The Majestic

4.6
882 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Majestic is all new, with Executive Chef Graham Duncan at the helm, offering diverse, seasonal, and vibrant, protein and vegetable-forward menus for Lunch, Dinner, and weekend Brunch. A contemporary upscale-casual American bistro style selections with ingredient-focused dishes showcasing quality olive oils, herbs, garlic, and other influences. A rotisserie for meats (and even vegetables) adds deep flavor and variety to the restaurants signature dishes.

The newly renovated 85-seat dining room features a comfortable and sophisticated setting of intimate booths, individual tables facing a high back banquette, and inviting contemporary club chairs in the single dining room. Extensive updates were made to the finishes, fixtures, and furnishings, and the newly hand-waxed walls are covered in salon-style collections of art, objects, and interesting images for a dynamic setting.
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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good service and very accommodating to our needs. I will definitely go back in the future.

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Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place lives up to the hype! Great pick for foodie. The short ribs and chicken were both fantastic.

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TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great art-deco atmosphere. Very good service and food.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and environment. The service is amazing and it lends itself to a great family friendly environment.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We love Downtown Alexandria. This place was not bad but we won’t go again. The noise was so LOUD, not music, just people talking over everyone else. My boyfriend ordered the duck and I had the chicken. The duck was fine, the chicken was dry. Other than the noise, the ambiance was nice.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You'll love The Majestic. The food is great and the ambience is fun but not too loud. Definitely order the homemade chips with blue cheese and bacon app. Delicious!

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved celebrating my birthday here. Delicious food. Attentive service. Two vegetarians and one non-veg and we all found great choices. A gem.

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Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful family dinner midweek for a special occasion. The food was great and very reasonably priced as compared to other Old Town spots. Jen was a very attentive and professional server. It was our first time to the Majestic and we will definitely be back!

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PW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress that night was excellent and the food was great, i will return soon and will pass the word around.

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and delicious food! Thank you for a wonderful afternoon celebrating my daughter's 16th birthday in such an elegant and special way!

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T
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes that our party of 7 got for brunch were great. 1 order of monkey bread was enough for the whole table to try

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the best braised short ribs and mashed potatoes of my life. Great service and vibe. Will visit again the next time we are in town. If you have the choice to dine here, you should do it!

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Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pretty great, close-quarters restaurant. Definitely noisy, but almost in a good way - you can talk to the person across from you without worrying about the people next to you hearing clearly. The food was very good. We had deviled eggs, Chilean sea bass, and the scallops. The sea bass dish was terrific and the other dishes were very good. It's definitely a good spot to visit in Old Town.

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d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch!

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t
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Majestic is a bustling, busy, neighborhood place on a King Street with a fun buzz. Our server, Daniel, was fantastic, with attentive service and good starter and wine suggestions. However, three of our four entrees were so salty, they were almost inedible. Two worst were sea bass and the third was what tasted like a brined pork chop. (The Duck was good, by the way.). When the over-salted entrees were mentioned to our server, he apologized, spoke to the kitchen staff, and comped a round of drinks. But no explanation or substitution was offered for the saltiness of 2/3 of our order. Weird. We probably won’t return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The server turned down the music but it was still difficult to hear. Also very dark.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. Staff was outstanding—from the hostess to the server. The server made recommendations that were amazing. Best scallops we’ve had in years. They made a weekday birthday celebration feel special and we both appreciated it. Can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu.

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OT
Washington DC
144 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It's always loud here, but the food is fantastic. Beet salad, octopus, brussels sprouts, cauliflower (spicy!) and the scallops were all delicious. The scallops, especially, were divine! Great service!

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the life of we I wish I could remember our servers name, but I can’t. We spent this past Saturday 02 March 2019 there for a 630 pm reservation. It was crowded in a good way and we went straight back to our table. No waiting. She created the perfect mock tails for my newly pregnant best friend and recommended Devine dishes. She checked on us regularly without ever disappearing. I did try to get her attention, but I’m quiet by nature and it was a little louder than I think it could have been as t why she didn’t hear me. But she was in and out around our table so often that I didn’t have to wait that much longer to ask for another cocktail. Now I can say I’ve had brunch, dinner, and just drinks at the majestic and it’s definitely a place to visit in Old town.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is simply fantastic. It has a classy, but not too classy, ambiance. Highly recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time we went for dinner. Food very good very noisy

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K
Shreveport
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. The place was full so the service was slowed down slightly. However, management was constantly working to help the wait staff keep things moving.

