Cafe 44

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174 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Café 44 is an upscale eatery situated along the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. Our house-made dishes, specialty coffees, craft cocktails, and panoramic view have quickly made us the talk of the town. Whether dining inside or outside on The Terrace, our unique location allows for sweeping views of the Potomac River.

Often described as a hidden gem, we’ve become a popular dining destination and event space. Our expansive venue features a variety of unique spaces that capture the essence of the Potomac River. From the Boxwood lounge to the inviting balcony and terrace—our location is perfect for an informal get together or over-the-top affair.

Special Offers

Two-for-Tuesday

Choose any two for $10 - chianti, pinot grigio, meatballs, classico pizza, focaccia

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 July 2019

Ends: 4 July 2118

Availability: Tue 15:00-20:00

Crafty Friday

Enjoy $2 off Joe's signature cocktails with small plate purchase.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 July 2019

Ends: 4 July 2118

Availability: Thu 15:00-20:00

Chambong Thursday

Enjoy $5 Chambong pours and 1/2 off bottles of Ruffino Prosecco andRose.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 July 2019

Ends: 4 July 2118

Availability: Thu 15:00-20:00

Wine Flight Wednesday

Enjoy a flight of three wines for $10 and 1/2 off select bottles of wine!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 July 2019

Ends: 4 July 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00-20:00

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in 2020 at Cafe 44’s Annual New Year's Eve Party! The Great Gatsby themed celebration will be in full swing with a live streaming of the ball drop, champagne toast, and fireworks over the Potomac at midnight. $240 + tax (reserved seating, chef's buffet & dessert bar, free flowing libations, DJ)

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 174 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem in Old Town Alexandria. The views are the best of the Potomac River. It was warm enough to sit outside on a lovely, sunny morning. This is one of those places where you get the whole experience! Will be back to sit at the bar.

LP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the view!!! Three course brunch was a bargain! Food (lobster roll, shrimps and grits, steak omelet) was fresh and delicious!! And I think that our waiter was Joe Q. who was super friendly and fun!! it was a lovely brunch!!

S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Already have recommended to friends and one friend is having her two daughters bachelorettes parties with Café 44 on two separate occasions.

Our first time with Café 44 we gave a 5 star rating. This time our service was slow other served before us that arrived after us, we had burned grill cheese sandwiches that were replaced but even later. All this was a disappointing as we took our 98 year old mother there for a special treat before she flew back to Boston.

SH
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views, great service and amazing menu!

GP
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ll be eating at Cafe44 3 times this month. I love it and everyone I bring want to come back. The atmosphere, mimosa and ambiance are unbeatable. I love it.

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

BBQ Chicken Sandwich was small and a bit tepid. Don’t order this sandwich! Took 20 minutes for me to get a different salad dressing and refill on Diet Coke. I have eaten there before and had better food and much better service. Disappointing.

l
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!I keep introducing folks to it!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I ordered the lunch combowhich included a sandwich, chips, soup, a drink and a cookie. The chicken noodle soup was extremely greasy and I received bagged chips. The server was nice and the ambiance was great.

JL
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firstly you have to take an elevator to the fourth floor. Just follow the green faux-clover walls. The restaurant is super clean with modern décor. The staff are super friendly and prompt. The food is super tasty and portions are good. Outdoor seating is available and I highly recommend it as the views are pretty fantastic. There are a lot of airplanes that fly overhead so there will be jet engine noise but personally for me it wasn’t that big of a deal. Will be back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Great view of the Potomac River but the music was more appropriate for evening party goers, not for breakfast. Eggs were burnt around the edges but the grits and sausage was yummy. Two weeks ago my wife and I had a better experience there.

D
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their food and the view
Is unbeatable

Thus place is a treasure!

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service and food was amazing

JL
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for brunch, beautiful views, reasonably priced, good food. Loved the Grapefruit Mimosa!!

BG
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Cafe 44. Great food, wonderful service, so worth the wait and experience. The ONLY thing I would request is just a little more attention from wait staff. Again, I know it's busy but on a hot morning, we had to wait quite a while to get our water refreshed. Not a huge deal and won't impact my coming back at all.

AM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 4

Decent view on the potomac, very nice area around to walk.
Food is average, did not like the avocado toast at all.
They got the check wrong 3 times, seems like a new staff

SR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 44 has become my “go to” favorite in OT. I have introduced several friends to it and they have uniformly been impressed.

VH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 44 is our favorite restaurant in all of metro DC. We eat here several times a week and can’t say enough great things about the food, the team, and, of course, the amazing view!!

WM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster salad was delicious!

GP
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out on the patio and it was so delightful. Melvin was a superb waiter and the hostess was great too. I have 2 more reservations in October with two different group of friends. I just love Cafe44.

m
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

While staff was courteous, service was extremely slow. When our food arrived, both my eggs and my waffle were essentially barely lukewarm. Was not very pleased with that, as it seemed quite possible that the slow service contributed to it. Not likely to return for a meal any time soon.

