Jackson 20
Jackson 20

Jackson 20

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jackson20.com/
  • Phone: 7038422790x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11am, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:15pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Low Country, American
  • Executive Chef: Brian McPherson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Brian McPherson brings his seasonally inspired American cuisine, hand crafted cocktails and the best of local waters and farms from Jackson 20 to all our private events located in the stylish Hotel Monaco Alexandria. Beautifully appointed event space, seating 10 – 150, play host to a myriad of events including intimate wine dinners, swank cocktail parties, elegant rehearsal dinners and beautiful weddings. Our brick lined interior courtyard is ideal for receptions or dining, from Jackson 20 cook-outs to garden-style receptions.
  • Special Events: Join us in our outdoor courtyard for our pet friendly doggie Happy Hour from 5-8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in April. Monthly pig roast April-October the second Wednesday of every month. Occasional beer and wine dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Pitt
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Available
A word from Jackson 20
Jackson 20 is a modern American tavern featuring regional American food inspired by traditional recipes.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Jackson 20 reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (66)great for outdoor dining (62)fit for foodies (56)special occasion (51)neighborhood gem (51)good for groups (42)great for lunch (37)vibrant bar scene (26)romantic (22)hot spot (19)kid-friendly (19)notable wine list (16)scenic view (10)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Best brunch
    kathulah
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Best brunch, with indoor and outdoor options. .................
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not a great morning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Made resevations early in the week, waited for our table, was sat in the back by the kitchen and bathrooms, traffic central made the morning seem like we were in an alley way, corn fritters, gummy,grits expensive and zero flavor other than water,everyone was afraid to say how bad it was from the past. the saving grace was the endless mamosas boy did we need them that morning, which are not in the meus anymore Will not recommend again
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yum Yum Yum
    justbecky
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Came here for dinner the other night and service was absolutely amazing! My friends and I could not get enough of the Tomato Salad with the creamy cheese, spicy jam and sweet candied onions... yum! We will be back for sure, maybe we will do one of the private pig parties before the weather gets too cold.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, even better service
    MamaJRH
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    First time going here--and we will be back--went for restaurant week and even though I stayed with the normal menu, it was fantastic. The service was wonderful and when the manager did a table check and told us about pickled fried okra that was not on the menu--we gasped!! It was only on the bar menu...some showed up at our table a bit later---it was amazing. Also a great place to sit at the bar and have some of their fabulous appetizers. The charcuterie plate is not to miss--chefs in house made special! I am from New Orleans and this food made this southern girl smile--i will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good seating outdoors. Service was exceptional -- special kudo to Hector. Deviled eggs a particular joy and the potato salad was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Probably won't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I hadn't been to Jackson20 in probably 5 yrs. We chose this place for its outdoor seating. We went during restaurant week and ordered off of special 3 course menu. The appetizers and entrees were slow to arrive and it was mediocre at best. The cod lacked seasoning and the risotto seemed undercooked. The waitress never cracked a smile, and she seemed like either she was a very unhappy person or having a terrible day. She had tables both indoors and outdoors (which seems odd) so we didn't see her very much. We asked for some more ice but she never brought it to us, so I went to the bar to get some and she never said anything. Given our check was over $60/pp, you would think that we'd get a much better meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but loud.
    Steve
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Good but not extensive brunch menu. Quite loud. Reminded us of some New York restaurant/pubs.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    TheWakoKid
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Visited for restaurant week. The prix fixe menu offered excellent choices. Ham & Corn fritters could have used a bit more ham, but were delicious nonetheless. Gazpacho was amazing. All entrees (kielbasa & pierogies, chicken, and cod) were delicious and cooked to near perfection. I particularly liked the pierogies (w/kielbasa) and the risotto & tomato marmalade (w/cod). Sometimes the sides outshine the focal point of the dish here, but I think that reflects their efforts to create well-balanced dishes and promote sides beyond afterthoughts. It works. The service was excellent per usual. Jackson 20 offers pretty good value any time, but particularly during restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait stAff
    Oldtownfoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Consistently has best in class wait staff. Variety and quality of good is stand own. Great chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing for a Kimpton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Walked out of Jackson 20 truly disappointed. A colleague recommended the place and as a rule, we enjoy Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. Not this one! Server really didn't have a grasp of the menu or offerings. Multiple courses arrived simultaneously, food brought out w/no utensils on the table, pierogies were over fried and tough, appetizers were bland, nothing really veg friendly, and we waited a bit longer than we should have to place an order or for our courses to arrive. Only one of the four of us finished our meal. Only stand out dish was the vanilla gelato (the only gelato we were told they had in the alleged "assortment of gelatos" on the menu).
