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Cafe 44, Alexandria, VA

Cafe 44

4.6
4.6
1428 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.

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Booked 4 times today

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-10pm; Saturday 5pm-10pm

Charcuterie

Three Selections $20 | Six Selections $30 | Nine Selections $40

    Meats

    • Prosciutto, Canada

      aged nine months

      • Genoa Salami, USA

        sweet, uncured

        • Bourbon Bacon Salami, USA

          kentucky bourbon

          • Spicy Soppressata, Italy

            rustic, savory

            • Sweet Coppa, Italy

              traditional pork shoulder

              Cheeses

              • Mt Tam, Cowgirl Creamery

                triple cream

                • Maple Bourbon Goat, LaClare Family Creamery

                  sweet, fruity, tangy

                  • Espresso Bellavitano, Sartori

                    espresso rind, cheddar & parmesan blend

                    • Humboldt Fog, Cypress Grove

                      soft ripened goat cheese

                      • Manchego, Queso Coqueya

                        buttery and firm

                        Accoutrements

                        choice of three

                        • Marinated Olives

                          • Marcona Almonds

                            • Raw Honeycomb

                              • Chocolate Chips

                                • Assorted Nuts

                                  • House Pickles

                                    • Seasonal Jam

                                      • Grapes

                                        • Pepitas

                                          • Dried Cranberries

                                            Starters

                                            • Crab Cake$24.00

                                              4 oz. jumbo lump crab, house remoulade

                                              • Crab Dip$21.00

                                                blue crab, old bay, sharp cheddar, blue corn tortilla chips

                                                • Seared Scallops$14.00

                                                  sweet potato purée, micro arugula

                                                  • Ahi Tuna$19.00

                                                    edamame purée, ponzu vinaigrette, microgreens

                                                    • Bourbon BBQ Meatballs$12.00

                                                      blend of beef & pork, jim beam bbq sauce

                                                      • Pimento Cheese Hushpuppies$12.00

                                                        pepper jelly, pimento cheese

                                                        • Burrata$14.00

                                                          marinated heirloom cherry tomatoes, balsamic glaze, honeycomb, micro basil, sourdough crisps

                                                          • Pork Pot Stickers$12.00

                                                            ponzu sauce

                                                            • Focaccia$7.00

                                                              olive oil, balsamic vinegar

                                                              Soup & Sides

                                                              • Lobster Bisque$7.00

                                                                • Roaster Tomato$7.00

                                                                  • White Cheddar Mac & Cheese$10.00

                                                                    cavatappi, aged cheddar, parmesan, asiago

                                                                    • Caesar Salad$6.00

                                                                      grated parmesan, romaine, house croutons & caesar dressing

                                                                      • House Salad$6.00

                                                                        cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, spring mix, croutons, balsamic vinaigrette

                                                                        • Pasta Salad$12.00

                                                                          cavatappi, spicy soppressata, red onions, kalamata olives, cucumbers, diced chicken, Italian dressing

                                                                          • Warm Bacon & Corn Slaw$7.00

                                                                            • Chef's Veggies$7.00

                                                                              asparagus, haricots verts, heirloom carrots

                                                                              • Deviled Eggs$5.00

                                                                                crispy prosciutto

                                                                                House Specialties

                                                                                • Braised Short Rib$32.00

                                                                                  jus, smashed red potatoes, haricots verts

                                                                                  • Crab & Lobster Ravioli$22.00

                                                                                    tomato cream sauce, micro basil, sourdough crisps

                                                                                    • Lobster Mac & Cheese$23.00

                                                                                      3 oz lobster, cavatappi, aged cheddar, parmesan, asiago, sourdough crisps

                                                                                      • Shrimp & Grits$24.00

                                                                                        jim beam cream sauce, cajun shrimp*, white cheddar grits, poached egg*, microgreens

                                                                                        • Baked Salmon$26.00

                                                                                          6 oz salmon filet, broccolini, black eyed pea salad, meyer lemon beurre blanc

                                                                                          • Chilean Sea Bass$30.00

                                                                                            6 oz seared filet, cauliflower purée, asparagus, warm bacon & corn slaw

                                                                                            • Creole Shrimp Linguini$21.00

                                                                                              andouille sausage, five cajun shrimp*, roasted tomatoes, parmesan, garlic butter sauce, chives

                                                                                              • Pear & Cheese Fiocchi$18.00

                                                                                                stuffed pasta, parmesan cream sauce, toasted walnuts, crispy prosciutto, rainbow greens

