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    1789

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    1789

    1226 36th St., NW (Georgetown)

    (1) 202-965-1789 | www.1789restaurant.com

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    • CUISINE

      Upscale Seasonal American
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Thurs.: 6:00pm-10:00pm; Fri.: 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sat.: 5:30pm-11:00pm; Sun.: 5:30pm-10:00pm
    • BEST FOR

      Dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Strongly recommended
    • BAR

      Yes - small, in the Pub room
    • YEAR OPENED

      1962
    • PRICE (APPETIZER; MAIN)

      USD 12-18; USD 18-45
    • NOISE

      Quiet/Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Seasonal specials
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Award-winning 200 bottle wine list
    • # OF SEATS

      259, but feels intimate since many rooms are often closed
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      Yes - for up to 60
    • METRO

      N/A
    1789 Restaurant in Washington, DC has an upscale country inn-style menu with mostly American dishes, and is popular with Georgetown students, politicians, and diplomants

    VIBE

    Make yourself at home among the Georgetown professors and rare American antiques at this upscale country inn-style eatery. The classy take on folksy (think working fireplaces, gas lighting, and Limoges china) appeals to politicos, powerbrokers, and presidents (Obama and Merkel had a tête-à-tête here) as much as it does distinguished academics, so the crowd is definitely impressive. The excellent menu of American fare changes daily and focuses on matching traditional cooking methods with seasonal local ingredients, sustainable seafood, and humanely farmed animals (the source is listed next to each main course).

    CROWD

    A high-powered mix of distinguished academics, diplomats and political insiders, Georgetown students with their parents, and locals out for a special occasion.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    We’d go with a chic, understated cocktail dress and flats. Jackets suggested for gents.

    GO HERE WITH

    Parents and grandparents; colleagues or clients; a date for a special occasion

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    The space is atmospheric (we like how it’s divided into a series of small rooms, each with its own character), and the high-profile crowd is ripe for politician-spotting. The service is stellar–relaxed and helpful but ever-professional. And, of course, the food is rave worthy (if you don’t believe us, look at the laundry list of awards the chef has racked up).

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    Nada.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    The name refers to the year when Archbishop John Carroll founded Georgetown University. In the basement of the same building is Georgetown student institution The Tombs, a casual pub. Gift cards and fancy schmancy “gift coins” are available, and they can be redeemed at this or any other Clyde's restaurant (1789 has been a Clyde’s-owned resto since 1985). Complimentary valet parking available.

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    1789 Restaurant in Washington, DC has an upscale country inn-style menu with mostly American dishes, and is popular with Georgetown students, politicians, and diplomants

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