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1789 Restaurant

4.8
4.8
5907 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Sitting on a quiet residential street in Georgetown, 1789 Restaurant has the charm of a historic country inn. Our contemporary seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious dishes.

2022 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner


Executive Chef Adam Howard
Specialties include Hay-Roasted Oysters, with Crenshaw melon, cucumber, charred chili mignonette; Ravioli Scarpinocc with wild asparagus, Four Fat Fowl cheese, stinging nettles, morel mushroom; Grilled Lamb Tasting with roasted cauliflower, chickpea panisse, smoked golden raisin purée, preserved citrus jus; and New Bedford Scallops with English peas, spring onion, gooseberries, bacon lardons, trout roe.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 965-1789

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Adam Howard

  • Catering

    Call us at 202.965.1789

  • Private party facilities

    Location and atmosphere make 1789 Restaurant the perfect choice for private events. It has all the charm of an elegant country inn, and is situated right in the heart of Georgetown. Private rooms are available for brunches, luncheons, dinners, weddings, business meetings and cocktail receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Gena Garcia: (877) 273-4238

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross street

    Prospect & 36th Streets

  • Parking details

    Street parking available; Nearest parking lot: PMI Parking Lot - 3307 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,907 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Best Service

  • District of Columbia

    American

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  1. h

    hkwnyc

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful food, wine and experience! We had the lobster and lamb dishes--so tender and tasty. Very unique and well-seasoned escargot. Ambience with the fireplace and cozy, elegant decor. Lily who greeted us, was very welcoming. No stuffiness here, just a superb experience for a celebratory dining experience.
  2. MK

    MikeK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our new favorite, intimate dining experience!
  3. A

    Anna

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service5ambience1
    We go to 1789 for milestones in our lives. It's a very special place, and we have always loved eating there. We brought our 17 year old daughter for the first time for a celebration of a milestone for her, and we were seated in an upstairs dining room that we have never seen before. It was eerily silent/only had four tables. Only one other other table was full for most of evening. Very uncomfortable and awkward dinner. No charm or ambiance. Dinner was served cold. We couldn't wait to leave. The server was lovely, but when going to a restaurant such as 1789 that is such an institution, the restaurant really should tell us in advance if we are being seated in a small room completely separated from the main dining room.
  4. L

    Lars

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place, great food and oustanding service!! Certainly one of the best in DC
  5. w

    willemp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 1789 remains one of the great restaurants in the DMV. Service, food and atmosphere stand out as hallmarks of this warm facility. Richard McCooey started a great tradition and Clydes Restaurant Group has continued this wonderful attention to details. Always a fun and enjoyable experience at the 1789.
  6. D

    Dayc

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants for holiday dining. I’ve been dining there for 20 years and it’s consistently a great experience. The ambiance is the best and the service is unparalleled. The food is great too!
  7. KK

    KyleK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Knowledgeable servers. Warm environment. But small portions and high prices.
  8. W

    Waiterless

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for Thanksgiving
  9. SD

    SuzanneD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here on Thanksgiving Day and it was perfect, from the divine Parker House rolls, seasonal appetizers and delicious entrees to the beautiful, historic room and romantic corner booth. Service was discrete but always there when you needed them. A wonderful, diverse crowd clearly having a special time in this very special place.
  10. TD

    TomD

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was absolutely fantastic, food is amazing. Really good place for dates.
  12. c

    chipc

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience! Great food, great attentive service. Very special
  13. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, and great service. Highly recommend.
  14. DF

    DannieF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  15. E

    Edward

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration.. food exquisite.. a bit noisy.. and our table was close to patron tragic. Great server!
  16. K

    Kbroome

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic!! Great service, amazing food and the ambience is perfect for a romantic night.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal service, food, drinks and atmosphere!!
  18. s

    smulsons

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1789 is vibes! Outstanding wait staff. Hygge setting. Wonderful food. The entire experience made for a memorable evening!
  19. Z

    Zgirl

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect choice for a special night out. Cozy surroundings complete with a fire in the fireplace and beautiful table settings. Blessedly low decibels of noise and excellent, inventive dishes.
  20. OS

    OSIMAN1016

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have lived, worked and dined Asia and Europe-wide for over thirty years and enjoyed many excellent restaurants in both areas. We returned to the U.S. (Alexandria) three months ago to live in order to be near our "Grandma Magnets'. With that background, I offer that the 1789 restaurant offers excellent food, excellent service, excellent wines and a very nice and quiet atmosphere. We visited there for the first time on Friday evening and I enjoyed the scallops appetizer, while my wife had the escargot. This selection is normally reversed for us as Escargot is one of my favorite appetizers. The scallops were delicious and the Escargot were the best I ever enjoyed, finished it for my wife as too much for her.. Usually they are presented in the shell or on toast with a garlic type of butter sauce. These were in a small shallow bowl with mushrooms and other accompaniments and baked. Do yourself a favor and give them a try. My wife enjoyed the baked halibut and it was terrific. The skin was cooked similarly to the skin on pork Phllippine-style. It was crusty/crispy, and the soft layer of flesh connected under the skin was sweet, so both together was absolutely delicious; as was the meat of the halibut. I ordered the duck, one of my favorites worldwide. Theirs was unique in how the breast meat was cut in two thick slices as though it was a medium rare, precut steak. Texture and flavor of the meat was fantastic. I enjoyed a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Peju winery in Napa and my wife, a glass of Savignion from France I believe. My red was "Top Shelf" as they say down under. My wife prefers her Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlboro Region of New Zealand, but their offering from France I believe was every bit as light and enjoyable. And the service was impeccable, from the waiter to those from the kitchen delivering the food right off the proverbial fire and the bus waiters did a good job keeping the table clear. Well worth a visit!
  21. AS

