Oz Restaurant and Bar

3.8
465 reviews
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We love eating, drinking and good times. Inspired by Oz owner and Aussie native, Michael Darby, Oz offers contemporary dining where healthy ingredients and an international flare make us unique. Located in the heart of Clarendon, we invite you to enjoy our small plates, exotic meats and international beers and wines.
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing! My friends and I went for the bottomless brunch. He explained the menu to us very clearly and was very attentive the entire time. We will be returning next time for another brunch. Great deal, vibe, and experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

I like going here because it's swanky and relaxing for drinks with a small or large group. There's never a wait or trouble getting a reservation. The availability is mostly driven by the fact that the food is just plain bad. Nothing tastes fresh. Cacio e pepe has no cacio or pepe (cheese and black pepper), mussel pots are small tasteless oily concoctions, truffle mac is over-boiled noodles with oil and hot sauce. All the pasta tastes like they put sugar in the pasta water. Everyone at my table hated their savory pies.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

So overall, i had a pretty decent experience. I reserved a table for my birthday, and the was a minor mishap in the beginning, but the manager graciously moved us to the dining room, where we got to like VIPS, as it was a fairly quiet Wednesday, and there was no one else in the room. The deals were AMAZING- $36 for unlimited small plates, and $14 for unlimited drinks for 2 hours, plus we got a choice a free small plate or drink, just for checking into Yelp. Our server, Joswe I believe-was super great! WE definitely over stayed past closing, but he was super nice about it. I would definitely recommend trying the Alemaide cocktail, and the crap cake.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been there several times for meals. But on 3/10/19 was not pleasing at all. I was not pleased with the brunch portion or the taste of the food. Not what I use to get from this restaurant. Must have been a bad day for the cook. I raved about this restaurant to the first times that had accompanying me on that day. Big fail. Omg. They were not happy with the food. Won’t be coming back. Dag!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good, but since we did not do the bottomless brunch, our mimosas were wildly inconsistent (by ratio of champagne to orange juice and by how much a glass was filled). The music was also too loud.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a girlfriends birthday. Excellent service and the food was amazing. Highly recommend for any occasion. We were there for the Sunday brunch. Loved the Bloody Marys.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Cute place but the food looked a lot better than it tasted.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was inedible. Drinks were good. Will not return or recommend.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

To start with, the menu was a little confusing and as our waiter was new, he wasn't of much help in explaining it. They seem to want you to order the unlimited small plates, good thing we didn't go that route as our waiter was not very attentive and in two hours we would not have had a chance to order much. My daughter ordered the spaghetti, I didn't expect much of it as it is not an Italian restaurant. Needless to say, it was not good. I ordered the Veggie Pie, the only thing you could really taste was the little bit of red pepper flakes in it. It had absolutely no flavor. It looked really good, but no taste. Our dinner was a flop. The waiter did ask how everything was, I told him it was not very good and he had nothing to say other than, Oh. Next we ordered dessert because we were not full from dinner. We ordered the Lamington, a lemon sponge cake with berries and coconut flakes. It looked so good. What a disappointment! There was no lemon flavor AT ALL. It was like a bland cake with some berries. A very disappointing dinner! I am not sure why they called it a lemon sponge cake when there is no lemon flavor at all. Maybe their regular chef was off the night we went. We went on a Saturday evening. It was not very crowded. I guess we should have taken the hint!

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GR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a great spot for brunch, except the music was a little loud. Very fun atmosphere overall though

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b
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Expected more, but food was mediocre at best. Under seasoned , bland, boring. Service was good and attentive but it didn’t save the night. Won’t be going back

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The reason the Service was only 3 stars is because one waiter took our coffee orders, then we never saw him until our guest went to the hostess and asked to be served (after sitting for 15 minutes waiting.) There was apparently a mix-up on who was serving our table. Having been in the restaurant business, it is imperative that the other waiters/waitresses keep an eye on other tables for potential problems. After we sat for another 5-7 minutes, we had a really good waiter who apologized about the mix-up and stayed on top of our needs. For an issue like this, a manager SHOULD have come to our table to apologize, for good customer relations. The restaurant was very busy, and the wait staff looked stressed. As I mentioned, the waiter was very nice and did his job well, but it looks that there should be better communication between staff. The food was absolutely wonderful! Was very hot when i came out, came out together and amazing flavors! I had the BEST MIMOSA EVER! It was the best mimosa I have ever had in ANY restaurant. We ALL LOVED our food. Mostly a great experience. I noticed the other customers were extremely relaxed, OZ provides a great atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious but half of it was never brought out. Brunch is very disorganized but live music was nice, and server was very sweet. They just do not have a good system.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Our waitress was good about asking us what our next round was as we were finishing the current round of food (bottomless brunch). There was a musician playing guitar and singing in the restaurant ... he really added a cool vibe

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1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

After almost an hour, our waiter told us that our food had been given to a different table and ours had to be remade. Multiple plates were forgotten and took a very long time to come out. When they did come out, many of the plates were cold/flavorless/over-fried. I had to put an order in 3 separate times for one plate because it was forgotten/sent to a different table. The only positive part was the mimosas. Cranberry, pineapple, and orange juice were all provided along with the bottles of champagne, and we were able to mix our drinks. I will not return to Oz, nor recommend to a friend due to the poor service and low quality food.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was innovated and tasty. Service was very friendly. I would definitely recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Good for the experience and ambiance, but the food isn’t good at all.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Their wait staff is subpar and needs more structure and organization between waiters and runners

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GL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The service was very poor, which is not usually the case at Oz. Our server did not bring us drinks until we asked a second time. We never received some dishes we ordered. I went to the bar myself to refill our water bottle because we had asked for water several times and never received it. Food was good as always!

