Cedar Knoll

4.5
703 reviews
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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Having been clients of the Inn since 1970, we have known a variety of management over the years. The venue is perfect, both inside and outside dining, but a bit more training of personal would be appreciated: the hostess pointed us to our table, and left immediately. The table was for 5 when we were 6 guests, with no room to add another setting. Drinks were long in coming. Buffet: twice we had to ask for plates, several dishes were empty at salad bar. Roast lamb was tasty but not carved well (lumpy pieces, some inedible) and mint sauce spoiled by addition of cilantro. Egg and salad stations good, also dessert table.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pricey option but it was great food and service

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AA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went for Easter Brunch, hard to criticize because the food was excellent but there was not enough quantity or selection. The main proteins were Crab Cakes and Lamb. For such a limited offering the crowd and line was too long. Our server seemed to be in LaLaLand and everything took 30 minutes longer than it should've. Also I ordered an omelette that came out underdone twice. The brunch was $60pp with no alcohol. Loved the restaurant itself but the holiday brunch was underwhelming.

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GC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Waited two hours for the entrees. Food was poor overall.

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DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I probably would have given this 5-stars had it not been for the service. 45-60 minutes between appetizer and main course. Granted it was a holiday weekend. Needs much better pacing between courses.

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OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My steak was worth the wait; DELICIOUS!!!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Slow service. Very loud

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MF
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cedar Knoll is a lovely Inn! Great views, really nice professional staff, and wonderful gourmet food. It is very handicapped accessible as well. There is parking right outside the door. Very easy for my 92 year old father to get in and out with his walker. We went early at 5pm on a Tuesday and really enjoyed the view of the river. We had the gorgeous lobster and scallop risotto and the tasty homemade quick-bread. Very easy for dad to eat. We enjoyed our evening there very much. My brother's family went the following night and they all loved it, too. Very homey, special but not too formal. The menu has something wonderful to please everybody.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not your parents' Cedar Knoll. Now under new ownership, Cedar Knoll finally offers food that matches the extraordinary views of the Potomac. Already looking forward to returning.

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Z
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

food was outstanding but service was slow and not kept informed on status of order. would recommend because of the food and ambience.

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GW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I met a friend there to celebrate my birthday. Food was great. Service was outstanding (Kudos to Sophie). Noise level was acceptable and it was easy to talk. We sat in a booth that had a great view of the Potomac. This was our second trip and we will be back again soon.

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DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intimate and quiet dinner at Cedar Knoll. Very nice wine, appetizers, salads, entrees, deserts. Memorable dining experience for a very special occasion.

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H
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent!!! The atmosphere, gourmet food, drinks, and service. We will definitely be going again.

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CV
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cedar Knoll is a lovely restaurant with the ambiance of a Colonial home that is very inviting. The service is always consistent, very accommodating, professional and polite. The food is delicious but a bit overpriced. The portion is of substance but if you are expecting leftovers, you will not have them unless you eat like a bird. My disappointment is with the wine menu. Very few good selections. There are numerous Virginia wines to include on the menu but the two that are offered are of not good consumption. The restaurant has an outside patio with a view of the Potomac River which is beautiful in nice weather. Definitely worth trying and will visit again, just not on the top of our list.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I visited Cedar Knoll on a chilly Sunday in March with two friends and had an extraordinary experience. Impeccable service and delightful courses that were both delicious and beautifully presented. Overall it was a memorable experience that I'd have rated 5 stars.
I brought another guest last weekend to enjoy this special treat. It was a much busier day and overall I was less satisfied with the food and the service. There were large groups being served outdoors so that probably impacted the kitchen and servers. I never received a requested refill for iced tea. The lovely biscuits that precede the meal were dumped on the table in a rush. The entrees were okay, certainly not special.
Cedar Knoll has so much going for it. I will probably try it again and hope for a better result.

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AD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We ate brunch outside on the patio on a beautiful sunny day. The view of the Potomac is spectacular We all enjoyed our food The grandsons loved the double decker hamburger & the deep fried French toast. The adults thought the vegetable risotto and duck confit with white/sweet potato hash was fabulous Our waitress was most attentive, pleasant & helpful

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EE
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I attended a Rotary Alexandria Central event where Cedar Knoll was a participant and provided samples of food and photos. I knew it would be great because a few times I tried to dine there, the parking lot was full, so I was excited to finally get in. Everything was delicious.

