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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: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm

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:
$5 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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Cedar Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (30)
Good for a Date (26)
Quiet Conversation (23)
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Cozy (17)
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Romantic (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Business Meals (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Casual (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
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Great for Lunch (3)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Our first visit to Cedar was fantastic! Great food; impeccable service. We returned for my daughter's graduation and the food was still good. But, the service was so poor it impacted our entire dining experience. Our reservation was at 8PM, seated at 7:45. We had to keep asking to be served. The waitress couldn't remember the specials. We placed our order and waited and waited. We waited more than an hour between making our order and being served. The restaurant wasn't busy, making it unclear why we couldn't be served. My daughter, a vegan, was especially interested in the vegan chocolate mousse and vegan vanilla for dessert. This dessert was largely the reason why we came. (Otherwise, we would have went elsewhere for dessert). We ordered it and two dishes of ice cream and waited another 45 minutes for these three things to be served. While we were interested in a celebratory leisurely dinner, this was too slow and the waitress was inattentive. The slow service and the constant need to chase down our waitress overshadowed the excellent food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We came here for our anniversary and I was quite pleased with our experience. The setting is intimate with soft lighting and while the total seating area is surprisingly small, this establishment seems to be known only by the local crowd and therefore is not cramped or crowded. The wait staff was very attentive and courteous, present but not overbearing. Our drinks were delicious and arrived very quickly. The food was very good - the mushroom soup was creamy but not heavy, the beef short rib was tender and juicy, cooked as requested, and had a delicioud sauce on it. The rack of lamb was equally lovely, and both the beef and lamb came with wonderful sides that complemented each dish. Overall, it was a very good experience and we will be back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The Cedar menu had a variety of options that suited my group's dining desires. Upon entry into the restaurant we were not sure if we were in the right spot, as the reception and dining are down a set of curved stairs. We had a nice greeting and our table for 7 was ready upon our arrival. Seating areas are segregated which helps to have some privacy among diners. Servers were nice and timely. Everyone enjoyed the meal; although the mushroom Cassoulet wasn't a Cassoulet, but was still a tasty dish. I recommend and would return to Cedar.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Seasonal
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great food. Staff was very nice, but seemed a little.. distracted? Just everything seemed to take a little longer than usual for a late lunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Birthday fun

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

First time guests. Enjoyed the pre-theatre menu very much - wide range of choices. Welcome person and table server were quite friendly and helpful. Waiter chatted with us happily about future plans for the restaurant, which were very appealing, so we'll be sure to come back. All was very good and fine. Nothing negative at all. I especially enjoyed the generous Sazerac cocktail!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Great service and great food. This restaurant usually has very good ambience however that evening there was a large party that was very noisy. Yelling, talking loud, singing happy birthday. The waiter did a great job of moving us to a table a little further away.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2017

dinner was very nice, albeit a bit expensive for the offerings ($14/glass of wine, $15 for appetizers), with tip and tax $170 for 3 people with no dessert or coffee. Food was very good and service was pleasant..

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Gluten free and vegan options were numerous, and tasty. Service was a little slow.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great service and good food. Interesting menu. I like the unique combination of Vegan and game selections. It would be better if there were a few more choices in the lunch menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We went there to celebrate our niece's graduation. Staff was very friendly, particularly our waitress. Took good care of special dietary needs. Quality of food was great, service was timely too. All in all, a wonderful experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was excellent . So we will definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was amazing and they have so many great choices on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We love eating here, we always feel spoiled and the menu choices are creative and delicious, always changing. It's one of my favorite restaurants in DC, especially when a cozy ambiance that supports quiet conversation is desired.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We loved this restaurant. The food was really original and tasty. Our waitress was very nice and gave us really good suggestions. Ambiance was excellent, not very loud and nice decoration.
We ordered as appetizers the soup of the day (leek and parsnip) and the oven baked brie; as entrees the Roasted duck, the Lamb and the Sweet Potato and Rutabaga Gratin; creme brulee as dessert. The soup, rutabaga and the dessert were part of the pre-theater 3 course menu, which was an excellent deal. The entrees and appetizers were delicious; the dessert was ok.
We will definitely visit again next time we're in D.C.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Our dining experience at Cedar was enjoyable. The food was quite tasty. One issue with the restaurant is the noise level was very high. We had to raise our voices to talk across the table.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Cedar is always dependable and the service is very good. It is quiet and pleasant.

