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Cedar Knoll, Alexandria, VA

Cedar Knoll

4.8
4.8
1274 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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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

Popular dishes

Menu

In the Beginning

  • Autumnal Bisque$11.00

    butternut and kabocha squash, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, fall spice, salted maple cream

    • Harvest Salad$12.00

      baby kale and spinach, pumpkin seeds, aged cheddar, walnuts, pickled pear, cider vinaigrette

      • Fried Goat Cheese$15.00

        blistered grapes, honeycomb, basil, sweet and sour apricot sauce

        • Burrata with Poached Pear$15.00

          poached pear with smoked prosciutto, apple cider reduction, creamy burrata

          • Bacon Wrapped Scallops$17.00

            cauliflower turnip puree, bourbon honey butter

            • Grilled Octopus$17.00

              stewed butter beans, veal stock, homemade crackers, gremolata

              • Cheese Plate$20.00

                international and domestic cheeses, chutney, crackers

                • Virginia Rockefeller$18.00

                  baked local oysters, Cointreau cream, Virginia country ham, herbed bread crumbs

                  • Half Shell Oysters*

                    raw White Stone oysters from Windmill Point, Virginia, mignonette and lemon

                    • Half doz$18.00

                  Showcase

                  • Halibut with Lobster and Pork Dumplings$36.00

                    pan roasted halibut fillet, steamed lobster and pork shumai dumplings, edamame, artichokes, sherried lobster cream

                    • Pork Schnitzel$34.00

                      pan fried heritage pork tenderloin, braised red cabbage and chorizo, polenta, apple sauce

                      • Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes$38.00

                        lump and jumbo lump meat, tarragon, dill, lemon, bearnaise, herb whipped potatoes, creamy cole slaw

                        • Local Oyster Stew$32.00

                          pan fried local oysters, yukon gold potatoes, bacon, leeks, kale, buttermilk fried oysters, foie gras butter, grilled focaccia

                          • Venison*$38.00

                            rosemary balsamic venison, savory rye bread pudding, grilled plums, carrot purée, cocoa plum sauce

                            • 7 Hills NY Strip Steak*$42.00

                              pan roasted local angus beef, blackberry port sauce, fried brussels, port butter, bone marrow potatoes

                              • Veal Scallopini$36.00

                                pan fried buttermilk rosemary veal, truffled fingerling potatoes, vegetable melange, roasted onion puree, bordelaise

                                • Fried Chicken or Smoked Brisket & Ribs$29.00

                                  rolls, smokey BBQ sauce, jalapeno citrus relish, red onion aioli; choose two sides: potato salad, cole slaw, pickled veggies, fries, brussels sprouts

                                  • Wild Mushroom Tart$25.00

                                    short crust, parsnip custard, cauliflower, roasted mushrooms, radicchio, arugula, truffle oil

                                    Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                    What 1,274 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                    4.8
                                    4.8 based on recent ratings
                                    • 4.8Food
                                    • 4.7Service
                                    • 4.8Ambience
                                    • 4.3Value

                                    NoiseModerate

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                                    • Washington, D.C. Area

                                      Scenic View

                                    • Virginia - DC Suburbs

                                      Scenic View

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                                      Special Occasion

                                    • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                      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.

                                    2. JC

                                      JoannaC

                                      Washington DC

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                      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.

                                    3. MV

                                      MikeV

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                    4. S

                                      Seaberry

                                      Washington DC

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                      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!

                                    5. PC

                                      PeterC

                                      Washington DC

                                      26 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      26 reviews

                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      Outstanding meal.

                                    6. 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.

                                    7. 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!

                                    8. W

                                      William

                                      Washington DC

                                      148 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      148 reviews

                                      Dined on May 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Outstanding in every way

                                    9. 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.

                                    10. 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.

                                    11. 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.

                                    12. 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.

                                    13. 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.

                                    14. 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!!

                                    15. A

                                      Atypical

                                      Washington DC

                                      31 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      31 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.

                                    16. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Washington DC

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

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

                                    17. 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.

                                    18. J

                                      Jim0924

                                      Washington DC

                                      20 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      20 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.

                                    19. 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.

                                    20. 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!

