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1330 Maryland Ave SW, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington DC, DC 20024-2100
+1 202-787-6140
11:30 - 23:30
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All hours
Sun 11:30 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Long Island, New York
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137 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for after dinner drinks and desserts. the choices were so dismal on desserts that I chose none. My companions had dessert as well as drinks, and nothing was special. Service was weak.

Thank Jane E
College Park, MD
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

My family met here before taking a DC dinner cruise and it was truly the highlight of our evening. We had fabulous service, gorgeous surroundings and delicious cocktails. We parked at the hotel, had a few cocktails and caught a cab to the boatyard, which was such a great decision. Our car was totally safe and we had a wonderful... More 

1 Thank SnorkelSpotSeeker
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

A relaxing place serving good cocktails and good food. took advantage of many a Mandarin Sling and a lobster BLTA sandwich.

1 Thank BARRY C
Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

small bar, very crowded in the late afternoon, normal selection of drinks, wine, bottled beer, friendly staff

Thank Singgla
Alexandria, Virginia
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

Want afternoon tea? Reasonable? Properly done and served? In an elegant relaxed atmosphere? This is the place. Excellent sandwiches, edible scones, lush desserts, choose your tea, add optional champagne or cocktail, sit back, enjoy!

Thank LAPR1
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

great friendly service and good food and drink. Nice setup with various seating arrangements. Floor to ceiling windows and oriental décor rounded out the atmosphere. We had mid afternoon sandwiches and beer which was served promptly

1 Thank vagabond3025
South Petherton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

A relaxed and smart spot in the hotel for a drink and bit to eat. They catered for vegans ok with a pleasant and suitably huge salad.

Thank siambient
New York City, New York
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58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

We were staying at Mandarin Oriental Washington, and stopped by here on a Sunday evening after returning from our evening meal elsewhere. It was the perfect choice for ending our day. Top notch spirits, my companion had his favorite kind of tea (which was served elegantly and with style), and a really nice dressed-up version of strawberry shortcake. It's a... More 

1 Thank Hawkwild
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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153 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

So it's not the "traditional" English High Tea, however, it's still lovely, fun and quite enjoyable. So make a reservation, take your favorite girlfriends and go. Easy to get to and in a beautiful hotel. Valet parking available for not more than the price of parking in a garage - so splurge and valet. We spent close to two hours... More 

2 Thank LibyAH
Randolph, New Jersey
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

It was interesting to see the tea leaves in the glass teapot, which had a contraption in the spout to catch the leaves. My jasmine tea was nice and tasty for a white tea. The clotted cream and jam spread deliciously on the scones and madeleines.

Thank El_HB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington DC, DC 20024-2100
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-787-6140

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?