Muze
Muze

Muze

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/washington
  • Phone: (202) 787-6006
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Daily

    Breakfast: 6:30 AM - 11 AM

    Brunch (Saturdays and Sundays only): 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM

    Lunch: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    Dinner: Nightly 5:30 PM - 10 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please inquire at the restaurant for all large party and special event information or email mowas-muze@mohg.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Street
  • Public Transit: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue Line) and L'Enfant Plaza (Yellow Line).
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $11 With validation from the restaurant
A word from Muze
Using the finest local produce combined with the distinctive flavors of South-East Asia, Muze offers a tantalizing menu of international dishes with a delicious Asian feel. Offering the ease of all-day dining, combined with a relaxed atmosphere and waterside views, Muze’s menu has been developed under the direction of Executive Chef Didier Pouzier and our talented new Chef de Cuisine Mark McDonnell. Featuring dishes such as Confit Lamb Shoulder & Soy Roasted Sunchoke, Black Bean Veal Cheek & Heirloom Carrot and Tempura Blue Prawns, the diverse menu showcases cuisine that reflects our ‘East West Kitchen’ concept, complemented by universal dishes that everyone will recognize and enjoy.

In addition, we offer a selection of hand-crafted cocktails and a comprehensive wine list to enhance your dining experience.

For guaranteed reservations, cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to the day of the booking otherwise a cancelation fee will apply.
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Muze reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)special occasion (18)great for lunch (18)scenic view (16)romantic (10)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (9)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (6)late-night find (4)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Serviceable but pricey lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    High quality hotel resturaunt atmosphere in a barren part of town. Food was good but overpriced. Service for 4 was very slow with a long wait period between appetizer and entree. Fine for the corporate account. Expect to exceed per diem as a federal employee. Looks like a good après work bar a medium walk to the Metro.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere Great service!
    Jerry
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The service could not have been better. The staff was the most accommodating group we have experienced in a long time. The food was fantastic!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Pre Play Show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We come often before heading to the arena stage for performances. The food is excellent and the service is spot on. My only complaint is that it is quite pricey for what you get.
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  • Will NOT go back!
    happyeater
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    With the exception of our most wonderful waiter, Nick, our experience at MUZE was very disappointing. We could not get a reservation at Citi Zen and opted for the other restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental, MUZE. The food was terrible! I feel sure that they defrosted and nuked it especially for us. There was just one other table with guests at it. The place was empty (which should have been a warning to us) , cold, and had no ambiance at all. I must say that our waiter could not have been nicer or more accommodating. All in all, I would not recommend MUZE.
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  • not what it was
    rufkdlk
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    like everything in town, 10 or 20 years ago, it was shiny and new, now pretty regular. Good thing is then servers tried to sell you real estate, tell you to eat less if you were fat, etc. but now, they just serve food so that's a relief. Loved the pear preserves from a local farm in Delaware but only knew about those from overhearing another server. I think the omelette and toast were above average but it's pretty much of a self service place. Liked the hostess very much, energetic and friendly and the female servers seemed interested and helpful. Overall, this place could use improvement for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for the quality
    outandabout
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Nice setting in the mandarin, but food quality good (not great) and definitely expense account. They have a monopoly in the area though!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dined for lunch and found the food disappointing. The she crab soup lacked the wow factor. The pork in the pork confit sandwich was very dry and near flavorless. I found the service overall to be attentive, but at times sparse. Also my request to be sat in a certain area was not honored or even acknowledged. Overall, pretty disappointing.
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  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Seated in quiet spot as requested. Menu is small but each selected lunch was delicious. Service was attentive and discrete.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    dcer
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    made a reservation thinking that would ensure a good table; all tables with water view were already taken; when I mentioned to hostess that I thought they would have saved a window table for a reservation she said it was my fault for not specifically requesting it. she had a point, but you would think having a reservation would count for something. the food was very good, but the service was not; our waitress just wasn't very pleasant. this is a very high end hotel but the service doesn't measure up to what you find when dining at the four seasons or ritz carlton.
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  • Power lunch spot
    WorkLuncher
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great for a power work lunch - noise level was a middle-level chatter. Great for a business lunch because you the service is great, food delivered quickly, and beautiful views
