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Cafe 44

4.6
592 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Café 44 is a stylish American eatery situated along the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. Known as a hidden gem, we’re the ideal place to escape your house for a chef-cooked meal, craft cocktails and a spectacular view.

For those who prefer to remain ‘safer at home’ we crafted a chef-driven menu available via contactless curbside pickup.

Support Cafe 44 during COVID-19

Offers

  • The Cabin Experience

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Wed - Fri 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM, Sat 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Join us for exclusive private dining on our heated waterfront balcony for up to 10 guests. Enjoy a chef’s complimentary item, $2 off our award-winning cocktails, 1/2 off select bottles of wine, plus VIP treatment and the comfort of knowing you have the space all to yourselves. Food and Beverage minimums apply, plus tax and 20% gratuity. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. Visit www.cafe44.com for more details.
  • Apres Ski Happy Hour

    Nov 24, 2020 - Jan 29, 2021

    Wed - Fri 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

    You may not be able to hit the slopes, but you can still enjoy après ski! Throw on your coziest sweater, grab your favorite parka and boots and head on over for some lively music, drink specials & lite bites. Wednesday-Friday | 3-6pm Heated Balcony Reserved Seating Times 3-4:30pm | 4:30-6pm A credit card is required to hold the reservation. Call 571-344-9100 for reservations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 592 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.4
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe 44 is the perfect place to take out of town guests if you want to wow them with great food, great service and an impeccable view. I will be sure to be back soon. Keep up the great work, Cafe 44!

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JayG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

I’ll start off with some positives. The servers were hardworking and friendly. The server I had wasn’t memorable, but I remember the table next to mine had a chatty, friendly Salvadoran server with a ponytail. He was very nice and you can see he was working so hard to make the guests happy. The mimosas were good but not sure they were $10 good. The set up outside due to COVID was great, but looking at the inside I don’t think there was a single empty table and none of the tables really looked spaced out. If I had gotten a table indoors I would’ve walked out for my safety. The food unfortunately was probably the only disappointment. It was cold, tiny portions and the lobster roll I had was flavorless. I’d give this place another chance but maybe I would order something fresh and with eggs.

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Lianne
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sometimes a description will say "heated patio" and when you arrive it isn't nearly as heated as it should be. But nay, even though we were on the 4th floor patio on a breezy January Sunday, we were able to take off our coats and eat comfortably. Ths is key (at least for me) as it sets the stage for a great dining experience. I will certainly be bringing more people to dine with me.

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Larkanator
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and setting. It gives a great view of the Potomac inside and outside. I had the avocado toast, with a side of potatoes and a biscuit which were delicious.

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Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Unremarkable menu, food was good to okay at our table, slow service (had to ask for assistance), the doors to the patio were left open (despite 40-degree temps outside), nice vantage point for the river but not a lot to see at night. Meh.

KG
KeironG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Glad to see an old friend still surviving. Best views in Alexandria. Great cocktails and mocktails. Super charcuterie board choices/presentation. Some lovely tangents among the charcuterie. We will be back.

PC
PatrickCu
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A very nice venue. The brunch special was a good value, and the food was tasty. The only thing I would do differently is to get an outdoor seating next time. The view of the Potomac was spectacular from there.

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ChristopherR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We requested an outdoor table but the weather grew windy and colder as we sat. The heaters could not keep up with the January weather so we finished our meal and enjoyed a coffee inside before we left. Food was great and service was too.

KC
KaraC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fabulous covid-dining spot! Recently had brunch on the patio and was treated to a gorgeous view and delicious food and cocktails. Went back for happy hour and had an equally delightful experience. Glad they are making it work during this time.

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TierreW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent time food and drinks were great. Champagne 👌🏾

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Critt
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful and unexpected location. Food was great and service was prompt. Only downside was the 90 min table time was strictly enforced, so it wasn't as relaxed as it might've been otherwise.

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TRAVISH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great location with nice outdoor, heated seating. Food was a little overpriced. Great service and great drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always pleasant and fun. The staff are friendly and great.

IH
IHoran
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service were fabulous! This was our 2nd visit and it was to celebrate my birthday.

RD
RDan
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful hidden gem with amazing views. The Garden Truffle Flatbread was amazing.

AC
vipAlanC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Brunch was delightful.

HN
HamN
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jeremy was excellent we needed lactose-free mil, he brought it! The view was stunning, food excellent & service excellent! We will bring in friends next time, soon.

RM
vipRoseM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and location!

