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Cafe 44, Alexandria, VA

Cafe 44

4.6
4.6
1746 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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 1,746 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for scenic views

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  1. MD

    MelindaD

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the staff was wonderful, the food delish and the view can't be beat.
  2. PJ

    PortiaJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I took my mother to cafe 44 for her birthday, yesterday. Overall, we had a really nice experience. The lobster bisque was AMAZING!!!
  3. P

    Patty

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch with an old friend. Terrific! Good food, outstanding view and good for conversation.
  4. LB

    LuanaB

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect. Love Cafe 44.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the honor amd privilege to have Nicky serve us and she also happened to be the Chef! What an amazing representation of customer service. Well done Cafe 44!
  6. N

    None

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The day-long brunch option was great. It remains one of our Alexandria favorites.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, good variety, beautiful views and fun atmosphere.
  8. j

    josediner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An elegant setting with a relaxed vibe. Attentive service and excellent food, we love this place for lunch or dinner
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary service was good and food was delicious.
  10. AD

    AndyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food, ambience and service. We’re regulars. One of our favorites.
  11. JA

    JulieA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love the atmosphere. Have had drinks on the patio during the day and the view is amazing. At night the view is sparkling and festive. I had the Chilean sea bass for a main course and it was fresh and delicious. We choose 6 offerings on our charcuterie board , it looked great and tasted good. The wine list is simple and could be expanded. I would go back and recommend highly.
  12. K

    Kelly

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time to Cafe 44 was a success! The food was excellent and service friendly, attentive and professional. We look forward to going back when we can enjoy the out door seating.
  13. LF

    LindaF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a gem in North Old Town. You won't stumble on Cafe 44 because it is on the fourth floor of a building in a complex of office buildings. However, when you do find it, you will be happy you did. The views of the Potomac River are stunning, even if you don't have a table by the window or on the balcony. The menu is enticing. The service impeccable.
  14. CD

    ChristinaD

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here. The view is spectacular and the food was amazing! We had the crab cake sandwich and Garden Truffle flat bread and both were over the top delicious!!!
  15. A

    Anna

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    We waited a great amount of time for our drinks at first (we also ordered another round of drinks as soon as we got our appetizer because we knew we would not get our drinks on time for our entree). Then for our appetizer - about 40 mins of waiting. We didnt get our entrée's an hour and some minutes later since arriving. The waiter seemed he had to many tables to attend to with no help. This reasoning, made it very hard to get his attention various times. We were ready to go as soon as we finished. Usually we get dessert. No dessert was offered or recommended. Yesterday was special. Our anniversary - it sure did not feel as though.
  16. g

    good2beout

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great birthday brunch. Everything was great. Small place so the noise level can be a little loud.
  17. CS

    CharleneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely no complaints! Service, staff were all very pleasant.
  18. KL

    KathyL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was our first time eating here for brunch. It was a wonderful experience. Atmosphere and food were great. As were the views of the Potomac. Our server was very attentive. Would highly recommend.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome
  20. KT

    KileT

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu expanded since I last visited. Everything tasted great! The appetizers, main course, and dessert were very good. Definitely come again.
  21. JQ

    JaeQ

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The service & ambiance at Cafe 44 was amazing! Kai was such an outstanding server. The French toast bread pudding was mouthwatering!
  22. GL

    GigiL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cafe 44 is my special place. The food is incredible, the service is amazing and the view is outstanding; the only thing that I didn't enjoy this time was how noisy it was. It was a little hard to have a conversation at our table with all the noisy people around.
  23. MH

    MikeH

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful as always
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service was not worthy of the price point. Salad plates weren’t cleared, had to reuse forks from salad for entrees, no one checked back once food was served, drinks ran out, short rib was extremely salty. Server was nice but quality of experience was not worthy of entrees over $30. And acoustics were terrible.
  25. PM

    PawneeM

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was my fist time. My husband and I loved it. We was seated outside which was a lovely night. They had on the heaters which was perfect. The atmosphere was so nice. The service was outstanding. It clean and cozy. I will be back.
  26. L

    Live2eat

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    My favorite restaurant in Old Town. Consistently great food.
  27. t

    theatrepatron

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice to be able to reserve outdoor seating, with good food and pretty water views.
  28. DH

    DebH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Consistently good and you can’t beat the view!
  29. KD

    KarenD

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Ambiance and food were picturesque. I highly recommend this restaurant if your looking for quality food with amazing rooftop view! It’s 5 stars for me!
  30. L

    Linds

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Great ambiance and outdoor seating. Food took a long time and was cold.
  31. M

    Mightybri

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great experience!!!
  32. EK

    ElizabethK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and gorgeous view of Potomac River.
  33. MR

    MR2022

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view! The staff is very friendly. The food is always great.
  34. PH

    PamelaH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a glorious place to celebrate the purchase of a nearby condo with the two friends who have helped me along the road to ownership! And thank you for arranging the astonishing perfect weather for eating outside!
  35. B

    anaB

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, beautiful view, highly recommended
  36. AF

    AllysonF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was so good we booked another reservation for brunch while we were eating
  37. MK

    MrKG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Sat on balcony with heaters which worked great in the 60s temp. Second visit food was delicious again but the service was extremely slow. We had to remind the waiter several times as to our drinks and checking out. The jet noise from National was atrocious we couldn’t hear conversations between us. Be prepared as it depends on which way the jets take off.
  38. MH

    MikeH

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal dining experience.
  39. PC

    PattyCakes

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This hidden gem in Old Town North is truly a treasure! Fun, clean atmosphere, beautiful city views right on the Potomac River, easy parking options and a thorough menu. The managers and servers are all so welcoming and genuinely seem to appreciate you being there. I just don’t want it to get too popular that I can’t get a reservation!
  40. AS

    AmyS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Old Town’s gem in the North end! Great food, great ambiance, great cocktails, great view.

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 1746 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 40 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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