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Cafe 44, Alexandria, VA

Cafe 44

4.6
4.6
1637 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Café 44 is a stylish American eatery situated along the Waterfront in North Old Town Alexandria. We cater to a local crowd, attracting those who appreciate a spectacular view, quality food, great wine and craft cocktails. Whether you are a regular or a first-time guest, you are received with warmth and enthusiasm. Named the Single Best Outdoor Restaurant in Virginia, our waterfront rooftop terrace and heated balcony are in high demand. Be sure to select your preferred Dining Area when booking. We have three unique spaces: Waterfront Terrace (unheated), Heated Balcony, and Indoor.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 9:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (571) 344-9100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Nicki Lewis

  • Private party facilities

    With its panoramic view of the Potomac River, buzz-worthy location, and stylish ambiance, Café 44 is an ideal setting for many occasions. Our expansive space accommodates up to 100 guests and encompasses a variety of seating options within the dining room, as well as on the outdoor terrace and heated balcony. Visit https://cafe44.com/events

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Parking details

    Plaza: (free) There are two parking spaces reserved for Cafe 44 patrons and several unreserved spaces. On-site Garage: ($5 weekends and weekdays after 5pm). Cross railroad tracks and enter garage on right. Street: (free and paid) There is street parking surrounding Canal Center. Watch for the signs to determine if there is a charge or time limit.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,637 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
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

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  1. S

    Sandy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Potomac river views from inside dining and outside seating. The menu has definitely expanded since I ate there 2 years ago. I had the lobster and crab ravioli and my friend had the lobster roll, both were excellent.
  2. BR

    BREONJ

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    It’s a nice spot overlooking the water. The charcuterie board was good and the drinks. My lobster Mac n Cheese was bland. Overall good experience, would recommend you try
  3. SO

    SuzannaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my friend here for her birthday. This was a new place for both of us. Everything was outstanding; the view, the food, the decor, our server Jacob. I would highly recommend Cafe 44.
  4. MB

    MaureenB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe 44 always makes me happy. The food, service and ambiance is one of the best in old town. I am very particular and they continue to do everything right.
  5. F

    Freddiefoodie

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite brunch spot I go at least twice a month
  6. v

    valeriel

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and the view very lovely overlooking the river!Service was attentive— outside hi top chairs need to be sturdier - no rocking tables please.
  7. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    As is currently an issue, they didn't have enough staff. When we were served, everything was great, as ordered and hot. It just took a bit of time. Thankfully the view was so outstanding, you had many distractions.
  8. J

    Joan2

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food. Stunning views over the Potomac. Noise comes from planes going into and out of nearby National Airport.
  9. TL

    TLS2022

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute wonderful as always!! Waitstaff is outstanding.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The service was not as good as other times we have dined at this restaurant. The waiter was slow to bring us requested items and seemed upset or frustrated when we made requests. He forgot things and we had to make the requests again. The venue and the food are superb.
  11. NS

    NancyS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food was delicious. My husband had short ribs and I had Chilean sea bass. Both were incredible. We started with hot cider which was perfect on a very chilly evening. We were seated on the terrace and as the temperature dropped and the wind picked up we really felt like second class citizens. The balcony seating adjacent to us had heaters and a much nicer view plus was protected from the wind. We really felt exposed to the elements with no effort made to make us more comfortable even when I told our waiter I was freezing. Portable heaters don’t seem like a difficult thing to add to their outdoor seating and would’ve made such a difference.
  12. SN

    ShanieceN

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The server messed up the order and afterwards she became less attentive. The food wasn’t that great. Came out warm. Won’t be returning.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The person who waited on us never came back to check on our water, food or if we wanted anything additional. He was slow, aloof. I was unimpressed as he only had 3 tables. He seemed put out. I have had better service prior. This person was just off putting and very rude.
  14. MP

    MonicaP

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food and staff are wonderful! My go to spot with the girls or my other half. I always order the Crab and Lobster Raviolis with a Boss Chic. The Shrimp and grits are amazing!
  15. m

    magic

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great time at Cafe 44. I've brought three groups there recently and they were overwhelmed with the view and service.
  16. JR

    JanetR

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our first visit to Cafe 44, and we will definitely come back! The atmosphere is lovely, the waterfront views are beautiful, and the food is delicious. The location is a bit remote and hard to find, but it is worth the effort!
  17. SB

    SueB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm and welcoming atmosphere with great service, excellent view of the Potomac and tasty food; will definitely recommend to friends and come again.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Bad waiter
  19. MP

    MamaPeach

    Seattle

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar as always! I think the staff must be treated well here because they’re always so kind and friendly. Love this place!
  20. MK

    MaxK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Cocktails and antipasti were great, the wait was a bit long and the restaurant seemed a bit unorganized
  21. LJ

    LisaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maria was an excellent server, the food was great, and the atmosphere inside and on the deck was perfect.
  22. SS

    ShawnS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A great choice for lunch to catch up with a friend -- excellent view from the patio!
  23. YP

    YakinaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The ambience was absolutely wonderful! A great place to brunch with the girls!
  24. AG

