written by Amanda on 05/16/2011

The third restaurant and lounge for Errol Lawrence and Nancy Koide, who also own Oya and Sei in Penn Quarter, Sax is a decidedly different type of spot for the duo.

For starters, the nearly 10,000-square-foot space hosts live cabaret and burlesque, illusionists and mimes on an enclosed stage that hangs like a giant picture frame over the space. “We conceptualized SAX as a lavish, exclusive lounge with provocative entertainment and a decadent menu to match,” said Koide in a release. “The murals, portraits and performers showcase art and entertainment unlike anything DC has today."

Jonathan Seningen, who has overseen the menu at Oya, is executive chef and had created a modern French-influenced menu of small plates. Think flatbreads, canapés and even European fondues.

Sommelier Andrew Stover, known for his determined sourcing of rare or unknown wines from all over the US, has put together one of the largest sparkling wine lists in the city with more than 10 selections by the glass.

Reservations are required, and there is a $75 minimum per guest for a food and drink package. Request a date and time and the reservationist will let you know what seating and minimums are available.

734 11th St. NW



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