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.

1226 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Prospect & 36th Streets

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 965-1789

Website:
http://www.1789restaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Easter Brunch
Mother's Day Brunch

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Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (77)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Romantic (56)
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Good for a Date (50)
Quiet Conversation (46)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Tasting Menu (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Notable Wine List (28)
Business Meals (28)
Cozy (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Authentic (21)
Seasonal (21)
Local Ingredients (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic food and service. I highly recommend 1789!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

It is an excellent restaurant. Traditional, very classic, authentic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

We went there with friends for our 40th wedding anniversary. It was perfect!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

A place to go if you're a foodie and want fantastic experience. Everything the chef came up with exceeded all our expectations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Drove down from NYC and thought since it was our anniversary, we went to 1789 for a special dining experience and the didn’t disappoint.
The room was beautiful and there was a roaring fire which provided an amazing ambiance.

The food was deliciously prepared and made with some very innovative ingredients. Sea Scallops with Sweetbreads and a for Instance.

We thoroughly enjoyed every bite.

Harvey & Ronnie - NYC

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Nice quite table for two, excellent food and Felix our waiter was outstanding. Just the right amount of attention without feeling rushed. A quality dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

A Great place: Attentive service, well informed staff, delightful menu, wonderful presentation, very attractive ambiance and they make a very good martini!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent ! Real Georgetown treat !!!
Real taste of Washington DC !

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

expensive for the portion size - hasd things didnt like on dishes and chef had an attitude removing them as conveyed by the server
the server seemed to be lookinmg down her nose
didnt have a hot coffee drink
wanted to be seated where we could be comfortable 1 partner had to face the wall - whjen both dont like their back to the room that is an issue

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent and NEVER disappointed!! Great ambiance!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very small portions. Nice atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Bday. Great experience.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We were in DC for my 54th birthday and college visit. Made reservations for 1789 based on online reviews. Great food and service. Our niece was with us and has a food allergy. Our waiter asked about food allergies after taking our orders and was able to have her selection modified in order to accommodate her needs. The wine and cocktail selection is superb and the hostess was helpful in securing a cab for us at the end of dinner. We would highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the DC area.

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

A great experience overall, very good food and service, although a limited vegetarian options for my friend. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Initially was seated in the new dining room....very plain and boring, not the ambiance of the original bar/dining room with fire place. Why anyone would want to sit there is hard to understand. I asked to be moved and they accommodated.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

1789 used to be all about solid, traditional fare. Since its expansion into the building next door, it's gotten more creative and adventurous. That's generally a good thing, but sometimes simple is better. Regardless, a fantastic meal with fantastic service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing service. Went for New Years Eve - very nice restaurant. We ate on the new side which is very nice but the old side has all the history. Our server Michael was amazing. We went over to the old side to sit at the small bar and the bartender Bob was also amazing, he even explained the history of the bar to us. Very special place.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Elegant dining, with warm, hospitable and unpretentious service. Excellent value. Reminds one that keeping it old school can be in fact a super thing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very cozy place for a romantic evening. If I were to return, I would request to sit at a corner booth for two or in the room with the fireplace.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Exceptional food, wonderful service, cozy atmosphere. Dessert was a delicious work of art.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Lovely spot - inviting, sophisticated, very professional while remaining warm and friendly. Several winter dishes that have stood the test of time and were carefully prepared. Broad wine list that was thoughtfully assembled as well. Definitely on the return list.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

1789 did not disappoint. The server was quite knowledgeable about the menu offerings, the atmosphere was peaceful, and the food was wonderful. The wine list was extensive with choices ranging in price from accessible to quite expensive. I would definitely recommend for a special occasion, unless you are wealthy and can dine like this all the time!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a fabulous evening. Great food and wine list, great service, the staff makes you feel so comfortable and special!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My first time here. Excellent for date night and special occasions. The food and cocktail suggestions were right on the nose.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

If you want great food, great service, and a great atmosphere go here. I have eaten at a lot of good restaurants in Washington and this one tops the list.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Mediocre, cold, corporate. Does not live up to the online hype or marketing. Food was over salted and there were too many wait staff just standing around, coughing all over the patrons and their food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The perfect spot for a romantic dinner! The staff went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner special. We sat at the bar beforehand and had great conversation with the bartender named Shawn. He shook our hands and addressed us by name! The food was exquisite and the ambiance was romantic. Great choice!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Amazing restaurant! Great service and deliciois food. My mom and I sat in seats that Bill and Hilary Clinton sat in so that was pretty cool!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent, great a,Bierce, food outstanding!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely setting for holiday dinner(12/23) surprised to have carolers appear midway through dinner. Unobtrusive and lovely. Service was good, food delicious and presented well. Wine list fairly extensive w plenty of by the glass options.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Outstanding! Great food, drinks, service and environment. Would love tk go again and sit in one of the other rooms.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We celebrated a birthday at 1789 on our visit to Washington DC 12/21/17...They couldn't have been more welcoming on our special occasion. The service was exemplary and the meal extraordinary. We would without hesitation recommend 1789 and would go again in a heartbeat...Thanks so much all at 1789 for making our day so special (especially Felix )...

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

One of our very favorite restaurants in the Washington area. A restaurant you return to repeatedly

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 (London)·Dined on December 21, 2017

One of the best dinners I have had in DC, the combination of food,drink, service and atmosphere were absolutely great.
I will most definitely be visiting 1789 again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were seated in the new bar section of the restaurant. It has an uninspired plain decor. We were seated next to the kitchen door, which provided a constant distraction throughout our time/evening. While our server was most pleasant and gracious, given the ambiance, the distraction of the kitchen door, and the pricing, I would not recommend this restaurant. In truth, our dining experience was a great disappointment. This is the first time I have ever offered a negative review.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

1789 has undergone a significant facelift with a completely redone interior. Can't say I'm a fan of the new look. It's modern and bland. I miss the colonial character and charm of the former decor. That being said, the food is still wonderful and worth going for. I enjoyed a wonderful venison tartare and a delicious cod with bacon lardons. So at least the quality of the meal hasn't changed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Fantastic restaurant with great ambiance especially during the holidays. Outstanding food and service. Recent renovations have only improved and enhanced the experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

1789 is our very special place to celebrate. First, my first birthday dinner for my wife 26 years ago, next an anniversary and this time our silver anniversary. If we were local, I'm sure we would go more frequently!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Surprised that there are no salads on the menu! Our fish was perfectly prepared and was the appropriate size, unlike most of the monster portions we see most places. Yet having said that , I was dismayed by the tiny dessert. We split the apple crisp which barely had a total of four bites...2 for each of us. I laughed when the I heard the table of 4 beside us order the same item to share for the table! Nonetheless, our dinner was good, our waitress excellent and the Christmas Carolers were a marvelous surprise.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of the best meals that I have had in awhile.

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