The Mandarin Oriental Hotel's rarefied dining room has fast become a destination for those serious about food. In a glowing space with soaring ceilings, chef Eric Ziebold, formerly of Napa Valley's famed French Laundry, creates luxe prix-fixe lineups from the finest ingredients. Unexpected little treasures abound, such as buttery miniature Parker House rolls. Main courses could include venison with chestnut macaroons or crispy branzino with roasted olives, and desserts such as chocolate-marshmallow s'more soufflé seem spun out of air. To take full advantage of the dining experience opt for the six-course chef's tasting menu, letting the kitchen know about allergies or aversions.
Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20024, United States
Sep 13, 2010
One of the few truly fine dining experiences in the DC area! Every food detail, from the amuse bouche to dessert, was beautifully crafted and incredibly tasty. Relaxed but attentive service. Expensive, and worth it! I hope they continue to delight us for many years to come.
Jun 17, 2009
Went to CityZen for dinner with my husband last night. Since both of us are vegetarian, we had the vegetarian tasting menu. We were in for a treat. The food was creative, tasty, and beautifully presented (it's a seven course tasting menu for $90 per person--beverages not included), and the ambiance was terrific (the decor is very trendy and chic). How about the service? Outstanding. It's as if you were in the middle of a very well choreographed ballet
offered by the restaurant staff. Other than the bill, an outstanding experience all around.
Aug 4, 2007
I tried to entertain 3 business colleagues and we were met at the door with aloof arrogance. Then the waiter was over the top. Rude and if we didnt exactly follow his lead, was brusk and arrogant. With as many wonderful restaurants as there are in DC, I could not recommend CityZen.