The Majestic

4.5
851 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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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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C
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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T
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
74 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and Josh (our waiter) was terrific.

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TT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service, but the prices were a little high.

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

I love this place and will go back but it was just way too loud on Sunday. Too many large tables, maybe?

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CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was timely, prompt and courteous, our waitress in particular was delightful. The cocktails are great, the menu for a Sunday Brunch was limited but varied enough. The food quality was good and the prices are not inexpensive but very reasonable for the location. This was my fourth visit to The Majestic and it won’t be the last.

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m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Majestic was accommodating when I called to add to my 5-person reservation, seated the party who all arrived on time and before me (parking in Old Town on a nice Saturday!) and after serving us and checking occasionally, left us to enjoy each other. Great food, nice mid-winter brunch offerings and comfortable. Always a good choice!

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CW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Our waiter took fantastic care of us and made it a great experience for our whole table. An Old Town classic, highly recommend!!

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c
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Coconut cake, as ever, was tremendous. Menu less imaginative than in past, illustrating the DC area continues to be comprised of less knowledgable diners who will pay substantial sums for less than substantial quality kitchen fare. Overall though the ambiance remains wonderful.

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k
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, our server was very attentive and pleasant. Everyone enjoyed the evening

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

Even though the dining room was only half full, it was really loud and difficult to hear. Weirdly enough, they seemed to seat people next to each other even though some parts of the dining room was empty. But, the server was responsive and very helpful without being in your face.

The food and the drinks were to die for though. Do wish there were more mashed potatoes on my plate, seemed lighter than usual. The Majestic is usually very generous with food. Regardless, the meal reminded me why the Majestic is only of my favorite Alexandria restaurants.

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GF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The boys were both at Super Bowl parties so we could have a date! We enjoyed the Sunday night supper

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious. Every item was completely finished. The short rib was out of this world.

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

Rob took good care of us! He explained the brunch menu and gave us some good options to choose from. The food was great and the service perfect! We will definitely be back for brunch soon!

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MM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and wonderful menu. This was our first visit to the Majestic for Sunday brunch. We were not disappointed. To the contrary, the food, drink and service was superb from start to finish. They have a wonderful array of healthy and more decadent options for groups with mixed tastes. My wife and I opted for relatively healthy food and terrific libations, while our son enjoyed a more decadent entrée. Prime Rib omelette was innovative.

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l
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar & restaurant with an intimate but energetic atmosphere! Great service as well! Wide variety of tasty meal options! Definitely will be returning!

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

Good food well prepared and efficiently served. And in a cool retro looking space! What’s not to love?

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

The drinks were amazing! It was a bit loud. The corn muffins were dry but the chicken was some of the best fried chicken I ever ate. There was just too much. Could have easily split the meal.

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

HIGHLY recommend!! Had a great time. Food was fantastic, service was incredible. Will 100% be back!

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AM
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

No matter how busy the service is always spot on! Definitely need reservations though as this little hidden gem is not quite so hidden any more.

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a
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful elderflower & passion fruit with sparkling wine cocktail. Enjoyed the egg white omelet with veggies & cheddar cheese. Didn't have room for the excellent monkey bread or the delicious bacon.

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G
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been frequenting this place since it opened. I grew up behind the original owners of the building and watched it transform from a closed up/dilapidated storage building in the early 70's into what it has become today.
Lets be clear here the menu is awesome, and service always good, however..., there is the noise factor. When the restaurant first opened way back 2001, there was a noise problem and the owners eventually fixed it with adding some fabrics and having a ceiling made that had overlapping panels that kept noise from bouncing about. It worked and you could have a conversation without much problem. I hadn't been there for a couple of years and went back for dinner. I was surprised to see that they reconstructed the ceiling and added punched tin(I think) and basically destroyed the noise cancelling properties the other ceiling provided. All that to say, "ITS NOISY". I had to raise my voice just to be heard by the two guests on either side of me. Almost screaming to talk to the person 3 seats away. Now there wasn't any music, and no one was screaming or talking extremely loud, its just the case of the din just overwhelming your conversation.
Great food, good service but be prepared for the noise.

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

Majestic had an impressive menu and some delicious food. They were a little busy at brunch which I assume lead to some small (and quickly remedied) service errors. Overall, it was a great experience and I would go back.

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

Service was excellent and food delicious. It was a great place to get together with my girlfriends and one even brought her 3 year old. Great experience overall!

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

Over the years, I have visited the Majestic perhaps once or twice yearly since it opened. . Previously I found the service, food, and wine qualitatively good, or well-above average.

Friday's visit was the first in several months. I had invited a long time friend to leave McLean and meet me in Old Town., thinking I could not wrong.

Well I was wrong. From the start, The server seemed preoccupied, not giving me much time to get out of my coat, then find a seat, then to another (courtesy of the maitre d'), since the first was directly under a cold draft. Or then to look at the wine list, with server twice and twice requesting a selection, before I could get settled. Then, 11 minutes went by before he returned.

I ordered the soup and salmon salad; my friend an appetizer and sandwich I believe. The soup was simply unappetizing, and un-warmed, then the salad arrived shortly after few spoonsful, as did my friends entre. Josh, arrived to grab my guest's unfinished cider, having to be told to return it. We pushed aside the unfinished, though unsatisfying foods to the side, to make room for a wilty salad, and an over cooked 2 oz of salmon. We had been rushed to consume unappetizing fare . I apologized to my guest saying, "the Majestic has lost much of its majesty." For the soup, the salad and two glasses of wine, I was charged $41.00. A similar amount for my friend, whose experience was bearable-he was hungry.

Rarely do I complete one of these surveys re recent restaurant experience. But rare too is there such a poor excuse for service, or quality of fare.

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LL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and excellent cocktails.
Went back twice in one week!

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GG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! However:

The tiniest of details were overlooked:
- no garnish or “wow” on or in the cocktails (I would have loved to see a fresh berry, and orange slice a something...)
- our starter plates were not cleared before our main entrees arrived (I awkwardly held my starter plate in hand as there just wasn’t enough room).
- bill was handled differently (aka we asked for one thing and received another, it may be that it was too difficult to hear)

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VM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

the resturante week menu was not a good reflectio. of their true menu. although the food was good i wish there was more options

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J
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Made reservations here after reading review, the restaurant week menu had promise. It was good. I would say overall good not great. Service was so awesome. Personable, fun staff with great table service that made it worthwhile.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time, and the food was delicious!

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JW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For celebrating our 15 yr. anniversary, it was a wonderful experience! No complaints!!

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful except for the noise level - too loud.

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