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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
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Business Meals (28)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for a Date (25)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Live Music (19)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Great for Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Scenic View (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Casual (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined on January 7, 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 6, 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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·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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent fixed price menu for christmas eve!

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·Dined on December 25, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful Christmas Eve Dinner. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and we weren't rushed or made to feel unimportant. We were surprised and delighted to see our name on the menus at our table.

Loved the live music.

We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was my second time at 701, it is lovely! Wonderful staff, delicious food!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food, atmosphere, and value were very good, however our server whose name escapes me — was a dud. Other servers made up for his lacking social skills. This is not our first business or social get together at 701 and we will return (but certainly avoid the one lackluster wait help!)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Exquisite food, impeccable service, beautiful live piano music!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service slow and inattentive. Left with dessert menu for 30 minutes before checking back in. Ordered cheese plate and it took another 20 minutes. Food was over priced. Tortellini sauce tasted as if out of tin can. Friends steak was requested medium rare and was very clearly medium. Wife ordered scallop appetizer in an entry portion. Consisted of theee scallops total for $36. Grossly overpriced, poor food, poor service. Will not be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very good experience returning to 701. Love the live music! My wife was a bit disappointed with the dessert choices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was good, but overpriced. The service was excellent, almost too much attention. The restaurant was chosen because of its recent review as being a quiet place to converse, as the dinner was a business meeting. However, disappointedly, the restaurant was very loud. I would not return to this restaurant as there are also many other excellent options in DC, and this was not a standout for me.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Both the food and service were excellent! We were very pleased!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Good food, service and ceremony. An enjoyable pre-theater occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Delicious food. Great atmosphere!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our family enjoyed a great Thanksgiving meal at 701 with awesome live jazz!
Menu and portions were perfect! Service was impeccable !!Highly recommend !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching, Healthy, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

701 is an excellent business lunch or dinner option. It's also great for date night. Food is reliably first class. Service is attentive and professional. Love it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Have been several times, and it's always wonderful!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Authentic, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Outstanding service— attentive but not intrusive. Creative but intelligible menu items. Not excessively priced. Quiet!!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Impeccible! Silent service, seeing what we need, handling things when needed. Old World fine!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our waiter was wonderful! Very knowledgeable and good at his job.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent quiet table at large window looking on Penn Ave. Excellent lunch options [six choices. Fine service from wait staff who knew this was a birthday lunch. Excellent wine options.
Well done! Will be back... in the high ceiling, large windowed room.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and ambiance, only downside is that the meal feels a bit rushed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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