1789 Restaurant

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Overview

Named after a historical year in Washington DC, 1789 is situated inside a Federal period house decorated with American antiques adorning six cozy dining rooms. While the restaurant may be formal, jacket-only attire, it posseses a comfortable, homey feel. Opened in 1960 by a Georgetown alumnus,1789 is now managed by Clyde’s Restaurant Group. Snag a quaint wooden seat near the large fireplace and dive into their American menu, which changes daily to showcase seasonal ingredients like chilled spring pea soup with jumbo lump crab or duck breast and pancetta-wrapped duck heart.

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Accolades

  • DC's Most Iconic Restaurants 2015 — Zagat
  • Two stars from the Washington Post 2012
  • Zagat rating of 25 out of 30

Menu for 1789 Restaurant

Dinner

Cold

  • Tuna Crudo charred red onion, black garlic, hon shimeji mushrooms, pickled daikon, squid ink rice puff, dashi gelée, tempura flakes
  • Spanish Octopus chorizo vinaigrette, Aleppo emulsion, citrus suprêmes, purple ninja radishes
  • Beef tartare poached quail eggs, fried tendon puff, caviar, shallots, smoked egg vinaigrette
  • Foie Gras Torchon Burgundy truffle, apple, celeriac, celeriac, Sauternes gelée

Hot

  • Sweetbreads & Maine Scallops Benton's bacon, honey-glazed turnips, maitake mushroom jerky, mustard greens
  • Mushroom Bounty Mangalica ham, mélange of mushrooms, Anson Mills farro verde, soubise, coddled egg
  • Garganelli chicken livers, Amontillado sherry, fine herbs, pain d'epices
  • Bucatini Aglio e Olio garlic, pepperoncini, lemon, parsley, Périgord truffles

Fish

  • Scandinavian Halibut parsley root puree, sweetbreads, salsify, trumpet royale mushrooms, new potatoes, vin jaune demi
  • Striped Bass Japanese eggplant ragoût, charred runner beans, basil, crispy fish scales, rice powder, Thai red curry
  • Sablefish miso marinated, daikon radish, baby bok choy, lotus root, dashi consommé
  • Icelandic Cod littleneck clams, bacon lardons, charred shishito pepper, buttered onions, fines herbes

Meat

  • Waygu Sirloin rainbow baby beets, walnut-garlic emulsion, house-made feta, horseradish
  • Venison loin, bulb onion ragout, escargot, baby artichoke, hazelnut
  • Lamb Szechuan spiced chop,oat risotto,persimmon, spiced yogurt
  • Duck Dry-aged breast, rainbow cauliflower, Anson Mills farro verde. Meyer lemon, foie gras truffle, walnuts

Cheese

  • Kunik Nettle Meadow Farm (Thurman, NY) semi-soft, goat milk, Jersey cow cream
  • Porter 5 Spoke Creamery (Goshen, NY) four-month-aged, semi-firm, cow milk
  • Flory's Truckle Milton Creamery (Milton, IA) firm, pasteurized cow milk
  • Middlebury Blue Blue Ledge Farm (Salisbury, VT) semi-soft blue, raw cow milk

Dessert

  • Chocolate Pistachio chocolate ganache, pistachio crunch and sponge, cherry sorbet
  • Black Sesame Citrus blood orange foam, black sesame ice cream, mandarin sorbet
  • Ice Creams & Sorbets vanilla bean, chocolate, butter pecan, coconut, mango, cranberry
  • The White Album coconut tapioca, tropical ganache, coconut sorbet

Dessert

Desserts

  • Chocolate Pave dark chocolate mousse, amaretti cookie, espresso caramel sauce, salted ganache, vanilla mascarpone ice cream
    $10.00
  • Maple Flan walnut financier, ginger toffee tuile, ginger pomegranate molasses, pear-Reisling sorbet
    $10.00
  • Apple Tart Honeycrisp apples, oat crumble, cinnamon arlette, cider pearls, quince jam, Ceylon cinnamon ice cream
    $10.00
  • Ice Cream and Sorbet | Choice of Three vanilla bean, chocolate mascarpone, Ceylon cinnamon, pear-Reisling, baked apple, concord grape
    $10.00

Themed Cheese Plates

  • Providence Goat Lady Dairy (Thurman, NY) semi-soft, goat's milk, Jersey cow cream
    $12.00
  • Flory's Truckle Milton Creamery (Milton, IA) semi-firm, pasteurized cow milk
    $12.00
  • Middlebury Blue Blue Ledge Farm (Salisbury, VT) semi-soft blue, raw cow milk
    $12.00

