Jackson 20 - The Alexandrian

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At Jackson 20 we feature the freshest, seasonal and local meats, seafood and bountiful farm fresh produce that all have a story to tell; Festive spirits and hand-crafted classic cocktails are awaiting you in our wonderful restaurant.

Our New American Mid-Atlantic Menu features the freshest sourced seasonal, local and sustainable meats, seafood and produce that are meticulously hand-picked and prepared by our Chef, Peter McCall. We support our local farms all along the East Coast. Come in and taste excellence on a plate as you journey through our menu.
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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Appetizers were good, food was subpar...appetizers entrees and two doubles each cost more than $200. One of the entrees was stone cold, the other was a steak and not worth $35. Service was fair, not great and the desserts taste like grocery store bakery items with flair added for presentation. We had two desserts during our stay and they were both bland.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I’ve been here lots of times in the past, and always had a good experience, but this time was not good.

Service was friendly enough but slow. They had a wedding going on and I think were a bit overwhelmed.

The food was the big disappointment. Steaks were tough even cooked medium rare. Sides were cold.

I was sad to see this place has gone a little downhill. Hopefully it was just a bad night.

ML
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some friends for breakfast, these special ladies had served with me in the US Navy, we hadn't seen eachother in over 20 years. The ambience at Jackson 20 was conducive to us easily picking up right where we left off 20 years ago, and not to mention their frenchtoast was amazing! TY

s
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a good spot for brunch. The menu is focused - just enough options to keep it interesting. And they were more than willing to make minor substitutions. I will go back for sure.

T
Denver
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall the restaurant tries to be something that it is not. It tries to be a niche farm to table high end and it just did not pull it off. The steak was very fatty and stringy with a very marginal glaze. The tartare was quite good, but overall everything else was pretty underwhelming for the price. The Server tried very hard and was very nice, but took way too long in between courses.

DP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great for brunch!!

AO
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is good but was just served cold. If it was hot, would’ve been a different experience.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere for a brunch date. The food was delicious!

0
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

My guest an I had reservations and arrived at the restaurant early. After we were seated we waited about 20 minutes until we actually had to ask if we had a waiter. We had no water or anything but the moment everyone who came in after us sat down they all were greeted with water. Come to find out the man that actually was our waiter was at the bar texting instead of greeting us and taking our orders. It was a nice restaurant but all the worker walked past and ignored us knowing we had nothing on our table

JF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have eaten at Jackson 20 for years but never had this problem. I must say that this experience has really soured us on the restaurant.

The wait staff never acknowledged our presence.

We got up and left after waiting at our table for over 15 minutes for any sort of service. No one acknowledged us. No waiter ever walked by to provide water, an update, nothing. After 15 minutes of frustration and hunger, we just got up and walked out. The hostess staff looked bothered by our arrival, and they didn't seem to care that we left. In fact, when we drove by 5 minutes later, our napkins and menus were still on the table that we were sitting at. It seemed like no one cared to be bothered by us.

Instead, we walked right into Vermillion (a great restaurant down the street) and had a great brunch. They have some of the best service in town and creative food.

c
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok - nothing outstanding. It was a warm day and no attention was paid to keeping our drinks filled and iced.

LH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Highly recommend the veal dish.

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

The menu seems much different and pricier since they got a new chef. We ended up going during restaurant week to celebrate a birthday and overall had a good experience. Service was excellent and the food was tasty.

j
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We attended this week for Food week. The food was mediocre at best. We sat for an hour and had only received our starter during that time. The restaurant was not busy at all either. The appetizers were by far the best part of the meal. The pasta, was not made correctly by far and tasted like olive oil and nothing else. We were so hungry by that point it wasn’t worth sending back, since it took so long just to get that. The grits were hard on my friends dish. I am definitely disappointed with this place.

MM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, interesting food. Great, personable service & other staff. Enjoyed atmosphere & pottery plates! Excellent in every way!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place itself was under staffed however they made up for it with the delicious food.

NR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a reservation here for 7 people for my sister’s bachelorette party. We ate brunch. We were extremely late because we didn’t plan well for the water taxi and they were kind enough to accommodate us right away when we arrived anyway. Service was excellent. Drinks always refilled and asked if we wanted another round of the alcoholic beverages. Food was delicious, delivered in a timely manner. Server was knowledgeable about the menu and town. Overall excellent experience! I would highly recommend!!

