100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 1789


The dining room at 1789, which serves a classic Thanksgiving menu. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

About 1789 Restaurant


American, Modern
1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007
Annandale, VA 22003
4316 Markham St
Annandale, VA 22003

The Clyde’s Restaurant Group has a well-articulated aesthetic: antique prints, wood-paneled walls, cozy nooks. Nowhere does that charm so readily as at this Georgetown restaurant. A sense of tradition runs through the dining rooms, each lined with drawings that depict gentlemen cavorting in pantaloons or frisking on horseback.

Chef Anthony Lombardo’s menu includes a few nods to modern tastes—“humanely farmed” meats, a salad of figs and trendy burrata cheese. But it mostly recalls an era when a bordelaise-soaked hunk of beef was the main event and appetizers weren’t routinely shared. While most people go to 1789 for formal dining, its tucked-away bar is great for a solo meal. Don’t miss: Mushroom crepes with butternut-squash velouté; scallops with parsnip purée and oxtail ragu; strip steak; rockfish with lobster farro; tagliatelle with crab fritters; petit gâteau of milk-chocolate cream; ice creams and sorbets.

Open: Daily for dinner. Very expensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.