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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OpenTable Diner
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and the chef took the time to come out and visit.

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vipOpenTableUser
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great experience. Felix is great and get attentive.

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LizzyN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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vipLisaJoy
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipjanr
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

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.

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TonyC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood in a historic setting..my halibut in olive oil was terrific ..my wife at the siganture crab cakes..

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ThomasK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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JoshuaK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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jdiffy
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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AlfredaM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

BJ
vipBarbJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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DebraR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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WorkenehT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

No one was there.

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vipKevin
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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JanetA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipLoveFrench
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and excellent food, especially the crab cakes.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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LenaSavvoy
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.

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GertrudeD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CaryP
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!

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
92 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.

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AnthonyP
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.

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vipChristinaRosemont
Washington DC
13 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 :)

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BrandywineDC
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!

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BarbaraA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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

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

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BruceB
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!

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vipDcling
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!

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vipSisters
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.

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lesterj
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.

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Goldbug
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
38 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!

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KimP
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.

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vipMelbaW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice time celebrating a belated birthday.

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RosiaD
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.

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SuzanneR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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