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Cedar Knoll, Alexandria, VA

Cedar Knoll

4.4
4.4
1371 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Established in 1941, Cedar Knoll is a historic restaurant with sweeping views of the Potomac River. Cedar Knoll is set just off the beautiful George Washington Parkway, which makes for a scenic drive. The restaurant was built around a log cabin dating back to the early 1800's, so the history is apparent from the moment you step inside. Each room possesses charming qualities adding to the ambiance. Whether you dine in the comfortable elegance of the Presidential Room or the natural splendor of the Botanical Room, both set the perfect stage for an evening with family, friends, and loved ones. Cedar Knoll is conveniently located minutes between Old Town Alexandria and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 780-3665

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Holden

  • Catering

    We offer full service on and off-premise catering through our catering division The Joy Of Eating.<br /><br />Visit us at www.joyofeatingcuisine.com for offsite event planning information and www.cedarknollva.com for on site private events in any of our beautiful private event spaces.

  • Private party facilities

    Cedar Knoll can accommodate all of your special event needs from intimate private dining events to weddings and corporate events. Cedar Knoll boasts beautiful Potomac River views from each dining space, customized menus and personalized event planning.

  • Private party contact

    Jessica Rivera: (855) 900-1484

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    George Washington Parkway

  • Parking details

    We have a large private lot for your convenience.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Champagne and Hors d'oeuvres

    $129.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 8, 2022 only
    Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 6:30 pm Nine Champagnes and Pairings Guided by Marc Lotterie. Please view our website at: cedarknollva.com for a full menu.

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What 1,371 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Great for scenic views

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for scenic views

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  1. AR

    AndyR

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Cedar Knoll Team was warm and accommodating. The K'Nolled Fashioned drink was fantastic as well as grilled octopus appetizer. The main dishes, lobster rissoto and also venison with stuffing all great tasting! Only hiccup on the night was a long lag time to get desert and once received we didn't think the Cheesecake and peanut pie was nearly as good as everything else. We will be back. We enjoyed the atmosphere.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent. I had the grilled octopus and the lobster and scallop risotto. My only criticism was that my appetizer was served before my cocktail. I generally like to sip on my cocktail for a little bit before my appetizer is served.
  3. MS

    MostSatisfied

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've enjoyed two excellent November afternoon dinners on the patio that overlooks the lawn and the Potomac. A great setting, matched by the dishes — great blend of tastes and thoughtful presentations.
  4. J

    John

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Not what I expected from reading other reviews. Portions didn't fill my family of 4. Had to order food on the way home. When I think of Thanksgiving meal, not what I imagined, I was disappointed.
  5. J

    Juliette

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every one of the food items in this set menu was brilliantly thought out, made with fresh ingredients and expertly prepared. Cedar Knoll is my favorite go-to restaurant for family get togethers with its old inn atmosphere. I can't say enough. Great work, Cedar Knoll. You are top of the pile.
  6. S

    Sharon

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our family has been going to Cedar Knoll for 20+ years and have always had a wonderful time. It’s a great place for a casual meal or for a fancy occasion, such as holiday meals and special birthdays or anniversaries. The restaurant is wonderfully located on the Potomac river and the building is so beautiful, with different rooms and views. Highly highly recommend Cedar Knoll!
  7. MP

    MikeP

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We attended the Thanksgiving Dinner, while the flavors and the quality of the meal was spot on, the service and serving portions were underwhelming for a $400 meal for 4 persons.
  8. S

    Siobhan

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at Cedar Knoll. The menu was expansive with lots of great flavors, starting with the warmed apple cider and autumnal soul followed by cheese balls. The supper with all of the trimmings was filled with all of the favorites inclu
  9. LT

    LeslieT

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a lovely mid-afternoon Thanksgiving meal on a nicely heated patio overlooking the sparkling Potomac. The food was traditional thanksgiving fare with a flare, served family style; the service was fantastic and the kitchen happily made some quick adjustments to accommodate the dairy-intolerance of one member of our party. Could not have been more pleased.
  10. RY

    RonaldY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Thanksgiving Dinner, uncommon tastes, likely to go again,
  11. NJ

    NancyJ

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful Thanksgiving meal with a wonderful pinot noir and excellent service. Hope to return again soon.
  12. BL

