CLOSED: Todd Gray's Muse

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    ( 6 reviews )



500 17th St NW (at downtown Washington DC), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20006

Serves meat, vegan options available. Situated inside Corcoran Gallery of Art, this is a vegetarian friendly cafe that also offers vegan choices like vegan seitan-based jerky, vegan brownie and cookies. Uses local and seasonable produce. Reported closed to HappyCow.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by dianepmclean

This one doesn't exist any longer. - Edit

We've been here today. The gallery has closed and the building is now part of the university.

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Good all vegan brunch - Edit

I had done my research and decided to hit up this place for its all vegan Sunday brunch buffet during our weekend getaway to DC. I tried everything and it was all delicious, except for the baked sweets, which had dried out and became a bit tough to eat. I especially enjoyed the panzanella salad, the Asian-style green beans, the blueberry French toast with granola crust, and of course the tofu scramble made to order at the scramble station, which added a nice touch to the whole experience. The rest of the selection—melon gazpacho, arugula salad, roasted broccoli and carrots over quinoa—were pretty standard if not slightly pedestrian. I did wish there were more different options and that they were more exciting, but what they had was well-prepared. Service was also friendly and attentive. Even Todd Gray himself and his wife were present the whole time manning the scramble station and checking on every table. The price is high but not unreasonable, especially if you can load up your plate and do three to four rounds to get the most bang for your buck!

Pros: delicious food, good service

Cons: pricey, lack of options

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Pleasent Surprise - Vegan Sunday Brunch - Edit

We had heard about the fantastic vegan brunch prepared by Chef Todd Grey, at the Muse, but we only recently had the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful experience. This is a breath of fresh air in the District - a nice sit down "classy" option for vegan/non-vegans alike. One of the best parts about this event, is that everything on the bar is vegan. Reservations are a must! The line was non-stop during our entire meal, and tables were only empty long enough for the staff to clean them. Todd Grey and his wife were extremely friendly, and walked around cleaning tables, serving food, and mingling with the guests with the rest of their staff. As a side note, the food was great, but it seemed more like appetizers, and desserts, versus full meal options. I would have loved to see a few more entrees offered on the buffet.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday March 04, 2014

This location no longer serves the Vegan Brunch. Vegan Brunch now served at Equinox Restaurant

Pros: All Vegan Brunch

Cons: Lack of Entrees

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Delicious x100 - Edit

Everything is vegan - what could be better? Get there early and/or make reservations. There aren't that many tables and seating options - maybe about 1 dozen tables? The service is friendly and quick, facilitating the focus on the buffet of all vegan items.

We made reservations in advance, but we also didn't see crazy lines. Maybe it was due to the slightly cold and overcast nature of the day, but, still, I am glad we could get started on brunch - 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays, every Sunday. However, they may be moving to a new space soon when the Corcoran closes.

Ok, and yes, it's pricey. If you're going to eat here, you probably want to feel like you "got your money's worth." So, don't go unless you're hungry or have the feeling of just wanting to spend a lot of money. About $30 for the buffet seems fair, but can feel expensive. Coffee, tea, juice, water, almond milk creamer for beverages.

The food - oh goodness. There was this time around some falafel brought out by the Chef, a coconut-based soup, quinoa and beet salad, jerusalem artichoke salad, collards with pineapple, whole grain french toast with dried apricot compote, amazing vegan enchiladas, string beans with red peppers and 4-5 dessert cookie items including tea cookies, blueberry muffins, cherry brownies, pecan crescents and jam bars. There was nothing that was not tasty. I wanted to have a 4th plate of everything, it was so good and fresh! Only one dish was a bit "off" for me in that it was too salty, but still, I am planning to return in the net few weeks!!! Support the veg community!!! You will NOT be disappointed here!

Pros: 100% vegan brunch, Variety is excellent, Space and ambiance work well

Cons: Price is high

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best vegan brunch buffet - Edit

This place now has a vegan brunch buffet every Sunday. It is fantastic. Prepared by the famous chef Todd Gray. Terrific setting within a museum. Free street parking on Sunday. They also have vegan options during the week.

Pros: best vegan brunch in DC, beautiful atmosphere, reasonable price

Cons: half-mile from nearest metro station

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Vegan Brunch - Edit

Muse offers a vegan brunch on the 4th Sunday of each month. The food is excellent. Dishes are creative and focus on using produce in season. The setting is lovely with live music (not loud or raucous). The brunches are always a treat and a lifeline for a DC vegan who loves long leisurely breakfasts.
The vegan brunch deserves 5 cows!

Pros: Delicious food, Seasonal dishes based on local produce, Creative dishes; lots of flair

Cons: More expensive than typical vegan meals, Parking can be difficult to find

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