City Kitchen - Alexandria

4.6
371 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 685-9172
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Williams
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Cross street
Duke Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
What 371 People Are Saying
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B
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love city kitchen. Always a good experience. Pizzas are great

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food, very timely service. It’s close to home and a real regular spot for us. Never disappointed.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first time here and the food was amazing! We’ll definitely be back!

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DN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food during restaurant week. Well worth a try, I’m going to go back and try the normal menu.

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FA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wings were not hot...went for the restaurant week special and ordered items that we could get off of the regular menu since they should have better experience cooking those items. It was a hit or miss-fried artichokes, trout, pork chop (although slightly too pink and only warm), and truffle mash potatoes were delicious. Most of the asparagus were great too (there were a few with grainy/woody stalks). The lemon risotto was undercooked (hard) and mushy. The baked apple crumble was good but would have liked it cooked longer (the topping was too wet/pasty for me-the boys loved the raw brown sugar oats). We will try the restaurant again with some of the regular menu items. Also provide a dessert without nuts.

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MF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly Service. Great Restaurant Week Menu. Great Value. My entire family loves it.

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WB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good value. Had been noted as a neighborhood gem, and it is.

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JB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food; we love City Kitchen, whether for just the two of us or to meet friends.

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c
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love City Kitchen. The service is always wonderful. I've only had brunch here, but it is one of my favorite places that is a "neighborhood" go-to when friends and family are visiting.

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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We've been to this restaurant many times. The food is reliably good, although I have to say that the Baltimore crab cakes (which I love) seem to have a bit more filler than when we first went there. A glass of the house Pinot Noir was extremely good. All in all we had a good time and enjoyed the local vibe, despite the fairly high noise level.

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D
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place, will go to again. aaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been to City Kitchen a couple of times now and each time my service is horrible. They seat you quickly, but take forever to stop by to get your beverage orders and take your food orders. But the bill comes quickly. That being said, the food is good.

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BW
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great neighborhood find! Food was delish! Fried artichokes amazing, recommend Chattanooga chicken...yum! Drink choices good, great variety...I'll be back!

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TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, one of my favorite places in Alexandria.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience- great food and excellent service from all staff.

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KK
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem. Great beer and wine selections, amazing food.

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VP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the variety menu, and the cuisine that covers geographical regions of the country. Ambiance is great, and the food was well prepared and delicious. The servers were very attentive, polite and quickly responded to all questions that our party had regarding the meal. It's worth going back to!

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KP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped by for brunch with a former classmate, food was delicious, service was stellar, and the brunch cocktails are delicious and well priced! Highly recommend!

Only negative is it's hard to see the restaurant sign since it's placed below the gymboree sign but that's more logistic and nothing to do with the restaurant itself :)

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Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a nice Friday evening meal, that was just perfect to cap off the busy work week! Food was creative and delicious.

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N
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Normally City Kitchen is a favorite. I don't know what happened this time, but if this had been my first visit, I would never return. I ordered from the special menu the Mann Burger, at $17. From the description on the menu, I was ready for an amazing treat. Much to my surprise, this simple combination of burger and fries was a complete let down. Beyond the bun, this burger had no flavor whatsoever. It was over cooked and tasteless. The fries were undercooked and limp. Sorry City Kitchen, but know you can do better. Please figure out how to get your magic back and I hope my next visit yields better results.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch at City Kitchen. We will definitely be back!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Kitchen has been our neighborhood go-to since they opened their doors. Sunday brunch is amazing (try the Blueberry Muffin French Toast, waffles or the Weir Beach Breakfast Sandwich), great variety on the menus for lunch and dinner, and they are always happy to make changes so the meal is exactly how you want it. All of the staff are friendly and upbeat, even when they are crushed. The food is great whether you want a healthy salad with blackened chicken or salmon, or not-so-healthy burgers and fries, or chicken and biscuits with gravy. It feels like home. We almost expect to hear everyone yell “Norm!” when we walk in the door. Check it out. You won’t regret it.

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day brunch. I thought the restaurant would be crowded but it wasn’t overly packed. The food and service were both excellent! We will def be back!!!

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MQ
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

2nd time for brunch at the restaurant, my potatoes tasted extra salty. My dining partners enjoyed their meals, especially the crab cake sandwich. Noisy because of the world cup, no big deal. Overall, a good place for a meal, I will return.

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DE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The June 2018 special at City Kitchen is the Lobster Roll. That dish is absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to go back and order it again! The Lobster Roll comes with a cup of clam chowder, potato salad and a cucumber relish--All were very good and delicious!

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ER
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been here with some colleagues a few times recently, and have enjoyed our lunches. This last visit was just as good, and our server Delante (sp?) was very pleasant and helpful. He warned us that it was his first day off training, but he need not have done so. He provided us excellent service, and we enjoyed our visit.

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BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! We will be back! Thank you!

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

Loved the atmosphere. Waitress was kind and attentive=great service. The brunch menu was the reason we chose this restaurant and the food did not disappoint! My husband ordered the blueberry French toast which was phenmonal and I ordered the Brooklyn biscuits and gravy. I loved it but it could have used another biscuit.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, neighborhoody place. Very loud when full. Food was excellent and service attentive.

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BT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have yet to have a bad meal or experience at City Kitchen. The food is great, they have an extensive drink menu, and the staff are top-notch. This time, for brunch with friends (including a squirmy two year old), Benji kept us hydrated and got our food out in good order. Never felt rushed, and he was always there to refill coffee or water. Another first class experience in a place where that's such the norm that I feel guilty about not acknowledging it more.

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C
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and so many options. Alex, the manager was so nice and let us try some of his food and drink creations. Everything was just perfect. Do not miss this place if you are in Alexandria. Prices are reasonable, the portions are large and the service was fantastic

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Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Had the Charleston Porkchop and the Porkshop special. Excellent. Great beer selection. Will return.

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IM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great spot. The Anchorage Salmon was amazing!

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GS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place for great food, drinks and service. We can walk here from our home and have been going here since it opened

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find in an unexpected location! One of my favorite dining spots in Alexandria. Fun brunch menu, tasty creative drinks, and all at an extremely reasonable price! Were you looking for quality and quantity hunty, because they got it! From the bourbon vanilla waffles, blueberry muffin French toast, and brunch salmon to the long island roasted duck and Santa Monica chicken the food is truly fantastic! And the truffle fries...UNMATCHED, truly. I am always welcomed with terrific service and look forward to my next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food!

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B
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

CK is one of my "go-to" place, the staff is nothing short of fantastic, friendlist EVER. Food is great, service is quick.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, as always! Excellent food, as always! I eat at City Kitchen at least once a month since it opened, and I have never had anything but wonderful experiences! This is a must-do for visitors and locals. It’s perfect for dinner with friends, a date, and even if you prefer dining alone. The staff are all friendly, the food is delicious (I had the rack of ribs most recently), and the ambience is comfortable and inviting.

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

Had a good time!

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t
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

City Kitchen is our "go-to" for consistently excellent food in a very casual atmosphere. When combined with the always excellent service, it is truly one of our favorites in the Alexandria area.

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