Private Events

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2020 Update: Private events are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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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 as one of the 20 best restaurants in D.C. by Condé Nast Traveler.


  • Bar & Club Room
  • Lower Club Room
  • Upper Club Room
  • John Carroll Room
  • Garden Room
  • Middleburg Room
Bar & Club Room
Bar & Club Room


up to 125 people standing 

1789 Restaurant’s more contemporary Bar & Club Room provides a welcoming lounge atmosphere with a large mahogany bar and tufted leather seating. The space is divided into the Upper Club Room, decorated with football portraits by Washington D.C. artist Garnet Jex, and the Lower Club Room, complete with abstract paintings by Nantucket artist David Lazarus. Both the Upper and Lower Club Room can be rented for semi-private seated events or receptions, and the entire Bar & Club Room can be reserved through a buy-out.


Lower Club Room
Lower Club Room


up to 22 people seated, up to 30 people standing

The Lower Club Room is a semi-private dining space down a short flight of stairs in the 1789 Bar & Club Room. The table configurations vary in this room. The space comfortably seats up to 16 guests at one table or 22 guests at multiple tables. The Lower Club Room can also be reserved for semi-private cocktail receptions standing up to 30 people. 

Upper Club Room
Upper Club Room


up to 42 people seated, up to 70 people standing

The Upper Club Room can be reserved for semi-private receptions of up to 70 people. With a portion of the bar and the Upper Club Room set aside for the group, there is ample space to pass and display hors d’oeuvres.

John Carroll Room
John Carroll Room


up to 60 seated, up to 90 standing 

The John Carroll Room captures the city's history with Currier & Ives prints from George Washington’s days as President, paintings and prints of Georgetown University, and early maps of the city. Beautiful antique furniture, silver and wooden early-American relics, and an elegant fireplace complete the setting. Although the restaurant is not open during the day, we do open for private brunches, luncheons, and daytime receptions using the John Carroll Room, which can seat up to 60 people or stand up to 90 people. Table configurations vary widely in the John Carroll Room. The John Carroll Room is not available for evening events.  

Garden Room
Garden Room


up to 18 people

The fully-private Garden Room is ideal for business dinners or intimate gatherings with family and friends. The table can seat up to 18 people at one large conference-style table. The Garden Room is located upstairs on the second floor of the restaurant where French doors separate the room from the restaurant. The floor-to-ceiling windows covered with lattice and wood blinds complement the floral prints decorating the walls create a light and airy dining room. Groups of twelve or less are welcome to order from the a la carte menu.

Middleburg Room
Middleburg Room


up to 56 people seated, up to 75 people standing

The Middleburg Room is a fully-private space located on the third level of the restaurant. The room comfortably seats up to 56 people at round tables or up to 24 people at one large conference-style table. With a bar built into the room, this space is ideal for a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner. Architectural features of the room include a ceiling sheathed in barn siding from the New England countryside dating back to the 1800s, and massive beams from a post-and-beam home in Vermont.


Long ago we made the decision to bypass traditional commercial produce routes and buy instead from local farms. From Spring through Fall, our fruits and vegetables are always fresh and of the highest quality. Likewise, we source many of our meats, fish, poultry and seafood direct from their native regions.