    BarbaraL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Colonial ambiance and views of Potomac River. Excellent attentive servers. Delicious and unique food. My family loved the Thanksgiving feast there.
  13. MY

    MichaelY

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing, highly recommend for a fancy date night or a special event!
  14. DT

    DaveT

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Ian was fabulous and the food wonderful. We were so impressed we made a reservation to bring our granddaughter to celebrate her 18th birthday in 2 weeks. Can’t wait.
  15. D

    Derek

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was first class. Creative and delicious. Servers splitt 2 courses and was attentive in a nice way Live music (Thursday night) was awesome !! Going back soon with friends.
  17. G

    Guest

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a Sunday evening and naturally it wasn’t busy or loud. We sat outside and enjoyed the Potomac river view. The food arrived on time and was yummy and the waiter was professional and pleasant. Overall we had a great experience. However one negative thing is that inside of the building has very old funny smell. I’m guessing it’s because the building is quiet old. If we sat inside that would bother me a lot or my nose would get used to it. Dunno. Thanks Cedar Knoll!
  18. MJ

    MaryJo

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Service was a little slow but our waitress informed us that they are short staffed. The staff was very friendly and tried their very best to keep the customers contented. The menu offered a variety of foods and all was delicious. We will definitely return to this restaurant.
  19. a

    anon

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience2
    Scallop and bacon appetizer was undercooked: Bacon not sufficiently wrapped or cooked, scallops were large and tasty but everything seems steamed not grilled. Lump crabcakes were hardly lump crab. The meal was somewhat tasteless. Rockfish was thought to be good but potatoes underneath were just ok. Sparkling water, usually not my preference, was a big improvement over regular water. Some of the interior decor needs work, in particular the room walked through to the outside dining area which looked like a beach concession that had closed for the season. Building exterior needing small repairs or better upkeep. The best part was a very nice view of the Potomac. I would recommend the restaurant but not with high expectations.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was just what we hoped for. A fireplace, a beautiful view, good food. We went early so it was quiet. We both loved the Autumnal Bisque. Ties for the best crab cake I’ve had since moving to Virginia—not too wet/soggy which I often find here—and the crab cakes were served with a lovely green (kale?) cooked perfectly, yummy mashed potatoes and a sauce with a delicious flavor that I can’t quite figure out. So good though. My dining companion was happy with his. We both thought the spiced apples had a hot spice (jalapeño?) that some people probably love but we thought wasn’t necessary and were too hot to eat. I wanted to try the seasonal salad, the cheese plate, and the goat cheese curds, but I couldn’t eat all that! Next time though…! Thanks Cedar Knolls and staff. It was just what we needed and hoped for after a hard couple of weeks.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Here from CA ! Wanted to be wowed by a Historic restaurant! Also picked for the view! Arrived early asked to sit by the window but was seated in the corner with no explanation! Window seat was still empty when we left! Very disappointed in the food for what we paid! Totally underwhelming experience!!
  22. ML

    MbtLondon

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service was friendly enough, however, the wait time for anything was always long. The restaurant was not crowded (no other diners in our room) and there seemed to be a good number of servers.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food & ambiance!
  24. B

    Browniesmom

    Hawaii

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food for our 40th anniversary dinner.
  25. AG

    ArthurG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very personable and attentive. The assistant server was very friendly. Food was served in a reasonable time frame and cooked perfectly. Server provided birthday cake with candle for my wife. Very nice touch.
  26. RS

    RichardS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I celebrated our 40th anniversary at the Cedar Knoll. The last time we went to the Cedar Knoll was 40 years earlier when we had our wedding reception dinner at the Cedar Knoll. We could not believe it took us 40 years to return, but everything about the Cedar Knoll was excellent. My hat is off to the Cedar Knoll. We plan to celebrate there again, but this time it will be sooner than 40 years. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
  27. NO

    NatalieO

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great service and absolutely delicious food! It was a wonderful experience!
  28. EW

    EricWho

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It's a lovely place but the food was just ok. My steak lacked flavor and was the world's thinnest NY strip. The Brussels sprouts were under cooked and the mishmash of accents mixed in were uneven, some bites there was no flavor, and others it was overwhelming. The desserts were...fine, but nothing special, the Virginia peanut pie was more like peanut brittle, as in hard as a rock. As much as I wish it was great, it was ok at best, and I'm being generous.
  29. J

