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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 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
  • "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
  • "The staff is very friendly and they all work together as one. Food was exceptional. Could not have had a better dinner."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I took my family here on a whim, not knowing that this place is heaven for people with celiac disease, like me. Our server was knowledgeable about my options, including swapping out GF bread on the crab cake benedict (which is made without breadcrumbs). The food was delicious, as brunch normally is. The quiet dining area and the overall atmosphere of the restaurant are also big pluses in my book. They only thing I would criticize was the gluten free bread -- way too dense, and kind of gooey. Probably will opt for something different next time, but I'm definitely going back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Pre fireworks, 5 of us met at Cedar Restaurant on July 4. We got our private room, great service and a delicious meal. I knew the food would be good as I had eaten there before, but being given a private space and great waitress made it really special."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Good location. We were seated promptly, so that was good. There were a lot of tables open, but we were seated right next to another couple for some reason. We ordered the scallops, the Texas Wild Boar, and the Cobia dish. Everything was sub par. The scallops were doused in black pepper. The Cobia was like something you'd get at Coastal Flats. Not worth the $28. The Wild Boar was tiny. You get two bone in loin chops, but the size of both put together was roughly the size of a computer mouse, about 4 ounces. It was tough, despite being cooked medium, and it tasted like something you could get from a local BBQ joint. Not worth $28 either. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We got lucky with Cedar. Whereas all the neighborhood hot spots had 45 minute waits during happy hour, we walked into Cedar and were immediately seated at the bar. Ambience was warm and elegant, and rather quiet compared to loud restaurants that we passed before finding Cedar. Excellent happy hour deals -- $5 cocktails and bar food. Would come back for happy hour or a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We did the pre-threatre wine pairings and found each course and wine interesting and very well done. My husband had the cod and he said it was outstanding. I had the pork tenderloins with gnocchis and the dish was great also - very interesting combinations. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated out 21st Anniversary at Cedars and it was a wonderful experience and a great way to kick off the next 21 (or so) years together. The service was incredible, just the right amount of hovering. Timing of cocktails, appetizers, meal and dessert was right on. I recommend the scallop appetizer and the lamb entre."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, quiet and sophisticated. Food choices outstanding, though a bit pricey. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014