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The Early Word on Siren

“The raw bar platter was outstanding.”

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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Siren, the latest fine-dining venture by award-winning restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier, opened about a month ago inside boutique hotel, The Darcy.

The glitzy seafood restaurant has two other culinary stars on board: chef/partner Brian McBride and executive chef John Critchley, who moved over from Brine in Mosaic District and previously spent time at Bourbon Steak in Georgetown.

The ingredient-driven menu celebrates the bounty of the sea, featuring crustacean-filled seafood towers ($70-$150), caviar service ($35 an ounce to $125 an ounce), surf-and-turf platters embellished with whipped Wagyu butter ($56), and more.

Read on to hear what customers are saying:

The Raving Raw Bar News: Trip Advisor’s Velina D. said, “The raw bar platter was outstanding. Oysters were fresh and seasoned well, the razor clams were the star.” Yelper David K. said, “It's clear that they really care about and work with precision to prepare everything coming out of the raw bar.” [TripAdvisor, Yelp]

The Deep Sea Decor News: An anonymous OpenTable diner said, “The decore [sic] is enchanting and having live music in the middle of the day was wonderful.” OpenTable’s @DW01 said “The dining room is well done with the lighting and rich tones of the walls and ceiling finishes.” [OpenTable]

The Fresh News: Trip Advisor’s L'heureux P. said, “The entrees feature fish from all over the world and when they say the ingredients are the best and freshest available, they are being totally accurate.” Yelper Tanya M. “ordered a plateau for two, and every seafood ingredient was extremely fresh and tasty. We then had the tuna and shared the salted sea bass. Both were delicious, perfectly cooked, and decent portion sizes.” [Trip Advisor, Yelp]

The Key Thing To Order News: Instagrammer @tonyholoke said the key lime at Siren features “layers and layers of flavor.” Yelper Susie D. agrees “the key lime dessert, in particular, was incredible,” as does G.W. who said, “The unique take on Key lime pie will leave you wanting more.” [Instagram, Yelp]

The Service News: OpenTable’s @AdrieneJordan said, “Eddie, our server, a wonderfully interesting young man from the Ukraine, was perfect. He was attentive in just the right measure, made wonderful recommendations and was friendly.” Facebooker Mick Keheller said his “amazing meal” was “maybe outmatched by the service!” [OpenTable, Facebook]

The Standout Starters News: OpenTable’s @BobbiesBytesBegan began “with an excellent soft shelled crab (even for those who have had bad crab experiences!), dressed mussels and grille fish causa, a creative dish with mashed Yukon potatoes surrounding a wonderful piece of fish.” Yelper Esther S. said, “The first few courses were balanced and texturally interesting - uni, farro, and soft shell crab - all delicious and nice to eat while sipping cocktails.” [Open Table, Yelp]


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