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1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627 (Upper Northwest)
+1 202-965-1789
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Ranked #29 of 2,625 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $85
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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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Madrid
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We were a lively group of 9 friends/colleagues from the USA, Canada, Spain, Scotland and Hong Kong who walked across the Potomac River from the Marriot Lee Bridge int historic Georgetown for dinner at 1789 (The date Georgetown was founded we were told). The building itself is old, beautiful and has a history in itself and each of the many... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

After a week of meetings in DC, my Fiancée flew in for mini vacation. We celebrated at 1789, The evening was near perfect. We were greeted at the curb by a maître de with an umbrella. The staff was friendly and gracious. Surprisingly they offered only one off-the-menu item, dry aged prime rib. The Blue 61 locally-made blue cheese was... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were in DC for the 4th of July and dined here on Saturday evening upon the recommendation of my daughter's boss. We made reservations in advance and were seated upstairs. The food and service were excellent. Yves provided welcomed explanations and when asked let us know which dishes were his favorites. He never steered us wrong. I would suggest... More

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Fairfield, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The whole dining and customer experience was amazing. The waiter and the entire staff were very friendly, personable, and attentive. The food was great and the service was exceptional. The personalized menu said Happy Anniversary, with the date! Before we left, the waiter brought back that menu - rolled and embellished with a delicate ribbon. He also gave us a... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Went on a Sunday night for a celebration & got the summer special 3 courses for $45. I've lived in the DC area for almost 17 years but had never been to this fine establishment. The food, service, ambiance & deal were all worth it & I would definitely go back! This is a special restaurant ideal for a celebration.... More

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Ra'anana, Israel
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We booked this restaurant for a special night out to say thank you to our friends who hosted us for a week in the area. Great choice! If you are in DC, don't miss this excellent restaurant. It has a classic, almost European, feel about it from the moment you enter. We were shown to our tables and the service... More

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washington dc
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Having been to both places, my husband and I agree that 1789 is right up there with the 'Inn" in terms of service, food and ambiance. We went there for a special birthday and were greeted with free valet parking (which is a plus in DC) and a friendly front of house staff including the manager. We were seated in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Visiting my daughter at nearby Georgetown and selected this restaurant based on TA and OT reviews. I took her and two friends and set from 8:00 - 11:00pm at a very comfortable pace with excellent wine and terrific service. The history and architecture of the building added an extra bonus along with being walkable to most other areas in the... More

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CT
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

a really fine meal with great service and terrific food. a very fairly priced wine list - a tad on the stuffy side and feeling they take themselves a little too seriously. having said that, would go back next time i am in the area

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McLean, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Had a lovely dinner celebrating birthdays on a Saturday night. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I ordered the dry-aged rib eye, which was a little pricey but was delicious nonetheless and cooked just as I asked. The rib eye was served with the perfect accompaniment -- a mushroom bread pudding. Absolutely delicious and what a clever... More

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