Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

4.3
232 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Outdoor Eating
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Mon 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 566-9867
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Union Street
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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!
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Entertainment
On most Tuesday and Thursday evenings we have live acoustic music in the wine garden.
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Special Events & Promotions
We have a variety of weekly special events including single winery tasting, wine classes, wine throwdowns and all kinds of wine fun. Including pinot and pups!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 232 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.1
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Had Fathers Day brunch. Very nice staff. Great food. I had huevos rancheros and hubs had avocado tacos. Everybody’s food was enjoyed. Not crazy busy and had a great spot on the patio out back. Super cute.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Wonderful time and experience! Thank you again for the wine and food.

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3.0Dined on 13 June 2018

The food was good but not exceptional and the portions were small.

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2.0Dined on 8 June 2018

We had visited Sonoma Cellars once before when it opened, and came back with a couple friends to give it another go. While the food and wine were decent, the experience and interaction with staff was quite weird and left us with a negative opinion. Our welcoming involved an exchange where the host asked if we wanted to sit outside, to which we said yes but received a response of "it's full." There was not further information given about wait time, possibility of alternate places to sit...just "it's full." While that was strange, halfway through our dinner, the owner/manager knocked a few chairs over - seemingly on purpose - and left them there to make the same staff member (the host) pick them up. It seems like a place where staff interaction and management do not see eye to eye, and left us feeling awkward and uncomfortable.

That being said, the wine selection was good and prices were fair. We hope management can better work with staff to create a more welcoming ambiance. As a result of our experience we are unlikely to return.

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2.0Dined on 30 May 2018

This used to be my favorite restaurant. I have taken many people here. The food is usually wonderful. This time it was a disaster. I was embarrassed that I brought my friends there. We asked for bread for the table to nibble on with the pre dinner wine. Took six tries. It came with the meal. We had to ask for butter. When the bill came was were charged for the bread and separate charge for the butter. One person ordered the salad. He said it was dry and the greens looked passed their prime. My gazpacho was bland. I ordered the short ribs. The meat which was about four bites was dumped into a unappetizing, over salted pile of mushy polenta. The two spears of grilled asparagus were dried out. My friends said their meal was just okay. The waiter cleared plates while we were eating, but left some of the dinner service on the table when dessert was served. The crust on the apple tart was tough and difficult to cut. We ordered the press coffee for 4 (there were three of us.) It was sludge. And there was not enough coffee to fill the three cups much less four. We asked the waiter to split the bill. It was not done correctly. We should have complained but we had not seen each other in awhile and we did not want to make the evening about a conversation with the kitchen. None of us would be returning.

In fairness to the waiter, I think he was overwhelmed. The restaurant is on two floors and with the patio opened the waiter has to cover a lot of ground. It seemed like he was the only waiter on duty that night.

I would go back to have wine, but I would not eat there again.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner at Sonoma Cellar. The three wines we tasted were really good. The food was fresh and tasty - we would particularly recommend the fish tacos, which were exceptional!! And the service was perfect.
We will definitely be back for more!!

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5.0Dined on 23 May 2018

Can't beat the wine! Knowledgable staff helps you discover new wines and the fit-for-foodie menu is a added bonus. Sit outside for quiet evening or inside if you want a lively bar scene.
We started wth a glass of superb Brut and enjoyed Rose with our delicious dinner.
Definitely a gem in Old Town Alexandria!

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2.0Dined on 20 May 2018

We were excited to try this place and were warmly greeted by the owner, but things went downhill from there. They put us upstairs which was a very nice room but with poor acoustics. It took forever to get our drinks and when food finally came they only had 5 of our 6 meals correct. It took almost 30 min to get the 6th meal. It was such a shame because the food was tasty. The waiter was nice, but had too many people to take care of and therefore slow.

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2.0Dined on 13 May 2018

This place is great. Good food, fun atmosphere. Sit on the outside patio if the weather permits.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

This restaurant had a great wine sections m, service was excellent and the ambiance was just right , overall wonderful experiences

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

A bit noisy and moderate high prices typical of old town but food and service were both great!! We love coming to this place

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5.0Dined on 22 April 2018

Went here for the first time for a triple date night. The food was delicious and the portions were well done. Still room for some dessert. The wine list was vast, but they also have a select menu off to the side with their specials and tasting menu. We had a very good time and even found out that they have a "speakeasy" starting at 10:30pm where they have live music and games. We continued our night then came back for the speakeasy where we came back and ended up hanging around their fire pit out in the back. Will definitely come back again. I will also mention that they do not split bills for tables of 6 or more so just be ready for that.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

The food was amazing. The wine was great. The service could improve.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Always good food with a rotating, seasonal menu and great brunch. Service is usually very good and the bartenders are really wonderful.

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3.0Dined on 13 April 2018

The food was amazing. The table was wobbly and the chairs are uncomfortable. Decor upstairs could use some attention.

