Cedar Knoll

4.4
573 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–6:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(703) 780-3665
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Holden
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Catering
We offer full service on and off-premise catering through our catering division The Joy Of Eating.

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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
George Washington Parkway
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Parking details
We have a large private lot for your convenience.
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Special events & promotions
Cedar Knoll specializes in customizing great events for you and your guests. Whether it is for a birthday party, bridal shower, office appreciation, retirement, anniversary, or wedding you are planning, we are here to help make your special day most memorable for you and your guests.

Call us today at 703-780-3665
or email Nicole@cedarknollva.com

We look forward to hearing from you and having you be our guest!
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Cedar Knoll can accommodate all 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.

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What 573 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful brunch at Cedar Knoll. This restaurant continues to impress. It has quickly become our “go to” spot when hosting out of towners. Everyone we have taken here loves the setting and the food.

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s
Richmond
8 reviews
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous little historic American gem. Setting is so classic.

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TD
Washington DC
21 reviews
4.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Classic fine dining restaurant. This really is one of my favorite restaurants in Northern VA. It's also a great value, so you can indulge on a weeknight if you don't feel like cooking. Out-of-the-way location has a great view overlooking the Potomac. Service is warm and attentive. Food and wine are excellent. I've been here for dinner on several occasions and they never disappoint.

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j
1 review
5.0Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu! Food was delicious and the restaurant staff were all amazing. It was like having dinner in a friends dining room.

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E
1 review
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went out for date night. We did a three course meal, shared a bottle of Rosé, finishing off with a couple cocktails. everything was wonderful. We didn't leave anything behind and we didn't feel overly full either.

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t
Washington DC
16 reviews
4.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Oysters, crab cake & burger all very good! French fries good, but a bit over cooked.

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HC
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a great experience there. It is a beautiful place with delicious food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Spectacular view of the Potomac - one of the best places to really enjoy that over a meal and drinks

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TC
Washington DC
3 reviews
4.0Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Cedar Knoll. The service was friendly and accommodating. We had a nice glass of wine outdoors by the river and then came indoors for dinner. There was no rush and we ate our dinner in a quiet and beautiful dining room where we could actually talk in normal voices! Our waitress was friendly and helpful and offered great suggestions. For our main course, I had the calms and mussels in a delicious red sauce, spiced just right. My husband had a delicious tender steak that was cooked exactly the way he ordered it!
We look forward to returning there soon!

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TG
1 review
2.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I think the place is definitely overrated. I had heard from several individuals this was a nice, quaint establishment. The drive down GW Parkway was pretty, so I had high enough hopes. I had reserved water front seating. The problem is, GW Parkway sits between the restaurant and the water. So the view was already underwhelming. The food looked good based on the menu, however, when it actually came, there was nothing remarkable. I got the Steak Frites, and the steak was barely 4oz. It came with a random assortment of sauces that just didn't mesh well enough together. My lady got the pork tenderloin brunch sandwich which was also underwhelming. The price did not match the quality of the food. The steak was over cooked. The pork tenderloin lacked any memorable seasoning/flavor. The service was good but confusing, as two people were taking care of us, but they kept repeating what they other had done (i.e. we received two bills). I would not recommend for the simple fact it is completely forgettable.

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C
Charleston
5 reviews
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great history, lovely atmosphere. Completely enjoyable evening with excellent food!

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SF
Washington DC
28 reviews
2.0Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Great view of the Potomac River & drinks were good enough.
Everything else was abysmal - an hour between ordering and apps, another 45 min before mains. Food was cold and or soured. Never was asked how things were. Water refilled twice in two hours.
Don't go.

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N
Washington DC
17 reviews
1.0Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We live close by and had not heard good things but decided to check it out. The hostess was wonderful!! You need more people with her amazing, customer service friendly attitude.

The server was overwhelmed and unfriendly. The food was cold and lacked flavor. Even the bread was bad, sweet focaccia?

Such a lovely spot with great potential, what a shame!

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t
Washington DC
16 reviews
5.0Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to dine somewhat last minute. Greeted with a smile by the hostess, not rushed as we had a pre-dinner drink at the bar, and the food and drink were all absolutely delicious! We did not get the hostess’s name, but were impressed by her and Tina who was working the bar and outdoor tables - 100% professional and attentive!