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Outdoor Garden
    MusttryVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have been here several times. In good weather, outdoors is the place to sit. Excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Exquisite dining
    Chris
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    At first we were disappointed not to have dinner at CityZen, which we have done several times, but this meal was at the same quality level. We were extrememly pleased with every aspect of our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fantastic Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Several evenings ago, my guest and I were dining in the Muze Restaurant a freak accident occurred at which time my guest spilled an entire glass of red wine on her white blouse and slacks badly discoloring them. The very attentive wait staff immediately tried to wipe up the wine with little success. After a brief discussion the manager decided that since we had a theatre engagement, perhaps the hotel staff could clean her clothing and return it in time for the eight o'clock curtain. My guest was ushered to the ladies room where she disrobed and returned to the dining room in a hotel robe to finish her excellent meal. The hotel staff did an outstanding job and the outfit is as good as new. The wait and hotel staff have our heartfelt thanks
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service & view
    datenightgroupie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband went to Mize on a Friday evening after work. It was a romantic setting with a nice view of the Potomac. The service was exceptional and the food was very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Exquisite!
    MusttryVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food, service, and outdoor seating make for a very satisfied customer. I'll be back often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where everybody knows your name
    diningmoments
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The service can not be outdone. The staff is quite attentive and yes they remember if you've everdined with them before. The food is quite good and the view of the Potomac quite nice. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 503 reviews are from the Muze reviews archive.
  • Great Food and Service
    Hungry1
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Muze is the Mandarin's second restaurant (CityZen being one of the best in DC), and it is more casual. I will say, however, that I cannot imagine better food or service, and I have been to most of the best restaurants in DC (except CityZen). Our waitress was extraordinarily attentive and pleasant. I've rarely enjoyed that level of service. Between the members of our family, we ordered a wide variety of entrees and appetizers, and everything was so good that it was one of those "oh, you need to taste this" meals. It was my wife's birthday, and the staff treated her like royalty, which was much appreciated.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ForgtNamesIUsed
    ForgtNamesIUsedVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went for lunch on a Saturday. They were only serving brunch, a very limited menu if you were expecting lunch. Ate outside on a pleasant day weather-wise but a lot of noise from trains passing by and the highway. Food was average, nothing exceptional. We only went there because of convenience as we were staying at the hotel.
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  • Need to be more more attentive
    ThetaKappaVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The dinner service was very good, but the personnel failed to seat us at the table we had requested six weeks before the reservation.
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  • not what I expected
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went here thinking it was going to be a great dinner. The service was the best part of the experience. Our meals were not hot and on the skimpy side. It was over priced for what we ordered. I would not eat dinner here again.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • reliable
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food and service are great in this restaurant, while the prices are affordable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jeanVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    2 hostesses so NOT on the same page. same questions x2 in waiting and being seated. server MIA repeatedly. endless wait for our food and water,while tables with different servers were taken care of quite differently.
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  • overpriced and not that great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I brought my family to muze for dinner. I thought the food was pretty good but waayy overpriced for what it was. Our dinner bill came to 230 dollars for three people with one glass of wine each with appetizer and dinner entree. The atmosphere was more airport style restaurant environment. I could tell that most of the people at the restaurant were hotel guests who didn't know any better about other places in DC.
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  • Breakfast lunch or dinner
    MusttryVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The Muze never disappoints - food and service are 1st rate!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Atmosphere
    ericoa1VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The service was impeccable and the staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed. The ambiance and view makes for a great combination. The menu offered a good selection of options, and everything was well prepared and tasted great. They didn't have the filet that night but the ribeye substitution was still very good. The apple trio was really interesting with a balance of sweet and acidic in one dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SCDC
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Mediocre food... overpriced. Wonderful hotel, but with so many other fabulous dining options close by... Don't waste your time or $.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Enjoyed immensely. Have dined there several times and stayed overnight at the Mandarin Oriental.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect lunch with an old friend
    love2eat