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2017

A quaint restaurant with a rustic twist on American food. Lots of delicious options- and we most prefer the Happy Hour menu. The lamb sliders are divine. The thick steak-cut duck fat cooked french fries are a 'must'.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Great happy hour and dinner!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Leek Eggplant soup & bread were excellent. Duck fries were good but really more of a potatowedge versus a french fry.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I appreciate the vegan menu and good vegetarian options. I also think the pre-theater menu is a good deal. I was not 'wowed' by the food - it was good but not great. Our server was great and she made the experience worth it. The atmosphere was a little less than desirable, although that could be because we were seated on the lower level with a view of the (fairly tacky) divider beteeen the dining room and the entrance. The upper level appeared to have been a private party. Overall, I would recommend the restaurant for someone wanting to get dinner before seeing a show - especially if they're vegetarian and want more than one choice on the menu.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We always enjoy a dinner at Cedar. We usually go pre-theatre, and the staff are so helpful to keep everything on time. The food is great, as is the service. And it's quiet enough to have a nice conversation, so it's also relaxing. A great refuge from the hubub of Penn Quarter.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 2, 2017

A real gem, centrally located in the heart of DC's Penn Quarter and close to theaters, with reasonably priced new American cuisine and great service. The pre-theater 3-course menu is an outstanding bargain, and even though we had less than an hour to show time, our server made sure we enjoyed each course and made it to the theater on time. Kudos to her and to the chef!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Waitress was exceptionally upbeat and enthusiastic about her service. Vegan options that taste great, including dessert.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Staff was very friendly and accommodating Meals were perfectly prepared. Lovely experience!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Excellent service from the wait staff and maitre'ds but the food is nothing special

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Went for the pre-theatre menu (an excellent value at $35 for 3 courses) after attending the March for Science. The vibe is upscale casual. Enjoyed the dinner and, if back in DC, would return to the Cedar Restaurant!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The dinner was a mini family reunion and Cedar was a fantastic choice. Our party of 8 was seated in a private area, which wasn't requested, but was perfect for our needs. The staff offered to turn down the music in our area, which again wasn't requested, but was so helpful in allowing us to hear each other. Service was impeccable and our waitress was very helpful and patient with a bunch of people who kept changing orders, had a lot of questions, basically spent the entire time chatting instead of listening to her and then asked her to take our picture on multiple phones. All of that and the food was fantastic!

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We arrived late for our reservation and they were very nice about saving our table for a very large party. They would not give us the 3 course because they said there was not enough time. But the food was good and the atmosphere nice.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Food was great, tasty and just the right sized portions (not too huge)! But the service was above and beyond. When we arrived the server asked if we had theater plans (no) and said she'd pace our meal more slowly so we could talk. Not long into the meal, she got slammed with a huge group of people and took the time to come over and explain that other staff would be helping her with our table for that reason. They were all terrific, items served at just the right time and water glasses kept filled. We greatly appreciated how seemlessly the staff adjusted and how pleasant a dinner they made for us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Wonderful service and ambience! The food was amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Memphis)·Dined on April 16, 2017

As always....Wonderful, friendly service and fabulous eats. Can't wait to eat at Cedar again!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

What a great brunch! We had such a good time celebrating my father's birthday.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Cozy and surprisingly inexpensive for DC. Brunch was delicious and the service was impeccable.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We are frequent diners since we live in Penn Quarter. The staff enthusiastically welcomes us back each time, remembers our cocktail preferences and saves our favorite table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Perfect place for pre Ford Theater production. They have a wonderful pre-theater menu and a vegan menu (perfect for my daughter)
They know how to serve a lovely meal and get you in and out without feeling rushed and make it to the theater in plenty of time.
Excellent red snapper special and the beet salad is excellent- so often beer salads are over powered with too much goat cheese- this was perfection! We will definitely return!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2017

This is a great place where omnivores/wild game lovers and vegetarians/vegans in a group can eat harmoniously together. Perfect spot with mixed diets.

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

They forgot to bring us items, we waited 30+ minutes for our entrees, and when we got the entrees the portions were laughable. Boar chops with seasonable vegetables where the chops were half the size of a normal pork chop and half a Brussel sprout with a small carrot strip. For $28!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Great vegan menu and options!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Great place for special occasions. Service is impeccable Creative food. Nice wines and cocktails. The beet salad was delicious, as was the grouper. The wild boar was also very tasty. The is a good place for a romantic dinner.

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