SAX restaurant & lounge - Washington DC
SAX restaurant & lounge - Washington DC

SAX restaurant & lounge - Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.saxwdc.com/
  • Phone: 2027370101x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday-Thursday Open @ 6pm

    Friday & Saturday - Open @ 6pm

    Sunday - 11am - 3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Fusano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: A 20-foot enclosed infinity stage is visible from all corners of the two-story space and hosts grandly costumed cabaret performers throughout the evening. Guests can expect to see alluring performances of cabaret, artistic acrobatic pole performances to modern dance/ballet.
  • Special Events: Specialize in bachelorette and birthday celebrations!
    Buyouts and corporate events please contact lindsey@saxwdc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H Street
  • Public Transit: Metro Center
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet every night, $12 per Vehicle
A word from SAX restaurant & lounge - Washington DC
SAX Restaurant Lounge is here… Celebrate your special occasion in a Moulin Rouge setting with grand costumed entertainment offering a full dinner menu & specialty cocktails with late night bottle service specials. SAX features nightly continuous performances ranging from acrobatic pole, threatrical ballet to other alluring performances throughout every evening.
SAX enforces a strict dress code. Please visit our website for further details and special themed evenings.

Whether its a celebration party or corporate event, SAX's full service event team handles every detail. Our opulent venue, exceptional cuisine and outstanding service ensures a memorable event. If you are interested in hosting a 350-person corporate event or a bachelorette party for 10 of your closest friends, our team will ensure your event is a success.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
SAX restaurant & lounge - Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (103)romantic (79)good for groups (60)hot spot (52)vibrant bar scene (51)late-night find (45)great for brunch (26)fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (14)scenic view (11)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent!
    JackTripper
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The staff and service was excellent, along with the ambiance. The drinks and food great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!!!
    mtroyiii
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I was recommended this spot by a good friend, and boy did it deliver. I was trying to celebrate my wife's birthday and she was truly blown away. Although the food was "ok" the ambience and the decor more than made up for it. We will definitely come back!!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Ambiance but food can use work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I would give them 5 stars if the food had been above average. I would expect much more from flavor from $20 appetizers and $30 entrees. Even the desserts were just ok. Compared to the food at sister restaurant OYA and SEI not up to par . The ambiance is great too.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    What a great find! My husband and I came for our 20th anniversary dinner. I had noted that on the reservation. The service was the best. Top notch and they also brought us two glasses of champagne and a little cupcake for our anniversary! We will be back and we will tell others about it. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls Night Out
    CPhillip
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My group included eight ladies that were celebrating a great friend's birthday! As mentioned previously in my rating, the service was excellent and the ambience was outstanding. The food however was blah and overpriced! Forget about the dessert menu! I ordered a $13 cupcake. The presentation was great but the cupcake was dry and flavorless! Sax is great for adult beverages and entertainment but the organization should think about re-creating their menu!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!!! Just Wow!
    BandB
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife and I were looking forward to a romantic night out, and Sax was highly recommended by a life-long NOVA resident. Wow, were we blown away! It was an amazing experience. The ambience was perfect, the entire room was beautiful, and the people were amazing. The staff was as attentive as any we've ever experienced. There were soooo.... many bachelorette parties, it was awesome! Everyone was having a great time. At about 10PM, they moved a few tables back, and opened up the floor for dancing. Also, I've gotta thank ANGELA MILAS from Pax especially. She was super attentive, and over-the-top Friendly and made our experience extra special. We'll DEFINITELY be going back... a LOT! This is an ABSOLUTE MUST GO TO!!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!
    LuvYourNewPlace
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I love this place. I live in Manassas, VA and I traveled all the way to DC to attend. This is my 2nd time going and I love it. If you plan on adding a different location, please consider Manassas. I have a commercial building and I have a lot of people asking about entertainment in Manassas.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Erie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Menu and food could've been better. The food was covered in clover like garnishment. I don't feel as if the dancers did enough sets as described. Great for a one time only, / special event. Our waitress Aubrey was sweet and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very entertaining!
