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Sou’Wester Restaurant Review - Mandarin Oriental Washington DC

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Sou’Wester, located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, offers regional American cuisine by an award winning chef at reasonable prices. The setting is quiet with waterfront views of the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial. In December 2013, the restaurant was rebranded and named Muze, featuring Asian inspired cuisine.

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  • Good Food by an award winning chef
  • Nice setting with beautiful views
  • Outdoor patio open seasonally


  • Limited parking in area - Valet parking is $7


  • Address: Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave, SW. Washington DC
  • Phone: (202) 787-6040
  • Hours: Breakfast 6:30-11am, Lunch 11:30am–5pm, Dinner 5:30–10pm
  • Prices: Appetizers $7-14, Dinner Entrees $16-28

Guide Review - Sou’Wester Restaurant Review - Mandarin Oriental Washington DC

The menu at Sou’Wester features a variety of soups and salads, and main dishes such as Grilled Carolina Shrimp, Chesapeake Soft Shell Crab Tempura, Chicken and Dumplings and Roasted Leg of Baby Lamb. I enjoyed the Market Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese Crostini and the East Coast Seafood Stew - Smoked Bluefish, Mussels and Squid in Tomato-Shellfish Broth. The seafood was fresh and the broth was very tasty. For dessert, I recommend the Passion Fruit cheesecake, it was light and flavorful.

Sou’Wester offers a casual vibe and an affordable alternative to the Mandarin's sophisticated City Zen Restaurant. The decor is modern with floor-to-ceiling windows, wood flooring and state-of-the-art lighting. The dining room has 128 seats, including a 10 seat community table and a 14 seat private dining room and seasonal outdoor terrace for 24.

As is common in the industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary meal for the purpose of the review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy. All prices and offering mentioned herein are subject to change without notice.

Reviewed June 2010 - Prices are subject to change

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