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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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4.7

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4.4

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4.5

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good menu with a variety of choices. The lamb chops were cooked perfectly and delicious. Very attentive service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very slow service. We had to several times for the next course. Don't order the crab cakes, nasty corn mayo side come with it. Snapper and veal steak was great. Watch for 20% tip they put on your bill, make sure they deserve it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The menu was small but I could have picked any dish at random and been happy with my choice. I ended up having the lamb chops with crispy green beans and potatoes with a mild horse radish sauce. Everything was delicious. We ran out of time for dessert before our play. The service staff was very attentive to our every need. The place was very quiet mostly due to the fact that there was only one other couple there on a Thursday night.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fish dish a bit too bland. All other entrees were good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We’ve lived in the DC area for a long time and never been. Our party of six arrived early for our reservation - before the restaurant opened. The Manager opened the doors and invited us to sit at a large round table, served us drinks and let us enjoy a relaxed and delicious dinner. We had a delicious and relaxed dinner!

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

The service was truly amazing. The food was so good, we are still talking about it. Will definitely visit again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Date night with my wife. Very pleasant setting. The food was excellent. A nice wine list. Friendly staff. Service was good. Will return.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This restaurant was absolutely amazing. I strongly recommend dining there.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

terrific meal in historic setting. very quiet dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent! Everything was great, warm, professional and friendly. My selection was delicious! The wine was excellent as well. I would definitely go again

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Healthy, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Service was impeccable. Lamb chops were prepared just right and very delicious. Everything was fresh, hot off the grill. I would definitely dine here again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Location on the 13th floor of the National Press Club with its ambiance is an impressive setting. Good, reasonably priced food and with good service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

had a good time there. really liked our server. i wished the had the item i really wanted to get.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great place, excellent food and service, good wine, superb TravelZoo value

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I've lived in DC for 40 years but this was my first time there. I've missed so much! The food is excellent and the portions are large. They easily handled my allergies and still offered me a large selection from the menu. The ambiance is quiet--great for conversation, elegant but not fussy. The chef is amazing--my bet is she will introduce herself to you and handle any of your requests. It's a classic and so accessible (and delightful)!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The Fourth Estate is a hidden DC treasure for those who can appreciate it. Tucked away on the 13th floor, it is the restaurant of the historic and prestigious National Press Club and is open to the public. Food was fabulous and far more reasonably priced than we expected. His four sea scallops were huge and prepared perfectly--sweet and tender but not chewy. My two crab cakes were nearly all crab with little filler. The crab cakes were normal size and about the same size as two scallops put together. The husband also ordered the tomato-based seafood chowder and said it was tasty, fresh and delicious. We ended the meal with a chocolate espresso dessert that was divine. A bottle of the house Cabernet was quite good. Not one bad thing to say about service. The National Press Club itself is steeped in history and the decor of the 13th floor reflects that. No, you won't find modern string lights hanging from the ceiling or sleek booths. Instead, think Mad Men office with "celebrity" (ie, politicians, newsmakers) photographs hanging on the walls (like Sardis or Carnegie Deli in New York City.) It's like dining in a museum. A little background music (soft jazz or Frank Sinatra to capitalize on the history?) would be nice to break up the silence and distract from other diners' conversations. Could use padded chairs. Wish they spread diners out a bit. It seemed like each new party was seated in a row, next to the one who arrived just prior. One side of the room was filled, the other, practically empty. When able, leave some space between seating. Lower the lights. It was awfully bright in there, but, admittedly, this is a personal preference. If you are looking for flash or an energized atmosphere, don't come. But if you want great food at a fair price in a refined, classy environment, check it out!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We have eaten at the Press Club several times and look forward to returning. Everything about this establishment is excellent including the location, the pictures in the hall ways, the food and service. The deal through Travelzoo is exceptional and we look forward to taking advantage of it when it is next offered. Even at this great value, the restaurant staff goes overboard to assure that you have a very pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We love Fourth Estate. The Travelzoo coupon makes it more than affordable, but we would happily pay full price if eating out were a higher priority. Everything about it is wonderful--the white tablecloths, the elegant waiters, the excellent food, the house wine, the desserts. It's always a pleasure. And the clientele is dignified but not pretentious, which applies to the whole experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Second time to dine at NPC. Food was excellent except for one small problem with scollops. However never a question about replacing or whatever to fix the problem. Service was over the top as well as the house wine. Look forward to doing it again.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great lunch and terrific service. We enjoyed a wonderful meal. Our server was attentive and helpful. The food exceptional. The noise was higher because door was open and group had break outside of restaurant. The views are coming into the restaurant, seeing the members of the Press Club, and pictures of journalists of present/past. The view from the restaurant was of a hall across the courtyard....not great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We always enjoy the Fourth Estate. It's quiet, the service quite good, and the meals are excellent. It's also easy to travel to and from via Metro as it's close to the Metro Center stop. If you're looking for a lively, loud, bar scene, this isn't it. But if you'd like a nice atmosphere where you can have a conversation a normal speaking level, then this is it.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

