Magnolias on King

4.6
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870 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Regional American (Contemporary Southern)
Magnolia’s on King offers Southern Immersion Cuisine in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. A contemporary twist on classics and new dishes sure to be favorites, our cuisine offers locally and sustainably sourced seasonal ingredients. Currently we offer dinner service Tuesday through Saturday, as well as Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

The Palm Lounge, our second floor craft cocktail experience, features comfortable seating, seasonally lit fireplace and a cozy space to enjoy one of our specialty cocktails including our signature Magnolia’s Old Fashioned while enjoying our full menu offerings. We also have beautiful spaces available for private events from 14 to 50 guests.
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Algeria
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the occasion of my annual trip to Charleston, it’s a must do while I’m here. Service and food was excellent.

LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a charming restaurant! We had never been there before and thought the atmosphere was cozy and warm. Very friendly staff. This is a nice place for a quiet romantic quaint dinner. The food was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! This will become a definite spot for us to return to in Old Town. Highly recommend.

O
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This was my first visit for brunch. And because I want this restaurant to be one of my go to places; I would like to return during the week for lunch/dinner before giving a review.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. The staff all seemed to work as a team to ensure that the guests had whatever their table needed. The servings were generous, but not too much. I had enough to share. We went for brunch and will certainly go back for dinner.

B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’m a first-timer. I enjoyed the experience; and food was delicious. Initially service was slow due to what appeared to be a high volume of patrons. It was pretty busy. The staff more than made up for the initial delay. I plan to return.

K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I luv this place, the staff is a little slow but good. This is my go to spot. The food is fantastic and I always recommend this place to my friends.

TO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! I went twice in one weekend! King St best kept secret!

ER
New England
39 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch. The food was good. Enjoyed the fried chicken benedict. It was very filling and the chicken was tender. I wish there was more variety to the menu options. I may come back for dinner sometime.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is superb. Perfect spot for a date night. The service and food were both top notch.

IR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went as a late Valentine’s Day dinner. The ambiance was great, our server was very attentive. Small and quaint. The food was very good, large portions so you can share if you want, wish my daughter and I would have done that. We had the fried chicken with gravy. The fried chicken was tender, the mashed potatoes needed a tad of salt and the sausage gravy was good as well. My husband had the pork chops, again it came with 2 nice size chops so you can share. Some dishes you do have to have to order sides. I would describe it as an upscale soul food restaurant that is very quaint. We were told the upstairs had a bar and lounge area, but we were with our children so we couldn’t partake. The only downside was no children’s menu. Overall we would go back.

D
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We had a table by the window and the fireplace was nearby. Food was delicious.

F
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughter recommended Magnolias to us and we are so glad that she did. We dined there on Valentine Day and it was a wonderful dining experience. The food was delicious, the service was awesome, and the atmosphere was perfect. I highly recommend it for a romantic dinner date.

G
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First, our sever Emily was the best! Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. It's a warm cozy little room. Good comfort food with a touch of high end flair.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and very kind staff, but our food took almost an hour to come out and our waiter seemed to be avoiding coming to our table rather than apologizing for the wait or letting us know the food would take a bit longer. Overall, we enjoyed the food and atmosphere but won’t be returning due to the wait time and non attentive service.

TO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner/chef attended to all the guests and made us feel very comfortable! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! I will be going back for brunch in 2 days!

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch - great food but the staff is the secret ingredient

HG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Celebrated a retirement with our family. The selections were good. The deviled egg and fried pickle appetizers were delicious. The entres were good. The "Bees Knees" gin & Tonic was excellent. Our suggestions are the wait staff should either take the plates back to the kitchen to put them in "take-away" containers or at least do it at the table. Also we had to request clean silverware for each course. We also thought the prices were a little high.

NF
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing! Had a lovely seat by the window - server was exceptional - very attentive, noise level low and lighting perfect. Had shrimp and grits and pork chops deviled eggs and fried dill pickles and all dishes so flavorful and fresh. I am from the south and so am particular about al these dishes! They exceeded my expectations! Lovely dining experience and we will be back!

EB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnolia's is a cozy charming venue serving inspired dishes and drinks with a side of Southern hospitality a part of every offering. While each dining area provides unique ambiance, great food, libations and service, there is just something special about experiencing the second floor Palm Lounge and Bar with it's glowing fireplace and view of sparkling lights on King Street on a chilly winter's night. Great happy hour, brunch and weekly specials to explore! Special thanks to Emily and Luna for making my long anticipated reunion with a friend a night to remember - in all the best ways. Magnolia's is truly a neighborhood gem.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked that the waiter knew to hand us two separate checks.

KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were amazing. Cant wait to go back!!

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A return visit with friends to a fun restaurant--- excellent food and cocktails. Service was a little awkward and slow, no doubt due to the restaurant week crowds which were filling the place. We'll return again, sometime soon-

a
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Crab dip good. Fish and grits great.

PG
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our office team chose Magnolia's for lunch during Restaurant Week. We had been to New Orleans for an annual meeting and wanted to relive our wonderful dining experiences in that 'foodie' city. Magnolia's was perfect! Service was excellent and meals were delicious. We understand that opening for lunch is an experiment for Magnolia's - we hope it was successful!

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service!

OT
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for brunch!

A
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Came for brunch, standard fare but great atmosphere upstairs.

W
Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

At either brunch or dinner, if the stuffed dates are offered, order them!

R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Old Town. As to be expected, they were very busy for Alexandria Restaurant Week, but the food and drinks are well worth the wait.

L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for restaurant week. Server was attentive and loved the music.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the meal and the New Old Fashioned drink was super!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Magnolia’s on King and I will definitely be back! If you love authentic southern comfort food then look no further. Delicious shrimp & grits and jambalaya! The maple roasted Brussels sprouts were so yummy!

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

On the positive side, the staff was very friendly and attentive. That being said, the New Year's Eve menu was very limited and disappointing -- particularly given the price. The food was bland and the noise level was so loud (with only about 15 diners in the room where we were seated) that it was difficult to have a conversation. And the noise was only from people's voices. For this festive evening, there was no special program -- simply a meal with an increased price. But, that being said, as noted, the staff were friendly and attentive.

DS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very enjoyable dinner. The food was good and our server was attentive. We had a young, antsy child and our waiter was very accommodating and understanding. There was some confusion about the menu. The restaurant called earlier in the day to confirm the reservation and told us about the tasting menu. He confirmed that we could order from the regular menu which wasn't exactly accurate. The tasting menu was the only available option, but diners could order the sides. We would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, and it was a great experience. Customer service was well appreciated.

OT
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was going for more as far as creativity in the menu. It was limited and service was okay.

e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Good food. Good service. Good atmosphere.

BC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We've been here many times, but this time we ordered appetizers and they didn't come until after dinner. No credit on the bill, but I didn't ask for one (we did eat them, after all).

Even with this hiccup, food and drinks were good.

P
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Good food good service! Crab dip a bit too spicy, but the pork chop and fried chicken were delightful! We’ll be back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious brunch! The food was fantastic! Highly recommend for a fun place in the heart of the historic district.

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