Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club

4.6
1297 reviews
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Dine at the Fourth Estate restaurant at the National Press Club and you'll enjoy great food in a setting rich with history. It is the perfect place for a business lunch, interview or dinner with friends and colleagues. Executive Chef Susan Delbert offers up New American cuisine in a place where famous and newsworthy persons aren't just autographed pictures on the wall, they are probably speaking in the next room! While the venue is historic, the food is rooted in the here and now. Chef Delbert works with organic and small farmers in the Mid-Atlantic region, giving her access to the freshest, most flavorful meats and produce.
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Mon 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM
Tue - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

A mostly quiet place for an early lunch and conversation. Crab cake plater was delicious. Good fresh whole wheat bread. Pear crisp was okay, but not special.

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M
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, service was great, an overall wonderful experience. Also, we were impressed that there were several vegetarian/vegan entrees for one of the vegetarians in our party.

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SA
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is truly a hidden gem. It has so much history in it. If you are at all interested in journalism it’s a must see. The meals are wonderful and the staff is very nice.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Fourth Estate and it definitely won't be my last. I went for lunch with colleagues and we were all very pleased with both the food and the impeccable service. A hidden gem!

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and service polite and fast. I will definitely go back.

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W
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took advantage of a special offer through TravelZoo. It used to be a great value. Now it has been reduced to a very good value. They reduced the wine from a bottle per couple to two glasses per couple and raised the price of the voucher by $10. Still, it's worth the trip. The menu has a good selection of appetizers and entrees, as well as desserts. The house wine, which comes with the deal, is respectable.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our dinner for 4 was excellent in all respects. The crab cakes were particularly tasty. We enjoy the restaurant and have been a regular guest over the years.

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RK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

the new menu featured a rockfish dish that was very very good.

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KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here and the food and atmosphere were both amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Check out the vast photo galleries.

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PT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

When getting off the elevator the person behind the desk said that the restaurant was not open for lunch on Mondays. I said I had a reservation. After conversing about a minute she went back and found out that indeed they were open. When arriving at the restaurant itself there was no one at the check in--which was understandable because it was 2:00--but I had to walk around several times and just by luck I opened a door to some banquet room around the back and yelled "hello". Nice guy came out, waited on us, and we had great food! Glad we didn't walk out when we first arrived when we were told the restaurant was closed.

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R
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Great food, and service all at exceptional price. Good wines and most of the menu was Gluten free. Perfect We will be back.

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VN
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant at the National Press Club has a fantastic chef, I highly recommend. We also enjoyed the classic setting, it was a real Washington DC experience.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an elegant and delicious top quality dining experience. As usual, service was wonderful, eclipsed only by the food. The lamb chops (not on the menu, but the Chef kindly substituted, as the online menu had not yet been changed) were excellent, while the scallops were perfectly cooked. The kitchen also kindly accommodated our kosher request for no dairy with the lamb, omitting the cheese on the Hasselback potatoes. The raspberry and chocolate mousse is legendary.

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IC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fine restaurant, you don't have to be a member of the National Press Club to dine here, and we are pleased to take our visitors here for an evening of conversation.

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CB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a milestone 80th birthday at brunch this Sunday -- and it was a perfect placed for a multigenerational family. EXCELLENT service!! Generous, freshly prepared dishes (excellent french toast with berries, waffles & fried chicken, and omelets made to order). Lovely, delicious chocolate cake slice served at end with candle and happy birthday. Quiet enough for the older folks to hear the younger folks and along with historical setting (great pics of famous journalists on the walls) made it a perfect place to celebrate for this family. Thank you for a memorable time.

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D
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

They served us in a ballroom as the restaurant was closed.

Great food and service

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MO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes are to die for. Service is quick and friendly. It is a quiet little place with lots of interesting artifacts. Best kept secret in DC!