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k
Washington DC
13 reviews
5.0Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I have been to Cedar Knoll several times, lunch, dinner, holiday dining, and it just does not disappoint. Very good food in a charming ambience, with the Potomac right out the window. What's not to like!

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MM
1 review
4.0Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed Cider Knoll, I liked the dark wood, and soft leather of the main room where we seated by the window. We both liked the view of the Potomac, it was relaxing, they offered outside dinning, and some patrons were out there. We would like to try later this fall, when temp cool off. I had lobster and scallops, wife enjoyed the boneless leg of Lamb both were done very well, we will be back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. This chef came to play.

It’s not the fastest meal you’ll have in your life, but it’s a leisurely paced meal that you’ll get to enjoy and savor. Enjoy the break from dinner in 45 minutes at a DC hotspot and enjoy the views with a glass of wine.

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RM
Richmond
1 review
4.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I celebrate our first anniversary here and we could not have been happier with the food and the service. The food was delicious! When we visited it was restaurant week, however, we chose to order off the regular menu. We order the grilled shrimp and the duck crepes for appetizers. The shrimp was good, but the duck crepes were amazing. My husband wished he had ordered them as well when I had given him a bite of mine. For dinner I ordered the crab cakes and my husband ordered the steak. My crab cakes were very good, but the steak he ordered hit it out of the park. The Brussel sprouts on the side were roasted perfectly, the mashed potatoes were so creamy, and the steak was cooked to perfection. We could not have been happier with our food and the service was exceptional as well. The staff always wished us a Happy Anniversary when they came to our table which was very sweet and they made sure to sit us at a romantic table by the windows with a view of the Potomac. Overall, very good and I would definitely return for another special occasion.

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P
Washington DC
29 reviews
3.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Overall, sitting outside and having brunch on a Sunday was fabulous, even with the flies buzzing around. I liked my watermelon gazpacho and my McWashington even though my muffins were hardly toasted. My friend ordered French Toast and it was like flash fried corn pone and NOTHING like French Toast should be and was WAY TOO greasy. My friend was VERY disappointed with it. Also, her strawberry parfait/yogurt was not to her liking as it was too much whipped cream, no yogurt and no grapenuts or anything healthy. We believe it had some sort of cake broken up inside and not what she would eat for brunch. I gave my food a B grade and I give my friend's food a C-. There needs to be some work on the menu if we come back. Again, the view was great and it was a lovely, sunny summer morning, but the food was lackluster. We really liked the Bloody Marys! Compliments to the bartender.

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JE
Washington DC
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely dinner this past weekend at Cedar Knoll with the family. We all chose to order off the special Restaurant Week menu. The choices, while expectedly limited were varied, but covered the traditional palates and the vegan in the family. Each of the beautifully presented selections were both well received and well consumed. In addition to the delicious fare, you could not top the refined ambiance, picturesque river view and attentive service. We are looking forward to our return visit.

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E
Washington DC
1 review
3.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We visited for restaurant week and I am so sad we did. The menu was ambitious, but nothing was pulled off well. There were great flavors, but the pairings made finishing any of the meal impossible. For instance, why on Earth would you pair okra with eggplant in any dish, given their textures? Let alone a dish where there are only 4 ingredients? I couldn't stomach it. The salad at the start was a great thought, but was weighed down and drowned in a plate of sauces. One in our party had the seafood main dish and enjoyed the clams and mussels but couldn't eat the pasta as it drowned in an overly potent clam or seafood sauce and the pasta was unbelievably chewy. Oh, and a clam chowder made with a cold cucumber base? If any of the dishes had been properly executed, it would have been Dynamite. Sadly, I paid $150 for the three of us to fill up on bread and dessert. I was very underwhelmed!

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TE
1 review
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Solid service. We will be back in the future!

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TD
Washington DC
10 reviews
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had my MIL in town and wanted a special dinner. Although we had been there for Happy Hour, we had not ever eaten dinner here. They were conducting a wine tasting when we arrived, and we did buy one of the featured wines.
Dinner was delicious, and they accommodated a special request for us as well. We will definitely be back!

