Cafe 44

4.5
81 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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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing views in this quiet little low key place

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

You can't beat the view and the decor. We were the first to arrive for a 10 am brunch reservation, but waited quite a while for our food to come out. And the food was not good. The biscuit tasted underdone (it turned into dough in my mouth, so I had to spit it out). My husband's waffle was the thinnest we've ever seen, and it was soft, not crispy. The egg portion was pretty small, and my overall plate was overshadowed by the bowl of cheesy grits, which was cold and congealed (not creamy at all). I sat there without any food or drink while my husband and my friend drank their coffees -- maybe because i ordered tea with my breakfast? But I still should have received my tea along with the coffee for my husband and our friend, no? No one asked me if I wanted water. The service staff were clearly new and needed more training, but they were very nice, so I don't fault them. The manager was also very nice, but I just wonder what was going on in the kitchen. Maybe it was an off day, but for the price, there are plenty of other places in Alexandria with far better food, even without the view.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this little restaurant. Would definitely go back in future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the beautiful environment and view! Food was wonderful, coffee strong, and the staff was extraordinary! I have wanted a Peach Bellini for a while now and they did not disappoint! ! Will be back :) Thank you Cafe 44 for a fantastic Sunday Brunch. 💖🥂

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MA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive but not hovering. The food was delicious, quick and exactly what we needed. The views were great from any seat in the restaurant. I highly recommend the brunch menu!

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GP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my third time dining at Café 44. I love the restaurant, atmosphere, and ambiance. However, I do have to say I definitely prefer the Pre-fixe brunch over the Café breakfast on weekends. Also, the mimosa and Bellini are really delicious.

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D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely place. Its in an office building so access is a bit wonky but once you are in it is a lovely view and the staff are just so friendly. Its the kind of place to enjoy buckets of bubbly while surviving brunch with 3 generations of women in your family.

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NU
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly, it was a result great experience! Nice servers and staff, quiet, attractive, relaxing ambiance. Good food and reasonable prices.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The French 44, waffles, and ambiance were solid wins.

The brunch buffet (at $25) was a waste; we should have stuck with the waffles. They were out of everything except fries, too thin bacon, and jars of salad. The exceptionally runny omelette took 15 min.

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Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and very good sized portions. The staff was friendly and courteous!

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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
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
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
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
5 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
9 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
12 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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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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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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