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Cedar Restaurant
Cedar Restaurant

Cedar Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cedardc.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "It was okay but what we had was average. Service was not good at all; perhaps restaurant week was not the best time to go."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Cedar was pleasant, portions were perfect, not huge, everything spiced just right. Nice atmosphere and an excellent special menu for "theatre goers" ( We were not going to the theatre but had this and were very pleased)"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Cedar is one of those restaurants that closes between lunch/brunch and dinner. Most of that type stops seating customers at least half an hour before closing. We tagged them for a 245 reservation on a Satuday, when they close at 3, and they still were more than willing to accommodate us. We actually walked in the door closer to 250, but they still had no problem seating our party of two. That close to closing there were only two other tables - one was just getting their check, the other got their food just as we ordered ours. But we never felt like we were being rushed or that the restaurant was impatient for us to finish. The service was perfect - attentive without hovering, and the food incredible as always."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We love eating here before a show. The food is always very good, and I am continually surprised at the combination of ingredients they use to make such wonderful food. The blending of flavors is a real treat. The Sunday "brunch" is not the typical brunch, but rather allows you to order from the menu; it is excellent. The portion sizes here are normal. Do NOT go to this restaurant thinking you will get enormous proportions. "
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We met friends we had not seen in quite a while for dinner. We were able to talk - as it is a small intimate setting, the pace of service and the level of service was perfect and the food was amazing! It was a great spot for the leisurely visit over dinner which was just what we wanted and needed. We are already talking about getting a few others and meeting for brunch. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Excellent experience in every way. Arrived to realize we made reservation for wrong night and they accommodated with a smile. When I ordered I mentioned I needed to eat GF and they not only ensured my selection was properly prepared but delivered fresh, hot, delicious GF bread with the regular bread. Unique menu and reasonable, lovely wine by the glass choices. Each of the 4 of us had a different appetizer and main course and loved each one. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was a great find! A very classy spot for new American cuisine. The restaurant is located below ground and has a nice intimate size. Service was very friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious overall. I greatly enjoyed the elk sausage with porcini mushrooms, although I think the maple syrup did not meld well with the peppery radicchio. The sticky toffee cake was a bit of an underwhelming take on the classic British sticky toffee pudding dessert. Not enough toffee sauce, and it needs a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream instead of a small smear of vanilla cream cheese on the plate. The best deal, though, is the full pot of French-pressed coffee (about 3 cups) for less than $4!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went here for a surprise dinner for my friend's birthday and everyone at the restaurant was so helpful from the host to the waitress. They helped us get the tables set so she couldn't see us waiting for her when she walked in and then instead of a piece of cake or desert for her birthday since we brought cupcakes, they gave her a complimentary birthday glass of champagne and some for the rest of the table too. The food was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I've been to Cedar quite a few times for dinner and happy hour (which are both great), but this was the first time I've been for breakfast. It was so yummy! The service was quick and top-notch. I had the smoked salmon benedict which was out of this world. It's a pretty affordable brunch menu, and to top it off, they've got amazing brunch cocktails. I can't say anything bad about my experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "But very mediocre service. Waiter repeatedly disappeared for way too long."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My husband had the Smoked Salmon Benedict and I the Chicken and Waffles and they were both great. I was excited that they use French press for the coffee but they do not put nearly enough coffee grinds in. Both the mild and strong versions tasted very watered down."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Been here a few times for happy hour and finally came for dinner. Liked the range of entrees which include game meat like venison and boar. Both were cooked very well with good sides and a lot of flavor. Loved the amuse bouche - a nice touch! Appetizers were okay. Everything was well presented. Had higher expectations for dessert. Quiet, dark, romantic ambience but unfortunately in a basement! Good service and decent wine list."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I took a friend here for a retirement lunch and it was great. For a Friday it was not crowded at all due possibly to the Washington's baseball game. Anyway I ordered the wild game sausage trio of bison/buffalo, rabbit and venison/deer and it was great! My only complanint is that the portion size. My colleague ordered the leg of lamb and her quote was, "it was phenomenal" and she would visit again. It was also great to talk with the chef. He greeted us on our way and we discussed the wild game sausage dishes. Great job chef!