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About Magnolias on King

Magnolia’s on King offers Southern Immersion Cuisine in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. A contemporary twist on classics and new dishes sure to be favorites, our cuisine offers locally and sustainably sourced seasonal ingredients. Currently we offer dinner service daily, as well as Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

The Palm Lounge, our second floor craft cocktail experience, features comfortable seating, seasonally lit fireplace and a cozy space to enjoy one of our specialty cocktails including our signature Magnolia’s Old Fashioned. Live music on select dates. Please visit our "Special Events" section for more information.

703 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday 5:30 pm-9:00 pm

Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm-10:00 pm

Brunch - Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Palm Lounge - Opens daily at 5:30 pm serving craft cocktails, fine wines, beers, spirits and food

Happy Hour Specials:
Daily - 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Cross Street:
Washington

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 838-9090

Website:
http://magnoliasonking.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz and other music occasionally. Please check our Facebook page and website for updated information.

Catering:
We have beautiful spaces for private events from 14 to 50 guests.

Parking Details:
Old Town Alexandria has ample street parking; however, garages are located within two blocks of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Blue and Yellow line metro to King Street (approximately 7 blocks away). Old Town Alexandria free Trolley service runs late weekdays and weekends and has a stop at Columbus street one block from where the restaurant is located.

Executive Chef:
Hans Fogleman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have beautiful spaces for private events from 14 to 50 guests.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner at Magnolia's. Full Menu available as well as a special price fix three course dinner and cocktail specials. Special Hours 4:30pm-8:00pm.

Space is limited, please reserve now!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Have Dinner at Magnolia's before celebrating First Night Alexandria! We will have Dinner and Craft Cocktail Specials!

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Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Magnolias on King can accommodate all your special event needs.

Magnolias on King Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (27)
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Comfort Food (25)
Romantic (25)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Authentic (15)
Casual (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Business Meals (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Scenic View (6)
Fun (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Healthy (4)
People Watching (4)
Spicy (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 12 hours ago

Great cocktail on the couch by the fire upstairs to start, followed by an excellent dinner downstairs. We got beef cheeks served over sweet potatoes and shrimp and grits. Service couldn’t have been better.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We celebrated my husband's birthday here and were happy with the choice. The venison chops were excellent, the mussels plump and delicious, and the fried okra crisp and tasty. The upstairs dining room has a fireplace and was decorated for the holidays, giving it a festive and cozy feeling. The service was friendly if a bit slow. We enjoyed our visit and plan to come again.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined 7 days ago

Good food. Akward space. Steep steps and needs more restrooms. Our waitress should invest in a pen and pad bc she forgot everything

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was the worst restaurant experience I’ve had. The food was almost inedible, totally over cooked and the seasoning was also bad. The cocktail was also terrible. Do not eat at this restaurant!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is a great Southern Style restaurant. Cant wait to go back and try dinner its,s

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was great, Food was great! Would definitely come here again! The chicken and waffles were to die for!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

First time visit ... and for sure will return on next visit to Alexandria. The pork chop and the shrimp & grits were both good choices ... done as expected, and excellent taste & portions. Service was a little slow to start ... seemed inconsistent based on staff person. And we had the distinct feeling we were being rushed.

Only issue ... we had an table by a window which was great to people watch ... the inferior sealing on the window permitted entry of the cigarette smoke from those souls who elected to smoke nearby. And of course, they don't do just one. But cannot blame the chef/kitchen staff -- they did their job well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Brunch plans fell through so we looked on Open Table for something close by. I’m so glad we ended up at Magnolias because it was lovely. The staff was wonderful and the food was tasty (and surprisingly fast). We left quite satisfied with the whole experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Authentic, Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The pork chop was fantastic. Top 5 pork chop I have eaten anywhere in the world.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had the Rockfish dish and it was excellent. Great seat by the window, and very good selection of bourbon based cocktails. We'll be back at some point to have another.

Thanks

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Beautiful holiday decorations! The food was incredible and so was the service. Definitely going back soon

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great experience as usual. Magnolias is always a safe bet (but not in a boring way) when looking for a place to bring friends from out of town.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

WE were very pleased with the quality of the service and the dinner. Pleasant and successful experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Every meal on the menu was $1 too expensive. There were several mistakes made on our order and the cocktails were inconsistent however, we all enjoyed our meals, would return and would recommend Magnolia's to friends, family and visitors.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I’ve been for dinner and had a great time. This was my first brunch experience. I thought the offerings for food were great and a wide enough variety. The server was kind and attentive. I remember having very well thought out cocktails for dinner and was excited to return, slightly disappointed that there were the brunch basics. A full cocktail list would be great to have tableside or listed on your brunch menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Past visits have been very good. On this occasion the food was incredibly spicy, not what we were used to, especially the shrimp and grits.. We were a party of four and three of us had the same reaction.None of us finished our entrees. There appetizer, the stuffed dates were very good. Perhaps this was an off night but I hesitate to return because of this.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We got there when the restaurant opened. Ambiance was good; service was good; food was just OK. For a restaurant that says its specialty is southern comfort food, I tried the daily special of fried chicken and waffle expecting what I used to eat as a kid in the South. It was a belgian waffle with 4 fried chicken strips on top. Flavor was OK but the presentation was far from creative. For the prices, they can do better.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food wasn’t impressive at all. Service was pretty good!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food and drinks are excellent, but menu is limited to about 10 dishes that we did not find adventurous. Mostly steak and some fish.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We'd been wanting to try the dining room after enjoying a great happy hour a few weeks before. We got there and the hostess knew it was for my husband's birthday based on our reservation. We were seated at lovely window table on the second floor. We shared a Caesar salad which was unremarkable. Fresh, but a little under dressed and lacking flavor. My husband got the local fish which was rockfish and I got the shrimp and grits. Both were presented well and were very fresh, but neither was outstanding for any particular reason. Our server was nice but not super attentive. Overall it was just ok. I guess because it was my husband's birthday, I wanted a little bit more of a wow factor, especially given some of the great reviews. I'd go back for happy hour, but probably not a full dinner experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

