Jackson 20 - The Alexandrian

4.1
2599 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
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.*
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Southern, Organic
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Hours of operation

Monday to Thursday
Breakfast: 7:00am-11:00am
Lunch: 11:00am-2:00pm
Bar: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm-11:00pm

Friday
Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Bar: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm-11:30pm

Saturday and Sunday
Brunch: 7:00am-2:00pm
Bar ONLY: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm- 11:30pm
Dinner: 5:00pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 842-2790
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Hudson
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Catering
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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Pitt
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Parking details
Valet Parking Available
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Public transit
King Street Metro
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 2599 People Are Saying
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3.8
service
4.2
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3.8
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

We really like the breakfast/brunch menus. The food, drinks and service are good. As a bonus, it's a nice room - you can hold a conversation without having to yell at one another.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Jackson 20 was overall a good experience. The staff was fairly attentive, the food prepared properly and it was tasty. The menu was diverse but not particularly large. Wine and beer selection was adequate.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Loved the atmosphere at this place! Would definitely recommend and will go back!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The bar at Jackson 20 is outstanding, Katie and Mark are always outstanding in providing excellent drinks, amazing service and conversation. In a town with great bartenders, they are the best!!

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Little overpriced, but the food off of the brunch menu was good (although the oatmeal was a little soupy). Also would be nice if they offered alternatives to bacon or sausage, without charging you additionally, for those that don’t eat pork.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was my second time at this restaurant. For some reason, the ambiance that i felt the first time was missing. The food was strictly average. My honest request is to keep up the reputation this place has had for a long time. I am not one who would like to complain but i want to come back to this place again.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Re-encounter with old friends

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We made a reservation for the restaurant since the website said it was open we arrived to find out it was closed.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Funny waiter. Crispy ny strip..

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I rarely give bad reviews, but I have to say their brunch was disappointing. Hash browns were an unappetizing gray color and had no flavor. Eggs were okay. Staff were somewhat unfriendly. It's a shame because the location and the atmosphere are very nice. Hopefully, they will improve.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Always a pleasure visiting, Jackson 20. This visit was a first date, we only had drinks. But, the bar was nice and we didn’t feel rushed or pressured.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

A much higher review would be appropriate if they would have accommodated a request to substitute tomatoes for hashbrowns or toast... 3 dollars seems excessive for an exchange like this. We still love this place but will look for someplace more flexible to customer requests in our future.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I tried this place out for the first time with a fairly large group of friends (7 in total) and the service was wonderful. They allowed us to set up decorations on the table and were very accommodating. Our waitress, Petra, was very kind and constantly checked in with us, ensuring everything was perfect. The food was definitely good but nothing extraordinary, it was also rather pricey (26$ for brisket) but the experience overall was worth the money. The main dishes come in huge portions which is great, however the cornbread did not, and it was a little too dense for my liking but still very sweet and homey. Our food came fairly quickly and all in one wave, so that it wasn't awkward with one or two people eating and everyone else just sitting. The lighting was somewhat dim but the atmosphere was classy yet casual. I would highly recommend for special occasions, big groups, or if you just need some good southern food.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This is a great spot for a friend's get-together, take mom and dad to brunch, and so many other ideas. I enjoyed the food, service and friendly atmosphere. I left feeling pleased with my decision to reserve time to dine at Jackson 20.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Brunch with colleagues.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The food and service was excellent. We were there to celebrate my daughter college graduation.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had reservations for 9 people on Mother’s Day at 6pm. We ordered soon after we arrived and did not receive our salads until an hour and 15 minutes later. We had several diabetics at the table who needed to eat something more than salads so we asked for bread. Over a half hour later they brought corn bread in one very small skillet. The intention I believe was for the cornbread to feed no more than two people. Our meals came out about two hours after we arrived. At this point, the restaurant was about only half full. I had the New York strip steak (the special) and it was tasteless. My husband ordered the lamb chops, and although they were tasty, they were over cooked. Some of the meals were okay, but not great for the money. We were comped several items, including a bottle of wine, but it didn’t make up for the very long evening. I will not be returning.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I like Jackson 20. They have an eclectic menu and the service is good, but the food took quite some time to come from the kitchen. Also, a little surprised the prices of the house cocktails -- a little expensive.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great brunch to celebrate Mother’s Day.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The service was great for our mother and sister on Mother’s Day. We used to go for brunch when it was a buffet brunch - we preferred that so did my nieces and nephew.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was great. The waffles and berries were very good and so was the eggs Benedict. Would definitely return

