Cafe 44

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Café 44 is a stylish American eatery situated along the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. Known as a hidden gem, we’re the ideal place to escape your house for a chef-cooked meal, craft cocktails and a spectacular view.

For those who prefer to remain ‘safer at home’ we crafted a chef-driven menu available via contactless curbside pickup or delivery.

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What 231 people are saying
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vipAdrianaV
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

So glad this was our first restaurant to experience Phase 1 with! Not only was the food delicious and the view incredible, but the service was great and they were very informative of their COVID procedures and kept all diners appropriately apart. It’s a great place to socially distance, enjoy a beautiful view of the Potomac and eat great food!

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Bjbb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The balcony area offers a great view of the Potomac. Nice relaxing afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Servers were very thorough in explaining phase 1 guidelines and were genuinely enthusiastic

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DianaM
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Phenomenal drinks, amazing view - food under par.... slow service - will give benefit of the doubt due to COVID situation and reopening for outdoor service.....would def go again for drinks and view at least!

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MargieR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice location. Food tasted great, but lacked value. We got the shrimp and grits and only received 4 medium size shrimp per meal.

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BonnieS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A second trip to Cafe 44, was a great dinner served quickly. I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a fantastic view!

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BonnieS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall a great first visit to Cafe 44. Food delivery was a bit slow, but hopefully that will get faster as they do more business. Will certainly come back here often.

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vipBFunk
Memphis
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service especially while going through phase 1 of reopening! Will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the scenery from the outdoor dining was beautiful. Servers wore mask for food safety .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience great service

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KatyR
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Beautiful view. But their service is THE BEST!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! We went on the first day of reopening and all safety measures were in place. This was our first time going and we were all blown away. Wonderful service and food. The view is spectacular as well. Will definitely be back to try their famous brunch.

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vipboskar
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First venture out after our pandemic lock down, & this was delightful on the patio. Servers took precautions with disposable menus, masks, gloves. Great food & service.

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sascha
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the brunch course / options
Lots of variety of food and drinks... will be back for sure :)

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BFAlex
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the brunch. The waiter was courteous and attentive. The food was delicious and portion sizing was just right.

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SusanE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sitting outside with a beautiful view of the Potomac River, above the ground four stories was a very calming thing during this stressful Covid time. I highly recommend Cafe 44.

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OldTownRealtor
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience. In the past have had slow service, but this business lunch was spot on. Our server was very personable and responsive. Great food as always!

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vipGiovanni
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe and team made our party of 12 experience tremendous. Food, cocktails, wines simply incredible! And you can’t hide that “up in the air” view of the Potomac and National Harbor. This was our groups 4th venue at Cafe 44...all have been spectacular!! Thank you so much for making us feel so welcomed and taken cared of...like family!

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ErinL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cafe 44 was a wonderful experience. We were joining friends for brunch and everyone was very impressed with the beautiful views of the Potomac. Food was good and atmosphere was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came on a Sunday for brunch almost at closing time. They were very patient and didn’t rush us at all. The service was exceptional and the food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we had tried Cafe 44 and went for Brunch. Very pleasantly surprised and the ambience of the restaurant with the great view was worth the walk on such a cold day. Service was excellent but the food was the star of the show. Excellent choice, I went for Avocado toast, looked gorgeous and tasted divine. My husband was very pleased with his choice as well. Definitely will go back to work our way thru the menu. Well done Cafe 44

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AmeliaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed brunch on Sunday. Look forward to having dinner in April.

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vipIngs
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We didn't have any occasion just friends having brunch we started with the avocado toast which was good. We both had the shrimp and grits oh that was awesome the grits were so creamy and so good, the shrimp was nicely season and complemented the grit! The dish was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd Valentine’s Day dinner here. Great experiences both times. Will be back.

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vipBeckyF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

the food was great. the portions for the price was perfect. our server was good but i was busy and he had dual roles so their were a few serving mistakes that were quickly rectified. if not for this I would give all 5 stars.

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MaryAnn
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Valentines dinner with our friends was delicious and delightful. The presentation of the courses was well paced, allowing us time to converse and enjoy our selections.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, quiet atmosphere and lovely view

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch visit

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great quiet brunch on Sunday around 2 - wonderful view and we had the place to ourselves!

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Weirs
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great view of Old Town! ( definitely a highlight) food was good nothing spectacular but the price is right and the atmosphere is relaxing. $8 mimosas but if u r not a drinker one is enough! Would return but have had better brunches elsewhere- the view makes this dining experience really nice!!

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Bill
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The coffee was great; server was really great, greeting was warm and inviting; food (quiche lorraine) was mediocre...

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mominator
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

First time. Girlfriends and I came for my birthday lunch! The food was so delicious and the view incredible. Nice staff. Can’t wait to try happy hour here. Melvin was our server and he was friendly and professional! Great smile! Serving time and food delivery could use some improvement. Seems there was only one server on duty. We waiting an extensive time to be acknowledged, get water, refills on waters, drinks and food. It wasn’t that busy so I don’t know why other workers didn’t pitch in when needed. That would be helpful :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every bit of it visiting in restaurant week !! The chicken and waffles were amazing !! I don’t see it on the regular menu and I encourage them to put it on there

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a great surprise to find such a perfect spot tucked away in a section of Old Town that isn’t well known. Great, food, service and ambiance plus the best view in OT. This will become a go to spot for sure! Can’t wait to have happy hour at one of the outside tables!

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PaolaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved it - we went for restaurant week, and brunch so it was affordable, but the prices don’t look too bad. Food was okay, drinks were delicious, and over the ambience is AMAZING!

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vipLiliP
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cafe 44 is becoming my favorite go-to place for weekday lunches and weekend brunches. Only one in our party of three took advantage of the Alexandria Restaurant Week menu but everything that we ordered was well-prepared and delicious! Our waiter was patient and friendly even though he got quite a bit busy with other tables toward the end of our meal. But we loved the extra time to just enjoy the mild January weather with the heater hanging just behind our bar top table out in the balcony. We had a wonderful time!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch with my husband

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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

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Carol
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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.

FAQs

Cafe 44 does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Cafe 44 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 344-9100.

Cafe 44 is rated 4.5 stars by 231 OpenTable diners.

Cafe 44 does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cafe44.com/gift-cards/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.