                                                                                                Entree Salads

                                                                                                • Seafood Cobb$18.00

                                                                                                  five cajun shrimp*, heirloom tomato, blue cheese, bacon, hard boiled egg, romaine, red wine vinaigrette

                                                                                                  • Ahi Tuna$21.00

                                                                                                    seared ahi tuna*, harvest blend, carrots, edamane, cucumber, crispy noodles, ponzu vinaigrette

                                                                                                    • Chicken Caesar$14.00

                                                                                                      grilled chicken, grated parmesan, romaine, house croutons & dressing

                                                                                                      • Salmon Salad$26.00

                                                                                                        6 oz. salmon filet, romaine, red onion, heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, cucumbers, lemon herb vinaigrette

                                                                                                        • Harvest Salad$14.00

                                                                                                          harvest blend, dried cranberries, roasted pepitas, goat cheese, crispy prosciutto, apple maple vinaigrette

                                                                                                          Flatbreads

                                                                                                          • Classico$15.00

                                                                                                            san marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone

                                                                                                            • Pepperoni$16.00

                                                                                                              san marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, pepperoni

                                                                                                              • Quattro Formaggi$17.00

                                                                                                                brie sauce, mozzarella, provolone, asiago, pesto

                                                                                                                • Garden Truffle$18.00

                                                                                                                  brie sauce, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, micro basil, mozzarella, white truffle oil, balsamic glaze

                                                                                                                  Handhelds

                                                                                                                  • New England Lobster Roll$21.00

                                                                                                                    3 oz chilled lobster, dukes mayo, house spice, chives, toasted NE roll, chips

                                                                                                                    • Crab Cake Sandwich$28.00

                                                                                                                      4 oz lump blue crab cake, house remoulade, lettuce, tomato & onion, toasted ciabatta, chips

                                                                                                                      • Meatloaf Sandwich$17.00

                                                                                                                        toasted ciabatta, chips

                                                                                                                        • The Big Dipper$14.00

                                                                                                                          gruyère, white cheddar, manchego, sourdough, roasted tomato soup

                                                                                                                          • NY Reuben$17.00

                                                                                                                            spiced pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, house pickle, toasted marbled rye, chips

                                                                                                                            • Avocado Toast$15.00

                                                                                                                              smashed avocado, poached egg*, goat cheese, everything spice, microgreens, brioche

                                                                                                                              • Cherry Cola Sandwich$17.00

                                                                                                                                cheerwine braised pork, house bbq sauce, spicy aioli, cole slaw, toasted brioche bun, chips

                                                                                                                                Sweets

                                                                                                                                • Affogato$8.00

                                                                                                                                  vanilla bean gelato & doppio espresso

                                                                                                                                  • Key Lime Pie$9.00

                                                                                                                                    torched meringue

                                                                                                                                    • Bruleed Cheesecake$8.50

                                                                                                                                      seasonal compote

                                                                                                                                      • Guinness Sea Salt Brownie$10.00

                                                                                                                                        • Vanilla Bean Gelato

                                                                                                                                          • per scoop$3.00
                                                                                                                                        • Seasonal Sorbet

                                                                                                                                          • per scoop$3.00
                                                                                                                                        • Chocolate Chip Cookie$3.00

                                                                                                                                          • Chef's Seasonal Dessert$8.50

                                                                                                                                            • Sorbet Cocktail$9.00

                                                                                                                                              raspberry sorbet, sparkling chenin blanc

                                                                                                                                              Last updated: March 22, 2022

                                                                                                                                              What 1,428 people are saying

                                                                                                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                              • 4.3Value

                                                                                                                                              NoiseModerate

                                                                                                                                              Loved For

                                                                                                                                              • Virginia - DC Suburbs

                                                                                                                                                Outdoor Dining

                                                                                                                                              • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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                                                                                                                                                NancyL

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                We had a fantastic experience at Cafe 44. They graciously accommodated our group of 6 including moving our table due to cooler than expected weather. The service was fantastic and the food and craft cocktails were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and the view - great photo ops! - and never felt rushed. We highly recommend Cafe 44!!

                                                                                                                                              2. NJ

                                                                                                                                                NicJackson

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Our server DeLeithia was such a pleasant person and extremely attentive. We told her she’s our server from now on.

