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1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
+1 202-965-1789
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“rack of lamb” (25 reviews)
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Restaurant Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a reservation for 5:45 in the bar on a Saturday night. There was only one other couple there when we arrived. This was surprising since it seemed very difficult to get a reservation at any time. The bar was actually a very nice...More

Thank Bak46123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great dining choices, a decent wine list that is sometimes very good, and wonderful service, in a uniquely historical, stately venue

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for a special occasion dinner. Food was good but not spectacular as expected. I had rack of lamb which was good but overpriced. Wife had pork and found it pedestrian at best. Neither of us impressed with menu selection that night. Place is...More

Thank Kayaktherogue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is good but not outstanding but they really take care of customers, and that makes all of the difference (compare by recent, bad experience at Fiola, which I don't recommend, and you will see what I mean.) I would definitely go back.

Thank colincatl
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went to 1789 with my wife. We had booked in advance but the table they gave us was adjacent to where staff go to take payments and walk through from one section of the restuarant to the other. Not a good table location with the...More

Thank Stuart K
Reviewed 14 March 2018

Restaurant in a fab old Georgetown residence with wonderful antiques of the American Revolution!! Great artwork! Perfect menu selections. We had lamb, pork and filet! A special treat

Thank Spencernewsock
Reviewed 11 March 2018

A high-end restaurant both in price and in quality of food and service. I had the chef's tasting menu -- oysters, seared foie gras, scallops, duck , followed by chocolate pistachio as dessert. Every single item was cooked to perfection (not overcooked or undercooked), and...More

Reviewed 11 February 2018

Got an early Saturday reservation, had time to get a drink at the the new bar in the old F. Scott Fitzgerald space. Sean is a world class bartender (40 years experience!) - this new space is great with great drinks well prepared (had the...More

Thank AggieJoe79
Reviewed 2 February 2018

Intimate place and food was delicious. Nice wine list. Be aware that there are several dining rooms, and that there are steep stairs to many of them. I thought it added to the ambiance. NOTE: If walking, do NOT take M Street to 36th Street....More

1  Thank NCactuary
Reviewed 26 January 2018

I visited 1789 for the first time during Restaurant Week. Normally not my style of eatery, but considered "worth the price," I thought it'd be worth visiting during Restaurant Week so I could decide if it was worth returning to for other meals in the...More

1  Thank melrbaucom
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28 March 2016|
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Response from Hermella W | Reviewed this property |
Hey There:) I think, we paid around $100 for two.
2 February 2016|
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Response from OhioMaranello | Reviewed this property |
Dinner will be off the charts. Don't be afraid to sit in the smaller dining room near the bar. A lovely, intimate space you will most certainly enjoy. Foggy Bottom subway station is close. Check out how to access Kennedy... More
9 September 2015|
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Response from ADVS | Reviewed this property |
I had no jacket, but most men did. And, the restaurant was a bit cold. I must add that the food was really mediocre, so I would recommend against going, no matter how you're dressed.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$85
Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
    (Prospect & 36th Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Georgetown
  • Neighbourhood: Georgetown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-965-1789
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An upscale institution sitting on a quiet residential street in Georgetown, 1789 Restaurant has the charm of a historic country inn. Servicing classic and contemporary American cuisine, Executive Chef Samuel Kim's contemporary, seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious dishes. Pastry Chef Lauren Petri takes a modern twist on classic desserts. Awards and Recognition: 2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular DiRona Award Winner 3 Stars from 2014 Washingtonian magazine
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