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About Jackson 20 - The Alexandrian
Jackson 20 is a modern American tavern featuring regional American food inspired by traditional recipes. Jackson 20 has a southern flare with succulent BBQ dishes and traditional southern sides like our Fried Green Tomatoes and Hushpuppies. Come see us and our mascot, Bessie, our beloved bronze pig who presides over Jackson 20 as a symbol of hospitality and abundance! Make sure you rub her snout on your way out for some good luck!
*All patio seating is done on a first come, first served basis, and is subject to weather. We will do our best to accommodate all requests for outdoor dining.*
Alexandria, VA 22314
American, Southern, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday
Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday and Sunday
Bar ONLY: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm- 11:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Jackson 20 features seasonally inspired American cuisine, hand crafted cocktails and the best from local waters and farms. Hold your private event at Jackson 20 inside the stylish Alexandrian Hotel in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.
Beautifully appointed event space, seating 10 – 150, play host to a myriad of events including intimate wine dinners, swank cocktail parties, elegant rehearsal dinners and beautiful weddings. Our brick lined interior courtyard is ideal for receptions or dining, from Jackson 20 cook-outs to garden-style receptions.
Valet Parking Available
King Street Metro
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Seasonally inspired American cuisine, hand crafted cocktails and the best of local waters and farms from Jackson 20 to all our private events. Beautiful event spaces, seat 10 – 150 for private dining, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners & beautiful weddings.
Jackson 20 - The Alexandrian Ratings and Reviews
The waiter was one of the worst servers I have ever had at any restaurant. I had to ask repeatedly for things and he still forgot to bring them. He was so bad a new person on their first night would have been better. The salad came out after the entree. The appetizer came out without plates or utensils. We ordered the shared BBQ platter. The ribs were burnt and the brisket was dry. The waiter dropped utensils on the floor and plates. The restaurant also ran out of glassware and did not bring us more to drink. When the bottled water was dropped off at the table it was placed directly in front of me between my plate and me as I was taking a bite of my food. Very awkward.
Not a good experience at all. The only reason this place will survive is because it is located in a hotel. $165.00 for 4 people (2 glasses of wine and one appetizer) was not worth it at all.
I had company visiting me from California, so I brought them to Jackson 20 for dinner. It was my very first visit there and they did pretty well except for the Field Pea Hummus which was very runny and a bit blah in taste---I DO NO RECOMMEND and WILL NOT ORDER AGAIN. I worked for a private chef for eight years and HUMMUS is NOT runny. It is CREAMY. We also had the Farmers Beet Salad which was just fine. Then we had the Rockfish which was outstanding with an extra side of collard greens. I give this meal FOUR out of FIVE stars because of the blah, runny hummus.
One of our old favorite places to eat in Old Town has gone down hill. Maybe the change in hotel owners caused the change in Jackson 20. $9 draft beers and $20 salmon dinners with canned corn don't cut it for Old Town. We won't be going back but we have good memories of the old Jackson 20.
I would recommend Jackson 20. We enjoyed our time and our food while were eating brunch and celebrating a birthday. However, there were a few hiccups. First, after we asked for 2 more minutes to look at the menu, it took at least 20 minutes for our waitress to come back. We also ordered scrambled eggs and bacon for the toddler and instead they brought pancakes and bacon. It’s understandable that there can be a mistake or someone misheard, but when the guy brought it to the table and we told him it was supposed to be eggs, he questioned us like WE got it wrong. Finally, someone in our party ordered the brisket hash which comes topped over easy eggs. For her, the eggs were half of the reason she ordered it. When the hash came out, it was topped with scrambled eggs. She asked for the over easy eggs and they came, but they didn’t come until we were finished and leaving. With all that said, I would definitely give it another shot.
What can I say? This place is an Old Town staple. I don't think there's anybody that frequents Old Town that does not eat here numerous times per year. The menu and drinks are always changing. The staff is A Cut Above. The food is always topping itself as some of the best food I've ever eaten for the price that is charged. If you are trying to decide between Applebee's and Ruby Tuesday's, you are seriously short-changing yourself when you can have this type of food for around the same prices. Girls also love this place. Excellent for dates.
The food is great, but the service was poor. It seemed like there was a lot of staff, but no one really had it together. It's a shame this has been a favorite neighborhood spot for us, but since the new managements things have gone down hill. Food is really great, but poor service is a huge turn off.
The pimento ravioli was incredible. The cornbread wasn’t as exciting as it sounded, and a bit dry. Our service was terrible. He was never available, took waaayy too long every step along the way. Our reservation was at 5:30. The place was about 25% seated.... Looking around while waiting for everything, we noticed we weren’t the only ones feeling like this was an irritating problem they have... my opinion is that there are tons of other cute, local farm supporting places in Alexandria that you should try instead
This is my Old Town go to business restaurant. Never had a bad meal and service is great. However today was odd - head banging music at 8:00 am. Like I really want to hear Metallica, The Doors and Led Zeppelin during my business breakfast. Pay attention to your clientele folks.