B
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, had to return mashed potatoes because they were not hot. Three of our party loved their shrimp and grits. My pork chop was good but lots of fat. Husband enjoyed the short ribs. Sides were very tasty.

Server was attentive but in addition to our table she had tables outside so was missing some of the time. She took good care of us.

W
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for Sunday brunch. Service was very good - staff attentive to refills and other requests. The food was tasty, but not incredible. I thought $14 for 2 medium pancakes and 2 sausage was a little pricey... Nice place and I would consider going there again.

l
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was bad. Service was bad. Will not return

G
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We stood at the door for 10 minutes and no one came to seat us... so we left and went to another resturant down the street

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was not good. Food was good, but not quite the quality expected based on reviews. Maybe we just picked a bad day.

c
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here is just incredible. Radouan is one o the better waiters I have had in the DC area, the drinks are great, and the food is incredible.

MM
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was okay.. the best part was the biscuit served in the beginning. The pork was over cooked when I ordered medium and the side of tomatoes was literally just tomatoes and basil. The country fried steak was heavy and not very good. The flatbread appetizer was okay. Not as exciting as I thought it would be.

NV
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to Jackson 20 because we liked their breakfast menu, especially the B.E.L.T. I was disappointed on looking at the menu to find this item and other old favorites gone. Our waiter explained that the restaurant has a new chef, trying new ideas and fresher ingredients. So we tried....I had the egg white omelet with basil and feta (delicious) and interesting tiny potatoes. My friend had the catfish tacos -- a very pretty plate with a side of salad and sliced cherry tomatoes. The quality was quite good. Our waiter was friendly but not overly intrusive. Bloody Mary s were on special at $5 each. Overall a pleasant experience.

CB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My food was average at best, but my table mates really enjoyed their dishes. Service was awful. It was not busy at all, but they were extremely slow to even bring coffee. We had three different wait staff during our brunch.

j
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

My service at the Jackson 20 was very minimal. My biggest concern was that our server stole money by changing the tip value from 0.00 to 10.00 after her service was poor during our time.

WS
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Will become one of my favorite “go to” spots for brunch! Highly satisfying!

MD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my husband's birthday yesterday so I decided to take him to Jackson20 for breakfast. The service and the quality of the food was amazing. We had a wonderful server name Mohamed. He was phenomenal! The price was fair and the presentation of the food was insane! We really enjoyed ourselves and will be coming back soon. Thank you Mohamed! You made our trip worth while!

CD
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good selection of dishes for a brunch menu. I left very much wanting to return to order several other items on the menu!

BN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was not very crowded when we got there and our server was wonderful. Food was delicious.

H
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was pretty good but service was lacking. I had a turkey club that wAs great but my daughter’s avocado toast had ridiculously hot peppers on it that were not mentioned on the menu and my husband ‘s flat bread had pickled onions all over it that were also not mentioned.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We used to love Jackson 20 but they recently changed their entire menu and stopped serving $3 mimosas for brunch. Please bring back old menu. It showed that quality of food and value has gone down too because usually every table packed at 10:30 am on Saturday now the restaurant was half empty. Hate writing this because love this spot but changes not for better. Now the menu and quality/value of food is just average and miss the southern inspired menu.

MH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

No draft beer selection due to bar issues. The charcuterie big board was very good. The duck was well prepared. Overall not a great or poor experience but just average for the price and venue. Go up the street to majestic for their coconut cake for desert.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and amazing service, the crab cake is amazing and filling!

DL
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Biscuits to DIE for! Great unobtrusive yet attentive service.

KM
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Duck and country fried steak were absolutely delicious. Drinks were a little pricy, but food makes up for it

J
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space. Had the bourbon french toast which was amazing. Decently priced cocktails and great service in the heart of old town Alexandria. Great spot for a weekend brunch or just a quick breakfast.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was good, menu variety and moderately priced. Service was decent. Noise level reasonable. Overall very enjoyable but not memorable.

KG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The advantage to Jackson 20 is its excellent location in Old Town Alexandria. The restaurant was medium noisy and bustling when we arrived for brunch. Our wait staff were courteous and responsive and our food was served promptly and to our order. The menu for brunch is standard and the food was tasty, but not extraordinary. Three of us had a nice time there catching up and then enjoying the town.

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