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Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

4.6
4.6
663 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sonoma Cellar is a new California-inspired wine tasting room and bistro in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Offering an authentic California wine tasting experience, Sonoma Cellar will feature hand-selected wines from 180+ Sonoma County boutique wineries and 20+ Virginia-based wineries where guests have the opportunity to taste a number of varietals from these robust growing regions. Sonoma Cellar’s bistro menu will feature freshly prepared craft foods, designed to pair with the wines, and the gift shop will also carry a variety of distinctive wine-related merchandise.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-9867

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room with an indoor capacity of 14. Outdoors we can accommodate 25 for wine tasting and appetizers. Give us a call and we may be able to work with your needs.

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Lee Street

  • Parking details

    You can pay for street parking or there are multiple public parking lots very close to the restaurant. Even better? You can ride the Old Town Trolley for free from the King Street Metro Station!

  • Entertainment

    On most Tuesday and Thursday evenings we have live acoustic music in the wine garden.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 663 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Notable Wine List

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Notable Wine List

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  1. IE

    IEatWell

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely little place - sat outside in the back which was nice. There was only one person waiting tables but she was pretty efficient and kept things moving. I had the short ribs and polenta - very good. The ribs were cooked to perfection. Could have used a bit more seasoning but that could also just have been me and my palate. Wine selection was decent. Would definitely recommend for an intimate semi-casual date night.
  2. JN

    JasonN

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the presentation was very appealing
  3. CC

    ChristannChanell

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely. I enjoyed my solo birthday date! Excellent atmosphere!
  4. PM

    PawneeM

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it. It was everything I thought it would be. The food was outstanding. The service was great! I love the building full of history. You must check it out.
  5. C

    Champagne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stephanie was an excellent and the burger was good & the salad dressing on the salad was fantastic. Cute place!
  6. DB

    DawnB

    Naples

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a quiet brunch, they did not rush us yet were attentive. The food was fabulous! Highly recommended!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and delicious food!
  8. KV

    KValvin

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third year anniversary. Happy couple. Enjoyed the service, enjoyed the food and wine, and enjoyed the dessert. We sat in the outside patio. Would dine again there.
  9. D

    Dcmomma

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have walked by this place 100 times. So glad i tried it. the upstairs seating area has great ambiance, the service and food were amazing. I'm vegan and this place had options for all eating styles. Loved it.
  10. N

    Nicholas

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our lunch was fabulous! Brandon is an exceptional host. Sonoma Cellar is one of our ‘go to’ places for a great dining experience. 5 Stars every time!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Not sure if there was a change in management or something else going on, but my last visit was a step down in the quality of the food and service from previous times at Sonoma Cellar. The cheese board consisted of the same types and quality I can get at Whole Foods — but more cheese at the same price at the store vs. what I got here. SC used to have more fun cheeses to try. It seems like they changed the recipe for the lentil chili, too, and not an improvement. My salad was fine. Not what I grew to expect from SC. It was solidly fine, but not worth the trip from Arlington to Old Town. Won’t be back.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother and I had such a fabulous meal tonight at Sonoma Cellar. Gorgeous upstairs dining with big windows and views of King Street. We did the wine flight, which was really informative, interesting and great for the taste buds. We had the western cheeseboard and full entrées. Tasty pork chop with brussel sprouts and beef stroganoff. Enough food for tomorrow that’s for sure! So delicious and beautifully prepared.
  13. V

    Viva

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside near the fire pit and it was very comfortable. We went on Wednesday when wine is 1/3 off per bottle and our wine was excellent. The baked brie appetizer and salmon entrees were delicious, especially with a chardonnay pairing. We've been to Sonoma Cellar several times now and it never disappoints.
  14. TW

    TamaraW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nice gem in Alexandria. The food and wine was delicious, I got the rib stroganoff with Rose. My friend's entrees were nice as well. Service was a little on the slow side, but the staff was friendly and the ambiance is very cute. Would come again!
  15. RP

    RickP

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very happy to select Sonoma Cellar for Sunday brunch. This was the best flavored, best presented, best served dining experience for brunch that I can ever remember having. I rarely write such glowing comments. This was truly an enjoyable experience. Great setting and comfortably priced. All four of us were tremendously pleased. If we lived 2 hours closer we would definitely frequent Sonoma Cellar. Thanks to the full team.
  16. CL

    CarolynL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sommelier, Jose was absolutely fantastic. Knowledgeable. Energetic. He took time with us to discuss current flight of wines along with other worthy and notable wines to try. He shared the wine tasting and classes with Sonomo Cellar in Old Town. We will definitely be returning to SC in Old Town Alex.
  17. SM

    ShenethaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food was delicious!!! I highly recommend going there!!!
  18. AJ

    AndreaJ

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and very nice private dining room for out large group. Thanks for everything!
  19. A

