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Fourth Estate

Downtown / Chinatown
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529 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20045-1000 (14th & F)
+1 202-662-7638
11:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 20:30
Sat 11:00 - 15:00
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Alpine, Utah, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Was invited to join a colleague for lunch and noticed reviews here and on open table were generally good. The service was painfully slow. The food was average. The ambiance was nice but outdated.

Thank Jeffrey H
Redding, Connecticut, USA
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488 reviews
378 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is certainly a hidden spot. Not well known, as it is on the 13th floor in the National Press Club. A venerable old school dining spot, filled with regulars and traditionalists. The place is quiet and comfortable. Waiters who have been there for decades, and know many of the clientele. The menu is very traditional with nothing out of... More 

Thank yecats59
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Hidden gem in DC in a plain looking building. It's not new, not nouveau, and you won't find "deconstructed" food of any kind here. You will find excellent service, old world ambiance and atmosphere, and a superb meal. It is quiet to be sure, but a great place to have a nice romantic dinner in the heart of the city.... More 

Thank DGFarrell
Newark, Delaware
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We didn't even know this place existed and you'd never guess from the street. It's located on the 13th floor of the National Press Building. I stumbled upon a travelzoo coupon for this when looking for a nice dinner in DC. Even without the travelzoo a dinner for two would have only been around $100 which is great for DC.... More 

Thank Kendrick N
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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280 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Fourth Estate Restaurant on the 13th floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St NW, Washington DC is an exceptional, elegant evening of fine dining and peaceful bliss. Surrounding by several clubs, hotels, and the hustle and bustle of White House East (Theatre District), this restaurant, it's menu offerings, and solitude is just extraordinary. We had a dinner... More 

1 Thank William_Shank
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

The Fourth Estate Restaurant on the 13th floor of the National Press Building is right in that venerable National Press Club, and it's open to the public (although there are no signs telling anything). I highly recommend lunch, with some time allotted to walking around to see the fabulous photos taken by fabulous news photographers. Food and service are good,... More 

Thank JAT-DC
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a GREAT SECRET in Washington. Few folks -- locals and tourists -- know that the National Press Club has opened its fancy restaurant to non-members. Food is good, and the ambiance is fabulous. Be sure pause and check out the photos on the walls while walking down the hallway to the Fourth Estate restaurant. A LOT of history... More 

Thank Barbara F
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Service is excellent. Very stately environment, though some might say a bit stuffy. A lot of historical pictures and artifacts; felt like a museum. I had the tenderloin- perfectly cooked. Nice size portion, wonderful veggies and potatoes on the side. My dinner companion had the salad with spicy pecans with strawberries (wonderful!) and the MD Crabcakes. Small, but no filler.... More 

Thank Maxwell C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016

I organized a large dinner for ~25 people. From start to finish, the staff were amazing. Professional, efficient, and accommodating. The service was perfect. The food was delicious. Cannot recommend highly enough. Ten Stars!

1 Thank WeebieWob
Hockessin, Delaware
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Took a spontaneous trip to DC to take in the cherry blossoms and managed to find a discount voucher for this place which was located near our hotel. It was a Thursday evening, as described by other reviewers it wasn't crowded, very quiet. The service was excellent and we were both delighted with our meal choices. I loved the veal... More 

Thank Deb W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 529 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20045-1000
    (14th & F)
  • Public Transportation: Take Metro to the Metro Center Station. We are located on the corner of 14th and F. Enter on the 14th street side under the awning for the National Pres Building, and take the elevators to the 13th Floor. Ask the front desk attendant for the Fourth Estate Restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-662-7638

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?