Jackson 20 is one of our favorite brunch places to hop in after church. Their $5 (used to be $3) mimosas and regular priced bellinis are the perfect match to the brunch menu. The only downside of eating on their beautiful patio is the wait staff tends to forget about the customers. It took us about 15 minutes just to get water. Other than that, I recommend this establishment located right in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.
We were staying at the Alexandrian overnight after a five hour drive, and wanted a simple breakfast before continuing on. We were both more than satisfied with our meals. She had the buttermilk pancakes, substituting sausage for the bacon. She said they were some of the best pancakes she ever had, and I agreed! She could only finish 2 of the 5 on the plate. Like many others, I opted to try the B.E.L.T. It was off the charts good! Delicious coffee as well. Can't comment on the many reviews complaining about the service, as it was not busy when we went. But I was totally impressed with the meal we had.
Critical But Candid: We used to eat here consitently prior to the change in ownership but this is the second time in as many weeks that the food was not prepared properly. The first time, two weeks ago, our party received steaks ($39 each] that were overcooked [ordered medium and rare - received well]. One person from our party sent their steak back and then received another steak that was also well done [cooked through]. My wife and son each ordered baby back ribs on this visit and they were smoked to the point of being inedible [We own a smoker and I've done this several times when I was learning]. Regardless, the price [meal, drinks, and tip] for 3 of us this time was around $220 which is a lot when the food is not very palatable. On a high note, our waitress, Petra, was very lovely and the bar staff was extremely friendly as usual. Please get the food quality up as we enjoy the location and establishment.
Very unimpressive: Ordered bagel and lox from Brunch menu, but waitress offered toast because out of bagels. There is a bagel-baking chain a couple blocks away! Toast served dry--had to wait to ask for jelly or butter. Ham was also dry, but nothing could be done for that. Finale: Asked for ice for our table-water because it had none and we were eating on the patio where it was warm (80 degrees). Waitress said: "The water is cold already, taste it." And she then walked away. Never brought ice! Later, when she brought the bill, she asked if we wanted anything else. I said just ice, still, for our water. She responded that they were short-handed today, and still never brought ice, even when she picked up the credit card or brought it back. Will not return
Although I had a reservation, the wait time was ridiculous. There was a lady who had the crab boil special that walked out and told everyone at the door to leave. Some of the people left, but I thought that the service would be better if we didn't order the crab boil special. Once I reminded a server of my reservation, someone came out and seated us within 15 minutes. The server was all over the place didn't check on us often, but when it was time to pay he was very attentive and showed up quickly. It was my first and last time at that establishment!
We went for brunch on Sunday morning. The atmosphere was really nice, but the server seemed like he didn't know the menu. When we got the food one of the girls meals were wrong so she decided she didn't want it anymore -- they did get the whole table mimosas because of the incident. The system went down and we waited over 45 minutes to get a check, and once we did get a check they over charged two of us at the table. We might have just came at the wrong time , but needless to say, we wouldn't come again.
Food took forever to come out and they got the order wrong (the restaurant wasn't very crowded). They did take 20% off the bill to try and make up for it. Food was average. It was the second time we dined there. First time was pretty mediocre but we decided to give it another chance in that it's very close to our house, but I think we're done...
This was my third visit and, unfortunately, the least satisfying. While the food was fine the service was below par from start to finish. We ordered cocktails which took a very long time to arrive and though they were listed as house specials the quality of the drinks did not justify the $14 price tag. We both ordered salads which were fine but when the server removed the plates he asked if we wanted dessert even though we had yet to receive our entrees. Once we had finished our entrees - steak and kielbasa - I did order dessert - strawberry pie. After 15 minutes it had yet to arrive so I just asked for the check. No apology from the server. Upon leaving a manager asked how things had gone and when I mentioned the no-show dessert he just shrugged. Is this standard customer service?
We have gone to Jackson 20 a couple of times and thought it would be a good place to meet friends for dinner when we were back in town visiting. The service was extremely poor, there were large periods of time when we did not see our waiter and no one came to the table to refill drinks. I don't know if the restaurant was understaffed, but I would think a Saturday night is a very busy time and staffing would be there. Multiple parties near us were seated, received their food and left all before we received our dinner. One of the people in our party received an entire plate of cold food. We were overall very disappointed in the dinner and will look elsewhere in Old Town when meeting friends.
The food and service at this restaurant has been horrible since undergoing new management and a new menu. Not only is the food overpriced but it's barely edible once you get it. My husband and I dined at Jackson 20 at least twice a month for a year but we will not be dining there ever again!
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