Magnolias on King

4.3
730 reviews
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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, 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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. You must try the cornbread!!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and will be back. Sat by the fire in second floor and had wonderful cocktails appetizers and our meal. Service was outstanding, atmosphere perfect and food delicious. Stuffed dates are a must!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; great atmosphere.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The bloody marys we ordered did not taste good, and we felt rushed to leave.

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MA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great! Food was great. This place gets noisy.

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Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent southern cuisine, in the heart of old town Alexandria. Nice quaint spot on long street and beautiful interior.

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AN
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was absolutely amazing. What an experience!! The ambience was extremely charming, the ladies in charge were delightful and kind and welcoming, the kitchen staff came out just to see if we enjoyed our food which was amazing in itself. The executive chef Craig made some amazing dishes for us. Every time I am in town I will visit this restaurant.

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1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely cozy setting. Brought my girlfriend here for her birthday. It was our first time visiting. The staff were all very welcoming and the food was delicious! Highly recommend the deviled eggs and the shrimp and grits. Absolutely must try!

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TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service is friendly and professional, the atmosphere and ambience is fine dining a great date spot or just brunch with friends

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food in old town!!My only complaint is the noise level with babies. It would be nice if it was not so family friendly.

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1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Even though I had a reservation they changed my table after I was seated and asked me to say in a table against a wall; I’m glad I asked for another table that was available. They took a long time to come to the table and we needed to place the order immediately. Server needed to be ask to bring refills and condiments to the table. The price for restaurant week was not worth it; less expensive when is not a restaurant week. Food was okay; not a big deal. Big possibility that I will try another place instead of this one.

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

The server was amazing the ambiance was amazing but food was bland and just not my preference. I'm from the south so when i order pan seared salmon and dirty rice i expect real flavorful dirty rice not bland rice and fresh vegetables and and my salmon to be seasoned. Everything was was so bland and barely seasoned. I heard the brunch is better but i would never come here for dinner again

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Magnolias on King during restaurant week. I was with a group of foodies- and everyone loved their choices. The bartender knew his stuff and the noise level was great. We could talk with no problem. We probably were the problem as we we laughed a lot. The staff was lovely.

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TC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Restaurant week.. our second time and last yrs was much better . Don’t know if they change chefs or management but it seemed cheaper .. we go here all the time so we know the plate size and quality and it was there . Desserts were the low point . We both took one bite .. if you are gonna participate in restaurant week. Don’t sacrifice quality

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Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

This was a second outing at this establishment, having had a good first experience. However, this second attempt was very disappointing. It was restaurant week and unlike some restaurants which may allow a diner to order from either the prix-fixe $35.00 menu value or the regular menu, this restaurant was only serving from the price-five menu while the deviled eggs and carb dip were good, the dates were disappointing and definitely not as good as those served at Bottle Stop in Occoquan, VA. Two people in our party had the strip steak and it was tough and a tad grisly. One Oder which was medium rare cane out medium. The dark chocolate bread pudding was dry. This restaurant would be best served by adapting the bread pudding with pecan, bourbon sauce found on Epicurious or something similar. In fact, try the white chocolate bread pudding from Mikes American Grill. U fortunately, some members of our party won’t be back.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emily was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The hostess was also extremely helpful. We will be back!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed it. My average cup of coffee was 3-4 dollars. The food was great. I recommend the souther chicken Benedict.

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1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere was warm and pleasant and the food was outstanding. However the noise level was uncomfortably loud. Is there really no way to dampen the noise in such a small space???

