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Magnolias on King, Alexandria, VA

Magnolias on King

4.4
4.4
1025 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern


RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 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 Tuesday through Saturday, 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 838-9090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Leonard Holton

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Leonard Holton: (703) 838-9090

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Washington

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. ES

    EdwardS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    For $30 entrees, the food was extraordinarily meh. The pork grits were flavorful but just swimming in oil. The Cajun mushroom pasta was just not good. Tasted like liquid smoke mixed with cream of mushroom soup. I had a few bites and just couldn’t eat any more of it. To add to that, 20% auto gratuity added to a party of two. Just a very disappointing experience. $100 down the drain….

  2. ER

    EricaR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing!!! The service, food and ambiance are wonderful. This has become a favorite restaurant and experience I enjoy sharing with family and friends. Magnolia’s on King never disappoints. Love, love, love this restaurant!

  3. HM

    HannaM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Not much choice for a vegetarian, only plain black coffee available for brunch. Food and service were both good but not noteworthy in either direction. Probably won't eat there again.

  4. MT

    MorganT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service. We're definitely heading back soon.

  5. PM

    PaulM

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Magnolia has become my all time go to restaurant. It is simply amazing!

  6. MJ

    MelissaJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a must visit place! Love love love this place.

  7. SM

    SavM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Fantastic food and atmosphere! Some of the best southern brunch I’ve had in the DMV area. Service was lacking though…took forever to order drinks and food (food came quickly once ordered though!), and the server did not refill our water at all or ask us how we would like the bill (we were 3 couples all at one table so it was not ideal to have to split everything up ourselves). Would go back but maybe ask to sit in a different section

  8. CH

    ChrisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For the most part, great experience. The minuses were 3 items I ordered off the menu they didn’t have. And this was within an hour of them opening on a Sunday. Loss of points. But I understand everyone has an off day so I would consider going there again.

  9. TW

    ThomasW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Waitresses where nice as heck, but they were not as prompt. It got extremely chilly at one time and because the facility is so small, ambience could be better. It wouldn't take that much to enhance. The food was delicious.

  10. SU

    SamuelU

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Had a wonderful time there! We tried their deviled eggs and bacon wrapped dates from their regular menu. I learned that I didn't like dates but the bacon encasing them were divine. Deviled eggs were a perfect savory and sweet dish thanks to the candied bacon. I was saddened that they had changed one of their Valentine's Day special entrees to ribs instead of a filet mignon from when I reviewed their menu in early Feb, but the ribs were delicious and only had a small amount of barbecue sauce on it to start. A larger portion cup accompanied it so individuals can increase the sauciness if they desired. This was a great sized half rack. It would have been great if one of the pre-selected salads was a super green type salad with only hearty greens like kale, arugula, and spinach though. The server was kind enough to actively listen to our discussion of our order and actually brought out the food we intended to take home accordingly throughout the night (ex. one of the salads at start and one of the desserts at end) . I would definitely say that there was a great value with the food choices on the Valentine's menu and the price for one person. I hope we will visit them again at least one more time this year and definitely a contender for Valentine's days dinners in the future!!

  11. A

    Abnhaas

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Magnolia's on King was a superb dining experience. The southern cooking was incredible. I had the country fried chicken with collard greens and garlic mash potatoes. It was all prepared well, came out piping hot, and had incredible flavor. The collard greens were especially well prepared. I highly recommend this restaurant!

  12. E

    Erica

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing!!! I'd definitely recommend and return. I ordered the Banana Foster French Toast and eggs.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    I’d been trying to get reservations for months. I planned a weekend getaway around this dinner. The weekend was awesome and the food was good too, but several things were out of stock at 5pm on a Saturday. I was quite disappointed with that. What I did end up getting was delicious, but I can’t help but feel like I missed out on part of the experience.

  14. JC

    JameseC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time coming to brunch here! Tried the 3-course meal, it did not disappoint and I even decided to try a vegan meal as my main course - it was so good! I left full, happy and satisfied. I’ll definitely be back and will bring a friend or two.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Been trying to come here for a while and finally got a reservation for my fiancés birthday! Food was great

  16. KS

    KarlS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing, we had brunch on the weekend and everything tasted fantastic.

  17. KV

    KVB1711

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    The deviled eggs were very well prepared as was the shrimp and grits. Service was good. Area needing improvement is the air circulation in the downstairs room. The room had a hazy smokey appearance and irritated our eyes. The ceiling fans were all in full force but inadequate to introduce clear fresh air. The kitchen is right behind the dining room so exhaust isn’t being vented properly.

  18. KL

    KatrinaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    When I say this is food to fuel your soul. Hands down to the Chef, this is my new spot.

  19. A

    Annie

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We enjoyed our meals! I had the chicken and French toast. The chicken was perfectly seasoned and fried. A wonderful balance of sweet and savory. It was a bit pricey given the main ingredients: 2 pieces of bread and two chicken tenders $21 I inquired about the grilled cheese waffle I had seen (and drooled over) on an earlier menu. We were told their waffle broke so no waffles - seems like an easy enough fix??? It was a lovely meal in a pleasant environment.

  20. AW

    AngelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time going to this place. Being from the south, the greens definitely brought me back home and the sliders were to do die for. Magnolia be cookin some just go home and sleep food . Once your done eating it, all you wanna do is sleep or get seconds!! Good job yall. Will definitely be back. All the way from South Carolina!!!!