                                                                                                                                              3. B

                                                                                                                                                Bernie

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                25 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                25 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                As usual, dinner at Cafe 44 was delightful despite a rainly cool evening. The service was outstanding, allowing us to visit and not rushing us to place orderts, etc. The views are incredible. We enjoyed watching the sail boats and planes and the lights at National Harbor and the Wilson bridge. The food as usual was delicious.

                                                                                                                                              4. B

                                                                                                                                                Brown234

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Very nice! Staff was great and the food was good!

                                                                                                                                              5. CB

                                                                                                                                                Cafe44Brunch

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Great spot overlooking the Potomac River. Good value for brunch Prix Fixe menu with 3 courses. Good food prepared well.

                                                                                                                                              6. CM

                                                                                                                                                ClintonM

                                                                                                                                                Corpus Christi

                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Great food. Great location. Great view. Highly recommend.

                                                                                                                                              7. F

                                                                                                                                                Foodfan

                                                                                                                                                Tulsa

                                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Second time at Cafe 44 and it was as good as the first time. Sat inside this time and still enjoyed a fabulous view. Food and drinks were very good. Once again, the appetizers were a highlight. Service was also very good and the atmosphere is light and fun

                                                                                                                                              8. TG

                                                                                                                                                TheGraduate

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall2food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Although I made a telephone call to verify reservations and included comments in the comment section, lots of inconsistency with the management of the restaurant. There for a "happy hour" to celebrate graduation but ended up having to spend double on dinner and drinks as the "happy hour" food selection was deleted and only provided a list of limited drink selections. One good thing going for this restaurant is the location. This was not the first time I experienced inconsistencies with Cafe 44.

                                                                                                                                              9. OT

                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Birthday Brunch !

                                                                                                                                              10. SR

                                                                                                                                                ShermaineR

                                                                                                                                                Atlantic City

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                1.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 21, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall1food1service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                                Food was VERY VERY bland. Also small portions compared to the price

                                                                                                                                              11. m

                                                                                                                                                marial

                                                                                                                                                Jacksonville

                                                                                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Setting is gorgeous, food was fair

                                                                                                                                              12. SS

                                                                                                                                                SusanS

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                As always, Cafe44 didn’t disappoint!! Only complaint is that they were out of signature drink (Boss Lady), but even on a 90deg night, the breeze and shade kept us almost cool, the food was great (had Quattro flatbread and ahi salad this time w drinks), and altho a touch loud, got to experience the live band for background music. Drinks are a little $$$ at 12-16$ for a small cocktail, but it remains my favorite place for girls night or date night.

                                                                                                                                                Cafe 44Responded 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                Thank you for the kind words. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. I'm so sorry the Boss Lady is currently unavailable. The key ingredient, Domaine de Canton, is out of stock nationwide. I should probably take it off the menu, but it's everyone's favorite and I keep hoping VA ABC will get Domaine de Canton back in stock soon. We had to bump our prices just a bit due to the ever-increasing cost of almost every ingredient. Let's hope things get back to normal soon. Jula

                                                                                                                                              13. E

                                                                                                                                                Epic

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                A great place to eat. Affordable and the ambience is nice.

                                                                                                                                              14. KH

                                                                                                                                                KarenH

                                                                                                                                                Oklahoma City

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                The noise level was adversely affected by one table of two women and their two screaming children, and some VERY loud toys. I was very impressed with how the staff very politely asked that party to tone down the noise not once but twice. It’s never easy to do that and I thought your staff reacted swiftly, firmly, yet kindly.

                                                                                                                                                Cafe 44Responded 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                Thank you for your patience and understanding. We have a strict policy that prohibits any use of cell phones, laptops, games, etc. on speaker as it's a disruption to other guests. It's always a difficult thing to ask a guest to adhere to this important policy, but we will never shy away from doing so. We hope to see you again soon and will try our best to find a more enjoyable table upon your return.

                                                                                                                                              15. MA

                                                                                                                                                MAS1

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                Beautiful evening- eating outside with a great view! Quentin ,our server, was very attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed the food! I had the lobster and crab ravioli and it is one of my favorites.

                                                                                                                                              16. DC

                                                                                                                                                DCtuba

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall4food3service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Nice location, ok service and food. There is parking around the neighborhoods or paid parking in the building. Flat bread was pretty good.

                                                                                                                                              17. DB

                                                                                                                                                DorothyB

                                                                                                                                                Montreal

                                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                We love Cafe 44. Wonderful people and great food. Also, you cannot beat the view!

