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1789 Restaurant

4.8
4.8
5800 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sitting on a quiet residential street in Georgetown, 1789 Restaurant has the charm of a historic country inn. Our contemporary seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious dishes.

2020 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner

Executive Chef Kyoo Eom

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 965-1789

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Kyoo Eom

  • Catering

    Call us at 202.965.1789

  • Private party facilities

    Location and atmosphere make 1789 Restaurant the perfect choice for private events. It has all the charm of an elegant country inn, and is situated right in the heart of Georgetown. Private rooms are available for brunches, luncheons, dinners, weddings, business meetings and cocktail receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Gena Garcia: (877) 273-4238

  • Neighbourhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross Street

    Prospect & 36th Streets

  • Parking Details

    Street parking available; Nearest parking lot: PMI Parking Lot - 3307 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,800 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    American

  • District of Columbia

    Best Service

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambience

  • District of Columbia

    American

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  1. DM

    DuckMan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service great food great time
  2. S

    Shannon

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1789 was a wonderful place to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday! We especially enjoyed the cocktails, leek and potato soup, and scallops.
  3. Y

    Yolanda

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant has been a favorite of mine for four decades. I found the wine list to accommodate the most discriminating kinda sure as well as one considering his budget. The sparkling rosé was excellent. The sole meunière was a absolutely delicious as was the bread . I will certainly go back just for the sole. My guest indicated that the lamb was good however he was underwhelmed at the flavor.
  4. RA

    RichardA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    1789 has got even better since our last visit three years ago. High quality food and wine and reasonable prices.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Short ribs were as tough as belt leather. Everything else was fine. Excellent wine list.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and food.
  7. JA

    JADS

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight. Wonderful people and food.
  8. RD

    RichardD

    Atlanta

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Arrived early asked to be seated. Only four tables at 5:30 so we were accompanied. Gave us a seat next to the service area and maximum traffic, also the bar was just behind so quite noisy. The fifth couple was seated right next to us. We completed our meal and there were multiple table still unseated. We had made reservations and to be seated in what was the worst table seemed embarrassing. We were dressed well and not sure why you would give your first customer the worst table. The food was just average. My partner had Dover Sole, a favorite. It was cooked nearly well done. Dry and a waste of a great fish. The only positive was the waitress was very attentive. I have been several times before but wow this so far below previous visits I doubt I will make the effort again
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails!
  10. AM

    AndrewM

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great. Service was great, though the server was very stuffy. Seat cushions on the bench seating were, oddly, old and in disrepair. Otherwise, a great experience!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Disappointing with preparation and selection. Food was tasteless And too much salt
  12. M

    Matthew

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved the lamb tasting and the speciality cocktails.
  13. J

    Jcrt

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service.
  14. AC

    AngelaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely dinner and night at 1789. All personnel at the restaurant was friendly and so sweet. Food was absolutely to die for. Would go back in a heartbeat if I lived in this area
  15. JH

    JHARTE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to 1789 for a date and were not disappointed. Wonderful ambiance, amazing food, stellar service and great cocktails. We'll definitely be going back.
  16. q

    quince

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A traditional restaurant with excellent, creative cuisine and perfect service.
  17. E

    Ed03

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our third visit to 1789, each one just keeps getting better! celebrated our 45th anniversary and looking forward to going back for any other reason. Food, service, ambiance is perfect. Most highly recommend this restaurant!!!
  18. GB

    GlenB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A good restaurant without any doubt but not a great one. The food was good, the oysters were small in size and the favour wasn’t very exciting. The ravioli appetiser was good but not Italian size serving more new nuovo style. The Lamb entree was very good well cook medium rare but the cauliflower accompaniment was lacking in quantity. The short ribs were very good. Would I recommend yes but it’s reputation is greater than reality.
  19. d

    debbiekahn

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I rarely write reviews. I was really looking forward to revisiting an old haunt. And the reviews were over the top. I was disappointed with the food. The Dover sole was dry and that’s unacceptable. The hay roasted oysters were interesting and the salad was very good but I know Dover sole and this was a 3 at best. The pineapple dessert was mediocre. The service was amazing and the space is I lovely. I was just disappointed and I didn’t want to be.
  20. F

    Foodiegirl

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. Not too stuffy and well-informed staff. The ambiance was low-key and not hurried. Every dish was delicious!
  21. KS

    KennethS

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Faded glory. Has lost its charm and quality in the kitchen. Whatever you do, don't get stuck in the back room.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1789 was a great place to celebrate my graduation. I loved the food, atmosphere, and service!
  23. JR

