1789 Restaurant in Washington, DC has been recognized as a DiRoNA Awarded restaurant since 1992!

Named for the year Georgetown University was founded, 1789 Restaurant is the quintessential Washington, D.C. dining experience. Its antique-filled dining rooms offer comfortable surroundings in a renovated Federal house. The contemporary seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious dishes. The restaurant was chosen by the readers of Gourmet magazine as one of America’s Top Tables and as one of the 20 best restaurants in D.C. by Condé Nast Traveler.​


1789 Restaurant is the quintessential Washington dining experience. Situated in a Federal period house in residential Georgetown, its six dining rooms are beautifully decorated with American antiques, period equestrian and historical prints and Limoges china, creating an elegant setting for guests.

The restaurant originated in 1960 when Richard J. McCooey, a Georgetown alumnus, bought two enterprises that occupied a Federal home dating from the mid-1800s. The building’s basement was opened as The Tombs, a casual restaurant geared to Georgetown University students and faculty. The upstairs evolved into 1789 Restaurant, which offered the ambiance of a stately home with its handsome prints and working fireplace. Its original classic French menu and gracious service were hailed by Washingtonians, and it soon became one of the city’s most noteworthy restaurants.

1789 Restaurant takes its name from a significant year in Washington’s history: That year, its original site was purchased by Archbishop John Carroll, the founding father of Georgetown University, the Constitution of the United States was adopted and Mayor Robert Peter incorporated the village of Georgetown. Though the restaurant was originally established to serve the community, today it welcomes patrons from around the world.

In December 1985, Clyde’s Restaurant Group purchased all three restaurants and remodeled extensively, installing new kitchens while retaining the original look and feel of the establishments. 1789 Restaurant maintained its elegance in six seating areas, each with its own name and distinctive character.

DiRōNA Awarded

1789 Restaurant

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