                                                                                                                                              18. A

                                                                                                                                                Amanda

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                                I wanted to love this place. The drinks are interesting and the ambience and view were nice, but the food and service were lacking. Our server was incredibly slow. They acted like they were slammed because there was a happy hour event, but not all the tables in the restaurant were full. We had to ask for things multiple times and there was always a long wait. It didn't seem that crazy to me. We specifically booked the heated balcony. The sun went away and the breeze picked up, so we asked for our heat lamp to be turned on twice. Ours was never turned on, but our neighbors was and then theirs was shut off. I then heard another table complain about it to the hostess/manager? And she seemed annoyed about it saying "some people want it on and some don't so I just decided to turn them all off". We didn't hear anyone around us complain about them being on. So we should freeze? And the fact that I had to overhear that, and it wasn't even communicated to us, when we asked twice, was a less than stellar customer service experience. My chicken Caesar salad came with the dressing on the side, instead of mixed in, which I have never experienced before without specifically asking for that. It was difficult to mix in such a heavy dressing on the flat plate it was served on. I had to ask for more. The croutons tasted burnt. The bourbon bbq meatballs were okay, but nothing to write home about. The Big Dipper seemed small for the price. Large bowl of tomato soup, smaller sandwich. Overall, we left pretty disappointed. Also, you have to pay for parking.

                                                                                                                                              19. DC

                                                                                                                                                DCShippy

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                We have been the Cafe 44 several times and the food, drinks and ambiance are fantastic. Unfortunately they always seem understaffed and the wait for food and refreshed drinks can be long. Still highly recommend it, just pack a bit of patience.

                                                                                                                                              20. FE

                                                                                                                                                FinickyEater

                                                                                                                                                Richmond

                                                                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Why dine anywhere else. What was surprising and unexpected perfection: the drop dead gorgeous view of the Potomac River and Old Town, the astonishing quality of perfectly prepared cocktails and food, the excellent service by happy, personable and charming non -intrusive servers, and the overall totally wonderful happy vibe from other diners who were delighted to have been seated. It just does not get better than Cafe 44 in Old Town Alexandria. A true neighborhood gem. Nothing else as charming or delicious in Old Town. Don’t go anywhere else!

                                                                                                                                                Cafe 44Responded 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                Be still our hearts! Thank you for such a rave review. It was a pleasure chatting with you and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

                                                                                                                                              21. ML

                                                                                                                                                MrLogic

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Great location with view over the river from 4th floor balcony. Space was a little tight as our table was next to a door that was propped open. Food was great, good selection of drinks and service was very good.

                                                                                                                                              22. OT

                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                Raleigh

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                                The venue is beautiful. The noise level is very high when packed on the inside of the establishment. The service could have been better but I tipped generously anyway.

                                                                                                                                                Cafe 44Responded 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                I'm so sorry to hear we didn't provide the exceptional experience with which we strive. Admittedly, Sunday brunch can be a bit boisterous and busy, busy, busy. You're a class act to have tipped your server generously despite feeling the service was lacking. We work very hard to provide top notch service and sometimes fall short. Please accept my apologies. I hope you give us another try. Perhaps for a leisurely lunch on the waterfront balcony.

                                                                                                                                              23. GS

                                                                                                                                                GeorgeS

                                                                                                                                                San Diego

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Lovely place, clean, and great view. The staff was great! The food was wonderful!

                                                                                                                                              24. SK

                                                                                                                                                StacyK

                                                                                                                                                Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                We really enjoyed brunch at Cafe 44. It was a definite win! We sat on the outdoor heated patio and it was perfect. Great view, very friendly service, and delicious food. We would definitely come back, it was a lovely way to start our day.

                                                                                                                                              25. JR

                                                                                                                                                JodiR

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Beautiful view, great vibe, classy venue and food. Really had a perfect night!

                                                                                                                                              26. OT

                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                This was my second visit to Cafe 44, first for brunch. I had shrimp and grits which were just ok and shared French toast with my friend which was amazing. The server was nice however the service was a little slower than expected.

                                                                                                                                              27. WW

                                                                                                                                                WinnerWinner

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall2food2service2ambience1

                                                                                                                                                Thank you for the opportunity to write a review. This was my third visit to Cafe 44. The prior two visits were very nice although the food is definitely not the reason to go. Being seated outside or by a window is the attraction of Cafe 44. I made reservations for an outdoor water view table. The day before my reservation, I received a phone message indicating that we were being moved inside due to weather conditions. When we arrived, there were guests seated outside. I think there is a difference between covered and non-covered seating. I was not offered a covered seat as an alternative; just told we were being moved indoors. We were seated in a corner next to a very loud group. We had to speak loudly to each other to be heard. The server was polite. It seems that the food offerings are on the cheap side. We were not offered any bread and when we asked the server said she could bring toast. This took about 10 minutes and came with no butter or jelly. The breakfast burrito came with a teaspoon of salsa in a small cup. The burrito was burned on the top. Overall, it was a disappointing experience which means I will not likely return.