French Press Coffee

  • Fair Trade Regular
    $4.00
  • 1789 Blend Decaffeinated
    $4.00
  • Espresso
    $4.00
  • Cappuccino
    $5.00

Loose Leaf Tea

  • Chamomile
    $4.00
  • Ceylon Choice
    $4.00
  • China Jasmine
    $4.00
  • Darjeeling Choice
    $4.00
  • Earl Grey
    $4.00
  • Morrocan Mint
    $4.00
  • Sencha Green
    $4.00

Wine List

Sparkling

  • Cava Brut Reserva, Avinyó, Penedes, Spain NV
    $38.00
  • Prosecco Extra Dry Superiore Valdobbiadene, Rebuli, Treviso, Italy NV
    Glass $10.00
    Bottle $40.00
  • Blanc de Blancs, Gruet Winery, NM 2010
    $55.00
  • Brut, Domaine Carneros, Taittinger, Carneros, Napa Valley, CA 2009
    $48.00
  • Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs, Pol Roger, Epernay, France 2002
    $180.00
  • Champagne Brut "La Française," Taittinger, Reims, France NV
    Glass $19.00
    Bottle $76.00
  • Champagne Brut, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, Reims, France NV
    $130.00
  • Champagne Brut "Réserve," Pol Roger, Epernay, France NV
    $115.00
  • Champagne Brut, Dom Pérignon, Epernay, France 2003
    $325.00
  • Champagne Brut "La Grande Dame," Veuve Cliquot-Ponsardin, Reims, France 2004
    $250.00

Light-Bodied White

  • Pinot Grigio, Esperto, Veneto, Italy 2012
    Glass $9.00
    Bottle $36.00
  • Verdejo, Martinsancho, Rueda, Castilla y León, Spain 2011
    $48.00
  • Arneis, Matteo Correggia, Roero, Piedmont, Italy 2011
    $42.00
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Jules Taylor, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013
    Glass $11.00
    Bottle $44.00
  • Pinot Grigio "Adriatico," Bastianich, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy 2011
    $40.00
  • Sancerre "Perle Blanche," Christian Lauverjat, Loire Valley, France 2011
    Glass $13.00
    Bottle $52.00
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Breaux Vineyards, VA 2012
    $40.00
  • Pinot Gris, Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR 2012
    $44.00
  • Premsal/Callet "Quíbia," Anima Negra, Mallorca, Spain 2010
    $42.00
  • Entre-Deux-Mers, Chateau Vignol, Famille Doublet, Bordeaux, France 2012
    $32.00
  • Chablis "Saint Martin," Domaine Laroche, Burgundy, France 2010
    $60.00
  • Fumé Blanc, Ferrari-Carano, Sonoma County, CA 2012
    $36.00
  • Soave Classico, Pieropan, Veneto, Italy 2012
    $40.00
  • Torrontes, Pago Cimera, La Rioja, Argentina 2011
    $32.00

Medium-Bodied White

  • Blanc Fumé de Pouilly "Buisson Renard," Didier Dagueneau, Loire Valley, France 2010
    $200.00
  • Chenin Blanc "Secateurs," Badenhorst Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa 2013
    Glass $11.00
    Bottle $44.00
  • Albariño "Legado del Conde," Adegas Morgadío, Rías Baixas, Spain 2012
    $45.00
  • Riesling, Cave Spring, Niagara Peninsula, Canada 2011
    Glass $10.00
    Bottle $40.00
  • Assyrtiko, Domaine Sigalas, Santorini, Greece 2012
    $55.00
  • Pouilly-Fuissé, Nicolas Potel, Burgundy, France 2012
    $50.00
  • Riesling Spätlese, Philipps Eckstein, Graacher Himmelreich, Mosel, Germany 2011
    $60.00
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Matanzas Creek Winery, Sonoma County, CA 2011
    $45.00
  • Cour-Cheverny "Vendanges Manuelles," François Cazin, Loire Valley, France 2009
    $38.00
  • Vermentino, La Spinetta, Tuscany, Italy 2011
    $48.00
  • Grüner Veltliner, Bründlmayer, Kamptal, Austria 2012
    $53.00
  • *Chardonnay, Blenheim Vineyards, VA 2012
    $42.00
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc "Comte de Roc Oval," La Lionne, Rhône Valley, France 2010
    $83.00
  • Mercurey "Clos Rochette," Domaine Faiveley, Burgundy, France 2010
    $60.00