HE
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Went for weekend brunch. Food was good, just nothing special. Service was poor. View is excellent!

TG
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, the view, and the service. I came in a wheelchair and they were very accommodating. Definitely will return

NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

The view was wonderful!!! The service was terrible!! We waited 30min after we were seated before being able to order drinks, and the restaurant was not full. Then 30min more before the food came and when we order bottle service it arrived with desert and with no glasses. I had to get up myself and go to the bar to get glasses after waiting 15min. Overall the view and food were not worth the poor service! I hope it improves! There is so much potential!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Cafe 44 has two things going for it in my opinion. A great view and good customer service. Our waiter Quinton was extremely friendly and accommodating but the food was really lackluster. We had brunch during Restaurant Week and the waffles were semi-burnt and the “toppings” (just butter and syrup were provided) were unimpressive. The food was disappointing but the ambiance definitely made up for it.

FS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting for a lovely brunch last Saturday. Everything was delicious. Only one warning: butter and cream are liberally used, so save up your calorie allowance!

SR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s becoming one of my favorite places in OT.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

This was the second negative visit that followed a year of great visits. Maybe the ownership has changed. The current owner has a defensive excuse for everything from “ it is hard when the kitchen gets a lot of orders” to “that’s the traditional way to make a lobster roll”. In the first instance the appetizer failed to appear before the entree and in the second instance claiming that a lobster roll that was drenched only in mayo on a non toasted, non buttered roll was the real thing.
This restaurant advertised and sent out soliciting emails for Restaurant Week. The reservation was a 12:30 lunch reservation. The restaurant was 1/3 empty... yet the kitchen could not timely prepare an appetizer?

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. I ordered the crab cakes (they are actually crab balls), sweet and spicy pulled pork and the brown butter chocolate chip cookie. The crab ball were very good but could have used more remoulade. The pulled pork was very tender and flavorful. My daughter ordered the bbq pulled chicken it was great the sauce was very tasty. My dad ordered the carrot ginger soup a very nice combination, it had a little bite to it. Overall great experience love the atmosphere and the view of the Potomac and the Woodrow Wilson bridge.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Whether sitting inside or out, the view is spectacular, the service impeccable, and the menu spectacular! Simple yet inclusive of anything you want drink wise or food wise. This place is a gem and I’m so lucky to work only a few blocks away. It’s my go-to for business lunches, happy hour and special occasions. It’s off the beaten path in the best way.

SW
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My sisters and I enjoyed this beautiful restaurant, the food and our server Melvin was delightful. We would definitely visit again.

BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a nice place for restaurant week because it was only $15. The chef put too much butter in pretty much everything. The restaurant week options were kind of limited, but still worth the price. The Third course was a cookie, which is fine, but only one of the three cookie options were actually available. The staff, while obviously not well versed in the menu, was very polite and helpful. If you work near the restaurant, it's a good place to stop by for a quick lunch date or group lunch outing. Also, the view of the surrounding area is beautiful, so outside seating will likely enhance your dining experience.

P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place for lunch, and a fantastic view of the Potomac River

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderfully enjoyable time, great service with food that tantalizes the pallet.

RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding and even though I had to get a server after waiting for 20 minutes, once we did, the service was outstanding. The server made sure to expedite our order since we had waited. The owner gave us a coupon off for the inconvenience, which my guest and I appreciated and I see as a sign of good management. The view, food and ambiance were wonderful; we were there for a business lunch. I will definitely be back again to try the brunch and to have lunch there again.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch and sat outside. Enjoyed the amazing Potomac views. Had the bottle service, which imo was worth it. Got a nice brunch buzz on. Food was amazing. Highly recommend the shrimp and grits.

AC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Cafe44. The owner came over to our table and welcomed us and was so warm! The restaurant is beautiful and the staff very attentive ❣️ Now a fav and especially for Sunday Brunch. Have the Cafe 44 and the grits! Delicious food, great service and so appreciate a great restaurant in North Old Town that’s 5 star! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DA
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great view and very clean. Food is excellent

w
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

There's a great view of the Potomac River from the terrace of Cafe 44 and that's one reason our family group decided to give Sunday brunch there a try. We enjoyed catching up after various travels and activities, so weren't in a rush, but we sat for 90 minutes before getting our food. Much too long. The server may have had too many tables or the kitchen might have gotten behind, but still too long waiting. The food was OK. The service was OK. But really just OK, especially for the price. Cafe 44 is nearby, so we might go back sometime. But we won't rush.

MP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome view and great food. The menu was creative yet simple.

PG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Old Town spot. Creative drinks, delicious food, and a perfect river view.

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