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About Cedar Restaurant

​​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.

822 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
On E Street Between 8th & 9th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 637-0012

Website:
http://www.cedardc.com/

Parking Details:
$7 Self-parking 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.

Public Transit:
Gallery Place-Chinatown (YL,GR,RD), Archives-Navy Mem-Penn Quarter (YL,GR), Metro Center (BL,OR,RD)

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.

Private Party Contact:
Info@cedardc.com: (202) 637-0012

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

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

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Cedar Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (33)
Good for a Date (29)
Quiet Conversation (27)
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Romantic (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Healthy (10)
Organic (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
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Comfort Food (7)
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Sunday Lunch (5)
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Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Seasonal (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great vegan options!!

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·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and service in a restaurant with ambience. I am vegan and was very pleased with both the creatively made and delicious entree and desert

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We enjoyed the wild boar chops and beet salad. Flavors were great-the sauce on the wild boar was deliciously sweet & spicy. Wine was very good - we received tastes so we ended up with something we would definitely like. Service was friendly and attentive. Nice find.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Small restaurant in basement on E street between 8th and 9th. Quiet with good food for brunch. Fried oysters are fresh and tasty with very light breading. These are featured in both fried oyster sandwich and Hangtown Fry (fried oysters with scrambled eggs and bacon). Portions were adequate -- not large but not tiny; chicken and waffle came as three small waffles with a piece of fried chicken on each. Also tried the wild game sausages (pheasant, boar & elk), which came with a mustard sampler and bread. Sausages had good taste and texture. The butternut squash soup was a bit thinner and less creamy than expected, but it still had good flavor. The only down note was dessert. The recommended creme brûlée was out by the time we ordered, and the chocolate layer cake was dry and stale. To their credit, the cake price was removed from bill when we sent it back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Vegan
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very good food. Service was alright. Hard to communicate.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

I went with two friends from NYC, hoping to catch up with them at a restaurant that had really good food and was not too loud. We went on the evening after New Years Eve, and all agreed that Cedar filled the bill. I had eaten there before and found the food to be really good. I did have some concern about the noise level possibly being higher than I would prefer -- especially if there were lots of people in the bar -- because being able to comfortably have a conversation is important to me. The evening could not have turned out better. Because the food was so interesting and exceptional, we all sampled each others' dishes and shared a dessert. The staff, including our server, Lauren, performed superbly. And we were able to enjoy our conversation, something that can be too rare in DC restaurants. I look forward to returning to Cedar soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Pre theatre menu

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I am a repeat customer. The staff is friendly and eager to be helpful. The food is dependably good. It is a quiet restaurant which allows for good conversation.

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Lovely restaurant that is below street level. Reminds me of an old speak easy. Food was excellent and well presented. The three course pre-Theatre menu was filling. Delicious and fairly healthy. Handmade cocktails are available. The wine list is limited but the wines available are quite good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great three course pre-show dinner. Lot's of choices both Vegan and traditional. Would visit again if I lived in the DC area (came in for Christmas with the family)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Vegan
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

This restaurant is wonderful! My wife and I went before a show at the national theater. We arrived late (and stressed) from weather-related traffic and Cedar was just what we needed. They couldn’t have been better to us! The service was easygoing and friendly, drinks were fantastic (and much appreciated), and the food was phenomenal. We left in great spirits and in perfect time for the show. I can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Cozy, Healthy, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food is delicious and beautifully presented. I was in a group of 5 going to Ford's Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. performance. I mentioned this at the time I made the reservation and when ordering. The service was smooth and attentive until the main course was over. Then there was an unexplained delay before dessert was served (we picked dessert when we ordered). Despite two queries, dessert only arrived in time to gobble it down, pay the bill, get coats and dash two and half (long) blocks to the theater. Don't know what happened with dessert. Otherwise, our group enjoyed this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Space is quiet and service excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The entire staff was amazing, the food was fantastic and they made my mother’s birthday one to remember. Kudos to the staff and chef, will definitely return!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The decor is nothing special, but the food was good. It took a while to get a waiter involved with our table, but when we told them we needed to finish in time for the theatre, they made it happen. A good option in the Gallery Place area.

Tags: Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Theater Pixe 3-course meal selection was delicious!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I will definitely be back! We came here before seeing A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre. They have a pre-theater dinner option, which is 3 courses for $35. An amazing value with delicious food. I got soup, steak, and cheesecake all perfectly portioned, and all fantastic. It was very quiet when we arrived at 5:30, but got busier around 6-6:30. The staff was wonderful - attentive and helpful. I would absolutely recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Delicious! I ordered off the vegan menu, my companion had the rack of lamb. We were both entranced by our meals. We plan to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Vegan
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Everything was excellent except the loud mouth drunk at the next table. Food was particularly great.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food is always top notch as well as the atmosphere and service. I had the rack of lamb as part of the pre-theatre menu and it was prepared perfectly. I was happy to learn that Cedar will be re-opening for lunch. They are expanding upstairs, but still keeping the lower level dining area which has a wonderful atmosphere. Excellent job Mikias and the enter Cedar team for making this a special dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Hidden gem.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic drinks, food, and service that can't be beat!

