An American Bistro and Bar Opens at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

This November, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC brings the best of classic American cuisine paired with an international flair to D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront with AMITY & COMMERCE an American Bistro and Bar.

AMITY & COMMERCE An American Bistro and Bar Opens at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

AMITY & COMMERCE is an inviting space that sets a vibrant tone with a variety of seating options ideal for conversing with friends and colleagues. An open kitchen adds to the festive atmosphere. Diners may choose to enjoy a seat at the 20’ wood-topped COMMERCE bar, one of the multiple communal tables, a standalone table in the AMITY dining room, or, weather permitting, on the adjacent patio.

AMITY & COMMERCE Chef de Cuisine Justin Houghtaling has created a menu that offers a contemporary twist on classic bistro fare. From Braised Veal Cheeks, Tamarind Glazed Angus Short Rib, to a white stew of Braised Veal en Croute, each dish features appealing ingredients with savory results. Curated signature dishes rotate daily to complement delicious modern mainstays on a menu that feels both bold and familiar.

Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen brings his international expertise and creativity to the gourmet breakfast pastry selection and a dessert menu that boasts Panna Cotta Raspberry Verrine, Rustic Apricot Custard Tart, and Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake.

Washington, D.C.’s culinary scene has greatly transformed since we opened over 15 years ago”, said Adriaan Radder, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. “We wanted to provide our guests, neighbors, and D.C. residents with an accessible modern American Bistro experience and the genuine hospitality that Mandarin Oriental is renowned for.”

The Bistro’s name, AMITY & COMMERCE, was inspired by a bit of American history. Given the hotel’s proximity to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the name pays homage to one of Jefferson’s most significant acts: the 1778 Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States and France which formalized a friendly alliance between the two nations. The phrase AMITY & COMMERCE captures the spirit of the treaty with the bistro serving as a location to gather for friendly interactions for business and cultural exchange.

Located just a stone’s throw from the District’s emerging Southwest Waterfront and the iconic Jefferson Memorial, AMITY & COMMERCE an American Bistro and Bar offers classic dishes with international flair and signature dishes rotating daily. Whether it’s beginning the day at the signature breakfast buffet or settling in with friends and colleagues for lunch or dinner, AMITY & COMMERCE provides an ideal meeting point.

AMITY & COMMERCE is open daily for breakfast 6:30 – 10:30 am (Mon – Fri) & 7 – 10:30am (Sat & Sun), lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner 5:30 – 10:30pm. Commerce Bar is open 5:30 – 10:30p.m. For reservations, please call +1 (202) 787 6148. For more information, please visit

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC exterior at night

Prominently placed along the Capital’s revitalised Southwest Waterfront, Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. offers five-star luxury, refreshed guestrooms, and extensive facilities in a serene picturesque setting. Just a short walk from the Nation’s most cherished monuments, the hotel is also close to a number of exciting restaurants and attractions in the new District Wharf neighbourhood. The elegant retreat exudes a refined sense of style with beautifully designed rooms, spacious suites including the luxurious three-bedroom Presidential Suite, The Forbes Four-Star Spa, legendary service and exceptional restaurants.