    AnnG

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Q was our server and was amazing! The deviled eggs and scallops were delicious. We will be back soon!!!!
  25. E

    Elizabeth

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful place to spend leisurely afternoon watching river go by. Food is good, well-presented. Service is good enough. Only complaint, on multiple occasions is noisy partying at neighboring tables.
  26. MB

    MoniqueB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here twice - lunch and dinner and both times were excellent. Husband & I shared everything both times. We both thoroughly enjoyed everything we tasted. I love love love the hush puppies. The garden truffle Flatbread is amazing as well as the crab & lobster ravioli. I could go on and on about the food! The service both times was excellent and the outdoor seating only enhances the experience. I cannot wait to visit again.
  27. ML

    MrLogic

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great view over the river from 4th floor. Service and food were very good. My meatloaf sandwich was very filling and tasty. Good selection of beers available. Enjoyed my lunch.
  28. TT

    TizitaT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    On the balcony ceiling corner , there were spider webs from end to end and even one spider fail on my table which could of landed on my phone. Someone needs to wipe and maintain that area because it doesn’t go well with how good the rest of the restaurant looks.

    Cafe 44Responded on September 15, 2022Sorry about the spider webs. The team cleans them off every morning (at least they're supposed to). I'll speak with my floor managers to make sure they're staying on top of that. It's unfortunately the price we pay for being so close to the water. We hope to see you again soon.

  29. B

    Brittany

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting and food. Took a bit of time to get the first drink but Tony was lovely and busy and we had an amazing time!
  30. LK

    LKHJJHAJH

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience4
    This is a great location as it is on the top of a business building and has a wonderful water view. Our server was friendly. The problem with Cafe 44 (and this is our third try), is the amount of time it takes to get waited on and get food/drinks. We had a 6pm reservation and finished at 8:30 which did not include dessert. We sat at our table for 30 minutes before getting water and it was 6:40 by the time we got our cocktails. We ordered a few appetizers which came at 7:15 and our entrees arrived at 7:50. It’s really too bad because the quality of the food is great, the servers are friendly but 2 1/2 hours for dinner is crazy. We tried brunch and it was the same and had dinner about 6 months ago - again good food but so slow.. We wanted to try it again as we thought we hit it on an off night but they just can’t execute in a reasonable amount of time. We ordered a bottle of wine, and appetizers/dinner and it was $461. for 5 people which we wouldn’t mind if the experience was five stars. The other thing is they added a tip due to five people in our party and didn’t mention it but we noticed it when we looked at the bill. I think when a tip is added it should be pointed out when the bill is presented.
  31. D

    Doug

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food and views were great! The service was generally quick, but he did apologize for the time it took to deliver the dessert. I mentioned that it was loud, but that was due to the aircraft traffic, not the conversations. On the days that DCA is not taking off directly over the restaurant, I'm sure that it is great. My wife had the lobster bisque and I had the shrimp and grits. Both were tasty. She had the key lime pie for dessert (could have been a bit tangier), and I had the cheesecake (which was perfect).
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was incredibly understanding of two friends who were running late because they were coming from out of town. Despite this, they didn’t prevent us from being seated on time (as some restaurants do). Our server made us comfortable with drinks while we waited and never rushed us. The food was great, and we’ll be back again!
  33. DK

    DianeK

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from FL, first time in Va/DC area. Sat on the covered patio and had an Amazing view of the Potomac. Fast service, helpful suggestions and delicious shrimp & grits.
  34. EH

    ElizabethH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous service by Khai. Gorgeous views of the Potomac River. The food and drinks came quicks and we devoured everything!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visitors from Germany. Great choice. Service, food and ambience were great!
  36. v

    vida

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The Maître D was very welcoming and our hostess charming. The food was spectacular and fresh! Our waterside view was gorgeous on a sunny day💕
  37. L

    Live2eat

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The only reason I gave service 3 stars is because our poor waitress was serving the entire balcony. She was doing all she could, but they are probably understaffed like so many restaurants in the area.
  38. KM

    KMCM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great. Come for the food, stay for the views!
  39. LP

    LeslieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Q was such a great server and the restaurant was awesome
  40. J

    Jace

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'll be back. The food and the service were great. I've had hit or miss experiences with the drink menu, but on the whole my experiences here have always been good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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

Cafe 44 is rated 4.6 stars by 1637 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 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe 44

44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 401, Alexandria, VA 22314

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 9:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plaza: (free) There are two parking spaces reserved for Cafe 44 patrons and several unreserved spaces. On-site Garage: ($5 weekends and weekdays after 5pm). Cross railroad tracks and enter garage on right. Street: (free and paid) There is street parking surrounding Canal Center. Watch for the signs to determine if there is a charge or time limit.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Nicki Lewis

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (571) 344-9100

  • Private party facilities

    With its panoramic view of the Potomac River, buzz-worthy location, and stylish ambiance, Café 44 is an ideal setting for many occasions. Our expansive space accommodates up to 100 guests and encompasses a variety of seating options within the dining room, as well as on the outdoor terrace and heated balcony. Visit https://cafe44.com/events

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