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Vegan, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was excellent and the staff were friendly and attentive! Highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Had a great time as always, sharing a true DC meal with my visiting parents :)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We enjoyed the pre=theater 3-course menu - a good value at $35 per person. Cedar Restaurant is below ground level, so be aware that you will be walking down a set of stairs from the street entrance. That said, they've done a nice job with the decor, so you don't feel like you're dining in a converted basement. The food was excellent but our only criticism is that service was slower than it should have been for the pre-theater crowd, particularly the time it took for the first course to arrive. We had to ask for the check with dessert and rushed to our show, barely making it for curtain time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent servucecand good. Original take on standards. Very flavorful. Brunch items good selection.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

our family includes a vegetarian AND some serious meat eaters. The vegetarian was well-fed by a full vegan menu and the serious meat eaters were happy with the beef tenderloin. Other good choices were the crab cake side - a a great first course 2 crab cakes ready for sharing the lobster in butter also a close to main amount first course. And delicious as well. Also recommend the wild mushroom casserole. All in all a high quality meal. We will definitely return - at Christmas when our our family will be back in town.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food at Cedar is always excellent, and that was the case on Thanksgiving. The service at Cedar is sometimes spotty, and that was the case on Thanksgiving. Pairings weren't always served together, and I was told gluten-free bread was available, an order had been put in for it, and then it never arrived. Small frustrations, but frustrations none the less.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner special menu. I had the seafood option and it was fantastic. My wife had the turkey and said it was very good as well. Nice ambiance and service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was very good and the whole staff made you feel like they wanted you there

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The frittata was very different than expected. The Burger and Steak was absolutely great. The waitress acted like she was having a bad day. She was unfriendly. It seemed she was having the worse day of her life. She didn't check on us. Didn't provide a status of our order. Did not say goodbye. The other two waiters were assisting her and they were very nice and considerate. They provided the status of order and brought it out.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Enjoyed a pre theatre dinner. The menu was creative and our small group was very pleased with their dinner, from salad to dessert. The staff were helpful and attentive.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food and the service was amazing. I will definitely be coming back to Cedar again to try the other options on the menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went here for my boyfriends 21st birthday. It was absolutely amazing. All the way around! Service, food, and cuisine was amazing. I would go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great pre-fixe pre-theater offering. If you are a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Bard Card, you can get select discounts on parking , wine, or specialty drinks too. Fantastic server (Lauren); outstanding chefs; interesting drinks from Sean the bartender. Nice vegetarian options. All around perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Vegan, Bar Seating, Cozy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We visited Cedar with friends before attending a show at the Warner Theater. My husband and I are vegan and they had a designated part of the menu for vegan dishes. The food was great! The vegan ceasar salad was so good. Our Omni friends loved it too.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It had been close to two years since my friend and I last dined at Cedar. The menu is limited, but very interesting. My friend had an appetizer neither of us seen before: a petite lobster tail. It was served with parsnip puree & sautéed kale in a cider reduction. For her entrée, my friend had pan-seared rockfish served over orzo in a light lemon sauce with grilled baby root veggies. For my appetizer, I had brie baked in fuille de brick and served with fig jam, roasted pecans and toasted brioche crostini. I then had beef tenderloin with baby root veggies and roasted purple potatoes & onion in an awaze sauce. We finished with espresso crème brûlée served on an almond cake. It was all delicious! One thing we thoroughly enjoy about places like Cedar is the servers know how to be attentive without hovering so allowing us to savor the evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner date for 2 vegans (honey's okay). We both have decent appetites and left the restaurant a bit hungry. we had the grilled tofu, the chicken fettuccini and for dessert the almond pecan blueberry tarte with vegan vanilla ice cream. The tofu was a bit too vinegary for our taste and the portions of everything were just not filling. Would not order the tofu again but the fetuccini was decent. For the prices charged, there wasn't enough food on the plates. That said, the birthday dessert (they substituted a non-alcoholic drink in place of the regular champagne/wine)and singing were nice and the ambiance was as well. This is a place to try once and I wanted to try the other vegan dishes but probably won't based on this experience. Our server was good, the bread was vegan, and several managers dropped by to check in on us during the meal.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Everything was great. Gracious hostess. Lauren recommended the daily soup--butternut squash and the fish of the day--rockfish. The soup was excellent, the fish was light and moist and the accompanying vegetables were terrific. Cozy relaxed atmosphere makes you feel like you could be anywhere in the world.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Another great dining experience. We ordered from the vegan menu and everything was phenomenal (cauliflower/broccoli soup, Caesar salad, ravioli, and linguine). The manager/owner came to our table to greet us and make sure we enjoyed our meal. A hidden gem in DC and one of my favorites.

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