  21. L

    Larkanator

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and service. Had a fun set of people in nearby seating. We all kept asking each other what we ordered.

  22. PS

    PetraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was super friendly and attentive. Food was excellent. Enjoyed the deviled eggs and the Gumbo. The bloody Mary’s were delicious!

  23. TP

    TiffanieP

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    I enjoyed my experience at Magnolia’s. The ambiance is really Quaint and comfortable. The service was decent but a little slower at times. The food was good. I had the crab cakes which were delicious and full of crab meat, roasted potatoes and a Cesar salad. The drinks were tasty. I’d go back. My friends also enjoyed their meals.

  24. PA

    PeterA

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I both had the plant based “chicken”, which was fabulous. Great food great ambiance we’ll be back

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed the extensive and diverse menu; ambiance was comfortable and welcoming. The only “draw back” may be that they don’t offer bottom less mimosas during brunch.

  26. SA

    StephanieA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Reservation was easy thru Open Table. EXCELLENT food & service!

  27. DL

    DLeos

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious! The barcode scanncer menu was good idea with being in a pandemic. The portion of food was also good!

  28. G

    Getoutmore

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Intimate and cozy venue with great service. Food was freshly prepared and delicious.

  29. LO

    LilyO

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Wasn’t the best, just alright; mainly because of our server. When we got there we were seated by a young lady who was super sweet and brought us water. However it took sooo long for the male server to address us and such. We didn’t mind initially because we were waiting for one other friend to arrive. Even after addressing us, it took the female server to take our order for fries. He wasn’t friendly at all and it seemed as though he was doing us a favor. Smh The food was good but some items can be a bit pricey for no reason. We indicated on the reservations that it was for a bday but nothing was even done for us. If not for the server, we would’ve had a more pleasant time.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We absolutely love Magnolias. The service is always prompt and wonderful, the drinks are good, but the food… we’ve never had a dish that wasn’t delicious. I always look forward to coming back

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Quaint restaurant. Food was average.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food3service3ambience5

    Very nice atmosphere. We were greeted and seated as soon as we arrived.

  33. RO

    ROBINH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience1

    We were very disappointed with the food and ambiance. Had difficulty making reservations on the restaurant's website due to unavailability of open times however reservations were available on OpenTable. Seemed a little suspect. Definitely didn't live up to my expectations.

  34. ET

    EvaT

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    I used to enjoy this place but after today (Sunday brunch at 11:30am) I do not plan to return. Food was good and the server was courteous. However the host was highly unwelcoming. The host was unfriendly to us and made us feel very uncomfortable. He immediately seated us alone downstairs in an empty, dark and stuffy room where nobody else was seated and where the tables were clear and not prepared for patrons. It did not seem right. I asked if it was possible to be seated upstairs and that's where the attitude and tone became unsupportive. He claimed that there wasn't room for us in the upstairs dining space as they are still maintaining pre-vaccine social distancing in October of 2021 (as well as mask requirements which we happily complied with, no problem, we respect that.) So with clear reluctance and an air of annoyance, he allowed us upstairs where we found several tables available that were indeed spaced quite far enough apart from all other patrons. There were only three parties dining at the time and there were at least three empty tables spaced far apart. Those tables were set up with silverware wrapped in linen napkins ready for patrons. We gladly took a table in the corner, which was situated far away from others. But we felt really uncomfortable and could not understand what the problem was and why the host was so unfriendly toward us. We could've walked out, and we kind of wanted to, but it would have left us without a meal before we got on the road, and also they charge a $25 surcharge if you cancel reservations. They require your credit card on Open Table, and a have two day cancellation policy, so we were left with a very unpleasant quandary on the most beautiful sunny Sunday morning and it really sunk our spirits. All in all, a difficult and highly problematic experience I will make sure not to repeat. There's a lot of other great brunch options in Old Town where the vibe is far more easy going, cheerful and welcoming.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    The salmon and grits were pretty good. My friend had the crab cake and green beans . She said it was “ok”. My other friend had the gumbo. She said it was too spicy. She replaced it with Chicken and Waffles.. she said it was just ok. Mac and cheese was pretty good. It’s strong on the Gouda but I like Gouda. Our server didn’t act very hospitable. Maybe the server was having a bad day.

  36. NE

    NancyE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    NOT under the speakers, where we were, but staff was kind enough to lower the volume a little.

  37. GS

    GretchenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Not having the option to make arrangements via phone is a bummer, for those of us who prefer phone over online only. However, all else - food, service, ambiance, were A-1.

  38. R

    Rhoda

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I ordered the blackened salmon caesar and a side of macaroni and cheese. Both were flavorful and came in large portions, i think 2 people could have shared.

  39. M

    Markk

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Southern food. Hits the mark. Not quite as elegant as in photos. Adequate service. No real personality exhibited by the staff. Reservation on Open Table asks if there's a special occasion, indicated anniversary dinner, no recognition by the restaurant whatsoever. A little surprising. Food was good, slightly upscale prices, but doubt I'd return.

  40. S

    Shannon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience3

    Food was not that good. Staff was polite. I wouldn't go again

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Magnolias on King using the Order Online button. Magnolias on King also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 838-9090.

Magnolias on King is rated 4.4 stars by 1025 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Washington

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Leonard Holton

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 838-9090

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Leonard Holton: (703) 838-9090

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