AV
AngelaV
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

The ambiance and view are AMAZING!! The prices are fair. The drinks are good. The food is good as well. Some things could use some improvement such as the waffles. They were kind of dry, not a lot of flavor. The shrimp & grits were really enjoyable. The coffee was a tad bit strong. Overall, I would recommend this place because I enjoyed my meal, I definitely enjoyed the environment and the service was good as well. My only slight disappointment was the waffles. Other than that, you should have an enjoyable time....OH, let me not forget, the Lobster Bisque was AMAZING!!

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None
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seating on patio with river view, excellent service and excellent brunch menu selections. Hard to beat, but get reservations well in advance.

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Domonique
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very COVID friendly with great service, food and drinks. Offers outdoor dining with heaters to keep you warm. Visited for happy hour but will be back for brunch and dinner.

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FeliciaS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This place was nice, the balcony is heated and overlooks the Potomac. The inside decor is also nice. We went for happy hour the drinks were just okay, however I really enjoyed to pimento cheese hush puppies and the pepperoni flatbread was surprisingly good. I would definitely return to try their brunch.

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vipJill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

One of the best Alexandria spots. Beautiful Views. The service was very good.

KS
KimberlyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was my second time at Cafe 44, and as always the food and staff were amazing. My party of 3 did the 3-course brunch and all of us were happy with our orders. The lobster bisque, shrimp and grits, lobster roll, and flatbread were 5 stars. The only reason for an overall 4 star rating is that the dining setup along the outside patio really needs to not be so cluttered along the railing. The speaker was also right beside my friend’s head, so it made for an uncomfortable dining experience for her and us to even converse.

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vipMamaPeach
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely brunch! I appreciate that Cafe 44 has a kids menu and that the servers are kid-friendly. All of our weird requests to manage a toddler during brunch (apple cider but cold so it’s like apple juice, single waffle, extra cookie) were graciously accommodated. The kids had fun, the adults enjoyed conversation and booze and everyone left happy and full. P.S.: the shrimp & grits is DIVINE.

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vipFletch
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always!

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JasonS
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, awesome view, great service. The outdoor seating does have heated lamps as well.

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Megan
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience5

The service and atmosphere was great. The food was nothing to write home about. Had to order something else after ordering the shrimp and grits because it was in a pool of grease. Lobster bisque was good, eggs Benedict was okay. I’d give it another try.

SY
vipSaraY
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food and drinks were okay, but wow was service slow. I understand staffing is lower due to covid, but so is occupancy.
7:00 - reservation began
7:15 - finally greeted by server, water and drinks ordered
7:35 - water arrives
7:45 - drinks arrive

I mean, I could keep going but that was not a pleasant experience. The topic of conversation became the slow service...

The cabin experience is wonderful to offer to guests but please staff better for these sort of events. The bartender and staff was held up catering to this party’s needs over all the other guests at the restaurants.

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vipKatharineH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lobster roll is incredible and loved that the tomato soup was dairy free. The view is awesome, too. Just make sure to grab a table underneath one of the heaters when sitting outside during the winter. It’s a secret gem!

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Grinch
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience2

Cafe 44 is mostly about a great view. If you get an outside table on the north side instead of the east, the view is blah and you are not in the sun. Much less conducive to being an enjoyable experience.

CG
vipCathyG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alway a joy at Cafe 44. The view is like no other. The weather was sunny and warm and that always helps. Our server, Tony, was outstanding. Very friendly and made sure we had everything. It was a sweet sixteen so the girls were more focused on their phones and Instagram and the rooftop was perfect. We enjoyed every minute. Making reservations for next time

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Nick
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor seating has great views of the Potomac and the food itself is delicious and on the more affordable side. The seas food dishes were especially good!

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vipNicole
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our dinner with Tony our waiter. He was great. The Snow Bunny drink was beautiful and tasty. The crab/lobster ravioli was amazing. Love this restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Good dining option for the view and brunch offerings. However, I think they may have been understaffed and overworked. Drinks (tea, coffee, and a peach bellini)came out 45 minutes after we ordered them. Our food order took approx 1 and 1/2 hours to come out. Simple, ores, nothing was modified, it all tasted good, but waited for quite a while.

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EirianwenH
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful view outside, food was great, no complaints!

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Larkanator
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved dining solo on the balcony. Had a great view of the Potomac and loved the hushpuppies, salmon and then half flatbread that I ordered. Also did the Veuve special for $69!

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OliviaNope
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and environment! I’ll definitely be back for more.

HB
HaraldB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Beautiful view, very, very good, but expensive food. Charged $8 for parking even though the garage was just about empty since the associated businesses are all closed. They should validate!

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, amazing view... delicious food..need I say more!

FAQs

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

Cafe 44 is rated 4.6 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.

Cafe 44 does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cafe44.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.