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CityZen 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 four-course meals from the finest ingredients. Unexpected little treasures abound, such as buttery miniature Parker House rolls. Main courses could include venison with a juniper meringue or sweet butter-poached Maine lobster salad with turnips, and desserts such as Meyer lemon soufflé seem spun out of air. To take full advantage of the dining experience opt for the six-course chef's tasting menu, and make sure to let the kitchen know about allergies or aversions.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

At the upscale Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., chef Eric Ziebold delivers award-winning Modern American cuisine. In the opulent dining room guests indulge in three- or six-course tasting menus that change monthly to showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients. Everything—from food to decor to ambience—is pure luxury.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch.
Updated: 06-05-2013

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    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.

    by VA_Girl, 9/13/10
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    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.

    by anne1975, 6/17/09
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    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 bourbonst, 8/4/07

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