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1789 Restaurant

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1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627 (Prospect & 36th Streets)
+1 202-965-1789
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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
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Orange County, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been dining here for 50 years. Part nostalgia, having grown up in D.C. Part, it's just worth returning to! Clyde's retained the original feeling of the restaurant and the food has always been above average.

Thank mlyncsg
Managua, Nicaragua
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We visited 1789 Restaurant to celebrate our sons graduation . We were a group of 9 and made a reservation to guarantee a special celebration experience . The general atmosphere looked interesting at first but we were seated near a busy servers station on a booth type table that wasn't very comfortable. ( For such and expensive place the minimum... More 

Thank Dorel R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The service at 1789 is absolutely outstanding, from the greeting at the door to the impeccable wait staff. Unfortunately, I have had better fare for the price. The soft shell crab 2d course that I shared with someone was very nice, but the entree - a sea bass with a few fiddleheads - was cooked nicely but pretty much bland... More 

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31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

1789 is set in a beautiful period home, you feel like you are stepping back in time as soon as you enter. However in terms of the food, it is definitely a modern take on dishes that offer something surprising and totally delicious. The stand out dish for me was the soft-shell crab, that was deep fried and came with... More 

Thank Aceagent
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Dinner after a Saturday graduation at Georgetown for my neice. Very lovely venue. Each room is charming. We had a large party of 8. They seated us in the upstairs room that seemed to be for large parties. Very nice service. I would love to explore the other rooms and if I return will ask to be seated in the... More 

Thank motherofthebride23
Victoria, Australia
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231 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This is a very good restaurant located in a charming old building with lots of atmosphere. The food is very good and the staff were friendly and helpful. We were a little concerned that it might be stuffy, but it wasn't at all. We felt very much at home and really enjoyed the night.

Thank Darlene3501
Christchurch, New Zealand
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244 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a very memorable evening here absolutely loving our lamb, steak and chocolate desert choices. The ambience and interior architecture was such a treat as was the tour after our delicious meal around the different dining rooms on different floors. The staff were very friendly and attentive and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

While our daughter went to Georgetown, we never visited this restaurant as I guess we wanted to keep the best for last - and the graduation party. We were not disappointed at all. The restaurant spread over 3 levels has a sense of history and romance. The food is classy and worth the price that they charge. We tried the... More 

Thank Tigergulati
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

We visited here with family I hadn't seen for over 20 years, and we all left totally satisfied. The building in this unassuming part of Georgetown is amazing on its on. There are so many different areas that at first you don't realise how much is going on. My octopus starter was first rate, albeit a huge portion. Everyone else... More 

Thank David C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

The setting is remarkable, in an 18th Century building that pre-dates much of Washington, DC. Multiple, small and intimate dining rooms are arranged vertically in this historic building. Furnishings and artwork are period pieces. My wife and I ate at the same table where President Barak Obama and German Chancellor Merkel recently dined. The menu offers a multi-course option, with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$50 - $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, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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
  • Neighborhood: Georgetown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-965-1789
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?