    JimR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lived in DC ALL MY LIFE 67 yrs I’m a GU GRAD AND NOW MY SON GRADUATED FROM GU SFS GRADUATE PROGRAM. AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCE FROM MATRE DE TO WAITSTAFF TO FOOD AND DRINK! THANKS FOR BEING THE GEORGETOWN AND DC DINING INSTITUTION THAT YOU ARE!!
  24. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Fish was fine but duck was tough and chewy. We took most of it home and are planning to put it in a slow cooker and, hopefully, make it edible.
  25. HS

    HowardS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We had party of 6 for my daughter graduation last week and we did reservation in December 2021. As there is no 6 people table available so we reserved 2 tables instead and requested to be closer together. One week before the reservation day, we made the same request again online. We did not receive any answers. As we went to the restaurant at 6:30, the request has not been honored. Instead, we are separated into 2 tables which were not close by. The host said nothing could be done even though the restaurant was only half full while the table next to one of the reservations was empty most of the time. In order to chat, we had to walk across the restaurant. The general manager started to greet people on each table except mine. He stopped by my sister's table and my sister told her the concern. He just apologized and all that kinds of talk but then he never stopped by my table and greeted me or explain the situation. As an Asian male, I do not think he shows respect like he does to another customers. If they could not accommodate the request, why they did not tell me in advance so we had choice for another restaurant. They just did not care to fulfill my request even it is just a little more effort. All they need to do is to check out the floor mapping and did some arrangement and they just cared less. They might realize that we are not DC people and will not return so they can ignore us. I did not complain to him at that moment because it is my daughter's graduation dinner and it is her choice for the restaurant. She wanted to have a good memory for the last day of Georgetown. I did not want to ruin her big day but her 4 years journey of Georgetown ended in such a way. Very disappointing with less of respect from the restaurant. The waiters and waitresses are friendly are friendly but the management is bad.
  26. HC

    HeatherC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service was impeccable! We went here for my boyfriend's graduation celebration and the staff made sure to make it a wonderful celebration. The staff is very knowledgeable and very helpful with recommendations. Excellent cocktails, the food was outstanding, and the desserts where decadent.
  27. k

    kwexel

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best graduation dinner with family and memorable experience
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With my Wife and Daughter celebrating our Daughter’s Graduation from Georgetown U’s Masters program. Can’t remember ever having a better dinner anywhere, anytime that all 3 of us thought every course we ordered was incomparably delicious!! Congrats to Exec. Chef Adam Howard……War Eagle Adam!!🍷🦅
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dining in every way!!!!
  30. MK

    MK76

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server (sorry can’t think of her name) was wonderful. Her recommendations from the cocktails (she recommended the Old Fashion when I wasn’t sure) to dessert were perfect!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing service and phenomenal food. Air conditioning could have been more comfortable
  32. JS

    JonS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service. Top spot for a special night out. Thank you 1789 staff
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place. I picked an entree that sounded great but underwhelmed me. I would have preferred a straight rack of lamb rather than the lamb selections. Everything else was lovely
  34. TM

    ThomasM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our one year anniversary and let me tell you, it was probably one of the best meals we have both had in any restaurant in a long time!
  35. G

    George

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, with great food, and great staff!
  36. d

    danielm

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Still a favorite place, but cuisine is a step down from last year.
  37. DR

    DinnerbellR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service; well-paced. An absolutely delicious meal and a wonderful way to celebrate.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent.
  39. SK

    StephenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall excellent. Menu could have a few more choices.
  40. PH

    PoliticalHill

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate at 1789 on Mother's Day and it was superlative. From our lovely (seemingly European-trained, thank God) waiter to wine service to food. It was super expensive (chalk that up to a couple bottles of wine), but no regrets. We loved it!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

1789 Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. 1789 Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 965-1789.

1789 Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 5800 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Google Map for 1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW Washington, D.C., DC 20007

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Prospect & 36th Streets

  • Neighbourhood

    Georgetown

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street parking available; Nearest parking lot: PMI Parking Lot - 3307 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Kyoo Eom

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 965-1789

  • Catering

    Call us at 202.965.1789

  • Private party facilities

    Location and atmosphere make 1789 Restaurant the perfect choice for private events. It has all the charm of an elegant country inn, and is situated right in the heart of Georgetown. Private rooms are available for brunches, luncheons, dinners, weddings, business meetings and cocktail receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Gena Garcia: (877) 273-4238

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