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    A friend of mine was in DC for business, staying at the Mandarin Oriental. I chose Muze for our lunch date simply for convenience, and it was perfect for a long relaxed catching-up visit. The restaurant had a lively lunchtime energy, but was roomy enough and quiet enough that we didn't feel we were sharing our conversation with others.The fried soft-shell crab sandwich was delicious - crunchy on the outside, moist and flavorful on the inside, with a tangy sriracha mayo. Our waiter graciously replaced the fries that came with the sandwich with a lightly dressed mesclun salad that was just the right complement to the meal. The best part of all was that the waiter let us linger over our coffee and really have a nice visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • more business lunch place.occasi
    djini
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    lots of business meetings on the lobby and restaurant. more a business lunch crowd then ladies who lunch crowd.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect venue for business meetings
    lovemuze
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Fantastic venue for a serious business breakfast or lunch, as well as pleasant casual dining. Food choice and quality is excellent and the service is really remarkable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary from Woodbridge, VA
    mkn05
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here for Mother's Day and was very surprised that only 5 other tables were served while we were there. They did not provide a special menu for that day only the regular menu was provided. The online menu which I had looked at for the past month, that did not change, had some changes. Noticeably the items I wanted to order, the oysters and the duck. The service was very attentive and the food very well presented. Dinner took almost 3 hours so this is not a fast affair.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Pre-Theater Dining
    Donnie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious filet mignon dinner at Muze before going to Arena Stage Staurday evening. The service was excellent, the view of the Washington Channel were peaceful and relaxing as the sun set, and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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  • Over-Priced
    Foodmaven
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Three of us took our administrative assistant here last week for Administrative Professionals' Day. The restaurant is beautiful and the service is attentive. The food, however, is another story. It was mediocre at best, and over-priced. Two salads, two sandwiches and one dessert and non-alcoholic beverages came to over 150 bucks, with tip. And the portions were small, meaning I was still hungry when we left. Save your money, go somewhere where the wallpaper is not as good, but the food is better.
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  • Special Lunch
    LunchOutingDevine
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The restaurant staff was very friendly and attentive to our needs. But there was a raucous lunch crowd and it was very hard to talk about serious subjects.......................reminded me of a football game. So if you need a little bit of privacy and quiet try their lounge. Otherwise it was a good experience and lunch outing. I still highly recommend this as a good lunch spot!
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    Scenic View, Hot Spot
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  • Could use a boost!
    Bird
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    For the cost, we expected white table cloth linen and there was none -- not even placemats! My meal was fairly good (shredded lamb) but my friend's meal, salmon with kale and cauliflower, was particularly bland. Overall, not as enjoyable or delicious as we had hoped for though our server brought the wine bottles to the table for us to see before he poured. That was nice, as was the softened (not hard) butter for the bread service.
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  • Consistently an enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Consistently an enjoyable dining experience with impeccable service and beautiful surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The easy way to see Cherry Blossoms
    OBX50810VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Valet parking, beautiful view, delicious lunch, and steps away (exit the rear of hotel and across the walkway) from the Cherry Blossoms. Skip the parking nightmares and treat yourself and your visitors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the Muse
    LocalProfessional
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Being a busy professional in D.C. , it is important to find an appropriate place for a special lunch meeting that is more refined than the food courts and eateries in the area. This location fulfilled my expectations. Besides the enjoyable ambiance of the the Mandarin hotel itself, the restaurant staff was very nice, efficient, accommodating and responsive to our requests (limited time, food needed to be served promptly, seating location, etc.). The food was delicious (seared tuna sandwich). Thank you Muse! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice , great location, pricey
    NMKings
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I happen to catch the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom and this was the closest restaurant to the Tidal Basin in Open Table that was above 4 stars (and had seating available). The service was very good, but a little slow. The portions were adequate & nicely arranged. It was above what my company allows for meals in DC, so a bit on the pricey side. I would reserve this more for special occasions and request a window table with a view of the water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Exceeded expectations
    SskensingtonVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Muze only had one stellar and one bad review on Yelp - so I didn't know what to expect. We had a party of 6 for a business dinner. The service was fabulous but not intrusive. Everything we ordered was delicious. For appetizers we had the fried oysters, Kobe sliders, and ahi tuna. All were fantastic. For dinner I had their duck, which was cooked perfectly. Overall, this was a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.