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Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

4.6
4.6
618 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

9:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 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 618 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. KK

    KenK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very flavorful dishes, quaint outside courtyard, fantastic service, and of course, great wines (with thoughtful advice on what suits our taste) - love SoCel - thank you!!
  2. MM

    MikeM

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was very good. We had salmon and the "surf and surf". Good pieces of fish and perfectly cooked. Good sides as well. we sat in the back garden with our dog. Very casual/nice. Other diners were nice as well. Our waiter somehow forgot to put our order in, so it was quite delayed. Management took care of that with a discount. I would definitely go back. This place was a very pleasant surprise as we were in old town on a busy night and were looking for something a little quieter than the main part of Main Street.
  3. CA

    CheyenneA

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was amazing. The food for fantastic and the vibe was everything that this weekend called for. However, my absolute favorite part was our server Scott. Attentive, great suggestions, and super personable.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Always a good experience. Food is good. Staff is friendly. I wish they would play soft music outside.
  5. G

    Gogrady

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Father’s Day
  6. H

    Hungry

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The hangover burger is just the best and they cook things exactly as you ask. Wonderful little restaurant with GREAT food no matter what you order. Never disappoints
  7. JS

    JSH4

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Good wine list adequate service. Nothing special
  8. RD

    RickieD

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome hangar steak. Sides were outstanding. We'll be back
  9. k

    kimberlyg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine tasting is always superb, along with phenomenal service and great ambience. Food is delicious, they offer gluten free and vegan options, such as salads and vegetarian (black bean and avocado) tacos, which are outstanding. Prices are great too!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated upstairs and enjoyed how quiet it was. I had the strawberry salad with shrimp and a glass of Cabernet and it was all fabulous.
  11. SC

    SamanthaC

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite spots in Old Town! Super cute atmosphere, great food, great wine and great service!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The experience was good. On the reservation you should state it is a 2hour limit instead of placing cards on the table and running away. Also, when sitting outside it would be great to have some music playing like some of the other restaurants in the area.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The food as usual was excellent as was the atmosphere and our server. What was exceedingly disappointing was the host. I had a reservation for 7 pm and requested seating on the patio (our dog was with us and we had dined on the patio numerous times before) I was told none was available and had the option to sit out front on the street seating. I was told they were having some special event and no patio seating was available. Then another hostess stepped in and advised it would be a 30-40 min wait for patio seating so we advised we would wait. We moved to the bench in the patio and at 19:07 a table for two freed up and another table for two was vacant. I don’t know if this was lack of awareness, my having my dog with or something else but the way the hosts handled all of that was very odd and disappointing.
  14. K

    Kathy

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Nice casual place w/secluded patio out back away from the Old Town evening crowds. Delicious artichoke dip and tres leches cake w/strawberries. Tacos were good, too.
  15. EM

    ElizabethM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening eating dinner on the patio and two large trees provided shade. Dinner was delicious and there is a nice selection of wines as well. My daughter and I both had the fish tacos and they were delicious. My daughter had the vegan salad and I had the strawberry salad and they were both great. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful as well. We both had a delightful dinner eating on the patio and I would highly recommend Sonoma Cellar in Old Town, Alexandria. We are looking forward to going back soon.
  16. L

    Lindsey

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    We love Sonoma Cellar but this visit was an exception. I took my mom for her 70th bday lunch and we both ordered the vegetarian tacos. They were literally plain corn tortillas, about 1T of black beans and some pieces of avocado. For $16 each. We were dumbfounded - it honestly seemed like a joke. We noticed the other entrees people ordered seemed lovely. But the management here should take a look at what’s being served as entrees and make sure it’s actually worth the money and not something you could make at home in 5 minutes.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food selection is not very extensive and for a wine cellar they didn’t have a large variety of red wines and there was a very limited beer selection and I full bar, if you’re going to focus on being a wine bar then the selection of wine should be extensive
  18. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This a great find in the area. The small plate menus are perfect for having a couple of glasses of wine after work . Treat yourself!
  19. DC

    DCBoxtera

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional salmon Benedict and salads. Likely the best Benedict I have found in quite a while. Excellent brunch site. Of note- menus on OpenTable are not current . Check menu on website if you need the menu. My waitress told me my preselected choices hadn’t been on the menu in over a year…..no worries - much good to choose from
  20. JM

    JessicaM

    Beirut/Lebanon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely restaurant, food and mangosas are amazing! Jose is very knowledgeable and friendly! A couple of the other servers are a little overly attentive/looming.
  21. RM

    RedMiniNOVA

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sonoma is a wine bar gem hidden in plain sight. The wine list is well-curated and offers something for every palate, with an emphasis on California wines. The food is lovely, providing many options for light fare and more substantial dinners. Check out the patio for a respite from Old Town chaos.
  22. JJ

    JenniferJ

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I went for dinner and wine and had a lovely time in the back garden. The service, food and wine was fantastic and we look forward to coming back soon.
  23. JM

    JosephineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful service great intimate outdoor seating area!
  24. E

    Eloysw22

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service was a little slow, but the food was excellent
  25. SH

    SandraH

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was nice. Food was good.
  26. LD

    LaurenD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wine and food were amazing. Server Stephanie had great recommendations from the menu.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really great food and drinks!
  28. D

    Denise

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and wine was excellent. The service was good and the location was perfect.
  29. KB

    KristinB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time there and it was just as amazing. The staff great, the food fabulous and the wine is delicious!!
  30. ET

    ElToro

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    It was ok. Every inch a “meh” experience. I thought the servers would be better versed in the wines, and the by the glass selection was not terribly creative. The food was about what one could get in any one of a dozen places. The hostess was a stand out though. Made us feel very welcome.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Tasty food and a great wine selection.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, food was good and wine tasting was lovely.
  33. J

    Jenn

    Atlanta

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch!
  34. JM

    JessicaM

    Beirut/Lebanon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and ambience! We got the tater tot waffle, avocado tartine, mangosas (mango mimosas!!), and the Brie and fig jam crostini. Jose is delightful and very helpful. Highly & heartily recommend!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was amazing food.
  36. MF

    MF2018

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic location, lovely (and appropriate) music, very friendly staff, wonderful menu. Very much appreciate the option to sit indoors or outside.
  37. WV

    WilliamV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed the mangosas and brunch! The staff members were all friendly and great. Would go back again.
  38. D

    Dianne

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Warm enough to eat outside in the small garden. Trees above were lovely, as were the old buildings. Only problem was the buckets and others odds and ends not covered. Good was superb, as was the wine and beer. Excellent service. Will go when in Alexandria again!
  39. MR

    MeRo

    Philadelphia

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice outdoor patio...
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love this place!

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 618 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 9 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, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 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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