Magnolias on King

4.5
666 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
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, lunch Tuesday through Friday, 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 while enjoying our full menu offerings. We also have beautiful spaces available for private events from 14 to 50 guests.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Southern
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 838-9090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Salvato
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Catering
We have beautiful spaces for private events from 14 to 50 guests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington
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Parking details
Old Town Alexandria has ample street parking; however, garages are located within two blocks of the restaurant.
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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.
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Entertainment
Jazz and other music occasionally. Please check our Facebook page and website for updated information.
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Special events & promotions
We have beautiful spaces for private events from 14 to 50 guests.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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.

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What 666 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was so friendly and a great, cozy spot to bring kids. Biscuits were delicious!

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KP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had...and I eat A LOT of shrimp and grits! I couldn’t stop eating the bread pudding which was free because we were celebrating a special occasion. Cocktails were well balanced and delicious. Could not recommend enough and excited to come back to our new local.

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FF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent (as always); service was slow this time (but that was abnormal). Still our favorite restaurant in Old Town.

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GW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent southern food. Stuffed date appetizer was exceptional. Efficient and friendly service. Highly recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the most amazing places I’ve ever had the pleasure of dining. 5 stars all around!!

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OS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Friendly staff.

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KF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We have been to Magnolia's numerous times. This was our first time sitting on the second floor and while it was nice, the noise from the bar and TVs made it a bit less desirable. I will in the future make a note for the first floor which can be busy but doesn't seem as noisy (guest dependent). Overall great food and cocktails.

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SC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint, but not so quiet that you feel like people are listening to you. Excellent service & good food!

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RF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my wife here for her birthday and we both left feeling like we got great food for great value.

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall very good, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes and Gumbo were very good, pork tenderloin was excellent only downside was the chicken was a bit over cooked and dry

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J
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The service and people are great! There was a slight let down due to the food being too salty. Each year my friend and I pick a new restaurant to try in Old Town. Magnolia's on King was on our top 5 list. We finally got in and the start was on spot. The wine selection good. The waitress happy and friendly. The appetizer great size with wonderful taste. We were just let down by the dry tenderloin and salty shrimp and grits.

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NT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot with family! We enjoyed all of our food!

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KT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This place needs a good clean. We were seated next to the window and the blinds were filthy. Food was below average

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was really great! True down home, southern cooking. It was delicious and very filling. The bread pudding is incredible!!!

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TR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Small dining area; not what I was expecting. There was a large group next to us, so noise level was elevated. Food was very good-the stuffed dates were amazing! Service(Vanessa) was very nice and attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family and I have eaten here twice in the past month, brunch only. The space itself is cozy and the servers are consistently pleasant and helpful with making selections. We've had the shrimp and grits, the chicken and biscuits, and frittata. All three are flavorful without being overseasoned.

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KM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Great ambiance!

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service fantastic!

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LF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was not that impressed with the food. Shrimp was too spicy and the grits were not cooked enough. The short rib was kind of bland.

Atmosphere and service was great though.

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my bday and our first time here..Food was excellent and the banana pudding was delicious 😊😊 our waitress was great and we will definitely return..

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S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Dinner! The Chef (Steve) came out and engaged with us which made it that much more special.

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TJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great. We were the last guests for brunch. They were out of biscuits which disappointed my husband. They offered waffles as a substitute for the chicken and biscuit dish. Our server was great. He was very attentive. Great vibe with quality food...and Sangria

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my second time going for brunch, but this time was not as great as the first. They’ve changed the menu around a bit and I found there were less options for me (a person who only eats chicken and fish). The chicken and waffles were gone (that’s what I went back for) and I was a little disappointed that I could not get the shrimp and grits without the ham. I ordered the basic breakfast of eggs, potatoes, chicken sausage and added on a waffle. It was a lot of food but the taste was bland. Not worth $14. The staff is very nice, but our server was a bit off that day. Still good despite forgetting a few things. Overall a nice low key place for brunch with a really nice and professional staff. Not crazy about this brunch menu, but I’d return again in a few months when they’ve hopefully altered it a bit.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch I’ve had in Alexandria !

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gene, our server was fantastic. The deviled eggs and the stroganoff were great and so were the drinks. Very cute and charming place with yummy food.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was damn good. All the food was great, but the grits were the best grits I've probably ever had, and that was just my side dish. I will definitely be back here.

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LG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Old Town. We arrived at 6:30 sharp and Katrina greeted us as we walked in, confirmed our booking and had us seated. Steve, our chef, greeted us on the stairs as we made our way up – and gave us a quick review of the specials for the evening. We got a table in the Palm Lounge by a window overlooking King Street. Wonderful.

Neil, the mixologist, greeted us and took our Manhattan order as well as our dinner choices. My wife decided on the baked Salmon – and I ordered the blackened over the succotash base. Both the cocktails and the meals were terrific.

Prices are good and the ambiance was wonderful for a quiet conversation over a lovely dinner.

Definitely plan to dine here again. Magnolias on King is a class place and a real gem.

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H
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and loved their stuffed dates and shrimp and grits!!! Will definitely be back!

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it there. The food was great, the service was amazing. We really enjoyed our visit. The shrimp and grits were the best I’ve ever had

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MR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very nice small intimate space. Great for casual conversations over a nice meal.

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MN
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great brunch on Sunday. We sat upstairs and while the tables were all full, it never felt crowded. The meal was excellent and I’m looking forward to my next visit!

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RM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an early dinner and some drinks and ended up staying for several hours, thanks to the amazing food and drink. The other bar patrons were fun and entertaining as well. Can’t wait to go back.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for their restaurant week brunch. The food was amazing and flavorful. The environment felt very warm. I would recommend the shrimp and grits and the spicy crab dip to anyone!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The new fashioned cocktail is excellent. Ambience is quaint and relaxed. Staff is friendly.

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AK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh and delicious food. Staff was warm and friendly!

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KP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff was friendly and accommodating. I appreciate that while we had a designated server, other staff members came by to check on us, including Debra, one of the hosts. We'll be back to try other dishes, but also for more shrimp & grits and bread pudding!

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AP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Were there for Restaurant Week. Menu was fun, portions were large and food was solid. The bar got backed up, and it took 25+ minutes for the first round of drinks to come out. The place wasn't that busy, so the bar being that out of sync with the kitchen was bizarre. Also the RW dessert options were really limited. It was fine, but with so many good choices in Old Town, not sure if I'll be back soon.

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B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed that we chose this restaurant to celebrate a birthday and anniversary - neither of which was recognized by the restaurant even though this information was included in the Open Table reservation. The food was excellent and the waiter was nice. However, the water insisted we order food with the drinks and said he would pace our food. The first course arrived after just a sip of what we thought would be aperitifs. Then the main courses arrived before we finished the first course. I asked if there was a rush for the table and the server looked surprised. There were empty tables the entire time we were there so not sure why we were rushed? Diners should also be aware that they may need to climb a steep fight of stairs to a dining room upstairs. We had only dined in the first floor dining room in the past.

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!! Service and food were great!! Went there for Alexandria Restaurant Week. Will definitely go back.

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S
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I dined here for the first time today. What better way to try a new place (or not) than during restaurant week! Service was good if not a little interesting given the busboy was no more than 10 years old. We had brunch and our food was very tasty. The shrimp and grits came highly recommended by our waitress and she was spot on. My husband thoroughly enjoyed it and said he would definitely order it again. I had the southern benefit which was also very good. So far this place has peeked our interest and we will definitely be back to try lunch and/or dinner.

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