1789 Restaurant

4.7
5188 reviews
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$50 and over
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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. 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Bar
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 965-1789
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Tracy O'Grady
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prospect & 36th Streets
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking
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Special events & promotions
Easter Brunch
Mother's Day Brunch
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and exceeded my expectations. The bisque was rich and smooth, the duck was tender and flavorful, the pork fat was melt-in-your-mouth glorious, the steak was tender, and the swordfish was sweet and firm.

The three-cheese platter was a big hit with our table. The truffle cheese was aromatic and creamy smooth, the blue mild and light, and the hard moon cheese was lightly salty and slightly tangy. It was great paired with honey and jam.

The desserts were also amazing. The little peppermint snowman was both cute and refreshing, with a little black sugar hat. The Opera cake was a flavor bomb with a buttery toffee cruch that brought it all together. The pumpkin rice pudding was spiced perfectly and cooked exquisitely, smooth and balanced. The pineapple upside down cake was right-side up, but was light and sweet. The cookies were good, and we were able to take them home with us.

Our server was always present, kind, and helpful. She filled us in on special moments of the restaurant, where politicians usually sit, and shared the history of the building. My wife stood up to check out the other rooms and one of them offered to give her a tour of the entire place for her birthday.

The only downside was the expense. It is very expensive. For a family like mine, it is a once in a lifetime evening, but we don't regret it at all. It was incredible!
We highly reco

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DP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was delicious! Loved the choice of small plates and regular size entrees! Very attractive seasonal decorations. Appreciated the free valet parking! Will definitely return for another dinner!

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

Had not been at 1789 for many years. It’s as good as ever!

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work holiday celebration

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JL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was phenomenal. Jackie was the best server we've ever had the pleasure of meeting. We would definitely come back again.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! The food and service were spectacular. The decor of the room decorated for the holiday season made this an evening I won’t forget! Perfect!

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great for a celebration. Thank you to the great staff!

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OT
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. 1789 decorates for Christmas and looks beautiful. The service, as always, is impeccable. All of our food was good (there were 4 of us) except for my husband's lamb, which was undercooked.

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j
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice renovation to the annex bar restaurant with a separate street entrance directly under the 1789 sign. Nice setting with a bar in the front area. Normal tables with a comfortable setting. Good table spacing. Attentive wait staff. Entres were exceptional (and fully priced). Creative combination of sauces with good flavors. This section of 1789 has a “Bar Bites” menu addition. Value starters and small plates in the under $25 range. Convenient valet parking. We will return.

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MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We were excited to return to 1789 after being away from the area for several years. We were underwhelmed by the food quality, service and overall experience. The carollers that were promised never came in the 1.5 hrs we were there, my daughter's meal was incorrect, and when it finally arrived (after we had finished our entrees) it was raw. I will not be returning again unless it is under new management.

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JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef prepared each dish with a rich sense of complex flavors. Very creative and it was quite the experience.

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GH
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful - the staff, the food, the ambiance.

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EL
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another stand out performance by the entire team at 1789. The food never disappoints, it is always packed with flavor and looks stunning.
The service is also fantastic. They are attentive but not intrusive and always look more than happy to assist.
We went for an anniversary and I think every member of staff at some point in the night wished us a happy anniversary. Small touches like that make a big difference.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience is extraordinary in a superlative traditional way. Rooms are small enough to be intimate and QUIET enough for conversation in a normal speaking voice.

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d
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Always an elegant place with good food, excellent service and great ambiance. It is not noisy,
so we can talk. We love the round table which we always ask for and get it...
I have to say, this time my order of swordfish came cooked too much which made it kind of dry, but I did not complain as I was one of the hosts.
However, all in all, it is a great restaurant. Valet parking is very convenient.

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W
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice intimate setting with first class, well timed service of courses. Highly recommended.

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L
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent group dinner at 1789. Their menu is fantastic and they have an outstanding wine list. Service was impeccable. Kudos to the chef and staff.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for such an enjoyable evening! We really enjoyed celebrating here tonight. I highly recommend for celebrating birthdays. Make sure to come early and stay late. The service is impeccable. The food is to die for. Be sure to order dessert! We recommend the chocolate one or the apple!

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L
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have the lamb chop! This place was truly special from top to bottom.

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GW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the staff at 1789 made our anniversary celebration even more special. It was if they were cooking special plates just for the two of us. The food was absolutely amazing and they recommended wine pairings that really highlighted the food. The restaurant is completely decorated for the holidays. Everyone should put 1789 on their short list and go have dinner - for the food and the special experience.

