Cedar Knoll

4.6
669 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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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My reservation was for Valentine’s Day. Cedar Knoll created a special menu for the day and the food was delicious! Here is the menu.


The hospitality and atmosphere was great! The history of the location and the building is very interesting and historical. The location and views of the water beautiful.
I cannot wait to go back and experience their regular menu items.

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

Valentines Day

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food here is always outstanding and it was no exception for this trip. The service was not that great at all though. After we were served our entree's our server never refilled my boyfreinds iced tea or came back to ask us how our entrees were (they were outstanding but no one ever checked in). My boyfriend went most of the meal really thirsty and his drink was finally refilled when we asked about dessert. This was the first time service here was bad though & we come here 3-4 times a year.

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night, with superb service and excellent food.

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WE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Thought the piece of grouper was quite small (tail end) and one shrimp for the price of the dish. They brought another shrimp when I questioned the small portion. Otherwise, the ambience is lovely and the staff very pleasant!

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G
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and highly recommend it! The food, service, and ambiance were excellent, and we plan on going again.

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p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy this restaurant every time I eat there. The two people I was with last week were there for the first time and they thought the evening was outstanding. Keep up the good work.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. We had the brunch menu but had thought we were there for the lunch menu. I enjoyed the fried chicken salad, but would have like more than the 4 potato chips that were served with it.! Nicoise was a little disappointing , very small serving. The bloody Mary's were very good, I think the juice was homemade. We had been for dinner when it first opened and thought it was pricey and very small portions. Portions were still pretty small and $30 each for lunch seems high to me.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to Cedar Knoll in a long time. We went for Saturday brunch. It was difficult to make a selection from the many delicious-sounding choices. I chose "the Nest Egg." It was a feast for the eye and perfectly prepared. I will go back soon for a rerun! The service was excellent, and we could see the river from our table. I highly recommend Cedar Knoll for brunch or lunch.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Not much to recommend about this place. Nice interior, though standard of food is quite iffy. Starter of mussels was like a tomato soup gone wrong. Venison on its own was ok, but sadly it was accompanied by a thousand clumsy ingredients from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Orange meringue tart was just plain awful - bitter taste (in no way sharp and sweet) and thick, dense and salty pastry which looked like something from a Picasso painting. Wine (Viognier from the USA) also not good. At $200 for 2, I left feeling slightly diddled. I won’t go back, and I wouldn’t recommend. Not sure where the website’s pictures were taken - must have been at a different restaurant. Sorry Cedar Knoll - you need to do better...

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CB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal. We made reservations and were seated pretty quickly. Wait staff were great as was the food. We will definitely go again.

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TL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful dining experience and I will come again, hopefully, in the near future. Thank you for the very enjoyable experience.

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H
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here. Great food and service!

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful birthday celebration! Food was fantastic. Great atmosphere.

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PC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent on the food. Ambiance very pleasant. Wait staff did a fine job

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LT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was a nice experience, but I felt the service was a bit slow. I think they just another waiter/waitress to help out.

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CS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Great food. Loved the Bichon Frise cocktail. Can’t say enough about this great lunch.

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a nice, quiet place for a dinner date or lunch with friends. Nice water view, near Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.

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PA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great view for my wife, my back was to the window. The table could be rotated so both guests can enjoy the view. We were there for Restaurant Week. Probably should have ordered from the regular menu. The price difference was not much and I typically do not eat dessert. The least expensive bottle of wine is $39, and it goes way up from that. So, I will not spend 2-4 times the cost of dinner for a bottle of wine I have not tasted. We did not order wine.

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t
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We are very glad to have this gem in our neighborhood and have dined here quite a bit. Nice atmosphere and a very good to excellent culinary experience every time, including this time! The service during this visit was friendly but slow and not as attentive as we’ve experienced during all of our past visits. We weren’t in a hurry and were having good conversation, but other patrons pointed this out. Worth a reminder to staff about paying attention to tables - timely ordering taking, beverage status/water refills and checking in to see how things are going/if anything is needed. We know that this will be addressed and we’ll be back!

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h
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We chose this restaurant during Restaurant Week because we had heard great things and the menu looked enticing. Plus, the Restaurant week price made it affordable to try.

Unfortunately the food did not live up to what we had been told by others, especially for the price. We had one order of fish and one of the braised ribs with ravioli. When the entree came out we were both brought the fish. I said I didn't order fish and so it took another 10 minutes before I got my dish of braised ribs w/ravioli. The meat was tender enough but quite dry and had no real flavor to it. The ravioli was good although no sauce of any kind on it so overall it was just a mediocre meal. The next day a colleague asked me how I like it because she had been a few days before and had recommended it, especially the braised ribs - because of the sauce. I realized then that the sauce was never put on my meal. Had I known it was supposed to come with one I would have sent it back. My guess is that because they got my order wrong in the first place, they threw together the plate and forgot to put the sauce on it, and that is what was supposed to make the meal so tasty.

With so many restaurants to chose from in our area I don't think I will be returning here anytime soon. The price isn't justified for the overall quality of the food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cedar Knoll was excellent. We were seated in the cabin room which seemed less popular but was actually the original building. It’s a charming room with high ceiling, exposed wood, a massive hearth and raging fire. The service was very good throughout the meal and the waiting staff was knowledgeable. The food was also delicious. The main course prices were a bit high, but all else was reasonable including the wine. There was a mix of families dates and us - a small group of friends. I gave it four stars because after we paid the bill we sat and chatted for another 40 minutes or so and they never checked on us or refilled our water.

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BE
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for date night and everything from the people to the ambiance was enjoyable.

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KA
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very pleasant surprise. Even on a snowy evening the restaurant was abuzz and cozy. Great food and drink. Service was good couple of new young servers who were very nice but still learning. Lobster and scallops were excellent. As was the mussels and the fried goat cheese salad. Overall great experience. Romantic quiet and cozy. We highly recommend. Will be back.

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GV
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the view, fun ambiance, and delicious, creatively presented meal.

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PF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! The food was fantastic as was the staff. Only problem is everything on the menu looks so wonderful it's hard to chose. Figured the best thing would be to come back every weekend and try something different. A real gem.

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AC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

New Years dinner excellent. Seated in the sun/garden room. Several courses served for the New Years dinner complete with champagne. Specialty cocktail was delicious. Meal was very good. Unfortunately out of the Filet Mignon but the Lamb was a good substitute.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a real gem. The seasonal bisque, in particular, is an all time great, the river views are lovely, and you can hear in a low noise environment.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Christmas Eve menu was extra special! Not only was it delicious but the whole evening was festive! Cedar Knoll is good any time but their special events are just that, special!

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KC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner was lovely... and the vegetarian option sublime. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a backup in the kitchen, so when our main course was finally served, we felt rushed (we were on our way to church). Plan on returning when things are a bit less hectic... it was exceptional enough for us to try again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! And such a beautiful setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the restaurant plus we were surprised to see an eagle out the window perched on a nearby tree. This is always a good omen. I love the antiques and ambiance, especially with the big fireplace in the back room and log walls.
It’s always good to support our local businesses. I highly recommend Cedar Knoll , food is great and the view over the Potomac River is spectacular.

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SB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch with a good friend. Very cozy and quiet. Beautiful view of the Potomac. Service was very good. Crab cakes were excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends’ Holiday, birthday celebration! This was our first time dining at Cedar Knoll (all 4 of us). Thrilled to know Khadija, the Manager, works there as we know her from her previous work at other restaurants. Exceptional service, delish food, lovely setting and ambiance. Will return.

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