    Globetrotter
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I went to SAX for a Sunday brunch with my husband and mom, and we had a blast. The food is quite "French", as in portions are on the smaller side vs. American standards, but I liked the feeling of not being totally stuffed after a meal. The ambiance is amazing, and probably even more so if going there for dinner. The show runs every 15min and is different every time, so we were always surprised. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for quality entertainment "burlesque" style!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night at SAX
    MrDonaldson
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I went with a group of 8 for my wives birthday. The service was excellent before we even step foot on the premises. OpenTable only allows you to seat 6. I was able to call the restaurant and get 2 more seats hours before my reservation. Valet parking was reasonably priced. The food was exotic and tasty to say the least. Though dinner was a little pricey I would definitely recommend SAX and go back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    Love
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was me and my boyfriends first time here and it was amazing. We enjoyed the ambiance and the food was spectacular. Our waitress was very friendly (forgot her name). We really enjoyed the entertainment! We definitely will be dining here again! Great for a romantic dinner or simply just a night on the town. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Ladybug
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Service was great. Food is terrible and expensive. Baked Brie is 3 quarter sized pieces of Brie on top of a dry puff pastry. Dessert needs to be taken out of the fridge a little earlier it's too chilled and hard because it's cold. (We had the cake) Cocktails need much improvement. We should have ordered a bottle of wine but was in a cocktail fun kinda mood. This place wants to be high end and you want to be too because the staff is awesome but it just isn't. The ambiance is great and the burlesque show is fun. The hostess, servers and bartenders are all very attentive. Dancers came through the room and had a quick interaction with every party which was nice. I wish I had tried the Sunday brunch instead.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food/mesmerizing shows
    SteakLover
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    What a neat restaurant! You'll feel like you have entered a time portal back to 19th Century France! The service was great (we loved Sara!), the drinks were quite original and the food was amazing!! The shows every 10 minutes or so were captivating and we had such a completely wonderful experience. We'll be back again next time we spend a night in DC!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the unique dining ambiance
    DCdiner
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our server was very attentive and not overbearing. Fun to watch the burlesque shows and the decor really sets the mood. My husband and I went as something different for our anniversary. We did not select an anniversary package, however mentioned it was our anniversary in our open table reservations and we received a complimentary shot to start off and a red velvet cake at the end. Very nice touch! This would also be fun dining experience with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chintzy Throwback
    CRJplus
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    After reading other reviews, we were apprehensive about the food, but that was actually surprisingly good, especially the Duck and the Lobster entrees and the chorizo shared appetizer. Drinks also pretty good. But we sat through 6 different Burlesque acts, of which 5 were monotonous repeats of each other in different costumes and wigs, and one was a mildly entertaining pole dance. Between the heavy bordello atmosphere, loud music and female exploitation both as wait staff and behind glass, it seemed like a visit to an Asian city 20 years ago. Wouldn't go long on this business model in Washington, the city of Serious Women.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Shychicme
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The ambience and experience was spectacular...I was so pleased with the entertainment and service. My waitress Felicity was a gem.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great show, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We really enjoyed our evening at Sax (and like it for the occasional weekend bar drop-in). I see it as paying for the show via drinks and food which is worth it. The chef knows well how to present the food. The taste is nothing really special, though - but not bad either. My boyfriend loved it, I (food snob) missed a certain level of quality I would expect at these prices (think more real truffles instead of aroma). Cocktails are great, too. The service is great, the costumes amazing and the overall experience well worth the price.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Deliveries
    angel031424
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I took my boyfriend there to celebrate his birthday. He'd never been to any place quite like it, and really enjoyed the ambiance and performers (especially the swing and the juggler). The food was great, and the portions were human-sized, so we were able to eat everything without having to get a to-go box AND without feeling stuffed. One of the performers made three deliveries to our table upon my request, carrying a different gift each time. Our waitress also gave us a complimentary birthday shot...it was yummy!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    LikeNewExperiences
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Everything was great. The wait staff was excellent and gave great suggestions and aimed to please. My only negative are that the performances are too few and far in-between. Each is an average of 3min and a wait on an average of 12min before the next performance. Also the dancers are so so but the concept is fabulous and sensual. For women, don't expect a man's man performance, the guy had a great body but he was just too feminine for me.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Atmosphere Terrible food
    DmacsgrlzVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I was very satisfied with the VIP treatment we got a the restaurant with the seating, but the food and the food timing was horrible. Our second course (soups, etc) came out before the smoothies. And it wasn't 5 minutes after they tok away the appetizer did the full meal come. We felt very rushed through the whole experience. The noise level was extremely loud, however that is expected when you have groups of excited diners. My recommendation would be to get a new chef. The food...all of it was beyond subpar. I had the pecan french toast...which was burnt to begin wtih and that was probablyn because it was the loosest definition of toast ever. It was thinly cut bagettes used for side crisps on larger red meat dishes.wouldn't recommend
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Who knew in the heart of DC?
