empress garden

Washington, D.C.Empress


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Curated cocktails, culinary delights, and afternoon tea with garden view

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  • General
    11am - 10pm (Wed, Thu & Sun)
    11am - midnight (Fri - Sat)
  • Afternoon Tea
    1:30pm & 3:30pm (Thu – Sun)
    Reservations are required
  • Phone
    +1 (202) 787 6148

Empress is our vibrant living room off the Hotel’s expansive lobby and overlooking the lush Empress Garden. With socially-distanced seating both indoors and on the Empress Garden patio, Empress is ideal for intimate meet-ups, relaxed conversation, special occasions, or unwinding with a nightcap.

Famous for our daily traditional Afternoon Tea experience*, Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen creates flavorful delights such as scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries served with a selection of teas and champagne.

Further inspired by our heritage, Empress features a savory menu thoughtfully created by Executive Chef Moosah Reaume. Choose from a range of beverages including bespoke cocktails, wines, spirits, coffee, and tea.

Empress takes its name from the “Above Washington, D.C.” painting hung overlooking the lounge. The larger-than-life painting depicts Empress Dowager Cixi, The Last Empress of China swinging over the eternal federal city. The piece enhances Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s blending of Eastern and Western cultures and philosophies.

*Reservations are required.

Cocktails, Light Fare & Tea

Menu highlights

Surf & Turf Tartare
Salmon with Citrus Vinaigrette, Avocado, Mango & Sesame Seeds served with Puffed Beef Chips

Bulgogi Buns
Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Hoisin Sauce, Daikon, Pickled Red Onion

12-Layer Chocolate Cake
64% chocolate creamux, flourless biscuit, golden chocolate pearls, Sichuan pepper glace

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