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Washington, D.C. Restaurants

CityZen

  • 1330 Maryland Ave. SW Map It
  • $$$$
  • American

Updated 05/23/2014

Fodor's Review

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.

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Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20024, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

Updated 05/23/2014

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Sep 13, 2010

CityZen Review

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.

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Jun 17, 2009

Expensive, but worth it

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.

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Aug 4, 2007

arrogant staff

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.

By A

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Jul 29, 2005

The best dinner so far in DC

Since I have lived in DC, I have been to many of the finer dining establishments that the city has to offer. Galileo and Citronelle just to name a couple. So far, none have compared to my experience at CityZen. Everything, from the moment we stepped in the door was perfect. The staff was very accommodating and made us feel very comfortable. The snootiness factor that seems to be present at so many of the higher end restaurants was not there. Maybe

some people like snootiness, but when I'm paying $500 for a meal, I prefer not to feel like the wait staff is judging me. Even the sommelier, who I so often find intimidating, made us feel at home. My husband and I both got the chef's tasting menu and the wine paring. I have not one complaint. From the amuses bouches to the petit fors, it was culinary heaven. We did have to skip the cheese course, which made me sad, but we were just too full. The mini Parker House rolls were also a nice treat. It was a smack in the pocket book, but we walked away feeling that it was worth every dime. I will be back for my next special occasion and will continue to recommend it to friends.

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By sabina

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Jul 3, 2005

Force fed good food

The restaurant offers a 3 course fixed menu, which appealed to my small appetite and a more expensive tasting menu; however, when we arrived we found that the whole table had to pick the same menu, no explanation given. This strikes me as arbitrary and unfair. As a result I ate and paid more than I had planned. Nevertheless the food I was forced to eat was very good, particularly the halibut and the great cheese platter; the dessert was a rather

bland sort of chocolate souffle, which everybody agreed was more like hot chocolate cake. The restaurant is noisy and service is a bit erratic. Make sure you leave home early; it took us a while to find the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which is tucked away in a new corner of a city where no street ever follows a straight line.

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