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Cafe 44, Alexandria, VA

Cafe 44

4.6
4.6
1485 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Café 44 is a stylish American eatery situated along the Waterfront in North Old Town Alexandria. We cater to a local crowd, attracting those who appreciate a spectacular view, quality food, great wine and craft cocktails. Whether you are a regular or a first-time guest, you are received with warmth and enthusiasm. Named the Single Best Outdoor Restaurant in Virginia, our waterfront rooftop terrace and heated balcony are in high demand. Be sure to select your preferred Dining Area when booking. We have three unique spaces: Waterfront Terrace (unheated), Heated Balcony, and Indoor.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 9:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (571) 344-9100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nicki Lewis

  • Private party facilities

    With its panoramic view of the Potomac River, buzz-worthy location, and stylish ambiance, Café 44 is an ideal setting for many occasions. Our expansive space accommodates up to 100 guests and encompasses a variety of seating options within the dining room, as well as on the outdoor terrace and heated balcony. Visit https://cafe44.com/events

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Parking details

    Plaza: (free) There are two parking spaces reserved for Cafe 44 patrons and several unreserved spaces. On-site Garage: ($5 weekends and weekdays after 5pm). Cross railroad tracks and enter garage on right. Street: (free and paid) There is street parking surrounding Canal Center. Watch for the signs to determine if there is a charge or time limit.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,485 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

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  1. MP

    MamaPeach

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the service was impeccable - thanks Q! The food was delish and the drinks were great. The view outside was lovely and my family had a great time. I appreciate how kid-friendly Cafe 44 is, my son loves coming with us. See you again soon!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I love the view and the concept. I would add wine by bottle during happy hours and some dishes besides the flatbreads which are very good. The concept of Menu that they have it before was very good. I recommend this ace
  3. JS

    JaniceS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Delicious brunch! Crab Benedict was a real treat!
  4. JE

    JohnE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Located north of the hustle and bustle of Old Town. Aircraft departing DCA to the South so a little noisy but didn’t bother me. Seating provided great view of the city, the Potomac and Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Staff was very welcoming and were very appreciative that we chose Cafe 44. Portion size was good, I had the Ahi Salad and my wife enjoyed the he Sea Bass (she thought it was a little too big but I helped finish the dish. Overall, nice ambiance and good food!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were unbelievable!! Can't wait to go back!
  6. D

    Desiree

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is the perfect spot to enjoy great food and great company!
  7. LR

    LeraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Morgan provided great service, food was prepared to our satisfaction. Pricing is reasonable. We were seated in the covered balcony with great views of the Potomac river.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view was beautiful, service was great, and food was delicious! Can’t recommend enough!
  9. CP

    CathyP

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Casual Tuesday evening dinner was fantastic. Great food, innovative cocktails, beautiful views,reasonable price. What more could you ask for? Can’t wait to return.
  10. MA

    MAJESTIC

    Washington DC

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This tucked away gem is worth finding. Extensive menu and all thoughtfully prepared try those bourbon meatballs. Delish!
  11. JP

    JovanP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I recently visited for brunch and it was great. The service was great, everyone was friendly. Decor is cute. The food was delicious. I had the same experience when I’ve visited for dinner in the past. You get the Instagram/Tik Tok aesthetic, except the food, drinks, and service are actually good. Highly recommend.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing setting and the food was delicious! Highly recommend.
  13. v

    vcspencer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    A place for locals & beautiful views of the Potomac. However, noise levels from airplanes, inattentive service, and over priced and over cooked food made for a poor experience. Would not return nor recommend.
  14. SM

    SusanM

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our first sinner at Cafe 44. Great meal! Delicious food, sea bass, deviled eggs, short rib, shrimp and grits, delicious craft cocktails and yummy key lime pie and brownie! A beautiful night on the river for dinner. They were very busy and service, just a tad slow. We will be back!
  15. KS

    KevinS

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You have to try their Crab and Lobster ravioli. Warning: It is so good you won’t want to try all the other great things on the menu.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was friendly, food was great!
  17. RC

    RaulC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Always a great experience and food is amazing. Excellent service and drinks are phenomenal.
  18. a

    autophage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the balcony - there was enough roof to keep rain off of us, but not so enclosed that we felt worried about covid. Nice view of the river. Friendly staff and excellent food - I had the crab and lobster ravioli, and it was creamy and delicious.
  19. J

    Judith

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my husband's birthday, and they went out of their way to make the dinner special. Our server, Jennifer, was wonderful
  20. TR

    TerryR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting - great menu choices. Only sounds occasional planes!
  21. JM

    JanetM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service by Morgan were outstanding at one of the loveliest locations on the Potomac in Old Town!
  22. EA

    EatonAgain

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice and quaint place to eat. Food great. Staff was very nice and attentive. Gorgeous view! Will visit here again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Waitstaff went above and beyond for us and our one year old. View is amazing on the terrace, and they were very friendly and helpful throughout. Food was good, but experience overall was better!
  24. JD