                                                                                                                                              28. RH

                                                                                                                                                RandeeH

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                We love Cafe44, has such a great vibe, awesome service and delish food.

                                                                                                                                              29. OT

                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                The only thing that would have made our experience better was if we could have sat outside, but regardless had a lovely date night. The drinks were delicious, the food was bold and interesting, the service was great, and the ambience was perfect for our first evening out in a while. We are definitely planning to come back to try the brunch.

                                                                                                                                              30. BL

                                                                                                                                                BobL

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Not your regular restaurant menu. Absolutely great if you are not looking for a heavy meal. We were satisfied with just eating the Starters.

                                                                                                                                              31. TC

                                                                                                                                                TamaraC

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                My husband and I visited during lunchtime on a Friday. The service was exceptional, the food was delicious and the cocktails were amazing. Exactly what you would expect when you order a drink. The lobster roll had the right amount of lobster to roll. The roll was nicely toasted and buttery. The crab cake sandwich was good. The aioli add the perfect kick to the sandwich. The one thing I would've changed if I had the option was to have freshly cut french fries instead of potato chips. The chips were good but fries would been better.

                                                                                                                                              32. BE

                                                                                                                                                BigE

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                33 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                33 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                The greeting was pleasant, service was great, Food was delicious and it was a great experience. We definitely will be returning.

                                                                                                                                              33. J

                                                                                                                                                Joey

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Amazing time! Really nice views and food was great too

                                                                                                                                              34. DS

                                                                                                                                                DeborahS

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                The view is amazing! The cocktails are creative and tasty. The food not quite as good as pat times I’ve dined there. The carrot cake tasted like it had been in the refrigerator or freezer for too long.

                                                                                                                                              35. MM

                                                                                                                                                MaryM

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                A real gem Food was quite good and service is excellent outstanding viewz

                                                                                                                                              36. LE

                                                                                                                                                LikesEatingOut

                                                                                                                                                Richmond

                                                                                                                                                43 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                43 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                                We love this place. But the outdoor chairs are super uncomfortable. We love sitting outside, so live with it. I actually stood up the whole time. They are hard to move, the backs and seats are uncomfortable. Out table was wobbly and the waiter did little to try to fix the problem or offer to move us. The food was good, but delivered not hot (the mac and cheese was not even room temp), the salmon wasnt hot. We did send it back to reheat. The weather was great, view was great. quality of the food is great, all very fresh. Once food delivered, waiter didn't check back, had to keep flagging him down, it is was not overly busy. This is a great restaurant, we love it, will always keep coming, so hope the feedback helps.

                                                                                                                                              37. RE

                                                                                                                                                RasheedahE

                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                Mother’s Day brunch was nice. Portions were smaller than I expected. Flavors were on point.

                                                                                                                                              38. OT

                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall2food2service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                Attractive restaurant, very nice and efficient staff, really great appetizers and cocktails. But main course was average or below for all five in my party. Seems like ingredients were just grocery store level and method was t executed that well.

                                                                                                                                              39. JT

                                                                                                                                                JenniferT

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                1.0

                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                                                Mother’s Day dinner. We sat outside in the cold in the rain because we selected outdoor in advance. .Don’t trust the inclement weather policy. No one will call and ask if you’d like an earlier or reschedule. They will seat you, your 3 year old and 8 yr old out in the cold rain. A huge huge disappointment. I loved this place, but accommodating us was not worth the host/managers time as other reservations popped up. Why not call in advance? Don’t assume everyone can sit at the bar. I had tears in my eyes as the manager wished me a good night as my children sat in the cold wind, we were granted a heater. Well thanks, I never ever complain but this was out of this world. Watching a family sit in the rain, was beyond.

                                                                                                                                              40. D

                                                                                                                                                Dd421

                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                54 reviews

                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                54 reviews

                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                                We enjoyed our food but were sometimes forgotten because we were sitting in the corner. Some drinks we ordered were never delivered. Would return, but not first choice next time.

                                                                                                                                              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 1428 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                                              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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