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701 Restaurant - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
3510 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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*

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (202) 393-0701

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lincoln Fuge

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Tess Richman: (202) 393-0701

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    7th

  • 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.

  • 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 Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,510 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. l

    luisf

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  2. p

    preciousb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  3. l

    louiseb

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad it is closing
  4. T

    Theatergoer

    Washington DC

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad that 701 is closing. This has been a "go to" spot for many years.
  5. n

    noname

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  6. ES

    EricS

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    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.
  7. f

    foodfan

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  8. LH

    LynneH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food but a bit pricey for everyday dining.
  10. JD

    JaniD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    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.
  11. K

    Katie

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Always excellent service. They are especially professional with my friends with disabilities.
  12. ND

    NDevo

    Phoenix

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  13. TL

    TameraL

    Washington DC

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  14. FV

    FoodieVA32

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    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).
  15. NS

    NinaS

    Washington DC

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    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.
  16. n

    nice

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    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.
  17. SF

    SallieF

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for pre-theater dinner. Never disappoints with delicious food, good value, lovely ambiance with live music, and efficient/pleasant service.
  18. SC

    ShelleyC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another superb evening meal at 701. Great food, wine, and service. Our server Naji was superbly professional. The live combo added to the ambiance.
  20. k

    kenn

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    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.
  21. R

    Rich

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    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
  22. L

    Linda

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  23. MS

    MarkS

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    701 continues to be a joy. The staff, the ambience, and of course, the food. Are all delightful. Strongly recommend. Thanks
  24. u

    us2diners

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food excellent. Restaurant half empty!
  25. LA

    LABV

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    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.
  26. KZ

    KristinZ

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great food in a nice setting. Fairly limited menu but all selections looked good. Service was non-intrusive.
  27. B

    Bunnie

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Client dinner that was impressive with creative menu, excellent service and atmosphere! Hidden gem
  28. C

    Ctmf

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and reasonably priced, but the wine menu seemed a bit pricy.
  29. K

    Katie

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We always receive excellent service, and all employees go out of their way to make the experience enjoyable for my friend with disabilities.
  30. AM

    AaronM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  31. KK

    KayK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Food quality was very ordinary and tasted like institutional cafeteria food.
  32. SS

    SamiSabir

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    701 was fantastic, excellent food, excellent service, live music is awesome and blissful. The owner is very nice and the chef is amazing.
  33. GS

    GenoS

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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.
  34. BG

    BarbaraG

    Unspecified

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    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.
  35. MC

    MarkC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Limited but excellent seasonal focused menu. Delicious food/recipes but over-salted.
  36. TL

    TameraL

    Washington DC

    187 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    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.
  37. MW

    MelanieW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  38. m

    mimaof4

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  39. BL

    BrianL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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!
  40. NO

    NOVA

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    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.

FAQs

701 Restaurant - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 3510 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lincoln Fuge

  • 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 Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 393-0701

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Tess Richman: (202) 393-0701

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