Cedar Knoll

4.7
617 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
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a family-style Christmas Eve dinner with Cedar Knoll flair on Monday, December 24th from 5pm - 9pm. Please visit http://cedarknollva.com/ soon to see our menu and pricing for this special holiday event.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 617 People Are Saying
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AC
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Cedar Knoll within a matter of weeks and we have already booked again for later this month. We love everything about this restaurant and are looking forward to enjoying it in the Summer months too. Beautiful food, gorgeous chinaware, great service and lovely historic surrounds.

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MT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our experience at Cedar Knoll and have already made reservations for next week! After living in Europe for five years, this was by far our nicest dining experience since being back in the States and the attention to detail was very much appreciated.

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MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful venue, view, and setting.

Food was good but on the rich side. I really enjoyed my fried snapper but found the pairing risotto with shrimp and sausage heavy. They duck crepe was nice.

For the price, it should be reserved for special occasions and for people who enjoy richer meals.

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SF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and view, as always! Love this place!

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate 25 years together. Thanks. Warm atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Food was delicious and expertly prepared/presented. Hostess Sophie was outstanding. Views of the Potomac, even on this cloudy/foggy day, were wonderful. Will definitely be back to have dinner. Outside of the restaurant may need a bit of maintenance but inside was delightfully rustic and warm.

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lived in the DC area for more than two decades, many times we drove past Cedar Knoll and would say "we need to eat there one day." Finally that day came and it was such a fantastic meal, with such intriguing options on the menu, that we realized we'd denied ourselves for too many years. Cedar Knoll offers charming, quaint atmosphere with perfectly cooked, perfectly portioned dishes. Scallops & lobster risotto are hard to get right but this was perfect -- fork-tender not in the least bit rubbery. Boneless rack of lamb was savory without a hint of gameiness. Cedar Knoll is most definitely on our return list, and much, much sooner than it took the first time.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful and comfortable and special place to enjoy a meal. The wine, food, service and ambiance was amazing and there was no rushing you to order, pay the bill or leave.

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e
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was a little slow. We need to get to Mt. Vernon lecture and told hostess and server yet we never made it. We only ordered appetizers!

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. This meal ranks in the top 10 meals we’ve ever had! We had reque

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DA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, great food and good service. Quiet dining room with view of the water. Splendid for brunch/lunch with family or friends!

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C
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our family's first time dining at Cedar Knoll, and we look forward to returning. The staff were friendly and attentive, and the menu was varied and appetizing. Fires burning in the fireplaces added warmth to the cozy atmosphere. We dined at Cedar Knoll after visiting Mount Vernon, a short distance down the road. What a lovely -- and historic -- find!

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BG
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good. Creative
DELISH

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j
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with the attention and customer service. Dinner was excellent and the location is right for special occasions. We'll recommend to friends.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked a table Cedar Knoll for Thanksgiving dinner. We arrived to find a lobby crammed full of guests, many becoming inebriated, waiting to be seated. There were empty tables, but clueless seeming wait staff doing everything but setting them. The hostess made several trips to help set tables never once cleaning her hands between trips to the reception desk and tables where she handled place settings. We gave up after 45 minutes of waiting beyond our reservation time in a clogged lobby with an elderly family member. No apologies, no explanations. Thankfully, Jackson20 in Alexandria was able to seat us and we had a terrific time.

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ER
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom here for Thanksgiving Dinner. This was our first time to Cedar Knoll. The staff was super busy but the hostess in a very friendly manner told everyone who was waiting for the 6:45 seating that they were running a bit behind. No one seemed to mind. We were seated about 20 minutes later and the food, staff and environment were OUTSTANDING!!!!! This is a great place to go and was worth the wait. The dinner was served family style and the portions were spot on, not too much and not too little. I would like to come back on a non holiday night to try their dinners!

