Magnolias on King

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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 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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Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A return visit with friends to a fun restaurant--- excellent food and cocktails. Service was a little awkward and slow, no doubt due to the restaurant week crowds which were filling the place. We'll return again, sometime soon-

a
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Crab dip good. Fish and grits great.

PG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our office team chose Magnolia's for lunch during Restaurant Week. We had been to New Orleans for an annual meeting and wanted to relive our wonderful dining experiences in that 'foodie' city. Magnolia's was perfect! Service was excellent and meals were delicious. We understand that opening for lunch is an experiment for Magnolia's - we hope it was successful!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service!

A
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Came for brunch, standard fare but great atmosphere upstairs.

W
Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

At either brunch or dinner, if the stuffed dates are offered, order them!

R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Old Town. As to be expected, they were very busy for Alexandria Restaurant Week, but the food and drinks are well worth the wait.

L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for restaurant week. Server was attentive and loved the music.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the meal and the New Old Fashioned drink was super!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Magnolia’s on King and I will definitely be back! If you love authentic southern comfort food then look no further. Delicious shrimp & grits and jambalaya! The maple roasted Brussels sprouts were so yummy!

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

On the positive side, the staff was very friendly and attentive. That being said, the New Year's Eve menu was very limited and disappointing -- particularly given the price. The food was bland and the noise level was so loud (with only about 15 diners in the room where we were seated) that it was difficult to have a conversation. And the noise was only from people's voices. For this festive evening, there was no special program -- simply a meal with an increased price. But, that being said, as noted, the staff were friendly and attentive.

DS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very enjoyable dinner. The food was good and our server was attentive. We had a young, antsy child and our waiter was very accommodating and understanding. There was some confusion about the menu. The restaurant called earlier in the day to confirm the reservation and told us about the tasting menu. He confirmed that we could order from the regular menu which wasn't exactly accurate. The tasting menu was the only available option, but diners could order the sides. We would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, and it was a great experience. Customer service was well appreciated.

OT
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was going for more as far as creativity in the menu. It was limited and service was okay.

e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Good food. Good service. Good atmosphere.

BC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We've been here many times, but this time we ordered appetizers and they didn't come until after dinner. No credit on the bill, but I didn't ask for one (we did eat them, after all).

Even with this hiccup, food and drinks were good.

P
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Good food good service! Crab dip a bit too spicy, but the pork chop and fried chicken were delightful! We’ll be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious brunch! The food was fantastic! Highly recommend for a fun place in the heart of the historic district.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive and helpful

BC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over-all excellent experience. Her steak and my shrimp n grits very good. Server also excellent. He overheard our “happy anniversary “ toast and without prompting gave us dessert on the house. Definitely recommend it

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits had a great taste and not bland at all. Also tried the fried chicken eggs Benedict. The chicken was really tasty and the sausage gravy and biscuits were a nice touch.

G
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dinner and cocktails

MS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the stellar service. We felt taken care of and appreciate the little touches throughout the night— amazing staff!

BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and properly prepared (medium rare steak was perfect). A great place for any occasion, but it was our anniversary and that made it all the better. One of the best dining experiences we've had in the past several years. We'll be back.

BK
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from out of town and loved it. Looking forward to a return trip.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful except the dish I chose, but that's my fault, not the restaurant. The place was beautiful, our server was amazing, and my husband's food was incredible. I definitely recommend it and we will go back!

J
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch food and drinks. Definitely check them out!

KM
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I took my husband here to celebrate our anniversary based on all the great reviews and we left underwhelmed. It took awhile for our server to get our initial order and the food was just “meh.” It was so disappointing that we didn’t even feel like staying for dessert.

TC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for a year or so , it’s always a great experience from hostess to the servers everyone is so nice .., great place in old town

JC
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Spicy crab dip was very good!

SC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Pleasant experience. Staff was friendly and efficient. Recommend it highly.

OT
Chiba
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had THE BEST time at Magnolia’s on King!! Luna was our server and was absolutely incredible. He had wonderful recommendations and a thorough knowledge of cocktails and wine. Luna, Nick and Vanessa are the Dream Team and made us feel so special. We have lived in the area for a good six months and this has been our favorite place (and experience) by far—can’t wait to come back.

P.S. We took a bite of food before I took each picture because it looked so damn good

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was just ok. Nothing to brag about

OT
Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Roasted beet salad greens were wilty and dressing made them a little gummy. Spring risotto was great. Coconut cake was dry and frankly a disaster. Duck confit with dumplings was good.

C
Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went during restaurant week and enjoyed our 3 course $35 meal. My deviled eggs were smooth and delicious while my wife’s bacon wrapped dates were even better. She enjoyed her shrimp and grits, I enjoyed my fried chicken. For desert my hot fudge Sunday hit the spot. My bride enjoyed her strawberry shortcake. The staff was busy but attentive. Kudos to our upstairs bartender who came around pouring water and checking in on everyone.

NH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Magnolia's on King is DELICIOUS!!! My husband and I had a great experience. Great service, great atmosphere, great food.

H
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous meal!!! And the service by Emily was outstanding!! The shrimp and grits are outstanding , the portion huge, but you eat the entire amount because you can't stop yourself. The berry shortcake ( homemade) was too good to describe. And the wine by THE GLASS fabulous ( "Quilt" - cab) I LOVED this place ........ from the food to Emily........ it's amazing!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Magnolis on King during restaurant week. We chose this restaurant based on their three course menu options and they did not disappoint. The food was very good. We ended up ordering the wine pairing but the cocktail menus looks really tasty. We will have to return to try their full menu and the cocktails.

CE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our restaurant week 3 course special dinner selections were delicious. It was busy so service was a bit slow. The downstairs dining room was hot, while the upstairs seating was much cooler. It was also rather loud, not the quiet intimate vibe we were expecting.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I was not prepared in the slightest for how incredibly loud this restaurant is. Despite that, it was amazingly intimate. The roar swallows all conversation. You cannot hear beyond your own table, for the most part. We found that there were 2 people who insisted on shouting at their table, and their voices were prominent on our evening, but even then we could not really make out what they were saying - only that they were quite lively, animated, and shouting. The food was impeccably delicious and the service was accommodating and thorough. We never had a need for anything once we entered the establishment. They sort you (we got there early, so we went to the bar), take your order, and then they predicted every need we had and catered to us like we were royalty. It was a boisterously lovely evening!! The service staff are warm, knowledgeable, and attentive. The cocktail offerings are inventive, and the wine is perfectly paired with the food, if you ask for a suggestion.

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