2020 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner
Executive Chef Kyoo Eom
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Roasted Duck Breast*
Barley, shiitake mushrooms, grilled corn, jalapeños, cherry gastrique, sea buckthorn
Roasted Rack of Lamb*
Seared polenta, salsify, creole mustard, mixed nut crust, rosemary jus
Roasted fingerling potatoes, fennel, grilled leeks, saffron-mussel broth
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Consistently great for over 46 years that I have had the privilege of eating there.
My first time visiting DC in years…flight was delayed and I will still accommodated. If a special is offered, you must order it. I had the special toro appetizer and the pate (which I originally had my heart set on). Both were incredible. Country French bread and milk roll was delicious. Best Manhattan I’ve ever had. Negroni is phenomenal. I had the duck for my main which did not disappoint. The peach dessert—save room. Service was incredible. One of my top dining experiences—if you enjoy history ask the servers about the restaurant. If these walls could talk…superb. *
Not our first time, and we were not disappointed. It was exactly what we wanted, elegant, excellent food, lovely room.
Save room for deserts. They are spectacular.
Dinner at 1789 was quite possibly the best restaurant meal I've had in the past 12 months and 200 restaurant meals. The crispy lobster appetizer was wonderful, and the halibut was fabulous. The ambiance is delightful and our server friendly and professional. I'm eager to return soon!
This restaurant has special meaning to me.
The salad was fresh
My friend said spicy tuna tartare was fantastic
The halibut melted in your mouth
Fantastic food! Suggested wines were ok, maybe not the exact flavors we were expecting but worked well with the food. Great evening. Definitely, will be back.
Best duck ever. Delightful Manhattan. Divine dark chocolate dessert. Spectacular service. Get that valet service back asap.
Brain the General Manager is fantastic!!! He and his team took great care of us and we will definitely be back!!
Overall the evening was wonderful. food, wine perfect. 1789 creates a warm elegance that we value.
the only flaw was a waiter that was perfunctory but seemed uninterested in us.
His lack of interest was contrasted by the few others that waited on us. We don't expect waiters to be overly friendly but a little warmth would have been appreciated.
Most of the staff was quite gracious and he served us efficiently.
Food and service were very good, but the fact that the restaurant acknowledged my wife’s birthday when we arrived then failed to provide a complimentary dessert or even a candle our our purchased dessert was disappointing.
Two other birthdays were celebrated in that manner in our room.
Excellent place for a special occasion, or to make the day a special occasion.
It is a great restaurant for late night dining.
I have enjoyed 1789 since college in the mid 60’s. It has never failed. Great feel great food and service.
My wife and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary at 1789 and the entire experience was wonderful. The staff, service, ambience, and especially the food were truly outstanding. The beef tartare, halibut, and the tenderloin were all beautiful dishes that I would recommended to anyone looking at this restaurant for a special occasion or a date night. We look forward to dining here again!
Had a great time! Customer service was excellent, food was good and we loved the ambience.
At this price point I expected to have my socks knocked off. Or I guess at the very least expected to leave full. Neither one of those happened, even after having an appetizer and an entrée. Feels like a restaurant that is coasting. None of it seemed very inspiring. And nobody there seemed inspired, whether you were a guest or on the staff.
This was a special anniversary evening for us and 1789 delivered the goods! service was excellent and the food and drink delicious. Everything was just as we could have hoped, the service was unhurried and the speciality cocktails wonderful. I had the sea bass which was wonderful and my wife had the halibut, also superb.
Made our Anniversary phenomenal. Quite a special little restaurant!
Food was so good!
The staff was amazing and made the night very special.
We always enjoy our dining experience at 1789. The staff is very attentive and professional. The food is excellent. Looking forward to returning soon.
Great experience, good and service is awesome and our server was super great
Service is a top notch. Food is also great. Cozy and nice ambient.
