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Cedar Restaurant
Cedar Restaurant

Cedar Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cedardc.com
  • Phone: (202) 637-0012
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
    Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm
    Bar and Bites available everyday from 11am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Aaron McCloud
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Cedar's team of professional planners, servers, mixologists &sous chefs headed by Executive Chef Aaron McCloud create custom menus, experiences, & events at any budget & request. Our custom packages and group options will put your mind at ease and dazzle your guests. Cedar will always go above and beyond to ensure a flawless and unforgettable event.
  • Private Party Contact: Eve (202) 637-0012
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every Monday: $35 Prix-Fixe 3-course dinner & half price select bottles of wine...all night long! 5:30 to 10:00 pm.

    Prix Fixe 3-course dinner for $35 available Tues-Sat 5:30 to 7 pm.

    Don't forget to check out facebook.com/cedardc or twitter.com/cedardc for seasonal menu additions, cocktail classes, wine pairing dinners and demonstrations by Chef Aaron McCloud!

    Keep us in mind for custom events, special menus and personalized experiences. info@cedardc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 8th & 9th
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place-Chinatown (YL,GR,RD), Archives-Navy Mem-Penn Quarter (YL,GR), Metro Center (BL,OR,RD)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: $5 Self-parking Mon-Fri after 5pm only for PMI parking garage on D St (between 8 & 9 Sts). Metered street parking also available.
A word from Cedar Restaurant
'Field and Stream' with polished urban style - contemporary American cuisine using natural fresh flavors and vibrant presentation. Highlighting the seasons, local farms, and small batch brews with hand-crafted elegance.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a large group (10 people) and had good service AND separate checks! Good food! Loved the salmon grilled cheese!!! Very yummy! Everyone enjoyed their food!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Went on the last Friday of DC summer restaurant week. We arrived for our 8:30 reservation and were one of only three parties dining at that time in this small and cozy restaurant. Thought they might be more crowded given the DCRW event but many residents are on vacation at that time of year. Eric, our waiter, was outstanding. Very knowledgeable on the menu and obviously very well trained. RW menu offered several choices (some don't) and he helped us navigate them with genuine insight on what was going on in the kitchen. Opted for the paired wine flight with each course and the choices were excellent - each wine matched with, and complementing, the specific course we had to a T. Would definitely go back - possibly for brunch next time."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The food is just wonderful and the service is superb. Went here twice during restaurant week."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I reserved a table for six hoping they'd be okay that one guest was a baby. We were skeptical at first because they don't have an elevator, but as soon as we got the baby and his necessary gear down to the restaurant, they were nothing but helpful. They stowed his stroller, brought a high chair (even though we said we could just put his car seat on a regular chair), and were even interested to know about the baby himself. As if this wasn't enough to make us happy, the food and drinks were great and they were able to get our prix fixe meal out to us with enough time to get to the after dinner show we had planned on attending. They even let us use the service elevator they have. We will definitely be back to Cedar."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Food is creative and of exceptional quality. Staff and service is outstanding. A hidden gem."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "so many 'loco' restos are pure hype, riding the latest foodie wave. this plave has honest, good food, and while the chef is slightly bitten by the wacky/outre ingredient bug on the whole it is prettyuch plain good food at a reasonable price"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Our group of 5 all loved their food, their wine and the attentive waiter. We experienced CEDAR during restaurant week and were impressed with the fixprix offerings, and, wine pairings. what a great location when going to Shakespeare Theatres or Verizon center; close but out of the jostle. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We were most impressed with our most recent dinner at Cedar. The tomato salad was a delight and the salmon was perfect - and all at restaurant week prices. Thanks!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the drinks and main part of our meal were exceptional. My only comments would be that it is a bit awkward to get downstairs if you need to use an elevator (we had a baby stroller with us) as the elevator entrance is located in another building and you sort of have to go in the restaurant through a back way (though the hostess led us there); the other comment is that the desserts were too sweet - the app and entree was delicious but I actually wished that I hadn't gotten dessert."