations to 1789’s new chef.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Food, service and environment is always amazing every time we go!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our Valentines Day celebration. We had dined here many years ago in our youth. The meal was delicious, and service was superb. It was perfect. We will definitely return.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

I was told that “all wine bottles would be 50% off, however, I was informed just as they were opening a bottle of Opus One that all wines over $250 would be full price. I was extremely disappointed with this, but the food was delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Manager was not friendly. I asked to move our table, since it was really dark, they didn’t respond to my request. I couldn’t see my food and my bass had fishy smell. As general they did not give good service so I didn’t enjoy my dinner which cost us $200 for 2. I can’t recommend it as before it was my favorite place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Except for the valets great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very old fashion decor. Quiet place, the food was just OK. Not worth the $180 we spent on two people. The staff is very attentive.
The reservation comments sent back after making reservation in Open Table specified a jacket "required" for men, however a lot of men showed up wearing jeans and casual clothes (that alone spoiled my night). Don't specify a jacket anywhere if you are NOT going to follow thru!!
The bread was very good. I ate the recommended duck dish and it was just OK, nothing to rave about. The portions are small which I liked but at the same time I wonder how much smaller are the portions if you choose the pre fixe chef recommended menu (the waitress said portions were smaller if you chose that option). The food is served on a big plate, which is OK IF THE PLATE is super shiny and new, however the plates at the restaurant are showing some tear and wear stains so in that case it just made food look bad. It's just a white plate, go and buy new ones please.

I loved the fact they have complimentary valet parking and coat check-in.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Liked the renovation, new bar in the old F. Scott Fitzgerald area a nice touch, Sean is an awesome bartender. Server was knowledgeable, patient. Food (Cod and bass) good but not spectacular.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I went here for her birthday and the staff presented her with a card after our dinner. Excellent service.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We live in Ohio and dined at 1789 15 plus years ago. We had a great experience at that time and have always wanted to go back to the restaurant. We finally did, and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere in the dining room with the fireplace is warm and elegant, with a welcoming spirit. Hannah was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and made our evening very enjoyable. The portions are perfectly sized. We both had the pappardelle with wild boar and wanted more. The venison was tender and flavorful and cooked to perfection, as was my husband's filet. The wine list was interesting and the wine we selected paired perfectly with our meals. It was absolutely worth the trip and we will return!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I make a trip to Washington DC annually on business. My son and I really enjoy 1789. We consider it to be the best restaurant in the Washington DC area. The staff is absolutely amazing in their knowledge of all aspects of the menu. They are extremely attentive and friendly, without being intrusive. We usually try to ask for our favorite server, Joanna, but since she was not working the night of our 2018 visit, we were served by Hosanna who was outstanding! The menu changes regularly, and there are always new things to explore. The handcrafted cocktails are also amazing. We would highly recommend 1789 to any person who enjoys fine dining!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I have always liked the 1789 as one of my favorite Wash DC restaurants, and convinced 3 colleagues to meet for dinner following a major presentation tutorial we conducted in Wash DC. They came at my insistence although wondered why we traveled so far to Georgetown when there were so many good restaurants nearer where we were.

While the appetizers and food for 3 of the guests was very good, (as always expected), the duck that one guest and I ordered was very rubbery except for a few pieces in the center of the cut. Unfortunately, no one checked at the table to see how we liked the main course once served. Thus, I must state that the service was nowhere near or up to expectations. One colleague brought an extra guest, and when we ordered an appetizer I asked the server to make it 3 scallops instead of 2, she said it was not possible, we would have to order a 3rd appetizer with one piece left over. When I said I had eaten there many times and never had a problem in the past with the rare instance of wanting something different (and the restaurant was always accommodating - and should be for the prices charged)the server argued with me, embarrassing me in front of my special business colleagues (they were not my normal business associates but special guests).

The manager did come back several minutes later with 3 scallops on the 2nd plate, but the server never came by to either apologize or say they were making an accommodation to my request. We had ordered a 3rd appetizer since we only expected a total of 4 scallops.

I understand that the owner of the restaurant died sometime ago, and the widow is trying to maintain the continuity. I hope this was an aberration. However, I must admit, I am going to rethink carefully whether to return or not, especially with guests, and that is a shame, as 1789 was one of my favorites when I visited Washington.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful dining experience with good food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was great but a little pricey for what you got...especially the 'wine pairing' menu. Each of the three 'pours' was around two tablespoons of wine...barely a taste! Sure wouldn't recommend it.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I have no words It was so memorable our server Hannah did an amazing job, food runner Fernando was very knowledgeable of what he is delivering to the quest, manager on duty was generous and attentive. Thank you to the all team it was a great experience. Can't wait to go back!!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The reception and check in desk is pretty small and uncomfortable . It was crowd when we arrived and the hostesses were very confused. On the other hand, the service inside the restaurant was great and the waiters were extremely friendly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was superior, the service was impeccable, my husband and I had such a great experience there. Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very underwhelmed with my recent visit to 1789. What started off as a nice quiet evening with a friend for dinner ended in a very unpleasant experience on the "new side" of 1789. After eating on the historic side of 1789, it was suggested that we have a drink in the new bar area. Long story short a very drunk patron tried to pick a fight with my friend and even threatened to physically hit him. Needless to say i have a poor taste in my mouth for this venue now. Seems like the "new" 1789 is bringing in the wrong crowd. Bummer

