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

SAX restaurant & lounge - Washington DC Details

  • 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: Contemporary French, Contemporary French / 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 & Promotions: 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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was amazing, the staff very accommodating the shows were lovely I just wish they are more frequent... love this place!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Completely different experience. Not just another restaurant. The show and elegant beauty make it completely different."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "It's DC's latest and the greatest! Is recommend this to anyone."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent shows, friendly staff, great food, and energetically charged atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband took me there for my 37th birthday. We had the time of our lives. The ambiance was great. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Lots of fun for special occasion. Awesome entertainment. Good music and dancing. Would go again"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    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!!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Fantastic place for ambiance. Great food and experience for groups and a great evening for all."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Celebrated Birthday with family and friends! Great entertainment, food,and service!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Send me some coupons! I would like to bring some friends along."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!!!!!!!"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The staff and service was excellent, along with the ambiance. The drinks and food great."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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. "
    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!!! "
    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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014