Magnolias on King

4.6
893 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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SusanD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch at Magnolias. Food was fantastic! Chef Leonard came out to meet us and we had a wonderful chat about him and his restaurant. He won't tell us how he makes the ribs tho. The restaurant has a lot of atmosphere and a cozy fireplace. I will definitely be back many times.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Wonderful place to get a good meal. The service is always great as well.

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SandraF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time and it was the best experience. My guests helped me celebrate my birthday here, we all enjoyed it. I will definitely be back again. I've already shared this place with others to let them know of this quaint spot in Old Town Alexandria.

Keep up the great work serving the community, so proud of this establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food was great!

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Trios
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance on a Sunday late afternoon. The service was great and the meal was seasoned perfectly. We will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Greetings my only two times eating here were quite pleasant, first time food was grand/excellent, second time coming I ordered same dish, and it was overly spicy and just okay. Perhaps my next visit I will venture out with my food options. Waiters were exceptionally attentive and I love the atmosphere which actually makes me feel like I’m away on vacation. This is what stands out to me. Great customer service, great location and great food. I will return, and I have referred friends that have already enjoyed the comforts of Magnolia on King. Great job!

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vipVASFfan
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We always enjoy dining at Magnolia's. The food is consistently excellent. This time, I had the shrimp po' boy sliders for an appetizer, and we each had a variation on grits (my wife had shrimp and grits, I had pork and grits). All of these items were delicious. Service was always attentive and prompt, though bringing the main courses while I was still working on my appetizer wasn't ideal. My only quibble is their wine list is very brief. There are good wines to be found, but a wider set of options would be appreciated.

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vipJeannineW
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time dining at this establishment and it did not disappoint. I felt safe dining there and the staff was very attentive. I couldn’t decided between the crab cakes and the gumbo, so I ordered both and I wasn’t disappointed. We will be back.

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FoodieLa
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had evening reservations where I sat upstairs by the window, which I opened, so the moderate level noise was welcomed... along with the fresh air (nice touch). The service and food were fantastic. I was a little disappointed with the presentation of the ribs. They were a little cold and looked as if they were reheated with BBQ sauce splattered on top; however, the meat was tender and flavor was acceptable. Everything else was wonderful, especially the crab dip! Magnolia's is a definite recommendation and I will be revisiting.

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vipSunny
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trip Advisor recommended. We tried it while visiting Alexandria.

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ReneeG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The food was amazing. The owner was extremely pleasant

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JoanD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You must try the chicken and waffles - i shared with others at the table and the consensus was - best ever. Lunch was very relaxed, sandwiches were generously portioned, well seasoned and fresh ingredients

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vipDRad66
Baltimore
350 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal at Magnolias. Our server, Luna, was excellent. All of our meals were delicious and hot - just as ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for two of my friends out of the 5 of us. Everything was simply timeless, I felt like I was on vacation fine dining somewhere beautifully cultural. My friends and I simply had a blast and we made some friends there too. Thank you for your amazing patience and service. We will be returning and I definitely recommend this place whether two person intimate outing or with a hand full of friends. The food, absolutely delectable. Thank you so much!

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vipQuiana43
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and great food (i.e. deviled eggs, french toast, mac and cheese, seafood omelette, and shrimp and grits).

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Erik
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, and beautiful environment. Already looking forward to the next visit!

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KristinC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In town with one daughter to visit my daughter who just moved to Alexandria. We were the last seating so we had the place to ourselves. Our waiter was nice and attentive but let us visit.
We are from Tennessee and loved the ribs!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a place that presents itself to be upscale while having a casual and comfortable feel. The food was appealing to the eyes, delicious to the palette and fair to the wallet. The service was nice and the atmosphere was welcoming. Whether your alone, a date, with family or friends... If your looking to enjoy yourself at a new spot, give this place a chance! More than likely you're going to plan to visit again, I know I will!

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SamanthaS
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly. The ribs and grits were good, the crab cakes were delicious, but the Mac and cheese lacked flavor. But overall good experience.

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vipRZ789
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

I thought for such a small space during COVID, they had a lot of tables and it was VERY loud. Service was a little slow, food was delicious.

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vipNKR22
Anchorage
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Quaint Old Town house converted into a restaurant, with nice ambiance. The food was okay but unremarkable-- plain flavors and nothing to make them noteworthy. The volume was very, very loud inside, with nothing to help absorb the noise. A disappointing experience, since it has so much potential but then flopped.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Food was really good. Service was not that great. Had to ask for drink refills and food took to long to come out despite not being very busy.

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vipSweetpetite
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I absolutely loved this restaurant. The food was great and so was the customer service. I will definitely back for more!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Overpriced salty and oily food.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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vipKenb
Washington DC
29 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.

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TorrieO
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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.

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IrisR
Washington DC
12 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TorrieO
Washington DC
12 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!

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

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

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Magnolias on King is rated 4.6 stars by 893 OpenTable diners.

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