This is a snotty restaurant. We showed up dressed more for the 90+ degree heat outside than the refined, suit-oriented interior of the restaurant with my college age daughter and her friend, and the staff was less welcoming than judgmental. I was particularly surprised by two things: the inability or unwillingness of the wait staff to translate the menu into simpler terms and provide recommendations for our young guest, and their practice of making it clear that they were listening to-- and felt invited to join into-- our table conversation when they were away from the table. Combined, it was so odd and disconcerting that I left the place wondering if their accidental overcharge of a bottle of wine instead of the glass I ordered-- which they immediately fixed when I brought it to their attention-- was indeed accidental.
That said, the food was great, the drinks were creative, tasty and paired well with the meal. The atmosphere was romantic and intimate, and I can see why others would find this a great table. For myself, I am not sure I would go back, based on the way I was treated this time.
Excellent restaurant. The food was outstanding and the service was great. Very intimate environment for romantic dinners. I personally would go to celebrate special occasions only due to the high price tag in the end. Well worth it though...
Except experience. We make it at point to have at least one meal at 1789 when we’re in DC. We both had the halibut coated with brioche. Out of this world. Summer salad was delicious also.
I can’t rate 1789 high enough. One of the best in town.
We had a wonderful time there. The food and atmosphere were great. It is a good place for a romantic date night.
Great food, atmosphere and experience!
We had a fantastic evening. A delicious dinner accompanied with a wonderful Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine (at a reasonable price), an excellent server who took
time to advice and talk with us. Great ambiance.
We'll be back next time we're in Washington.
AMAZING PLACE! We brought our Georgetown Freshman here on move-in day. From our seating by Georgetown students to our server Jess, we enjoyed every moment of our visit. Appetizers - Foie gras, crispy lobster and spicy tuna tartare; Dinners - duck, lamb and beef tenderloin; Sides - tried all 3 (do NOT miss the pomme Rosti); Desserts - dark chocolate gateau, honey-peach Bavarian and ice cream. We/ parents finished with expresso martinis. Service was unparalleled and staff were just...perfect! We are spreading the word to all family and friends that visit - 1789 is an absolute treasure!
Great attention to detail. Friendly service with fantastic food. Highly recommend.
I don't have words for how happy I was with my birthday experience tonight. As a frequent single diner, I'm very used to being ignored or just checked on distantly.
Every minute of my two hours here was filled with attention, adorable details, professional service, and expert recommendations.
Brian Zipin is a fantastic Somm and manager in so many ways - he took my budget, aaked my food choices, and delivered a purely scrumptious Barolo wine. I've been missing my nyc wine scene, but he made me feel like I finally found another discerning drinker. Plus no one ever judged me for being by myself and ordering the bottle.
Finally - grateful for Randy who served me wonderfully and was perfect in terms of encouraging me to try more and different dishes. I will absolutely be back, hopefully with someone else next time.
Great service and amazing food; presentation was amazing and the food tasted incredible
Celebrated our engagement here - phenomenal service and incredible food. Had drinks next door beforehand, well worth the price.
I always think of 1789 as an American restaurant but now it’s going in another direction. Good but not like it used to be.
1789 is consistently excellent. I have been going there for decades. The farm to table theme of the latest owner is wonderful. The staff was particularly great this time, especially our waiter. We all 3 ordered the sea bass and it was incredible. I always recommend 1789.
I had received a notice from OpenTable about DC Restaurant Week (RW), and specifically made a reservation to dine at 1789 for it. However, when I arrived, I was told by the host/hostess that 1789/affeliate restaurant group was NOT participating in RW. I drove all the way into the city from Virginia, so it was VERY disappointing. I definitely spent more than I had wanted/anticipated. I still had a decent experience (excellent server) and meal (enjoyed the surprise passionfruit jelly/gummy--thank you, Chef!) but really wish I knew beforehand that 1789 was not doing DC Restaurant Week.
Amazing service and food
1789 was exceptional all around. The food was incredible. The service far exceeded my expectations. Every member of their staff went above and beyond standard service. The environment was very quiet and cozy with a beautiful fireplace.
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 5927 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.