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Highly recommended esp if you're going to the theatre, or just leaving the American Art Museum & looking for a nice place to rest & enjoy. Theatre menu is great!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very friendly reception, interesting decor down flight of stairs from the street, a bit noisier than we had hoped for a romantic dinner because of the young crowd enjoying happy hour. Excellent soups with original flavors: white chocolate and lobster bisque was delicious. My husband ordered the pheasant dish which was on special and was a generous portion and very flavorful. I had the diver's scallops, appetizer portion to leave room for desert. Desert was amazing: chocolate and peanut butter cake, with house-made ice cream. Our only criticisms: drinks took too long to arrive and our otherwise very attentive waiter did not know what the in-house ice-cream was made of and never got back to us when we asked him."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A rare DC restaurant for grown-ups, with wonderful food and service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I gave this review that name because although I've been around that area, I didn't realize there was a great little spot like Cedar right here. At first glance, it seems like just a door with a sign but no traditional "tables in the windows" type of restaurant. Upon entering, you descend the staircase and into a very warm/ intimate spot that has been there for 5 yrs. The menu has great variety with freshness in mind (PLEASE make sure to try the wild game sausages as a tasting platter..Fantastic!!) The drinks were unique and luckily, we got served by one of the bartenders who also gave a great presentation of after brunch scotch we ordered which made the meal. All in all, 2 thumbs up, would definitely go back!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Not overly impressed. Black Angus beef came in two versions. One very tender and tasty, the other chewy and tough. The place is in a basement and pretty noisy. Wine was overpriced. An ok meal, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wait staff was amazing. We were in a hurry -- late arrival but need to make show -- and staff was able to deliver excellent food quickly."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The marriage of fine food and an ambiance infused with excellent jazz music (African jazz when we dropped by) supports a dining experience that urges a relaxed transcendence, even before fine wine is added; a beautiful oasis in the heart of the city. A really nice touch was the dialing back of the music as the dining room filled and attention became absorbed in the favors."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The basement could make one feel closed in but the sleek and softly lit space manages to feel comforting instead. The food is unusual, offering bison, duck, elk, wild boar, venison and trout as well as a few other items not common on DC menus. It felt like a north woods menu in some sleek modern upscale hunting lodge. The food was well prepared and inventive, both specialties and standards such as steak and fish. I would have liked to have had more vegetable side options which many restaurants offer more and more. The wine list was reasonable. The house cocktails were unusual and very good."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Had a Saturday evening pre-theater dinner here. Our waiter and the staff were very helpful in getting us through in time for the show, without our feeling rushed. Ambiance was pleasant and relaxed. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. We've had dinner here before and the experience has been uniformly good. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary.We were not very impressed with our service.It took forever for our server to come to our table with a bread basket.Needless to say,this set the tone for the rest of the evening. :-( The menus are seasonal, with a very small vegan menu in comparison to the regular menu.Also,note that the vegan dishes may not come to the table as described on the menu.Example, the tofu steak with heirloom squash and sundried tomatoes came out with a puree of some sort and rehydrated cranberries. My husband enjoyed his food, he ordered the 5 course option.I ordered the vegan three courses.We both enjoyed our desserts and the bottle of Mourvedre that we were told was a 'vegan' wine option."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Had dinner at Cedar after reading other reviews and had a very enjoyable dining experience. Service was excellent from warm welcome upon arrival to gracious appreciation when we departed. Waiter, food server and bus person were also friendly, knowledge and appropriately attentive. Food was very good. We arrived a few minutes before 7pm so we were offered the 3 Course Pre Theatre Menu. We had winter salad, parsnip soup, mushroom tart and cod -- each dish was prepared well, nice presentation and tasty. I also had wine parings which were good and generous pours."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As always, the food at Cedar was exceptional. However, a party of 20 was very raucous and inconsiderate of the other diners and management made no effort to deal with it. As such, it was a very disappointing dining experience, especially since we had friends from out of town that we told that Cedar was an experience they would remember. They will remember it for the wrong reasons."