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King & Rye, Alexandria, VA

King & Rye

4.4
4.4
465 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
King & Rye is the reflection of the bounty of the mid-Atlantic and Southern regions. We feature seasonal, intentional ingredients sourced through real relationships with farmers, makers and butchers. With humble, refined menus rooted in tradition and authentic flavors that go beyond the expected to offer a deeper exploration of Southern cuisine, we're a place where you can expect slow food, proper whiskeys and genuine hospitality.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 842-2761

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Hold your private event at King & Rye inside the stylish Alexandrian Hotel in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Beautifully appointed event space, seating 10 – 150, play host to a myriad of events including intimate wine dinners, swank cocktail parties, elegant rehearsal dinners and beautiful weddings. Our brick lined interior courtyard is ideal for receptions or dining, from southern cook-outs to garden-style receptions.

  • Private party facilities

    Beautiful event spaces, seat 10 – 250 for private dining, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners and, beautiful weddings .

  • Private party contact

    Jessie Castner: (866) 945-4717

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    King Street/South Pitt

  • Parking details

    Complimentary self-parking in The Alexandrian Hotel Garage for up to 3 hours with dining receipt.

  • Public transit

    King Street Metro

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Brunch

    Dec 10, 2022 only
    Celebrate the holiday season with us on Saturday, December 10th for an Ugly Sweater Brunch from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM! Enjoy themed cocktails and a special holiday entrée plus an ugly sweater contest with epic prizes!  Guests can enter for a chance to win the BEST Ugliest Sweater by posting a photo on Instagram! For your entry to count tag @kingandryerestaurant and use #BrunchingwithKR.  First Place: $100 Gift Card to King & Rye Second Place: $50 Gift Card to King & Rye  Third Place: $25 Gift Card to King & Rye All attendees with a holiday sweater will receive a 20% discount to the restaurant to use during a returning visit and a special treat! Reservations are not required but HIGHLY encouraged.

What 465 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RB

    ReggieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining here never disappoints. I will definitely be returning.
  2. CS

    CasSha

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was incredible. This is my third visit so I brought family after thanksgiving my family enjoyed their meal immensely. We ordered the collard greens, burgers, chicken and green bean casserole with the kale and pomegranate salad. The greens were delicious and we’re from the south so we know good southern food. Highly recommend everything. The kale salad could have been massages a bit more to make the kale more tender but other than that, we loved everything from the seasoning to the temperature of the food to the presentation.
  3. F

    neilF

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Abject I saw poor reviews and I thought, no people just need to be more understanding with staff shortages but there is plenty of staff here. I felt rushed. I booked for a 9:15pm reservation as I was flying in. I started getting texts at 8:30pm telling me my table was ready. I had to rush to drop my bags off my at my hotel fearful that my table was going to be given away. I get there and the place is dead. No atmosphere. The floor has marks on it. There's even table and chairs inside with patio furniture. Within a minute of sitting down my server was demanding to know what I wanted to eat. Literally I order a drink and it was "and for food". I said I needed a minute. My drink was an inconvience. I asked for an Old Fashioned with Rye. Considering the place is called King and Rye, I don't think that's unreasonable but the server acted stunned and was clearly condescending over it. Then as soon as the drink arrives, hounding me for the food order. Clearly wanted to go home. I ordered the steak and was recommended to add the roasted veggies (upcharge). Fine. The steak was due to come with parsnips. The food arrives. No parsnips. I asked and got told "I told you sir to order the roasted vegetables". First, you told me? What am I? Five years old? Second, parsnips are a roasted vegetable. Clearly there is pressure to upsell guests and then remove items promised as part of the main course in the hope guests don't notice. I ordered a 2nd old fashioned. The server comes back later saying "did you really want that again?" They're not short staffed. There was 3 people gossiping at the host stand for 15 minutes. The bill was slapped down without a thank you or an ask if I wanted dessert.
  4. K

    Katherine

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as per usual!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal!
  6. R

    Rio235

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It was perfectly average. Food was good, cocktails were decent. Despite having a reservation and there being other open tables, our small party was seated at a table that was way too large making it hard to have a conversation.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Delicious food and drink, slow-ish service and perhaps slightly overpriced, but not enough to detract too much from the experience.
  8. CS

    CharlesS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant is very good, however there is one complaint that must be made. I reserved ahead of time for outdoor seating in the central garden area but apparently a wedding reception was booked "Last Minute" before I arrived! The food and the scenery was excellent but it would be much appreciated if the coordination was improved ^_^;
  9. DV

    DanielleV

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Sunday brunch. Sat at the bar and the bar tender was attentive and enjoyable to talk with.
  10. DP

    DoraP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Sat outside. Seating and table s could be more comfortable. A bit overpriced. Nice experience though overall. Shrimp and grits were amazing.
  11. KH

    KateH

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious breakfast with crispy, perfect potatoes and fantastic bacon. Everything was great, and their courtyard dining is comfortable with heaters even on a cold morning.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Coming from New York it is hard not to compare to restaurants there. Food way overpriced here, for what you get. Very disappointed.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    food not so great and the overall experience was subpar.
  14. LB

    LaBelleGourmand

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very cute Hocus Pocus event!
  15. CV

    CaitlinV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great spot.. their gravy base for their food deserves 5 stars on its own. Everything was perfectly portioned with friendly staff, and good night.
  16. S