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "outstanding. Went for brunch w large group. Made reservation evening before. Was nonrefundable, credit card required. Could be cancelled 2 days prior;otherwise a penalty. Hosts pleasant. We ran late & they were happy to hold our table. Restaurant intimate & in cellar. Staff all very friendly. Prices reasonable. Brunch menu limited. Banana nut crunch french toast was fabulous though only 2 slices of toast barely satisfied. Also ordered flank steak & eggs, sausage & eggs, shrimp & grits. All portions were small. Shrimp & grits came w maybe 2 Tbs of grits. Pretty disappointing. It was nicely flavored, however. Sausages, venison and rabbit, were good. One would not go wrong dining here. On the other hand, it won't make your "MUST return" list."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "When I made this reservation, I was expecting the full menu to be available to me. It was Washington DC Restaurant week so they had a limited menu available. Everything was still amazing. I will definitely go back"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My husband and I tried Cedar for restaurant week, and we can't wait to go back! What an outstanding menu. The plating, food, ambiance, service, was all so fabulous. I cannot recommend Cedar enough."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went here for restaurant week with a group of 6, and everyone was running late. The kind hostess pushed our reservation back by an hour for us and meanwhile a few of us enjoyed the happy hour at the bar. We were seated in a private corner of the restaurant, and everything we picked was DELICIOUS. The bartender made a custom drink for one person and brought us a round of shooters with our dessert. It was overall one of the best experiences I've had at a restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The people and food are awesome. I can't say much because I had a really good experience all around with the food during restaurant week and the staff is exceptional."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We waited 30 min for our appetizers. The ceviche came with sorbet and a toast stick which would have been better with the soup, which arrived without a spoon. The soup tasted artificially sweetened and the ceviche, with tomato base, was awful. Lunch was wild boar meatloaf swimming in ketchup and a burger, medium, but unremarkable. Both with limp Parmesan fries. The waiter never returned and I had to flag down the busboy for water when my guest had a coughing spell. Dessert was an odd assembly of toasted coconut, cake, sorbet, and a thick mango glaze. The Cedar sundae was strange; hazelnut ice cream with cold, sweet potato "tater tots." We were "done" and found our server for the check. He did attempt an apology."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "For DC Restaurant Week, I chose Cedar off of the recommendation of a friend who had gone there once before a show. Although the service was upbeat, friendly and engaging, the ambiance and decor left little to be desired. The food was creative, but flavors (particularly the seasoning of the entrees) fell flat. Proteins were overcooked. This location was worth the $35 fixed menu price, but I do not see myself returning and paying regular price."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Delicious food, friendly, knowledgeable and professional service. Only issue was noise level as it got crowded."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I can always count on Cedar as a perfect location for a quiet, delicious business lunch. One more great meal in a string of successes and it was Restaurant Week, so the price was down to $20.14 for 3 courses!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food at Cedar is excellent. I especially enjoyed the chilled corn soup with leek marmalade and lumpfish caviar. However, the subterranean feel of the place is both creepy and claustrophobic, and our server was often AWOL."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Restaurant was perfect for date night. Went for restaurant week and food was great. Probably not their best because it was restaurant week and made over and over.. but seems like it has a lot of potential. Would recommend!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We arrived before our friends and thought we would go to the bar for happy hour while we waited. The bar was crowded and we asked if we could just get a drink at the bar and sit down at our table. The manager was incredibly kind and seated us at our table and got our drinks for us at the happy hour price even though the prices normally do not extended to the dining room. Love that they care about their customers and ensure great service"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food is delicious and the staff is very friendly, I'am looking foward to speaking with the chef one day and getting the recipe to his sauces, especially the mayonaise that is made from scratch with a little horseradish , I'am guessing."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week with coworkers. Were seated promptly; service and food were great. If you're looking to grab a bite over your lunch hour or limited on time this may not be the place to go, as our lunch took two hours. Not a complaint, since we had the time, but just a note. The food was worth the time it took."