City Kitchen - Alexandria

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$30 and under
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American
Our inspiration for this restaurant was the Unites States of America past and present.

What is American food? We believe it has become a blend of traditional American dishes and those from around the world. Today, cities nationwide are immersed with regional and ethic foods... Our menu brings together traditional American and global cuisine with our own interpretation and personal touch.

Our decor is a reflection of American industry with iron, concrete, wood, and steal. Pops of leather, bronze and copper colors warm it up along with our modern 60" fireplace.
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BH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The biscuits and gravy were served cold. It was taken care of quickly once we pointed it out to our server. Service was wonderful

k
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server, food, and special was Beef Short ribs from Octoberfest menu. My husband just made a sandwich from leftovers today! Salmon perfectly cooked as requested. Plenty of attention & checking in to see how we were doing. Have now brought 4 new customers. All have really enjoyed!

K
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great dinner at City Kitchen tonight. Courtney was our excellent server and she was fantastic. She had great recommendations and was such fun! The food was just amazing: chicken and biscuit sandwiches, crab cake sandwiches and best of all: the scallops and pork belly. Thanks to everyone, including the very kind hostess on our way out who helped us confirm our Open Table points.

k
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just hand major foo surgery so it’s a one legged world for me for 6-8 weeks. Have been here twice but never made a reservation through Open Table. My friend was available to get me to my doctor who is located nearby the restaurant. Everyone at Big Kitchen were so accommodating, offered great service and our salads were delicious! Added salmon to mine & my friend added chicken. Perfectly cooked, flavorful & generously portioned. So glad I turned another friend on to this terrific spot! 3 friends now go regularly!

M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phil is a very good server and the food was excellent! I had the Tenderloin for the first time and it was awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend & I and another who was sick yesterday brunch once a month. This was on our list and we were pleased with everything. I’m sure we’ll return do our absent friend can try this establishment...

D
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our first time at this restaurant . Service was excellent, food was good but not outstanding although the Gumbo was a standpoint . Presentation on the steak salad could be better .

NA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Courtney was very professional and courteous. Thank you!

HH
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been looking for a brunch location that was convenient, had great food, and was under $25 per person for an entree and mimosa. City Kitchen nailed it! The random location in a HomeDepot strip mall makes parking a breeze. We had crab cake benny, breakfast bowl (oh the cheesey grits!), and chicken and waffles. Everything was perfect and in budget. One of the few restaurants I have felt compelled to write a reveiw for because it was so good and since it is off the beaten track I want to make sure it stays open.

NT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I have had dinner there after having been to brunch several times. Like brunch, dinner did not disappoint at all. The place was packed as well, so they clearly are doing something right.

M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived for our reservation only to fjnd restaurant closed due to some utility issue

MQ
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love City Kitchen on Friday nights!

JB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love City Kitchen! It's like going "home" for us. Food is always top-notch, no matter whether we are getting scallops or a hamburger...always perfectly done! Wait staff is always amazing, friendly, accommodating and efficient. What more can one ask for? As I said, we love City Kitchen!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service are great. Ambiance takes a slight hit due the noise level from the industrial styling of the dining area.

a
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is consistent but please change the menu. Same items since you opened - menu needs a reboot.
Service is good - but at times the servers get in weeds and there are longer waits for drink refills and checks.

f
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Kitchen is always a winner, great food, friendly staff and fun atmosphere

d
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

City Kitchen has an incredibly long beer menu and some pretty decent food to go with it. It's a great neighborhood restaurant/hangout, but not sure it's worth commuting to from beyond the 'hood.

SS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We visited for Alexandria Restaurant Week and City Kitchen has a great deal for $35 for two people. We also happened to attend on 1/2 bottle of wine night which was a great addition to our meal. The food was good and filling but not spectacular (the vegetables on the rainbow trout entree were cold and the chicken breast had cheese that was melted). The staff is friendly and attentive. Overall liked the restaurant and will definitely come back for more their specials probably just to sit at the bar.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our go-to local place for something special. Wait staff this evening was really friendly and helpful. Daily special was actually special! Looking forward to our next visit. Don't let the location fool you, this is a great place to eat, with easy and free parking, a bonus around here.

KS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very consistent, love daily specials, great service, great beer/wine list.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 2nd time back at City Kitchen. I have not been disappointed yet. Wings w/dry rub were amazing and my monthly special 1/2 rack St. Louis ribs were tender and flavorful, and the mushroom risotto never disappoints!! Best of all, our server Harvey was attentive, super kind and sweet! The staff there are all great! Do yourself a favor and try City Kitchen. Make reservations as the weekend nears. They get crowded!

JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Was a little disappointed in the Muscles that I ordered.. They were very small compared to the previous times that I have ordered them at your restaurant. The corn on the cob was not premium quality either..

BO
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very noisy. Food was good and reasonably priced. Ambiance is poor like eating in a warehouse.

L
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Tommy was outstanding! Loved the soup! Our overall experience was great and highly recommend it to others.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wings are phenomenal, if you’d ask me get the hot dry rub(flats Ofcourse) with a side of the spicy Asian Chile sauce.. little spicy but really worth it. Philly cheesesteak is awesome too! 10/10

AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love City Kitchen! The food is great. The regular menu is always good, and the specials are often spectacular.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service. I just wasn't in love with the food.

DE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on getting a great meal and service.

C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cute restaurant with some solid bar food and a great beer list. Dinner and brunch entrees aren't really anything spectacular. Service is usually decent here, but nothing out of the ordinary.

L
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I went at 3:00, the staff turnover time. The handoff to incoming staff was ineffective. It appeared that the bartender took over waitress duties which caused a lengthy delay in receiving the bill. I had to ask for it. I also thought the Caesar salad was over-dressed. Otherwise, I love this place and go several times a month.

MQ
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, great food, great service and fun atmosphere. The staff seems happy at this restaurant and it makes for a great dining experience.

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very pleasant Fathers Day celebration with good service and great food.

MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here but it won't be my last...Excellent service and Amazing Food!

BW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Mussels are my favorite. And the City Meal Deal can’t be beat.

j
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!!

L
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Okay... first of all, shout out to Chris, Kirby, Peter, Farrah, and the rest of the crew here! The nicest, coolest, most professional group ever! Delicious food and everything is from scratch! We couldn't decide if we wanted breakfast, brunch, or lunch so we settled on a little of both! Blueberry Muffin French Toast! Yes, French toast made with blueberry muffin batter! Come on! Crabcake sandwiches with huge pieces of lump crabmeat! Wings with sweet sriracha sauce! Did I mention the bacon bloody mary? A homemade bloody mary mix in a tall bacon-rimmed glass. Yep, bacon-rimmed, you heard that correctly.

So happy to have stumbled upon this gem and will definitely go back... if for no other reason but to eat some great food and see the restaurant's amazing team!!

BC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well-prepared comfort foods at reasonable prices, especially on half-price pizza night (Sundays). Attentive service, not too noisy. Great burgers and almost-remarkable fries. Family friendly and easy parking.

T
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We went to Fat City Kitchen for Mothers Day. They had a decent menu. The prices were very fair. And the food was good.

But the location where we sat was not great, very close to the bathrooms. The service was poor. The overall feel of the place was very average.

I would not go there again.

MQ
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great little restaurant kind of hidden in a shopping mall.

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