100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 1789

The dining room at 1789 restaurant in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Photograph by Chris Campbell.
The dining room at 1789 restaurant in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

This history-soaked Federal-style rowhouse in Georgetown isn’t just a gorgeous spot to revel in old-Washington formality. It also serves impeccably prepared and elegant fare. Ask for a table in the pub room in front—it boasts a lovely nook of a bar, the perfect place for waiting for a late companion. We like to begin chef Anthony Lombardo’s feasts indulgently, with a brûléed torchon of foie gras sweetened subtly with grape jam and aged maple syrup, or a silky terrine of crispy pork and Bosc pear with parsnip polenta. Among the best follow-ups: Icelandic cod on a bed of lobster-flavored farro and caviar-topped day-boat scallops with Riesling-cream leeks.

Open: Daily for dinner.

Don’t Miss:Fluke-and-plum tartare; duck-confit strudel with mascarpone and foie gras cream; Shenandoah Valley-raised beef with wild-mushroom bread pudding and baby bok choy; sorbets and ice creams.

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