Sou’Wester

Restaurant in Washington DC

American Comfort Food

Chef Ziebold has put together an uncomplicated menu at Sou’Wester that reflects the ambience of the restaurant and is inspired by the region.

There is a sense of energy and natural light from the large windows overlooking the water.  The cherry wood tables and woven place mats help give a little of that Southern feel and charm that is reflected in the menu.  All the food is prepared daily with produce from Virginia and the waters of Chesapeake Bay.

I enjoyed a relaxed lunch on a hot summer’s day with a colleague at a table right by the window overlooking the water.

There was a choice of 4 Appetizers as well as Mid-Atlantic Oysters, shrimp cocktail and steamed Chinoteague Clams.  We decided to share half a dozen Pan Fried Oysters with smoked Pepper Aioli.  This is only the second time I have tried oysters done in this way and I must say I really like them.  I then had the Harris Orchard Peach and Felts Country Ham Salad which came with delicious Burrata cheese and aged Balsamic.  Other choices included a Smoked Bluefish Salad and Chilled Tomato Soup.

There was a choice of nine Sandwiches or Entrées including a Vegetable Wrap and Grilled Chicken Sausage Sandwich, but I chose the warm Yellowfin Tuna Niçoise Salad whilst my colleague had the Grilled Ayrshire Farms Chicken “Under a Brick” with a mixed green salad and Lemon-Rosemary jam.  We also had a side of very tasty Grilled Corn.  The Pan Seared Filet of Brook Trout looked tempting as well.

The desserts can best be described as “comfort food” with the likes of Blueberry Shortcake; Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream and Fried Pie, which is Harris Orchard fried peach pie also served with vanilla ice cream.  They also offer a nice selection of local cheeses to choose from.

I should just add that there are a couple of great value daily lunch specials. The day I was there you could have had a burger, smoked bacon and cheddar with fries followed by Peanut Streusel and soft drink.

This is a good quality casual dining restaurant with excellent service in the lovely setting of The Mandarin Oriental, yet not at all stuffy or pretentious.

Open daily for Breakfast from 6:30am to 10:30am Monday to Friday; opens at 7am at the weekend.  Lunch from 11:30am to 4pm.  Dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm and Brunch on the weekend from 11:45am to 4pm.

Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine American
Need to book Advisable
Clientele Hotel guests, business people, locals, visitors
Restaurant good for Families with children , Large groups , Doing business , Meeting up with friends, Local cuisine , Outdoor seating , Scenic view
Cost per head Medium
Dress Code Casual
Dining Options Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

You can enjoy all day dining in a relaxed casual atmosphere with waterfront views and even eat al fresco in the summer months.

Additional Price Comments

Appetizers start from $11; ½ Dozen Oysters from $12; Entrées from $14; Sides: $6. Daily Lunch Specials from $24. Desserts all $8; Cheese selections from $18. Glass of wine from $9.

Last updated on 12-05-2012

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