Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club

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$31 to $50
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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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AM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I always enjoy our time there. Good food and ambiance.

BJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful time here and always have excellent service. Also the food is always great and there is free parking which is a bonus.

DR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at this restaurant many time and it never disappoints. Its my go to place to enjoy a fabulous meal. The menu, which is always different is fantastic and the service impeccable.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The lamb, the sirloin, and the vegetarian dishes were all outstanding. A comfortable ambiance and quit pleasing!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

No one was there.

K
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good place to meet friends. Close to downtown and the Mall.

JA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service great food was too expected less but it was gourmet!

LF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and excellent food, especially the crab cakes.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went there with my wife for Valentine’s Day. We love the atmosphere, love the food, I love the service. The price was very good, considering it was Valentine’s Day and it was in the heart of Washington DC. Great value. Food was excellent

LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It LOOKED like a regular shrimp cocktail, but it tasted FANTASTIC! Perfectly lemon-poached and tender, the shrimp we're the perfect vehicle for the dark arugula and creamy horseradish. Our entire experience was Extraordinary. Francisco made us feel welcome, and then Cecilio made us feel comfortable. The lobster ravioli was perfectly cooked. Our stuffed salmon and cracked crab dishes were delightfully decadent. And the Napoleon desert was creamy and heavenly.

GD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. I plan to have dinner again this year.

CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops entree and the rockfish entree both were superb - done exactly as requested, seasoned beautifully and accompanied by asparagus spears that had the bottoms of the stalks shaved to ensure tenderness from end to end. The only complaint was that they had run out of comment cards so that my dining companion and I could not rave about the meal in writing!

M
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The quality of food at the fourth estate has really improved. Our meal was delicious. The crab cakes were excellent with no filler. The rockfish was tasty and crispy. The lamb was tender and succulent. I would definitely recommend the restaurant.

AP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience of the dining room and adjoining spaces. Spent time before and after dinner perusing the pictures of notables and press correspondents. Predictably, my guests and I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and consumption of a variety of entries and sides: Crab cakes, Rockfish, and New York-cut Sirloin. We indulged ourselves with a delightful dessert of apple-cranberry cobbler with ice cream. Service was excellent and our waiter was very attentive and attuned to our needs. As a constructive criticism, we would suggest more latitude in selection of an alternative white wine, an inexpensively priced Riesling, in lieu of the Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio options that were within our pre-selected menu card offer. Overall, we enjoyed the dining experience.

MN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always loving coming to this restaurant. The location is so accessible and the building is lovely. It is fascinating to walk the halls of this historic building. The dining area is elegant yet accessible. The service is always top notch. But the real star is the food. I have had everything from crab cakes to a veggier burger to rabbit to lobster grilled cheese. Everything is phenomenal. And don't miss dessert, even if you are full (which is easy to do since the portions are HUGE). I love taking people here to impress them and the prices are very accessible. A wonderful DC staple :)

BD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A particular dining partner and I often visit the Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club, and the most recent time we invited a young friend, who had only recently moved to Washington, to join us. She was delighted, and we were so pleased that this gem of a restaurant had acquired a new admirer!

BA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff awaited us & were ready to serve. Experienced & professional to the core. Our Board members enjoyed the meal & the atmosphere.

MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and especially delightful staff. Loved the historical environment, too!

BB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is definitely an out-of-the-way place, on the 13th floor of the Press Club Building. Our three main courses were excellent, really fine, though the appetizer (crab dip was disappointing). Worth a try!

D
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was coordinating a lunch meeting with folks coming from out of town and in town locations with uncertain schedules. The Fourth Estate did a great job of working with our changes. The group had hamburgers, crab cakes, Turkey Rubin, potato Soup and different desserts that were all good.

This is becoming one of my "go to" places!

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I dine at the restaurant several time and we are never disappointed. The food and the staff makes a winning combination.

l
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine, the staff and food was excellent. Only one draw back is parking, they offer garage parking but it's not mentioned on the website. Call ahead to find out where to park.

G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, service was impeccable and relaxed; food was well prepared, nuanced, and flavorful; ambience was comfortable, quiet, and interesting.

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Great service...friendly and attentive. The food was good, hearty and fulfilling. The establishment itself however is in need of MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR TLC. This place could be so cool if it didn’t look like it hadn’t been freshened up in 20 years. So sad! Spiffy the place up like a dinner club in the national press building should be and I’d become a regular!

KP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall the ambiance was nice. Upon arrival no one was at the front to greet us . The food was cooked and seasoned well to the taste but portion size was really a bit much when it came to the salad. I felt like I had a plate with a head of lettuce. Though it was a slow night there seems to only be one server who was the host and the waiter.

MW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice time celebrating a belated birthday.

RD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The was not my first time at The Fourth Estate Restaurant, each time I've been pleased with the EXCELLENT Service and the Great Food.

SR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good and reasonably priced restaurant choice close to national theatre. Food is excellent!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

SD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed brunch at the Fourth Estate on a quiet Saturday. Food was plentiful and tasty and the service was excellent. The waiter was very friendly and after lunch, gave us a quick tour of the floor and ballroom where all the NPC events are held.

N
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice restaurant at the National Press Club. The service was excellent. The waiters working there are very nice.

d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It's an interesting place for a visit. The food is fine, no outstanding.

RO
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, low key venue that while not glamorous is nicely appointed with tablecloths and fascinating historical photos. Food is excellent, prices are reasonable, and it is the quietest restaurant I can ever recall. Perfect for conversation, we had 6 at a round table and could easily maintain one conversation. What a concept!

R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place; wonderful service, a throw back restaurant for a relaxed dining experience in a special setting

O
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love coming here all the time. Very good place, very good service.

V
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good, excellent, the location is awesome close to everything. The decor of the restaurant needed to be updated, looks a little old. The food was very good, especially the crab cakes.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience1

Staff rushed us and were rude as soon as they found out that we were using a travelzoo voucher. Truth is- we found out about this place through the voucher. That’s how they make new customers by giving them a great experience regardless.

Food was decent but service was very poor.

z
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Staff was not attentive as it should be. Second visit and it definitely didn't surpass the first visit in the area of food, service, and greeting.

LL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a real secret, I hope they continue to accept non-members.

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