1789 Restaurant

4.9
5878 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very good way to celebrate a birthday

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vipVeronicaM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is an absolute gem. I would come back time again for the delicious good and impeccable service.

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in for restaurant week for dinner. I had the wagyu tartar, the brioche crusted halibut, and ended with the dark chocolate Gateau. Was very satisfied with the entire meal. Loved this place and would recommend

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BonitaM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best and most memorable meals that I and people in my party have ever had. It was worthy of 5 Michelin stars.

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vipMaggi
Baltimore
367 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so delighted to see 1789 participating in Restaurant Week and even more excited when we were able to get a reservation for dinner. When we want to dine, we do not mind driving from Baltimore to 1789. Even though the dress code has been relaxed, we still dress to enjoy this elegant restaurant. It had been several years since our last visit, mostly due to Covid restrictions. Another pleasant surprise was the addition of the first floor restrooms. Because of that, we were able to invite another couple to join us for dinner. She is recovering from a broken leg and could not possibly do stairs.

We actually arrived early for our reservation. We were warmly greeted and, as stated on their website, we were requested to show IDs and our vaccination cards. We were seated at a table near the fireplace as we requested in the John Carroll Room. Ruta, our server, was right there to welcome us and effortlessly attended to our every need. The service at 1789 is always exemplary. The gentlemen started off with cocktails and the ladies enjoyed Pinot Gris and Chardonnay wines. We must compliment the chef on the extensive menu that we were presented with for Restaurant Week. Two of us started with the Crispy Lobster coated in Panko breadcrumbs with a papaya and napa cabbage with a Thai basil sauce. It was very tasty, but a little too spicy for us. My husband had the American Wagyu Tartare with shallots, cornichon, parmesan, pomme Rosti and black garlic. Our friend (who is not a lover of soup) decided on the Butternut Squash soup with coconut panna cotta, cranberry jam, apples and toasted pumpkin seed. She was thrilled with her choice.

We enjoyed the following entrees: Brioche-Crusted Halibut with roasted fingerling potatoes, fennel, grilled leeks in a Saffron-mussel broth, two Roasted Racks of Lamb with Israeli couscous, Cippolini onions, eggplant puree with Chermoula; and the Duo of Beef which was a grilled NY strip and a Braised Short Rib with sweet potato pu

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vipTimW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Ruta our amazing host for this evening. The whole team was great, friendly and very welcoming. First time visitors at their restaurant and we will be there again. Super service, very good food right on point cooked. Thank you very much :)

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vipwonderfuldining
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience during Restaurant Week. Many choices from the regular menu, including crispy lobster and halibut. Attentive servicer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always meets high standard set my first time dining here. Food and service was spot on. Everything was delicious but the creamed spinach was a unexpected surprise.

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vipCarolO
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was outstanding. Favorites were 1) butternut squash soup and also 1) the chocolate dessert. We also had the lobster appetizer, the sea bass and rack of lamb, along with several glasses of wine, all delicious. Lovely server, Ruta. Restaurant week was a very enjoyable experience at 1789.

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SarahK
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really beautiful little place with a great atmosphere. All of the food was great and the process were not outrageous. The drinks were great as well. Will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! The Mediterranean Sea Bass was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific night. Highly recommend the halibut and lobster. Tasty cream diplomat for dessert. Cozy spot. I will be back

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vipMike
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Our waitress, Radu??, was terrific with great recommendations.

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vipohlaurenone
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent as usual. We love this restaurant!

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CRew
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at 1789. The staff was kind and attentive. The menu items were superb and well executed. We felt appropriately distanced from other patrons. We will be back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Not cheap, but worth it. We enjoyed every minute.

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vipTrevorK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, corkage was $30, helped with food selection and the food came out quickly.

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vipMark
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience with food and service!

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StephenR
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A tremendous restaurant! It blends perfect service with delicious food and a lovely setting. The photos online do not do the beautiful Christmas decorations justice. I look forward to returning!

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AbigailB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ll start off by saying that I’m from New Orleans, and not to toot our own horn but IMO we have some of the best food in the world. I’ve also traveled to many places and countries and eaten a lot of good meals.
This meal was in the top 2 best meals I’ve ever had. The quality and preparation of ingredients, the combination of interesting and trustworthy flavors. The sea bass had a briny salty flavor which somehow hilighted the nostalgic nautical flavor of fish meals from my childhood while being deliciously fresh. The veal tagliatelle’s sauce had a flavor profile so complex and scrumptious I could’ve easily devoted the whole thing but had to share with my husband. The service was impeccable. Total hospitality, attentiveness, and charm that made us tourists feel like royal locals.
And honestly, worth the price. 2 dined on a multi-course meal and had 3 alcoholic drinks for $170 which for such a fine experience was truly not that bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and quiet atmosphere. Food was fresh and had unique takes.

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vipMarciaT
Charlotte
50 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Had been once before and was expecting that over the top service and great meal but I was disappointed for sure

Waited close to 15 minutes before anyone approached us and they were not busy at all

Halibut and monkfish were fishy and wasn’t up to what we expected

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vipAMS1
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great atmosphere
Looking forward to going back again

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vipTimT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent time at 1789! Terrance was great and you would not have known it was his first day at the restaurant. He know the menu front to back. Try the rack of venison.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience there. Our waiter was great! Best food ever. A lovely place for fine dining.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Missed the Carolers!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been blessed to eat in many fine restaurants over 34 years of marriage, but 1789 Restaurant is in the very top experiences… wonderful in every respect of casual elegance and absolutely terrific food and service. GO GO GO!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th wedding Anniv celebration for my brother and his wife.

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vipLAkSy
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, service and food with creative cuisine

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vipSteady
Cleveland
44 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Risotto in squid ink was too sour and underdone. Risotto is the bane of many a qualified kitchen. Service was superb and cocktails worldly.

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vipFaye
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a premier restaurant! 1789 is the perfect 5-star destination to celebrate, in this case, my Husband's 65th birthday. Not only were we shown to an exclusive table but also presented with a menu that had Happy Birthday written on it! The food was exquisite, rack of lamb for him and duck breast for me. The service was impeccable. And the Christmas decorations added another touch of beauty to the marvelous dining area. I love 1789. Then we walked through the hallway to Fitzgeralds for a nightcap. It was the perfect ending to a remarkable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One like we never experienced before. Food, cocktails, service, just name it and they mastered.

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bets
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling from CA and visited a restaurant I had last eaten at over 50 years ago when I was a child - i was not disappointed

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vipDCinDC
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you team Clyde's
Always a wonderful experience

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AlbaS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable decor if u like history
Highly recommended restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom and daughter Christmas

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vipSusie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
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 on December 2, 2021
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 on December 2, 2021
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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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 4.9 stars by 5878 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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