Cafe 44

4.4
71 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.
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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very surprised of how nice this place was. A well kept secret in Alexandria. I will be back.

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SS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great venue and I look forward to visiting again just to enjoy the view. The brunch menu is great and varied so there’s something for everyone to enjoy and I really liked the French 44 which was recommended by our waiter Quinton (who was great he even took a picture for our group!). The food took a little while to come out for each course of the three course brunch.

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GP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was really, really nice. The food at the Saturday brunch was so delicious and fulfilling, and cooked to perfection. Our waiter, Courtney, was such a pleasure. We’ll definitely be back. We loved Cafe 44.

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AA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

I usually go for lunch, and this was the first time going for brunch. While everything was well cooked, I just felt that it was all very basic. Salad was plain, Benedicts were fine, and has was just basic potatoes with minimal seasoning. Honestly, the best part were the drinks. Both coffee and cocktails were delicious. It’s a good thing the prices are reasonable; next time I might try stuff a la carte.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place was an awesome find! Though it’s hidden in a business building and off the beaten path of Old Town, and the acoustics are rough (got really loud in the small space), the view was amazing and the food was delicious. Would go again and definitely recommend it to others.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went for brunch. The chicken and waffles were fabulous!

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BS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food. Great place. / Very noise and poor service. For example; our table (earlier with 2 people) were served after three other tables (later with 4 and 6 folks.

A saying for this place is: Go for the food (average), but stay for the view (great).

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and would have loved to have gone on a nice day to experience the outdoor space. We had a table by the window and the view was great! The food wasn't fantastic but the drinks were very good.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The scenery is about the best thing this place has to offer. The service was slow. The server wasn't very attentive and the food had something in it.

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WF
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Visited for Brunch during Restaurant Week 2019. The restaurant is a little difficult to find(it is in an office building) but, the view and ambiance is great. My positive comments stop there. The service was slow. I think to get all 3 courses of the pre-fix brunch menu it took almost 2 hours. The food was neither warm or good. The biscuits were terrible. I had the steak and eggs which was the best thing that was ordered. It was fine but, not amazing. My friend had the chicken and waffles and said both were too salty. The servers never checked on us after the food was served and forgot our final course and then brought one of us the wrong dish. The restaurant seemed ill-equipped for the number of patrons, particularly during restaurant week.

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MF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch place. Great service. Fantastic view. Looking forward to returning.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food. Excellent service. We sat by the window and got views of the Potomac and planes landing at DCA.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Most of the food served is not edible. The biscuit came out burnt on the edges but the inside was raw uncooked dough. Chicken and waffles: chicken was dry and overcooked akin to jerky and the waffles were dense and cold. Gelato: tastes like frozen whipped cream that you can get from a tub.

The view is nice and the place is decorated cute but I wouldn't come back.

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AD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Although it’s a little difficult to find your way through the building to this café, the effort is rewarded with fantastic views across the Potomac River, welcoming and relaxed ambience, and delicious food. Definitely a place we’ll be happy to return to.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Definitely not worth it

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the space itself is super cute and modern. we were there for brunch and got seated with the view of the water, so that was really nice. our server was amazing and attentive! the biscuit with blueberry compote was the jam! ;)
the vibe was upbeat without the noise being too loud. it was nice to hold a conversation!

oh, and the french 44 was delicious! 🥂

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JS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

It is a great space with a fabulous view overlooking the Potomac. The food is average.

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Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views tasty food, decent prices

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SO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really like the Cafe 44. My organizational staff likes it also. Good food, reasonable prices, light and airy atmosphere, great service.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, everything was perfect – but make that MORE than perfect. Make it over the top perfect for our special occasion.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful gem! We were excited to find this place. It’s a bit out of the way and not in walking distance of Old Town’s shops. But the view was great and it was a fun place to eat. We enjoyed the brunch menu and the food was good. We were torn between telling others about the place or keeping it a secret!

The parking is very confusing and I would recommend they provide better signs in the garage. It would also be nice if they validated your parking.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved this place from the very start, and it just keeps getting better and better. They have plans for the future to open an adjoining area for fine dining; we can’t wait for that to happen. In the meantime, it is our hands down favorite place for lunch, brunch, cocktail hours AND private parties. When a party group takes over the restaurant, the hearts of the attendees are taken over too.

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing views! I highly recommend going to Cafe 44.

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SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Sunday Brunch only option is a buffet for $40 plus drinks.