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the best steak ever at Fourth Estate. We are both from the Midwest & have had some excellent steaks but this filet was the tenderest steak we had eaten & very flavorful. The service was also excellent. I gave 4 stars in a couple of areas because the restaurant is a bit dated in its decor. Nothing looked worn it but it does need a bit of updating.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderfully prepared and tasted great. Server was very attentive. Would not hesitate to go again.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Although the menu is not large, we all found options that we liked. Among the four of us, we had duck breast, scallops, veal, and roasted acorn squash. Meals were large enough that we were all full, and everything was delicious. We also appreciated the relatively small size of the dining room, and the fact that the noise level was low. Being able to look at various photo exhibits after the meal was an added plus.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food, especially the crab cakes 😋

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I love the restaurant. My guest was put off by the waiter's lack of a sense of customer service throughout.

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

Wonderful place to dine! Food, service, ambiance...all sensational!

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

The restaurant was Great The food was great. I will come back again

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JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First of all, the service here is always impeccable. We are always greeted with a smile and appreciation for our patronage. We were using a Travelzoo special this evening, so the host explained what all we would be getting, which included 2 glasses of wine. Neither of us drink, and when we explained that, he was happy to replace the wine with additional food items, at no additional charge. We had the coconut chicken appetizer and the spinach/goat cheese salad for appetizers, and we devoured them both. The crab-cake entree had two rich and delicious crab-cakes and a mango/cantaloupe slaw that was out of this world. The only weak link on the crab-cake platter was the vegetable medley; it wasn't bad, just didn't stand out. We also got the Vegetable Rice Bowl, which had beautiful roasted veggies, 2 kinds of rice, candied ginger, seasoned lettuce and fried crispy onions on top. OH...MY...GOD! It was amazing, and huge! We could have eaten that for days. For dessert, we had the pear/ginger crisp, which was just so-so, but the tiramisu more than made up for the weak crisp. We have been here several times, and have had something different every time. We have never left unsatisfied. The food is well thought out, for the most part, and the staff are attentive and kind. The space itself is small and intimate, and there's no view to speak of, so it you want that from your experience, you'll be disappointed...come anyway, because the food and service make up for the lack of scenery. We always leave feeling like we have had a special evening. We'll be back, for sure.

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V
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet, wonderful lunch a couple of blocks from the Mall. Service and food are always super!

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AK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was good, but it was just a weird vibe. When talking with staff and the chef, it felt like that awkward feeling of you see someone you know, but don't know what to talk about with them and they clearly don't want to have a conversation. And then it becomes like the awkward, drawnout moment of.... ooookay. It wasn't a bad experience, just not the most comfortable.

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BB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Chef Susan really came through on an important night. The bacon wrapped beef was exquisite.

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EG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was fast and friendly, ambience was sophisticated. Highly recommend.

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JG
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Cool place to eat dinner. Food is OK but not great. Felt like we were eating in an office building cafeteria/nursing home a little bit. This was my second time here and I'm not sure if I would return.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This felt like an old person's place to eat with a marginal dinner. Many diners were using discount coupons which further made it feel as it it is a struggling restaurant that did not truly deserve the 4.5 star rating that was showing in google maps. I was disappointed.

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied menu, we ordered appetizers and mains, everything was delicious! Staff was attentive but not hovering. Pricing is reasonable. Will return!

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D
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each had the rockfish and it was phenomenal! Perfectly cooked and served with a delicious and delicate sauce, wonderful roast asparagus and triangles of polenta— perfectly paired with lovely white.

This is the best restaurant in the city center—always a treat to come here.

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j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service. Food absolutely fantastic. Can’t ask for a better place for dinner. And the Press Club and photos are amazing too. I love this place!

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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Imagine a white tablecloth restaurant right downtown, two blocks from the White House, where the food is good, the decibel level low enough to promote good conversation and there's a chance you'll bump into a respected journalist. And prices are reasonable. That's the Fourth Estate, open to the public, on the 13th floor in the National Press Building.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Actually, perhaps the best meal and value we enjoyed during our stay in D.C.

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, quiet setting that made for easy lunch time conversation, and excellent service - it takes a little work to find one's way to the restaurant, but it's worth it given the expensive-but-mediocre food and ear-splitting din that many DC restaurants offer at lunch. I'm glad I discovered the Fourth Estate, and I look forward to going back in the future.

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

Staff is always attentive, ambiance is very warm and cozy.

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