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Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental - DC
Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental - DC

Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental - DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/washington/fine-dining/empress-lounge/
  • Phone: (202) 787-6140
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 12:00pm - 12:00am
    Tea Service: Friday. - Sunday 2:30pm - 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Contemporary American, Contemporary Asian
  • Executive Chef: Mark McDonnell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th St SW and Maryland Ave SW
  • Public Transit: Walking distance to: L'Enfant Metro Station (Yellow, Green)
    Walking distance to: Smithsonian Metro Station (Blue, Orange)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $11 per car
A word from Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental - DC
An inviting escape from the rigors of the city, Empress Lounge is a relaxing venue for cocktails, light fare and of course afternoon tea. With house made pastries and signature tea sandwiches afternoon tea at Empress Lounge is truly a destination for all.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great atmosphere for afternoon high tea. Dress up and enjoy tea with scrumpcious finger sandwiches, scones and pastries."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Arrived for the afternoon tea on July 4th. Treated like royalty by a very friendly staff { everyone from the doorman on back } and the service was spot-on. A delightful experience ! Thank you !!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the ambience and the service was commendable. The young lady Rahel retorted all that we need to know about the Empress Lounge as it was our first time. She and those that assisted made the guest of honor feel very special! And me too!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Tea at the Empress Lounge was lovely. They have a handful of teas to choose from (I went with the classic Darjeeling) and also scones and madeleines, sandwiches, and sweets. Yum!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The decor in the hotel was lovely. The lounge was place next to the beautiful outdoor garden and on the beautiful day I went the flowers skipped across the gardens. The presentation of the tea, sweets and savories were great. However, the taste was not consistent. Some of the bread on the sandwiches seemed as if they'd sat out a bit. They weren't stale, but weren't fresh. One"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had a business lunch meeting here. Wanted something more casual than the formality of restaurant at the hotel. Did the reservation through the hotel website, which redirected it to OpenTable. Upon arriving, the staff said, "we don't use reservations". Luckily, there were tables available. Downvote: OpenTable or the hotel needs to STOP using OpenTable for the Empress Lounge if it doesn't recognize reservations."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The Empress Lounge was a beautiful setting for an amazing tea. They had numerous choices of tea to choose from and the quality was the best I've tasted in a long time. The savory and sweet food offerings were so delicious! The room was beautiful and quiet. My friends and I could just relax, enjoy are tea and each others company. I highly recommend the Empress Lounge."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It was beautiful and very well organized. The food was incredible and the tea was delicious! Would have turned off the Big Screen TV to have a better ambiance but was very nice overall. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I made a reservation at Empress Lounge because I wanted to surprise my wife for a lovely afternoon tea. From the moment they greeted us at the door everything went fantastic. The place is beautiful and the décor is absolutely breathtaking. My wife was very delighted with the service and quality of food. The servers were so polite and friendly making us feel we were having tea at home. Pampering us all the way. I strongly recommend Empress Lounge for lunch/tea/drinks. Bartenders are so knowledgeable they will enhance your drinks in every way. Fantastic afternoon. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental which, to my surprise, had an absolutely gorgeous outside terrace. The lush garden has a brick trail leading around the overlook with a breathtaking view of the waterfront, Arlington, Washington Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial! Our tier of sandwiches/sweets was full and unique. The smoked salmon tea cakes were especially delicious. We enjoyed champagne pairings before sipping the afternoon away with a pot of chamomile tea -- (beautiful loose flower buds!) Service was charming but not intrusive. The atmosphere in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental was easygoing. High ceilings and gold-toned furniture added an air of sophistication. I will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014