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  • Did not honor Restaurant Week deal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I came here for the D.C. Restaurant Week promotion. Only to find out they only honor that promotion Monday through Friday. I was not informed of this stipulation at all. My only option was to order from the menu, the brunch menu. On Saturday! Brunch on Saturday? Also, I did not receive the appetizer I ordered until after the main course was served. I will never visit Jackson 20 again. There are too many better options available.
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  • try the ribs
    nicknamed
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Remember Col. Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed in the Civil War, at the location of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome for brunch w/ girlfriends!
    Cita13
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went to this spot on Sunday and we had an amazing and yummy time! I highly recommend the $14 all you can drink mimosa deal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seen Better Days
    SouthernComfort
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I really was excited to visit Jackson 20 on my college visit trip in the DC-Virginia area. I was looking forward to a few days of southern comfort food indulgence. The food was decent, but the environment and ambiance were a bit off.
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  • Fantastic creative food
    Matt
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The house-cured prosciutto with super thin sliced melon, ramps and blackberries was a fantastic intro to our meal. THe Goat with sweet potato ravioli was perfectly cooked and fantastic. You don't see goat on a menu very often and glad this was executed perfectly. Without question, I'll be dining here again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    DavidB
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have a fantastic meal, food was very good and service excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food. Bison hangar steak, goat - highly flavorful, enticing. Service impeccable. A must try. Active bar scene makes it a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good!
    Motherof3
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was pretty good. I got the special with the beef brisket served on sour doe bread with mash potatoes and collars greens for the sides. The brisket was very tender and was very good with the bbq sauce. They mash potatoes where very bland but the collards were good. I didn't think the food was worth the cost but I guess the cost just comes with it being a tourist spot. The $20 bottle of Moscato was a nice deal and compliment to our meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    pguy55VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Hostess was great. Although we arrived 15 minutes late for our brunch reservation, she was able to get us another table right away. Waitstaff not so great. After sitting ignored for 15 minutes I had to ask another table's waiter for service. Our waiter told my wife that the milk steamer for cappuccino was broken. Halfway through our meal we saw another table served a cappuccino. Food was OK, but nothing memorable. Tables were much too close together. Dining room was also very hot. Another underwhelming experience in Old Town.
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  • Good discovery!
    2fromArl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went because we got a postcard offering a discount, were looking for a new-to-us spot - and the photo of the crispy squash blossom looked yummy. It was! Met friends and we all agree we'll go back even w/out the dining discount. Bar service was quick, quirky and fun. table service was excellent. Only quibble would be having our reserved table be located next to the kitchen when there appeared to be other spots available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CairnsNH
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The location and ambiance was nice. Our window table let us watch the folks strolling Kin Street. The squash blossoms and charcuterie were great, but we found our entrees lacking. Consensus of our group was that our hopes weren't met.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK= business lunch, service lacking
    RickVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My meal was good. I had the steak salad and it comes w/ 3 interesting small sides. Everyone at my table liked our meals. The restaurant was quiet and worked well for a business lunch. Our server was friendly but never came by once our meals were served to see if we needed anything and never refilled our water/drinks. The server also never asked if we wanted coffee or desert (which I know at least 1 of us would have) and she just dropped the check off after they took our plates. If our server would have been more attentive I would have given this 4 stars but service was not good.
