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“A worthy recommendation”
Review of Cedar Restaurant

Cedar Restaurant
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Ranked #243 of 3,322 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 20 - US$ 30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: Between 8th & 9th
Transit: Gallery Place-Chinatown (YL,GR,RD), Archives-Navy Mem-Penn Quarter (YL,GR), Metro Center (BL,OR,RD)
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We were recommended Cedar by some friends who are local to DC, as it offered a vegan option for one of our party.

You are greeted by stairs which lead down to a beautifully lit, nicely decorated restaurant with bar area. We arrived early evening but there was already a good buzz about the place.

Our waitress was superb. Just the perfect tone with some good fun thrown in. We all ordered a different dish and we were all extremely happy. Wonderful flavour combos from perfectly cooked dishes. And then there were the desserts....oh wow.

We paid roughly $40 each for 2 courses including a couple of drinks. A perfectly fair price for the quality of the food, service and surroundings.

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

Cedar is located in a basement close to Verizon center. If it has an elevator, I've never seen it. However, if stairs are no problem, it's worth the trip. We generally enjoy choices from the pre-theatre menu with a wine pairing. The portions of both food and wine are generous making it a bargain. There is a bar in the room, but even when it's active the room is not loud. Salmon, duck and lamb are some of my favorite dishes. The beet salad is a great way to start the meal.

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Reviewed 10 June 2017

Cedar is a small restaurant in the basement of a building in Penn Quarter. There is some exposed duct work, but it's nicely appointed and not cramped.

The menu is a typical DC brunch menu with chicken and waffles, french toast and egg dishes. Chicken and waffles are definitely my style, though the kale/bacon garnish was not. The banana bread has a reputation as not to be missed, and it was definitely good.

There was a nice cocktail menu. The grapefruit mimosa had more champagne than juice, which was different, though I actually prefer them with more juice.

Certainly worth giving it a try.

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Thank Brendan S
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

We were drawn by the reviews posted. The food was excellent and the portion size great. We had Texas Will Boar, Vegan Meatloaf, and Duck fat Fries. We dined outside to enjoy the city view. Our waitress was very nice and provide great advice about the menu. Every dish was beautifully plated and was served hot. I would highly reccommend and would return to try another dish. A great place to take your date or host a special event.

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Thank Roland W T
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

About one-third of the menu at this cozy, gracious restaurant is vegan. (When I was here in May 2017, there were 4 vegan entrees, 1 vegetarian entree, and about 6 meat dishes. These last were mostly wild game; there seems to be a real emphasis here on sustainability and an aversion to industrial livestock.) My table had several appetizers, a vegan dish (ravioli), the vegetarian dish (a root vegetable gratin), a meat dish, two deserts, and cocktails and wine. Everything I tasted was perfect: creative, carefully prepared, and really, really good.

In addition to the range and philosophy of the menu and the quality of the food, the service at Cedar is also noteworthy. We wandered in around 6:30 on a Friday night after the menu posted outside happened to catch my eye (really, reservations are recommended). While we snacked and sipped at the bar waiting for a table, chatting with the delightful keep, the host kindly made us feel that getting us a spot was his highest priority. Table servers were equally nice and attentive. It was just a lovely evening all around.

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