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I recently had a small informal business meeting here and, not knowing the restaurant, hoped for the best. That's exactly what I got! I'm not a stickler for great service but I understand etiquette and procedure very well and will privately note missteps by waiters. At one point I thought to myself it was a shame we were almost out of bread as we still had a bit of our cheese plate left. Not five seconds later more bread was on the table. When you feel like the waiter might be able to read your mind, you're in a good place! From the courtesy of the staff to the excellence of the food and touches of detail such as offering to put our coats on for us as we left, Cedar rises above the rest for an experience of undeniably fine dinning."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Work close to Cedar and have been there several times for lunch. You need to go there for dinner if you have not been, this place is incredible. The staff, service and food is just incredible. Try the Lobster While Chocolate Soup, WOW! There really is not anything on the menu that is bad. Love this place."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Food was delicious and service was attentive and friendly. One issue was limited wine list with most bottles way north of $40; more choices below $40 would be appreciated. One other note; if you are mobility challenged, phone the restaurant from outside to be directed to the elevator. The only other way in is down a long staircase."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Stopped by the Cedar before a matinee at the Shakepeare Theater. Brunch food and drink very good with some different options. Service was great!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Cedar is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. This past weekend I took friends from out of town there for brunch. I did not tell them much except the food and the staff are very good and friendly. The order, wild meat trio for sampling. They were delighted and enjoyed every bit. Orders, chicken and waffles, cleaned the plate =, asked for whipped cream and strawberries to top it off. Banana nut French toast, the plate was so clean, it could skip the dish washer. Steak and eggs, gone, but this person has been taught to always leave something on the plate. I had my usual , elk sausage and eggs. Great restaurant and I recommend it to everyone that has a guest coming to town and want to try something different."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "excellent service, accomodating and willing to make changes or additions to the menu. Small quiet setting...easy walk from Theatres"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Actually had lovely and delicious meal. Server arrived at our table, took drink orders and disappeared for a long period of time. Reappeared with 3 of the 5 drinks. Disappeared again for 10 minutes. Reappeared and we told her we wanted pre-theater dinner. She told us we didn't have enough time, at that point a little over an hour. We ordered pre-theater anyway and through some juggling, got our meals within the timeframe. Two of the fish courses were not cooked properly (actually almost raw) but were quickly replaced."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Cedar is good...not knock your socks off good...but good, especially if you want a quieter place for a pre-Verizon show meal than the likes of Jaleo or Rosa Mexicana."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Cedar is a small restaurant in the basement of an ordinary-looking building on E St NW. Decor is pleasant, but food is always excellent, imaginative, served attractively and always very tasty. Don't know how they manage to retain an excellent chef and operate at a profit with only about 30 tables. Service is very attentive and pleasant. Definitely a fine restaurant that is frequently overlooked because of its location. I recommend it highly"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Our second time at Cedar's and we had such a good time the first visit that we encouraged our friends to come with us to try out for a second. They could not have been more accommodating, as they were the first time. Food was great and service the best -"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great variety on the menu with varying and explosive tasting food and great presentation. Healthy choices prepared in a gourmet manner. Great staff who were very helpful in suggesting menu choices and cocktails. Great tasting ceviche was provided and the Champagne at the end of the meal was wonderful! A great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I thought this restaurant was fair. I loved the ambiance. It has the feel of a quiet get away. It was very comfortable with warm lighting and very comforting images of cedars on the walls with lots of wood. I really liked the wait staff, the host , and the atmosphere. I just felt the food was ok. It wasn't bad, but a bit underwhelming for me....."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "If you've a nearby event at a theatre or the Verizon Ctr this well-situated American cuisine restaurant is perfect. It's small and intimate. The Manager seated our party of 6 in a private "room" with a curtain separating us from the entrance. There is no one server - everyone seems to lend a hand from placing drink orders to serving the food. Nicely and unobtrusively managed from start to end. Thoroughly delightful evening with cheerful and polite servers."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was fantastically prepared although I'll admit the portions were artsy like small. They were immaculately prepared and aesthetically very pleasing to the eye. Our waitress was professional, friendly , smart and accommodating of some of our party's idiosyncrasies. The restaurant is highly recommended for a romantic evening or for a fun group of friends or family."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food at Cedar is consistently delicious. The French press coffee is also excellent, a small but often overlooked feature that makes a difference in my dining experience. The cozy nook surrounded by curtains is a great spot for a meeting or group conversation."
    Dined on 2/28/2014