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701 Restaurant

4.5
3389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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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

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Phone number
(202) 393-0701
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Benjamin Lambert
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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

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.

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What 3389 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We were able to hear each other speak which is rare in DC. The background music was relaxing. The food was good and the service was very good.
Great location, practically on top of the Archived/Navy Memorial Metro stop.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

as always, lovely service, soft music and delicious food

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

A consistently great restaurant. The food and service always are top quality. We are pleased to find venison regularly on the menu. It is one of our favorite dishes. A good selection of wines for all cuisines.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our waiter accommodated our needs very well and got us out in plenty of time for the theater. The food was very good and the drinks were good.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Excellent food and a quiet, low key space for conversation. 701 is the perfect place for foodies who want to enjoy a relaxed ambiance.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

This was a great option between museums closing at 5 and hopping on a 7 pm bus tour. Service very high, food and cocktails delicious. Definitely on the high end side, as even my light-eating teens cleaned their plates

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Good food well prepared and presented. Service very attentive and personable without being intrusive. Friday and Saturday live jazz is excellent and refreshing.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Ivan was an exceptional waiter. The meal was delicious. This is a gem close to the Washington Mall at the Archives Metro stop.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Wonderful food and outstanding service; especially nice that one can have fine dining and still be able to hear a conversation!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

701 exceeded all my expectations, from the table service, to the food quality, to the reasonably priced cocktails. Definitely worthy of repeat visits.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This is a great restaurant. They are very attentive and they have some excellent dishes. They also have live piano music Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings. Really classy place!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Service exactly as we like it--attentive, friendly, but not "Hi, My name is ... and I'll be...." All the food tasted delicious, was attractively plated, and had interesting touches.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The server did not check on us throughout the entire meal. In fact, he wouldn’t make eye contact. There were 2 managers on the floor and did not come check on us. When we finally would flag down one of the servers, they didn’t speak English... so asking for a Coke and then for ginger was a chore. Food was decent, but will not return due to poor service.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This was a great find. We'd recommend it to all. Beautiful restaurant, great food and service. And the piano bar added a perfect touch to the evening. A very nice price / value ratio. Not cheap but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

From start to finish, we were pleased with the knowledgeable service. Our waitress is a sommelier of a certain level who listened so she could advice us about wine pairings without condescension. While the menu is not extensive, there is variety. Preparation allowed ingredients to shine - from the green salad, tuna tartare, to papardelle and venison, to spiced chocolate tart and cheese plate. They offer a reasonably priced, 3-course pre-theatre meal. There’s live music from Thursday through the weekend!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We were more than pleased with our after theatre dinner at 701. Beautiful restaurant in a great location with valet parking. Service was exceptional, from entering to leave taking. Everyone was pleased with their choices for cocktails and dinner. Welcoming ambiance, animated but without the noise found in most DC restaurants. Loved it and will return.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

701 is our go-to restaurant in downtown DC when we want a tranquil meal with a low noise level that fosters easy conversation. The food is meticulously prepared and served, and the dishes usually include creative touches that enhance diners' enjoyment. The pre-theater menu is a great deal, but the regular menu also offers good value. The wine list is solid, and the bar delivers well-made cocktails. Desserts are interesting, too, so save room for a final course.

Valet car parking is available in the evenings, and a small jazz combo (usually a duo) adds sophistication and zest to the evening while still allowing diners to converse. This professionally-managed establishment is reminiscent of some of the best-run, classic New York restaurants. We plan on returning often.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Excellent food, great to have menu with not any choices), food perfectly seasoned, gracious service, very helpful sommelier made perfect choices for our meal, quiet atmosphere a BIG plus.
Take note: Valet parking is on 7th at the corner. Courteous and helpful valet - went above and beyond.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

701 is known to locals as one of the premier restaurants in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. The food and service are consistently first rate. The seating arrangement and acoustics are the best that can be found, allowing for easy conversation. The friendly greeting at the entrance sets the pace for a relaxed evening of excellent unhurried service. The valet parking is reasonably priced and extremely efficient.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Beet salad and chicken main were excellent. Staff quite helpful.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great food, a little "twist " to authentic food makes them so unique. We love this place!

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

High quality food and good wine choice in a quest but businesslike atmosphere. But not so pompous we couldn’t take out 14yr old son. Highly attentive service.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Waiters rushed us. Also throughout the meal they kept pouring bottled water even as the meal ended without asking if we wanted more bottles.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always a go to spot for us...good food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

701 is always extraordinary and returning regularly!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great for a downtown DC experience. I would certainly recommend this location to others, but this is not place for regular dining due to the price. Great for occasions or to impress a date.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Bad food, don’t worthy the price. :(

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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