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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
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Miami FL
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36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been a fan of 1789 since my first visit in 1991. As a Georgetown University parent now, I tried to share my 1789 joy with my daughter and her Hoya friends. While the decor and the service remain top-notch, we all felt that the menu lacked excitement. In my personal case, I felt the short rib entree and... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Intimate, posh, sophisticated, and very expensive. The service is top notch with a seasoned staff, the executive chef is on point with the menu that rotates regularly. There's a reason why this place has been around all these years when many others in the same price range have come and gone, and that's quality and consistency, in a very cozy... More 

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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It is expensive but it really is a food experience. The restaurant is very comfortable, classic style, with a nice fireplace. Costumers dress smart. The service is very carefull with different staff for different tasks. All this said you get to peak 4 or 6 plates of the menu talk come in small propotions but all together more than enough.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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73 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You really can't go wrong here. The bar is lively, the restaurant always has a great menu and wine of all ranges. This weekend we had Stevie as our server and she was wonderful and made sure we had a great time. Some servers have been a bit stuffy. She was not at all uptight.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Periodically, I organize a wine dinner for some of my working era friends and their spouses. Yesterday evening (corkage is free on Tuesdays), the twelve of us gathered at Georgetown's 1789. Our experience was absolutely top-notch. The restaurant gave us a lovely, atmospheric and private alcove on the first floor, provided warm, skilled and attentive service with all the glassware... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

1789 was a special occasion restaurant for us early in our marriage but we had not been back in many years as my husband's health has declined. Last night was his 47th birthday and our 21st anniversary. He is a frail quadriplegic in a large cumbersome electric wheelchair. The staff, from the valets to the maitre d'hôte to the waitstaff,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

1789 is a hidden Gem that I stumbled across whilst in Georgetown. It couldn't be any more quaint and romantic. The service is just an epitome of what luxury dining should be. The food is very very fresh but smaller in proportion. Although this is a downside, I can say that it is truly filling. The restaurant manager is amazing.... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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111 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

We are a group of five who go here most Christmas seasons as a tradition. We had a most pleasant time. I had the Campanelle (with spiced duck sausage, braised Tuscan kale, candied pecans ) as my appetizer, my wife got the house salad (which is not on the menu--you have to ask). We both had the short rib as... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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182 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

The service was great. The ambience conducive to a romantic meal or some sort of quiet celebration. We went to it because my daughter and husband wanted to dine there and of course we were the ones picking up the bill. Because we were visiting during the holiday season we granted her wish. The next night we ate at Blue... More 

Paris, France
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

This restaurant is very pretentious. The food has no interest at all and the prices for food and beverage are just crazy. The service is ok at least.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?