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Cafe 44, Alexandria, VA

Cafe 44

4.6
4.6
1542 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 33 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

  • 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 1,542 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

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  1. K

    Kara

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible. Our server Sarah was amazing and the view was stunning.
  2. JB

    JulieB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Service was slow. I ordered a soda and the waiter forgot it. The chicken in my Caesar salad was dry and chewy; the dressing was a glob of mayonnaise in a dish on the side.
  3. A

    Ally

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    What a gem! How did I not know about this place?! Had a wonderful birthday dinner during my first time at Cafe 44! Gorgeous views of the waterfront (sailboats at sunset and watching a storm roll in), delicious food (I had the pear & cheese fiocchi, a Prosecco rose, and a peach tart - so summery!), and sweet service from our personable waiter Jacob. Such a lovely vibe! I’ll definitely be back.
  4. AR

    AnitaR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, 'Q' was friendly and attentive! The view was spectacular and the food excellent!!
  5. k

    kimberly

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    lovely view very relaxing atmosphere. Drinks are pricey, should just be larger in size :)
  6. BS

    BrownSugga

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service & ambiance was absolutely wonderful! Will definitely return!
  7. N

    None

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the Balcony at a high top. Nice location with breeze on a hot late afternoon.
  8. SB

    SandraB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is most courteous and attentive. Food is excellent in taste . The staff honored our reservation perfectly and we enjoyed the setting very much.
  9. MO

    MatronOfHonor

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Had the most amazing time celebrating my best cousins bachelorette weekend! The staff was very accommodating for our large party. We arrived almost 45 minutes late for our reservation of 5 and added 5 more guests. Everyone was so kind and our server took several pictures of our entire group at the end!!! We will definitely be back with our spouses.
  10. KI

    KelseyI

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch! Only drawback was sitting uncovered in the sun. But great service, food, and beverages.
  11. AA

    AngieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible view. And our server was TOP NOTCH. Loved the massive cocktail menu.
  12. RG

    RichardG

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We had an outdoor covered spot reserved for 9am brunch but moved indoors due to the heat and humidity. My fajita omelette was delicious. The regular coffee was horrible so we ordered cappuccinos and lattes instead. The service wasn’t that good.
  13. NJ

    NelsonJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Expected more with all of the hype. Very average. Treasure hunt to find the place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the view of the water and the food was amazing!! I got a gluten free pizza. 🤤
  15. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Though a small menu, several options as well as gluten free and kid friendly. We loved the view as well. It's my 3rd time there and will definitely continue to frequent Cafe 44!!
  16. W

    missW

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came back for the lobster benedict and it was still as delicious as the first time I'd had it (the weekend before). Plenty of delicious lobster meat covering the English muffin and perfectly poached eggs with a mild and tasty hollandaise sauce. Best eggs benedict I've ever had. Wish they had it on the all day menu on weekdays as well.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was so good! And the food and view were amazing! Very pretty interior.
  18. ZC

    ZhabizC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, great service, delicious food and drinks, gorgeous view! Wine/beer selection could expand to include French wine and more variety of beer. Excellent experience. Will repeat and do recommend!
  19. PB

    PeggiB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved the outdoor patio with views. Food was good, not great. Service was excellent.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous view and the food was absolutely delicious — it exceeded my high expectations, im glad Neighborhood folks kept recommending This place!
  21. BS

    BarryS

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love eating out in the balcony there. Excellent service and great food. Only looking for draft IPA's.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and view
  23. t

    tfcheng

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was okay, it’s the scene that matters , not bad
  24. MM

    MaryM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and service was terrific. We sat outside and had a great experience.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good view, good service and good food
  26. SL

    SanghunL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Sara really took care of us. Very friendly. Food was good and river view was fantastic.
  27. SB

    SerenaB

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    It was great. A hidden gem if I do say so myself. Would go back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service was slow but polite. More umbrellas are needed outside. Drinks were good food was ok.
  29. CB

    ClaireB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location great restaurant great food great service overall great experience.
  30. DS

    DSNavy

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful views, nice ambience, good food. A very pleasant spot for brunch.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Fun for my daughter. Sat outside on the north side and the breeze was good
  32. NT

    NessT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Kai was our server and he was so warm and welcoming. Food was great and I wish there were more vegan options. We will be back!
  33. J

    Jayson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will be going back! Braised short rib was elite! Also recommend the crab and lobster ravioli
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The ambience is great. We were looking for a bright Sunny place with big windows since it was in the 90s and did not want to bake outside. We got a seat with a view to the River and a lovely park. The server was very amicable and happy to please. My old fashion was good. I did have to return the braised ribs. The green beans, mashed potatos and meat looked and tasted like something you would get at a local diner. The meat was barely seasoned. The green beans looked like leftovers. The linguine dish my friend ordered - and for which I switched out the braised ribs - was very good.
  35. JS

    JaniceS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cafe 44 never disappoints! Perfect for out of town guests too! Fabulous and unique view of the Potomac River.
  36. SB

    SeanB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As first-time patrons, we thoroughly enjoyed this hidden gem. The staff truly cares about your experience. Morgan, our server, was knowledgeable and attentive despite having a full complement of tables. The food is absolutely amazing – everything we tasted melted in our mouths. The food was delightfully flavorful. The braised short rib was the clear winner of the night! Highly recommend!
  37. CP

    ConniP

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The staff was very friendly and you have a great view from above looking down on the river and into DC. My salad was good I added chicken and the chicken was a little on the dry side. To pay for a salad on the lunch menu $21 is a little steep. Overall a good experience.
  38. S

    Shari

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Views are spectacular! Our food was good, we all enjoyed our meals. Service was very, very slow, at least at our table. We had to get up to get water and other items for our table.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kai (I hope that spelling is close!) was our waiter and he did a fabulous job. It started with his patience and help as we moved our outdoor table a couple of times due to the heavy rain that wasn’t in the forecast. The ambience outside, even with the rain, was fantastic and once the rain subsided we were able to move back to the railing and enjoy a fantastic dinner. Thank you so much for the great suggestions Kai and for a wonderful meal and evening!!
  40. TK

    ToniK

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my boyfriend birthday and we had a fabulous time! The managers, the hostess, the waiters just everyone was so wonderful! The food was great especially the Creole seafood linguini and key lime pie were our favs though all the food was delicious!s

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 1542 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 33 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

  • 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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