    RobFromRosslyn
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We were looking for a fun place for my GF to host a bachelorette party for her niece. This is definitely the spot! We went for brunch and it wasn't crowded but the service was great and they brought endless mimosas and bloody Mary's. Food was excellent but the entrees were served warm, not hot. Our server explained every option in detail. The decor was totally over the top, lots of red and gold, and the dancing shows every ten minutes were very professionally done. We were told that Friday night was really special, so the girls should have lots of fun when they celebrate, although they should expect to pay $100 + for prix fixe food, drink, tax and tip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better luck next time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We were so excited to enjoy Brunch. The food was mediocre and the entertainment (Burlesque) was just okay. We expected to see more experienced dancers and frequent dancers. The Hostess recommended that we come back on a Friday when there is more entertainment and the place is more vibrant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing night at Sax
    Katherine
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We loved Sax for the entertainment and were enchanted when the food was exceptional! The service was great. We were checked on quite a bit. It was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great as before
    Ladanie
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    this is my 5th time visit at SAX. their program and services are not as great as it used to be. We went with group of friend on Thursday night. The balcony level was closed to our disappointment. Watching the show is much nicer from higher level. The kitchen closed at 10 pm and we did not get to have cup cakes for desert, because of that. And as usual there was a mistake on our check.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok burlesque and great brunch
    JohncVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great ambiance, the food was a great variety. The show was good but have to say, i have seen much better. The location is great, service was phenomenal and the portions were perfect. You truly have a four course meal and leave feeling good about how much you are.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Groups and Drinks
    BAIS
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Sax is a great place for a nice evening out. Drinks are great, atmosphere is great, and the food is solid. The service and wait staff are also fantastic. They are a bit pricey, but worth the expense-- just be sure to make reservations at least a week in advance. If I had to make a criticism, I would say they should interject more variety into their menu. Their cooking style and menu items have generally been the same for the past year from the last time I was there. Other than that, its a great place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not really happy!
    TBos
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The atmosphere is the best thing about SAX. The room is an intimate setting and dimly lit for a romantic dinner. Our server (Melissa) was great, but at times her helpers were too helpful, filling our glasses almost after each sip. The food was ok, but not very satisfying as the portion sizes left a lot to be desired (Eat before you go!). The show is ok, but not what we expected. Every 15 minutes or so, the actors would appear behind a glass screen over the bar, almost like watching a live movie. In all, if you only want atmosphere, SAX is the place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst dining experience in 13 years
    13yrsinDC
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Simply put the food was just horrible. The ambience was ok and the 'Cirque du Friday' show was more of a very sub-par circus act that we could have done without if it meant getting rid of the $75 per person minimum. We spent over $400 for 4 people and were entirely dissatisfied. The salad was out of a packet, the entrees were left half eaten and so on...just a whole around terrible experience. I have never ever written a negative review but was compelled to do so this time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unusually awesome classy dinner
    Gdborges
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    SAX is a differentiated experience with the ballet-like shows every ten minutes, giving you various breaks for conversation and mini-shows. Food is excellent and service is outstandingly perfect. Price is a bit high, but we went there for my wife's birthday and they gave us free shots and a free birthday cake to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I went on a Thursday night for a birthday celebration. The food was just ok. I would recommend the truffle fries and the giggle water for sure. Maybe going on a weekend would be better because although the dancers were entertaining I didn't feel wowed. And in fact I felt like the whole night was slow and the dancers didn't come out every 8 minutes like advertised. Also online it says they close at 2am on Thursdays but we were kicked out at midnight and the dancers stopped coming out around 11:30pm. Must admit that I was disappointed especially since we spent close to $250 for dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Iawesome time for my birthday
    Jojo
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Iawesome time for my birthday or server was fantastic and really helped us navigate the menu overall one of my favorite places to you enjoy myself in DC
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was not so good, not
    HaLe
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Food was not so good, not what I came for anyway. I took my girl friend there to experience the environment. It was great. She loved it. She requested to come back again for her birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre meal
    OliWm
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The food was very mediocre; the scallops (appetizer) were drenched in sauce so I could barely taste them, and the two scallops were quite small; the duck duck goose entree was tiny and lacked taste, flavors were not distinguishable; the dessert tasted like frozen Pepperidge Farm, and in fact was still 20% frozen when served to us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worth a visit
    Tiger
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Good food but not great. Outstanding service. Can't beat the atmosphere and show. Overall a little too pricey
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Couples Night Out
    Bjrodan
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I took my wife there for her 44th birthday. Excellent!!! Service was great and the food was excellent - server was exceptional!!!! My wife wanted to go somewhere adult and sexy.... We had been there for a birthday celebration before (larger group). The atmosphere was just as good for two....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Got to go again spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Great place. Fabulous entertainment. This mistle new spot to come see!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience!
    JanBVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The burlesque brunch was so much fun. The dancing was great to watch, the staff were extremely friendly, and the energy in the room was awesome, People were dancing between the tables. And I haven't even mentioned how good the food tasted! It's a little pricey, but so worth it for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great performance and good food.
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Loved the burlesque dance performance. Ambience and service was great. Food is just about okay for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service/Food
    Lexfoodie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Servers always acted like they were overwhelmed/busy-could barely answer their questions before they were running off from the table. Almost made you feel as if they were asking "just to ask" not to even get answer. It was really irritating. Drinks were great-bday shots & dessert were brought out complimentary. Our entrees were expensive yet sub-par. Ambience was amazing. We had lots of fun, but don't go for the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    FoddiePRVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent food, show and best custormer service in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.