Muze

4.2
828 reviews
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Using the finest local produce combined with the distinctive flavors of South-East Asia, Muze offers a tantalizing menu of international dishes with a delicious Asian feel. Offering the ease of all-day dining, combined with a relaxed atmosphere and waterside views, Muze’s menu has been developed under the direction of Executive Chef Stefan Kauth and our talented new Chef de Cuisine Andrew Powers. Featuring dishes such as Spicy Dan Dan Noodles, Prime Beef Tartare and Black Cod Hong Kong Style, the diverse menu showcases cuisine that reflects our ‘East West Kitchen’ concept, complemented by universal dishes that everyone will recognize and enjoy.

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

For guaranteed reservations, cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to the day of the booking otherwise a cancelation fee will apply.
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EH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

VERY OVERPRICED. Inattentive service. VERY SMALL single glass bottle of Diet Coke $5 (of course, no refill since not fountain drink.) Mediocre club sandwich $17. Even getting ketchup for fries was an ordeal; comes in little single-serve bottles and waiter didn't even offer to remove the plastic seal (which proved impossible to remove).

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was underwhelming for the price. It’s in a nice hotel and the ambience was great but for a Friday night it was quite empty. The service was up to par and the menu was lacking originality for the location. It was a blah dinner and probably wouldn’t come back due to the other restaurants in the city that give more flare.

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JN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Service second to none. Their dessert is some of the best I’ve had anywhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Just moved to DC and went to dinner with parents. The food was ok but was very disappointed that the menu was completely different and way more expensive than listed on Open Table. My meal turned out ok, but i was much more interested in items on the menu on Open Table. Also, this restaurant was listed as $$ (can dine for less than $30 per person) and the total for 4 people was almost $300 for 4 entrees and 4 cocktails. Definitely NOT worth the price, and disappointing that the details on Open Table were so inaccurate and misleading.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

James and Abody provided amazing service. Went for husband’s birthday and had a great time.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service, but I miss the Kobe beef burger.

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SC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Great service, great food, beautiful ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was fine, service was nice enough, nothing I’d come or wait > 45 mins again though.

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W
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were staying in the Mandarin Oriental, and looking for a good meal that was convenient. We went early but they were prepared. Very nice meal, with good service.

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SB
Oklahoma City
34 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Muze is a top-notch restaurant with experienced staff and a varied menu. Sandwiches and salads were delicious. This seems to be a hidden gem.

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RI
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here twice. The meals we had were excellent. The service was wonderful. Highly recommended.

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LA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mother's Day Brunch was outstanding. The food was plentiful and top of the line. Everything was very tasty and while it was buffet style, everything seemed as though it was freshly prepared and right off of the kitchen line. The Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine were both visible and working the buffet throughout the morning, ensuring everything was to their high quality standards. The presentation of every dish was also to the typical high quality standards. Finally the dessert tables (!) were sights to behold and photo worthy.

The one mild disappointment was that all of the beverages were an extra charge. It would have been nice if the mothers were offered a mimosa or bellini for Mothers Day and if the brunch included a soft drink or coffee/tea.

We had the 12:30 seating and the dining room was quiet and not very full, but by 1:15 all of the tables were taken. and the ambiance was quite noisy. Everyone seemed to be having an enjoyable time.

We will definitely be going back in the future!

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DF
Philadelphia
203 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good meal services was little slow a times but no issues. Pretty decorations. Food was good, nothing outstanding but a good meal and convenient

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GF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

When one is stuck staying at the Mandarin Oriental this is pretty much the only game in town unless you are willing to walk to the waterfront. Since there were thunderstorms we went with Muze. Food was well prepared but heavy. Cost was extreme.

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k
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Nothing special. Service was excellent. We love to share dishes in order to taste many, many items. The staff was greatly accommodating. My duck entrée was so salty that it was impossible to eat. My husband’s specialty lobster entrée was coated with such a thick gravy that it was impossible to taste the lobster.
Only 3-4 tables were occupied.

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a FANTASTIC restaurant! The servers memorized your name and made the entire meal personalized. Very polite and nothing was too much trouble. I’d strongly recommend this place for a date night or a quiet dinner. I will absolutely be back!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All was good except our cards were all charged 3 times. They did call after they did it to let us know, but, it was a bit expensive to have an error like that made.

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JO
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Vacation dinner

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JD
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quiet business discussion. Tables are set with appropriate distance for privacy and the service is attentive, but not intrusive. The food is excellent and the ambiance is upscale without the attendant higher price. Great views of the Washington Channel and terrific lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

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MW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Menu is typical hotel restaurant menu. Pretty limited. It’s billed as Asian / American fusion style. But it’s really poorly done. Tasteless. And way over priced. I ordered a Li mein. In another restaurant it will cost $10, but cost me $35. My wife’s is also poorly done.

Definitely not worth it.

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FJ
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting and great service, but food was uneven and prices are high.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Muze was a lovely bright place right by the water and the Cherry Blossom Festival esplanade (the time of year my friends and I had come to visit the DC area). The restaurant is in a hotel, which we didn’t know ahead of time and also got lost finding the place. Once we got inside we were seated immediately, the place was pretty full with hotel guests as well as tourists in town from the festival, but overall peaceful and quiet. The menu had some Cherry Blossom-themed items, which was nice. I had ordered a salmon sandwich, which was delicious! The only thing I found a bit odd was that all of the condiments were miniature and plastic wrapped as if for individual or travel use, so getting those open was a bit of a hassle. The waiter also did accidentally spill some of the sauce from the salmon sandwich on my shirt, which he did apologize for and offered to bring around club soda for, but nothing some water couldn’t get out. Overall an OK experience, odd that it’s in the back of a hotel.

