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1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627 (Upper Northwest)
+1 202-965-1789
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Ranked #25 of 2,676 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $85
Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Fri 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Prospect & 36th Streets
Description: 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 Sam Kim's contemporary, seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious dishes. Pastry Chef Ryan Westover takes a modern twist on classic desserts. Awards and Recognition: 2013 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular DiRona Award Winner 3 Stars from 2012 Washingtonian magazine
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Peterborough, Ontario
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

It had been many years since my last dining experience at 1789, but our group enjoyed many of the same charms from ages past. Yet, while the food was fine, it didn't feel particularly innovative, and, but for the restaurant's reputation, didn't really merit the prices charged. The sablefish was oversalted, the foix gras was an uninspired presentation, and the... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We sat in the 'civil war' room, cozy with tons of ambience!! Martinis were perfect. Started with foix gras, scallops and tuna tartare. Superb all, the foix gras melts in your mouth. Main dishes were rabbit and duck, both excellent! Wine list was reasonable, with some very expensive but also some nice wine at 50/bottle. and we ended with double... More

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Coral Gables, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

While in DC I have the tradition of booking a table at this restaurant to share a meal with a colleague from one of the agencies. We've been to the restaurant about half a dozen times over the past ten years. It is impeccable. We always have the seafood, usually prepared simply with abundant steamed vegetables. Since you're sharing a... More

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Briarcliff Manor, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I was a lucky invite to a business dinner here. Great old world decor and incredible food. Very impressive place to take clients in Georgetown. Rib eye was done perfectly- crusty outside and rare in - just as I ordered it.

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Massachusetts, US
18 reviews 18 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This restaurant was excellent and I would love to go back for our next anniversary. The food was some of the best we have had in a long time. A well developed menu and wine list, dessert was amazing. My husband had told them that we were celebrating our anniversary and our menu came with Happy Anniversary written on it.... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Don't go here for a cheap night out, but do go to enjoy really well cooked and presented food in elegant surroundings, professionally served and all in a very welcoming atmosphere. This was one of the best meals I have enjoyed in many years travelling in the USA, and would certainly go again.

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We dined at the 1789 Restaurant after in celebration of my wife finishing the Marine Corps Marathon. Dinner was spectacular! Service was attentive but not hovering. The dining area was intimate but not claustrophobic. We definitely will return.

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Golden, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I had dinner here tonight with a group of friends. Started out great with nice hostess and cozy dining area. We were charmed by waiter with French accent. Starter of butternut squash soup was great and my rock fish special was pretty good--better be for $37! One friend thought the lamb dish was spectacular. Another friend asked our waiter if... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We went here for a birthday celebration. The folks at 1789 knocked it out of the park. From the manager, to the bartender, to the servers, everything was perfect without being overbearing. This is not for the T-shirts an jeans crowd. Would recommend it highly and we will return again.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Very good food in a classic atmosphere at not unreasonable prices. The service is also of a significantly high level.

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Additional Information about 1789 Restaurant

Address: 1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
Phone Number: +1 202-965-1789
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Friday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 50 - 85
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar

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