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LE
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have in the past heard Cedar Knoll has a poorer reputation. Not sure where this comes from. The entire experience was five star. The food the service and the view where all excellent. The staff friendly and informative about the menu. Just go you wont be disappointed.

Lee WAlters

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g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a beautiful location. Good place to celebrate special occasions.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were amazing. From the appetizers to the main course.

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience, so elegant!

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m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The mushroom tart is interesting, but does not have a strong distinctive flavor. The service was good.

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JS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. Excellent food at a reasonable price in a historic building with an amazing view of the Potomac. Wife and I literally had dessert in front of a roaring fire. Can't ask for much more.

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L
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed it very much. Beautiful setting, delicious food.

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HO
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, the service fantastic, the ambiance is unique and the view beautiful. We were there for our anniversary and out expectations for a romantic dinner were met.

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RM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A pleasant ambiance but rather pricey given the average quality of the food and service.

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LR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not for St Pats...band skilled but no Irish music!

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EW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place. Andrew the owner has really elevated it and it is wonderful place to go for a drink, pizza night on Tuesday/Wednesday, or just to hang by that fireplace! We love it here.

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JL
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Sloooow service.

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FD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sun an issue when sitting next to window. Food was good and service very good.

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San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Our server was almost non existent. 35 minutes after we were seated we still hadn’t put in our appetizer order. In that time she only visited our table twice. The food was excellent thankfully. There were only 3 tables in the main dining room, so zero excuse that she was busy. It was truly ridiculous that an establishment of this caliber would have such an issue with service.

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SN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a wonderful time at Cedar Knoll. It was our first brunch there and we were seated in the room hosting George Washington's portrait! I don't know the formal name of the room. We were seated promptly and were served delicious mini-buttermilk biscuits with peppered jelly. They were SO good! We both had the bacon cheeseburger and switched out the fries for a veggie medley. Everything was so delicious. The bun tasted like a very light textured Challah type bread. They gave us two patties each of the beef which was top-notch. I loved our room with beautiful antiques galore, and knowing it is a historical farm owned at one time by George Washington himself created more intrigue. They also have other separate rooms where you can be seated. Prices were great for what we ate. Very reasonable. No upcharge for the veggies. Highly recommend!

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to restaurant for our out of town guests. The food is outstanding and unique with amazing flavor combinations. The ambiance is also unique, bathed in history. The perfect spot for lunch or dinner.

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A
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG. So good! Brunch was some of the best ever. Those tiny little biscuits they bring out are heaven. Ask for more. And more. Best seating is in the room with the fireplace. It has booths and regular tables. The garden room or whatever it is called does not have nearly the ambiance of the fireplace room even if the fireplace is not lit. Beautiful views of the Potomac from either room.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Valentine's day dinner, but I feel it was a bit expensive. This is good for one-time customers, but I will not be back again for special dinner celebrations; just too expensive.

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D
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. The ambience very nice. The overall experience was greatly damaged by a group of drinkers in the small, intimate dining room. When we arrived four people were sitting on the sofa in front of the fireplace drinking liquor. As the evening wore on, they were joined by six more drinkers. The space was not designed for that many people and their activities were not compatible with couples out for a special night of a romantic dinner. It was not entertaining to listen to them overtalking one another to claim they were more red necked than the others. The party was getting even louder as we left. Management should not have seated 10 people in a small space to drink alcohol for an extended length of time. When we came in, we thought the people were waiting for a table to be seated for dinner. Little did we know, our entire evening was to be overshadowed by their rudeness.

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time there and it was so amazing! The food was so delicious!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is always charming to me. I love the food and the beautiful plates. The service wasn’t as good this last time. My water wasn’t filled and since we were almost done, I didn’t want to wait forever so I just drank my husband’s water instead. Our bill was also erronously overcharged by $28. Nevertheless, we will come back again as we do love this cozy place and hopefully we will get better service next time. ☺️

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and environment was absolutely amazing. The wait staff was professional and the other for diners were a pleasure as well

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Valentine’s Day. It was also our first time dining here after becoming familiar with the restaurant following our wedding at the nearby River Farm. It was a very pleasant dining experience with a lovey quiet ambiance of simple surrounding conversation instead of unwanted satellite music. We were able to have conversation without yelling. The table were dotted with rose petals and the severs were attentive without being overbearing or hovering. The food was very good and well spaced by courses so as not to overwhelm the pallet or overfill the stomach. Overall a lovely experience.

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