    AlixS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    1789 used to have unparalleled food. No longer the case. The duck breast was tough. The veggies too Al dente. The sauce fairly unflavored. And very very expensive for the experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance
  23. AL

    AndrewL

    Naples

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were, as always, excellent, but I regretted that 1789 has downscaled its attire requirements and gentlemen are no longer required to wear a jacket. The dining experience has lost some of its cachet as a result.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and menu are both exceptional at 1789
  25. HC

    HaroldC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    wonderful atmosphere. waiter excellent and knowledgeable. just felt pressure to get all orders too quickly. I like to place my appetizer order and continue to think about my entree afterwards a bit more expensive than I had thought
  26. FL

    FabienneL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful gourmet dining experience with a lovely waiter, warm ambience and as a bonus we walked up the Exorcist stairs to get there which none of us three had ever done before. We all agreed that the pork chop was the favorite dish out of the short ribs, sable and pork chop. The bed of spaetzle and cabbage - chef’s kiss!
  27. D

    Doodle2002

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We visited 1789 for our anniversary, having enjoyed several nice meals there over the years. The welcome and special attention for the anniversary were well done. No concerns with the service. We were disappointed by the food, unfortunately. We both ordered halibut, which had a slightly fishy taste and was swimming in a salty sauce with a soggy crust. Not terrible, but not appealing at that price point. You couldn’t even really tell it was halibut. We recently had a much better fish dish (cod in green curry) at Clyde’s, a sister restaurant to 1789–we really expect something better at 1789. We had a side of crispy Brussel sprouts, which were tasty, but way too salty. The ravioli starter was enjoyable, as were the cocktails. The dessert was good, but not exceptional. In summary, great atmosphere, good service, but the food was lacking on this visit.
  28. MO

    MatthewO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Good but expensive
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meal we had in a long time! Strongly recommended.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner tonight- Starting with the squash soup, and smoked oysters- then the Maine lobster for my wife and Beef tenderloin for me followed by an excellent Une Boule de Chocolate for dessert- finished up with a great cappuccino- oh, and My wife always loves the “Duke” cocktail to start off.
  31. C

    Claude

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made plans to propose to my girlfriend at this restaurant and I couldn’t have made a better choice. The whole team made sure that everything went smooth & Jade was very helpful to make sure I had the best seat in the building to accommodate privacy and comfort. We loved the food and the welcoming atmosphere that the staff provided, I will make sure that I always visit since they made me feel so special and she SAID YES.
  32. BJ

    BernardJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Disappointed with the bizarre menu choices and hi price !!!!
  33. J

    Joe1

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Croissant Escargot appetizer was delicious. Duck entree was overly salty and dry. Service was excellent. Time to bring back a dress code. At least 2 couples at nearby tables with less than casual attire (eg.- raggedy jeans) took away from the ambience.
  34. D

    Diana

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The dinner was a treat for myself after a long week of hard work. I felt welcomed the moment I stepped into the door. Everyone was warm and friendly, my waiter was extremely familiar with the menu (I think he was able to recite the whole menu in any order). The food was made with ingredients of highest quality and the way the chef combines flavors was amazing. Don't miss the dessert. They may sound plain by the name but they are anything but.
  35. AW

    AnnetteW

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a wonderful while in DC to celebrate a professional accomplishment. Danielle was wonderful, just the right balance of moving our meal along and allowing us time to talk in a wonderful ambiance to discuss professional issues.
  36. SV

    SandraV

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! This may be our favorite restaurant in DC.
  37. TH

    THISisNorthBeach

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance is wonderful with historic photographs on the walls and warm colors throughout. The low,noise level provides for comfortable conversation. Menu is varied and food was outstanding. We were fortunate to have a very experienced waitress who knew EVERYTHING about the dishes off the top of her head. (The table next to us had a novice server who, to her credit, called over our own waitress to answer a diner’s question.). This was a thoroughly enjoyable dinner. Service from every member of the staff was prompt, polite and efficient. (We dines at 1789 on a previous visit to Georgetown five years, when we were seated upstairs. The ground floor is better lighted and far more interesting.)
  38. B

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brown butter old fashioned and the rack of lamb were delicious. Amazing service!
  39. D

    Discriminating

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Danielle, was fantastic! The food was superb.
  40. SM

    SimonM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. The restaurant is so outdated, feels like I should be dining with my grandfather. The food was good not great and I have dined at the best restaurants in most cities in US and Europe. Our waiter was a trainee, knew nothing about the menu other than what the chef had told him to push. Then presentation was very dates and PLEASE stop adding cream to everything, it’s just not needed

FAQs

1789 Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. 1789 Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 965-1789.

1789 Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 5907 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for 1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20007

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Prospect & 36th Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking available; Nearest parking lot: PMI Parking Lot - 3307 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adam Howard

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 965-1789

  • Catering

    Call us at 202.965.1789

  • Private party facilities

    Location and atmosphere make 1789 Restaurant the perfect choice for private events. It has all the charm of an elegant country inn, and is situated right in the heart of Georgetown. Private rooms are available for brunches, luncheons, dinners, weddings, business meetings and cocktail receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Gena Garcia: (877) 273-4238

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