Full-Bodied White

  • Godello "Almalarga," Pena das Donas, Ribera Sarca, Spain 2010
    $40.00
  • Chardonnay, Bouchaine, Estate Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley, CA 2010
    $48.00
  • Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg, Domaine Paul Blanck, Alsace, France 2008
    $90.00
  • Meursault "Cuvée Charles Maxime," Domaine Latour-Giraud, Burgundy, France 2009
    $108.00
  • *Viognier Reserve, Barboursville Vineyards, VA 2012
    $55.00
  • Chardonnay, Stags' Leap Winery, Napa Valley, CA 2011
    Glass $15.00
    Bottle $60.00
  • Meursault Premier Cru Poruzots, François Mikulski, Burgundy, France 2010
    $180.00
  • Savennières, Domaine de le Bergerie, Clos Le Grand Beaupréau, Loire Valley, France 2010
    $57.00
  • Puligny-Montrachet, Jean Chartron, Burgundy, France 2011
    $120.00
  • Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Louis Latour, Burgundy, France 2009
    $165.00
  • Chardonnay, Kistler "Les Noisetiers," Sonoma Coast, CA 2012
    $135.00
  • Chardonnay, Jordan, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA 2011
    $75.00
  • Chardonnay, Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, CA 2010
    $91.00

Half Bottle White

  • Champagne Brut, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, Reims, France NV
    $62.00
  • Champagne Brut Rosé Premier Cru Vertus, Veuve Fourny & Fils, France NV
    $58.00
  • Pinot Grigio, Jermann, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy 2012
    $40.00
  • Chardonnay, Mayacamas Vineyards, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, CA 2011
    $47.00
  • Meursault, Louis Latour, Burgundy, France 2011
    $50.00

Rosé

  • Rioja, Bodegas Muga, Spain 2012
    $30.00
  • Côtes de Provence Cru Classé, Clos Cibonne, Provcence, France 2011
    $46.00

Light-Bodied Red

  • Dolcetto, Palmina, Santa Barbara County, CA 2010
    $45.00
  • Pinot Noir "Kings Ridge,"Union Wine Company, Willamette Valley, OR 2011
    $43.00
  • Barbera d' Alba "Mara," Dante Rivetti, Piedmont, Italy 2010
    $38.00
  • Pinot Noir "Thea's Selection," Lemelson Vineyards, Willamette Valley, OR 2011
    $60.00
  • Beaune Premier Cru Reversées, Nicolas Rossignol, Burgundy, France 2011
    $89.00
  • Pommard, Château de Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, France 2009
    $100.00
  • Pinot Noir "Confero," Aberrant Cellars, Willamette Valley, OR 2011
    $82.00
  • Pinot Noir, Steele, Carneros, Sonoma County, CA 2011
    Glass $14.00
    Bottle $56.00
  • Côtes de Nuits-Villages, Clos de Magny, Jean Féry & Fils, Burgundy, France 2010
    $80.00
  • Pinot Noir, Evening Land, Seven Springs Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, OR 2010
    $110.00
  • Pinot Noir, Cambria, Julia's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, CA 2012
    $50.00
  • Frappato, Arianna Occhipinti, Sicily, Italy 2011
    $80.00
  • Volnay Vieilles Vignes, Joseph Voillot, Burgundy, France 2010
    $120.00
  • Pinot Noir, Emeritus Vineyards, Hallberg Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA 2010
    $78.00
  • Pinot Noir, Domaine de la Côte, Sta. Rita Hills, CA 2011
    $100.00
  • Barbaresco "Tulin," Pelissero, Piedmont, Italy 2003
    $150.00
  • Chianti Classico Riserva, Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscany, Italy 2008
    $84.00

