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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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1789 restaurant made an extra effort at my request to accommodate us and our guests from Paris. They seated us in the main dining room as I requested at a central table, and (I presume) had a French speaking waiter serve our table. The service was exceptionally warm and hospitable, and we were proud of the meal served to our experienced Parisian guests.

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding luved every plate. Creative amazing cuisine.

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MM
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at 1789. I had been wanting to go here for a while, and my roommate's birthday and a mutual friend's visit in town paired to be the perfect reasons to go! Everything we ate was delicious (had my first amuse bouche and Baked Alaska), and the presentation of the Cherry Blossom Tree dessert was absolutely phenomenal. I'll definitely be back for another special occasion!

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! I highly recommend the duck and baked Alaska. Absolutely divine.

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SO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!! Friendly, fun, attentive service by Christian. Christian was also great with recommendations and accomodated some food allergies. Great place to celebrate our son's college graduation.

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, we were seated at the very first table as soon as you enter the restaurant. Needless to say the constant rush (and I mean constant) of waiters and waitresses rushing past our table made for a less than perfect evening of celebrating our son's graduation from Georgetown. Food was excellent as usual, as was the service. We'll be back as our son will be attending Georgetown Law but will ask for a better table!

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RG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit on the bar side! The additional menu items were great!

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Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding; top flight service and quality all around.

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r
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Old Washington feel. Food and drinks were delicious. One of our group got a too tough, too well done beef tenderloin and they replaced it immediately and pleasantly.

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu and service. I have a new favorite place in DC.

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited 1789 fro our son's graduation from Georgetown and it was such a special venue to mark this occasion. The attention to detail was evident in every way, and we were so pleased with every aspect of the meal. We look forward to coming back to make another event in our family's future!

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B
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1789 was so classy, my friend and I loved it so much!

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wait staff were welcoming and knowledgeable. Great experience.

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SK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Always stop in when in DC. Rack of lamb was perfect

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Historic and charming building, most personable, friendly wait staff. Food presentation and taste was grand. Lovely evening....will certainly revisit and spread the word.

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BR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Mother’s Day brunch in a lovely setting with delicious food and attentive service

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NS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I knew from past visits that the 1789 would be wonderful for a Mothers' Day brunch with friends - it was!
Moreover I left my rain hat there; the staff found it and is mailing to me in California! Thank you!

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AH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the car park service atmosphere was private would recommend

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While planning our trip from Canada to DC, I selected 1789 as the location for my 40th birthday dinner. I wasn’t disappointed for one moment!!! It took a minute for our lovely server to warm up but he was without a doubt one of the best we have ever met. He was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. When I asked “the Duo of Pork or the Lamb?”, his remark was perfection. “Oh the Lamb. No question!” He was so correct. It was fortunate for your establishment that there were empty tables beside me as eating the lamb made me exclaim in delight! Great bottle of wine to accompany. Followed by the Cherry Tree dessert. It was art!!!! To cap it off, I was given a copy of the menu that said “Happy Birthday” and a card from the restaurant. The best souvenirs I could ask for, other than the memories. I look forward to visiting Washington DC again, in part to sample more of your menu. Thank you for a wonderful evening and the memories.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful service. Old world and classic ambience. The platong was gorgeous, i really enjoyed the aspergus soup.

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JG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1789 was excellent! Andrew(?) answered the phone when I had to put on a special request for my in laws, and happily set everything up. When they got back, they said everything was perfect, from the food to the service.

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GK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great tasting food

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OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was superb. Knowledgeable staff, able to accommodate gluten free request.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to 1789 to celebrate my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary and mom’s 80th Birthday. It was truly a wonderful dining experience from beginning to end. We ate in the main dining room (bar and rooms look nice too but for special occasion this is the place to sit). Our server and the entire staff treated us with extra special attention given the occasion and even printed menus customized for them!
Food was so incredibly delicious and a absolutely perfect. Every dish we ordered came out exactly as described with every ingredient incredibly fresh and flavorful and cooked exactly as each of us wanted.
We ordered a special cake in advance - also amazing. Highly recommend 1789 for a special celebration if you want to splurge. Thanks to everyone there. My parents were thrilled.

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1789 Never disappoints. Service was excellent and we loved the 1789 Sidecar cocktail - a different take on an oldie.

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b
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

gracious staff courteous and attentive
old style charm with and expansive menu
great bar for a few after dinner drinks located in a quiet area of Georgetown
Highly recommended

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MH
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in DC we never miss an opportunity to dine here - it is a wonderful way to start any stay in our Nation’s Capital

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SJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and our server was also excellent and could describe any dish in detail.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Here for conference. Cute place, great drinks and food. Fresh and tasty. Would come back !

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MK
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant

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LO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was an incredible experience from start to finish. The wait staff was always present at the perfect time. It was definitely an evening to remember.

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RD
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. The food was delicious and well seasoned (nothing lacked seasoning, which I find rare).
We had the foi gras torchon, the poached lobster, scallops and rack of lamb (all amazing). The only recommendation that I have would be to serve the rack of lamb with a sharper non-serrated knife. The meat was medium to medium-rare, which we LOVED, but can really get butchered by a serrated blade as it becomes more raw toward the center. It was difficult to slice off the rack without mangling it. The staff were very friendly and dinner came with a little history lesson :)

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T
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It needs a re-fresh. The ambiance was dusty and old. It could have been fresher for a restaurant with a reputation. The food was okay and so was the service. Truly nothing special stood out.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Easter menu was very good. Ham for traditionalists and seafood plus for others!

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance were wonderful, and the quality of the food was absolutely fine. Our party was disappointed in the portion proportions, and the flavor of the food was somewhat lacking. Overall, for the money, there are plenty of other options available with better food.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meticulous service. Creative and memorable menu.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We were there for the Easter brunch on Sunday morning. Our family was disappointed with the service. We thought this would be a more family-friendly event.

I’ve dined there several other times for dinner with no complaint but I do not recommend 1789 for Easter brunch, esp if you have children.

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FS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

lovely ambiance and traditional. Narrow staircase can be daunting. Service was excellent; drinks, bread, and dessert were excellent. Brunch was nice.

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TW
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my parents 45 wedding anniversary and their first time to 1789 so I was excited to see how they would react. The waiter was phenomenal and told us in detail how each dish was composed. Just outstanding food and service. My wife and I have been back a few times and will continue to go back for dinner. Side note- not necessary but it would be nice to offer the theater menu again.

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NM
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service and ambience in a beautiful and really interesting restaurant in Georgetown. The prices are high, making this a special occasion restaurant - but for any special occasion this is really exceptional. The restaurant provided a customized menu and birthday card as a final touch.

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