100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: CityZen
No. 4 on this year's list
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
A carnival treat gets an haute makeover: CityZen’s candied-apple soufflé with Calvados ice cream. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published January 27, 2014
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CityZen (Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
Address: 1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-787-6006
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southwest/Waterfront
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 6 to 9:30 PM; Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Smithsonian, L'Enfant Plaza
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Hits from a recent tasting menu included toro with Meyer-lemon chimichurri; merlu (also known as hake) with piquillo-pepper marmalade; and a pear Linzer torte.
Price Details: Three-course menu, $75. Five-course tasting menu, $110; vegetarian tasting menu, $90. Three-course bar menu, $50.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Good for Groups

With the exception of a shiny wooden box of Parker House rolls—sublime little pillows of butter and salt served with each dinner—you never know what you’ll get at this soaring dining room in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. That’s because chef Eric Ziebold, who has been with the restaurant since it opened nine years ago, changes his à la carte and six-course tasting menus frequently and rarely resurrects an old dish.

Ziebold’s cooking has a quiet brilliance, and he can weave together a progression of seemingly disparate courses—say, a quail satay with persimmon followed by a riff on stroganoff with salt-baked beef, egg noodles, and crème fraîche—and make the transition feel seamless. Open: Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Don’t miss: Hits from a recent tasting menu included toro with Meyer-lemon chimichurri; merlu (also known as hake) with piquillo-pepper marmalade; and a pear Linzer torte.

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