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: Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French
  • 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
117 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food3.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (91)romantic (73)good for groups (50)hot spot (46)vibrant bar scene (46)late-night find (44)fit for foodies (21)great for brunch (20)neighborhood gem (14)notable wine list (11)scenic view (10)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Great time!
    mslanee1VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here for a date and it was such a great time. The service was some of the best service I have had in the city. The shows were appropriately sexy and flirty but not over the top. The ambiance was worth every penny and is a great alternative to just a standard dinner or play. Great for couples and parties. Get dressed up and be swept away!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I am a foodie. My boyfriend and I had the lamb and the monk fish and it was perfectly cooked and deliciously seasoned to perfection. The ambiance is stunning, the performances by the dancers were great, as was the service there. We will most certainly be going back to Sax. My boyfriend and I greatly enjoyed ourselves. What a little gem in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bridal party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I really enjoyed the ambiance. Our server was immaculate and impressive. I came with a party of nine guests and we loved the burlesque theme. However, the food wasn't great at all. And I truly do apologize for saying that. I loved the dancers and I loved where we were seated, however I think it is imperative that the food be somewhat enjoyable. Again, I sincerely apologize.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wifeet and I went there to celebrate our birthday. The service, food, and atmosphere were phenomenal. Burlesque dancers in the window over the bar are a very distraction amid the chatter of people openot and truly enjoying themselves. A little on the pricey side, but all on all, it was worth it. Great spot for a romantic dinner for two or a party of 15.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KKeller
    KKeller
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Sax is a great place to go to soak up some great neighborhood fun. The red velvet curtains, gold accents and hanging chandeliers add to this fun. We were there for a bachelorette party and we had a fantastic time. Things to be aware of: drinks are anywhere from 14-18 a piece so bring lots of money. And, after two hour of being in the lounge, they made us feel like we had to leave. The waitress brought the check over like we were only allowed to be there for a couple hours, which in the end it hurt the business because we would have stayed probably way too long :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy...Sexy... Cool
    GluttonAnonymous
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Found SAX online as I wanted something other than my usual choosing of restaurants. A bit crazy, a lot of sexy, & cool (as in different). LOVE the ambiance & decor. I would describe it as old Renaissance & something out of a Dracula movie. There is a burlesque show every ~15 min or so and the entertainment is 'interesting' but diverse. Food was OK, but expected this from reviews.. The duck was chewy & almost inedible. The slow-cooked braised ribs were actually good. Dessert was terrible. Despite the raves on their cocktails, I am not a cocktail drinker thus cannot comment on that. Overall, if you want a fun place to go that is an alternative to a sit-down dinner, even (& probably better) with friends, this is it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NEVER AGAIN!!!
    Boss
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The hostess was very rude. Even with a confirmed reservation, we still had to wait 30min. When we asked about a table that was ready, we were told to keep waiting. I asked to speak to a manager, a hostess was sent over perpetrating to be a manager and was even more rude. She refused to give the owner's name and said the hostess' job was not to make guests happy but to follow her orders in seating. The show was a joke. The performances were weakly choreographed. The dancers stood about 4 ft tall and a hefty 200+. NOT what I want to see swinging around on a pole. Another was a guy juggling. The Cirque performers were either interns or rejects that didn't make the cut. Overall: DC's ratchetest's epic fail of an attempt to demostrate class.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Probably one of the best birthdays I've had. Great show, Great food, and the staff is friendly, and goes out of their way to make your birthday feel special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food did not match ambience or show
    Locladie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The show was very good something different for DC restaurants. However this is still a restaurant and the food should have been the star of the show. The food at best was average however the price was expensive another reason why I expected the food to compliment the excellent décor. The food were plated very well however the taste which was very bland did not match the presentation. Out of a table of four the only person happy with their selection was the person who ordered Grilled Rib eye steak. The rest of our table had Artichoke Ravioli, Seared Scallops, and Chilean Sea Bass and we all were not happy with our selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful One-Off Novelty Dinner
    Beenthere
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here at 7pm for our anniversary dinner and it was everything we wanted. The interior must have been deigned by an attractive gay Italian vampire. The service was attentive and timely. The performers were sexy but mostly impressively athletic, leaving us wondering if they work here on their nights off from circ du solei. The food was far better than most of the reviews led me to expect. The whole package was expensive, but a memorable experience and therefore good value for the money. Finally, the people watching was spot on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    frenchfoodandshowgirls
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    So much fun if you're looking for a romantic night out. Food is really delicious, drinks are strong and really yummy, the dessert was the only thing that was lacking. My only complaint is it was so loud that it was impossible to hold a conversation. Luckily the shows that happen ever 10 minutes are superb and made the evening still very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sc2dc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food, service and entertainment was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a party!