Medium-Bodied Red

  • Pinot Noir, LaRue, Sonoma Coast, CA 2010
    $125.00
  • Pinot Noir, Belle Glos, Clark & Telephone Vineyard, Sta. Maria Valley, Sta. Barbara, CA 2012
    $105.00
  • Côtes du Rhône, La Tarasque, Rhône Valley, France 2010
    $13.00
    Bottle $52.00
  • Gigondas "Cuveé Romaine," Patrick Lesec, Rhône Valley, France 2007
    $70.00
  • Rosso di Montalcino, Altesino, Tuscany, Italy 2011
    $58.00
  • Grenache "High Sands," Yangarra, McLaren Vale, Australia 2005
    $125.00
  • Merlot, Franciscan Estate, Napa Valley, CA 2010
    Glass $12.00
    Bottle $48.00
  • Crozes-Hermitage, E. Guigal, Rhône Valley, France 2009
    $53.00
  • Red Blend "Taste Red," Bedell Cellars, North Fork, Long Island, NY 2010
    $56.00
  • Brunello di Montalcino, La Gerla, Tuscany, Italy 2008
    $125.00
  • Carignane, Donkey and Goat, Mendocino County, CA 2012
    $52.00
  • Corbières, Blason d'Aussières, Dom. Barons de Rothschild, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2008
    $49.00
  • Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso "il Vegro," Brigaldara, Verona, Italy 2009
    $65.00
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Banneret, Rhône Valley, France 2010
    $115.00
  • Merlot, Pahlmeyer, Napa Valley, CA 2010
    $150.00
  • Bordeaux, Château Lauduc, Bordeaux, France 2010
    Glass $10.00
    Bottle $40.00
  • Cabernet Franc, Michael Shaps, Monticello, VA 2009
    $65.00
  • Pomerol, Château La Croix du Casse, Bordeaux, France 2009
    $125.00
  • Barolo "Albe," G.D. Vajra, Piedmont, Italy 2009
    $85.00
  • Bordeaux Superior "Cuvee J. J. Lesgourues," Château Cadillac, Bordeaux, France 2010
    $50.00
  • Super Tuscan Blend "Arcanum I," Tenuta Di Arceno, Tuscany, Italy 2006
    $150.00

Full-Bodied Red

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Compass, Dreyer Sonoma Winery, CA 2012
  • Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Chateau Laplagnotte-Bellevue, Bordeaux, France 2010
    $95.00
  • *Bordeaux-Style Blend "Rendezvous," RdV Vineyards, Virginia 2009
    $95.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Januik Winery, Columbia Valley, WA 2011
    $75.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Trig Point, Diamond Dust Vineyard, Alexander Valley, CA 2011
    Glass $18.00
    Bottle $72.00
  • Bordeaux-Style Blend, Quintessa, Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA 2005
    $240.00
  • Syrah/Petit Verdot "Caliza," Marques de Griñon, Dominio de Valdepusa, Spain 2009
    $45.00
  • Barolo, Ceretto, Brunate Bricco Rocche, Piedmont, Italy 2007
    $205.00
  • Toro, Quinta Quietud, Castilla y León, Spain 2007
    $72.00
  • Syrah, Highflyer Wines, Vivio Vineyard, Bennett Valley, CA 2007
    $85.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, CA 2010
    $65.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz "Bin 389," Penfolds, South Australia 2010
    $80.00
  • Syrah, Meyer Family Cellars, Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County, CA 2009
    $64.00
  • Bordeaux-Style Blend "Legacy," Stonestreet, Alexander Valley, CA 2008
    $155.00
  • Malbec, Piattelli Vineyards, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina 2011
    Glass $11.00
    Bottle $44.00
  • Côte Rôtie "Château d'Ampuis," E. Guigal, Rhône Valley, France 2001
    $250.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon "Napa Cuvée," Cade, Napa Valley, CA 2009
    $110.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon "Monument Ridge," Stonestreet, Alexander Valley, CA 2010
    $90.00
  • Margaux, Château Giscours, Bordeaux, France 2003
    $165.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder Winery, Napa Valley, CA 2010
    Glass $15.00
    Bottle $60.00
  • Super Tuscan Blend "Lupicaia," G.A. Rossi di Medelana, Tuscany, Italy 2005
    $195.00
  • Zinfandel, Easton, Rinaldi Vineyard, Fiddletown, Amador County, CA 2009
    $70.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon "Knights Valley Reserve," Beringer, Knights Valley, Sonoma, CA 2010
    $115.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Obsidian Ridge, Red Hills Lake County, CA 2011
    $80.00
  • Petite Syrah, Turley, Hayne Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA 2010
    $180.00

Half Bottle Red

  • Pinot Noir, Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA 2011
    $70.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Starmont, Napa Valley, CA 2010
    $33.00
  • Bordeaux-Style Blend, Opus One, Napa Valley, CA 2002
    $175.00
  • Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Brigaldara, Verona, Italy 2008
    $80.00

1226 36th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Charming, Intimate, Romantic
  • Dress Code: Dressy
    Good For: Meet For A Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Quiet
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 965-1789
  • Private Dining Room: Yes