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1.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Eating at SC was a really mixed experience. The environment feels a bit sterile. Our wine was delicious as were 2 of the 4 appetizers we ordered. The service was poor. After taking our order we only saw our server one other time and that was when he came to check that someone had brought us our food. He never came back to give us water, didn't ask if we'd like another glass of wine, didn't ask if we liked the food until I asked for the check. At one point we were parched from the spicy app and I actually got up and served us water. He was in the same room and didn't even notice. Lastly, we had asked for a side of guac knowing it was a $2 surcharge. We were served about a tablespoon and a half of guac. What?? That was ridiculous amount for $2. We live in Alexandria and eat out frequently, but we will not be going back to SC.

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3.0Dined on 13 April 2018

The overall experience was fine but I’m not sure why the restaurant requires credit card holds for the reservation. The restaurant was not busy and the dining area wasn’t full. The food was good but priced a little high.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Several friends and I met for dinner and enjoyed a meal on the outdoor patio. Sonoma Cellar has genuinely friendly hosts/servers and a great menu. Reasonable prices and good value overall and creative dishes pair perfectly with a well-curated wine list. To us it felt like a tiny slice of Northern California in a relaxed and charming setting!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

We were pleasantly impressed with our evening at Sonoma Cellars. We met old friends there . We sat at the tasting bar while we waited for our friends and tasted some great wonderful wines. We went upstairs and loved the menu as it had a great selection if you are hungry and wanted a full meal or were not hungry and wanted something smaller. We ordered the taco selections and a great bottle of wine and it was a great dinner. I highly recommend Sonoma Cellars as a wine lover and a foodie.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Always great.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

I came here while wedding dress shopping with my family. It was a wonderful experience. Staff was incredibly friendly and made us feel so welcome. I had to move my reservation and add people and change tables and it was never a problem at all. I will definitely be back this spring and summer to sit on their awesome patio!

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

We love this place. Go there all the time and recommend to friends constantly.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Had a bridal party dinner and they were so accommodating and sweet to our group. I highly recommend this place!!!

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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Great food and wine. Our waiter was working really hard, but they appeared to be short staffed or something. It was a Saturday night. Service wasn't great, but other than having more feet and hands, I don't know what he could have done. Our meals and wine was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on 19 February 2018

A great cheese plate paired with good wine and incredible service, can't beat it!

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3.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Monte Cristo was excellent, the. Huevos Rancheros was good. We asked for any okay chard. The recommend wine was not okay.

We would go back.

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

My husband and I decided to try this restaurant for the first time to celebrate Valentine's Day a few days late, and we will definitely be returning!! The dinner menu is amazing and decently priced...we loved the descriptive wine menu too. The fish tacos and short ribs were both great, and we enjoyed the cheese plate to start. Lovely place and nice staff as well.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

We took advantage of their 5 course Valentine's Week Price Fixe Menu with Wine Pairings. It was exceptional. The four of us loved it. It absolutely exceeded expectations. Would definitely go back!

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3.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Hi I am a frequent visitor of this venue and purchased a valentines package through even brite- my boyfriend and I went on Valentines day. IT was a 5 course pairing. The process of securing the reservation was very confusing. I had to make a deposit of 50% when purchasing the reservation but there was no way to indicate a time or date. When I presented the waiter with the pre-paid voucher he was very confused and didn't really understand it which I thought was strange. For the price I think the meal wasn't as good or substantial as it should have been. My final bill was more than the initial advertisement indicated. I think I got over charged especially since I had make a pre-paid deposit. IN general I love the wines here but the selection for this meal wasn't great. Starting with a sweet white- ( I would have preferred champagne especially for valentines day) and I'm a red drinker and the pinot was good the second red wasn't great. I don't care for sweet dessert wines and wished there was an alternative for this to end the meal like another red. It's a great spot but they didn't have the Valentines Day offering worked out as well as I'd hoped for the price.

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5.0Dined on 11 February 2018

I'm a fan. Love the focus on US wines. Excellent selection of wines too. Service is fantastic. Very friendly staff too.

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3.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Great wine list. Food OK. I really wanted to love it but fell flat. Service OK. Our server was a little lean in info (didn't bring complete menus, explain, or suggest). Our food runner was extremely nice. Will be back just for wine out in their patio.

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4.0Dined on 3 February 2018

We went for restaurant week and absolutely loved it. The food was phenomenal and the ambiance was nice, it's in an older building in old town - very cute.

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3.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Go there for the wine, not the food.

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5.0Dined on 1 February 2018

Me encanta este sitio. Buen ambiente. Vinos fantásticos. Buen servicio.

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5.0Dined on 31 January 2018

The food was beautiful and tasted fantastic. We had the restaurant week menu and loved it!

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5.0Dined on 30 January 2018

Great service and food. We went during restaurant week and was impressed with the selection, quality and portion. We will definitely go there again.

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4.0Dined on 28 January 2018

It’s a bit loud. Wine was fantastic though...

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

The food was very good and the staff very pleasant. They were very accommodating of my two year old too.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Beautiful small restaurant. Excellent food and wine. Enjoyed a great evening for date night. Inside was beautiful. The outside seating area could use a little cleanup and decor.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Very good meal. Lamb burger was amazing. Wine was great. We had a really good dinner. The server was on point. He was very professional. We will definitely come back

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