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King & Rye

4.3
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26 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
King & Rye is the reflection of Executive Chef Peter McCall’s four-generation culinary heritage and the bounty of the mid-Atlantic and Southern regions. We feature seasonal, intentional ingredients sourced through real relationships with farmers, makers and butchers. With humble, refined menus rooted in tradition and authentic flavors that go beyond the expected to offer a deeper exploration of Southern cuisine, we're a place where you can expect slow food, proper whiskeys and genuine hospitality.

Our menus are personal -- expect to find dishes featuring produce hand-selected from the Old Town Farmer's Market, and even Chef's great-grandmother's cornbread recipe. We also feature a hand-selected, carefully curated whiskey and bourbon list with notable selections intended to expand horizons. Chosen by General Manager and Executive Bourbon Steward Allison Strunk, our list includes a rotating selection of creative finds.

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  • Brunch is Back on King Street

    Starting Sep 12, 2020
    Join us for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm to indulge in Southern flavors like our house-smoked bacon benedict, cast iron cinnamon rolls or creamed chicken and biscuits. Our brunch cocktails are anything but expected and entirely delicious, like our Spicy Watermelon Crush featuring Olmeca Altos, jalapeño, watermelon and lime. We can't wait to serve you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 26 People Are Saying
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BristowResident
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were seated promptly with a nice window view. All staff were masked and gloved up nicely. Our food was served hot and quickly. My friend and I ordered the grits but they were served extra spicy. My husbands hollandaise sauce was also spicy. Our server took them back and removed them from our check. I would suggest the menu be altered to reflect the heat/spice level in certain food items, as it was not noted anywhere.
Other than that, the food and service was good.

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EricaL
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my visit and I will be back soon. My food was delicious. The energy was great and the people were friendly.

King & Rye
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Erica for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing King & Rye!

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ClayT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The famous biscuits were rock hard and had trouble cutting them with a knife. The best part of the meal were the starters - deviled eggs, cinnamon buns and pancakes with vanilla sauce.

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StaceyW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience, staff were kind and our server was attentive and efficient. The food was great and I had no complaints.

King & Rye
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Stacey for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing King & Rye!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

King & Rye
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing King & Rye!

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Bobbi1022
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Homemade cocktails were awesome. We only ordered a charcuterie board that was very good so I really cannot comment on the overall food.

King & Rye
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Bobbi for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing King & Rye!

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JohnM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Exceptional Southern themed food. It was slap your momma good! My wife had the chicken and i had the pork. The meals were perfectly proportioned and flavorful. Definitely a hidden gem on King Street. We will definitely return. Service was attentive and superb. Thanks for a four star night.

King & Rye
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, John! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the most wonderful time. Delicious cocktails and food! Highly, HIGHLY recommend :)

King & Rye
Responded on 9 October 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing King & Rye!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great brunch! We will be back!

King & Rye
Responded on 9 October 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing King & Rye!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was good and the ambient is gorgeous. Can’t wait to go back

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DanS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great brunch! Food came out quick and the wait staff was very pleasant.

King & Rye
Responded on 2 October 2020

Thank you Dan for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing King & Rye!

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Susan
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch! We sat outside and enjoyed looking out onto King St. Cold Brew Irish coffee was fantastic.

King & Rye
Responded on 2 October 2020

Thank you Susan for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing King & Rye!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for breakfast/brunch on Sunday morning. Service and food were spectacular. Ordered the Eggs Benedict and my wife ordered the biscuits and sausage gravy with a side of bacon. The bacon was 1/2 think and amazing! Service was friendly, on-point and great. Sat indoors and felt safe during Covid-19. Would definitely go again

King & Rye
Responded on 2 October 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipMiaW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gretchen was amazing! Managing her tables and the bar is a task that she did a stellar job at. She made great recommendations, was very friendly, and I can’t wait to go back. Cinnamon bun is a must have, chicken and biscuits was great.

King & Rye
Responded on 2 October 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Mia! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your chicken and biscuits and the cinnamon roll. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipaliasyko
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Hosts were very nice and accommodating, service was ok - we never got waters and meal was put in wrong but corrected, and food was fine. Bacon was delicious and other items were acceptable.

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vipLove2eat
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Birthday celebration - service was awesome Assiz and special bday cobbler was delish - cinnamon rolls were wonderful as were the eggs!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was insane will definitely be back! & Gretchen was amazing!

King & Rye
Responded on 2 October 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipRoshyK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly ah-mazing and delicious food! It has been only a day since my friend and I visited and we CANNOT stop raving about King & Rye.