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they were trying to get out of the rain. The ceviche the server recommended was vile."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Cedar is a great find. Small and cozy, and quieter than most places. Love the woods-themed decor. Service was excellent but not pretentious. Really enjoyed the food as well. Had a great birthday dinner with two friends. Its a small place so I wouldn't recommend it for groups larger than 4, but its great for a date night or a couple people going out together."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Except for the store-bought ice-cream, the food was excellent, ample and attractively presented. The service was cheeful, prompt and thoughtful. A fine spot for a meal before a show at the Harman Center or Woolly Mammoth."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Had a very tasty brunch. Staff was great. Food was great. Can't go wrong here for brunch!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was really tasty and served quickly! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to eat well at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I went for lunch. Surprised to find it was in a lower level, no windows. A group from an office was there and leader stood up and have shirt speech even though it wasn't a private room. None of it awful, but not expected. Perhaps good for business lunch. I was with daughter and a tourist that day."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I had a party of 6 people. 4 of us arrived a bit early and they seated us immediately. We were given a private seating area with a curtain even though I didn't indicate in my reservation a special occasion. The private room was pretty cool and secluded but the lights were way up and it got hot quickly. However, the server was very accommodating and dimmed the lights and turned up the air a bit. Now for the important part, the food. It was delicious and reasonably priced for the amount and quality you get. The beet salad was delicious and was paired with a mellow blue cheese. For brunch they had normal and turned-up brunch options. I would certainly recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had a first class meal with fish and beef to die for Great job Thanks"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food, service, and setting were all great. I took my wife and two business associates for a 6:45 dinner on Friday night. I asked the waitress to pick two appetizers for the table. She picked a smoked trout and a scallops plate - both of which were outstanding. Two of us ordered the Duck, Duck, Duck and two ordered the Cod. Again - everybody was very pleased. My only criticism is the price. Open Table rated Cedar at $$. It is easily $$$+, or about $70 per person with drinks and desert. However, even at that price it is worth it. I would go again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I arrived on time for my reservation. One host was on the phone and others were not in sight. When I was finally seated, the host did not offer me the wine list. I had to ask twice for lemon to go with my water. When the waitress finally brought it over, she carried it in a bar napkin instead of plate. The table of patrons sitting next to me were given a small plate of lemons for their water. The waitress never offered my guest and I a bread basket although she offered other patrons bread. I ordered the half-chicken which was delicious. But the service was not very good."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The bar in this basement restaurant is part of the dining area. If the bar is populated by loudmouthed drunks, as it was when we were there, it's like they're at your table. After the drunks left at 7 or so, the ambience improved. The food and service were excellent. We might go back for dinner after 8 sometime, but we're unlikely to attempt another pre-theater meal because of the noisy bar."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Met a friend for dinner at Cedar. The service was friendly and efficient. We both enjoyed our food. Nice ambience in the dining room. I would dine here again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is our second time at Cedar - not sure why it took us so long to come back. Very interesting menu - including game which you can't find everywhere. My venison was cooked perfectly and my companion raved about his lamb. Good pre-theater value. And quiet - which is important to my companion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Simply my favorite spot in DC! They have an absolutely great vegan menu and the atmosphere is perfect. Love i!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We ended up as a group of 17. Without even asking, we were given separate checks! Everyone had a great time."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Another of several wonderful dinners here. Restaurant decor is so inviting. Interesting and well prepared menu. Great service. Has a lively bar scene but also quiet nooks to dine. Great place for a pre-theatre dinner."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our first time here. We were very satisfied. Service was great; food was excellent; ambience was quite and pleasant. It is a great downtown restaurant. You could eat here when you were going to many events in the city."
    Dined on 7/8/2014