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Cedar Restaurant

4.5
2347 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
​​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
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
$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.
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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

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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 2347 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We went to Cedar because it was within walking distance to the Capital One Arena. The service was a bit slow and it took quite a while for someone to take our drink order and bring us the delicious complimentary bread. My entree, the Sweet Potato and Rutabaga Gratin, tasted burned but the quinoa was delicious. On the plus side, the lamb was the best I've ever tasted.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We really enjoyed the food here very delicious and generous portions. Service was great and very friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a group of 8 for brunch after the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler race and were running quite late for our reservation. I called to let them know, and the host was very gracious and made sure to put us at ease as we made our way over! Once we arrived, service was quick (though a little scattered at first with our large group), the food was delicious and didn't take long to arrive, and overall we had a great brunch experience.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food ,friendly staff and good location in this hidden gem in downtown DC

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Restaurant is close to the Shakespeare theater, so we made a dinner reservation for Cedar at 6:15 p.m. Glad we did because the place was packed, but we got in immediately!

Cedar's website says to allow 60 minutes for their pre-theater/pre-fixe 3-course meal, however, we were hard-pressed to finish in that amount of time. The food was delicious; I ordered the beet salad appetizer; pork tenderloin, and crème brulee for dessert.

Wait service was attentive and friendly, but the timing of the courses was erratic. Drinks and appetizer were served promptly, but main course took a very long time. Ended up having to rush through dessert and ask for the check to make it to the theater by our 7:30 p.m. curtain time.

Enjoyed the atmosphere and ambiance of this restaurant. I would come back, but would allow at least 90 minutes for the pre-theater meal, especially on a Friday night.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was excellent; fresh tasting and in creative combinations. The beet salad was beautiful in presentation. The haddock was cooked to perfection, moist and well seasoned. The espresso creme brulee was delightful.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We went before the theatre and were very pleased and will go again.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Honestly I was disappointed. We had reservations, and I was pleasantly surprised to be sat at a bar table while our dinner table was readied. Unfortunately it all went downhill from there... It took 20 minutes to receive water, another 20 for a drink, and by the time we received the complimentary bread our total time was at almost an hour. We didn't leave because a friend recommended the food, and I was looking forward to their unique dishes. The risotto balls are delicious, but everything else we had was over-salted, overcooked, or just mediocre. When serving elk, pheasant, and boar, I expect care to go into knowing how the ingredients may best be presented. Perhaps the kitchen and serving staff were all having an off night, I get that it happens. It is just so disappointing to know that I would have ordered a bottle of wine if allowed, as well as several small dishes, and wasn't even given the opportunity to order more than two small (but admittedly tasty) cocktails. The cherry on top was how dramatically our sever's attitude shifted once we declined the dessert menu. From friendly to brusque in a moment.

The happy hour looked lively and in retrospect I wish we had just sat at the bar. I will certainly not be returning for dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

This was a convenient location, and had vegan options which was important to my guest. Food is good and there are many healthy choices. It is quiet and reasonably priced. Service was attentive.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It’s ok. Not really a place to go if you want dazzle visiting guests. I read they offered vegan dishes, which they do. But cross contamination can become an issue for those with extreme dietary restrictions. The food took quite a while to be brought out even though they weren’t busy. The server although kind spirited, didn’t seem to well versed in the menu. Even as she joyfully encouraged items that were not very satisfying.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love the menu, it was very diverse. Friendly staff, great food.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Nice place for dinner. Pretty loud when we were there, with lots of folks at the bar. Food is very good, and the service is attentive (and they are very helpful with diners with food allergies or special requests). However, one area of improvement would be with the sides that accompany the main dishes--they are not very imaginative, almost afterthoughts. They need to work on the quality of the whole entree, not just the feature item.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The bartender is far more inspired than the chef. The food was decent, but not for the price point.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Super fantastic evening before the show at the Ford theatre

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I think the restaurant is good. Limited seating not a lot of tables during construction. It could be more lit up but it is a basement location...
The food is good, the service was good. I guess due to the limited seating also allows for less waiters or waitress.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We really enjoyed this place. They have a vegan menu that was wonderful!! We have the soup of the day and the Beet salad the tempeh dish, the grilled tofu and two desserts. Everything was so delicious and beautifully prepared.
Can’t wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nice little restaurant with vegan options also. Would return for sure.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My Mom is in wheelchair and they greeted her and brought her down the elevator. The service was magnificent. The food was outstanding. I cannot say enough about Cedar Restaurant. Cannot wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent service and food. Decor a little drab.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The food is absolutely delicious! Our server, Lauren was wonderful! Definitely recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very good and authentic Lebanese cuisine.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

From A to Z it was awesome! Service with a smile and food that was out of this world.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Pre-theatre meal

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We come to Cedars before plays at the Landsburg Theater. The three-course pre-theater dinner is always wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great vegan options, super service.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very nice restaurant, the staff was very attentive, our food was tasty and creative.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great fast service. Small intimate setting. Low lit. Great date spot. Parking Garage is validated. Great service people.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very beautiful, cozy place for dates. Very quite and warm. Great seating arrangements and the service was amazing. I would definitely come back again

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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