THERE ARE STILL DREAMERS AMONG US
At Cedar Knoll, we aim to bring you innovative American cuisine, with elevated French influences, to complement the history and majesty of the views that surround you. Our menu features seasonal ingredients, sourced from local operations such as historic Piscataway Farm and Path Valley Farms collective.
Enjoy a delicious brunch in our sun-bathed Botanical Room, featuring delicate terrariums, vintage botanical diagrams and a slate floor as well as fireplace. The Presidential Room, with its lush fabrics, dark wood, and grand chandelier, has a distinct 19th century parlor feel to it. Then, of course, there’s the Log Cabin, with its original log-and-chinking structure and huge stone fireplace still intact, harkening back to the early days of Cedar Knoll Inn. On summer evenings, you may want to enjoy drinks out on the patio to the sounds of a live band. No matter what space you choose, you’re sure to have a spectacular waterfront view, and a meal made with finesse and heart.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thurs – Fri, 11-2pm
Happy Hour: Tues – Fri, 4–6:30pm
Dinner: Sun, Tues – Thurs, 5–9pm Fri – Sat, 5–9:30pm
Brunch: Sat – Sun, 11–2pm
We are located at 9030 Lucia Ln, Alexandria, Virginia 22308.
For reservations, call (703) 780-3665, or click here.
The original structure of Cedar Knoll, circa 1938. Today, this is our Log Cabin Room.
AS SEEN IN
Washington Business Journal
The Old Town Crier
2016 Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce Award
2017 Diner’s Choice Award
Greater Alexandria Patch
Chef Andrew Holden
As a child, I loved helping my grandmother prepare meals for our tight-knit family. This experience taught me to enjoy the journey of the process, and the sense of togetherness fostered by creating as a team. Through high school and college, I worked all kinds of jobs in the food service industry, before realizing that the business of food was my calling. After another decade of catering, hotel, and restaurant experience, I established a small catering business, The Joy of Eating.
While searching for a kitchen to base this business out of, I came upon Cedar Knoll, a shuttered restaurant space on an idyllic hill, with sweeping views of the Potomac. Together with my brother Chris, chef Charlie Blevins, and financial partner Neal Wadhwa, I reopened the doors to Cedar Knoll in December 2015, and the rest, as they say, is history.
A Brief History of Cedar Knoll
The land on which Cedar Knoll now stands was acquired in 1654 by a prominent aristocrat and his wife, a princess of the Piscataway tribe, for their one-year old son, Giles Brent, Jr. and named Piscataway Neck. The son, who was most famous for his involvement in Bacon’s Rebellion which ended in the burning of Jamestown, eventually moved to England where he died, passing the land on to relatives. In 1760, it was purchased by George Washington, becoming River Farm, the northernmost of the five farms that made up Washington’s 18 th century estate.
During his lifetime, Washington leased out River Farm to his personal secretary and nephew-in-law, Tobias Lear. The land was further divided by subsequent generations and the hearth of what is now Cedar Knoll was constructed in the early 1800s as a farm house on a plantation named Markland on the Potomac . The building was later remodeled by Pauline Walsh and opened to the public as the Mount Vernon View Antique Shop .
Since 1941, the building has operated as an inn and restaurant. After a brief hiatus, in the Fall of 2015, under the auspices of a close-knit group of daring culinary artists, Cedar Knoll re-opened as one of the most exciting new restaurants in the Washington Metro area.