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YA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Both the food and the service were mediocre. We came because we wanted to try the kangaroo meat which they are known for, but they were out. Besides that, the ambiance was fine.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Don't really know how to write this review since I never actually got seated. So the reservation was for 8pm. My girlfriend and I showed up at about 8:05pm and the restaurant had not even seated the 7:30 reservations yet. At the same time there were two events going on. The two events looked like some dating event and painting. I'm not sure who made that call, but it is pretty poor management to book two events in your restaurant when your overbooked on Valentines day. Needless to say we left and found another place to eat...wont ever be coming back or recommending this place.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We went here for Valentine’s Day because it was the only restaurant in Arlington with reservation slots available. We had a 7:30 reservation time and were told we had to wait. We ended up waiting an hour before we were seated. What is the point of making a reservation if they don’t even hold a table for you?!? Anyway, once we were finally seated it took about 30 minutes for our first round of food to come out. We ordered round 2 and while waiting for round 2, we ordered a 3rd round. Our round 2 never came out. We had round 3 and gave up on waiting. The food was decent, however, the lamb was so over cooked it couldn’t be cut. We will never be coming back and I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I brought my family here on Valentine’s Day, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well they handled the Valentines rush with small plates. The food was on time and very fresh.

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CE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Oz. The food is delicious, very creative and the portions are generous. We ordered the truffle mac and cheese, hush puppies and split the lamb pie, at the recommendation of our waiter (it was a great choice!). I've already recommended Oz to friends and plan to return again soon!

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VG
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was excited to try this restaurant because of its origins in Australia. I was very surprised that the menu had very little Australian food featured and what they had I would never eat (e.g., ..roo). I didn't really like my meal, chicken parm., but my friends seemed to enjoy their meals a lot. I am glad. I guess I am used to the more Americanized Australian spot, Outback. Not sure what I was expecting, but I didn't find it at Oz. The staff is very friendly though. :)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. We had a group of 4 and all decided to go the bottomless brunch. The service on getting drinks was great, but we got two plates of food in an hour and 45 minutes. I guess this is how they make their money since you can only order one plate at a time. The plates were small and just came out extremely slow. It was very disappointing. I had three small plates total and was over trying to get food, so I just drank the mimosas. The food itself wasn’t that great. I had the avocado toast, which was pretty good, but not sure how you could mess that up. My second plate was the chicken and doughnut. The chicken tasted bland and the doughnut was hard. My third plate was the eggs Benedict which was probably my favorite dish. My boyfriend ordered the beignets and they came as 9 small square dough pieces. They were dry and hard. Just disappointing. We will not be returning.

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JW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, Brunch is not what you would expect from Oz. Happy hour is a better option here. The breakfast food was already prepared before the shift starts. The eggs are liquid eggs instead of fresh cracked eggs. A DJ was spinning at 1:00 in the afternoon (why?). If you order ala carte, be prepared for the main course to be potatoes instead of protein.

The food comes out quick because it is already prepared. Based on my experience with dinner, happy hours and related, I was very surprised Brunch was this bad.

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M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this little spot! Was not crowded at all and the service was so good. We dined for brunch on a Saturday and enjoyed our time. The food is very reasonably priced and though we didn’t do the bottomless option— it was very tempting!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was just okay. I expected more for the price.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch menu was wonderful and variety of menu as well. I would recommend it to others

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I absolutely enjoyed eating at Oz. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly and we enjoyed the pancakes, avocado toast, beetroot, etc. that we had!

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OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for all you can eat brunch, the food was delivered slowly and to the wrong tables constantly.

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DS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant and the service was great a little slow at first but it was all worth it and it was nice that the host read my request without telling her she moved us to a half a booth great service

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CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, but, despite making a booking on Open Table, the Maitre D seemed intent on keeping us out of the restaurant area and put us in the "bar" area. That's what I thought was offered on OT, and there were tables there, but she did everything to keep us out of that space, at first trying to seat us at an uncomfortable squeezed table in a weird non-space near the entrance. Not what we were looking for.

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant would be so much better if their "Australian" desserts were made as they truly should be. Pavlova is a wonderful dessert-- but you are serving a very hard merengue which is not at all like Pavlova. Lamingtons are also very different from what you're serving. I think if you actually served the real thing- it would make your restaurant much more enjoyable. The pies and pint special on Australia day--fun idea! The desserts, however, were disappointing.

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AL
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Oz had great food and service was really good, but as a side note I found it a bit weird that most of the staff didn’t seem to know it was Australia Day (which is why we had gone there in the first place), or that there were food specials on for it, when it’s an Australian restaurant. But other than that, is definitely go there again.

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u
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The place has good food and service. I wasn't a fan of the live DJ set. Way too loud.

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I
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The service and vibe were excellent, but the food was bland, and not savory at all. My friend did order drinks and she was happy with the quality. I'd recommend going for drinks but not for the food.

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NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The kangaroo burger and the ice cream sandwich dessert was not delicious, but the whole experience was worth it.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went for Restaurant Week and frankly wasn't all that impressed. It wasn't bad, but isn't worth the money you could have spent elsewhere!

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