Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club

4.6
1252 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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Cleveland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening at the Fourth Estate. It was a quiet Thursday evening and the staff had the tables separated nicely. The food service was prompt and delicious. We were attended to perfectly, not too overbearing or harassing nor absent either. The Filet was cooked perfectly (medium rare) and the Chimichurri sauce was a nice touch to a classic favorite. An excellent meal that was priced appropriately. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal, and the atmosphere was extremely conducive to conversation.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Moreover, one of those rare restaurants where the noise level was very, very, very low (may have checked the wrong box as I was checking the noise level as low decidbals (to be interpreted as a TOP rating.

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D
Seattle
288 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We dined for lunch on a Saturday, which may be not the ideal time. Very quiet and sterile ambience. Service was excellent. Food hit and miss. The chicken waffles were perfect....crispy tender chicken, great tasting waffles. The Vegan saffron rice/quinoa had not a speck of detectable saffron, not even the color. The grain component was completely flavorless. Beets and sweet potatos were hardly a garnish and the poached eggs overdone. Probably much better dishes to choose, based on the quality of the chicken.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Fun low key night

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RD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was treating a Church member for her 80th Birthday. The atmosphere, service and food was GREAT and my guest TRULY enjoyed herself.
I must share with you, that there is not another Restaurant that can compare to the Excellent Level of Service received here. This is my fourth visit and each time I was treating a family member or friend . I've never been disappointed and it appears that the Service and Food gets Better each visit.

Many Thanks,
Rosetta Daniels :-)

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Comfortable atmosphere. Very good food.

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Wonderful food selection. We used a travelzoo voucher that included wine. Neither of us drink, so they were very generous with letting us substitute food to replace the wine we wouldn't be drinking.

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DB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem on the 13th floor. We had the veal chop (huge) and rockfish, and both were excellent. The staff are always friendly and helpful. This is a great spot in DC that is always quiet and cozy.

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o
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal I have had at Fourth Estate has been great and the service is very good. I see the same wait staff, which means staff is happy.

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a Christmas gift certificate and we had a wonderful time. Food and service were excellent. Such a thoughtful gift. Worth traveling to the big city for this event.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Nice place really good porterhouse

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CW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn't sure how to rate the noise level. I went with far right hoping that meant outstanding. It was a truly delightful evening as everything was perfect including the lack of noise!!

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is a bit hard to find. It's in the building on the 13th floor. Once there, you will receive great food and service. However, the place is ultra conservative.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Elberto was an excellent host and the crab cakes were delicious.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and the food was outstanding!

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a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice quiet, relaxed place with great food. TWO vegetarian entrees to choose from, both beautifully presented. Fabulous buy with TravelZoo coupon for 2.

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HE
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and the hostess was very kind to show us some interesting things to see.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was great and the crab cakes were amazing!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing experience here. My husband and I both ordered the filet mignon. It was served perfectly and melted in your mouth. The hostess had seen our interest in the various writings and photos and as it was a quiet evening at NPC, she walked us around and let us wander to our hearts content. Such a fun evening!

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L
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent.
We were delightedly surprised.
Will be back !!

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BG
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at the Fourth Estate several times and have always enjoyed it. The staff is always very personable and accommodating. We have used the Travelzoo voucher which offers an outstanding value. My wife's steak was one of the best we have had and my crabcakes were very good. The ambiance really makes for an enjoyable evening especially touring the halls and the myriad of pictures greatly relives history for you.
We recommend going there very highly.

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LC
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive atmosphere without pretension. Service highly professional and still friendly. Food was more than delicious and more than ample. Impressed with change of silverware between courses and plating of shared courses. Price very reasonable for the quality of food. A definite return to on our next visit to DC.

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AW
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

the crab cakes were large, and lumpy-Yay!, just not as fresh as last time. Service excellent. The bread is forgettable. On a travelzoo deal, so it was a great value.

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EJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Set at the top of the Press Club building, behind gates but open to the public, is a gem of a restaurant. In such a classic setting, the modern and thoughtful menu was a surprise. The allergen labeling was thorough and there were many gluten-free options. My "bowl" came with the ingredients independently orbiting a purple rice mound in the center, so that I could mix as I wished. What a lovely presentation of fascinating ingredients - crystalized ginger, potatoes cut to resemble mushrooms, peeled baby tomatoes of several colors, perfectly-cooked vegetables, etc. For someone with a lot of allergies, it was marvelous to be able to pick and choose. The staff was attentive and gracious, the food wonderful, and the cost modest.

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BT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place wonderful location and a meal to remember

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CD
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Quiet restaurant with excellent food and service. Décor is very plain, however.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was an intimate space on the one floor of the press club building where non-members are allowed! We had to get through a couple of security measures on the way in, so just be aware. Very few menu options, but all were delicious!

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is a little hard to find, but we had a lovely dinner with interesting entrees and great service. The only thing I would fault is the dessert. It was ok, but not that exciting.

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RB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a special deal $39 for any two entrees, one dessert, and a bottle of house wine. If it weren’t for the special, I would rate this restaurant even lower. I wouldn’t pay full price. Food was mediocre, and the service less than mediocre. The only draw was the displays outside the restaurant in the hallways, but you don’t need to eat there to see that. Unfortunately I can not recommend this restaurant.

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RK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place to dine with friends. All of our meals were delicious, and the servers are just the right mix of polite and friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal at a great price. Service was friendly And efficient without being overbearing. Will definitely be back.

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RO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was scrumptious, the service was impeccable and the ambiance was superb. An enjoyable meal was had by all!

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

in Garage Parking available nearby. Interesting to look at the pictures as you enter the dining room.
All staff friendly and welcoming. Lovely dining room. Excellent service. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. He provided first class service. The menu had wonderful choices and everything was delicious.
We had the scallops and rockfish and both dishes were excellent.

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Limited menu but tasty entrees and fine service. Not much atmosphere

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant numerous times and I am never disappointed.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our son and his wife there to celebrate his birthday. Great evening and dinner. It’s intimate enough that the waiters remember us from previous visits. Definitely one of our favorites in DC area.

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MD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It took forever for them to process the payment with my open table reward card. Merchants who put themselves in this site really need to make sure they know how to use the rewards that customers may come in with.

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TO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic hidden secret. The restaurant is in the National Press Building and has historic photos everywhere. The food is great and reasonably priced. The service is exceptional and the atmosphere is quite and dignified.They even have free parking. Have the gigantic crab cakes or the Porterhouse steak.

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SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, a special spot in DC. Fun to admire all the photos that line the walls.

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D
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in the nation's capital. The restaurant at the National Press Club is open to the public. The dining room is beautiful and clubby without being stuffy. The staff is amiable, attentive, and accommodating. And the food is tops, including an array of creative vegetarian entree choices. We have had both lunch and dinner here with great satisfaction and happily recommend The Fourth Estate.

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