Cedar Restaurant

4.5
2561 reviews
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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.
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RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love vegan menu for us and non vegan for friends (although they’ve ordered off non vegan and loved it as well!). I’ve recommended to many friends and they, in turn have loved it and recommended to others!! One of our favorite spots!!

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The space is pretty and I was excited to try the vegan menu at a non-vegan place. I love that they provide many options, but I was very underwhelmed for the price tag. My non-veg partner also felt meh about his selections. The chocolate mousse dessert was divine though!

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EK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful pre-theater celebratory dinner. This was a third visit to Cedar, and each visit has been excellent. The menu is terrific for both vegetarians and vegans as well as the carnivore and everyone found a perfect meal. The baked brie is scrumptious!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so delightful. The food was amazing especially the vegan dinner ones. The service was incredible. I would come here a million times over.

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EA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Glad to catch the lunch hour before they shutdown for remodeling.

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AB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cedar Restaurant has been a favorite of mine for years. Understated and consistent. On my last visit, the restaurant was unfortunately understaffed; every table was seated, however Lauren and Keith were calm, engaging and pleasant. The food and service remained outstanding. Huge kudos to everyone on a challenging evening.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Usually service is very good not last night
I ask for wine with my meal
Tried to flag waiter multiple times. Didn’t get it until I was finished with my pasta

Advised waiter we had theater reservations but had to flag him twice to get check

Never has happened at Cedar but it was my friend1st time
She was not impressed

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j
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

How nice to discover a modestly sized restaurant that's comfortably appointed with well spaced tables and thus good for a conversation even when the room is full. The service could not have been better. The menu provided a good number of unusual choices, stuff you don't see on every other menu. I especially enjoyed the rabbit appetizer, two scallop sized paddies that were superb. The vegan options are very welcome. The tempeh entree was crisp and flavorful. I'm going back.

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CW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pre-theatre dinner was perfect in choices, timing and amount of food.

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The brunch menu was nice. We had a large party with many kids. They brought us exactly one round of drinks. Had they been speedier with their service we would have drank more , ensuring a larger bill/bigger tip. Some menu items were not available. The food was decent. Nothing over the top, but just "nice". No one complained. The service was slow. The restaurant was mostly empty so that was surprising.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Would go back for the food if the service wasn't so bad. The waitress was rude and condescending. The timing of the courses was way off. We didnt get our drinks until we were are on our main course.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork loin was fabulous! My boyfriend was jealous of my order and refused to have more than two bites. Loved the 🎭 menu. Great value! How do you get pancetta to be so crispy delicious?

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SF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire party loved the food--everything was served fresh and hot! I don't usually eat wings, but when someone ordered them for the table, I couldn't resist...best wings I've ever had: spicy, tangy, sweet, yummy. My fish of the day (salmon) was perfect with a slightly spicy sauce that was a lovely complement. If you like French fries, get the Duck Fat French Fries--you won't regret it.

I love vegan options, and this place has an entire section of vegan desserts. While the cheesecake and chocolate cake were both rich and tasty, they were on the smallish side.

The service, quality of the food, and ambiance (and the wings) will definitely bring me back for another visit.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday celebration tonight at Cedar. Food was excellent. Favorite dishes included the lamb chops and the crab stuffed ravioli topped with lobster. The ravioli seemed to be stuffed with a whole crab cake, with no filler! Just delicious. Cocktails were lovely and not overpriced. Service was fantastic. Our server was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Noise level did not require us to shout for 6 of us to hear each other. Overall we all agreed it was a terrific restaurant and we look forward to returning.
A hidden gem!

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KF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our server was wonderful. She was so lovely an energetic. She was happy to give my wife suggestions on the menu and gave honest opinions. She came back to check on us for every part of the meal to make sure we were enjoying. Even for the drinks. Will definitely be coming back!

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JJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful selection of vegan and nonvegan dishes. Had pretheater menu with wine pairing. Was all quite excellent except for small size porings on the wines given the cost of the pairings.

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t
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, special occasion, or a meal before or after a play. It's ideally situated near the Metro the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, Verizon Center, and National Building Museum. The menu is pricey; this is not for budget diners. But if you're trying to impress someone, then this is a good choice.

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Served the wrong entree — then forgot a side on the correct entree — forgot the steak knife — Bad server — coat check people kept coming so seating took awhile.

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love Cedar because my husband is a vegan and I am not and they offer a full menu for both and the both menus are excellent! The service is excellent. The ambiance is very pleasant. The prices are good and it’s close to the theatres so a great pre-theatre dinner which is usually when we go!

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress, ambiance, presentation and dinner were fantastic! My co-workers and I were headed to a play at the Fords Theater and decided to try Cedars for the 1st time for dinner. Best decision ever!!

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FF
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Cedar offered a lot of potential that was not realized. We were in the restaurant for 10 minutes before we were waited on. My wife ordered an ice tea which never arrived at the table. From there it took another 35 minutes for them to deliver a steak sandwich and a burger; but up our lunches arrival at the table, we were not visited by the waiter at all and he seemed to be avoiding eye contact, so we could not wave him over to understand the delay. When the food arrived, my salad was saturated in vinegarette, an item I specifically noted as an allergy item while ordering. The food was ok, but the steak was a bit fatty and gristly. As we were paying our check, the couple next to us stated that their order was incomplete as well; a side was not delivered. All in all, a very dissatisfying dining experience. We recommend going pretty much anywhere else.