    Shaypril

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had requested in the reservation for a candle to come in dessert for a friends birthday and it didnt, which was disappointing. Otherwise it was good.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely brunch! Caring team, delish food!
  18. SD

    SharonD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food here is not very good. Unusual take on “southern” cuisine. Ambiance and service was good.
  19. q

    qdpie78

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great experience as always
  20. T

    Today

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Brunch menu was limited and seating arrangement made the space feel too big. Coffee insipid. A shadow of its former self
  21. AK

    AllisonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Great food and definitely met our expectations. Service was okay but could’ve been a bit friendlier and warmer.
  22. F

    Farmgirl

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I was expecting more and super excited to dine at K@&R on a recent trip to the DC Metro area. The pumpkin toast app was awkward and weird to eat, especially because it was served on sandwich bread toast. A nice artisan bread would have been tastier and enhanced the flavor. The tea brined chicken breast over fresh green beans was delicious! The gumbo was just okay. For dessert we had apple crisp and banana pudding, both delicious. Was most excited about the pudding and it delivered! The decor was awkward - a fake cherry blossom tree in October? The best part of the meal was the company with whom I shared, which couldn't be replicated. Was hoping for a better dining experience to add to our evening.
  23. E

    Eileen

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just moved to Alexandria and are starting to explore Old Town and decided to try King and Rye. What a treat! Even with a wedding reception going on at the back of the restaurant, the service was excellent. Everything arrived quickly and was delicious! We will definitely be back.
  24. CD

    CharlesD

    Exclusive

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed our meal
  25. JR

    JohnR

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best cheeseburger ever. We only choose this item.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    It was my birthday and we booked the garden but were bumped for wedding party/ rehearsal and put on street side and would have sat separately. I went to Virtue Feed and Grain
  27. TW

    TamaraW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Nice location, came for brunch with some friends. Mimosas were good, food was okay. Service was cool.
  28. R

    Robert

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I had high hopes for King & Rye but was disappointed by rushed service and a poorly cooked duck. Whoever prepared the duck did not render the considerable amount of fat on the animal which led to a chewy experience filled with white fat. The restaurant itself is well decorated and the bartender was friendly and passionate about his recipes.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  30. MA

    MACWAT

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend King & Rye for Brunch.
  31. V

    Valisha

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Got there at 8:30 am. We were seated upon arrival. Definately clean. We ordered the egg white omlet, kids pancakes, grits and a coke/bourbon. The food definately has the potiential to be good. It was cold. You could tell that it was cooked before we got there. The grits were cold, had to eat them with a fork because the waiter was busy. Had to ask for butter for my son's pancakes. When the butter finallly came, they were cold. The omlet was good. Potatoes had potiental, bit they were cold. Will try again. Maybe our waiter was having a rough morning. BTW the hottess, amazing!
  32. HN

    HelenN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great homemade food. Breakfast and dinner rocks! Like the limited menu. Totally recommend
  33. r

    ronnier

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We chose this restaurant based on location alone. Our drink order was taken right away but once we got our drinks we felt forgotten about. We had to ask another waiter to find our waiter. Then our drinks weren’t filled without us asking so we just didn’t feel that the service matched the prices. The menu is very limited but the drink menu was great. I wouldn’t return unless it was to sit at the bar for cocktails and appetizers.
  34. WH

    WHYLEE

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food, service and ambiance at King & Rye is great. I highly recommend trying the shrimp and grits. The grits were creamy and delicious and the shrimp mixture on top was so flavorful! Overall, it was a great experience.
  35. KM

    KristinM

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Simply did not live up to my hoped for expectations for a Sunday Brunch experience. Nothing special
  36. J

    Just

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant is very cute and set up very well. I really wanted to like this place but everything is way over priced. The style and look of the restaurant doesn’t match the servers in T-shirts. I don’t think the value of food was worth the price. The food was very average. I do not plan to return at this point.
  37. JK

    JulieK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish we got was fantastic. The service was spot on --our server always seemed to arrive at exactly the right time. Highly recommended.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    King and Rye was able to accommodate our large group. Food was delicious and servers attentive. We were seated next to live music which was a little loud but ended shortly after we were seated and we had a very pleasant dimly experience.
  39. MH

    MichaelH

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met for breakfast before a wedding. Excellent service - even kept my plate warm when I had to take a phone call! Really great shrimp and grits.
  40. DB

    DeeB

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Dining outside definitely has more ambience than dining inside. The cocktails were delicious and service was decent. It's warm outside in the summer but definitely the prettier view!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

King & Rye offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 842-2761.

King & Rye is rated 4.4 stars by 465 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for King & Rye

480 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    King Street/South Pitt

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary self-parking in The Alexandrian Hotel Garage for up to 3 hours with dining receipt.

  • Public transit

    King Street Metro

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 842-2761

  • Catering

    Hold your private event at King & Rye inside the stylish Alexandrian Hotel in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Beautifully appointed event space, seating 10 – 150, play host to a myriad of events including intimate wine dinners, swank cocktail parties, elegant rehearsal dinners and beautiful weddings. Our brick lined interior courtyard is ideal for receptions or dining, from southern cook-outs to garden-style receptions.

  • Private party facilities

    Beautiful event spaces, seat 10 – 250 for private dining, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners and, beautiful weddings .

  • Private party contact

    Jessie Castner: (866) 945-4717

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