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L
Washington DC
31 reviews
5.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to visit Cedar Knoll every chance we can and take friends there so they’ll bring friends. The atmosphere changes depending on the room you are in—cheerful and airy, darker and romantic, or rustic and evoking 18th century. Better than that is the quality and choices of food—always delicious and beautifully presented. This is a restaurant worth a drive if you aren’t local.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
4.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, good food and nice outdoor setting.

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EG
Washington DC
13 reviews
4.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We took the extended family out to Cedar Knoll for a celebratory dinner. It was our first trip with the new management and we were very impressed with the food! Everything was terrific. The menu is creative with unexpected and delightful mixes of flavor and texture. I ordered my venison medium rare and it came out closer to medium; it had wonderful flavor and was tender and I didn't have any issues. The chef still showed up at the table with a replacement because he wasn't happy with how the first plate came out, even though I had already eaten everything! Other orders at our table included lamb, crab cake, lobster risotto, and chicken and not a speck was left on the plates. We sat outside with a nice view and the quiet hum of cars on the GW Parkway. The old house is well kept up and the ambiance is great.

A couple of areas for improvement: the prices are a bit high, and the service could be quicker. Not the place to dine in a hurry. I recommend gentle fans outside to help keep the bugs away. It's wonderful to have this delightful restaurant reopened just down the street.

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OT
Washington DC
207 reviews
5.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderfully unique setting with excellent food, service and ambiance. Each in our party had a different dish and all was fantastic. Our waiter was pleasant, efficient, and extremely helpful. This is fine dining at its best.

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c
Miami
23 reviews
5.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal...great service. Thanks cedar knoll!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
2.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

My duck confit entree took 20 minutes longer than the rest of my party’s food. Food is excellent, embiance is lovely.... service has been spotty lately

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BO
Washington DC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a wonderful dinner at Cedar Knoll Inn near Mount Vernon. The food was fresh (seafood stew and scallops and lobster on risotto) and very well made. We enjoyed a treat from the chef of fried goat cheese with a sweet sauce. Our view through large windows of the Potomac was beautiful. The wait staff were attentive and pleasant.

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TC
Washington DC
34 reviews
4.0Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After many years of fairly average food, the new team at this restaurant has finally given us very good food to go with the view. Several of the dishes had unusual, innovative twists which we very much appreciated. The menu is short, but with nice selections. We'd suggest looking at the duck or seafood dishes.

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal at a great location. Cedar Knoll is always nice - good variety of appetizers and entrees. Solid wine list. Good sized portions. We both had the superb crab cakes. Been here before - and we'll be back...

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RN
1 review
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and the service was excellent. I will definitely be returning.

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DS
1 review
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my 82 year old mother to lunch who is sometimes hard to please. She enjoyed the crab cake sandwich very much! You also have a very nice wine selection.

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SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was wonderful. The staff knew when to join us and when not too. The food was wonderful, and the view was spectacular! It was an amazing evening. Thank you for making the evening special!

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RL
1 review
4.0Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is located in a quiet area with a terrific view of the Potomac River. The restaurant has a nice ambiance that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. All of the food was delicious and very reasonably priced for this area and we had great service.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice and we had a great view of the river from one of the booths.

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FF
1 review
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There were 4 of us and we really enjoyed all our meals! Food was excellent, nice size servings (not too big) and wait staff very friendly and accommodating. View of the Potomac was lovely. Don't live in the area, but is worth the drive!

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great setting, very good food and wine, pleasant atmosphere, we love going to Cedar Knoll. Make sure to make a stop there for lunch or dinner on your way to Mount Vernon.

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HC
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating a belated Father’s Day and our son’s birthday brunch and had outside seating. It was nice but would only want outside early as it warms up quickly. Service was a bit slow but they had two huge events inside and we were in no rush. Food was very good including vegetarian eggs Benedict and crab cake sandwiches. I would just order crab cake without bun but they were very tasty. Portion size was reasonably. Reportedly based on those that joined is Risotto was very rich (maybe too rich) and steak frittes was delicious. Value was very reasonable

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