Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
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Sauteed Sea Scallops
Lemon couscous, scallions and chickpeas, Parmesan tomatoes
Popcorn Shrimp & Grits
To share: cheesy grits and mouth popping creole sauce
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Platter
Quinoa coconut rice with cashews; mango red pepper slaw
Always great food and the chef took the time to come out and visit.
Always great experience. Felix is great and get attentive.
I usually love the NPC. The atmosphere, food and service is usually great. I love that the head chef is a woman. They validate parking. I’ve eaten there with and without the Travelzoo discount. This time, the service was not very good. Not sure if the waiter expected a low tip since we were using the Travelzoo discount or not. I haven’t experienced this on previous occasions though, so it wouldn’t prevent me from returning, with or without the discount. We had the crab cakes and halibut which were very good. The apple cranberry pie was excellent. Highly recommended
Comfortable dining in a historic environment. I always enjoy a slice of American journalism and politics, while eating delicious food and being spoiled with great service.
It's like eating in your office building's cafeteria. Food is average. Nice wait staff. The National Press Club is a DC institution, so that's cool.
Excellent seafood in a historic setting..my halibut in olive oil was terrific ..my wife at the siganture crab cakes..
The Fourth Estate offers an excellent dining venue for lunch or dinner preceding or following a conference or a cultural event in the vicinity. The photographs of notables who received awards at the Press Club enhances the hallways and restaurant itself and is a welcome step back into our history from the days of FDR.
The service is always stellar. The crabcakes were fantastic, packed with big chunks of lump crab meat. The lamb shank was cooked perfectly. The Toffie pudding dessert is not really pudding; it’s like a British pudding, which is more like a cake. Wow, was it awesome! We will keep coming back over and over and over again.
Very enjoyable; service broke down a little as we were finishing and the restaurant was getting busy. Overall though, we had a delicious meal in a nice setting. Place is a tad dated - and based on reviews, we were expecting a view of the city - of which there was none. Not sure what has changed - but it only minimally impacted a nice evening out.
My husband and I always enjoy our time there. Good food and ambiance.
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.
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.
I was very disappointed with the whole thing. It was only 4 of us and the service was bad, the food was bad. just waste of money and time for me to bring my wife and friends to such a place. We all were very disappointed and what a waste of money.
The lamb, the sirloin, and the vegetarian dishes were all outstanding. A comfortable ambiance and quit pleasing!!
No one was there.
Very good place to meet friends. Close to downtown and the Mall.
Service great food was too expected less but it was gourmet!
Great service and excellent food, especially the crab cakes.
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
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.
Excellent experience. I plan to have dinner again this year.
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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Staff awaited us & were ready to serve. Experienced & professional to the core. Our Board members enjoyed the meal & the atmosphere.
Wonderful meal and especially delightful staff. Loved the historical environment, too!
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!
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
Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club is rated 4.4 stars by 1396 OpenTable diners.
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