March 14, 2023

Upscale Dining near Downtown Tysons, VA

Here at The Watermark Hotel, we’re proud to host one of the most exciting new restaurants in Greater D.C.: Wren, serving both our guests and any and all diners beelining for its exquisite menu and ambience in the heart of Tysons, VA.

We offer a slew of enticing amenities at our all-suite hotel in Capital One Center, but without question this utterly outstanding eatery—set in the lobby of our 11th floor—is one of the top draws.

Wren: An Izakaya-Style Establishment at The Watermark Hotel

The two most fundamental guiding lights of Wren’s menu are Japanese street food—as satisfying and sophisticated a repast as you can find anywhere in the world—and modern American culinary style. The resulting menu and dining experience come presented to you in the spirit of a traditional Japanese izakaya: a down-home sort of watering hole serving crowd-pleasing fare alongside drinks.

We’re talking exceptional cuisine without the pretense, and a deeply welcoming, warm-hearted vibe to complement mouthwatering dishes and refined libations.

The restaurant’s name, by the way, not only nods to the cheery songbird but also references the Japanese word for “love.”

Helming Wren is Executive Chef Yo Matsuzaki, born on the Japanese island of Shikoku and claiming two decades of experience in such high-profile kitchens as D.C.’s Zentan, San Francisco’s Ozumo, and New York City’s Nobu. Chef Matsuzaki draws upon that prestigious professional background as well as the cooking fundamentals taught to him by his mother and grandmother in crafting Wren’s Japanese-American gastro-fare menu.

The Wren team is also anchored by Executive Sous Chef James Kim, who boasts more than 16 years working as a sushi chef at such establishments as Michelin-starred Benu and Keiko à Nob Hill, and Beverage Manager Masha Yelnikova, who earned her saké sommelier certification in New York City and oversaw the opening bar program at the now-Michelin-starred Kochi in Hell’s Kitchen.

A New Wren Menu & Monday Omakase Tasting Experience

Wren is set to unveil a new menu that you absolutely need to come explore, posthaste! Not only that, but our Watermark Hotel restaurant is also debuting a can’t-miss weekly tasting opportunity that holds its own with any gastronomic experience in the D.C. metro area.

This Omakase meal, available only on Mondays and for a maximum of six guests, takes place in Wren’s intimate, semi-private bar and features 18 to 20 courses overseen by Executive Sous Chef Kim. These impeccable small plates are perfectly augmented by Beverage Director Yelnikova’s specially curated pairings of saké, wine, and signature cocktails.

Come see for yourself how transformative a date-night dinner or post-theater cocktail meetup at Wren can be!