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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Jackson 20 reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (63)fit for foodies (60)neighborhood gem (58)great for outdoor dining (54)special occasion (42)good for groups (40)great for lunch (29)hot spot (26)vibrant bar scene (26)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (17)romantic (16)late-night find (9)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Amazing brunch!
    RachelL
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I've come here a few times for lunch and dinner but hadn't checked out brunch - it was delicious! The fritters were definitely our favorite, but my friend LOVED the B.E.L.T. It was almost big enough to share between 2 people. Even though it was crowded, the server was always right on top of things. Our mimosas were never empty! The management and staff is always friendly and helpful. Since it was pretty busy it's definitely necessary to make reservations in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This place is an absolute gem. I always recommend Jackson 20 to anyone wanting a great brunch location. Good food and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowded
    glenno
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    If you like loud and crowded this is the place. Great atmosphere for brunch. Menu is great service and cooking needs help. Ordered drinks and they never came at the same time as the food. Food took forever to get to us. When it came the Bagel was burnt and the bread on the turkey sandwich was burnt too. The sandwich was toooo big to eat with your hands. No charge to split it. Tasted very good without the bread. I'd go here again just be patient on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll definitly go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our dining experience was complimented by our excellent waiter. He really knew the menu and helped us pick two delicious appetizers and unforgettable entree's as well as drinks. I had the beet salad and Pan Roasted Amish Chicken and I'd order them both again! The portions were appropriate and the bill reasonable. I'd like to try their brunch the next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was excellent - really unique takes on traditional foods. The deviled eggs and spaghetti and meatballs were superb. The staff were just perfect - helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meals, excellent wines
    Brian
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had very good service this particular occasion. Food was good, and loved the 20 wines for $20 page of the wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    All was excellent except the desert which was only fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable good service - great food
    dacjfh
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    never disappointing - sometime too noisy - but this Sunday brunch was just great and the wait staff catered to our guest's special requests
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem!!!!
    lambpetey
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent ambiance, food and service. Will definitely be going back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tanariogo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This place was great! The service staff was on point, and we had several conversations with the manager, about the restaraunt and life in general. These guys know their stuff and were very freindly. They also made us feel very welcome with our 1 year old son.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unremarkable Sunday Brunch
    SundayNightDiner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had brunch on Sunday September 7 with a 12:15pm reservation. A table was available. Noise level was so high that we had to shout to converse with our guests across the table. Could work with the noise level but the food was pedestrian. French toast good. Eggs benedict--bland. Three eggs w/ hash browns--hash browns were tasteless and had the consistency of cardboard. Have had very good evening meals when the noise level and quality of food was much better in each case. Would not recommend nor return for brunch.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so-so breakfast
    ContentVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    having been to the bar several times and having had dinner once, I had confidence I could entertain several old friends for breakfast at Jackson 20. I was disappointed from the minute coffee was served, and the cream was curdled, all the way through to finish. The presentation was poor and the food was so-so. One of my friends ordered poached eggs and was served fried over hard. They joked that next time they would select the breakfast place.
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  • Very Disappointing
    respecttable
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    After reading the reviews we decided to try it again because past experiences were disappointing. Started with the tomato salad and it was terrible. It could have fed a party of 3 and while a good idea with red pepper jelly - their seemed to be half a jar of it on my plate. Bigger is not better - the chef should go for delicate and subtle. My husband ordered the goat - but the ravioli that came with it was uneatable. The service was great - but the food miserable - we will never return. Looks like that is the feeling from many as the place was not even half full when we arrived and even emptier when we left.
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  • Love coming here
    susanismVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great salmon dish..love the menu concept. Good service.....a place to keep coming back to enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service!
    RachelL
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The servers and bartenders always have a smile on their face, and that makes me smile! I've been here a few times and I've never been disappointed in their food. The squash blossoms are my absolute favorite. Great mixed drinks too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not too impressed
    Cman923
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went to this resteraunt for a special occasion dinner with my girlfriend. I was hoping to go somewhere fancy for a special weekend. First impression was that it was warm there especially for us since we were in dress clothes. The hostess was very nice but spoke softly and was hard to understand. We got there almost an hour before our reservation but they took is in early anyways. Once we got seated our waiter came out to take our order and was also very quiet and hard to understand. He was foreign and did not show much personality at all. I ordered the Amish chicken which was great but the steak my sig other got was unimpressive and very fatty. Overall I think it was overpriced for the entire experience, but not completely awful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Middle of the road
    NayfromLA
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The waiter was not very enthusiastic. We sat outside. He did not offer all the menus to us, did not mention happy hour deals and only came to our table when we called to him. We had to ask other waiters to help us. We saw food items on tables that were not on the menu. He told us they were on the bar menu......silence. UH, may we order them too? Yes......silence. 'May we have a bar menu? 'Ok'. You get the picture. Food was good. Drinks were potent! Loved eating outside on the street people watching. Dogs were everywhere at the tables outside. The greeter kept them happy with dog biscuits and water bowls.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best brunch
    kathulah
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Best brunch, with indoor and outdoor options. .................
    Special Features:
    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
    usedtorecommendJ20
    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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  • 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
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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
  • Good Food-Slow Service
    Outing4Groups
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We made reservations during the week for a group of 10. We adjusted the reservation twice the day of and they were very helpful and accommodating. When we arrived the table was ready and we sat immediately. Unfortunately we just sat. The service was extremely slow (both at the bar and at the table). There were only another 6 or 7 tables being used in the entire restaurant and more than one waiter/waitress. It took over 2 hours for our group of 10 to get our food and drinks. Luckily we were not in a hurry, but it was a bit annoying looking for the wait staff every time we ran out of something or needed something additional. The food was very good and we would go back for the food. Just be aware the service could take a while.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet