100 Best Restaurants 2012: 1789
Tried and True: 10 Restaurants that Have Consistently Offered Very Good Dining
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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1789 Restaurant
Address: 1226 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-965-1789
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 6 to 10 PM, Friday 6 to 11 PM, Saturday 5:30 to 11 PM, and Sunday 5:30 to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Formal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes The menu changes frequently, but recent hits have been veal cheeks with bits of preserved orange over celery-root purée; broiled Gruyère-topped oysters; a rack of lamb with white beans; pork chop with cider jus; Nantucket bay scallops in any preparation;
Price Details: Appetizers, $9 to $16. Entrees, $23 to $38. Three-course prix-fixe menu (served after 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and after 10 PM on weekends), $35. Three-course pre-theater menu (served weekdays before 6:45 PM), $35.

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With its cobblestone foyer, wood-paneled dining rooms, and formal service, this Georgetown restaurant is a lovely throwback. (In winter, ask for a table by the fireplace.) Chef Anthony Lombardo, the Casa Nonna sous chef who took over the kitchen here in August, is keeping the menu rooted in the present, serving seasonal dishes that quietly show off his Italian roots. He turns out beef carpaccio topped with Everona cheese, slips burrata into short-rib ravioli, and offers white truffles from Alba as an accompaniment to beef crudo and duck tagliarini.

The steady stream of business types and Georgetown University students and parents who flock here prove that tradition sometimes can be as alluring as trendiness.

What to get: Tagliatelle with clams and bacon; mixed greens with apples and hazelnuts; rockfish with lobster farro; pork loin with cranberry beans and sweet potatoes; beef tenderloin with potato gratin and mushrooms; cider doughnuts with apple cider; fig-almond cake with almond semifreddo.

Open daily for dinner. Very expensive.

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