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed Thanksgiving evening. The food was well prepared and quite tasty. The service was fantastic and very friendly. I need to try Cedar Knoll on a regular day. I'm sure it will not disappoint. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had Thanksgiving Dinner at Cedar Knoll. The food was excellent. Our server and other staff at the restaurant were very friendly, courteous, and helpful. Service was very good despite the heavy workload on this holiday. We had a very pleasant and enjoyable dinner. This was not our first Thanksgiving at Cedar Knoll and it won't be our last! We definitely recommend.

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KH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cedar Knoll does a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal. Served family style there are about 12-14 dishes, plus a desert. High, high quality ingredients, careful preparation, fantastic setting, and impeccable pacing make for a wonderful experience.

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CK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, very capable and friendly waiters. Great view of Potomac River and George Washington Parkway. Food was excellently.

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SF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner combined the traditional with some creativity. The food was delicious. Served family style, the menu was expansive with multiple courses and generous portions. This is the third year we have gone to Cedar Knoll for Thanksgiving and we'll continue to do so. Great service and attentive staff.

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving feast; the quality, variety, and presentation of the food was very welcoming and delicious. The view of the river was fantastic and the whole vibe of the restaurant makes it a special place indeed! We will be back and have already booked our table for Christmas Eve!

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SN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Excellent dining experience! Loved that the Chef came by and explained the two specials presented so nicely on a small card!

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MJ
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely place to spend time with family over dinner. Super staff and very kind.

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PK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Big thanks to the manager, Christine West, who goes out of her way to make your visit perfect!

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D
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will always appreciate dining at Cedar Knoll. Cedar Knoll has an extremely exclusive atmosphere and the clientele are both pleasant and professional, as is, the staff. My special place to bring guests!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight was the best service I have had there and the food was exceptional as well!

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PB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter there for her birthday. Brunch was lovely, all China is a conversation piece.

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RM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a special occasion dinner but will come more often. The food is just wonderful (actually we both had the pork tenderloin), the service is excellent, and the ambiance warm and friendly. Oh, the desserts are amazing. Highly recommend.

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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive night out. Interesting menu, well executed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming here.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a last minute reservation and was pleasantly surprised. They got everything right, from the moment we walked in...friendly greeting and promptly seated. Our table was quite spacious and comfortable with beautiful pillows, table linens and a lovely view of the Potomac River. We started with cocktails and the Rappahannock oysters. My martini was perfect and the oysters did not disappoint, extremely fresh, well cleaned and presented with mignonette. They followed with a berry purée before our main coarse. I ordered the scallops and lobster risotto. All was prepared to perfection. The portions were generous and I was surprised by the number of scallops. The risotto was so creamy and delicious I could not stop myself from finishing every bite. I look forward to dining there again to try the other items on the menu.

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FL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cedar Knoll is my favorite ...the food is different but not that much. The service was impressive. We were able to bring our toddler outside for a few minutes ...that was a GREAT BREAK

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s
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is fabulous with generous portions. I had the risotto with scallops and lobster. Absolutely delicious! The ambiance and historic importance of the restaurant make it very special. Our server was not the best. We appeared to be more of a nuisance than a valued customer. If not for her, the evening would of been most enjoyable.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoy Cedar Knoll and have been fans since it has been revitalized and brought into the 21st century. We took friends here on Friday evening last -- one complaint is that the lighting is sooooo
dull. Our party of four had difficulty reading the menu since it was so dark -- we pulled our our iPhones to use the flashlight to see and the same is true of seeing the food on our plates. Please turn up the lights!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience at Cedar Knoll could not have been more perfect to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday! The food was delicious and exquisite, the atmosphere inviting and cozy and the staff professional and accommodating. We look forward to returning for special occasions, regular date nights and brunch. Sending a sincere thank you to the staff. Cedar Knoll is a five-stars dining and overall experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daddy / Daughter date

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem! The staff is very friendly and Sophia our server is outstanding! The food is delicious; you can’t go wrong with any choice and the presentation is perfectly done.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and we were really surprised by the value. For the amount of food, ambiance, and service we received the cost was nothing!
The view looked incredible, but we were there at night and did not see it. We’ll have to come back

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KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorite restaurants in the area and best kept secret. The food is amazing! It has several rooms that are great for small or large groups in an intimate setting.

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