100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: 1789


Photography courtesy of 1789.

About 1789 Restaurant


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

In an age when restaurant staff are more likely to greet you with “Hey there” than “Welcome, madame and monsieur,” 1789 is a rare bastion of hospitality. The Georgetown institution maintains the old-school elegance of its antique-filled dining rooms, though the menu is anything but retro. Chef Samuel Kim focuses on a prix fixe format with contemporary American dishes (think lamb porchetta), though à la carte options are still available. Diners can choose their own four to six courses, including multiple dishes from the same category—a deal if you home in on luxe ingredients. Each plate comes with an artful, often eye-popping presentation that makes even weeknight dinner feel like a special occasion. Very expensive.

Also great:foie gras torchon; bucatini with duck confit; gnocchi with truffle; Arctic char with red cabbage and sunchokes; maple flan.

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.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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Food Editor

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