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*

701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dining Room:
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

Cross Street:
7th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 393-0701

Website:
http://www.701restaurant.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Benjamin Lambert

Additional:
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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Private Dining

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

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87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (41)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Business Meals (30)
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Good for a Date (29)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Romantic (24)
Great for Lunch (21)
Live Music (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (13)
Good for Groups (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Healthy (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Scenic View (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wait staff was excellent. Food was lack luster, and over priced.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was pleasant nothing to denote excellence meal portions were small lobster tail very small three course for $85 each was not a value. We actually stopped on the way home to get something else.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines day

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The food, service and ambiance were spot on! Perfect location for a date.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Table and ambience was nice. Jazz in background good touch. Our server was prompt and clear, maybe a lil rushed but good overall. Food was delicious but a little pricey for a valentines day special. Dessert was delicious. You ice cream is the best I've tasted. Valet service was convient.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Overall experience was good. Great service just a lil pricey for small portion of food .

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Always enjoy my meal; but Brian, the bartender is the real draw. He consistently provides excellent service!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was good, but not outstanding. Service was attentive, but not obsequious. Food came a bit too quickly, suggesting that it was prepared in advance. Primary complaint was the restaurant was not crowded, but they bunched everyone in the same area, creating a circle of noise, which made for a difficult conversation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Went for a light lunch. Kale salad was large and flavorful. Filling. Also the beet tartare was tasty and inventive the best was the Brussels sprouts. A must try. Wonderful lunch for two light delicious and wanting us to return for a more hearty meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our dining experience was very enjoyable. The food was delicious and we had very good service. Both the waiter and maitre de were very attentive and friendly. We are planning on returning soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Overall it was good. We ordered tuna burger which came with potato chips. Really?! It could've been something more sophisticated. They did have delicious bread and butter!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

It had been some time since I dined at 701. The staff were exceptionally attentive, courteous and very professional. But the facility showed a great deal of wear and tear. For example, the ladies room was badly in need of repairs - broken tissue holder and toilet seat, dim lighting. Throughout the facility there was worn carpet, chipping paint, etc. The cost for two pumpkin soups, two Caesar salads (just one with steak), sparkling water and coffee came to $73. The food was ok, a bit on the bland side. Again, I commend the staff for exceptional service and courtesy but I doubt I will return.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service and friendly staff! I enjoyed my family outing for my mother's birthday! I will definitely dine here again!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The overall consensus was that the service (from the manager, the host, server, etc.) and ambiance was amazing. The food was pretty terrible, however. The gnocchi was so bland and probably the worst I’ve ever had. The sauce tasted literally like watered down liquid. My friend ordered it as well and doesn’t like saying anything so she ate it out of hunger because we arrived starving, but I left it uneaten. That said, they were so kind and understanding and swapped it for a tortellini for me- thank you awesome server! We did discuss that the things we enjoyed were the tuna tartare and the bourbon dessert. Whole group agreed it was definitely not a place worth coming back to and we eat out in DC frequently. The service and atmosphere with live music was so fun, but didn’t make up for the lackluster food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Pleasant staff, great service and the food was flavorful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a great time at 701. We went for restaurant week which had a pre fix menu. Everything we got was very good, especially the hanger steak and the pecan dessert.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I enjoyed my time at 701 restaurant. We went there for a business lunch as a large group and they did a great job accommodating us in short notice for restaurant week lunch. The mushroom gnocci was not my favorite, but I really enjoyed the carrot appetizer and the desserts. Overall, I would definitely recommend going to the restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My friends and I went here for restaurant week. The food was delicious and service was great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I went for Restaurant Week and it was just okay, not bad, but not great or memorable. The server was borderline annoying- too familiar and cracking jokes. The bread basket came after the apps and was cold and hard. The salad was good with a nice tangy dressing, the beet app was pretty bland and the yolk added nothing special. Both main courses were very small portions-the hangar steak was very good but the salmon was bland and did not pair well with the stiff watercress. The fudge cake portion was good and bigger than the entrees! However, I found the Budino to be inedible, it had a strange taste so I only ate the cookie. The server noted that and said "oh well, that's why we have RW to see if you like something or not" (weird). I give them credit for being the rare restaurant that has good spacing between tables; however, the ladies room was too dark and cramped. I doubt I would return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Overall experience was great. The waitress was extremely helpful and pleasant. She answered all of our questions about the menu and constantly checked on us throughout the meal. Only issue was my wife's salmon was not fully cooked and the waitress gladly took it back to the kitchen for more cooking. Otherwise our dining experience went extremely well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

It was great

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

701 is always a great Restaurant Week Restaurant. While others seem to scale back their menus, 701 offered a nice selection of unique and classic dishes. The service was wonderful and we will be back soon!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

701 is one of go-to destinations for Restaurant Week. The menu was great and we felt well looked after.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I'm recently retired, but was meeting friends who are still working. Everything was great, especially that we were able to linger after dinner so one of the friends didn't have to wait an hour or more at Union Station for her train. The staff made us feel welcome throughout the evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I always enjoy a meal at 701. For the first time since I started going to this restaurant (5-6 years) I sent something back. The tuna burger had far too much ginger-which overpowered the tuna and other seasonings. No problem the waiter took it back immediately and returned with a lovey Cobb salad.

