Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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.
Washington, DC 20007
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.
Prospect & 36th Streets
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet Parking
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Mother's Day Brunch
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Exceptional in all aspects. Great intimate bar in original restaurant and Bob Jordan, bartender for evening started our experience with a history lesson of the restaurant and surrounding area. Restaurant Week menu was the best selection we’ve had in our numerous visits to other area restaurants.
A wonderful evening with special friends
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.