For a DC-area brunch this is reasonably priced, but it was underwhelming in terms of service and flavor. Our server had a hard time with some pretty basic questions/requests - a coffee refill took three requests and about fifteen minutes, we couldn't get an answer about whether the eggs were cooked in butter or oil*, etc. The serving sizes on the menu items were about right, and again, reasonably priced for DC. However, the chicken on the chicken and waffles was extremely dry, with no butter to be found for the waffle, and about a tablespoon of maple syrup, so it was sort of a chewy experience. The fish-and-grits combo had good individual components but left a weird taste in the diner's mouth.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It's really loud on the first floor when dining room is full but food and drinks are very good.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Solid but food not at all special. A bit over priced.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful food and drinks for brunch. Very cozy place, not good for large groups.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is average, very bland. Bloody Mary's were comparable to an airplane BM. Not impressed with customer service or dealing with overbooking.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing service, excellent food, and great happy hour deal! Also love the decor and ambiance!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food and great service and fantastic ambience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

comfortable and good and would definitely go again

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

A very nice southern style cooking restaurant. There is a very attractive, small traditional dining room and a lounge on the second floor where the bar is located. The prices are reasonable, especially on Mondays which is their 1/2 price wine night. I had the beef cheeks which were quite nice.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were disappointed with our dining experience at Magnolias. Given it was Saturday night, and the restaurant was not fully occupied, I think others may have had similar experiences.
The food was passable, but nothing memorable, except for the stuffed date appetizer. They were unique and delicious. The bottle of white wine we ordered was served barely cool, and I had to request a full bucket of ice to try and chill it before our second glass.
My husbands prime rib special, was as unappealing a piece of beef, that I've ever seen. It was well undercooked, based on a medium rare request, and grizzly. The Caesar salad was bland. The Brussels sprouts would be considered tasty, if you are a fan.
I ordered shrimp and grits. They were good, but I've had better in many other restaurants. Lastly, the sweet potato pie that came with my husbands dinner special was dry.
Given all the dining options available in Alexandria, I was really disappointed with our decision to dine here.
We did have a very nice waitress which improved our overall dining experience, but we will not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Waitress was lovely, but our salad came after our entree was delivered. Then the dessert was dry - or possibly just stale. Disappointed. Too many options in this area to not give good value and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Overall, Magnolia's is decent and I would go back if a friend invited me here. However, I would not go on my own again. I went on a Thursday, and the best things were the live music and the Thursday dinner special (Ribs). We first ordered the pulled BBQ duck and crab dip for happy hour. We made it at 6:45pm, so we were able to get our "appetizers" at a good price. The grits with the duck were cold (we sent it back) and there were a few shells in the crab dip, even though the dip was quite yummy. My friend and I both ordered the ribs and were able to choose our own 2 sides, great meal. We finished with sweet potato pie and vanilla ice cream for desert. The pie was lacking and the ice cream was not a smooth, creamy, texture, but rather "icy" as if it was kind of old or refrozen after it melted.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent blackened catfish and grits! Chicken was memorable! French press coffee paired well with dessert.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is one of our (my friends and I have theater tickets) favorite restaurants in Old Town. This last visit was wonderful as always. The food is really good and the menu changes regularly so there is always something new to try. The venison chops were outstanding.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful brunch experience! Pleasant and attentive service and the food was so very good. Highly recommend the bananas-foster french toast!!!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

normally not a fan of them, but Magnolia’s on King has THE BEST bacon wrapped dates! i will go back again and again. southern atmosphere that feels welcoming and warm, service is great, and the food is to die for. in addition to the dates, definitely try the Magnolia’s New Fashioned

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Food ambiance and cocktails were very good. The waiter was also bartending and focused more on providing drinks than meal service. Drinks were quick but overall service was slow, despite eating on a slow Monday night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful food. Excellent coffee. Great service. Overall, we had a lovely time. One of the few places you can find actual southern cuisine. As a southern transplant to the area, it’s much appreciated.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We really enjoyed the Spinach and Caeser Salad was really good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very creative menu and specialties from the South. Seasonal vegetables were superb. Also loved the pulled duck with grits!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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