Cafe 44

4.6
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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.

Specials

Crafty Friday

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 3, 2019

Ends: July 4, 2118

Availability: Thu 3:00PM-8:00PM

Chambong Thursday

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 3, 2019

Ends: July 4, 2118

Availability: Thu 3:00PM-8:00PM

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: July 3, 2019

Ends: July 4, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-8:00PM

What 193 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.8
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Not as good as it usually is for me. Server too busy and ignored us, probably accidentally. Curry chicken salad sandwich disappointing.

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went for brunch during Restaurant Week. Really enjoyed the food, especially the avocado toast. Lovely view. Appreciated that we could still hear each other for conversation, even with a full restaurant. Only complaint is that the first course of our three-course fixed price brunch (cocktails) came out at the same time as the second course. Great mimosas, but the timing was off.

BE
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We love Café 44 - it is very welcoming, the view is fabulous, the staff is great. However, the food is always warm to cold. I ordered the waffle plate the waffle looked like a frozen waffle and it was cold the eggs were warm if they would serve hot food it would be soooooo wonderful.

LP
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve taken my parents to Cafe 44 once before and they loved it so much that they wanted to celebrate my uncle’s birthday and their anniversary there. Everyone had the lobster rolls which were a big hit with the taste and portion size as well as the mimosa bucket. The view looking out to the Potomac was fantastic as it was a beautiful day! Our server was very attentive and the hostess was very friendly. We will definitely go back again and again!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was tip top but the tables are a bit close together and it made it difficult to have a conversation. Overall, 5 stars though

AM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cafe 44

K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place is an unexpected delight in an unlikely place on the north end of Old Town. We have been for happy hours, lunches, and now Sunday Brunch. Tucked up on the 4th floor of an office building, it is bright and airy with amazing views! A casual cafe atmosphere with solid food and drinks. If you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist noise of King Street, drive a few blocks north for a quieter, but convivial and lovely meal with a view. Perfect for families, groups, or a date for two. Happy hour is nice too. For Sunday brunch, we sat in the window overlooking the terrace and the river. We started with bloody Mary's. A great mix but not overly fou-fou'd up. Just a good solid Bloody. Then we got the waffle plate and also an omelette dish and side salad. Both were tastey. The service is very friendly. This is a tiny place so it feels homey. Bright and light interiors feature the orange colors of Veuve Clicquot along with boxwood green and white.

BE
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were very pleased when we got to Café 44 - the view is amazing, the food was good but the eggs were cold - I think that they must keep the scrambled eggs in a warming tray - so they should change that or make sure they stir and keep them hot. We would go back and ask for hot eggs!!

TD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cafe 44 has become one of our local favorites for brunch, happy hour and special events! The service is always outstanding and the waterfront view ideal!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting; very good food; attentive service.

P
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view!

V
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I like cafe 44 for the spectacular views across the Potomac. Food was ok. But service was sketchy: drink orderrs took forever, wrong food items were delivered and courses were served out of order. Would visit again in hopes that service improves.

EC
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our waiter was very nice and professional, but very slow ...
Food was very nice

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a beautiful view and cheery dining room! This is my fourth time. The slice of tomato goat cheese quiche was delicious but smaller than the last time and had only one tiny piece of tomato that I mistook for a part of the salad. Other than that, it was great.

VH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. Great service and the best view in Alexandria!!

LP
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is my second time within a month because I loved the previous brunch experience that my daughters and I had. I came with my parents between breakfast and lunch time but the kitchen staff accommodated our request for the lobster rolls and they were excellent. The Bistro sandwich, however, was a little bit disappointing. The croissant was not as flakey as I had hoped and it was a bit over toasted. But the service staff was attentive and friendly and the view was fabulous!! I would definitely come back again!!

M
Brazil
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great ambiance and food!

DD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for breakfast/brunch. Server Tony was outstanding. Views are gorgeous. Food very good. What's not to like about this place.

GP
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really love dining at Cafe 44. The owners and staff are absolutely wonderful. This is a great spot for any occasion and the view—PRICELESS. And the food and Mimosas are really good.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, great service and amazing menu!

GP
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

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 October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!I keep introducing folks to it!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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 September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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
30 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their food and the view
Is unbeatable

Thus place is a treasure!

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service and food was amazing

FJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

BG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 September 14, 2019
Overall4food2service1ambience4

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
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster salad was delicious!

GP
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

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
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

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