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Washington, D.C.Empress


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Announcement: As of Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the District of Columbia will lift the current mask mandate in place for the district. We will no longer require guests to wear facemasks in the Hotel. We continue to recommend our guests wear masks as they move throughout our public areas and be mindful of social distancing.

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

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  • General
    11am - midnight (Sun - Thu)
    11am - 1am (Fri & Sat)
    Kitchen closes at 10pm
    Limited cold items will be available
    after 10pm to midnight
    Garden seating weather permitting
  • Afternoon Tea
    1:30 & 3:30pm (Fri - Sun)
    Reservations 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*, our culinary team under Executive Chef Moosah Reaume creates flavourful delights such as scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries served with a selection of teas and champagne.

Further inspired by our heritage, Empress features a savoury menu. 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

Blue Crab “Rangoon” Crab Cake
Sweet Chili Aioli and Wonton Chips

Pepperoni Diablo
Italian Calabrian Chile Tomato Sauce, Pepperoni, Whipped Ricotta

Mandarin Oriental Burger
CAB Butcher’s Burger, Aged Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon Aioli

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