SAX is here… DC's premiere special occasion venue. Celebrate your occasion in an opulent setting with live entertainment including dance revues and aerialists. SAX offers a full Contemporary French/American dinner menu & specialty cocktails with late night bottle service specials. SAX features nightly continuous performances throughout every evening.
SAX enforces a strict dress code. Please visit our website for further details and special themed evenings.
Whether its a celebration party or corporate event, SAX's full service event team handles every detail. Our opulent venue, exceptional cuisine and outstanding service ensures a memorable event. If you are interested in hosting a 350-person corporate event or a bachelorette party for 10 of your closest friends, our team will ensure your event is a success.
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Thursday: 6pm - 11:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 6pm - 3am
$50 and over
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A 20-foot enclosed infinity stage is visible from almost all of the two-story space and hosts a theatrical entertainment revue throughout the evening.
Valet every night. $12 before 10pm $20 after 10pm
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Specialize in bachelorette and birthday celebrations!
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Sax Ratings and Reviews
Made a reservation for 9:30pm and we wer ...
Made a reservation for 9:30pm and we were not seated till 10:18pm. What good was the reservation for. We could not order a cocktail at the bar because we were told they stopped serving cocktails after 10:00pm. We could not order a desert after our meal because we were told the kitchen was closed which was not our fault for them to delay us in seating us. We were told literally to get up from our table because they have stopped serving food and now the place was turning into a nite club. As a result whiles seating down, the staff vleaned up our table and placed new bunch of drinking glasses all over on the table. After they asked us if we wanted to buy a table and bottle of drink tonite , if we wanted to continue to sit there. Why make a reservation if they will not go by the reservation. Why ask us to leave the table, when we asked why have we not been seated we were told some guest were still using the table we are to be seated, so we should wait. I will only go back if they inform us to what they have done different to improve their reservation system and service.
Great place for an intimate birthday dat ...
Great place for an intimate birthday date for a couple or double date. The ambiance really sets the mood and the service is really exceptional, better than I have experienced in the DMV area. The entire staff were attentive, polite and very professional. I highly recommend this location to experience while in the DC area. It is different from the norm and kind of reminds me of a Las Vegas style performances.
This was my first time experiencing this ...
This was my first time experiencing this establishment, & I can say it was wonderful. The staff is very polite , & professional . They made my experience wonderful, they were accommodating & understanding to my needs . I will definitely be making this a place one of my spots ..
The performances are why you go to SAX. ...
The performances are why you go to SAX. The ambiance is great too, but the performances are the highlight. The service is good and the staff is friendly. On a busy night, you might be rushed from your table after dinner because they are trying to keep them turned. Lately I have noticed that Friday night is a lot more energetic than Saturday. The food is hit and miss - you will be disappointed with the carrot cake (trust me on this one). The cocktails are good, but nothing spectacular. Earlier in the evening there are a lot more women. The men don't start arriving until after 10. The evening can be rather expensive too. Be sure to use the valet service because the parking garages that are nearby all close early for a night out at this club. Go... you will have a good time and experience a different kind of night out in DC.
The food wasn't great. My group was here ...
The food wasn't great. My group was here for a bachelorette evening. The show was great. Our waiters were friendly and very suggestive as it was our first time and we didn't know what to order. But the food was slightly flavorless. Beautiful decor, great shows !
Sax is a authentic and rare commodity. I ...
Sax is a authentic and rare commodity. I don't frequent it a lot because I reserve it for special occasions. I enjoy the entertainment, food, and specialty cocktails. I like that they have a dress code because the ambience is so fantastic the guests should arrive that way as well.
We went early because my boyfriend had n ...
We went early because my boyfriend had not ever been to or heard of Sax, and I wanted him to see as much of the performances as possible. When we arrived, there was not a large crowd. The bartender was not even paying attention, we had to get this attention in order for us to get served, note there were only 3 people at the bar that he was not serving. We asked if there were any specials and he responded with an attitude "what specials?" His facial expression said everything. He should have just simply said "Unfortunately, we do not offer any specials, but...." and hand us a menu. We had to ask him for a drink menu. That should be the first thing you do when you get a new customer. I was actually surprised that Sax did not offer a happy hour. It was FREEZING in there and we decided to walk outside to warm up before our reservation. When we got back and waited to be seated (not long), there was a performance about to start and the same bartender was completely rude about asking, actually he did not even ask, he just demanded us to move aside and literally rushing us out of the way without any explanation. A simple, "excuse me, we need the space for a few moments please step to the side" would have been professional. The food was great and service was meh. The one thing that I did not like was the service charge already included to my bill. We thought it was for the performers until we later found out that it was the 20% tip included, so I paid the tip twice (on my bill and cash). I can understand that if you have a large party but, again the service was just meh and truly it should be up to the customer how much to tip. The waitress was nice but did not go the above and beyond to really earn a 20% tip. I was forced into tipping ONLY 20%. What if she was really great and I wanted to give a little more and I did not have cash? If servers know that they are getting a 20% tip no matter what, they wont go above and beyond. Its minimal service.
We have been many times and we always lo ...
We have been many times and we always love the shows. The food is good but not great. This time the service was very, very rushed . We felt that they were just trying to turn the table as fast a possible. This significantly detracted from the experience.
The burlesque and circus acts, while int ...
The burlesque and circus acts, while intriguing, were just too many in number. The low-lighting of the restaurant was awesome and good for having an intimate dinner and conversation, but the constant interruption of the performances grew wearisome since we were trying to talk... the lights were too low and the music was too loud.