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Went to Jackson 20 for a graduation dinner.
We had a party of seven and the hostess was very accommodating.
The wait staff was friendly and professional.
The food was fantastic in presentation, portion size, flavor and value.
We will definitely dine here again next time we are in the area.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Came home for an event over a weekend and was sent here by a friend for dinner/drinks. The place is beautiful, comfortable, and drinks and food were excellent. Our server, Nick, was professional, courteous, and gave us great recommendations. Location is perfect for an after dinner walk down to the water.
Will definitely return to this place when I come home again this summer and will absolutely recommend to others.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Very good. Had breakfast and vet accommodating to our requests.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I found this restaurant on a Thrillist post about best brunches in Alexandria. I am not sure I will be reading Thrillist any longer... The food was decent, although my boyfriend's meal had bell peppers and one of them still had the sticker on it which he didnt realize until it was in his mouth. He had to spit out.

The hash browns with my meal were terrible. Go to Ted's Bulletin for fantastic hash browns.

The service was atrocious. The hostess was overwhlemed, even though not that many people were waiting, and we waited to be seated despite a reservation and empty seats in the restaurant. Once we were seated the waiter took 10 minutes to even come over to greet us or bring water. Our drinks were empty for 20 minutes, no one came to refill them, and when we finally grabbed a waiter walking by and asked, still no one brought any drinks. It was clear that the restaurant did not have an incentive structure to get waiters to help each other. We asked multiple waiters for multiple things, when our waiter didn't check on us, and none of them fulfilled our requests.

We will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Service was great. Celebrated a birthday and everything was perfect.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Our waitress Rochelle was awesome and very accommodating. The food was awesome and so was the service.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We enjoyed our brunch a lot. We were early for our reservation but were seated promptly. The waiter was very friendly and was pleasant when we asked for substations on our meal. We had pancakes, crab cake Benedict and a special omelet. Our plates were wiped clean

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Brunch was very good. Service started out good, but at the end it took forever to get the check.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I enjoyed the place very much. The food was great. The atmosphere was lit and friendly. I had once guest with me who didnt enjoy his meal. That type of restaurant doesnt let you change an item if you taste it and is not pleased. He was really upset about that. That was the only issue we had, otherwise it was nice!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great service! Brisket was amazing!!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I had high hopes for this place but food wasn't great. My eggs were under cooked. I ordered over medium and not only were they closer to over easy but the white wasn't done. I was going to send back but the waiter was nowhere in sight. Hash browns were good, so was the sourdough bread. Ham was so so, but none of it was hot. My friend liked his eggs Benedict. Coffee was very good and strong. I might give it one more shot since it seems to be a reoccurring theme for breakfasts to be served luke warm. Waiter wasn't the best either.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Loved the food, the cucumbe cocktail was fabulous and the variety on the menu was a foodie’s dream. The only thing that was the problem was there were some flickering in the lighting over our table. Overall, food was magnificent. Brisket was a bit dry and that was the only complaint.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food and the service were terrific. Our server was very attentive to our group of 8. I plan on going back very soon!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The service was a little less than I expected given this place has good reviews. It's located in an Ideal spot right up the street from the Old Town waterfront. Try to sit in the courtyard if you can. Food was good but not great, but I'd give it another shot

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Good brunch and reservation capabilities were nice. However, some menu details weren't shared which would have influenced order. 30 min wait for food.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We enjoyed the brunch - a good mix of breakfast, lunch, and southern choices - and would readily go back.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Made a reservation for 9:30 AM on a Saturday for a brunch date. There was no seating available and had to wait 10 min past our reservation time. Then we were told we could sit at a bar top table now or wait another 15-20 min for a regular table. Decided to go with the bar top. My wife and I were seated and promptly ignored for close to 10 minutes. No “I’ll be right with you” or “ let me get your drink order”. After finally getting our drinks it took another 15-20 minutes to get our food ordered. Waitress continually ignored or walked right past us. We never got our waters refilled or asked if we wanted to order more cocktails during our entire time there.

The conflicting part of this restaurant is that the food was very good and the atmosphere and location are all great. But their service was nothing short of a travesty. On one hand I want to go back for their declicious brunch, but then again if I wanted to get ignored or treated like an inconvenience then I can just go to a local fast food restaraunt.

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