The Majestic

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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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C
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a last minute lunch at The Majestic for our 36th wedding anniversary. They gave a comfy booth and we had a leisurely, delicious lunch. Staff was lovely! Thank for a great first visit. We will be back!

P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, cocktails were interesting. I wish you had a few more options on the menu for entrees as well as salads. It was a fun evening with my sister.

H
Baltimore
85 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A lot of wonderful choices. Wait staff was very sociable and knowledgeable. I selected the Sunday night special, southern fried chicken, as did many other patrons. It was a three course meal at a reasonable price. The only down side was service was a little slow with some forgotten items , eg. no spoon for soup, no salt and pepper. The waiters seemed attentive but perhaps too busy for the number of staff. Nevertheless, I would recommend this restaurant and will look forward to returning.

M
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I like this restaurant and have been many times. This time, the brunch menu was a bit disappointing. Our server was great, doing every thing that she could to make me happy, including trading out what I’d ordered for something else when she saw I wasn’t thrilled with it. She was cheerful and eager to please. I’ll be back, although maybe not for brunch.

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

Majestic is becoming one of our favorite local haunts. Great food, amazing service!

BK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I enjoy the vibe of this place and the cocktails immensely. The bar is a great casual hang out and the bartenders are skilled. The service is quick, attentive and knowledgeable. The only drawback is the central section has a tin ceiling and all the noise is reflected out to the sides. It can be very loud (not a problem unique to this restaurant,) so conversation in the dining area can be a challenge. The bar doesn't have this problem. I'm sure I'll go back.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious breakfast as always

KM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We generally love the Majestic but will not be going back for brunch. We had a reservation but were seated far back by the kitchen when there were plenty of seats closer to the front. It was very loud in the back and difficult to hear conversations. Our server took a very long time to take our order and check with us later for the check--the whole meal for just 5 people took about 2 hours. The breakfast potatoes were not very good - lots of seasoning but little flavor, soft, and mushy. :(

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was poor as the restore t grew so busy and there didn’t seem to be e Pugh staff to serve adequately.

MH
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and a great ambiance in this restaurant. You won't go away hungry and the wait staff is very good about making sure you are taken care of. I will definitely go back.

SH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for an excellent meal. Quiet enough to have good conversation, too. Will be back!

S
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love The Majestic, we have a fantastic experience every time. This restaurant week dinner was the first visit for my parents and they loved the relaxed and unique ambience of the place and the creativity of some of the dishes.

The only tiny nitpick I have with my last visit is that I ordered a sangria and it came with some ice that diluted the flavor. Wish they'd asked about the ice thing beforehand. Otherwise, everything was amazing.

EF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as always. Sea Bass was great along with the Coconut Cake was wonderful. Service was good but not as good as it has been in past visits.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of food was outstanding. We had a great meal. This is my third time in 2 years having a meal here and I’ve not been disappointed. Definitely reaching its way to the top of my favorites here in the area.

LL
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cool place, good food, good service. Some reviewers called Majestic upscale, i would disagree. Husband wasn’t blown away with his spaghetti, bisque was really good though.

FL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and we’ll definitely be back. Joshua P made sure to walk us through the menu, highlighting his favorites. Service was excellent, food was superb. So glad to have this neighborhood gem close by.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Bday ghggggggghhhhhhgggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh

C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very very noisy !
Food is excellent
Service was ok not great

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Because it was restaurant week, the service was busy and rushed. We were not offered a coffee refill.
Because it was restaurant week, the restaurant was really crowded and the noise level high. It was difficult to talk.
However, the food was good and a good value. As always, the bar selections of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages was above average.

B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed it very much. The waiter was new but checked on my dietary requests so that I could choose well for my particular diet. The prime rib special was medium rare to my specs and they substituted delicious Brussels sprouts for the potatoes without issue. The peppers appetizer was yummy. Nice booth to catch up with an old friend.

T
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The Good: Food was prepared well and tasted fine. Service was good.
The Bad: The noise level was so high it required yelling to hear your companion or speak to the waitstaff.
The Ugly: We could not wait to leave because of the noise level.

In summary: If you do not want to converse with anyone and you are immune to deafening noise levels go the Majestic since the food is quite good. If you want a relaxing enjoyable meal just reconsider.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Majestic is a very lively restaurant with amazing food. I caught up with a few friends here during restaurant week. The food was great and they had half price bottles of wine! If you’re looking for a more quiet ambiance, this might not be the best place, but otherwise, a very cozy and delicious experience!

h
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner for restaurant week on Wednesday eve. Because we were not able to be seated at our reservation time we were offered a cocktail on the house . And then when our table was ready, the delicious deviled eggs appetizer was brought to us for our patience .

We were so impressed that the staff cared and treated us so respectfully.
I have celebrated two birthdays here in the past and must say that the Majestic never disappoints!
The food is always amazing and the service is the best .
I recommend to all my friends and coworkers all the time

AK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Majestic is always delightful, but this meal was particularly wonderful! The food was incredible, and while our server was stretched a bit thin, he was so friendly, and the manager came over to take our drinks order as soon as we sat down. The Majestic is a neighborhood favorite, and we remain happy, full, and loyal!

AA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not a first date place, but definitely a date night. I went for restaurant week but ordered off the regular menu because the hamburger and coconut cake are my reasons for coming.

SP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for Restaurant Week for lunch, which was advertised but not offered. We ordered off the menu; Food was so so, not anything I’d come back. Service was good. Unimpressed.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Majestic! We go there often for special occasions. The food and service are always excellent, the best in Old Town. I just wish they would vary the menu a little more. They seems to have locked in the same menu with only slight seasonal variations. That is the only thing that keeps us from going back more often.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I ordered a hanger steak mid rare and it came out mid-well. Wasn’t expecting much but was expecting a little more then what I got and for the type of restaurant this is, the prices are a bit much.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and wonderful as always! The chicken and waffles are the best we’ve had!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Very solid.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and atmosphere.

V
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing place, will be back.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a good experience at the Majestic. Rob was our server once again, he is so helpful in making good suggestions for what we might eat and drink. He helps to make the experience a very positive one! Thanks Rob!

NH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Majestic was delicious! I’d been for happy hour a couple times but not yet for dinner. We went for dinner during Alexandria Restaurant Week - SO good!

c
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant with history, noise level was not so desirable

HS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We are from out of town and searched the internet for places close to our hotel. The Majestic came up and we liked their menu. Upon arrival we were informed that it was restaurant week, so we had a choice between the regular menu or the special Restaurant week menu. We chose the special menu. The food was excellant and the service top notch. Portion sizes were perfect and we left completely satisfied. When we are in the area again we will certainly be back at the Majestic.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this spot. One of my fav old town spots to go. Great drinks and service. Their burger is amazing! One of my favs in this entire area.

AC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was simply the best and the food was great, as always!

KR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very good and the service was excellent. However, the tables are way too close. I enjoyed our own conversation as well as the ones on either side of me.

BR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit to Majestic and came away very impressed. Great mix of specialty cocktails/wines with appetizers and main course options. Recommend folks give it a try.

Note:5 stars must be exceptional and I rate few restaurants with 5 but don’t let my 4 stars fool you, I definitely will return.

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