I won't hold the tuna burger against them - the food is too consistently good for that.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Tried this for restaurant week. Wow - how did I miss this gem. The service was excellent and quick (I was on my lunch hour). The food had incredible flavor and was delicious. Even the biscuits were delicious with their butter and sweet/spicy jelly. On top of the delicious food - their wine was reasonably priced - very hard to find during lunch time in DC. I now have a new favorite place to go for lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is a great restaurant with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. Our server, Tristen, was wonderful - not only attentive but a very engaging personality, as we dined a bit early and it was not too busy at the time, we really enjoyed conversing on a wide range of subject. We ordered venison, which is not commonly found on DC menus, and it was delightful. The sommelier recommended an excellent wine pairing. The lobster bisque we ordered arrived with the lobster visible on the plate with the bisque served by Tristen on top and was a generous portion of lobster. The home made ice cream was a nice finishing touch. Don't let the downtown location dissuade you, it is conveniently located adjacent to the Archives metro but there is also valet parking available for $8. What I have always especially enjoyed about 701 is the delightful live piano music and we again were not disappointed. On a recent visit to 701, a friend of mine requested ginger tea which was not on the menu. She advised the server to make it with fresh ginger and hot water and they accommodated so it is also especially nice to dine where the customers are treated as guests. Looking forward to our return visit soon!

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I chose this restaurant to bring my mother for her 50th Birthday, and it was a great choice. Everything was amazing! My mother felt special the entire time. The service was great, the waiter even brought out a birthday cake for my mother on the house. I’m so glad I chose 701 Restaurant for that special occasion!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great service, good food, quite table...doesn’t get much better

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We go to 701 every time we visit Washington and have always liked it. This weekend was different: the food was disappointing. The server didn't even ask how I wanted the duck Brest cooked which should have been a clue. It was overdone. My wife had salmon which she said was fair. We had brought friends from Philadelphia to 701 after telling them how good the restaurant was, and they too were disappointed. That said, the service was attentive, welcoming and friendly.
We should have known that a relatively empty restaurant on Saturday night was a sign. There are too many excellent restaurants in the city for us to return to 701.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Came here for lunch with a friend. We both had the kale salad. My friend had it with steak and I had it with shrimp. We both enjoyed our salads. Very delicious and fresh tasting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

701 was a nice place for a business gathering. Our table for 8 was located so that conversation was easy to have. The waitress was friendly. The meals were well plated, but no one came away advocating for a return dinner. I had the rockfish which was a nice size and was fine. Gnocchi was underwhelming. Others had steak. It is conveniently located off the mall area near the archives. Live piano was nice. Prices were a little high.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing service and food.
It was the perfect setting to ask my girlfriend to marry me. The owner of the restaurant came over and gave us comp champagne to congratulate us. It was a great atmosphere with great food.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Outstanding service and inventive, delicious food. Will go back often!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Had lunch for the first time at 701 and loved it!! The service, food and views were the highlight to our visit in DC.

Tags: Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everyone, from the staff at the host stand, our server, the sommelier and the bartender, Brian, was absolutely wonderful. Very pleasant, helpful, and attentive without being intrusive. We had planned on NYE dinner with another couple followed by a black tie party and when the other couple cancelled due to illness we debated just doing our party but are so glad we still went to dinner here, and will definitely be back again. Great music, as well!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed. The food was good but nothing really special. The service left something to be desired. The waiter was attentive but really seemed distracted or uninterested. To me that makes a big difference in the total experience. The restaurant is very pretty and allows for lovely views but the evening was just OK. Had been looking forward to this dinner but now, not in a hurry to go back.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice place for a quiet meal of good food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent fixed price menu for christmas eve!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Booked 701 for Christmas Eve especially for family and friends. Unfortunately we felt very hurried to to give up our table as the server appeared to want to depart for the evening... But that was not the worst of the experience, was overcharged for the meal and then the manager? And or hourly shift supervisor went to void the charge and recharged me, he ended up charging us twice. 48 hours later after noticing it was double charged we called the restaurant to have it remedied as it's a simple fix in 2017, the assistant manager told us, he didn't have access, didn't have the skills, didn't have the accessibility to fix the overcharge, and we would have to wait 5 more days for someone in position of authority and or responsibilities to be able to fix being overcharged. We would have gladly accepted the fact that the restaurant was dated and the service was poor to Fair, but in this day and age a restaurant that sells itself for being upscale does not have anybody on staff to fix a simple issue as an overcharge??? It appears and felt as if it were an establishment that rated itself much higher then reality dictated.

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