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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
18:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 18:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 18:00 - 10:00
Fri 18:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our dinner in this charming spot. The food was great, the ambiance was lovely and the service very good. The menu is all tasting menu-style but we found there were plenty of options, and since we could each choose our own options, so we were able to "craft" a delicious tasting menu that was perfect for each of... More 

Thank BTD1
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is an icon in G-Town and the menu changes with the season. The food is good and the service is very good. You never know who is sitting next to you

Thank wsherman
Bethesda, MD
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105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been to 1789 over the years, we were surprised to learn upon being seated that there was no ala carte menu--just a tasting menu. If you came for one of their signature dishes and sides--the lamb chop being among the favorites--you would be disappointed. However, if you're adventurous, you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety in the 4,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have dined at 1789 several times, and this last visit was Valentine's Day, a night we typically avoid in general, as we are often disappointed in the V-Day dining rush at all the finer restaurants. However, this particular night was excellent in every way. The wine pairings were creative (though on the sweet side), and the service and food... More 

Thank Kim H
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

We did an early Valentine's Day celebration (2 couples) on 2/13. Intimate setting. Warm and inviting. Lovely decorations. Jacket recommended. Even though we were sat at a table in the middle of the front room, it had a very cozy feel and conversations could be had at a low volume. Wine list and beers exhaustive in a good way. Knowledgeable... More 

Thank Howie B
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The food here is absolutely excellent. However, it really is not worth the expense. Despite being delicious, the food comes in very small portions and is incredibly overpriced. Even for a very nice restaurant, which 1789 is, I couldn't believe how much they were charging for such small plates. My advice: If you're paying, eat somewhere else.

Thank dr2222
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Warm, cozy environment with small portions, but very tasty food. We were impressed by the creative presentation of all the courses. Perfect for any special occasion or romantic dinner. Service was exceptional by friendly wait staff.

1 Thank Carol H
Fairfax, Virginia
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292 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

My husband booked us here for Valentine's Day Dinner. They had their full menu and a pre fixed option.. We opted for the regular menu since we had not been there before. The food was Excellent, I had the lamb which was great. And my husband had the Sirloin which was good as well. The food did take a while... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

A great place to bring a client or a special occasion. I brought a friend of mine who was a also a potential partner and neither of us had been there before. The menu had really good choices as they promote the fixed course theme with outstanding choices. I would have rated it 5 stars if the portion sizes were... More 

1 Thank Erwin K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at 1789, which we used as the location to celebrate our engagement. The combination of food, service and atmosphere were fantastic. The menu is prix fixe, but is presented in a very flexible way--in other words, you're asked to pick whether you want a 4, 5 or 6 course meal, but you can mix and... More 

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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
US$50 - US$85
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 10:00
18:00 - 10:00
18:00 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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?