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: (202) 737-0101
  • 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
162 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food3.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (123)romantic (92)good for groups (82)hot spot (65)late-night find (64)vibrant bar scene (58)fit for foodies (40)great for brunch (31)neighborhood gem (19)scenic view (18)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • A Washington DC Secret
    gdeats
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Sax was highly recommended to me by a co-worker.... She is now one of my best friend :). This restaurant was more than my expectations could have imagined. The service was on point, our waitress was tentive and answered questions we had about the meal and the shows. The entertainment was seductive and erotic. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who want a special night out with a loved one or to any man looking to impress his date. The food was delicious as I had the Lamb chops. Well worth the price and the show.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
  • A Little Of Paris in DC
    BonAppetit
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Décor, ambiance, stylish ladies – reminiscent of lovely time in Paris. Good food and great service. My wife and I will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 75 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 601 reviews are from the SAX restaurant & lounge - Washington DC reviews archive.
  • 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
    bskkemoVIP
    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.
  • So happy I tried this place!
    PIB82
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I went here on a Friday night for my best friend's birthday dinner. Our server was awesome, food was amazing, and the dancers were crazy talented. Super entertaining. We had the best time and it was worth the cost. I would definitely recommend this place for a special night out. It's a unique concept (especially in DC), It reminded of a place I would find in NYC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was good but overpriced. The best thing we ordered was the fondue appetizer. Dessert was horrible, the SAX Opera Cake was dry. The acrobatics entertainment was the only part of the entertainment worth going for and it was very short. The other dancers were poorly trained and distasteful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved Sax!
    AmandaWilson
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We went to Sax for our 5th wedding anniversary and I was excited as soon as we walked in the door! Our server was great. She was very sweet and helpful with the menu. The burlesque dancers were amazing! I've been to a few shows like them before but this blew the others out of the water. The dancers were all on point and simply mesmerizing. The food was fantastic, a culinary delight. We will definitely come back and suggest Sax to our friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was my daughter's 34th b-day
    Fresca
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    it was my daughter's 34th birthday! 2 days before she went to a movie and dinner, the day before she went to a show but she said SAX restaurant was the highlight of her birthday weekend. She really enjoyed everything about the SAX restaurant. We took so many pictures for her to always remember that day. Also the service was amazingly attentive. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing place! !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was amazing, the staff very accommodating the shows were lovely I just wish they are more frequent... love this place!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Entertainment
    djmorris621
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Top knotch in terms of entertainment and atmosphere. The crowd attracted Herr is very professional and mature. I appreciate that in a townhouse where there are not many mature adult lounge scenes. It was our first time there and we've already planned our trip back. Awesome talent in the entertainment. and it was every 10-15 minutes so you got your money's worth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Sofancy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Completely different experience. Not just another restaurant. The show and elegant beauty make it completely different.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Spot
    Ajking75
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    It's DC's latest and the greatest! Is recommend this to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    Revel
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Excellent shows, friendly staff, great food, and energetically charged atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My husband took me there for my 37th birthday. We had the time of our lives. The ambiance was great. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Lots of fun for special occasion. Awesome entertainment. Good music and dancing. Would go again
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ambiance, Ambiance
    burbsmom
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was my first experience at Sax. I'm a mom of 3 and live in the Suburbs. I was looking for a romantic night out with a flair of excitement. Sax gave us this. The ambiance was a touch of Medival/European. Very sexy romantic atmosphere. Food was "excellent" Cant wait to go back!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    Cindy123
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I love this restaurant. It was there for my wedding anniversary. I also like the entertainment and there service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent....
    Nessa1dc
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I took my Husband for Father's Day. We loved it. Very pricey, but enjoyed the ambiance and the show. The show was very tasteful. We actually just saw a lot of dancing (some of the dancing wasn't very good)....but had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellenrt!
    FocusVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Fantastic place for ambiance. Great food and experience for groups and a great evening for all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you want return customers
    Cccc
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    If you want return customers you need the whole package. While ambiance is what all the reviews rave about, this is not great enough of an incentive to come back. You can't charge a lot of money for mediocre food and expect people to come back. Be the full package - great entertainment, great food, and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Affair
    AValentine
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Celebrated Birthday with family and friends! Great entertainment, food,and service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    BigDaddyShon
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Send me some coupons! I would like to bring some friends along.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Experience
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was my first visit. Another friend and I were taking a girlfriend out for her birthday. We could not stop talking about how much fun we had and how the experience was awesome! Good and drinks were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My husband and I went on a Friday night. The atmosphere what beautiful and fun. The entertainment was great!!!! Our waitress was very knowledgeable, attentive, and sweet. The food was so delicious!!!! Truffle fries and cheddar fondue were amazing and the duck was perfectly cooked.Highly recommended!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Experience
    awkitekite
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Perfect find for a more adult oriented dinner. (21+ only) The food was good, not great, but the entertainment and atmosphere was awesome. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I went here with a couple of friends to celebrate my birthday. We decided to go on the Friday before my birthday and it was the beat night to go. Great food, great ambiance, great staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    Cherisse
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was my first time at this lounge. I brought my husband here to celebrate his graduation from graduate school. We had a fantastic time! We had to make a last minute change to our reservation because our babysitter was late, but the restaurant was extremely polite and very accomodating. We were seated on time and greeted by a sweet waitress. The service was amazing, the food was great, and I couldn't have had a better time. I will definitely be back in the future and I will definitely recommend this place to friends! Thank you are a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DC's Best Brunch!
    sk1952
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Ambiance is fabulous...reminiscent of a New Orleans speak easy. Four course brunch with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's was wonderful. White hot chocolate starter is to die for. Short ribs with eggs was terrific, shrimp étouffée was great as we're all the dishes. Burlesque show was very entertaining and great fun. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice decor, terrible food
    LB24
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for brunch; the décor was very vegas -like, but interesting, it was dramatic and fun to watch the dancing, BUT the food was really terrible, a two ounce smoothie with a bloody mary chaser? such a bad combo. My arugula salad had one caper and one drop of dressing, so dry! and my entrée was a madame croque which was cold meat and unmelted cheese under flavorless white gravy over burnt toast and had a poached egg on top that was over cooked. They had brought us muffins and jellies and butter which were tasty, but no bread dishes, so it was messy. I wont recommend it or bring my out of town visitors to Sax. it was a disappointing menu. I felt we did not get our money's worth for brunch at all.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Venue!
    Ildi
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary here and we had a great time! The staff was very friendly and they surprised us with a glass of champagne and a dessert. The atmosphere was very sensual and romantic. I loved it! As it got later, the venue started filling up with people and the atmosphere became more vibrant. The one 'negative' thing I would note is the show. I was expecting a burlesque type show but it was not burlesque at all. The show was entertaining but I would have preferred more of a burlesque type show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sax Rox!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Everywhere you look in Sax your senses will be treated to something beautiful. The staff is courteous and attentive without being overbearing/cloying, the menu is inspired and executed by a highly skilled Chef and his team, and the entertainment is a resplendent visual/auditory feast. It's rare to find a restaurant/lounge that "gets it" with appropriate sound levels and artistically executed lighting, but Sax not only gets it - they've raised the standards - the result is a wonderful multi-faceted sensory experience. Fine dining used to be considered a full evening's experience - thanks to the creative Sax visionaries - it is once again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.