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Cedar Knoll, Alexandria, VA

Cedar Knoll

4.7
4.7
1290 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

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
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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

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What 1,290 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    American

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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  1. RN

    RickN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food &amp; service. Nice atmosphere. A bit expensive.
  2. B

    Butch

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    The food was outstanding, but the service was unexpectedly poor.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very late and they accommodated us. This place is just delicious! The chef is talented, the staff is professional and welcoming. We’ve been multiple times and enjoy it every time. Hidden gem!
  4. CG

    ConsueloG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We sat outside so the noise level is NA it was a very pleasant evening and the service eas excellent. Thank you
  5. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went for Father’s Day with a set menu. Everything was delicious and there was something to eat for everybody, even picky eaters. The portions were generous. The deserts also very good. Highlighting the smoked brisket and the Fried green tomatoes.
  6. JR

    JaneR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very disappointed. We requested outdoor seating. Many open tables available in shade but would only seat is in the full sun on a hot day. Menu was only one option. The food was not worth the price and not close to freshly made. We have found out it is new management since we were before and it was not worth the money
  7. S

    Shirley

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful Fathers Day brunch! We dined with our toddler and we were seated in a shaded area (perfect for our sensitive skinned kiddo). The entire staff, from hostess, to server, to runners were so polite and responsive and personable. The food was so tasty, and it was so nice to be able to escape to the lawn between courses to allow the rambunctious toddler to burn off some energy. We just love this spot, and the family style menu for Fathers Day was perfect.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you, Cedar Knoll for having one of the best flamenco guitar players I’ve ever seen live!! We will go back to see them!!
  9. DP

    DPCW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    In general, everyone thought the food was good, portions were on the small side and it took a long while for the food to arrive. My rockfish was delicious, it was well cooked and had very light seasoning, which I prefer. The vegetables however were few, bland and over cooked and they were not hot when the meal arrived.
  10. K

    Knerq

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    My husband and I went to celebrate our anniversary, as I mentioned in my reservation. Although the adjacent dining room only had one table with diners, we were squeezed into a corner only a few feet from a large group loudly celebrating a family birthday that took up most of room and the staff’s attention. I asked if we could be seated in the other room and was told by the hostess, “we are not seating in that room tonight, sorry” (even though there were three people seated there). Any hopes for a romantic evening were dashed. Dinner was fine but disappointing. Do not recommend.
  11. C

    Chubrok

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chief out did himself! Accommodated my wife’s gluten and diary allergies and made her birthday dinner very special. Our server, Jay, was great a well! He really took care of us.
  12. NM

    NeilM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went to Cedar Knoll many years ago, before the current owners. The ambiance was great, but the food was blah. We heard there were new owners and that they had upped their game, so we tried it again. The food was all excellent. Truly excellent! My only recommendation, not being a seafood fan, is that their starters need something for carnivores.
  13. DP

    DPer

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first at Cedar Knoll and the setting for an outside meal is wonderful. Our party had the oyster stew, venison and rockfish dishes. The food was good and our drinks were good but not outstanding for the price we paid. We ordered the Virginia Peanut Pie for dessert and the peanut brittle had to be broken up with a knife. I don't think I'd order that again. Not sure if we'll return but it was a beautiful evening to sit outside.
  14. JK

    JohannaK

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The octopus appetizer was outstanding, really special and worth going for. The desserts were very good, as was the wine selection. The main dish of Rockfish was just OK. Not that flavorful or interesting. There was a wedding in the restaurant that night so maybe they were overworked. Our waitress said she would bring us some bread that never came. My coffee (which I had to remind her that I ordered) was not as hot as it should have been (or the milk should have been warmer). We sat outside and the view is lovely. There is a bunch of stuff lying around that could be cleaned up and removed from view on and around the patio.
  15. DT

    DaveT

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife Mary and I ate outside in the patio overlooking the river on a beautiful evening. We had a dozen oysters that were very tasty and each had the rockfish with spring rolls that was excellent. Service by the team was very timely and professional. The complementary bread tray was a great beginning. All in all a great evening of fine dining.
  16. VP

    VictoriaP

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    We have normally had fantastic experiences at Cedar Knoll, they seemed to be having an off day. Very disappointed with the reservation system allowing us to make an outdoor reservation that the restaurant could not accommodate. The service was very friendly but quite slow. Food and ambiance were wonderful as usual.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    We arrived at 6:45 for a quiet 20th anniversary dinner, and were promptly seated by a charming, polite hostess. The restaurant wasn’t busy; there were two other parties seated at other tables nearby. The friendly hostess gave us water, then a young man said he’d be right with us. We waited a little over 25 minutes without further service, so we got up and left to ensure we could get to another restaurant before kitchens started to close.
  18. JC

