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About Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club

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.

529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 11:30-2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - last seating, 8:30pm

Cross Street:
14th & F

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 662-7638

Website:
http://press.org/fourthestate

Catering:
In addition to the a la carte dining in the Fourth Estate, we offer 10 other rooms, with seating up to 400, in which to hold your event.

Parking Details:
We offer parking during our dinner hours at the PMI Lot on 1325 G St, NW. Bring your ticket with you from the garage and we will gladly validate.

Public Transit:
Take Metro to the Metro Center Station. We are located on the corner of 14th and F. Enter on the 14th street side under the awning for the National Pres Building, and take the elevators to the 13th Floor. Ask the front desk attendant for the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Susan Delbert

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
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

Private Dining

Dine at the Fourth Estate restaurant at the National Press Club and you'll enjoy great food in a setting rich with history. While the venue is historic, the food is rooted in the here and now. We work with local organic and small farmers to obtain the freshest, most flavorful ingredients.

Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.3

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4.5

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95% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The place is really interesting. The food was fantastic but the service really sets this place apart. Every single person we encountered genuinely cared about our experience. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was perfect: timely, responsive, but invisible. Recommendations offered if requested only. Food was of the highest quality. My wife had the crab cakes, so I got to try them. I went for the scallops, which were large and perfectly cooked. I had a tough time not going for the rock fish. Maybe next time. Or maybe I'll have the crab cakes, which were among the best I've had in years. Appearance of food also earns high grades. Appetizer options were limited, but we were satisfied. The coffepot desert was luscious and rich, but a bit too much. I wish they had a cheese plate for dessert, but those are hard to come by in the States. My wife enjoyed the glass of prosecco with her meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We loved the food! This would be a great place to go on a romantic date.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined 4 days ago

The service was abysmal. One waiter tried to tell me that a white wine I asked about was similar to a merlot! My original appetizer had clearly been reheated and my entree arrived lukewarm. I asked a waiter what the vegetable was on my plate he replied that he didn't know and left it at that. Lastly, the shocker was the bill that was not comensurate to the evenings experience. This restaurant has been plagued by bad service for 20 years. The restaurant renovation doeant fix this problem. The same waiters have been working there for decades. It's a mafia. On a positive note the portions were generous.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Good overall. A little expensive but it was Valentine's Day. Had lobster and short rib. Both were good. Great service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Perfect traditional valentine dining experience - great three course fixed price dinner with a choice for every preference and little special touches - including a long stemmed rose as a parting romantic gesture - already planning to repeat next yeat

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

2/14/2018 The service was great and the restaurant was quiet; otherwise, it was a huge disappointment. The main courses were terrible. They baked and then fried the rockfish; the taste was bad and the appearance was repulsive. It looked like an old leather shoe. The vegetarian dish was a large inedible artichoke with a small amount of mushroom mixed with cheese in the center, with a tolerable, but not pleasing taste. The brocoli side was nicely prepared; the fettuccini alfredo side was overloaded with cream sauce. If you like basic chocolate, the chocolate overload dessert (chocolate brownie, chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce) was good, and even better if mixed with the other dessert of fruit and ice cream. The ambiance is dated and more appropriate for a morgue, with the only windows opening into the cold and unattractive interior of the office bulding in which the restaurant is located.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food! We went on a Tuesday during lunch time, it was empty. Took a while for the waiter to notice to us but when they did they were very accommodating. The soup was warm when it came out, but the food was appetizing and good overall. It’s a very cool place overall, it’s like a top secret location (gotta go through security).

