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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%
Travellers talk about
“rack of lamb” (25 reviews)
“halibut” (35 reviews)
“foie gras” (33 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 6 December 2017

The "antique" branding of this restaurant nearly made me want to go round the room inspecting the prints to see if they were real lithographs or modern copies. The food was good but not excellent and the prices were sky-high even for DC. We won't...More

Thank peterkar
Reviewed 29 November 2017

There is one (1) -- ONE -- fabulous room with a fireplace filled with happy diners looking cozy and fulfilled. Then, there are numerous other rooms you may be taken to -- including some up the stairs (with no elevator offered for the disabled). I...More

1  Thank rover28
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

The restaurant has a fabulous ambiance. The service was amazing with just the right amount of attention. The food, especially the duck, was perfect. Salad to start was also great and was just the right size! Highly recommended!!

Thank Christat13
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Though 1789 is rated as one of DC's top restaurants, I think it must top rated for tourists. It is an interesting antique building. Food was good, but not outstanding. Portions are tiny. Tiny servings of "amuse bouche" were a nice touch after we ordered....More

Thank cupcake3
Reviewed 22 November 2017

1789 is a true five star restaurant - I used this headline to emphasize how disappointed I was their apple dessert is now a new wave, foo foo thing unworthy of the restaurant. Other than that a great meal with even better service. I was...More

1  Thank Michael S
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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
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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