    jmkz
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Came to SAX for a bachelorette brunch - it was exactly what we wanted! Fun dancing, a little sexy, but nothing over-the-top. Dancers were great - we were impressed by the skill and coreography. I had read reviews that the food was mediocre for the price, but we all felt the food was fantastic. With bottomless drinks and multiple courses, it came in for what a good brunch would cost anywhere else. The portion sizes are akin to a more up-scale restaurant (on the small-to-medium size - don't come here for the food if you demand large portions), but between the mimosas and the food, I was stuffed. Service was excellent - they managed to always keep our table clear and our drinks full, without being intrusive (a hard task!). Overall, A+!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Impressed
    Raisen09
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was great minus having to wait 30 minutes for our table although we had a reservation. The food was nothing to rave about. Strawberry gazpacho was extremely tart, artichoke ravioli was not fresh and the fried artichoke garnish tasted old and was served cold. The food was not worth the cost. The show was fun however, if you go late in the evening you will not be able to hear the people you're with.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Girls Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place is top notch and is worth every penny. Valet was fast AND CHEAP! $12. No line at 9:30pm. Reservations were correct. We were asked to wait a few mins for our table, but were treated to shots by the hostess while waiting at the bar. Regal ambiance! Beautiful soft comfy seating. Our waitress was like a best friend -awesome personality, very attentive. Cocktails/shots were to DIE for! Food was absolutely exquisite. We tasted each others food and EVERYTHING was delicious. I had Brie en Croute, Monfish, J'et'amie Cocktail. Perfect serving size, we were full! We originally thought we would go to a club after, but ended up staying and partying all night - the music was great and the shows were awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time!
    KimsCupcakery
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great for any special occasion. Food and drinks were great. Food and drinks were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Really Good Deal
    Live8Feast
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The best Restaurant Week dinner deal ever with a show!! Also, first time a restaurant participant did not have SALMON on the restaurant week menu!! They actually have two options for fish dinner meal. Server was really nice and on point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you wanna pay 4 ambiance...
    Food4thaSoul
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Then this is the place for you. You can make a reservation and it doesn't actually mean you will be seated at that time. The drinks are high (3 sidecars cost $66) and while the food is ok, for the price charged i expect more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • outstanding
    Mona815
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I came for my birthday and I absolutely LOVE SAX! its great and a real sexy place to celebrate just about anything
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surprise!
    foodcomaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Sax is a one of its kind place for DC. The beautiful interiors, great food and service coupled with the mind blowing burlesque performances make it worth a visit! Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exotically Entertaining
    NatetheGreat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    SAX's main draw is the live entertainment that they feature frequently throughout the night. The food itself is only decent, but they have some delicious house cocktails that are worth trying (though they are a bit overpriced). The decor and ambiance is quite unique; the proactively dressed servers still maintain a certain elegance and the low lighting keeps things fairly intimate despite the energetic atmosphere. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful location this is not the place, but if you're looking for something out of the ordinary that's also somewhat alluring then SAX is worth a look.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This Burlesque restaurant was a beautiful surprise. Every 15 minutes a show would start- lively dancers and acrobatics. Wonderful entertainment. My favorite drink was Scandalous. The food was delicious, many options to chose from. I will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Dining Experience
    Qualitydine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The ambience was perfect with excellent service. Very entertaining experience, along with awesome tasting food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Chase please....
    MzBlu
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service was excellent and the show was amazing. When I paid the bill, I wrote $0.00 for the tip given I would be providing the waitress with a cash tip. We sat for another 5 mins and then we left. I accidentally forgot to leave the cash tip with the bill. The waitress then chased us out the door because she didn't receive a tip. I gave her the cash that I intended to leave. I thought it was unprofessional to chase someone down for a tip when the bill was already paid. A tip is discretional right?!?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Broadway Feeling Restaurant
    Amanda
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We dined here during DC restaurant week as I always wanted to try based on the photos I saw online. It seems to be a pretty private place but definitely not as big as you could imagine. It was conveniently located just a few blocks away from Metro Center metro station. When you walk inside, you will automatically have the feeling of nightclub, but the elegant kind. The main color is black and red, closer to the meaning of the name. You were given one mask as complimentary, I noticed only few people actually wear it during dinner. The light is definitely dim and dark, which creates romantic atmosphere for couples and private group dinning experience. The food was okay, but not extraordinary. The performance does has art element in it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasteful burlesque w/gourmet food
    Love4gourmet
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We arrived for an early dinner for our anniversary. We were promptly seated and brought two glasses of champagne on the house. How nice! The food came out rapidly one course after another, and it made us feel a bit rushed. But the food was excellent -- high quality ingredients & delicious. The server was friendly and helpful. The stage behind glass is a cool concept, and every 15 minutes there was a short show which we enjoyed over our meal. The dancers were quite skilled, some of them leaving us in awe. At the end they brought us a small cake on the house, which again was so nice and very much appreciated! I just wish they had taken a bit more time between courses to allow us to fully enjoy our otherwise great anniversary evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • diningoutopinions
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was quite good - although everything was sufficiently overpriced that I appreciated being able to join in during restaurant week. The service was absolutely wonderful - everyone was lovely. The "entertainment" was over the top silly. I was not impressed with the entertainment and went away feeling sorry for the gals behind the glass in the Thursday even Vaudeville routine. But, for a carefree night of silly frivolity, perhaps its just what you're looking for. For me, not so much.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everyone should experience Sax.