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FF
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The imprimatur of the Mandarin Oriental implies the highest of standards in food and lodging. Given our expectations, Muze has to be counted as a disappointment. Though my wife relished her Steamed Edamame, both my Beef Yakitori and Spicy Green Curry were ho-hum at best. I've had better of each elsewhere. In particular, the Green Curry came across as a soup rather than a "stew," with few non-liquid ingredients to be found in a sea of sauce. The Beef Yakitori was meaty, but not flavorful, lacking the usual tang to which I'm accustomed. My wife, who had had lunch here a year or so ago, noticed a taming of the menu, with fewer exotic and more generic dishes offered. If Muze is attempting to broaden rather than deepen its appeal, it has perhaps succeeded — blending into rather than standing out from the local restaurant scene. I wouldn't avoid Muze for lunch, but I wouldn't seek it out either. Meh.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

food was sub par, I think Sizzler would have been better.

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RH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!! The service from Dolly (I believe her name is) was TOP NOTCH!!

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MM
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Although the waitress was pleasant enough, my meal, the lobster parpardele entree was 95% pasta with 5% lobster. It’s flavor was mundane and inedible and it was served room temperature if that, so I picked out the few pieces of lobster and left the plate as presented. Extremely disappointed and I told the waitress, who did nothing and offered nothing as a replacement. The appetizer, Angus Beef Tataki, was exceptional and it should be enlarged and offered as an entree. The Corn Crusted Icelandic Cod entree was also very good. To top it off, we were there as a birthday celebration so you’ll love this. At the end of dinner, the waitress asks if we’d like a dessert and coffee, so we decided to share a Berry Cheesecake and coffee, both were enjoyable. When asking for the bill, the waitress suddenly remembers it’s a birthday celebration so rather than comping the dessert that we had just enjoyed, she brings out a bowl of ice cream with a candle. Albeit nice of her to finally remember the event, it made little sense as we had already had our dessert. Most restaurants of this caliber and expense would have removed the lobster entree from the bill as well as the charge for dessert given the reason for dining there. We have eaten here a number of times over the years and have always had great meals here but this was just one of those times. Truly disappointing.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, pricey. Nice ambiance, although our food took over 30 minutes (for one entree we shared) and it wasn’t busy.

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HC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We booked lunch at Muze because of the proximity to the Tidal Basin. We spent the morning photographing cherry blossoms, then walked a few steps to a beautiful and quiet lunch overlooking the marina. I loved the special pickled cherry salad with salmon, and my companions assured me their crab cake sandwiches were topnotch. We finished with the Mandarin, a five-layered orange dessert specialty of the hotel, which was tasty and unique! Sadly, the much-praised chocolate layer bar was not available, despite our early time slot.


I did not find the staff overly friendly. But the hotel and setting are hard to beat.

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BM
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet and elegant, food was really good, fantastic service. Best restaurant in that area of town. Would love to explore more of the hotel sometime.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is underwhelming. Beautiful space.

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KC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a delicious and relaxing visit on a recent visit to DC. Lovely hotel restaurant with attentive food and service. The duck was delicious!

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NC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Didn’t like our entrees but the drinks and appetizer were good.

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with my wife and everything was top notch! Will definitely be back again

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m
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Was excited. to stay at Mandarin and try Muze for dinner and breakfast. Neither experience was positive. Had the Cod for dinner and it tasted and smelled like Ammonia as if it had gone bad. Didn't say anything because we were with another couple and didn't want to make a scene; however, didn't feel right all weekend. Eggs were overcooked at breakfast. Not a do over.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Muze when I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental for my 40th birthday with some girlfriends. Our experience was immaculate from start to finish. An incredible meal, incredible service and I will definitely be back!

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DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food -salmon entree was tasty and generously portioned. The blue passionfruit meringue was tangy, sweet, and fun to eat. Impeccable service. The only flaw was the beverage service. My friend and I both had two vodka-based drinks each. My first, a Mandarin Dream, was weak and served in a glass that had several dried sticky places on the glass, which made me doubt the glass had been thoroughly cleaned. My second drink - a Ketel One vodka martini consumed with finner an hour after the first drink - was also weak. I consumed sufficient water during the meal and usually do not suffer from hangovers, but I woke up with one the following morning. My friend had a similar experience with her Cosmopolitans. We're both experienced drinkers and so wonder if the vodka was adulterated. For $17 per cocktail, we expect better.

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FO
Miami
78 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For a hotel restaurant we were pleasantly surprised both at breakfast and dinner. Good service and tasty dishes. Certainly a good choice for in house guests and locals.

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KG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service at Muze is formal and attentive but relaxed and friendly at the same time. As a hotel restaurant, there is no dress code and both business guests and tourists are welcome. The coffee is excellent and the food is reliably fresh and tasty. The salmon sandwich is a good value and the hamburger very nice too. The restaurant is bright and has pretty views of the River. A treat!

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S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice setting. Excellent service. Great fries.
All food was high quality

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y
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Dined Saturday night. Not many people dining so got a romantic table at a nice quiet area. Great service. I would suggest that the restaurant/hotel educate servers where to place chopsticks on the place mat.

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