They should prominently advise that they provide free parking.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very impressed with our dinner at Fourth Estate! It was our anniversary and we were presented with a flute of champagne with a strawberry on the glass. Our waiter was very accommodating to my food allergy and made sure we were satisfied with our meal. All the help was very accommodating and friendly. Lovely and quiet setting. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Exceptional service. Unique menu. The staff was attentive and the food was very good.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food without pretension! Wonderful staff. Love the Greek Salmon salad. Nice size portion.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

It was our first visit but it surely won’t be out last. We loved EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food and service were good; it was fun to be in the National Press Building. However, the restaurant was virtually empty - a kind of funny feeling.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 51st anniversary here. The food was very good and the portions were large. The service was impeccable and very attentive. We loved it.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I'm a foodie and I must say this is by far the best restaurant in Washington DC! My husand and I have been to Fourth Estate at least five times and the food is amazing. The scallops, crab cakes and lamb chops are simply incredible. I highly recommend this restaurant. It's located in the National Press Building so it's easy to miss. When you go once, you'll look forward to going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and service. My husband and I went because of a very generous Groupon. We will be back. The lamb chops and crab cakes were delicious!

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and service. The place is a little hard to find but well worth the search!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

We found this on the internet and very much enjoyed a delicious meal with great service and wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was amazing. Haven’t had many meals that were better. Menu selection was not huge but definitely covered our needs. The dining room was quiet. The staff was very attentive. The restaurant was a little hard to find as it was located on the thirteenth floor and the maitre di was a couple of corners away from the elevator. It was definitely worth looking for. I would highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Superb on all fronts: Food, service, wine, excellent staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Friendly and courteous staff. Value is good with TravelZoo coupon. We had dinner before the show at Ford Theater and that worked out beautifully because they are only a few blocks apart. We had crab cakes and scallops and they were both delicious. Fourth Estate would validate parking, but we didn't drive. The restaurant is metro accessible. Metro had track work on the day we came, so the transportation wasn't as smooth as could be. We'd recommend this place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

It was very special to eat where many dignitaries and politicians and celebrities have dined. The menu is very thorough. We tried two seafood choices (scallops and crab cakes) and both were delicious with a beautiful presentation. The staff could not be more gracious and helpful! The only area of a bit of concern was the entryway and bathroom area. It could use some tidying up! The photos of elected officials, etc. were fun to walk around and check out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food is excellent and the service is the best in the city.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food is wonderful but as important the wait staff and manager are fabulous! Every time we bring friends they rave about the experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The Fourth Estate is a regular for my husband and me. The food is reliably good, service is outstanding, and you can't beat the location if you live or work in the DC area. The menu changes frequently, so we find we can go and not see the same menu. It's also good for celebrity and politician sighting (although the latter might not be a draw for some people).

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

This restaurant is more like a dining room where there is ambience and a quiet casual atmosphere. The service was very good and the food excellent. This was our second visit and we will return again.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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