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    great for lunch
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  • Great staff and food
    Timm
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is a place that we can go with our dog, get a friendly greeting, and not have to sacrifice on food quality or service. The hostess is wonderful and greeted our dog by name on the second visit. All of the servers are great and some even beyond great. We loved the fritters as a appetizer and the banana pudding was worth the extra calories. We were staying in the attached hotel, so we had several meals here. The Eggs Benedict for breakfast was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dinner
    Betsy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent Saturday night dinner. Server (Justin) was excellent. Food very good. More than two large tables made our entrees slow to come to the table but a bread basket helped mitigate the delay. Mixed drink very good. The restaurant is very loud and the tables are close enough together that this is not a romantic or private dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allergies
    AbebabeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Accommodated allergies and early arrival. Food preparation was slow and out of ribs.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nuyoka
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent location for Saturday breakfast or brunch before or after visiting the great Alexandria Market just one block away. Free parking til 12:30PM on Saturday at the city lot under the market. Good selection of menu items at the restaurant. Worth exiting through the Hotel Monaco lobby.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surlydiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Came to old town for dinner without realizing that there were fireworks scheduled, made a quick reservation at Jackson 20 and was pleased with the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor food & service
    DCBadgerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The server highly recommended the goat. I usually love goat, but this was dry and stringy and lacked flavor. The ravioli that it came with actually tasted like it was filled with nacho cheese from the football stadium. The whole thing was terrible and the server never really checked on us so I just didn't eat dinner. The drinks are good--stick with the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dustin
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    $34 bison steak comes out amost cold, waitres clueless about wines, very noisy had to shout across the table to be heard. Very overpriced for a very avaridge restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Great for kids or special occasions
    BrianD
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Found Jackson 20 by chance on Open Table looking for a new restaurant to take my wife to dinner. We loved everything about the food and atmosphere. The first time we ate there I had the bison and my wife the NY Strip...possibly the best meat I've had in years. This recent visit I got the pan seared cod and it was also amazing...my wife stuck with the strip and was very happy. The salads we've gotten each time were wonderful. We've also taken our kids there for Sunday brunch a few times and my picky kids have loved it and ask to go back. Overall a great restaurant with wonderful servers, food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bottomless mimosas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    fantastic service. filled up waters, coffees and mimosas without us having to ask. waiter gave us a discount for friends birthday. unnecessary but so appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Even Better Food
    jnstatz
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We went to celebrate our anniversary and the service was great. And to top that off, the food was amazing. I had wild mushroom Gnocchi that was to die for. My husband had the kielbasa dinner and he loved it. . . Thanks to Jackson 20 for making it a great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, service and location.
    RichardC
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Bottomless Mimosas with brunch. great start!! Pretty good menu selection, from traditional Eggs Benedict to a unique BELT (BLT with a twist. Friendly and capable servers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I had brunch there last Sunday with my family and some old family friends. We all loved it! It wasn't too expensive, the food was awesome and the bottomless mimosas had be feeling like I was walking on a cloud when I left. Its great that I didn't have to go into DC to have a great brunch. I will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite brunch
    Peony1
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We always enjoy brunch at Jackson 20. Service is friendly and customer-oriented. The food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Southern charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Absolutely delicious! The food is pure southern complete with deviled eggs and pimiento cheese. The devil is in the details and Jackson 20 nails it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional
    Sundin4
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    another wonderful dining experience at Jackson 20. was initially disappointed to learn shrimp and grits was off the menu, but tried the cod and friend had the goat - incredible. great value with the $20 wine list - check out the offering from Slovenia.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Very Off the Charts
    DinersFromDCVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had an exceptional dinner, not the typical tourist trapping found often in Old Town but very good and very unique, special food. I encourage you to check out their menu and dine there!
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  • Less Than Impressed
    ShesSavvyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I made reservations online, there were plenty of time slots available for Sunday at dinner time. It's a cute spot with nice decor in the interior. If there are more than 2 people in your party you can't sit outside. We ordered drinks, traditional Manhattans and my drink was practically a Manhattan with Tequila. Had the corn and ham fritters because they had a promo where if you tagged them on Facebook you'd get them for free. They were ok. The Garden Tomato Salad was excellent! For our entrees, we had Bison Hanger Steak, Spare Ribs, and the Crabs & Grits. We weren't impressed with the steak or the crabs & grits. If you don't like fried soft shell crab don't order it. The ribs were tasty and somewhat tender. Great service, food just ok.
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  • Boozy Brunch and GREAT FOOD
    LVaccaroVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Booked Jackson20 based on it's location and menu. Saturday brunches are apparently hard to come by in Alexandria, so our options were limited. That said, this place ROCKED. THE DRINKS: Upon arrival, our waitress Maddy told us they offer $14.00 bottomless mimosas. When we requested to have ours with Grapefruit juice instead of OJ she made a whole pitcher and continued to top us off through the very end. THE FOOD: So unbelievably good! If I had to criticize, I'd say the portions are almost too big, though I think I could have finished my B.E.L.T if we hadn't also ordered the Buckwheat pancakes to split. Both breakfasts were off the hook! Check out the B.E.L.T and Benedict. THE SERVICE: In a word, Fantastic! Thanks Maddy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.