I wouldn't revisit Cedar Restaurant after experiencing the poor service during a mediocre, though affordable brunch. Given Chinatown/Penn Quarter's competitive location, there are too many other options to consider for better experiences. I ordered grits and a side of venison sausage, but the grits and sausage - while fairly enjoyable in presentation and flavors - arrived lukewarm and only after two separate jumbled attempts to introduce standard menu items. Our table was served by four very uncoordinated staff members (the host, two servers, and a buser). The poor service culminated when our server dropped six dishes in an epic clatter. Mistakes happen of course, but clearly the staff bears improvements that a restaurant of Cedar's age would not need. I don't regret having tried Cedar Restaurant, but with so many brunch options nearby, it is hard to justify giving Cedar another shot based on my recent and likely only experience.
Great restaurant-nice food including a bunch of vegan options, and the service truly couldn’t be better. Lauren our server was awesome and the manager, whose name I didn’t get, is just the nicest guy! Highly recommend.
great choice in Penn Quarter - we were surprised by the how bright and airy the dining room is, considering it is lower level.
service was wonderful and informative. food quality is terrific - fresh, well prepare and reasonable portions. and fairly priced.
can't wait to return and try more of the menu
Wonderful!!! Recommend by a friend, without any hype, just said if you like good food try this place. Beyond expectations, food, service, hospitality at a different level of GOOD, I would recommend and come back
The food is absolutely delicious! Our server, Lauren was wonderful! Definitely recommend this restaurant!
Very good and authentic Lebanese cuisine.
From A to Z it was awesome! Service with a smile and food that was out of this world.
We were there for Saturday brunch before the Shakespeare theatre. Attractive menu, good service, brunch of banana French toast for my wife and mushroom omelette for me. It had music playing of French and Latin American songs with some jazz riffs. Convivial and relaxing. We are very pleased to find such a nice play so close to the theatre.
We come to Cedars before plays at the Landsburg Theater. The three-course pre-theater dinner is always wonderful.
We were there on a Monday night and had the place practically to ourselves. What impressed us most was how it suited our special needs. In our party of four we had a person with a vegan diet, gluten-free diet, and two pescatarians/vegetarians. The prix-fixe menu was a good deal. I would recommend leaving the bacon out of the butternut squash soup. That would allow the vegetarians to eat it too.
The food was excellent but the service could use some work. We were a big group, with one baby in a stroller. No one was that eager to help get us and the baby situated (very quiet baby) (carrying stroller down the stairs). Once seated, we did not get menus for quite a while and generally were not really checked on throughout brunch.
Nice menu and food was very, very good....smoked salmon appetizer split at table and a salad for one. Two of us chose the bouillabaisse which was a special and the third member at our table had the bison short ribs. All of the food was delicious, including the bread/olive oil served with the meal. The only shortcoming was that our drinks (2 martinis and a wine) did not arrive until the appetizer was on the table....and our bottle of wine for dinner was also brought then. A timing issue that probably doesn't happen often but we felt rushed with our drinks. We would definitely go again.
Cozy, pleasant discreet location in a busy area. Attention by the staff and waitress was exceptional. The pre-theater menu offered good selections and delicious food.
A quiet night at Cedar was just what the doctor ordered! This friendly basement location is sometimes hopping but this Wednesday night was subdued and we had classic meals (lamb and tenderloin) at the bar prepared exactly to order with sauces and vegetables matched perfectly. Bartender Sean poured a wonderful glass of Cabernet for dinner and whipped up a delicious cappuccino and a well crafted cocktail after dinner. The bread deserves separate mention as the best in town! Serious conversation between us and among others at the bar was stimulating and a welcome change from the yelling required at other venues. A perfect evening! Highly recommended!
Great vegan options, super service.
Very nice restaurant, the staff was very attentive, our food was tasty and creative.
Had a great Valentines Day dinner. Girlfriend is Vegan/Gluten-Free and she was still able to have options (hard to find). Good food and nice people.
Great fast service. Small intimate setting. Low lit. Great date spot. Parking Garage is validated. Great service people.
Very beautiful, cozy place for dates. Very quite and warm. Great seating arrangements and the service was amazing. I would definitely come back again
Cedar is a hidden gem on E-Street. Many walk right by the door that leads to the basement restaurant. It is my favorite spot to eat in DC.
excellent restaurant. Food is amazingly tasty. No TV allows for no distractions. The server was very well acquainted with the menu and The cocktail list.
Staff was exceptional, food was creative and incredibly tasty
I love this restaurant. You have to know where it is to find it and that allows you to have a terrific meal in a quite location. No matter what your food requirements are they can accommodate you.
Very enjoyable— chocolate mouse was too heavy but otherwise meal was excellent.
We went pre theatre for a drink and light fare. Loved the coziness of the bar/restaurant and the ability for quiet conversation. Staff was friendly, responsive and professional. Spinach balls followed by fried oyster sandwiches. Very good mixed drinks and wine choice.
Cedar was fine. We went because its pre-theater menu looked appealing. The service was friendly but a little aloof. The food was tasty and well portioned, but nothing spectacular. The pre-theater meal is a good value, and we will likely go again for the convenience. Our experience overall was fine and standard: solid food and service but nothing to write home about.
we have been to this restaurant several times . It has good food, nice atmosphere,reasonable prices
A peaceful place to enjoy a meal before the hockey game with $5 validated parking close to the arena. The food is delicious, the service attentive but not intrusive. Always a joy to eat here.
We went to Cedar for a birthday dinner and were not disappointed. The Chef had extended restaurant weeks specials so not only did we have a great meal, the price was great as well. My girlfriend and I had the Mahi Mahi special. Super. One of us had the Wild Boar, also very good.
Cedar has a nice variety of comfort foods and wild game. If you go to Cedar plan to spend a relaxed evening in a nice setting with delicious food.
As usual, the food and service was phenomenal! A must for Restaurant Week! Cedar has one of the best menus in DC for Restaurant Week!
Visited Cedar during restaurant week and was very impressed! The food was delicious and the wait staff was funny and helpful. My friends arrived early and got drinks at happy hour at the bar, which were great deals and reasonably priced. The one downside is the portion sizes, but that's a downside of any high end restaurant. For the amount I paid, I would have liked to come out full or satisfied at the very least. Unfortunately, I felt the need to have a second dinner shortly after leaving the restaurant, which is why I set the value to fair. However, the small portions could have just been due to the restaurant week menu.
The entrance isn't great as it's downstairs and not very easy to see from the street, but the staff is friendly and accommodating and the menu offers plenty of vegetarian/vegan options which is tough to find.
Amazing dinner! the food and atmosphere were awesome.
My restaurant week meal of beet salad, stuffed quail,
and creme brûlée was fabulous and beautifully presented on a decorative plate. Our service was superb. Because each table was filled with lively diners the ambiance was noisy.
Thank you for offering a dedicated VEGAN menu!!
Our waitress was also very helpful in helping us decide which of the many options to pick. Her recommendations were perfect.
Pleasant experience for Restaurant Week -- lots of options, nice presentation and good service with quiet atmosphere. Place could use some artwork to brighten it up.
The service and food was great!
Cedar has a great Sunday Brunch with unique menu items all prepared to perfection!
This is a great restaurant. Three times in three days.