1789 Restaurant

4.8
5902 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

Executive Chef Kyoo Eom
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom and daughter Christmas

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vipSusie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The butternut squash soup was sublime.

My server could not have been more accommodating.

Very professional and very warm and welcoming at the same time.

Tasteful holiday decorations added to the ambiance.

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ThomasT
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. When my husband got up to go to the men’s room the hostess came over to refold his napkin and place it on the table neatly folded. Classy. The music was just the right level. Didn’t have to scream across the table. I had the duck. Delicious. My husband had the sea bass also excellent. The restaurant was intimate and decorated for Christmas. Reasonable price for dinner at a upscale restaurant. Will definitely go back when we return again to DC.

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MaryW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate the Holiday Season.

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vipWendyB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Chef made a special fois gras appetizer for me that was so special, best ever.
Always fantastic service and atmosphere. Food is always perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family holiday

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JulieH
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The epitome of fine dining!!! Could not have had a more exquisite dinner in a beautiful and romantic setting. We were in complete culinary heaven!!!!! 5 stars and then some!! Loved the friendly and very well trained wait staff. Never felt rushed and truly one of those very memorable dining experiences never to be forgotton!!!

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TonyaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was provided by Travis. He was attentive, delightful and offered excellent recommendations. The rest of the service team was also very kind.

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vipRomanoD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great gourmet food, came to DC just to dine at this restaurant, never disappointed.

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vipGBdine
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1789 is a classic with great service, great food and nice quiet setting with fireplace burning. First time back in a while and it did not disappoint.
Cheers!

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XAVIER
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful night, as well as an excellent dinner as usual. Excellent food and service 👌 see you soon.

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've dined at 1789 four times in the last couple of years, and it's always a very pleasant experience. Yes, it's an expensive restaurant, but the food is excellent, the portions hearty, and the cocktails are always delightful. Service has been uniformly first-rate.

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Disappointed
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ordered beef tenderloin medium-came well done. Ordered napa cab- got French cab.

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vipMeredithD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for thanksgiving and it was absolute perfection!

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vipRickE
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening prior to Thanksgiving. Our friends from out of town our foodies and we hoped they would love this restaurant and they did!

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vipTNHawkeye
Birmingham
55 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was over the top, and food was too. Well-designed wine list. I can’t remember a more attentive (and yet invisible) waiter.

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JMDC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such interesting food, so well prepared, such pleasant service by people who seem genuinely interested in your well being. Every dish we’ve had here has been fresh, unusual but not weird, well spiced but not too spicy, generally yummy, and has spent no time under a heat lamp! Strongly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service felt very rushed. Staff seemed inexperienced and unknowledgeable about food contents. Although help may be hard to find now we expected more from this restaurant.

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vipChaud1
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Difficult parking in Georgetown without valet. High risk of getting a $50.00 parking ticket. Georgetown is tough.

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vipBurtH
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner for four. All of the food was delicious and the service was spectacular. We had a table in front of the roaring fire. A great anniversary celebration!

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AidanL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, great experience. Will be returning.

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vipSavvy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service to the food our experience was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, fabulous food and attentive service. Great choice for special occasions!

JH
JessicaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If there were more stars, I’d give them. This place was amazing - best meal Ive had in…. I can’t remember how long. Our server was incredible, the wine was incredible. Old school interior design is so cozy. Go and you won’t regret it.

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vipMelissaS
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I've been to 1789 several times over the past 2 decades. The food is always excellent and the portions generous compared to other restaurants in the same price range. This time was an exception in that my guests and I felt extremely rushed the entire meal. When you pay these prices, you're paying for service as well and it detracted from the experience.

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Naaman
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!
Everything, from the food, service, decoration- one of the best restaurants I have ever been in!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond wonderful. Everything was fantastic!

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BrendaR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner again. Thank you 1789!

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vipCura
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food very good. Ask for dinning room with fireplace. Bill was $238 for two including tip. Waiter made mistake on bill and would not correct it so I had to dock his tip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It can not be any better food and ambiance

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BelindaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing, romantic dinner. We had the wagyu tartar, duck breast, and sea bass and all were incredibly flavorful and cooked to perfection. Stephen was a super attentive and friendly server and the staff were all first-grade. We found parking on the same street on a Friday night. The dining room was super charming and the fireplace made it cozy and romantic. The chocolate gateau dessert was TO DIE FOR. So was the Duke cocktail. Would go back a million times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my GF there for her birthday. I’d read great things about 1789 and had very high hopes. The food service and ambiance far exceeded our expectations. We started with the Wagu streak tartar and grilled octopus. Both were AMAZING! For entrees my GF had the Duck Breast and I had the Sea-bass. Both were excellent. The desert was spectacular and delicious. We will be back!

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NickH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A sensational spot for a quiet dinner, an anniversary, a reunion with old friends, or a date to impress. Bold eclectic menu and exquisite service and care.

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vipDiner47
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister & I enjoyed a joint birthday celebration dinner with our mom and her son. Amazing food, lovely cozy ambience, and wonderful, gracious service. Such a special experience. Thanks!

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LisaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was high quality and well prepared; the grilled octopus was especially delicious. As always, the service was impeccable.

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vipWrayV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to 1789 for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. I expected a good overall experience and those expectations were exceeded from the minute we walked in. Our server, Chantay was a joy and the entire staff made it their mission to ensure we enjoyed our special night, including personalizing our menus so we could take them home as a reminder. The food was equally amazing from start to finish!
The ONLY word of warning for anyone going is that parking can be challenging (it is in Georgetown, after all), so leave yourself a little extra time (or maybe take a Uber!). But that should never keep you from experiencing this gem of a restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Let’s face it- the food has been mediocre for years- as was my overcooked dry halibut, we go for the atmosphere and the memories. Unfortunately, despite booking far in advance we were seated in the claustrophobic freezing cold bar where we could only see the roaring fireplace in the main dining room. Never again. It’s no longer a good memory. Open table allows them to describe the available seating better. They should make clear before you choose to make your reservation and pay the required deposit that you will be seated in the bar and not the dining room.

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CrystalS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the place. It was nice to sit somewhere quiet and still have an intimate date. Overall, we had a great time and will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many thanks to the 1789 staff for making our anniversary dinner a wonderful occasion. We came back to celebrate our engagement some 50 years ago at this very restaurant and we were glad little has changed. Beautifully appointed dining room, excellent dinner selections, a thoughtful wine card and outstanding desserts.
5 stars !

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 4.8 stars by 5902 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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