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We dined at 1789 on Saturday night. The hostess was extremely rude and unprofessional. We gave our name and she picked up a phone call as we were talking. When she hung up, she sat four other parties that came in after us and then came back to us. Our server was also pretty terrible. Could not be less concerned with how our food was and couldn’t remember some of the dishes or wine names. The food was excellent. Overall disappointed in the night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything about 1789 is simply superb, but especially the food. It's exquisitely prepared. I've loved this restaurant for many years and constantly talk it up.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Easily the best restaurant I have been to in the 21 years that I have lived in the DC area. I wish I had not waited so long to try it! The short rib was meltingly tender even though it was cooked medium-rare — how is that possible? Every dish that our party ordered was fabulous. This is a great place to celebrate special occasions. I had mentioned in my online reservation that we would be celebrating my daughter’s admission to Harvard. My daughter was not only greeted with congratulations by the hostess and our waitress but also treated by the chef to a special dessert and gift to take home. The staff made her feel very special. The service was crisp and attentive, professional yet friendly. Days later, we are still marveling at how delicious the food was. What a wonderful evening we had. We will be back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (México)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was a wonderful experience. The food was tasty and the ambiance was outstanding.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went to 1789 for their Restaurant Week menu. We arrived early, had two drinks at the bar; highly recommend the cranberry mule for something sweet and fresh along with the hot butter rum cider for something hot and festive. The table bread was also good for starting out. First (starter) course, we selected the celery root soup and bucatini (tasty noodle dish), both were freshening, well seasoned and healthy. Second (main) course, we had short rib and duck confit, both were DELICIOUS! However, I will say that the sides for main course were lacking in flavor and quality. Third (dessert) course, we were had their dark chocolate with caramel and diced pears with almonds, both were tasty. Along with our meals we had wine pairing, we aren't big on red wines, however out of the six we tried their was only the wine paired with the duck that we didn't favor. The atmosphere in the restaurant seemed a bit "tight" and restricted, but that was more so because of the people dinning. The servers were very vibrant at the bar and at our table.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Outstanding and beautifully presented menu items. Wine pairings were spot on. Amazing service. Raven was our waiter and she was excellent. Lovely atmosphere and lighting. We Highly recommend this jewel of a restaurant!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was our first visit to this restaurant. The ambiance was good, food just fair. We found the meal to be very disappointing. Our server was Anil. He was very unfriendly, and rude. We will not go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our waiter was on top of it! Very nice and friendly. Atmosphere was great, dim lighting, romantic. The extra “compliments” of the chef was sweet! Made you feel a little special! The appetizers, bread and deserts were delicious! Entree was not as great as expected.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were in the dining area next to the bar and a large group came in and were screaming ...very very noisy!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant week

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Truly a fantastic and magical experience. We did the restaurant week menu and have no complaints. Seated immediately and never had to ask for anything. Totally worth it!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

FABULOUS! 1789 is ALWAYS wonderful -- incredible service, remarkable food and exquisite ambiance. We walked in on a cold, blustery evening to a welcoming fire! It was truly a memorable night. Thank YOU.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

1789 is a fine restaurant and a good deal during restaurant week. We celebrated a birthday. Especially enjoyed the duck confit.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was great, ambience very nice with the fireplace, real flame chandeliers, half-timbered house look, etc. (even if it was a little too heavily trafficked where we were seated). Food was overall good but a couple elements were not quite there. We had a restaurant week menu with wine pairings which was a good value, other items on the regular menu sounded delicious, but the prices are pretty steep.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Celebrated my and a friend's birthday. It was a wonderful evening. Began with gins at the cozy little bar with Robert and did the Restaurant Week special with wine pairings. Enjoyed one wine so much we bought a bottle between courses. Worth the walk to Georgetown!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

So I tried this place for restaurant week and I was a bit disappointing in the food. I ordered the Bucatini and Scallops (off the regular menu) and it was really salty for some reason. I was not sure if that is normal or not but I felt the need to eat more bread and drink more water. The Scallops itself was really good but the sauce was salty to. The chocolate Dequoise was delicious. Everything else was wonderful but I will take 1 star off the food for being really salty.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Restaurant week.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

1789 has delicious food. I was there for restaurant week and they had a nice selection. of items on the menu.

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