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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 #31 of 2,639 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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80% Recommend
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English first
Clifton, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Terrific service, excellent food, not sufficient choice of wines by the glass, but we overlooked that. Just a great fine dining experience.

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Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went to this restaurant as part of a birthday celebration. Couldn't have been happier with the result. The lamb main course was outstanding; monkfish as well. Appetizers of scallops and cucumber gazpacho were excellent. Service was outstanding in every way.

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Red dot south of Malaysia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Group dinner so we were a bit noisy. But staff were excellent - attentive, helpful, but not intrusive. Place is actually bit difficult to find. Food was excellent. 'Modern American' I think is the term. Definitely hope to return

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Baltimore, Maryland
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Most of the food was excellent. The ambiance was lovely. The servers were efficient, knowledgeable and friendly, though a bit too intrusive for my taste. (Really, guys, I don't need you to identify every single item on my plate when you serve it.) So why the poor rating? At the end of the meal, when I asked for directions to... More

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New York City
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The food here was just unreal. I had the steak and blackberry tartlette, which was just exquisitely presented, and they presented us with goodies before the meal (some sort of special infused watermelon) and after (shortbread cookies topped with jam). The bread--made in-house and served warm--was amazing, and the butter...sigh. Heavenly. Truly one of the best meals I've had in... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Best food quality /// service combination available with an extremely intimate ambience if you don't mind paying roughly $75 per person.

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South Lebanon, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Terrific Service from everyone from the greeter at the front door to the busman. My waiter, Stelios is one of the best ever. The food was amazing. I shall return.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

My daughter just got engaged and I was in town for a prearranged visit. I took her and her fiancé to celebrate. They had a special 3 course meal special which all of us ordered. My cucumber gazpacho with lump crab was awesome. My daughter enjoyed the squid ink calamari and her fiancé also liked the heirloom tomatoes. Main courses... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Eating at 1789 on July 14th (to celebrate my wife's birthday) I had expected a special menu. But then 1789 has nothing to do with the French Revolution but rather with the founding of Georgetown! The menu was not French but contemporary American. Still, we were not disappointed. The scallops and duck confit were amazing as starters, and the rockfish... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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