Cedar Restaurant

4.4
2472 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
​​Located in the heart of Penn Quarter ​
Cedar serves up a contemporary take on country fare.
Our dishes are prepared with local and seasonal ingredients reminding us of the bounty from the great outdoors with a polished urban style.

Cedar's menu has expanded to accommodate our Vegan and none-Vegan friends and family. Our menu features: WILD GAME meats and sausages, Beef Tenderloin or strips from Creek Stone Farms. Fish, and forest forage-berries, Mushrooms, herbs, greens to accommodate our vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free diners.

Cedar Restaurant is ​Located in the heart of Penn Quarter
​in downtown DC within walking distance of many attractions.
We are surrounded by many great theaters including Shakespeare Theaters, National Theater, Woolly Mammoth , Ford's Theater and also E street Cinema.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Steak
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 637-0012
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Cedar's team of professional planners, servers, mixologists & culinary team create custom menus, experiences, & events at any budget & request. Our custom packages and group options will put your mind at ease and dazzle your guests. Cedar will always go above and beyond to ensure a flawless and unforgettable event.
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Private party contact
Info@cedardc.com: (202) 637-0012
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On E Street Between 8th & 9th
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Parking details
Self-parking $5 Mon-Fri after 5pm. Only for PMI parking garage on D St (between 8 & 9 Sts) 875 D Street NW. Metered street parking also available.
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Public transit
Gallery Place-Chinatown (YL,GR,RD), Archives-Navy Mem-Penn Quarter (YL,GR), Metro Center (BL,OR,RD)
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Special events & promotions
Prix Fixe 3-course dinner for $35 available Mon-Sat 5:30 to 7 pm.

Don't forget to check out facebook.com/cedardc or twitter.com/cedardc for seasonal menu additions, cocktail specials and other updates!

Keep us in mind for custom events, special menus and personalized experiences. info@cedardc.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2472 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding brunch. Strongly recommend the kale salad with steak. The steak was perfectly cooked, much better than most any other restaurant we ever visit. Also loved the elk sausage frittata and the banana bread. Friendly service. Not noisy, so we could have a pleasant conversation.

We'll be coming back for dinner, soon.

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AI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is by far the best I have ever had. They have 2 separate menus, one totally vegan and the other not. Very delicious food !! Staff is super professional and friendly.

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MN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food

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k
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a restaurant with vegan options and found Cedar! We were so happy to see that half of the menu is vegan ~ there were delicious salads, we had the caesar, entrees and desserts. For our entrees, we had the tofu with vegetables (good but the tofu could have been pressed more), the spinach risotto with tempeh (delicious!) and the meatloaf. For dessert, we shared two tarts that were really tasty. We look forward to trying their vegan brunch menu sometime in the future. Thanks for a great evening for us!

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DC
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful pre-theater dinner at Cedar on Saturday evening. The personable staff was familiar with the menu, and helpful in directing us to some delicious choices. I enjoyed the quinoa veg soup, and flounder entrée. My husband noted his beef was perfectly prepared. Worth mentioning is the graceful way a cocktail order mix up was handled. My husband chose a glass of wine instead, but at the end of the meal , the host came over with a specially prepared cocktail and apology for us. We appreciated the gesture and the professionalism with which it was managed. We'll be back to try more of this interested and delicious menu!

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CF
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal with good food and fantastic service. The location to the portrait gallery made it an exceptional choice for us.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent and service was good. It is a small place so it was hard to talk due to the noise level when we first arrived. Later, it was better. I think there were lots of noise coming from the bar, earlier on. I will return because food was great and not so expensive.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pre theater 35 dollar 3 course meal

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time there and had an amazing dinner experience with the manager and Lauren our server. We will definitely be back for the vegan food and service!!

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F
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable meal and excellent service. The entrance on street level leads to a flight of stairs down to the basement. We will definitely return to this restaurant. The menu was varied and different enough to have basics and a more adventurous offering - wild boar chops - which were excellent.