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LL
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food service a little slow

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D
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I was expecting more from this restaurant, especially for a well respected spot in Alexandria. The atmosphere and service were fine. However the food was a let down. My wife's duck was raw and had to be sent back, the next plate of duck was overcooked. While my scallops were cooked ok, they did not have a lot of flavor.

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FD
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice brunch. The server was able to answer all of our menu questions, got us a side from the dinner menu and made our menu modifications.

Thank you for a very nice meal.

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

Been going to Majestic off and on since they first opened. It has vastly improved. The six of us, all had great meals with good service. We were all happy with the experience and will return in the very near future-

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great local spot with a fun vibe and tasty food. We enjoyed the potato chips with blue cheese the amazing artichoke hearts and grilled octopus to start. For entrees, there was the amazing pork chop, the mouth-watering chicken, a steaming bowl of mussels and 2 of us shared the pasta dish. We also gobbled up the mac n cheese, 2 orders of Brussels sprouts and the cauliflower.
The 6 of us split 2 orders of the coconut cake for dessert. I will be going back next sunday for the fried chicken dinner!

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k
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

enjoy the service, ambiance and the food.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant and atmosphere. Food was great. Service is always good at this restaurant. We had the Sea Bass and Scallops. Both were delicious

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I chose to celebrate my birthday dinner at the Majestic, as I love the food and ambience. Last night I found the service to be less than desirable. The server, Melissa, was not attentive in the very least. I had to ask another server if she could take our food order. I won’t be returning to The Majestic for a while based off my recent experience.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Have been here several times for lunch and loved it. Also it’s s great happy hour. We felt dinner wasn’t as good as our other experiences but we do plan to try dinner again.

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DC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was pretty good, different food offerings I haven't seen at other restaurants, but I wouldn't say it's at the top of the list for places I'd like to visit again anytime soon. I think what turned me off the most is the waiter was nowhere to be found at some points in our lunch and we had to ask multiple times for the salt, pepper, lemon wedges for the table. It's ok, but I'm not rushing back anytime soon.

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TD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails and interesting American menu. Had a really nice time with friends. Highly recommend...

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Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service at brunch was excellent -- the hostess who seated us in a booth, our waiter, Rob, and a busboy who sprang to our immediate need when Rob was elsewhere. My friend's food was very good -- avocado toast with a poached egg. But I was disappointed in my selection, Eggs Shakshuka, because the spicy tomato sauce completely overwhelmed the taste of the poached eggs as well as the taste of the accompanying lamb merguez sausage. We will be back, however, maybe for the Sunday Supper, which sounds like a great idea as well as a bargain.

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M
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Majestic is a great place for a nice Sunday brunch. The avocado toast, sirloin omelet, and mushroom grilled cheese were all enjoyed by our small group. The drinks (flight of mimosas and bloody mary) were great. Best of all was superb service by Sarah.

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ML
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was phenomenal, as always. Server appeared to be distracted and went to talk to another table for extended stretches (she was pleasant, though). The manager on shift also didn't seem to be bothered to check on our table's gluten intolerance (Celiac's) as other managers have in the past.

Besides that all the other staff was nice, the food was stellar, just felt a touch overlooked by staff this particular Saturday night.

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The main dishes were cold (the duck, the burger)--and the sides were as well (roasted brocollini). The kale Caesar salad was much too wet. The wine was "old"--it had been open for a while and had a vinegary taste. And even though I said up front that I was allergic to an ingredient in a spread (horseradish), they put it on my food anyway. By the time the kitchen re-made it, my dinner companion was done eating. I'd been looking forward to coming to the Majestic for years, based on its reputation. I was sorely disappointed. (I will say, though, that they took my main dish off the bill, which I appreciated.)

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LC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great tasting menu never changes the ambiance. The experience was nice but not the most romantic setting. Its friendly and inviting with an eager service staff to ensure your time is nice. I would recommend this for any occasion but tight spacing leaves no room for intimate conversations.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at The Majestic for Thanksgiving, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. On none of those occasions did it fail to please. From the fantastic and creative cocktails at the bar to the ambience, the elegantly prepared cuisine and the exceptional service we were completely and totally satisfied with our entire experience. We highly recommend The Majestic for a special, adult evening out on the town.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has become a Valentine's Day ritual for me and my partner- amazing food with a very romantic vibe. The servers are always very friendly and attentive, and the food has a lot of love put into it! The pricing reflects what they serve, and that's upscale dining, so be prepared. It can be a bit noisy and its pretty crowded, so make sure to make reservations if you want to avoid a wait. This place is perfect for a fancy date or maybe even a lunch with friends! I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for kids though. Overall we'll continue to make a pilgrimage every year here for the awesome experience we always have!

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