Permanently Closed - 701 Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 701 is a modern American restaurant with exquisite food framed by an elegant decor. Join us in our bar & lounge for our signature cocktails and small plates or dine with us in our sumptuous dining room. During the spring & summer, our patio is tucked onto the Navy Memorial plaza, with splashing fountains providing a very Parisian feel.

We offer pre-theater menus if you are going to a show, light fare in the lounge, and lunch at the bar specials for those tight on time. Our lunch menu is a favorite among business clientele; dinner is perfect for a special occasion or simply a special night out.

*Please note, our pre-theater menu is not offered on Holidays*
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4.4
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4.5
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luisf
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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preciousb
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time on New Year's Eve and it was amazing! The customer service was beyond expectations. The music and food were on point!

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viplouiseb
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad it is closing

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vipTheatergoer
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad that 701 is closing. This has been a "go to" spot for many years.

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noname
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable meal for our anniversary. It was a day between Christmas and New Year's so it wasn't very crowded. The menu selections were varied and the service was great!

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vipEricS
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

2 of our 3 entrees were excellent. The third was cold and even after they warmed it, wasn’t very interesting. They were gracious and took care of it.

Excellent cocktails.

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vipfoodfan
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

701 is always a class act. My husband and I have been going there for special occasions for years, and our Christmas Eve dinner there this year did not disappoint. As always, the ambiance (lighting, decor, spacing of the tables, background music) was delightful. The feeling was intimate, yet festive. They had a special 3-course, $60 menu for the holiday. The menu selections were very nice, and all the dishes we ordered were delicious. The service was also excellent -- friendly and attentive without being overly intrusive.

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LynneH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely evening at 701. The piano player was wonderful and contributed to the quiet and sophisticated ambiance. Loved the food and appreciated that the chef was willing to create a vegetarian entree for me. Only one complaint: the bread was a tad stale.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food but a bit pricey for everyday dining.

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JaniD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were seated in the small room which made conversation very doable(we were there for pre theater dining). They did an excellent job of getting us in and out without feeling rushed. We were celebrating three birthdays and they did a nice job with that. Our salads were excellent very fresh, our entrees were good- although the sauce for the swordfish was over powering. The aglotte were perfect. Dessert very good. Service was lovely.

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vipKatie
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always excellent service. They are especially professional with my friends with disabilities.

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vipNDevSet
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to 701 many times before, and we keep coming back because of the consistency in service, food, and atmosphere. We highly recommend to anyone, for any occasion.

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
143 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A repeat of many past good meals in a quiet setting with great service. Of all the good restaurant options in the Penn Quarter area, 701 aces it for the needed combo of tasty food and truly nice venue.

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FoodieVA32
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall3food2service1ambience5

We attended the Restaurant for a girls night out where we could get a little dressy. Our waitress was very inattentive and we had to ask for the manager on several occasions. One of the members of our party had to send their steak back 3 times because they kept re-delivering a rare steak rather than medium as requested. Further when the check came our waitress charged us for the wrong value for 2 of our meals. We were very disappointed in our service and the food (2 of the 4 had stomach issues the rest of the evening).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lunch with friends close to National
Gallery. High rating fir location but : the pasta - agnolotti with pesto was ordinary and lukewarm to boot. A warm apple bread pudding with creme anglaise was indeed hot but a little low on apples. 701 prides itself on being a restaurant worthy of a special occasion but this lunch did not live up to expectation. Lunch for 3 with a glass of wine each, pasta for three one dessert to and two coffees was 150 with tip.

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nice
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to 701 for almost as long as they have been open.

Always consistent and it is nice to be able to hold a conversation without shouting.

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vipSallieF
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for pre-theater dinner. Never disappoints with delicious food, good value, lovely ambiance with live music, and efficient/pleasant service.

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ShelleyC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Our party had the rabbit, the New York Strip, and the Bronzino. We were all extremely happy with our selections. Also sampled the desserts of pumpkin cheesecake, carrot cake, and apple bake. All delicious! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another superb evening meal at 701. Great food, wine, and service. Our server Naji was superbly professional. The live combo added to the ambiance.

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kenn
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quite enjoyed this restaurant. Very nice room decor and use of sound absorbing materials. Was able to speak in a conversational voice and be easily understood. Service was good. Food was good. Pre theater fixed price menu had great choices. We will definitely return. Did not hurt that there was a jazz duo which played great tunes at a reasonable volume so conversation could continue.

