Cedar Knoll

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$31 to $50
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Established in 1941, Cedar Knoll is a historic restaurant with sweeping views of the Potomac River. Cedar Knoll is set just off the beautiful George Washington Parkway, which makes for a scenic drive. The restaurant was built around a log cabin dating back to the early 1800's, so the history is apparent from the moment you step inside. Each room possesses charming qualities adding to the ambiance. Whether you dine in the comfortable elegance of the Presidential Room or the natural splendor of the Botanical Room, both set the perfect stage for an evening with family, friends, and loved ones. Cedar Knoll is conveniently located minutes between Old Town Alexandria and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.
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AB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cedar Knoll is the best for some history and a great changing menu! Ask to sit near a window unless you want to sit outside for some great views!

RP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, food, and service. Thank you for a great evening!

PS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Cedar Knoll many times over the last few years, but this was the first time for Sunday Brunch. It did not disappoint. I personally had the Duck Confit, and it was simply amazing. Coupled with a lovely Bloody Mary, it was a great brunch.

ZM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious. The service was a little slow but good. I will recommend this place if you are not in a hurry.

K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The view is exceptional--overlooking the GW Parkway to the Potomac River and the horizon. However, the chairs in the room to the left as you enter, the more casual room, had chairs that were downright shabby. The utensils were stainless steel looked pretty inexpensive but the table cloth and napkin gave the table setting a finished appearance. The brunch menu was limited, no buffet.We put in our order and soon four bite-size, tiny amuse-bouche type bread pieces with butter and pepper jelly appeared. No basket with a variety of breads, very skimpy. I ordered the nest of poached eggs. The nest was cleverly prepared in a mini basket around each of two poach eggs made of crispy, hashed potatoes. There was nothing to sop up the eggs and the potatoes so I broke the brittle potato basket with my fingers and dipped into the eggs to be able to eat the egg liquid. Very unsatisfactory meal along with several pieces of nearly burned bacon, and some greens along the side. The best part of the meal was the coffee. My guest took most of her meal home and certainly didn't rave about it. I would call this establishment "faded glory." I waited for a long time to get the waiter's attention to get the bill--otherwise service was fine.

JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive menu, wonderful setting particularly outside, service is attentive and knowledgeable, relaxing atmosphere

JW
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food tasted excellent. (I had the risotto as my entree and the tuna as my appetizer.) Recommended improvements:
1) that the server present the bill a bit sooner. We were there at closing time and waited on it for at least 10-15 minutes after we finished eating. (We had three children five or under with us, and they were ready to leave!)
2) that the soda be a bit more carbonated—it was quite flat.
3) that the portion on the tuna be upped or else the presentation changed to make it more shareable among a group.

t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice place for lunch. The water view is fantastic. I would love for the menu to include some lower calorie options.

DD
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved the ambiance at Cedar Knoll and the history of the structure. The facility was clean and well-kept, and the service was good. The only things I did not care for were the flavors of my frittata and its side dish, a blend of sweet potato and potatoes. I felt they were prepared with dried oregano or a similar dried herb. I'd have seasoned it with a fresh herb like chives. Overall, though, a good experience.

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pretty restaurant with adventurous food and a spectacular location right on the Potomac River. We went for Sunday brunch and were very pleased with the experience. Service was very good, the menu was interesting and the atmosphere was pretty and fun. The only reason we didn't give five stars was because the food didn't "wow" us. Great place for a brunch or date. Outdoor patio looked nice, too.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great value for brunch and really wonderful food.

EA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here - so wonderful - classy, delicious, great drinks!

m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The allure of Cedar Knoll is its location on the Potomac near Mt. Vernon. so for someone going to Mt. Vernon, it's a good lunch spot. However, the menu has not changed since this spring and some of the dishes seem a bit tired. Mussels were in something like a boullabaise sauce. OK but not great. My friends had crabcake which they said was "good." No real accolades. The waitress was also OK.

CD
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For full disclosure, we do not eat at fine dining establishments very often. But with that being said, this may be the greatest meal I have ever eaten in my 41 years. The helpings were gracious and the combination of flavors were mind-blowing. I had the lamb and my wife had the steak. We were there to celebrate her birthday but mostly ate in silence because of the euphoria going on in our brains. I cannot say enough about how spectacular the food was. The view of the Potomac, the ambiance, and the pleasant service made the whole evening one for the books.

