Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club

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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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D
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
33 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.

JT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They accommodated last minute increase in party size. Service was excellent. Food was spectacular. And they split the check 10 ways.

J
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

TO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CH
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

K
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

CL
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We.always love dining here! Extraordinary cuisine, very fresh, great selections, wonderfully presented...and exceptional service. Thanks for another sensational dining experience!

L
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A terrific time was had by all!

CW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

CM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

l
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

n
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful historic place, good food, friendly service. Take time to look at historic photos.

Y
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

LD
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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.

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

IC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was great. Quiet, elegant, comfortable. The service was great. Knowledgeable, friendly, efficient. All in all a great dining experience.

d
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, professional service. Not too crowded. Seated right away. No crowded, noisy or lengthy wait with screaming children.

C
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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