    Jackie

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Enjoyed our dinner and eating outside on the porch overlooking the Potomac River!
  30. G

    Gillianv

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    A booth by the window in the panelled dining room is my choice.
  31. L

    Lulabelle

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dinner. We weren’t rushed and had the opportunity to enjoy everything (divine food) and chat without a lot of background noise. Service was excellent.
  32. b

    betarace

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful views and great food. Had a really nice duo playing guitar in background, which were excellent. Food is a little pricey for what it is.
  33. ET

    ElToro

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    It’s a very quaint setting and everyone is quite friendly. That said, there are some basic things that the restaurant needs to focus on more closely. For example, we arrived on a cold, rainy night. We asked the host if there was a place where we could put our wet coats and umbrellas. The host scrambled about, asking several servers if there was a place where guests could put their coats and umbrellas. There was not, which for a restaurant of this class was surprising and made for an unpleasant meal as we sat with wet overcoats and umbrellas. Service was exceedingly slow, to the point where other diners got up from their tables to find their servers. The food was good. Not great. Because of the slow service, many of the hot appetizers were cold. That said, the grilled octopus appetizer was quite nice. Oyster stew, again served tepid, was tasty. The fried soft shell crabs were outstanding, but overpowered by a too-sweet red sauce. As we left we saw the bar, where dirty dishes, bottles of alcohol, bottles of mixers, and napkins were piled up on the bar. Made me wonder what the kitchen looked like. The general disorganization and slow service is probably the result of post-COVID labor issues. That said, I don’t plan to return. For the price I think there are other places where service is prompter.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service for dinner on a quiet fall Wednesday evening. We started with cocktails on the patio, overlooking the Potomac - a simply beautiful setting and the Grandpa’s Cardigan cocktail is delicious. Staff were all gracious, attentive and helpful. Our waitress, LaTasha, offered recommendations for cocktails and she had extensive knowledge of the menu, Her dinner and wine pairing recommendations were excellent. This stunning and beautiful restaurant with its history, wonderful food and exceptional service is a treasure.
  35. FC

    FirstCall

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience1
    It was not worth the price nor was it worth the hype!
  36. H

    Hmm1018

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    While the scenery was nice the service was slow, the food was mediocre, and we actually sent our drinks back. Honestly the best thing about the place was the bread and butter, and the company we brought with us. Definitely will not be returning.
  37. KG

    KarenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    A friend and I went for a leisurely dinner. The place is beautiful inside and out. It overlooks Potomac River. Staff and service was excelent. My problem was the cost. Very expensive. I can get good food elsewhere for less money. Guess I am just not a big spender at heart.
  38. RL

    RobertL

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were running out of time and decided to do Cedar Knoll with friends visiting from Portland, Or. Tried two appetizers. Delicious! All three entrees…Absolutely Delicious! Definitely going back!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love the view. Wish they had a few more shareable apps for their patio. Our server was fabulous and made a causal bday gathering special. Will be back.
  40. RH

    RoxanaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meals were fabulous as were the old fashioned. Our waitress was wonderful and let us sample wines and spirits to get just what we wanted! A great place to go for our anniversary.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cedar Knoll using the Order Online button. Cedar Knoll also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 780-3665.

Cedar Knoll is rated 4.4 stars by 1371 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cedar Knoll

9030 Lucia Lane, Alexandria, VA 22308

Additional information

  • Cross street

    George Washington Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have a large private lot for your convenience.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Holden

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 780-3665

  • Catering

    We offer full service on and off-premise catering through our catering division The Joy Of Eating.<br /><br />Visit us at www.joyofeatingcuisine.com for offsite event planning information and www.cedarknollva.com for on site private events in any of our beautiful private event spaces.

  • Private party facilities

    Cedar Knoll can accommodate all of your special event needs from intimate private dining events to weddings and corporate events. Cedar Knoll boasts beautiful Potomac River views from each dining space, customized menus and personalized event planning.

  • Private party contact

    Jessica Rivera: (855) 900-1484

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