The drinks were very well mixed and the bar staff knew what they were doing. The Service was excellent.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal prep theatre. Have an amazing pre theatre 3 course menu for $35! Such a great idea!!!

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SL
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Sorry, it didn't go well. We love to dine DC, first time experimenting at Cedar, fell prey to Zagats. Left as soon as we finished a ho hum dinner. No plans to return.

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R
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food, central location.

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H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice quite atmosphere, good service, and creative updates of traditional dishes. Good location in Penn Quarter and good for pre-theatre.

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S
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Everything was delicious. I had the beet salad and my husband had the Caesar. The Wild Boar chops were amazing, cooked perfectly and tasty. Best of all, after we left, the restaurant found our friend's credit card and called to let us know right away.

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RK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant food, service, and perfect location for pre-theater meal at Ford's Theater. A little pricey but worth it. An excellent selection of moderately priced wine by the glass!

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CG
South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The soup was delicious. The banana french toast was not very good. It was banana bread with a little crunch. Very dense and to add syrup made it way too sweet. The potatoes were great as was the french pressed coffee.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I think the food was average, the portion was so small and the price was high

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, particularly the cauliflower/kale soup and the halibut. The service was excellent.

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MH
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Proximity of main dining to the bar was VEry close making an otherwise pleasant scene loud and boisterous to the point I almost asked people at the bar to be quiet. Food was alright.

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w
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A surprising menu featuring both vegan and a few wild game dishes (such as elk or duck sausage, and pulled pheasant sandwich.) The duck sausage was delicious. Good French press coffee and an interesting selection of champagne-based drinks - perfect for brunch.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service! Went as a bachelorette party and the entire staff was lovey and accommodating, plus the food and drinks were excellent!

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D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Restaurant went above and beyond to acknowledge a birthday celebration!

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

Everything about Cedar was great. The vegan steak and cheese was divine. It is nice to have multiple options for vegans and non vegans.

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MV
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Kacey. Great place for a quiet lunch. Wonderful menu with great variety.

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Z
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a quick business lunch- food and service were very good. We were the only ones in the restaurant though which was a little strange...

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RC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegan as well as non vegan. Great team Will be back

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

The restaurant was wonderful! So many absolutely delicious vegetarians and vegan options, I was blown away. Also, there was some miscommunication while ordering (there were two tagliatelle dishes), but once we told them we meant the other they immediately made the other dish for us, gave us the lower price of the first dish and then also gave us a free drink. To top it all off, we were celebrating our anniversary and they gave all four of us free champagne! The service was phenomenal and the meals were incredible!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hidden fees. I was charged extra on steak in brunch. I didn’t catch it until I already paid. Mediocre food as well.

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KG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice little restaurant tucked away on E Street next to the FBI buildikng Cozy downstairs dining and good sized bar. The service was perfect -- the chef made us rack of lamb for lunch even though it wasn't on the restaurant week menu! And it was delicious. I definitely recommend this place.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing night. Great food. Very thoughtful and knowledgeable staff. Elegantly styled decor. Quiet space. Perfect evening.

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EM
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Nothing to write home about.

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HR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was INCREDIBLE. The food was fantastic (and unique!), the drinks were good, and the service was amazing. I spilled on my dress and the host got me a Tide pen, that’s how good the service is. I’m amazed. I came here for restaurant week and I’m definitely coming back. Thank you.

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Cedar was generally ok. Nothing was particularly good or particularly bad when we went for lunch.

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s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The smoked salmon eggs Benedict is to die for! Great service!

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WA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to Cedar for family milestones. Our experience have always been exceptional.

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

Our experience at Cedar was superb! This was our 1st trip back for quite sometime and were received with open arms (and our favorite bottle of wine) by the owner and his entire staff. We had the 3-course Restaurant Week lunch offering - absolutely delicious!

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IM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and an awesome staff.

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AS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for Restaurant Week. The food was delicious, and the wine accompaniment was fantastic as well. Our waitress Lauren was so pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. Will definitely be back!

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GA
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience, food was good, service was excellent!! Will definitely go back..

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