    JoannaC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thursday eve was great choice! Restaurant was quiet for conversation, service was excellent, food outstanding, lovely wine and a table with a beautiful view. Crab cakes and Oyster stew were both excellent.
  19. MV

    MikeV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Road noise is high when eating outside. Kitchen is slow to bring out food.
  20. S

    Seaberry

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Ambience was incredible with wonderful view of the Potomac river. This is great place for dinner with friends or a intimate dinner with your special someone!
  21. PC

    PeterC

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding meal.
  22. JR

    JoyceR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience @ Cedar Knoll. We loved the music but the music was a little loud if you sat close up with a child with sensitive ears. We would have requested a seat a little further back but close enough to enjoy the ambiance of the music, food, & gorgeous view of the Potomac. The service was excellent too.
  23. A

    Anna

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We went here for a special occasion, and were so glad we did! Jay, our server, was very attentive, as were all of the staff. The food was very good and the views can't be beat!
  24. W

    William

    Washington DC

    151 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way
  25. GL

    GreatLocation

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    They sat us (2 couples) in the dining area with a couple and their loud toddler. Next time we will ask to move.
  26. KN

    KennyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was fantastic .. Was seated immediatelyupon arrival... Well worth it.
  27. j

    jerryw

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The special Mother's Day brunch was a wonderful tasting menu served family style. It was truly a delight.
  28. D

    Devon

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for Mother's Day Brunch. The staff were excellent and attentive and the food was plentiful, varied, and delicious. We will add this to our rotation of donning experiences.
  29. WU

    WayneU

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful spot for special night out. Beautiful views of Potomac River. Expert and friendly service. Great menu.
  30. D

    Diane2022

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my 60th birthday and our entire party was treated like royalty. It was wonderful! The table was perfect for our group. The meals were gorgeous and delicious. It could not have been a nicer experience!!
  31. A

    Atypical

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time to return to Cedar Knoll in over two years. It felt good to be back! Both servers Latasha and Jay were personally engaging, attentive, and made my birthday guest feel special and happy with his birthday celebration.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great time had by all. Excellent service with delicious food overlooking the Potomac.
  33. CA

    CAth

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner on the terrace last night — Beautiful evening with cocktails, delicious food and great service.
  34. J

    Jim0924

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    The restaurant is lovely, with historical furnishings and beautiful views of the Potomac River, at about Mt. Vernon. The service is absolutely first-rate -- friendly, knowledgeable, and tuned-in to what you're asking and saying. It also offers ample free parking. That said, I was disappointed with much of the food, and I think it's too expensive. (A lot of restaurants in Old Town Alexandria, particularly those featuring seafood and / or located on King Street, are similarly too expensive, but I note it in Cedar Knoll's case as general information.) I ordered two appetizers, because they looked good, because they were in the $11-18 range and because that allowed me to steer around the higher prices prices for entrees (which included two dishes for less than $30, seven for $30-$40, and one for over $40). I ordered the bacon-wrapped scallops and the Virginia Rockefeller (a baked oyster dish). In both cases, the staff preparing the food seemed not to grasp that shellfish have very delicate flavors that can easily be overwhelmed by additions and strong seasonings. The scallop flavor was almost obliterated by the bacon, and the oyster flavor pretty much disappeared beneath the heavily seasoned bread crumbs and a very odd prominence of salt. Dessert was wonderful, however. It was hard to choose between the four offerings. I can say that the chocolate pate I ordered (with candied blood orange, passionfruit sauce and hazelnut chocolate bark) was fantastic. The server was patient and helpful as I chose a glass of wine, and the one I ended up with went well with everything. Would I recommend Cedar Knoll? Yes, if the prices don't bother you and you avoid the shellfish dishes. And maybe I just hit restaurant on a bad night as far as the latter. I liked a lot about the experience. But I couldn't help feeling overcharged when, despite my efforts to maneuver around the most expensive dishes, I, as 1 diner, still ended up being out more than $72, including tax and tip.
  35. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Easter menu was fantastic included some classics like deviled eggs and honey baked ham, as well as, some unique sides & deserts.
  36. GH

    GailH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best. Meal. EVER!!! Cedar Knoll is our favorite restaurant, and the chef and staff surpassed their usual standard of excellence with this meal. Truly extraordinary!
  37. ML

    MaritzaL

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great Easter lunch with my family. We always have lunch there for Easter and we always have the best experience.
  38. W

    William

    Washington DC

    151 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding menu, beautifully prepared and presented! Highly recommended!!
  39. VM

    VelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was wonderful, ambience was tranquil. We sat outside and it was beautiful.
  40. N

    Newbin

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We received a warm welcome and from there, a quiet booth, and of course a delicious dinner. I had a perfectly tender and delicious steak and my wife enjoyed a very meaty crab cake. The service was outstanding and we will most definitely will return.

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 4.7 stars by 1290 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
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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