Cedar Restaurant

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822 E St NW (at Washington D.C.), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20004

Serves meat, vegan options available. Standard upscale restaurant except that the chef here is vegan friendly; he once participated in VegWeek with a vegan menu. The vegan menu continues - ask for it, and you'll have 2-3 choices per course for a prix fixe vegan 3-course menu with a drink, dessert, appetizer, and entree, or, order a la carte. Otherwise, beware that the regular menu is meat and dairy based. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm, Sat 11:00am-3:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, American, Western, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by cookiem

Nice surprise - Edit

Went for happy hour specials, and found a couple of vegan bar specials (tempeh sandwich, rated veggies). Talked to the bartender who was very thoughtful and open. He offered to find more for me to eat from the bar menu and I ended up with risotto. Delicious. My point is, they have an extensive regular vegan menu, vegan bench, and are open to offering more. We'll be back.

Pros: Solid vegan menu, Vegan brunch, Upscale

Cons: Pricey, except happy hour

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A great special occasion place - Edit

More than once I have bemoaned the lack of vegan upscale restaurants in DC. I have also said that some of the best meals I've had in DC are at veg-friendly places. Cedar Restaurant is one such place. I've dined there several times over the past few years and have seen their vegan menu go from "you have to ask for it" to it being included on the regular menu and their options increase from two or three options per course to four or five. There are only three dessert options, but then how many places have vegan desserts? It's also gone from being a bit too dark to being light enough to read the menu, see your food, and chat with your companion(s).

My most recent visit was on Thanksgiving, and we were welcomed warmly, as we always are. On our visits my boyfriend and I have both chatted with the servers about my vegan diet and how I appreciate it when restaurants make an effort to provide good meals. They know to bring olive oil for the bread and ensure that what we're eating is vegan. Their vegan Caesar salad is quite tasty but vegan cheese is just not as good in shreds; it's best melted or made into a sauce. My boyfriend got the Spanish Onion Soup, which a quick taste determined was pretty good. I tried a new dish, Vegan "Chicken" Garganelli Pasta, a generous serving of fettuccine in a tomato-based sauce with chunks of seitan. It was hearty, it was rich, and it was delicious.My boyfriend's vegan "meatloaf" and potatoes were also pretty good but I've never been a meatloaf person. I got a deliciously rich chocolate peanut butter mousse for dessert, while he got the almond pecan blueberry crumble (that was raw, although it wasn't labeled as such).

Cedar is great for a special event dinner. It's not great if you're in a hurry, as the meal is served at a relaxed pace.

Pros: Vegan-friendly, Great service

Cons: A bit expensive, Not a place to go if you're in a hurry

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Amazing vegan menu - Edit

This restaurant is where my husband and I always go for our nice date night out. They have a delicious vegan menu with multiple options (sometimes the vegan menu is separate, so ask if you don’t see it!). The vegan caeser salad is so delicious! We have never been disappointed with any vegan dish there. This past weekend, we tried the vegan meatloaf and it was amazing. They also have good vegetarian options.

Pros: delicious, good vegan/vegetarian options (multiple), nice atmosphere

Cons: somewhat expensive, but worth it!

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Nice brunch - Edit

I went with my husband when we were aimlessly walking the city for brunch options. It was packed and service was friendly but slow. I was pleasantly surprised to see an entire vegan section on the brunch menu. Presumably the same vegan options as are on their lunch/dinner menu because they were dinner prices (aproximately $25 an entre). Like the previous reviewer mentioned, no pre-fix menu. I had the vegan meatloaf, and other options included a ravioli and roasted tofu steak. My husband ordered a deliscious vegetarian omelette with spinach and wild mushrooms. We shared some bannana bread (not vegan) and puréed fruit mimosasas. It was a nice but expensive brunch. I would have liked to seen a vegan breakfast option on the brunch menu.

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nice restaurant with vegan menu - Edit

We thought from the description there was a vegan prize-fixe menu, but that was not the case. Nonetheless, there was a standalone vegan a la carte menu. It's pretty expensive, and while the food was certainly good and the ambience and service were nice, it wasn't super special or anything to write home about. It is I think considered to be a "nice" restaurant. But I would not be excited to go back, and don't intend to. Caveat: this was a couple months ago, and we asked about whether there would be more vegan options in the future, and the server seems to think the head chef might be planning to expand the menu options. So it might be worth following…

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Pricey but good food - Edit

This is the first time I have been to the Cedar restaurant. The vegan menu is like in the uploaded pictures. I ordered the 3 course dinner. The dinner was mostly good. I ordered:

Artichokes & Hearts of Palm Salad &
Mushroom Two Ways &
Beignets and Berries
Bread

The artichokes salad was little and fresh. The mushroom two ways very tasty. 1 of the ways was cut-up mushrooms shaped into a roll, covered in dough and deep-fried a little. This dish is not oily at all. That is great. The beigets were good (e.g. deep-fried dough. crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside). I was a little disappointed with the Beignets and Berries. Beigets were good but berries were thin slices of a strawberry. There should be more berries in this dish for the price. Not much of a berry compote either. The bread was very good too. So, 3 of 4 of pretty good. I would come back again.

Pros: location, vegan menu, friendly service

Cons: price

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Vegan Option in Difficult Location - Edit

As the other reviewer pointed out, not many upscale restaurants in DC have vegan options. Cedar Restaurant has a set vegan menu with three courses for $35, and it's in a great location if you want to be in Penn Quarter for drinks or theater for the night.

I visited Cedar recently with a group of friends. Generally, we all had a good time, were happy with our food and the drinks were good, but we weren't blown away. The service was very friendly, but drinks and food all took a long time to come out. I also thought my food was good, but based on the quality I would have thought a somewhat cheaper price was more appropriate. I think I'll come back again, but maybe just as a party of two.

Pros: Location, Vegan Menu, Friendly Service

Cons: Slow Service, A Bit Overpriced for Level of Quality

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Thoughtful attention to vegan menu - Edit

Most 'fancy' nouveau American restaurants have little if any vegan choices. This place is not one of those types of places!! This place for a regular restaurant is exceptionally capable and attentive to the vegan palate. Don't be shy- tell them you are vegan, and they will practically veganize anything! However, there is always a vegan menu.

This menu is a delicious and adventurous choice for a 3-course prix fixe. Each course has 2 or 3 choices from soup to salad to phyllo to roasted to savory sorbet to dessert. I loved the mock tails and the wine pairings were easily veganized. The meal was superbly crafted and inventive. You will not feel like a second class diner here!

The ambiance is cute with cedar motif in plants and wall decor. It is a rustic but classy feel, so it makes the dining experience even more enjoyable.

A splendid choice before a theater or other evening entertainment event. Also a nice choice for special events or occasions. Because the chef took the time and the leap to make this beautiful vegan menu, I plan to attend whenever in the area for a show. It's delightfully satisfying! So glad they support vegan dining!

Pros: Vegan menu, Real vegan desserts, Creative menu

Cons: Price

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