We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

1789 Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
As featured in D.C. with style and 1 other guide
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627 (Prospect & 36th Streets)
+1 202-965-1789
5:30 pm - 11:00 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
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

577 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 555: English reviews
Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's hard to comprehend as you walk in this is a restaurant. It feels like a gorgeously appointed period home. Oh wait! That's just what it is! The integrity of the architecture and furnishings are pristine but you're welcomed into a 21st century dining experience. Fresh, locally sourced foods crafted elegantly and delish. We enjoyed our cozy evening. The only... More 

Thank Shelley W
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This beautiful old inn in Georgetown captures so well what fine dining might have been like in the time of Jefferson and Adams. The food is not very adventurous, but very well cooked and presented, and in keeping with such a traditional place. There is also an excellent wine list and normal restaurant prices. Overall a great night out for... More 

Thank nh712016
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Level Contributor
76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a place to take the wife for dinner. Quiet, romantic. Good food. A bit out of the way in Georgetown. Take a taxi there. Minimum parking.

Thank William M
Orange County, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank mlyncsg
Managua, Nicaragua
Level Contributor
36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

2 Thank Dorel R
Level Contributor
89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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 

Thank hoyaalum
Level Contributor
71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
48 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
Level Contributor
232 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
Level Contributor
246 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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 

Thank NZSwanns

Travelers who viewed 1789 Restaurant also viewed


Been to 1789 Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of 1789 Restaurant and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from 1789 Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?