We had reservations for a [late] Sunday brunch (145pm) unaware that the restaurant closes at 2pm. The staff advised that the kitchen was closing very soon so we quickly placed our orders and our food came out *snaps finger* like that! The kitchen staff did their thang! My friend ordered the Creamed Chicken & Biscuits with a side of their thick cut, down south maple glazed bacon (no grocery store strips here, this is REAL SOUTHERN BACON YALL!). For myself, I opted for the Virginia Breakfast with sausage (per recommendation from the host) and a side of Buttermilk Pancakes.

EVERYTHING. WAS. DELICIOUS.... from the homemade Grandma-made-with-love biscuits and jam, the country sausage, the pancakes with brown butter peaches and vanilla cream (no syrup needed!), the crisp red potatoes, even down to the water.... Literally everything was soo good!

As we did arrive a little later in the day, there was only about 4-5 tables that were occupied and it was nice to be able to dine out without a lot of people around. In addition, tables were adequately spaced apart.

On a sad note, I was a little bummed they were sold out of their Cast Iron Cinnamon Roll and Deviled Eggs but not to worry friends, I’ll be back - for brunch (again!) and their supper. Thank you King & Rye for an unforgettable Sunday brunch.

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vipKeshiaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Customer service was excellent, and the food was very tasty.

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WashingtonHokie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch selection offered something for everyone in my group. The service was efficient and our server was friendly. The restaurant had parties spaced out so that we felt comfortable dining inside during COVID.

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Myreviews
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was pretty good! The cinnamon bun was the best but other than that it was good. Nothing I’d really crave ever. I had the egg white omelette, friend had shrimp and grits, other friend had eggs Benedict and my wife had the pancakes, eggs and bacon. Service was good.

We all said the same thing. Besides the exceptional cinnamon bun, if there was nothing open and this was here, we’d be back but nothing we would need to seek out again.

Jackson 20 was better with the BELT

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JustinS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's really nice to see how this restaurant has been revamped from its previous title. It brings great honor to the community to have the name changed to something more befitting it's great location, and the new menu consists of a nice assortment of southern inspired dishes. We went for brunch and really enjoyed everything we ate, but the highlight would have to be the biscuits with the homemade jam.

My only request would be to have better brunch drink specials. The cocktails were great, especially the coffee one but it would be cool if there was some sort of incentive to try more than one. The mimosa was very reasonably priced and tasted great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience2

Best part of meal was bacon and tater tots. The others entree were sub par for the cost they charge.

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vipvickiboys
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Being this was our 1st trip back to Alexandria since the Pandemic started, and since our hotel restaurant was opening up for the first time in forever, we elected to have breakfast both mornings here. There is plenty of seating inside but we are not yet ready for that...we opted for outdoor seating. They have 2 sections, one in the front of the hotel and one in the back garden area. We chose the front and although it is rather tight and narrow, they spaced the tables up pretty well.

The menu for breakfast is really “brunch” so you can’t possibly have Brunch without either a Mimosa or Peach Bellini or a Bloody Mary so make sure to order up one! The menu is somewhat limited but there are plenty of options to choose from to make you feeling happy and full. I hope however that they will include Oatmeal on their brunch menu sooner than later...I also understand the Cast Iron Cinnamon Roll is very popular!

King & Rye
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thank you Vikiboys for the review and for joining us during our first week being open! The cinnamon rolls are AMAZING and we hope you can join us again soon to try them!

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vipHappyDiner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by a warm and welcoming host. Sat outside at a secluded table (perfect during Covid), and savored the most delicious meal we have had in a long time. The squash blossoms and deviled eggs had just the right amount of creativity and our burgers with homemade tater tots (we’ll be craving these now!) were amazing. And the bacon topped chocolate peanut butter bar sent us to heaven! Our bartender, Gretchen, was outgoing and friendly with excellent cocktail suggestions. She knows her whiskey menu well! We will make this a regular dining spot when we are in town!

King & Rye
Responded on 18 September 2020

Happy Diner, Thank you for joining us during our opening week and for the awesome review! The bacon peanut butter bar is our new favorite too! We hope to see you again soon!

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Lovebirds
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waitress, Gretchen, was lovely and recommended our dishes. Food was lovely and altho quite expensive, the service made up for it.

King & Rye
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thank you Lovebirds for leaving us (and Gretchen) a great review! We are lucky to have her on our team! We hope to see you again soon!

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King & Rye is rated 4.3 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

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