    JDreviewer

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If the weather is good enough, sit outside. Had a nice time and enjoyed the food and service.
  25. MK

    MKMM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Waterfront view was beautiful! Hostess was friendly and food was delicious! However, our waitress greeted us and then did not return to take our food or drink order for 35 minutes. That was disappointing given the 2 hour time limit.
  26. JS

    JaniceS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Great view! Food was delicious! Service was a bit slow. Got my drink order wrong, wondering if the person missed their Tito's and cranberry when they got my cosmo.
  27. LS

    LeslieS

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Another great night with great friends at this great place! Our server (who had only been there one month!) was a joy--very friendly, attentive but not hovering, got every aspect of the meal spot on. The food was wonderful (a few items were oversalted) and the cocktails were to die for. I know the don't control the weather but dining on the balcony/patio was heavenly--perfect temperature, perfect breeze, gorgeous sunset, the Potomac was delightful to watch as the boats and wildlife gave us a show. Cafe 44 is a winner!
  28. AF

    AliciaF

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional view, great service and great food
  29. S

    Sparkling1

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious brunch and amazing service. Everything we had was well seasoned and tasty.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    We started with. No no But the manager saved our evening she did everything to make sure we had an amazing evening. Thank you very much we did waited about 25 for our server to come over and asked for cocktails. She had no clue what she doing. Everyone was helping her she only came to our table 3 times so we didn’t had dessert but will come back !!
  31. f

    foodandwine

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Cafe 44. The balcony overlooking the Potomac is the best. Great view. Nice breeze. Shade. Good variety on the menu so that none of my guests has ever been without something delicious to eat. Especially love their charcuterie boards. Perfect for lunch, drinks or dinner w/ friends or someone special.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful with awesome views. Jose was our server and was excellent. Food was delicious! We will be back.
  33. d

    darrenb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nice atmosphere. Food was excellent. Which there was some bread as an appetizer or to go with the meal.
  34. LD

    LynD

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Cafe 44. Our waitress was friendly, provided great recommendations, and was very professional. The view was gorgeous. The staff was friendly, and the food and drinks were outstanding. We enjoyed the shrimp and grits, lobster bisque, and deviled eggs.
  35. T

    Thomas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite Brunch spot in Alexandria best customer service in the DMV
  36. FT

    FranT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and won’t be the last! 🥰
  37. T

    Tammy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE Cafe 44! Great Ambiance, great food, excellent service!
  38. DA

    DavidA

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First time visiting Cafe 44. Overall it was a good experience with great views over the Potomac. We were a party of 4 and were immediately seated at a reserved table. This is a relatively small restaurant located in an office building which I found unusual but certainly not offputting but rather interesting. The menu selections were diverse. I chose a cajun linguini dish which I enjoyed but it was on the salty side. The rest of the party enjoyed their food as well.
  39. C

    Cward

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    First time at Cafe 44 and I was super excited since I've heard great things about the food/place. The place itself is super cute however that is where my excitement ended. Our service was lacking. It took a long time to get just a drink and when our orders finally arrived to the table they were incorrect. I ordered the steak omlette which was the fattiest chunks of steak with no a lick of seasoning and uber greasy. If it means anything the the breakfast potatoes were good.
  40. CH

    ChristinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here for the first time the other day, and were immediately so pleased with the atmosphere. We sat outside on the terrace, and the view was beautiful, but the inside was also super cute! We went for brunch and enjoyed mimosas and coffees which were great. The food was delicious! I got the lobster benedict, and was truly blown away by the value of the food. I was half expecting to get a tiny portion of lobster, like I so often see around the area, but was pleasantly surprised. The service was top notch, our server was very polite, professional, and personable while also giving us time and space to enjoy the experience. Will definitely be back! We loved the fact that the surrounding area is just as nice so we could enjoy a walk afterwards.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe 44 using the Order Online button. Cafe 44 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 344-9100.

Cafe 44 is rated 4.6 stars by 1485 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe 44

44 Canal Center Plaza Suite 401 Alexandria, VA 22314

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 9:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plaza: (free) There are two parking spaces reserved for Cafe 44 patrons and several unreserved spaces. On-site Garage: ($5 weekends and weekdays after 5pm). Cross railroad tracks and enter garage on right. Street: (free and paid) There is street parking surrounding Canal Center. Watch for the signs to determine if there is a charge or time limit.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicki Lewis

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (571) 344-9100

  • Private party facilities

    With its panoramic view of the Potomac River, buzz-worthy location, and stylish ambiance, Café 44 is an ideal setting for many occasions. Our expansive space accommodates up to 100 guests and encompasses a variety of seating options within the dining room, as well as on the outdoor terrace and heated balcony. Visit https://cafe44.com/events

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