These days (and in this economy) it feels like restaurants just never seem to stick around for long. Georgetown, however, is home to several notable restaurants that have stood the test of time and are must-visits when touring this historic Washington, D.C. neighborhood. Stay locally at the posh Four Seasons Washington D.C. or less pricey Hotel Monticello.
Martin’s Tavern – Family-owned and operated since 1933, this Georgetown institution just celebrated its 75th anniversary, making it one of D.C.’s most historic restaurants. It’s also a tradition – every sitting president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush has dined within its iconic walls. For a special slice of history, ask your server to point out the booth where JFK proposed to Jackie! 1264 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
1789 Restaurant – Named for the year that the U.S. Constitution was adopted, this restaurant was established in 1960 and is housed in a Federal period house that dates back to the mid-1800s. The decor is “refined, cozy and eclectic” (think American antiques, Limoges china and gas-lit rooms with crackling fireplaces) and jackets are required. 1226 36th Street, NW
The Tombs – Established in 1962 and located in the basement below the 1789 Restaurant, this is the casual dining alternative to its upstairs neighbor. During the day, it is very popular among Georgetown University students and staff for its affordable menu of burgers, soups and house-made desserts. Budget tip: a discounted menu (“Study Snacks”) is available between 3 and 5pm Monday-Friday and every evening after 10pm. 1226 36th Street, NW
- Susan Holmes