Permanently Closed - Magnolias on King

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
870 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary Southern

Get it delivered

View all

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
What 870 people are sayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
CA
CALuvsHolyCity
Algeria
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the occasion of my annual trip to Charleston, it’s a must do while I’m here. Service and food was excellent.

LB
LeoB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a charming restaurant! We had never been there before and thought the atmosphere was cozy and warm. Very friendly staff. This is a nice place for a quiet romantic quaint dinner. The food was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! This will become a definite spot for us to return to in Old Town. Highly recommend.

O
Oaktown
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This was my first visit for brunch. And because I want this restaurant to be one of my go to places; I would like to return during the week for lunch/dinner before giving a review.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. The staff all seemed to work as a team to ensure that the guests had whatever their table needed. The servings were generous, but not too much. I had enough to share. We went for brunch and will certainly go back for dinner.

B
Butterfly4b
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’m a first-timer. I enjoyed the experience; and food was delicious. Initially service was slow due to what appeared to be a high volume of patrons. It was pretty busy. The staff more than made up for the initial delay. I plan to return.

K
vipKenb
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I luv this place, the staff is a little slow but good. This is my go to spot. The food is fantastic and I always recommend this place to my friends.

TO
TorrieO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! I went twice in one weekend! King St best kept secret!

ER
vipEastoftheRiver
New England
39 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch. The food was good. Enjoyed the fried chicken benedict. It was very filling and the chicken was tender. I wish there was more variety to the menu options. I may come back for dinner sometime.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is superb. Perfect spot for a date night. The service and food were both top notch.

IR
IrisR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went as a late Valentine’s Day dinner. The ambiance was great, our server was very attentive. Small and quaint. The food was very good, large portions so you can share if you want, wish my daughter and I would have done that. We had the fried chicken with gravy. The fried chicken was tender, the mashed potatoes needed a tad of salt and the sausage gravy was good as well. My husband had the pork chops, again it came with 2 nice size chops so you can share. Some dishes you do have to have to order sides. I would describe it as an upscale soul food restaurant that is very quaint. We were told the upstairs had a bar and lounge area, but we were with our children so we couldn’t partake. The only downside was no children’s menu. Overall we would go back.

D
Doug
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We had a table by the window and the fireplace was nearby. Food was delicious.

F
Flint
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughter recommended Magnolias to us and we are so glad that she did. We dined there on Valentine Day and it was a wonderful dining experience. The food was delicious, the service was awesome, and the atmosphere was perfect. I highly recommend it for a romantic dinner date.

G
vipGlen
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First, our sever Emily was the best! Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. It's a warm cozy little room. Good comfort food with a touch of high end flair.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and very kind staff, but our food took almost an hour to come out and our waiter seemed to be avoiding coming to our table rather than apologizing for the wait or letting us know the food would take a bit longer. Overall, we enjoyed the food and atmosphere but won’t be returning due to the wait time and non attentive service.

TO
TorrieO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner/chef attended to all the guests and made us feel very comfortable! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! I will be going back for brunch in 2 days!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch - great food but the staff is the secret ingredient

HG
HelperGirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Celebrated a retirement with our family. The selections were good. The deviled egg and fried pickle appetizers were delicious. The entres were good. The "Bees Knees" gin & Tonic was excellent. Our suggestions are the wait staff should either take the plates back to the kitchen to put them in "take-away" containers or at least do it at the table. Also we had to request clean silverware for each course. We also thought the prices were a little high.

NF
vipN2FabFood
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing! Had a lovely seat by the window - server was exceptional - very attentive, noise level low and lighting perfect. Had shrimp and grits and pork chops deviled eggs and fried dill pickles and all dishes so flavorful and fresh. I am from the south and so am particular about al these dishes! They exceeded my expectations! Lovely dining experience and we will be back!

EB
vipElizabethB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnolia's is a cozy charming venue serving inspired dishes and drinks with a side of Southern hospitality a part of every offering. While each dining area provides unique ambiance, great food, libations and service, there is just something special about experiencing the second floor Palm Lounge and Bar with it's glowing fireplace and view of sparkling lights on King Street on a chilly winter's night. Great happy hour, brunch and weekly specials to explore! Special thanks to Emily and Luna for making my long anticipated reunion with a friend a night to remember - in all the best ways. Magnolia's is truly a neighborhood gem.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked that the waiter knew to hand us two separate checks.

KD
KendraD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were amazing. Cant wait to go back!!

A
vipAlexandrian
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
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
angelam
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PG
PamG
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
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
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for brunch!

A
Adriana
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Came for brunch, standard fare but great atmosphere upstairs.

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

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

R
Rachel
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
Larkanator
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
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
MarkG
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
vipDavidS
Washington DC
23 reviews