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About 701 Restaurant
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*
Washington, DC 20004
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Mon - Fri 1130 AM - 2:30PM
Dinner Mon - Thurs 500 PM - 10 PM, Fri 500 PM - 1030 PM, Sat 5 PM - 1030 PM, Sun 5 PM - 930 PM
Bar, Lounge, & Patio:
Mon - Thurs 1130 AM - 10 PM, Fri 1130 AM - 1030 PM, Sat 5 PM - 1030 PM, Sun 5 PM - 930 PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Enjoy live jazz while you dine or sip a cocktail at the bar Thursday- Sunday evenings. Gary Rowe plays solo piano from 6:30pm-10:30pm Thursday and from 6:00pm-9:00pm Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays Gary is joined by bassist Eddie Eatmon, the duo plays from 7:00pm-11:00pm both nights.
Valet parking is available in the evening only from 530 PM onwards Monday-Saturday for $8/car. You are welcome to dine with us and leave your car while you enjoy the theater or a concert. We do not offer valet on Sundays.
We sit directly on top of the Archives - Navy Memorial Metro on the Yellow/Green Lines. We are 3 blocks south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro on the Red Line.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We do celebrate special events & holidays throughout the year. DC Restaurant Week in January/August, Valentines' Day, Easter Brunch, Mothers' Day Brunch, Thanksgiving & New Years' Eve. Please see our website for additional information.
*Please note, our pre-theater menu is not offered on Holidays*
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Both private & semi-private spaces are available for groups of any size. We have one small private dining room that holds 12 people comfortably. Our Corner View room can seat 22 people. We have semi-private larger areas that are defined by large columns and architectural features.
701 Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We enjoyed the quality and presentation of the courses on the pre-theatre fixed menu very much. There were a couple small glitches in service but we were greeted warmly, wished a happy anniversary, and quickly seated. The complimentary glass of champagne afterwards was much appreciated. It's so close to Woolly Mammoth Theatre that we'll be making it a regular dining experience for future shows.
My wife and I enjoyed it as a pre-theatre meal. It was particularly enjoyable that though the restaurant was nearly full, we could have a reasonable conversation even though I have some problems with hearing when there is background noise.
Because of time we stuck with the pre-theatre meal but the regular options on the menu were tempting, particularly as we enjoyed our 3-course pre-set meal.
Took the family for Thanksgiving dinner here. Meal was great and the live background music set the stage for a great dining experience. However, with tip we were over $325.00 once the tip was added. That’s with two kids and two adults. No complaints other than the value.
701 Restaurant is truly a gem. I had an important business meeting and this was the perfect spot especially with the ambiance and the live music. I have also taken my wife there for Valentine's Day and other special events. We do not go more often simply because we live far away from the location.
We came here for lunch and were very disappointed. The entree salads were quite small, they weren't plated nicely (greens piled on one side of the plate, meat/fish on the other side without any decoration, sauces, spices or herbs), and not very delicious. They did not have any soy milk or other non-dairy milks for coffee. Have eaten here many times in the past and enjoyed it, but after this experience we won't be back.
Third time eating here. I want to like it better for all the other good qualities of service and ambience, but this time I had worst entree - an overdressed salad with rotisserie chicken on argula greens - so much oil, no flavor and the chicken seemed off to the taste.
On the plus side, an inventive goat cheese icecream was delightful, but rest of the fig dessert fell flat.
Had the cobb salad with shrimp on it and it was ok. The shrimp was bland and rubbery it didn't look like they deveined them. They also made them look funny probably for presentation purposes, but if anything they looked weird. We asked the server to bring us some more bread and she either forgot or just didn't do it. I've had more attentive servers here and she seemed more concerned with removing silverware or excess plates/glasses. I've only been here 3 other times and usually the food is great. I'd say that after this time, I won't be back. For the cost, the food should be fabulous even if it is just a salad.
We scheduled a last minute pre-theater dinner there before seeing Mean Girls and the restaurant easily accommodated us, while at least one of their competitors would not. Our group was more than happy to eat here—we all love it. Food was excellent and we appreciated that the seated tables were spread out so we all had space. Service was great, as usual—she had on-target suggestions and a great sense of humor. We also had some wonderful cocktails. That octopus appetizer is still amazing!
Our party increased from 6 to 8 at the last minute. The staff was welcoming and quickly moved us to a lovely, private table for 8. The food was outstanding. The waiter was very attentive and managed our complicated bill without complaint. We were all visiting DC for a meeting. I will certainly come back next time I am in town.
The jazz musician were great... they even took requests. The food was wonderful (though small portion for me!), but still satisfying. They autumn menu was more on the seafood side, nevertheless, masterfully done.
The restaurant, even with the live jazz, is great for good conversations.
The host and service were exceptional.
After te review in the Wash. Post we were looking forward to have dinner here. We were greatly disappointed! The celery root appetizer was not very good, with the celery root undercooked. The carrot Fricasee was an unappealing mix. The salmon was pedestrian with unfavored veggies. The chicken was good, but not enough chicken; the garlic pudding was (??) and cold; and the chicken liver raviola didn't have anything tasting like chicken liver. Last, the goat cheese ice cream was terrible. Its hard to believe that 701 is the same ownership as Oval Room where we've consistantly had outstanding meals.
701 is one of my favorite DC restaurants for a good meal from a creative chef in a lovely and quiet atmosphere at a price that, for DC, is moderate. The menu seems to change seasonally, which adds variety. I have come here 4 or 5 times this year and have been pleased every time.
Really excellent food in a comfortable setting. All of the portions were perfectly-sized; not so small as to leave us hungry, but not so large as to prevent everyone from enjoying three courses because they were too full. The cold corn soup was packed full of flavor, the sirloin was perfectly cooked, the chicken was delicious and moist, and the rockfish was flaky and perfectly cooked. Desserts were also delicious; the butterscotch perfectly balanced its flavors and the panna cotta was perfectly done. Cocktails were nice, and the live piano added to the ambiance.
We went to lunch at 701 following a special viewing of Vermeer at the National Gallery of Art. In high spirits we walked over to 701 for a celebratory lunch. From the greeting to the seating to the menu the service to the ambience it was the perfect cap to a lovely morning.
This is the most overpriced restaurant I have ever been to. It was not about the cost rather the dinner entree itself. A $12 salad no more than 4 bites. The NY strip was literally 2 -3x1 in slices with 1 bite of cauliflower. Spaghetti meal was cold. Nothing special to make it worth the cost.
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary here -- it was a wonderful experience.
The food was not only very tasty, the presentation was incredible.
The staff took great care of us, the food was outstanding, and atmosphere was perfect. We were there on a live jazz night, and the music was really good.
My wife is gluten-free, and she was accommodated effortlessly.
We will return!
My husband and I had a wonderful meal last night at the 701 Restaurant. The cocktails were very well done. The food was delicious. The service and pace of the meal was perfect. It was quiet, relaxed, and we left very happy people. If you are reading this - I suggest you go and see for yourself what a wonderful place this is!!
Very interesting menu including vegetarian options. Restaurant spacious and relatively quiet, unless it is "happy hour" in which case you might want to be seated away from the bar, which is easily done given the size of the restaurant. Food prices are more reasonable than the wine prices, which are high, even the wines by the glass. A full dinner for two including wine will run $200 or more.
This was on of the best restaurants I have been to. FOOD was amazing even though the portion was very small. Which my friends didn't appreciate , but didnt bother me much after all it is not a fat food resturant. Service was great. I would defiantly go back.
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