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.View Private Dining Details
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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
We always find the food and wine excellent and the dining room very attractive with pleasant lighting, flickering candles and crisp white table clothes. The tables are spaced and therefore conducive to good conversation. Photos of legendary journalists hang on the walls and send you back in time. On our most recent visit, we particularly appreciated the waiters' patience as we lingered past the closing hour and enjoyed the excellent French press coffee.
The food was excellent and the wait staff were wonderful.
We went there for lunch at 1:30 with a coupon for a two course lunch. When we arrived the dining room was completely empty, which made us feel a little strange. It is a large room with white table clothes. We thought perhaps it was closed. However, it was open and the waiter was vey good. We were able to chose from the full menu. My husband had delicious she crab soup. I had fried shrimp on very creamy grits. The shrimp were perfectly cooked, not overdone, very crispy and not at all greasy. It was a nice sized portion and beautifully plated. For our main dishes we had crab cakes, which very good with a very small amount of fuller. There were three different cooked tomato sides, which were a bit too much tomato. The corn risotto was tasty. I had three, large, perfectly cooked lamp chops, with mushrooms and gravy and four smashed potatoes. The portions were VERY generous. Eventually two other couples came into the dining room but it is hard to understand why it is so empty. We highly recommend the food.
Good food, but not particularly attentive to food sensitivities especially gluten-free. Nice ambiance.
Good food, generous portions, and excellent service in an upscale setting.
Food was quite good. An interesting gem in downtown DC
Food was subpar. Ambience is an office with tables and wheel-in coat racks. I felt like I was in a Senate conference room but darker and lower ceilings. Staff tried but...
Great ambiance with so much to see from Press Club pictures of celebrities and famous folk. The food has been fine in my all my visits and the service as well.
Went there for a business meeting with 1 other person on a weekday. At first we were the only ones in the place at first, then one or two other parties arrived 15-30 mins later. So it was perfect for the meeting: quiet and private. That's probably not what the restaurant is going for, but it worked for us. I ordered the burger and fries, so technically it's not difficult for them to get it right. And indeed, they did get it right. The burger was perfect and the fries were pretty good.
The service was AWESOME and the waiter was very attentive. Food was Awesome. It was a Girls Night Out and I will come again.
food (crab cakes and red snapper) and service were excellent again (our second visit). the House Cabernet was the only week point.
the food is okay. the service is pretty good. it is a standard restaurant in a great location. they screwed up one of the our 3 orders so 2 of us ate while the third just watched. and the lamb came back cooked well but not recently. it was room temperature. solid. not 2 stars but not 4. meh. worth it for a groupon but not without...
Perhaps the worst “ambience” of any dinner restaurant in DC
Arriving at 5:30 p.m. allows you to enjoy the ambiance and the quiet atmosphere before the dinner crowd begins to come in between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Very nice atmosphere, great menu, great service, truly great experience. The chef even came out to talk to us and invited us to take a tour of her kitchen the next time we came for dinner. The walls are aligned with pictures of famous sports and entertainment personalities as well as famous journalist. Plan on spending an extra 20 to 30 minutes viewing all the photographs on the walls leading to the dining area. The menu is somewhat pricey but since we were able to use a Groupon special, it made the evening very affordable.
This was the 4th time my husband and I visited The Fourth Estate using a TravelZoo voucher, which was an amazing deal. However, the food, wine, and service are worth full price!!
This was a great find. I will definitely be going back. Awesome food and service at a reasonable price.
Tasty food, great service, nice settings in a historic venue.
Brought friends to introduce them to Fourth Estate. The meal was exceptional. The service was good. They were impressed.
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.
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.
We loved the food! This would be a great place to go on a romantic date.
Very interesting restaurant. Finding it was difficult at first(as expected), navigating the building is hard and needed assistance from a few folks. The ambiance of the place is very cool with pictures of important figures. The food was a slight disappointment though. We went for Valentine’s Day, and was not impressed with the food for the price. Was cheaper than other fixed menus in the DC area, but I expected slightly better quality. My lobster was over cooked and the beef was dry. But we enjoyed the restaurant overall.
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.
Good overall. A little expensive but it was Valentine's Day. Had lobster and short rib. Both were good. Great service.
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
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.
Just superb. The meal was exquisite!
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).
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!
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.
Amazing food and service. My favorite restaurant in DC area! The scallops and lamp chops were simply incredible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.