Cedar Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Good Vegetarian Options
​​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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T
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, drinks, and food.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service. Really good vegan and vegetarian options.

N
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great choice for mixed group of vegan and non vegan diners

RS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and helpful. The food was quite good. This is a perfect place to enjoy the calm before the storm of the Caps Hockey Game.

JM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Small intimate restaurant. Food was served quickly and was delicious! Great value - low cost for what seemed like a fancier restaurant with yummy food!!

LQ
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The duck fries are to die for!

n
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance were great. We hope to get back and try more items on the menu.

OM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic: appetizers, main course and dessert of the best quality. Great service, and the jazz music that was playing was the perfect complement. Will definitely return!

JE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our first visit to Cedar. The host and the waiter, Keith, were personable and cordial. I loved my drink, “Snowflake,” quite appropriate for the New Year’s Eve celebration. The asparagus soup was very tasty; the little lump of crabmeat topped off the flavor with perfection. I had the Branzino which blew me away; first time having this fish which was beautifully done with perfectly lumpy mashed potatoes. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his vegan meal.
The only issues I had was our food was brought out later than was acceptable, especially when I noticed two couples seated after us served their food more promptly. Also, due to a mix up on the menu for vegan and regular desserts, I ordered a dessert I would not have ordered if they were listed correctly. I thought I was getting double layer chocolate cake but received a single layer chocolate mouse cake. I would have preferred another choice. Other than those glitches, the experience was lovely and we plan to return.

JW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

All of our food was overcooked. They also did not advertise that they were going to have a pre fixed menu for NYE . The prime rib was way overdone as was my husband's quail. The scallops were chewy and overdone as well. If seems as if cooking the food in bulk for a pre-set menu was their downfall. I had higher expectations going in and was thoroughly disappointed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was amazing,perfect for a birthday dinner however the waitress was not very friendly,maybe she had an off day.but great restaurant!

1
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is the best kept secret in Washington, DC!

AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Food was very good but service was mediocre at best. The server forgot our drink order (there were two of us) and had to come back. Then he moved us to another table, because a large party was coming in and he needed our table. We rolled with all of that, but then we weren't given bread plates and he took the wine list away before we'd even gotten our appetizers. Finally, he disappeared (never to be seen again) and we had to take our check to the front desk to pay. Very odd.

Food, however, was good - especially appetizers and dessert. My crab cakes were excellent, as was my husband's onion and tomato soup. I liked the vegan options, although the smoked tempeh and spinach risotto was salty and "okay." Flounder entree was very good. Chocolate mouse square for dessert was excellent! Not sure if I would go back, so hard to recommend.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We really loved going to this place! We were excited to go for our pre-Christmas dinner, and overall had a good time. The food however, was not up to what we would expect from this place. The servers were wonderful but seemed, unfortunately, understaffed. Sadly, we are not sure if we would return. The spring rolls were over fried, the Cesar salad wasn’t the same as usual and my spouse’s rack of lamb was u underwhelming. We really did love coming here, since I am vegan. Time to find a new place :/

CC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cedar is a great restaurant to go to when you are in DC downtown especially if you are going to the Ford Theater. The food and the service were very good. I ordered the prix fixe squash soup, salmon, and chocolate mousse for desert. The restaurant is downstairs and a little chilly. However, I would recommend going there and plan to try it again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I was very disappointed in my experience tonight. I've been to Cedar several times before and while service can sometimes be a bit leisurely, tonight it was completely unacceptable. We had 7:30 theater tickets so when we arrived shortly before 6, we told the waiter that when we ordered. Our main courses didn't arrive until 7, despite our trying to get anyone's attention (we seemed to have two part time waiters, one the front desk manager and the other the bartender). One of the orders was not what was ordered and when we pointed that out, we were asked whether it tasted okay! Of course by then it was too late to change it and still make the curtain. No one seemed to be in charge.

m
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was a unique experience that left me wanting to come back and try more of the delicious food. I will come back again!

DP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The steak and lamb were excellent. The cocktails and selected wine were also excellent. Really enjoyed the ambiance. We would give it five stars but for the overdone and lackluster vegetables accompanying the dishes. Surprising given everything else was so good. Should be an easy fix.

OT
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for brunch and they have a great menu, lots of vegan options. And delicious drinks. They're working on opening an upstairs space for a bar so I'll definitely be back.

g
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pre fixe dinner prior to attending a concert at the Capital One Arena. Service was spot on. Our server Lauren was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and specials. Food was prepared perfectly. Had another great Cedar dining experience!!

