Cafe 44

4.6
800 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

    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.
  • Potomac Experience

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy waterfront rooftop dining with a bubbly toast, three hour table time and a spectacular view! Standard height table located in Bar 44 along the railing closest to the water. Seats up to six. $350 Food & Beverage (F&B) minimum applies, plus tax and 20% gratuity. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. You must cancel no later than 24 hours prior to your reservation time, otherwise a $50 fee will be charged. Please note: This table is not heated or covered.
  • Bar Experience

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy exclusive rooftop dining with a complimentary bubbly toast, three hour table time and a semi-private vibe! Two high-top tables located in Bar 44 in a cozy nook under the awning. Seats up to eight. $300 Food & Beverage (F&B) minimum applies, plus tax and 20% gratuity. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. You must cancel no later than 24 hours prior to your reservation time, otherwise a $50 fee will be charged. Please note: This table is not in the heated section.

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 800 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexMom
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food and yummy cocktails. Beautiful view. Love the outdoor patio reservations. Service was a little slow but they were busy with a big party.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food and parking

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vipDinerfromDelRay
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This is a restaurant in an office building with underground parking. It was ideal to take my folks to. They enjoyed the views and the food/

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vipMary
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely as always. 💕

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MoiraS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The only issue I wish you’d change is on the bill for service—you automatically add a tip—and it didn’t show on the slip I was handed at the end of the meal. Then when the waiter input my card on the handheld device, the tip was added. I had already given 2 twenties in cash to the waiter, and it was awkward taking back my money tip and have to ask the waiter what the discrepancy represented. You explain many of your policies on the website and on the menu (such as not moving the furniture). But the automatic adding of tip wasn’t mentioned (at least I didn’t see it). Thank you for your consideration.

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Kaliakayyyyy
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed myself entirely. The food/drinks were great. Their service was perfect. Our server was the best. Definitely will be back soon.

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vipmarial
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After all of these years, finally had a chance to dine on the terrace at Cafe 44, spectacular views, good menu, service, Oliver, was attentive
Overhead planes were loud, but not annoying enough to detract from the setting

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tchdwn
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great views, good service, tasty happy hour-priced food and drinks.

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Carolyn
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great restaurant on the river with great views and good.

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EmmaZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

We love the view and the food was as expected, but it made us uncomfortable that the server didn’t wear a mask and reacted fairly arrogantly when asked about it. During this transition period back to (hopefully) normality I would feel a lot more comfortable when a server handling my food and standing in close proximity is still masked.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

Birthday Brunch !!
The ambiance was great!
Our waitress could’ve paid us better attention. The dish I order was not tasty at all ( Shrimp & Grits).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Worst service ever. Appalling

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NDavis
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Not the best food experience. Food was either under cooked, bland or both. The best part was the key lime pie which was actually delicious. The hostess was rude but out waitress was very nice. I think this restaurant has the number of stars it does because of the view and that key lime pie. The view is nice but overall I would not return.

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TaraP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, awesome customer service, and awesome view! I loved the place so much, I went two weeks in a row!

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vipGuest
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The experience was not as expected. I had a reservation but still had to wait 30min to be seated. The staff didn’t even apologize for that. When seated, we waited 15min for a server to get our drinks order. The drinks arrived after 30min (!!!), even after the starters were served. We had to chase after the server to order something. The food is okay as well as the drinks, the only thing great was the view. Hope that was only a bad day for them, perhaps they were short at staff, but it’s frustrating to get such a bad service…

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JasonZ
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, nice and breezy outside with a fantastic view!

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vipMiche
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Great view. Only redeeming aspect. Not sure if they need more waitstaff as service ridiculously slow. Only time waiter hovered around was to see how much tip would be input in machine.
Chef needs to ease up on salt.

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BethC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding location and food! Definitely will be returning

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vipSuzieC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner for Friday night date!

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Anotherfoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The view was excellent and so was the service. The lobster roll was mediocre and the shrimp and grits didn’t have enough salt and spice. The lemon panna cotta was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Drinks took forever.

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TonyT
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great view with excellent food. A happy crowd of people enjoying both!

RK
vipRoKai
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful views and friendly service. Great place to come for special occasions.

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Nieyla
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The setting was wonderful the service was awesome. Our server was great and on point the entire time. The reservations are a little rushed we were asked to move for others to be seated a little weird be prepared 2 hours and your time is up. The food was good but pricey for the small portions. Overall the server made the hospitality overshine the quality.

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CaitlinC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great lunch with a fantastic view. Drinks were very tasty and the food was delicious. We particularly enjoyed the lobster Mac n cheese and the crab and lobster ravioli. The service was very friendly and attentive! Would definitely recommend to friends.

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SueH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I made reservations at Cafe 44 for seven for lunch to celebrate a graduation. The service was excellent and the food was very good. We had a variety of dishes and no one was disappointed. I called to see if we get rooftop seating and I greatly appreciated the honest advice to stay with the inside reservation since the weather turned out to be less than ideal.

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vipMargaretS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience5

ambiance is great. perfect views.
drinks are good.
food is very limited. no vegan or plant based option. all saturated fat- cheese, meat and eggs.

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JessicaK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The prix fixe brunch was great! Lots of good food for the price. And the service was exceptional!!

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic views from every table. I had the shrimp and grits and was marveling with literally every bite. A bit on the expensive side but in their case you definitely get what you pay for. Make reservations in advance - we’ve never been able to walk in, they’re always full - with good reason. Highly recommend.

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MGdine
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Wonderful view

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AlexisF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! Cloudy day but still a beautiful view.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great happy hour !

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Vallau
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

GREAT crab cakes: little filler, good size for price. Delicious flatbread. missed getting a terrace table. Was an early reservation, so prompt and very pleasant service.

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vipLiliP
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the bistro vibe and the friendly staff. The food is wonderful also. The view takes it over the top though. We love it!!

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anonymous
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Come here for the views! The food and drinks were all solid, but nothing stood out as a must order again type dish.

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AudreyC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter, Tony was super friendly and really made us feel welcome and well taken care of. It was my parents birthday and they felt very special to be at cafe 44 on the patio with good drinks food and an awesome view.

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Manny
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very beautiful scenery, amazing polite staff. Great food. Super fast service. I received my food in 10 minutes. Hot and fresh. Waiter was kind and quick. Never left me unattended. 10/10

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LeslieR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have recommended this to everyone! Love the balcony, but had to sit indoors this time with my step-mom.

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viptttttt
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

food was just good this time - not sure what was missing

service was exceptional

really surprised the outside seating area did NOT have fans ... got a little steamy with the sunshine

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CheMHos
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

I definitely don’t plan to a restaurant and leave hungry. My tortellini was so good! But I only got like 10? It was so small. I ate it all and was still hungry. The dessert menu is also pathetic. I mean at least offer cheesecake… we probably won’t return. You pay too much for appetizer sized entrée.

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 800 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.