                                    21. 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.

                                    22. W

                                      William

                                      Washington DC

                                      148 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      148 reviews

                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Outstanding menu, beautifully prepared and presented! Highly recommended!!

                                    23. 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.

                                    24. 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.

                                    25. JB

                                      JeffreyB

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 10, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      My party of three was 30 minutes early but was seated right away without waiting. Service was prompt and efficient, and the food was very good.

                                    26. J

                                      John

                                      Washington DC

                                      8 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      8 reviews

                                      Dined on April 8, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      It was good. Everything awaited us. Service was quick and excellent. Food was superb. Music was too loud. We asked that it be turned down. Recorded music adds almost nothing to the meal, but can detract from it as it did last evening.

                                    27. M

                                      Monkey

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      An amazing evening! Lovely rooms and wonderful food and staff.

                                    28. O

                                      Oldtownsenior

                                      Washington DC

                                      9 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      Menu has been changed for the better. More choice. Drinks excellent. Service Very good. Rockfish excellent. Oyster stew very good.

                                    29. TD

                                      TimD

                                      Washington DC

                                      13 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      13 reviews

                                      Dined on April 1, 2022

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      We had family in town and chose Cedar Knoll as our dining destination. The food was better than remembered, and everyone found something that they liked. Service was attentive but slow.

                                    30. d

                                      dizzy

                                      Washington DC

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on March 31, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellent location for a date night.

                                    31. OR

                                      OscarR

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on March 27, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Awesome experience Had my anniversary last knight I was amazed of the service

                                    32. NS

                                      NickS

                                      Washington DC

                                      4 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on March 27, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Extremely nice dining experience. A genuinely thoughtful approach to food - and clear caring service by the staff. Wonderful colonial ambience, still with a contemporary feeling. We had a great time!

                                    33. h

                                      hoyamom

                                      Washington DC

                                      9 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We had the carrot ginger soup and venison, both of which were outstanding. Enjoyed sitting in room with fireplace—had not remembered the leather sofas by the fire that wld make it a nice setting for drinks. Also enjoyed the background music, which we had not remembered from previous visits.

                                    34. V

                                      Valerie

                                      Washington DC

                                      5 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Love love love! Such a gem! Food is fantastic and the service and setting can’t be beat.

                                    35. F

                                      Foodieatheart

                                      Washington DC

                                      6 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on March 22, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Such attentive service and accommodating, thoughtful staff. Simply grateful for an awesome experience.

                                    36. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      San Diego

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on March 19, 2022

                                      overall5food4service3ambience5

                                      Beautiful location and wonderful view. Staff was a little spread thin, but we really enjoyed our dinner.

                                    37. R

                                      Randy

                                      Seattle

                                      6 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on March 19, 2022

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      Delicious food, great view and beautiful setting. Thank you Cedar Knoll.

                                    38. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Western KY

                                      5 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on March 18, 2022

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      We had a wonderful dinner and will definitely be back.

                                    39. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on March 18, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Went to Cedar Knoll for an anniversary dinner. The temperature was just under 70° with a light wind blowing, and we sat on the patio. .We had two cocktails. Both were interesting and tasty. We each had a starter. I had the oysters Rockefeller, which were excellent. My wife had the autumn bisque soup which was just right. My wife has a New York strip steak which was very tender and well presented over a bed of brussels sprouts with mashed potatoes on a large bone. The potatoes were called bone marrow mashed potatoes and were a pleasant surprise. I had venison which was perfectly cooked and very tender over a bed of squash purée with a tasty side of bread pudding. We both had chocolate pate as a dessert , and a cappuccino for each of us. The noise from the parkway was a little distracting at first but not a problem later on. We were curious how the new chef would present the food, as we were not impressed with the food on previous visits. Every aspect of the food we had was delicious and well beyond our fondest expectations. The presentations were interesting and creative – definitely a cut above. The service was pleasant and understated. We look forward to a return visit to try more from the diverse menu.

                                    40. C

                                      Carolyn

                                      Washington DC

                                      2 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on March 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Outstanding food, beautiful views, well-appointed service. Looking forward to returning

                                    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 4.8 stars by 1274 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                    Booked 15 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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