    MsJeannormil
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I wanted to kickoff monthly girl's night, and I couldn't have made a better selection than Sax during restaurant week. It was fabulous! From the grandiose velvet and gold main entrance to the sheer opulence of the main seating floor this is definitely not your average night out. The acrobats, live painters, and violinist only come second too because the food and drinks stole the show. Add the great and attentive service and you have a night you"ll be sharing with friends for ages. I will definitely go back even with knowing how much more expensive it will be since it wont be restaurant week, but at Sax you're paying for an experience and its worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boring Restaurant Week Pick
    DCcatwoman
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This restaurant provided entertainment during dinner, including acrobatic performers and on hoops and fabric strips. This was moderately interesting, but each performer preformed for just a few minutes. There was also a man who played a string instrument resembling a guitar without a frame--an open "S" thing. That was OK. But most of the time, the only "entertainment" was a man creating a large painting on the stage. During that time, I pulled out my iPAD since I was dining alone. The food was just OK. Short ribs & potatoes, mostly bland. Not really interesting. One reason that I tried it is that is so expensive. Minimum on weekend nights is $75, as I recall. Maybe the food & entertainment are better then.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sax has amazing ambience!
    FishBuddyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We loved the decor and the coziness of the dimly lit dining area. The artist, musician and dancers were fantastic and made the mood even more "saxy"... we'll definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we went! Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    From the entrance to the rest rooms! A perfect 10 staff is friendly engaging and the entertainment is awesome
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DLoves2DineVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Waitstaff, drinks, ambiance, entertainment, and DJ were great; hostess - not so much! Despite that obvious attitude of the hostess (reason unknown), we had a fabulous time. Went for brunch...felt like we were transcended to another place and time. We didn't even realize it was still the afternoon when we left. Making plans to come again...soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night Out
    nbcsally
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Bachelorette party, anniversary, its a great place to go. The drinks are top shelf and very very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • front desk customer service sucks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    this was my second time visiting saxdc. First experience was great, second was terrible. I had to work late so I called in advance to reschedule my appointment. When I arrived, I was told it's a packed night and had to wait. I was also told, if I had made it to my original appointment then I would have been seated. One of the front desk attendee with blond type hair was very rude, unprofessional and not customer service friendly at all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night!!
    Marie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here Saturday night and were happy with our service and the extra care they put into making our night special. We were a bit late for our reservation time but were still accommodating for us. Thanks SAX!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience but......
    NychaelaSymone
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The fees charged for the weekend are ridiculous. We understood the $75.00 minimum on Friday, but was surprised by the additional 20% fee and automatic gratuity. If you choose to go to this lounge, be prepared to spend. The drinks were delicious and the food was decent, however I suspect the fish I had was not fresh and one of our desserts was freezer burned. Our server did offer a different dessert, in fact our server was excellent. All in all, it was definitely a different experience to see aerial performers and burlesque routines while dining. The venue and seating is very plush and comfy and the service staff is excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was perfect
    2divinedining
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was my first time and wanted to something special for my man and let me say yo see the smile on his face was priceless. Sax was the best. Everything was great. I will come back and bring my friends. We really enjoyed our services and the entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service very good, tired food
    bskkemo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    took my sister who was visiting last week. good service as expected: prompt, polite, fun, engaging. food was tired and not that great. shows were entertaining as always, but seemed to be spread out longer than previously enjoyed
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Experience
    Gabriel
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Definitely recommend the place! Awesome on thursdays
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice atmosphere,great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A very nice restuarant....definitely worth visiting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.