Cedar Knoll

4.3
529 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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 529 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.6
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3.9
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5.0Dined a day ago

What an excellent brunch! Great food, great staff and wonderful atmosphere. Will be dining here again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Lovely dining with Potamac River and GW Parkway view.
Delicious, well prepared dishes with chef’s unique flair.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

What a surprise to re-visit Cedar Knoll after so many years and find a delightfully creative menu, charming staff, and curated libations in the same gorgeous historic setting! The special Father’s Day menu was a good value with delicious selections. We especially enjoyed the smoked duck crepe appetizer and the risotto entree with a perfectly poached egg. The server pointed us to an unusual wine at a reasonable price. We’ll definitely go back to this reinvented classic.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Visited for Father's Day on recommendation of my mother who'd been there a few times & had loved everything about the restaurant...however, in this case they raised their prices for the occasion (I'd seen a regular menu prior to setting reservations) & the quality of the food was not raised comparably. They did comp. the bill in recompense & the service was excellent... I'd like to visit again on a regular day to see if the value of the experience & dishes on a normal day lives up to the hype.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We just moved to the area, and went to Cedar Knoll about 2months ago. It was great then, not so much on our return. We ordered the same thing..venison and then the lobster and scallop risotto. Two pieces of lobster and the one was chewy, cold, and significantly undercooked. The manager came out to apologize and when the bill came out, we were charged for drinks we didn’t have. Add insult to injury.....not sure we’ll make it a third time. Was hoping to find a neighborhood gem on the water.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We had a lovely Sat night dinner with friends. The only problem was that after waiting a considerable time for our meals, one meal was not as ordered- crab cakes instead of soft-shell crab. The kitchen quickly cooked the correct meal and the cost was removed from the bill.
We have eaten here several times and will return.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We waited for 20 minutes after the host sat us before the waitress came to even gave us water. We gave her the order right away. Took another 15 minutes before our bottle of wine arrived. Then over an hour and 15 minutes later, we got our food.
The waitress told us there were something wrong with the computer......but wait for past 1 hour before told us that?
The setting is nice and the food is good but not sure that we will return for that kind of service. Sorry.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our party of six arrived at 7:30 and ordered quickly because we had two children in our group. We had still not been served by 9 pm, which was after their bedtime so when our meals arrived we rushed through them. Very disappointing. The food was good and ambiance superb but I’m not sure we will go back anytime soon and we live in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Lovely setting and great food.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

After many years away from the area, I was delighted to find that Cedar Knoll had been renovated and reopened. I tried it out with a couple of close friends for lunch, and we all totally loved it! We could also converse easily in a normal voice volume. I expect that I will return often and share it with both local and out-of-town friends. It must be wonderful in cool weather with the fireplaces burning, too!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Oustanding meal, service and beverages at a price and atmosphere that sets it apart from the dc set. High quality food with a relaxed atmosphere and attention to detail make this place stand out.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great ladies night and we ordered plates to share. When no charcuterie was on the menu, the chef offered to pull one together and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend it for a quieter venue with great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was pouring rain, but on a clear day the view of the Potomac would be wonderful. I love the dishes (literally, the china dishes and cups and service pieces). Very good service. I had the crab cake sandwich - absolutely delicious. Only minor complaint - the coffee cooled too quickly in the small china cups - or perhaps was not hot enough when poured?

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Charming location and experience. We were a party of 8, and we had a lovely oval table which enabled table-wide conversations. The brunch cocktail list was enticing, and the menu quite varied and appealing. The food, drinks and table service were very nice, and the attention to detail, particularly allergies was remarkable and kind. The setting was really enjoyable. We will definitely be back.

