About Oz

About Oz

Oz Restaurant & Bar, founded by Michael and Ashley Darby, is the DC area’s first authentic Australian restaurant. Come on by and savor the flavorful dishes created by Chef Brad Feickert.

A modern Australian restaurant situated in the trendy Clarendon neighborhood, Oz delivers a casual dining experience with tasty dishes, delicious drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere – not to mention a blue sky all year round!

With a focus on fresh ingredients and simplicity, Oz’s cuisine allows each element to be appreciated for its true flavor. A list of handcrafted cocktails and cold beers is on hand to wash down each bite, while wines are offered from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Fashioned after an Australian country home, each of Oz’s areas has a different feel with the same comfort. The enclosed front porch welcomes natural light while the interior dining room offers a cozier option. Our copper lounge is a chic space under the blue sky, and wraparound outside seating immerses diners in the Clarendon buzz.

Join us for a bloody good brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. We will help you experience Australia without crossing the International Date Line.

Oz Restaurant Chef Brad Feickert
Chef Brad Feickert

Brad Feickert

Meet Your Chef

“We have the fundamentals of Australian cuisine that makes the experience unforgettable, but we have also pushed the envelope with exciting ingredients that take our food to the next level”

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Brad Feickert is the chef of Oz. Brad grew up in Purceville, VA where he began his culinary career at the early age of 16. He attended James Madison University and graduated with a B.S. in Justice Studies. Mid-way through college he knew he had a passion for cooking and wanted to dive deeper into the culinary arts. After graduation he decided to attend the Sea Island apprenticeship program at the famed Sea Island Club in Georgia. After a year of working in several of the upscale Sea Islands restaurants including the highly acclaimed “Georgian Room”, he knew he wanted to explore the history and techniques of cooking. With that in mind, he took his career to the next level by attending the ICC in Campbell, CA.

While attending the ICC he worked at an intimate farm to table restaurant called Haymarket. Brad learned the responsibilities of a sous chef and upon graduation from the ICC, he moved back to east coast to work with Bryan Voltaggio in his ‘Top Chef’ restaurant, VOLT. While he was there he worked closely with Chef Graeme Ritchie learning the techniques of fine dining.

After a year at VOLT, Brad worked alongside world famous Australian chefs including esteemed chef Ben Shewry at his world renowned restaurant Attica and Dan Hunter at Brad, another incredible restaurant. Chef Brad said, “Attica and Brae are prime examples of modern fine dining restaurants that rely on native ingredients to provide a unique dining experience”.

After returning from Australia, Brad looked for opportunities that would challenge him, but he still yearned to return to Australia, a place he had grown to love. As fate would have it he met Michael Darby, a co-owner of Oz restaurant with his wife, at a mutual friend’s wedding. Brad’s passion of cooking and his desire to create the best Australian restaurant in the Washington area compelled them to form a bond together. This bond propelled Brad to assume the head chef position at Oz.

Chef Brad has created an experience at his restaurant that mixes authentic Australian cuisine with interesting and exciting gastronomic techniques derived from his vast international experiences. Chef Brad describes his varied menu as, “We have the fundamentals of Australian cuisine that makes the experience unforgettable, but we have also pushed the envelope with exciting ingredients that take our food to the next level”.

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