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great place to bring your spouse or go on a date if your are single.
The food is consistently great and the service always excellent.
In summary, one cannot go wrong here!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I have been to The Fourth Estate for dinner a number of times and am never disappointed. The food is always delicious and the value cannot be beat when using the Travel Zoo voucher. I would definitely go there to dine without the voucher.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing food and service. My favorite restaurant in DC area! The scallops and lamp chops were simply incredible.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Nice prestigious venue, especially for its professional, clubby atmosphere. Attentive staff with good service. House wines, including a tasty red Cabernet are recommended. The lamb was well prepared and quite tasty. The veal, while quite generous and savoury, also had fat that was hard to sort out because it came with a very heavy sauce. The coconut chicken and cured salmon toast appetizers were delectable, as were the accompanying vegetables. Although it was not packed on a Saturday night downtown, there was a good-sized clientele, and the noise level was very comfortable for making conversation. Free validated parking about 2 blocks away at PMI 1325 G Street.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The Fourth Estate is a go-to for my husband and me when we are looking for a place to grab a great meal after work. The menu changes so we always the opportunity to try something new. The food is consistently good and the service always outstanding.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Disappointed with the Saturday lunch menu. It was "brunch" and only had 2 options if I didn't want breakfast at 1:30 in the afternoon - a crab cake or a burger. Burger was just so-so, and the fries were OK, not great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We were celebrating the 91st birthday of one of the ladies. We truly enjoyed our selves, food and the special attention given to our friend. On the ride back home, all she could say , "I've never felt so SPECIAL before".

The presentation of the food was awesome. I had the crab cakes and they were very good.

Thanks to our waiter and the others.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

A hidden Gem! If you want an classy, white table cloth without the pretense this is the place. Open to the public though it exudes a private club atmosphere. Set in the historic National Press Club this eatery is the perfect place for a business lunch where you may want to be discrete and have meaningful conversation without loud room noise. They have a nook that can seat 6-8 people and be a semi private alcove.
The food is top notch with a limited menu that covers all bases as allows them to be good at every dish. The dining room has windows opening to the central atrium of the National Press Building. There's plenty of light to show off the wood paneling and newsy art work around the room.
Tucked away in the back of the larger press club space, getting to the room means walking past photos of press events over the years. Depending on the day you may also encounter news makers, politicians, NGOS, associations and other topical activities underway. It it's a busy day you walk past all of this to the serene calm of the restaurant. Kind of an interesting transition.
The restaurant is on the 13th floor of the press building. You have to know that it's there and navigate your way to the lobby off to the right. The club staff is always circulating and available to guide you to the Fourth Estate.
I know you'll have a good experience and can impress your guests with being a true DC insider who your way around the city to be aware of this find!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was great. Our waiter was wonderful, knew the food and made good recommendations. I had the rack of lamb chops - excellent!!!!! My husband had the crab cakes which were also excellent. The bus staff also wonderful and friendly. Very nice experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our party was attended to promptly, warmly, and delightfully, seated at the windows that overlook press organizations from all over the world. The server helped in our selection and we all chose that evening’s fish selection — served whole, flaky and easily falling away from the bone. Very pleased, we all noted we’d return to sample other dishes but would be tempted to repeat our order. We enjoyed our respective beverages (mine, perfect French press coffee, others, wine), passing on dessert as we’d talked late into the evening. Special thanks to our server for his excellent timing, allowing us both a lovely dinner and great conversation. (Thanks, also, to Francisco for charging my phone!) DO take advantage of The Fourth Estate’s stress-free off-street location and take time to browse the 13th floor for its remarkable journalism and American history, adding great perspective.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The meals we had were fantastic. My mother had the chicken breast and she Now rates it as the best meal she ever had in Washington. I don't have as clear rating system, but the scallops I had clearly rank in the top 5 meals I can remember having in DC. We had dinner here after seeing the movie The Post. It was so impressive to see all the Pulitzer Prize winning photos, photos of journalists and illuminaries.
We sat under a photo of John Kerry helping to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The NPC; It was a fitting table because I volunteered on John's first political campaign when he ran for Congress in 1972. The National Press Club is a treasure and the Fourth Estate restaurant is an excellent place to dine. Be sure to set aside time to take in the history while before or after your meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food is good, if not exciting, and this is one of the few downtown DC restaurants that can be described as quiet. Great for conversation! The atmosphere is nice and the waiters helpful. If you're looking for high-calorie comfort food, try the lobster melted cheese sandwich. The service, however, can only be described as relaxed - so it's not a good choice if one is on a tight schedule.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I love it the service and the food as well. food and service was excellent I would give it a solid 4.5stars

