Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
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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
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!
My sister and I dine at the restaurant several time and we are never disappointed. The food and the staff makes a winning combination.
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.
As always, service was impeccable and relaxed; food was well prepared, nuanced, and flavorful; ambience was comfortable, quiet, and interesting.
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!
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.
We had a nice time celebrating a belated birthday.
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.
Very good and reasonably priced restaurant choice close to national theatre. Food is excellent!
Wonderful food and service
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.
Very nice restaurant at the National Press Club. The service was excellent. The waiters working there are very nice.
It's an interesting place for a visit. The food is fine, no outstanding.
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!
Great place; wonderful service, a throw back restaurant for a relaxed dining experience in a special setting
I love coming here all the time. Very good place, very good service.
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.
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.
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.
It is a real secret, I hope they continue to accept non-members.
They accommodated last minute increase in party size. Service was excellent. Food was spectacular. And they split the check 10 ways.
Used a Travelzoo deal for 4 people. It was a super deal and well worth the trip downtown. The food is outstanding, the location is historic and unique. If you’re at all into politics or journalism, you must come here. When you arrive you will feel like your coming to a private club for DC insiders. I will definitely return!
This is the best kept secret in DC. The atmosphere is uniquely Washington, with a museum's worth of historic and current press photos lining every wall. The service is very warm and personal, with a staff that has been there for years. The menu is not extensive , which I appreciate. But every choice is fantastic. The crab cakes are the best anywhere. They even validate nearby parking. I only hope this review won't make it hard to get a reservation. Tom R. from Virginia
The Fourth Estate reminds me of the dining experience of years gone by with quiet, unobtrusive service and comfortable atmosphere. The scallops, cheese grits and asparagus were excellent. I will definitely return.
The Fourth Estate is a fine restaurant for lunch with friends. Great service, nice menu options. Also, the service was top notch. When I felt my glass of cote de Rhone wine was just on the crust of stale, they immediately opened a new bottle and didn’t make me feel bad for returning the glass.
It is difficult to find if you aren't paying attention (on 13th floor), and it is technically a club, but also open to the public. The staff was amazing and apparently, they have been there for decades. The food was cooked to perfection, but my steak and my girlfriends fish. The wine list is simple but great prices, the cocktail menu is "old school" and fantastically priced as well. If you want to step back in time and have a wonderful meal at a relaxed place, I say GO!
We.always love dining here! Extraordinary cuisine, very fresh, great selections, wonderfully presented...and exceptional service. Thanks for another sensational dining experience!
A terrific time was had by all!
I was expecting a more well appointed dining room setting. I got more of a feeling that we were in an after hours corporate midlevel executive dining room. That concept was blown out of the water by the top notch service and amazing food. We were short on time because we had tickets to the theater and the wait staff were beyond accommodating. Our food came out quickly and was perfectly presented. The tastes and interesting mixtures of flavors sparked much discussion between us. My only criticism of food pairings is the choice to put scallops over cheesy grits. It just overplayed. That being said the scallops were perfectly prepared.
Good food and Great service.
Very pleased with our experience. The crab cake entree and scallop entree are both excellent - better than I expected. The host, Francisco, and our server, Cecilio, were top-notch and really made the night enjoyable. We would definitely go back when in town.
A must visit, each dish has a beautiful presentation. We had the shrimp kabobs, salmon avocado toast, white fish, scallops, crab cakes. Desert the chocolate raspberry mousse and the tiramisu all delicious
Waiter was friendly and attentive. Lunch--appetizer/entrees were perfect except for dessert. The "blueberry" crisp was apple and the lemon posset was supposed to have raspberry but was strawberry.
Wonderful historic place, good food, friendly service. Take time to look at historic photos.
Hidden gem in the City. We celebrated a birthday and the staff was awesome! Food was great -- everyone in our party licked their plates.
We will definitely be back.
The dining room is really nice and very quiet--who knows the place even exists except pres club members, They don't do any marketing, so it is not surprising there was hardly anyone there on a Saturday night. I did feel the appetizers were big enough for sharing for 2. Nor were they outstanding. Main courses were prepared nicely. My crab cakes were not exceptional from a crab standpoint--but not bad. Others had chicken, scallops, and fish...all were good. There's no ambiance here, just a dining room with some historical photos on the walls. Kind of like eating in a nice conference room. The food is fine but not good enough to warrant a special trip. There are so many places in D.C. with all kinds of regional and international cuisine. And a lot of places that are a heck of a lot more fun to visit.
The food was excellent and reasonably priced. I had sirloin steak which was tender and tasty. Dinner served with a delicious bread which came with butter and a soft bleu cheese spread. The only complaint I had was that it was a little difficult to figure out how to get there. We thought it would be through the National Press Club entrance but you actually need to enter through the mall entrance near The Corner Bakery.
Not just because I am a longtime member of the National Press Club, but because the Fourth Estate serves really good food in a subdued atmosphere conducive to conversation, it has become our go-to place to take visitors for dinner, as well as for relaxing dinners for two. The Fourth Estate is open to the public--not members only--so it is one of thee best-kept foodie secrets in Washington.
The ambiance was great. Quiet, elegant, comfortable. The service was great. Knowledgeable, friendly, efficient. All in all a great dining experience.
Quiet, professional service. Not too crowded. Seated right away. No crowded, noisy or lengthy wait with screaming children.
My favorite place to eat downtown -- excellent food, superb service, and you just might see a newsmaker. It's lovely that the chef comes out to greet us. I offered my guests lunch anywhere in DC and they wisely wanted to come back to the Fourth Estate, which is where I took them last time. I'll be back again soon.