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DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food, drinks and service. The young staff were very knowledgeable and attentive to our requests; even offering very good alternatives/suggestions and answering all our questions. They appear to be a happy and tight group that displayed good, reliable teamwork.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The fog and prosciutto salad and steak on the restaurant week menu were outstanding but the dessert tasted like it had just sad in the fridge for days and then they decided to reheat it. Service also could have been quicker.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Week. Great food and a wonderful sommelier who talked us through the wine pairings. Lovely decor.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I hadn’t been to Magnolias in a few years, and unfortunately the food and service have significantly declined since then. Service was extremely slow, and there was never anyone checking in. Orders taken, items dropped, moving on. Very unwelcoming. I ordered a bottle of wine, and the server poured the taste for my bf, that was extremely disappointing. Dinners were luke warm, and my NY Strip was so fatty I could barely eat it. Desserts took almost 20 mins to be dropped, and they literally tasted like they’d been sitting in a box/freezer all day. I would have gladly shared my feedback that evening, but again, no one ever checked in and o never saw a manager. Sadly, we won’t be returning or recommending Magnolias moving forward.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was very lacking. In an hour and a half we only received waters and one drink. We had gone early to grab a drink at the bar before our dinner reservations and we sat for 40 min while the bartender ran around waiting tables. The food was fine but not spectacular, which is maybe to be expected during restaurant week. Very cute location but needs work on coordinating service and checking in with customers.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was wonderful. we went during restaurant week—3 course for $35.

the winter bibb salad had pomegranate, feta, orange, candied pecan with an orange vinaigrette. the pomegranate was the best part!

the atlantic salmon was cooked perfectly. it was flaky and the bed of dirty rice was the perfect amount.

ended the meal with the sorbet duo. the pecan shortbread was delicious!

the ambiance was really nice and intimate. you can definitely have a conversation without having to speak loudly or scream.

the staff and our server were fantastic.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was our third visit to Magnolia’s on King. Our first two visit were excellent, thats why we returned to celebrate our anniversary. I was disappointed in the quality of my food this last visit. The sauce on the shrimp and grits was not good, and the bread pudding was dry. We were seated downstairs this visit. It was loud and the atmosphere was cold and unwelcoming. I prefer the cozy atmosphere upstairs. Our server was pleasant and friendly.

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Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely chill evening with craft cocktails and a delicious dinner (3 course restaurant week menu) it was perfect with amazing service and comfortable environment. It was great!!!

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant week for brunch. The only downside was that they had run out of the appetizer we wanted

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Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We went for Alexandria Restaurant Week brunch. $22 for two courses is a good deal. The biscuits were very tough. So hard the knife couldn't break it! Poached eggs had runny whites, underdone. We were told they were sold out of crab dip, but somehow it was available when we said we were leaving because that was one reason we went. The dip ended up being delicious. Overall: it's an okay place. Not great. Go when there is a special bargain

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RE
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food at Magnolias on King was quite disappointing. The food lacked flavor and the value for the food (for even restaurant week price) SUCKED. With the exception of the salmon, everything else was bland and dry. Service was also rushed. Would not go again.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food with exceptional service.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food! We will definitely be back.

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TF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Delicious food, and quality service. Wine list needs refreshing and broadened. Upstairs dining room chair seats are worn out, do not provide adequate seat support, and need replacing.

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GT
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful farm to table restaurant- food, ambience, staff, everything, was perfect! One minor request would be to turn the music down just a little.

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V
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service was outstanding! However, if you are on a tight budget, this is a restaurant best reserved for very special occasions.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I wish they had updated their website menu. I was really looking forward to eating the s’mores waffles and disappointmented to hear it was no longer on the menu.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Magnolias! Everything was wonderful. We would recommend it and would come back again!

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JP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The New Years dinner experience was unfortunately underwhelming. The selections were limited, so we expected the each selection to be at least properly executed, but that just wasn’t the case. The entrees were undercooked/poorly seasoned. The appetizers and the cocktails, however, were fantastic. Had we known, we would have just gorged on those ;)

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KS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Really disappointed. We used to love this place. For the second year in a row, we went for New Years Eve. Last year it was great, but this year it was very mediocre. We won’t be back. The food was edible but not good. The server was nice, but delivered our entrees while we were in the middle of our appetizers. It took a long time to get our cocktails, but the entrees flew out of the kitchen, cold, like they were waiting to be ordered. Not at all what we expect from a place with these prices.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Meal was over-priced and very small portions. Plus the food was just okay. There is a burning smell in the Main Dining Room. I will not go back.

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Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at the restaurant. We were looking for a place in Old Town that served brunch. We were not disappointed! The food was delicious! Each dish had a Southern "flair;" even traditional brunch favorites, such as Eggs Benedict (which I had). My husband had chicken and biscuits and our companions had eggs, sausage, biscuits, and hash browns that they said was delicious. Service was very friendly. What a nice Sunday brunch!

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