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1226 36th St., NW (Georgetown)
(1) 202-965-1789 | www.1789restaurant.com
CUISINEUpscale Seasonal American
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 6:00pm-10:00pm; Fri.: 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sat.: 5:30pm-11:00pm; Sun.: 5:30pm-10:00pm
BARYes - small, in the Pub room
PRICE (APPETIZER; MAIN)USD 12-18; USD 18-45
FAMOUS PLATESSeasonal specials
DRINKS AND WINEAward-winning 200 bottle wine list
# OF SEATS259, but feels intimate since many rooms are often closed
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - for up to 60
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).
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
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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