Permanently Closed - 701 Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

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*
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
Lincoln Fuge
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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Tess Richman: (202) 393-0701
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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.
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
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l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

p
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

l
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad it is closing

T
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

n
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

ES
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

f
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food but a bit pricey for everyday dining.

JD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

K
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

ND
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TL
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

FV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

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).

OT
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

n
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

R
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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

L
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

MS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

701 continues to be a joy.

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

u
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food excellent. Restaurant half empty!

LA
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

KZ
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

AM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

KK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

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

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

BG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

TL
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

MW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

m
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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