The Dish: SAX Appeal

by WL Author

Burlesque, cocktails and small plates come together at Penn Quarter’s newly opened Sax lounge.
By Nevin Martell

Photo courtesy of Juan Carlos Briceño

This town is used to grand performances, whether they occur on the Senate floor or onstage at the Kennedy Center. However, the newly opened SAX is going way beyond these now quotidian theatrical displays. The Penn Quarter luxury lounge treats diners to burlesque routines, illusionist displays and cabaret performances, while they enjoy lavish cocktails, a choice of 50 sparkling wines and French inspired small plates courtesy of executive chef Jonathan Seningen.

Patrons enter this wonderland through reclaimed church doors from a crystal-adorned vestibule. The 9,700-square-foot, two-story main space is bedazzled with everything from nine ornate chandeliers to inlaid medallion tabletops. However, the central feature is the 20-foot enclosed infinity stage, which is viewable from all angles on both floors.  Even with the removal of the attention-getting, satirical murals, this venue continues to add to the repertoire of dining options in the District.

Having recently done away with their $75 minimum, SAX is a viable options for all diners looking for entertainment, a quaint bite to eat, and a little bit of bubbly. You must reserve seating in advance with a credit card by either sending an email to or by calling at 202-737-0101.

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