Late update: the waiter padded his tip and added $10 above what I provided. Watch these guys; may be an honest mistake, but I doubt it!

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OT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice to find a restaurant that appeals to meat eaters as well as vegans! Very aware of dietary sensitivities and the food was delicious to boot!

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had dinner here prior to seeing a show at a nearby theatre. While the waitress was attentive and friendly, she was also clearly a bit harried and didn't really have the time to give any personal attention. My girlfriend ordered the mussels and salad as her meal, and I ordered the scallops as an appetizer with the rack of lamb for my meal. The first mistake occurred when the runner brought out her mussels as an appetizer even before my scallops. We sent the mussels back but there clearly had been a miscommunication with the kitchen. The scallops were delivered next and were pretty good- the highlight for my part of the meal. The rack of lamb was lack-luster, and for some reason (maybe the knife?) was really hard to cut. It had a bit more fat/sinew than I would have liked and the pistachio crust didn't really add anything to it. The veggies with the lamb were good though uninspired, and the potatoes were a bit over-whipped. Finally, we ordered the chocolate mousse square for dessert, but it wasn't a mousse at all. It was sort of a dense cake or something, and not very good all around. They should rename this to something else, our expectation was for a mousse, not whatever it was they served - even the waitress agreed it was not as advertised (wish she would have said so when we ordered). Ironically, I originally chose this restaurant because of the vegetarian options as we eat meat only rarely, but that whole part of the menu was uninspiring. It was an interesting experience, but I would not go back- there are too many solid dining options these days to waste on a so-so meal.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Tremendous value for a WIDE Vegan oriented ( not not exclusive) menu of very tasty options. Lovely wait staff. Very nice low key vibe. Prices are as realistic as they are rare in the Pen Quarter area for a comfortable, non-rushed atmosphere. Would highly recommend without hesitation.

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T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.
Their happy hour prices are great and their dinner vegan entrees are delicious.

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SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday dinner. It was the best decision. Besides delicious food, both for meat eaters and vegetarians, the waitress was friendly, engaging, and helpful. She suggested some delicious options and then brought a surprise gift with our dessert. I've already told multiple people to go after our experience and will continue to do so.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food, nice staff. Went for my sisters birthday and they wrote Happy Birthday on dessert plate in coco powder and were extremely nice and accommodating.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Went here last night to celebrate an early birthday. Drinks were fine but our server wasn’t great. Our friend arrived late, but waited over 15 minutes for our server to come over (it wasn’t crowded) to ask if she would like a drink. When the server did so, so told my friend that we had been waiting “so long” for her, which upset my friend because she waited 15 minutes without any service. The food was ok, the Vegan dishes were not great. In the price fix option, they had a vegan app but no vegan 2nd or 3rd course, which made no sense. When I asked if there was a vegan price fix, the waitress seems annoyed by the request to only come back a few minutes later with a vegan price fix that she could have easily brought out early. The vegan dishes were not what I expected, but you also shouldn’t have to beg to see options for a dietary restriction. The waitress honestly ruined the experience as we had a few other “off” moments, so we won’t be dining here again. Dinner took close to 3 hours, and other diners got their dishes way before we did and we ordered first. It’s clear once she realized we didn’t appreciate the service she wasn’t going to try anymore.

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R
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish service was great. Our server was a delightful woman with a million dollar smile. We had stuffed pheasant breast, seered tenderloin and duck fat fries. All were amazing.
Our only criticism is that the bar got a little loud. The atmosphere of the restaurant side is quiet, but a bar is a bar and the two share the same room. Maybe a 3/4 wall would help without closing anyone in. We will definitely go here every time in DC.

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food. 50 characters in length.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and had so many options for both vegans and non-vegans. Amazing food!

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LL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food from bread to dessert. One of the few restaurants in DC where you can talk without shouting and can hear what your companions say.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambience, and service were amazing. I came for a Saturday night date during restaurant week. The vegan offerings were delicious. Especially the pasta. I loved the food so much I came for brunch the next day. If you are vegan and looking for a delicious meal this is the spot for you

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BK
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming "underground level" restaurant that serves up excellent vegan, vegetarian, and meat/fish recipes. Can't wait for their new expansion at ground level and outdoor seating in the summer. They have specials for theater goers and Washington DC Restaurant week. Compliments to the chefs and bartender. Near theaters, museums, DC arena, MetroRail/Bus/public transportation.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy eating here, because there are very few restaurants downtown that you can actually carry on a conversation without yelling at one another.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food overall was wonderful but was a bit disappointed with the service.

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BD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good although not exceptional. Atmosphere was a little odd (sort of upscale basement) and the service was friendly but slow and a little confused.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

forgot our togo order and likely threw it away

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h
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cedar so brought our out-of-town relatives. They raved about each course during restaurant week and as owners of a small winery were very impressed with the wine flight paired with each course selected. They have continued all weekend to comment on how delicious the food and wine were and the server who waited on us so attentively. Cedar also has a deal with a local parking garage to validate for $5 parking--a real bargain on hockey game nights.

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t
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cedar is one of our favorite restaurants. The food and service are consistently excellent and the menu offers something for everyone (vegan and vegetarian included). Cedar is often overlooked because of it's located downstairs and isn't visible from the street. Yet, it's one of the best restaurants in DC!

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