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1789 Restaurant

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1226 36th St NW, District of Columbia, USA (United States) 20007
  • Street Parking
  • North American
Meals & Drinks:
  • Dinner
  • Brunch
  • Cocktail
  • Cash
  • Credit - Debit Card
Mon. 06:00 PM - 00:00 AM
Tue. 06:00 PM - 00:00 AM
Wed. 06:00 PM - 00:00 AM
Thu. 06:00 PM - 00:00 AM
Fri. 06:00 PM - 00:00 AM
Sat. 05:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Sun. 05:30 PM - 10:00 PM



Cut head off octopus. In large rondeau, add oil and sear octopus. Octopus will change color to bright red. This stage also helps render out a lot of the water present. After searing, place in hotel pan.

Deglaze pan with sherry wine and white wine making sure to scrape up all the fond or caramelized bits. Add thyme and bay leaf. Add in smoked paprika and Aleppo pepper. Reduce by half.

Pour liquid into hotel pan containing octopus. Be sure to cover only halfway up. Place into an oven set to 300 degrees and braise slowly for 3 hours (cooking time will vary depending upon power of oven).

Pull octopus from oven and allow to cool in braising liquid until room temperature. Do not pull out of liquid until needed as this will yield tough and chewy octopus.
Clean octopus tentacles.

On the pickup during service, place tentacle in hot skillet with oil and sear until a nice char develops.

Chorizo Vinaigrette:

Using dried Spanish chorizo, peel casing off and then cut into a small dice.
Take cut chorizo and place into a pot and cook. This will cause the fat to render out of the sausage. Once all fat has rendered out of chorizo pieces, emulsify with sherry vinegar and salt to create a vinaigrette.

Avocado Puree:

In a vita prep, add avocados, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and salt and puree until a smooth consistency is achieved. Pass through a tamis and reserve in a squeeze bottle.

Yukon Gold Potato / Jicama

Cut vegetables into a medium dice. Blanch in heavily salted water for 2 minutes. Pull and shock in salted ice water. Reserve

Candied Fresnos Chilis

Make simple syrup. Equal parts sugar and water and heat to dissolve sugar.
Deseed and devein chiles by hollowing out the middle but keeping chili intact.
Using a mandoline, cut cross sections of the chili.

Place cut chilis into simple syrup and bring to a boil. Shut off heat and allow to cool in liquid to room temperature.


789 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.

How We Got Our Name

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.

How It All Started

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.

Later in the 1960s, McCooey purchased a third, and then a fourth, adjacent property. These two sites became F. Scott's, an Art Deco nightclub named after F. Scott Fitzgerald, the embodiment of style in the Jazz Age. The restaurant houses museum-quality travel posters from the twenties and thirties, original cartoons by Hirschfeld from The New York Times, cut glass blocks from the Chrysler Building in New York and Art Deco stained glass windows. It is currently reserved for private parties only, accommodating up to 125 people.

Room Full of History

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.


789 Restaurant maintains its historic charm while delighting guests with innovative cuisine to create a uniquely Washington, D.C. dining experience.

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