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JL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was perfect with one unusual item. We love the place but there was a really loud table next to us that ruined the atmosphere. It was difficult to have a conversation. I noticed other diners also were annoyed. I almost said something but figured the staff would ask them to be considerate. Unfortunately they did not. Oh well, it probably happens once for every thousand guest. So my odds of it happening again are pretty much zero. It’s a great place

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was probably the most phenomenal restaurant my girlfriend and I have ever been to. As our anniversary, we could could not have been more pleased with how welcoming the staff were, and our waitress so extraordinarily professional and friendly. Our food was outstanding, and I would recommend this place to anyone who will listen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was great. They even worked with my dietary restriction.

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W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our guests from Lithuania were very imptessed.

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I went to 1789 for a dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The staff were very accommodating of our dietary requirements i.e. no meat and alcohol. They verbally greeted us, gave us an anniversary greeting card, the menu and some truffles as complements. We highly recommend the restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was decent but overpriced. I think the price point is based more on reputation than the actual restaurant.

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VC
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every respect, greeting upon arrival, server's attentiveness, exquisite foot, with such beautiful presentations of the plates, and such unique, special dessrt offerings! One of the finest restaurants in the USA!

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GM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful historic restaurant in the heart of Georgetown. The fireplace adds to the romantic ambience and the food is exquisite. The service is attentive but not overbearing. My guest was celebrating a birthday and the staff did a wonderful job of acknowledging the ocassion without drawing too much attention to our table. Worth the high prices for a special ocassion!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and outstanding customer service!!!! I can’t recommend any more! 5 star food!! Wow!

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KS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The restaurant overbooked for Thanksgiving and the service was atrocious. When you are spending over $100 per person you expect the service to be impeccable. It wasn't.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We arrived at 2:55 for 3:00 reservation and were ushered to the bar for a “brief” wait. Forty-five minutes went by and no one re-appeared to seat us. Had to return to front desk to insist on being seated, which we were.
Other than the arrival experience, ambiance and food were excellent

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

After 15 min wait our party of 4 was seated in windowless basement with bad artwork and Ed Sheeran playing! No ambiance at all and not what we had expected for a special occasion. We all had the Prix fixe thanksgiving menu. Food very poor except for dessert. Service very good. However, overall, very overrated and overpriced. We don’t recommend.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We came here for Thanksgiving dinner as the 1789 was a top rated restaurant in D.C. for Thanksgiving. We made the reservation in September. When we arrived the staff was stressed and they were clearly having a problem with turning the tables over. I understand that it was Thanksgiving, but as a restaurant that is so highly rated for Thanksgiving you would think they would have it done. After leaving us standing for about 30 minutes, without suggesting we go to the bar or taking our coats, they seated us in what must have been their special events room. It was cold, cafeteria like, drop down office building ceiling , a view of the exit sign and service bar, modern fake art and carpet. No cozy fire place, no old wood floor, no nothing. We heard others coming in and refusing to eat in the room. It was a terrible disappointment, but we did bit want to make a scene, so we sat and paid full price for the that dump. Again I understand it was Thanksgiving, and we made the best of it. But 1789 shame on you. You should have never done that. No class, not professional, no respect for the customer.

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l
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Expect far more than what we received and was extremely disapointed about where we had been originally seated. Embarrassing is all I can say as well as insulting.
You call and email to confirm our reservation several times before hand but you fell far short of what we expected and booked 2 months earlier foe special seating in the tavern room.
Anyway, it was a nice day just not nearly as special as we had hoped for.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Avoid the "bar/club" room. No atmosphere, quiet. Clank your silverware to the sound of soft 80s/90s ballads. They describe this room as "contemporary" but I would call it sterile, uninviting, and charmless. Sit in the "pub" instead if you're planning to come here at all.

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AC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely way to have a hassle free Thanksgiving dinner with available family.

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BM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Our Thanksgiving meal was very tasty and the server was very friendly and attentive. The only negative was when I first entered the restaurant. I was told that the other person that I was joining for lunch had already arrived and had been seated. Instead of leading me to the table, I was left standing there while the people behind me were seated. I finally just filtered through the restaurant by myself until I found my friend. Further training is obviously needed in the front of the house!!

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PM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there celebrating my son's birthday. They actually presented him a menu that had "Happy Birthday" at the top. The service was impeccable and the food wonderful. The atmosphere was quiet and very comfortable. Would definitely go back again.

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant but terribly overpriced and under-plated.
I've been going there since the '60's and haven't been there for several years but won't bother going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My meal was very salty. Three of us were given an incorrect menu. Chose our item, just to be told it was the wrong menu.

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