If I were to make one suggestion, it would be to prioritize taking the raincoats and seating the patrons, rather than having patrons waiting at the table while menus and drinks lists are placed at each seat - it was awkward standing around the table.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Thank you for accommodating our twins. Great ambiance, awesome view. WILL definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Although very nice, our waiter seemed overwhelmed and the busboys seemed very green.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

My wife and I both thought are dinners were delicious. My wife had the steak and I had their venison. Both dishes and their accompaniments were perfectly done and presented. We also had the delightful chocolate mousse dessert. We celebrated our wedding anniversary here, and had requested a special setting - which was ready for us overlooking the Potomac. Our server could not have been more attentive. And we were delighted to have been visited by the Chef/Owner. We would absolutely recommend this restaurant and will be returning to it ourselves!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I was so excited to learn that Cedar Knoll Inn has a new chef and management. Took a friend here for a retirement lunch celebration and it was perfect. We ate in the old cabin room in a wonderful booth with a large window with great views of the Potomac River. We ordered the crab cake sandwich, which was full of crab and delicious; the trout sandwich which was fried perfectly and complimented by delicious toppings on a brioche bun and an order of the mussels. For dessert, we sampled the ginger/lemon cake and the lavender panna cotta. all three of us were very pleased with our dining experience. It was especially nice that we could easily have a conversation!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Enjoyed a nice happy hour before the dinner. Bartender made excellent drinks.
Setting very nice and cozy even with the rainy night. Food was good, we were celebrating a Birthday and staff was friendly and attentive. Only one guest was not pleased with lobster meal, only had one lobster claw? and scallops for $40.00.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was good, however they had just about run out. Just to note not everything has to be spicy!! Leave the seasoning to those who are eating. Had a 3:00 reservation wasnt seated until almost 3:30 and buffet was closing down by 4. Paid a lot for this

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Worst meal I have had in my life. I was so embarrassed I took my mother here for mother’s Day and it was horrid

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have been here twice before for brunch, and we enjoyed it enough to come back for Mother's Day. Maybe I missed the prices for Mother's Day brunch in the online menu, or maybe they weren't there. It was $69 a head. With tax, tip and one bottle of prosecco, our bill came to a little over $500 for a table of six. Service was poor once we were seated, although the prosecco was proposed and served quickly. Water wasn't replenished unless we asked, and promised coffee and decaf never arrived. The food was very good, and the people at the carving station and crepe station were friendly and helpful, but for those prices and that level of service, never again.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Brunch food was really exceptional, first time visiting and your crab cakes and crepes were practically perfect. Ambiance was great, very much a historic dining opportunity. Our servers were good, the 'ding' on service was the layout for brunch; I would space out your stations to prevent the giant line from forming, where people could have easily hopped from one thing to the next vs spending so much time in line. We'll definitely be back for dinner, kudos to the chef manning the crepes for his ability to try and relieve the line by serving individual tables multiple crepes at a time.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We were the only ones there, took 12 minutes to have our server come. Waitress claimed there was a problem getting our order in so that took forever. Oysters Rockefeller best I have ever had but four for $18 they better be good. Ambiance and location perfect but if the owners want to do more than host weddings they better pay attention to the locals willing to drop over a hundred bucks on dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Wonderful spot with magnificent view of the Potomac River. Occasion was to celebrate the 80th birthday of a dear friend. Unhurried pace. Excellent service. Meal was tasty, but the hot water in the charming individual tea pots was tepid to start and didn’t improve. Meal portions were a bit large, but not too much. We wanted to finish the celebration with desserts, which were pleasant but not amazingly good. Venue & ambiance were excellent!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Lovely setting on the Potomac with a quaint, old fashioned feel. Food was good and reasonably priced. A pleasant spot for a leisurely lunch or brunch, and conversation is easy in the quiet dining room. Service a little slow and a bit haphazard but doesn't spoil the mood.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My mom was in town to visit. Everything was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our waitress, from Morocco, was wonderful and very friendly. We had the ginger squash soup and the duck crepe appetizers. Soup had coconut cream on top -- I thought it was too strong fro the squash, but good in any event. Crepes were also good. We both had the lobster / scallops risotto: excellent. Risotto was creamy; the lobster and scallops were perfectly cooked and delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Love this place

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Probably it was just a seasonal thing, but most of all dished have fruity sauce, flavor. While it was certainly creative, and I like fruits, I personally felt that it was too much. I wanted to enjoy the taste of vegetables and meat, but everything had such unique fruit sauce on.
The building and its atmosphere are very historic. All servers and the host were too casual. I think they could have trained them in the appropriate way to embrace the atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The waiter handed us our menus before seating us.
Wine opening was unrefined.
Duck crepes were too spicy.
Tuna tartare was fine but Salmon was over salted.
Crab cakes were so piquant that they were inedible. We weren’t charged.
The lamb was delicious.
Vegetables and sauces were mediocre.
The unbaked cheesecake should have been baked. The meringue dessert was good.
The staff was quite young and inexperienced; with some training they could become more competent and professional.
The ambience was outstanding.