    Abcd

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved the mangosa and mimosa pitchers!! The bartender was so nice and also made a great Bellini which wasn’t too sweet. Only 4 stars for food instead of 5 because they were out of a couple items, and 4 instead of 5 on service because they brought our entrees out when we were still pretty deep in the apps after we requested not to, but next time I’ll just order entrees after finishing the apps. The charcuterie/cheese app and the burrata/prosciutto apps are extremely generous and come with perfectly toasted and buttered baguette slices. I didn’t feel anything was overpriced. The atmosphere for brunch is bright and welcoming, 10/10 will come back!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great experience for brunch!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner! Highly recommend if you're looking for a semi-casual dinner in Old Town. Service was impeccable!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Nice ambiance an you can sit outside. Found was casual good
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! As always! Thanks to Jose and team!
  24. KT

    KateT

    Washington DC

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to Sonoma Sellars because we are planning a trip there in October - boy we came to the right place! Stephanie was a fount of information because she had lived there before (and recently). We tasted 3 bottles of wine (there were 7 of us) that she recommended based on what we told her about our wine preferences. Each one was delicious! We shared a charcuterie board and shrimp avocado toast - both got our appetites ready for our lunch - everyone enjoyed what they ordered from an omelet to a turkey burger to fish tacos!
  25. DF

    DanielF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sonoma Cellar is one of the few places in Old Town with a private patio. Service is friendly and attentive. Food is decent and wines are great. It's pricey but so is almost every place on King Street.
  26. CC

    CheriC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Went for Alexandria restaurant week menu, good selection and great main courses. Bizarre ambiance with a cigar club randomy overtaking the patio. Service felt rushed and impersonal, but friendly. Lovely wine for a good price.
  27. p

    paulettef

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food served in a laid-back California environment. Great wine selection!
  28. JS

    JulieS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find -- we lunched during a relatively quiet weekday but can't wait to come back for dinner. Attentive service, delicious food and a excellent wine list. They know what they're doing!
  29. CC

    CaroleC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was pretty slow. child's party in the next room was loud and definitely affected the ambiance. Food, however, was very good.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, quick service. Fixed price for restaurant week was perfect.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  32. RW

    RestaurantWeek2022

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Unfortunately, because we went during restaurant week it was pretty busy. That being said, they were able to fit us in for a table early. It was a little awkward doing so and they called me later asking why I hadn’t made my other reservation (originally reservation was 8:30pm and we came at 7pm), so I had to remind them I was there earlier. The food selections sounded good but were terribly subpar. Sadly, the gnocchi was very salty and the gazpacho had way too many onions. My friends’ fish was mushy and the servers didn’t really bare in mind when food should arrive at the table. For example, dessert and the main course came right after the other when we were still working on the previous meals. Overall, for the price, it wasn’t worth it I am sorry to say.
  33. NA

    NickA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great spot for a date night. The back patio is quiet with good ambience. Excellent service.
  34. RM

    RayM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Love the outdoor seating area and wine list. Service was slow and our order was slightly messed up but it had already taken so long that we just rolled with it. We went back the next day and service was still slow, we waited for our check to be picked up for over 20 minutes. Eventually I just walked it in myself. Still, just don't be in a rush when you come here and you'll be fine.
  35. RM

    RedMiniNOVA

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent little California-focused wine bar with great food in the heart of Old Town. If they recommend it, try it. The salmon crostini was lovely. Sit at the bar and make new friends.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Arrived on time for reservation. Place was not particularly busy, in fact we were the only ones in the upstairs dining room. It was 34 minutes before we saw any wait staff… and that was after we asked another patron to send us a waiter if they saw one. Waiter arrived and said, “Anything to drink? Any questions about the menu?” That’s it. We went ahead and ordered. The food runners brought out food fairly promptly, but it was almost an hour from our time of order until the next check in by wait staff. And that wasn’t our waiter… it was another older waiter that I think noticed the irritation on my face and made an effort to check in. No poker face here, and good on him for noticing and taking action. I’m usually a solid tipper, but in this case I tipped $15 on a $125 tab … and literally felt like I was being robbed for leaving that much. Overall, the service was an absolute fail. The restaurant left it in the hands of the kitchen to save the night. The food was completely acceptable. Commiserate with the price point, but definitely lacked the “wow” to save the service. The wines I had were interesting, but I felt 10% overpriced for what they were. And to be honest maybe that’s because both myself and the people in the adjoining small dining room had to talk about just grabbing a bottle and pouring our own… glasses were just staying empty way too long. Too many places in Old Town with similar options and better service to recommend this place. Hopefully it improves, it was a nice space with great people watching from the upstairs window.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the customer service.
  38. JM

    JudyM

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Friends birthday
  39. T

    Tammy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was really good but they shouldn't seat people upstairs when it's 90's degrees outside. The upstairs of the restaurant doesn't have A/C so it was very hot and uncomfortable but we tried to make the best out of it. The wait staff was very pleasant and accommodating.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Food subpar and slow service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 566-9867.

Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria is rated 4.6 stars by 663 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

207 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lee Street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    You can pay for street parking or there are multiple public parking lots very close to the restaurant. Even better? You can ride the Old Town Trolley for free from the King Street Metro Station!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    On most Tuesday and Thursday evenings we have live acoustic music in the wine garden.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-9867

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room with an indoor capacity of 14. Outdoors we can accommodate 25 for wine tasting and appetizers. Give us a call and we may be able to work with your needs.

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