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant is located out of main site so somewhat difficult to find for first-time diners. The wait staff is as good as they get, the food was excessive. We don't care to see so much left behind to go in the garbage (we were on the way to a show, so couldn't take it with us). The food was very good, and the mimosa was perfect!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always a pleasure. Menu is imaginative, service excellent, and there's no place better for conversation. I worry that it is too underused and cannot understand why.
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Tags: Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Vegan, Healthy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Lunch while walking in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a coupon for the Fourth Estate. We were there for lunch. It was for 2 main courses and 2 desserts. My wife had chicken stuffed with artichokes and I had lamb chops. The food was outstanding and the portions were generous. The service was also outstanding. Even without a coupon, the prices were not overly expensive. Each main course was in the middle $20 range. The restaurant was not filled. Maybe it was the weather, but it is a nice place to have a quiet meal and be able to hear the people that you are with. I would recommend the Fourth Estate for lunch.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Everyone was extremely courteous, including the host, our waiter and the chef, who came out to make certain that our meal was satisfactory. My wife had scallops that were to die for. I ordered the rack of lamb, which was extremely tender and flavorful. The meal was an exceptional value, especially considering the downtown setting. One block from the National Theatre, its location is perfect for a pre-show dinner. We look forward to returning soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent place to dine. Good food, attentive servers, and excellent value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This was a perfect evening. Four friends sharing a night on the town at one of the most impressive locales in Washington, DC.- the National Press Club. The food was excellent, the chef has real talent! The appetizers were ample and savory and the the sea bass, scallop and lamb chop entrees perfectly prepared and presented. The house wines are not too expensive and went well with the meal. The wait staff is very professional and oversee the timing of your meal so you don’t feel rushed or harassed. Absolutely nothing went wrong and we plan to do it again, soon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very friendly and attentive staff, from the maitre d' to the wait staff, took care of all our needs. They worked as a community to ensure we had a positive experience, so we never had to rely on just one waiter. The selections were creative, unique, and very tasty. The menu is changed with the seasons, so I am always pleasantly surprised every time. The red snapper was particularly great this winter. Parking can be expensive in this part of town, but they will validate for the PMI garage at 14th and G Street. I will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Only thing negative about 4th Estate is that it is hard to find. Otherwise, very good dining experience--excellent food at value prices and great service

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had a huge private room for a family lunch. Great and interesting location. Nice well kept room. Nicely appointed but not too fancy. Food totally mediocre but servers wonderful.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This place is a bit of a hidden gem, in that you could easily not know there was a restaurant in this building. The atmosphere is nice, though considering it is on the 13th floor of the National Press Club, it is unfortunate that it does not overlook the street. Instead there are no windows, except for the ones that open into a multiple floor opening in the center of the building. The service was helpful and polite. Because there were not many occupied tables when we were there, the service was a little faster than desired, though I never got the impression they were trying to hurry us. Though the menu is not large, there is a good variety to choose from. Be sure to take time before or after your meal to look at the large number of photographs of celebrities and politicians that have visited the National Press Club. Though there was ample seating on the night we were there, I would suggest always making reservations just to be safe.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Hidden gem. Seated us right away at a perfect round table for 7 in our own little alcove. The servers were very attentive and the food was excellent. No sense of rush even though we were last table. We were staying at JW Marriott so the location was perfect. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Great find. Arrived early and immediately seated ~ 5:30 on a Saturday evening; full by the time we finished. Very tasty and reasonably priced dinner. National Press Club photos and memorabilia an interesting plus in the area adjacent to the restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The crab cakes were amazing! Lots of lump crab with little filler and delicious sauce!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

First time for us at this restaurant. Great servers, good food but we had a hard time locating it. It's on the 13th floor but when we arrived it was very quiet and there were no signs directing us to the restaurant. Please put up some directional signs! We almost left. We ate here before our theatre date.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Not too expensive for how fancy restaurant is. We were in very casual attire and fit in okay.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Holiday adulting.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Staff was attentive and pleasant. We ordered a brunch selection of Lump Crab omelets and it was very food. For desert we has the Chocolate Raspberry mouse and Apple Crisp which were also tasty. Overall a nice meal.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious, the wine was perfect and the customer services was outstanding. They really worked to ensure that everything was perfect. Very kind and helpful staff. We celebrated a birthday and it was done perfectly.

Thank you.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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