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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.
Washington, DC 20045
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
14th & F
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
I had been there for lunch several years ago, and it was good, and that's why I wanted to return for dinner. It was part of a holiday present for my news junkie boyfriend. I thought the food was mediocre at best. (He had the calamari salad, and I had the cod.) The pears in the pear crisp dessert were either not cooked or not ripe. Disappointing, and particularly so, because it was a special gift.
The cooking seems to have deteriorated. The lobster/cheese sandwich, billed as coming on a brioche, came on toast, and the lobster was tough. There was almost no one else in the restaurant but the waiters were rarely in evidence and the food took a very long time to arrive.
All too bad, as this restaurant used to be a real find in downtown DC.
Our first interaction with the host was pleasant. He seated us as soon as it was possible. Our server was also friendly. The busser was surprisingly rude...very rude.
We ordered Veal, Oyster Sliders, French Onion Soup and a House Salad. The Veal arrived cold. The Oyster Sliders were made up of grocery store grade breaded oysters with a few pieces of cabbage, and our French Onion Soup was luke warm. There were no problems with the salad. The server reduced the offending food from our bill, which we appreciated.
I would have to rate the restaurant a MESS.
Came to D.C. And thought it would be cool to eat at the press club. The place was EMPTY. There were two other tables, both with a group of elderly guests. You could hear a pin drop. The food was fine, nothing special. The busboy must have come over 12 times to see if he could clear out plates while we were mid-chew. I can't imagine that they were short on plates as no one was there.
There are plenty of other spots to check out while you are here.
The interior dining room is pretty stark. A few pictures of people who have frequented the establishment hand here and there. Overall ambiance is corporate in feel. We were greeted and welcomed at the front desk and explained the menu offerings. One of my party got the baked squash lasagna which was excellent. I got the scallops. Pretty good portion but a little salty. We choose the chocolate pudding cake for dessert which was nice. Waiter took quite a while between checking on us and getting the dessert to the table. Someone stopped by to refill our water glasses but I found it strange they didn't offer to refill the wine glass from the bottle for us. However, they corked our unused wine for us to carry home. The Travel Zoo voucher was a great deal but I'm not sure I'd go back if I were paying full price.
This was my third time for dinner and it was the best, far better than the other two previous dining experiences. Both the food quality and service were much improved, and based on this, I would go back again. The veal chop was outstanding, well presented, and the sides were tasty as well.
Best kept secret in DC. On the 13th floor of the Press Building and the restaurant is open to the public. Food is prepared fresh and I've never had a bad meal there. Everything on the menu tastes fantastic. This places in only a few minute walk to Warner Theater. Great place for dinner before the show. Park at PMI garage at 1325 G Street after 5pm and the restaurant will validate your parking. I highly recommend this restaurant (it is rarely crowded).
My wife and I had a really nice dinner there on a Friday night! We used the Travel Zoo coupon. The food and portion sizes were good. The bottle of wine was tasty as well. The place is quiet and suitable for dressy or casual occasions. Service was top notch. We will definitely go there again.
Our server Cecelio was perfectly fantastic. He engaged us, he new the menu and had proper etiquette. The atmosphere and ambiance was very subtle and intimate. The only drawback was my food. I ordered the veal chop it was served in a timely manner and presented well on the plate but I believe the cut was too thick. Most of it was too tough to eat. I will try Fourth Estate again just to check out other items on the menu.
Four of us went to the Fourth Estate for our annual Christmas lunch. Three of the four of us had the Lobster and Brie sandwich, which was every bit as good as it sounds. (If you like seafood.) Our waiter was attentive and pleasant, a trait that is sorely lacking at other restaurants, while giving us the space to have good conversation. I would highly suggest giving this "hidden" gem a try.
Great food , hidden gem. Best crab cakes in town! Service is extremely professional. Ambiance is old-school formal, but showing its age (think old hotel), but the food and professional staff make up for it. It is definitely not a scene, though, so if you're looking for trendiness, you'd best go elsewhere.
We didn't know about the Fourth Estate Restaurant but when we went there, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We had an early reservation so the restaurant was not crowded. The food was good, our waiter was friendly, informative and efficient, and the atmosphere with the pictures on the walls of famous reporters leading to the entrance of the restaurant, as well as the pictures in the restaurant, were fascinating to look at and remember. Open Table allowed us to have a great introduction to a restaurant we were unfamiliar with.
We had a ten person lunch that turned into 11. There seemed to be a disconnect between their system and open table b/c I had trouble making a large party reservation, yet the place was virtually deserted--only one other table. The food was excellent and came pretty quickly considering the size of our party, but there weren't many wait staff (maybe because the place was pretty empty) and we had to kind of flag them down for drink refills, etc.. Very minor overall, we all loved our food and were happy to be able to converse easily. I would totally recommend.
We love this restaurant because it is unpretentious, formal, genteel, and so respectful, even though we've gone on special deals. We also love the food and the house wines. The portions are perfect. We divided a lamb chop dish and a scallops dish and they were both excellent. Nothing is over-done.
I was excited about visiting this restaurant due to the reviews I read online.
Unfortunately, my experience wasn't as I hoped. The waiter was abrupt as not as friendly as I expected. My friend ordered the cod and it was so under cooked that he didn't eat it. Instead he ate one of my crab cakes, which was an unusually small portion. Sorry, but I won't be going back.
Took my daughter there as a combination late Birthday dinner and break from a hectic season at work. It was perfect! Ambiance, food and service were great! We shared a bottle of house Pinot Grigio and both had the crab cake dinner. All great choices. We were there on a Thursday evening, and while there were several guests, I would say it was fairly quiet. We will be back!
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