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Presidential Hot Spots in Alexandria

With fine dining plus acclaimed neighborhood favorites, visitors can see why President Obama and the First Family have frequented Alexandria eateries. At the Grille at Morrison House, diners can treat their ears and taste buds at piano bar shows by the White House pianist that performed for every president from Nixon through Clinton and or go back in time and dine at Gadsby's Tavern (George Washington's favorite!), which has hosted all of the country's first five presidents.

Barack Obama and the First Family

Restaurant Eve: President Obama and First Lady Michelle celebrated their anniversary in style.
Dairy Godmother: A father's day treat for President Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia
• Del Ray Pizzeria: Featuring presidential pies enjoyed by Barack Obama.
The Majestic: Enjoy selections from the First Family's menu for Michelle's mother's birthday, including a classic Caesar salad, fried oysters, fried green tomatoes and the Majestic's signature meatloaf.
Union Street Public House: Sample trout and gumbo at this eatery visited by Michelle and Malia Obama.
Vermilion: President Obama and First Lady Michelle delight in a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at this cozy restaurant.
FireFlies Bar & Restaurant: After receiving an invite to try the "best burger in town" from the owner, President Obama stopped by for lunch with his secretary of education, Arne Duncan.

Ronald Reagan and Laura Bush

Ireland's Own (now closed): Surprise visit by Ronald Reagan on St. Patrick's Day 1988. The restaurant features photos of Reagan, the original table where he dined and a bust of the president.
Jackson 20: Laura Bush dined here during her husband's presidency. This tavern was named for President Andrew Jackson and his picture on the $20 bill.

George Washington and Early Presidents

Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant: Favorite of George Washington and host to all of the first five U.S. presidents.
Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant: Adjacent to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens.

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Dairy Godmother Frozen Custard & Nostalgic Treats

  • 2310 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22301

Real Wisconsin-style frozen custard, sorbets, cookies, cobblers, homemade marshmallows. Declared a "dessert destination" by the Washington Post!…Learn More

Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant

  • 138 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Historic 18th-century tavern, Colonial entertainment nightly. Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.…Learn More

Jackson 20

  • 480 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Adjacent to Hotel Monaco Alexandria, Jackson 20, which takes its name from President Andrew Jackson and his visage on the $20 bill, is a 125-seat Modern American tavern with a warm ambiance and clean,…Learn More

Majestic Cafe

  • 911 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

New Southern cuisine with emphasis on fresh ingredients & home-made dessert. Acclaimed by Washingtonian and Washington Post critics. Daily specials with our, "Royal Pick" and don't miss Nana's Sunday…Learn More

Mount Vernon Inn

  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
  • Mount Vernon, VA VA 22309

The charming Mount Vernon Inn restaurant serves lunch daily and elegant candlelit dinners Mon - Sat. The Inn offers six intimate dining rooms, two with fireplace, all with Colonial charm, Colonial…Learn More

Union Street Public House

  • 121 S. Union Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria's favorite stop for fun, food and drink. Serving the finest steaks and the freshest seafood. Conveniently located a block from Old Town Waterfront. We feature fresh oysters, 20 beers on tap…Learn More


  • 1120 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Simple, farm-driven American cooking by chef William Morris in the heart of Old Town Alexandria offering lunch, dinner nightly and weekend bunch. Awarded three stars by the Washington Post and…Learn More

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