Details

Cedar

822 E St., NW
Washington, DC 20004

202-637-0012

Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Cuisines: Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 10 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 3 PM and 5:30 to 10 PM, and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown

Price Range: Expensive

Dress: Business Casual

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.cedardc.com

Best Dishes:
Oyster pan roast with leeks and Jerusalem artichokes; beet salad with pickled figs and goat-cheese fondue; pork-belly BLT; smoked-salmon eggs Benedict; poached lobster atop a deconstructed clam chowder; filet mignon with potato-porcini gratin and roasted

Price Details:
Starters, $8 to $12; main courses, $20 to $28.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Breakfast

Scene: Food Specials, Outdoor Seating

Happy Hour Details:
4 - 7 PM

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

100 Best Restaurants 2010: Cedar

No. 93: Cedar

Cuisine: At this Penn Quarter newcomer, chef Andrew Kitko’s Modern American menu offers just a handful of appetizers and entrées, forgoing the chance to dazzle diners with elaborate dish descriptions and instead emphasizing his commitment to execution. Simple though his dishes are, many are elevated by house-made touches such as duck bacon and pickled figs.

Mood: The contemporary dining room evokes the Pacific Northwest with wood-trimmed walls and photos of giant cedars. A friendly staff and soft lighting keep the small, subterranean dining room from feeling like a basement.

Best for: Happy hour, when there are $5 deals on beer, wine, and cocktails; brunch; an after-work dinner with office pals.

Best dishes: Creamy oyster pan roast with leeks and Jerusalem artichokes; beet salad with pickled figs and goat-cheese fondue; pork-belly BLT (lunch and brunch) and smoked-salmon eggs Benedict (brunch); poached lobster atop a sort of deconstructed clam chowder; filet mignon with potato-porcini gratin and roasted carrots; trumpet mushrooms and poached egg over lentils; pumpkin-pecan tart; apple-almond brown-butter cake; Red Burro cocktail with ginger beer and blackberry purée.

Insider tips: The bar is small, but the bartenders are friendly and eager to whip up special requests.

Service: ••½

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for brunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch. Expensive.

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