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vipRich
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

They may have new kitchen help, because my salad was not served cold, nor was the salad plate cold, as is usually true in upscale restaurants, where attention to detail is practiced.

The steak had much too much fat and gristle for a steak costing $38. Again, lack of attention to detail, as the steak was sliced thinly, so it should have been obvious to a chef who cared about the quality of guest experiences.

I used to be quite pleased with my dining experiences at 701, and this was my first disappointing visit, so will give it one more try.

Rich

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vipLinda
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always liked this place. It is elegant, quiet and has very good food. Although it seldom makes the "hot" list, I still find it an excellent place to have dinner. It has white table cloths, servers that are dressed appropriately and food that I do not need my smart phone to understand. The food it very good and nicely presented. It is quiet enough that I can hear my friend speak. We took a long time to catch up on a Friday evening and no one rushed us. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipMarkS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

701 continues to be a joy.

The staff, the ambience, and of course, the food. Are all delightful. Strongly recommend. Thanks

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vipus2diners
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food excellent. Restaurant half empty!

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vipLABV
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I enjoyed 701 on a Saturday night. We had steak, a pasta, desserts. All were good. My soup was okay, not great. They have a nice wine selection and offer early deals for theatre goers.

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KristinZ
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food in a nice setting. Fairly limited menu but all selections looked good. Service was non-intrusive.

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Bunnie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Client dinner that was impressive with creative menu, excellent service and atmosphere! Hidden gem

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Ctmf
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and reasonably priced, but the wine menu seemed a bit pricy.

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vipKatie
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always receive excellent service, and all employees go out of their way to make the experience enjoyable for my friend with disabilities.

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AaronM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the wait staff were all professional, courteous and attentive. food was well prepared and delicious. the portion size as you may often find at higher level restaurants was to small for my taste but I knew that coming in. I would recommend 701 for couples, business meetings and special occasions.

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vipKayK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food quality was very ordinary and tasted like institutional cafeteria food.

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SamiSabir
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

701 was fantastic, excellent food, excellent service, live music is awesome and blissful. The owner is very nice and the chef is amazing.

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vipGenoS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The entire eve night was very nice. Perfect price fixe for Thanksgiving. However, it took a long time to get the dessert and for the check to come.

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We went there for a nice Thanksgiving dinner while on vacation. What I got was a stove top dressing with process (round) piece of turkey meat. The guy that clean our table was nicer. My husband and I always split meals. When we informed the waiter that we would be sharing you could see the distaste on his face. When we did get our meal that simply place the plate in the middle of the table and walked off!! The waiter never came around to check on us and had to ask for our check!! I would never recommend this place.

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MarkC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited but excellent seasonal focused menu. Delicious food/recipes but over-salted.

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
143 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Back to lunch with a friend for the usual elegant quiet venue and very tasty food. Were some hiccups in service this time which was MOST unusual.

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MelanieW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant near the Navy Memorial. Great service, romantic location and ambiance for my date night and delicious food. I plan to return. Five stars!

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mimaof4
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 8 "older women at lunch and were treated royally. We were given a cozy alcove, perfect for conversation. From making the reservation, handling special requests and through to the finish, the staff was gracious and very accommodating. It was hard to choose from all the delicious-sounding offerings on the menu. I had the tuna burger, which was excellent, very juicy and tasty. Others enjoyed the crab roll and salads. One of our shared desserts was absolutely out-of-this-world. I don't remember the name but it was a chocolate bar with bananas on top next to a scoop of banana ice cream. I'm not a big chocolate fan but will definitely order that the next time I go.

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BrianL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was excellent. Our waitress was attentive, knowledgeable, and funny! The Cavatelli was amazing, would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent pasta dish. Will definitely come back!

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Petro
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Have been here several times and the food is excellent. The big bonus with this restaurant is that it is one of the *quietest* in D.C. So if you are coming for a working meeting, conversation with your friends, or just some quiet contemplation -- rather than blaring music or roaring crowd noise -- this is the place!

On this particular visit, we unfortunately had multiple problems with the service. Not something I've experienced before. Several things forgotten, late to the table, etc. However, the wait staff and management were committed to making sure we were fully satisfied and fairly treated by the end of the evening. For that reason, I would still recommend this restaurant, because the quality of the food and quiet ambiance, at a reasonable price, are difficult to find anywhere else in the city.

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Permanently Closed - 701 Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 3510 OpenTable diners.