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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Panko breadcrumbs, papaya, Napa cabbage, Thai basil
Roasted Duck Breast
Bourbon-apple cider glaze, braised canellini beans, endive, Tuscan kale, butternut squash purée
Spicy Tuna Tartare
Avocado, gochujang, sesame seeds, cucumber, pomme gaufrette
Mom and daughter Christmas
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.
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.
We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate the Holiday Season.
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.
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!!!
Service was provided by Travis. He was attentive, delightful and offered excellent recommendations. The rest of the service team was also very kind.
Great gourmet food, came to DC just to dine at this restaurant, never disappointed.
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.
Thank you for a wonderful night, as well as an excellent dinner as usual. Excellent food and service 👌 see you soon.
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.
Ordered beef tenderloin medium-came well done. Ordered napa cab- got French cab.
We went for thanksgiving and it was absolute perfection!
Great evening prior to Thanksgiving. Our friends from out of town our foodies and we hoped they would love this restaurant and they did!
Service was over the top, and food was too. Well-designed wine list. I can’t remember a more attentive (and yet invisible) waiter.
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.
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.
Difficult parking in Georgetown without valet. High risk of getting a $50.00 parking ticket. Georgetown is tough.
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!
Wonderful restaurant, great experience. Will be returning.
From the service to the food our experience was perfect.
Great ambiance, fabulous food and attentive service. Great choice for special occasions!
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.
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.
It was amazing!!
Everything, from the food, service, decoration- one of the best restaurants I have ever been in!
Beyond wonderful. Everything was fantastic!
Excellent service and food. We will definitely return.
Amazing dinner again. Thank you 1789!
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.
It can not be any better food and ambiance
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.
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!
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.
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!
The food was high quality and well prepared; the grilled octopus was especially delicious. As always, the service was impeccable.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.