B
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A vegan friend and I chose this restaurant for dinner because they have a menu of vegan foods. I am not a vegan but the selection offered was too tempting not to select a few of the vegan dishes myself. Spanish onion soup was mildly spicy and very good as was the vegan Caesar salad. My friend had the raviolis while I tried the meatloaf. The server cautioned that the meatloaf did not have the actual texture of meatloaf (which I have found you can get using the newer Impossible Burger) but the main was very good, if somewhat dominated by the marinara sauce. There is a good offering of wines but overall it was a very satisfying meal and I could recommend it as a solid choice for dinner.

LG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have eaten here twice and the food was very good both times. We took advantage of the pre-theatre fixed price menu, and it was very reasonable. The restaurant was relatively quiet so it was easy to converse.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a really nice meal at Cedar this evening. My husband thought his lamb chops where incredible and I enjoyed my beat salad and chicken supreme. The dinning room is small but not too crowded. I appreciated that the noise level was moderate to low...it's a rare dining experience these days to be able to enjoy a quiet conversation in a restaurant!

p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant especially for a nice night out. Servers are always so attentive and welcoming. Food is outstanding. Not sure I want everyone to know because it's a small intimate place and if the word gets out it will be swamped.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at Cedar! The hubby and I came here before going to the theatre for dinner. Keith, our server was attentive and was knowledgeable about the menu. We were the only diners on a Friday night at 5pm, which seemed unusual for a DC restaurant. Our meals were very good! I had the flat iron steak and the hubby had the vegan meatloaf. He is a meat eater and he said the vegan meatloaf was delicious! We will likely be back!

LC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Chef's menu. Excellent diverse options and tasty. Something for everyone - meat / fish / vegan. The deserts were exquisite!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The restaurant is pretty and in a good location. However there were 5 of us at the table and no one had a really good meal. The food was all pretty blah. I was surprised and disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional brunch experience !

DF
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food including the vegan dishes which all too often are bland at other restaurants. Keith, our server, was knowledgeable about the food and menu. He made spot on recommendations. Attentive but not intrusive. Very nice meal before the play. We will be back!

LI
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great experience at Cedar. Tonight was a little busier and considerably noisier — but not badly so— than on our previous visit. This time there was what appeared to be an office group having a happy hour gathering in the bar area, the source of the chatter. The food and service were again very good. I liked my sweet potato-rutabaga gratin so much last time that I enjoyed it again. We will be back!

BG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent meal to celebrate a family member’s birthday. Lauren, our server was perfect - providing fabulous service and answering all of our questions. Great food, unique cocktails, yummy desserts. We will dine there again soon!

B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good cocktail. Great pre theater location. If you don't want to or can't share dishes/small plates, the location cannot be beat. Dietary limitations prevent a meaningful food review by this writer.

LI
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We chose Cedar after our normal pre-theatre restaurant closed. We were very surprised that the restaurant wasn't packed because it was excellent all the way around. the food was outstanding and the service very good. We loved that we could talk without raised voices and enjoyed the overall ambiance quite a lot. We will be back!

CH
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a lovely brunch while eating alone. Everyone was so nice and attentive, and the crab cake benedict was delicious.

AS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very elegant under the radar place, perfect for a valued conversation and sense of privacy accompanied by delicious food.

CM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sean makes a great cocktail and the service is always good. Food was excellent. They took away the table clothes. Bad move in my opinion.

L
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A beautiful, quiet, and relaxing atmosphere. Food was absolutely delicious.

P
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Despite an unpromising start -- down a very long flight of stairs, to a completely empty dining room, where we were seated in lonely splendor at the opposite end from a small, lively bar, with only the bartender to wait on us -- we had a LOVELY meal. The food we ate was excellent! The pre-theater prix fixe included a fine salad, a delicious bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin (among three choices) and a nifty coffee crème brulée. The à la carte appetizer menu included a delicious brie en croute and a fine smoked salmon on a bed of fresh, crisp greens. Half the menu is vegan, so there is something for everyone. The service, while a little sketchy owing to a staff absence, was very friendly. The restaurant will be opening a street-level room in the near future. That will make our planned return trip even easier.

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our special date night spot. Love the vegan menu! The caeser salad and vegan meatloaf are incredible. Great service, great atmosphere. We love Cedar.

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Okay food and outdated ambiance. Not worth it at this price point.

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