B
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

i was surprised about the way the steak was prepared for my steak frites brunch dish. I expected the usual seared finish but got something less. I wonder if the meat had not been properly thawed before cooking as there was a brown substance coating two of the slices that I pushed away. Otherwise the food, drink and ambiance were wonderful so I would definitely try it again - just order something else.

E
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Congratulation by turning a sows ear into a silk purse.

SL
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, locally inspired food with a river view. What more can you ask for?

LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so enjoyed Cedar Knoll for lunch. Saturday afternoon was not crowded and we ate in the Garden Room. The food was outstanding. The Watermelon Gazpacho was refreshing and the crab cake sandwich divine. Lots of lump meat that left us wondering how it stayed together. The french fries were crisp and fresh. We split a dessert which was a passionfruit cream tart and enjoyed a double espresso. Wonderful service, wonderful food, wonderful afternoon.

NW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I get that they're going for a warm, homey vibe, but the furniture is plain worn-out. The lamb, ordered medium-rare, was so rare that I had to take most of it home and finish it in the toaster oven as most of it was inedible as served.

VV
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exceptional. Everyone was so polite and the service and food were fantastic. Only reason noise level was high is because there was a wedding there at the same time. Definitely will make a point of going again on a return visit to Virginia.

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious. Air conditioning too cold and I had not brought a wrap (that's on me) but the waiter turned an extra tablecloth into a shawl for me. Kind and thoughtful.

B
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. The lamb was done perfectly and pecan pie with ice cream was a great way to end a meal!

AJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Sat outside and enjoyed the entire event except for the flies.

l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, quiet and delicious food sums up our first time there!

W
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

What a lovely place to enjoy the end of busy week. We dined on Sunday in the window lined dining room with a view of The Potomac. Each dish was exceptional from the Watermelon Gazpacho and Rockfish Ceviche to the BBQ park chop and that grilled rack of lamb was perfect. Don't miss the lemon ginger semolina cake! it is delicious. A perfect place to entertain, escape for a dinner with a date...….and you could hear your dining partner what a novel thing! We can't wait to go back to Cedar Knoll!

JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food on beautiful china. My only request was that the patio was full when we got there as it was a beautiful day and I had been looking forward to sitting outside enjoying the view and the weather.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place, food was fantastic! Great views of the Potomac.

SD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I had noted on my reservation the two men in our party were having birthdays. I thought this would trigger something from the restaurant but there was not a word, a song, a dessert or a candle offered. It was a very. Ice evening, but I thought this was a detail that should have been acknowledge. Thank you,
Susan Davis

i
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great and the ambiance was relaxing. Our waitress could have smiled a bit more, even if she didn’t really want to, as her facial expression no doubt showed that she didn’t like what she was doing. We didn’t ask for a lot. Although I did leave a 20% tip, I’m not sure she deserved that.

BC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a cute location. Came here for restaurant week and food was delicious! Can’t wait to come back

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! Beautiful setting overlooking the Potomac River.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Service was very slow. I think it was simply a matter of being understaffed.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband ‘s Birthday and Restaurant week....great paring

WE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful!

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KH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience during restaurant week. The staff was professional and welcoming and the food was incredible. Sizable portions, I ate more than intended because it was so good!

DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We have wanted to love this place as it is so well located to where we live and could be a great local for this community which we would dine at weekly. We come back every month or so to see if it has improved, and this time it had improved a lot.

On the decor, the middle Presidential room is lovely, but the other two rooms need some help. The new Pergola is a great addition to the outside. The china service I realize is going for a colonial look, but it just looks old and could be refreshed.

Food was good although a little pricey for this location. Perhaps change up the menu a bit with more daily specials. You can see the potential this place has to be fantastic, with a few tweaks it could be wonderful- we want it to succeed!

V
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was not as good as we expected...

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried out Cedar Knoll for restaurant week. The food was delicious, the wait staff was very friendly and helpful, and the views of the river from the front window were very nice and relaxing. A quiet spot for a nice meal. It would be a good place for a family get together - you can actually hear everyone talk. A little bit of a drive to get there, but no issues with parking.

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu and expertly prepared food. Perfect setting for romantic dining, overlooking the GW Parkway and Potomac. A favorite in the Mt. Vernon!Alexandria area.

SG
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delightful experience! We are so pleased that the new owners have rejuvenated this legacy restaurant.

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