They agreed to prepare scrambled eggs for us separate from the buffet. Service was accommodating but food choice was not.

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JS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and very tasty food! Located on 3 or 4th floor of building complex. Great view while branching. Very friendly and attentive staff.

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KG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and a ridiculously tasty menu! Bruleed grapefruit, eggs Benedict, mimosas, steak and eggs, and the BEST bread pudding I've ever had!!!! The staff is fantastic and the restaurant is beautiful. I would absolutely recommend this place, especially for an early Sunday morning brunch <3

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PC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I had the Cafe Cob Salad which contained a halfed egg not completely hard-boiled and several of the chicken chunks which had no flavor were also contained gristle. Wouldn't order that again. Seemed like it was sitting in the fridge covered in plastic and simply pulled out to serve. Have no clue what the dressing was, some kind of vinaigrette.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! and Baby friendly , Really good food!

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C
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Easy access with parking close by. Lovely view of the Potomac River. However, 3 of our 6 orders were incorrect even though the restaurant was not busy at the time. We thought the manager should have comped us for waiting so long and for the incorrect food deliveries.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ambience and service - we enjoyed our time however they definitely can do better on the food, it was ok but nothing exceptional in my opinion.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We went to Cafe 44 for Sunday brunch on the last day of Restaurant week . The price fix menu was limited yet fine . The food was average , barely warm and just okay. If this is any indication what the full menu quality will be like I probably won’t be back for a meal. However , the view from the out door space on the balcony is killer and honestly the best to be had in Old Town. Service is friendly and responsive but needed several reminders about simple requests like water , refills , etc. I’m sure with time those will work out . Happy hours will do well up there with that view .

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and external views.

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CP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious! It did take a long time to get the food. The waitress and bus boy were very pleasant. I frequent this restaurant and will be returning.

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MW
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, good food, great atmosphere, reasonably priced--I will be back!

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice setting with nice view of Potomac. Food good too.

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m
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We visited during restaurant week for lunch. The salad and soup were absolutely terrific, as were our desserts. The entree was (by comparison) disappointing. The beef tenderloin was far too chewy and gristle-y, and the accompanying vegetables were less than appetizing. The view was superb, however, and service was attentive—all of which will have us making a return visit to give the place a second chance.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had several issues with our brunch at Cafe 44. First, we didn't have silverware at our table by the time our food arrived, had to ask twice, and then eventually went inside and stole it off another table. By the time we resorted to that, our food was cold. Second, our eggs were undercooked as the whites were still clear and gelatinous. We flagged down a waiter passingby who quickly brought better cooked eggs, but not without implying that we were being picky. Third, my order came with the wrong side, and the waitress did not bring the right side for at least 45 minutes, which at that point we had finished our meal. My fork had already been bussed away so I asked for another to eat the side, and I never got one by the time I left. Fourth, we asked for more water and coffee, and after 20 minutes of waiting we flagged down a passing by waiter for re-fills. Fifth, it took more than 30 minutes after we finished our meal for our waitress to ask if we were ready for our dessert that we had ordered at the begining of our meal as a part of the prix fixe--at that point we had already been there for 2 hours and were close to being late for our afternoon plans so we asked for it to-go. When we looked in the to-go bag afterwards, there was only one set of silverware for two desserts. And finally, the waitstaff understood how poor of service we were getting, and apologized several times, but never sought to ameliorate it by comping food or drinks. The food was decent, and the view was nice, but the service is why we will never go back to Cafe 44.

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SJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

I went to Café 44 during Alexandria restaurant week. For Sunday brunch, even though they’re not usually open on Sundays. The view is outstanding, the assistant manager was fantastic, but unfortunately the service was pretty awful. Maybe it was just my server, but I saw other servers talking with their tables, being attentive, checking in, and I saw my server probably twice or maybe three times the whole meal. Well the food was not spectacular it was not bad either. I would recommend this place for the view, but maybe not much else.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Went there for the first time for happy hour. No one was in the restaurant. As we walked to the terrace, an employee was mopping up where someone got sick. A lot of the tables outside had empty glasss thrown on the table and half drunk wine bottles.

Other patrons said a guy got sloppy drunk after the group downed 16 bottles of wine in an hour. We saw the ambulance taking someone on a stretcher when we walked up to the building.

Not enough staff seemed to be present to recover the terrace quickly. There was a big grill out there but no one was grilling. I might try the place again.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We went for brunch. The view was great but the food was alright and the service was very slow for not being busy at all.

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