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Posted by John w on 10/03/2010
My wife and I went to this restaurant based on many recommendations. We both ordered lamb loin but were served pork. The waiter apologized but came back and said they were out of lamb. He offered beef but it was tough and disappointing. Obviously the chef was dishonest and tried to pass the pork off for our original order. We have steered at least a hundred of our associates to other places and have not returned. The ambience is great but the people who run this establishment are not honest. A sad disappointment.
Posted by Recent NYC Foodie Transplant on 09/21/2008
For my parents' first visit to DC I figured that 1789 would be a good intro to Georgetown. I read a few reviews prior to going and was a little afraid that perhaps the restaurant has been resting on laurels of many years past. We were very, very pleasantly surprised. There was a bit of an overbooking issue and our reservation time was not honored we had to wait 45 minutes - this was a problem that mgmt should address. We were comped the first round of drinks which helped make up for it. A rocky start, yes, but the food and waitstaff service more than made up for it. If you like steak tartare, you need to order it here. Very good meal overall. Well timed service, didn't feel rushed.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2007
Was in DC for a 4 day tourist get a way, although I've been there more than a couple of times. Went with my GF and mother to 1789 after just a little research online. We all at the $36 dinner price fixe and they both added the $10 lamb suppliment. First off being from NY fine restaurants are a dime a dozen, so my expectations were according. 1789 reminded me of a 21 club meets One if By Land Two if by Sea, a throwback to a different time, old world and elegant but in a sporty kind of way. To start the service was great at the table, but getting in the place was not. There is virtually no waiting area, and we had to wait about 15 min for our table to be set. Other than that, the service was great. The food was very solid, all of the dishes were excellent and the lamb was especially good. There was nothing particularly interesting about the food except the sauce for the lamb, but it was all tasty and had decent presentation. All in all, especially for the price fixe, it is a solid bet for fine dining in DC.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/16/2006
I came here with my sister for dinner since it was rated very highly. We happened to go on the weekend of Georgetown's parents weekend, so the place was really crowded....go figure, the place is a few blocks from the campus. We got the foie gras for an appetizer...but weren't aware it is cold foie gras (which I could do w/o; my sis and I really enjoy the seared one A LOT better). It was a different taste and alright. For an entree, I got the pistachio crusted lamb chops which were pretty good. However, the cooks skimpped a bit on fully coating the lamp chops in nuts but the dish was still pretty good. My sister got the duck which was pretty good...she was satisfied. We thought our dinner was pretty good but not outstanding until.....we got DESSERT!!! O MAN!!! The chocolate and vanilla bread pudding here is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! My sister and I could not stop raving about it, even on the next day! I would HIGHLY recommend this dessert!!! My sister and I eat out A LOT and we BOTH know good food...if anything, this bread pudding is the thing to try here :) YUMMM!!!! :)