They need to do some work.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Service was nice as was the view, however the food was not up to par on this visit. The crab cakes had so much cayenne in them, they were barely edible and tasted only of cayenne. Needless to say, it did not pair well with wasabi mashed potatoes. My poor 7 year old tried it and was in pain for quite some time. The bouillabaisse had a very smoky flavor as stated on the menu and the fish and shellfish had a nice texture. The lamb was cooked well and paired nicely with the polenta and the trout was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

My wife and I went to cedar knoll for our anniversary on a Sunday night. The restaurant was pretty empty so we asked to be seated in a quiet place and the staff was more than happy to accommodate us, putting us in a desperate room from other diners next to the window so we could have the view. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, as well as happy to answer all our questions about the menu. My wife had the chicken scallopini and I had the rainbow troit, both of which were absolutely phenomenal. I also cannot recommend the no name cheesecake highly enough. Overall we had a wonderful experience and will be returning as often as we are able

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We arrived a little early for our reservation. The hostess sat us quickly to a nice table with a view of the Potomac river. Food was excellent service was good. Overall, we enjoyed the evening. We planning to return to check out the brunch and the outside seating.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was incredible. The service was fantastic. It was very quiet and relaxing. We could have stayed all day just sitting outside and enjoying the view and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent option for a classy meal with a beautiful view of the Potomac. This hidden gem is the perfect spot to impress visiting family.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A truly elegant experience!

So glad the Cedar Knoll Inn has reopened. Now we have a panoramic view of the river accompanied by excellent food and attentive staff. The emphasis is on local sources. Food is served served on beautiful bone china. Lovely flower abound. A perfect place for a special occasion, or even a casual dinner with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This place has so dramatically improved over the last few years. I'd dropped it from the radar, but am happy to have it back, as the view and location is almost unique around Washington, surprisingly.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This restaurant has a spectacular view from inside and especially from the outdoor patio. The chef stopped by to say hello, and the brunch/lunch food was delicious.

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Unfortunately, the service at last night's outing ruined what would have most likely been a very nice dinner. We had a guest visiting and wanted to bring her somewhere special. We chose Cedar Knoll for its quaintness, charm & view of the river. Their menu is beautiful & elegant. And on previous visits the food and drinks have been delightful. And since I've had nice dinners there In the past, it makes me sad and angry that last night was so poor we walked out, paying the bill after just our drinks since in 25 minutes we could not even get an appetizer order placed...and the venue was certainly not busy. We were in the well-lit room to the left of the maitre d' stand when you first walk in. There was already a couple in one corner and a family of 4 was seated as we walked in. The host was a gentleman and helpful. Our waitress, who had served us on previous visits came by after a few minutes to take our drink order. A lot of attention was spent on the 2 other tables. We waited patiently for 10 minutes...then a glass of tea arrived but no cocktail. The family that was seated a minute before us (they seemed like regulars) had already received their drinks and then their appetizers. I asked about the other drink and was told it was coming. About 5 minutes later the cocktail. I asked if we could place an appetizer order and was told to "please wait a minute." We watched as the other tables received much attention and started to wonder if the waitress was discriminating against the 2 women at my table since they were Asian. We made the conscientious decision not to put up with the bad service. I said we changed our mind because things were taking so long and instead of an apology, the waitress said "are you sure?" She came back after another 10 minutes with the check, said nothing, then walked over to the other table and we can hear her start to complain to the guests at the table. Very unprofessional! She should not be working in an establishment such as this.

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