The wine list was admirable, but well above what the price per glass should be. The appetizers we ordered (the Baked Brie & the Sauteed Shrimp) were absolutely AMAZING and impressed greatly, but the entrees were mediocre at best. The scallops were only a little better than ok, and the short ribs were tough to eat & not tender at all. There's a reason why Short Ribs are often braised... it interesting that Sax chose Short Ribs, an item not even on their regular menu, to serve during restaurant week. I'm not sure why this decision was made, but it wasn't a good one at all. There wasn't enough FOOD with them, either, as the accompanying side was some sort of green squash (zucchini?) that wasn't very good. A potato or carb of some kind (literally ANY kind) would have been nice. I left feeling hungrier than when i came in. Matter fact, I'm getting hungry thinking about how hungry I was right now.
The desserts were cut and paste, cold, and phoned in. It was clear someone had just taken the cake out of the refrigerator and stuck it on the plate. Because it was so cold, the taste of the cake didn't shine through.
Combined with the absolutely ridiculous reservation rules and minimums for guests outside of restaurant week, I'd never recommend Sax to anyone I actually like and consider a friend. I realize it's tough for a restaurant that normally charges $30+ for JUST the entree to serve a 3-course meal for $35, but the restaurants who participate in Restaurant Week are supposed to IMPRESS its guests so that we want to come back. Sax did not do that, and I won't be back unless someone else is paying, and even then I'd hesitate to go.
Almost all of the workers are so super u ...
Almost all of the workers are so super unpleasant! The hostess was so rude when we walked in, when she finally took us to our table after 10 mins of waiting on her she showed us to our table by pointing to it and walking away. There was no "Enjoy your meal...have a nice night...enjoy the show". Her aura was just very cold! The bartenders are snappy and unpleasant as well. A guest asked the bartender if they could make a specific drink and the bartender snapped at her as said "We don't make those here" with such a nasty attitude! The food was decent and the show was nice, but the service killed our experience! I've worked in the food industry and I've been a server so I know restaurant struggles...but I wish could have deducted gratuity from the bill because these workers definitely lack good customer service and are not deserving of a decent tip.
The building is magnificent and the ente ...
The building is magnificent and the entertainment was so fun that we had very low expectations for the food and house wine. BUT! They were fabulous- one of the best meals I have ever had. So glad we were able to take advantage of Restaurant Week prices, but will go back even if we have to pay full price!
It was way too loud that you couldn't he ...
It was way too loud that you couldn't hear the person next to you without screaming. The service was so slow that we ended up asking them to just box up our entrees and dessert to go. Once we were able to actually eat the food, the meal was good but the overall experience was awful. Because we complained about the noise level and the slow service the manager offered us a shooter to make up for it, which none of us wanted. We were not comped anything and I will never go back.
Had previously taken my sister here for ...
Had previously taken my sister here for her bachelorette and returned with my husband and a friend as an early birthday dinner. Food was fantastic and very rich, as always. Between sharing an appetizer and dessert but separate entrees, we were stuffed. The restaurant itself is BEAUTIFUL. We were seated in the mezzanine area which provided a great view of the performances. The wait staff were friendly and easily available for added requests and refills. However because we were at one of the edges it was hard for them to be inconspicuous. This didn't bother us greatly because they were usually great about not blocking during the performances. But you find the "hovering" to be annoying then ask for a table towards the center of the room/mezzanine and it shouldn't be nearly as noticeable. Overall had a blast and would/will definitely return!
Small menu selection but the food was de ...
Small menu selection but the food was delicious. It would be great if they could highlight gluten-free dishes or educate the server on the options for a gluten-free diet. The entertainment was not as well as my previous visit but my dinner guests enjoyed the venue just the same. I will return many more times.
The food, ambience and waitress were gre ...
The food, ambience and waitress were great! The flaw was that there was a $75/ person min and no one said anything until after I was finished. I had appetizer, entree, and dessert drink for 2. The waitress asked if it was my first time here when I sat down. In addition, there's a second line on bill for additional tip.
Food was overpriced and equivalent to wh ...
Food was overpriced and equivalent to what they serve for a first-class airplane seat. Performances were ok for kids and not what was expected for a "high-end" burlesque performance. Something you would see in a lobby of a Vegas hotel. Drinks were too sugary even though they were not supposed to be. Servers were "nice" but did not appear well-groomed - meaning like - did they take a shower? Have been here several times before and the service, entertainment and food have gone WAYYY downnnnn
My friend and I were celebrating our bir ...
My friend and I were celebrating our birthdays and had a great time. The only downside is the hostess seated us on the first floor RIGHT next to another dining party (the men kept hitting on us) when we specifically requested second floor seating. It was hard to see the first few performances; however (thankfully) our server was AWESOME and seated us on the second floor mid-meal. We were pleasantly surprised when she brought us mini birthday cakes. We made sure to leave her a hefty tip. ;-)
While the bar area was still dead at 11: ...
While the bar area was still dead at 11:30pm on a Friday, we absolutely loved our dining experience. Great seats and loved the entertainment!! The food was good, but we'd totally come and do this again just because its way more fun than just a regular dinner date. Oh and fun to dance in my seat while I ate...great music.
Sax was a great night out for adults in ...
Sax was a great night out for adults in celebration of my husbands birthday. They gave us a round of free shots and a free single serving birthday cake on the house. The food is very tasty and generous portions but on the pricier side for both food and drinks. However they have an amazing selection at the bar and can make any obscure drink you want!
On a Friday there is a $75/person minimum and don't forget the 20% service charge added to make sure your servers are tipped. The service was amazing and we had a fun flirty time! Definitely worth the cost.
Not a great experience mainly because of the food.
Our shrimp appetizer was severely undercooked. My steak was burnt on the outside and contained way too much fat. My veggies were of salted and the potatoes re uneventful. For the amount of money charged it's just not worth it. The service was good but you just can't overcome subpar food. We most likely will not return.
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