Cafe 44

4.4
24 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Happy Hour
  • Waterfront
Café 44 is a NEW 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 on the fourth floor of Building 44 of prestigious Canal Center allows for sweeping views of the Potomac.

We offer reservations and table service, counter service, and online ordering via our website or app. We host private events (intimate or grand) and specialize in corporate catering.

Joe’s smooth craft cocktails and inspired playlist make for popular happy hours. Our Wine Down Wednesday, Chambong Thursday & Fiesta Friday themes keep things interesting and fun.

Our newest attraction is Champagne Brunch on Saturdays. With a tempting three-course prixe-fixe menu, à la carte favorites, an exciting champagne and cocktail menu, plus the best view in Old Town, there’s no
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Breakfast/ Lunch
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sat 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Happy Hour
Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(571) 800-6644
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Corley
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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 area as well as on the outdoor terrace. Our team works closely with guests to create a range of personalized experiences from casual get-togethers, to intimate, private celebrations. Book your event today!
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Catering
Whether entertaining VIP clients or treating the whole team, Cafe 44 is sure to please. Our customized Catering Menu features many of Cafe 44’s most popular dishes along with many other new and exciting options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Fairfax Street
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Parking details
There is plenty of street, plaza and garage parking space available. If using the garage, enter through the building 44 entrance and follow the ramp down to the green color-coded section. Once parked, proceed to the door clearly marked 44. Follow the sign to the lobby and main elevators. Come up to the 4th floor and follow the sign to Café 44.
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 24 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Alexandria’s Birthday celebration. Exceptional service from every staff member! Thank you for an amazing evening, at an impressive location!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great neighborhood cafe! The ambiance is polished,casual and relaxed, the food is like home made, and the view is THE BEST! Great coffee and drinks make this our favorite cafe for breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My family and I were there for the Father's day cookout/buffet. The food was great, the live music was amazing, and the view was awesome.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

A hidden gem right on the Potomac. Very good food and a reasonable price too. Quiet and not busy at all. Definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The view from the fourth floor restaurant is pretty, the food tasteful and satisfying. The coffee is very good.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

What a great little spot! Service was great, food was excellent and the view is unbeatable! The menu is short and sweet. It was perfect for our 7am working breakfast!

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KP
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great view of the river! We went there for breakfast and then came back that same day for happy hour, which was also a great time. Would definitely recommend!

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BD
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great new local venue with wonderful view over the Potomac - highly recommended.

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k
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Delightful spot, with amazing river views. Good service and great food.

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J
4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great spot!

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LH
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

not many places open early for breakfast (not brunch) so we ended up here. It was blissfully quiet in part due to reasonable sized tables and spacing in between - though when full/tipsy I bet it's noisy b/c of the hard surfaces.

lovely light/view. Good food. Unhurried, polite service.

Odd location and a bit hard to find - suggest sign in front of building.

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TD
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great choice for happy hour and brunch. Most fabuloaus view of the Potomac River! Friendly staff

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M
4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

A little loud for my taste at lunch, but happy to see this place thriving. Food was okay but maybe I picked the wrong thing this time. Def will be back!

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C
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Interesting cafe for a drink and meal. Very pleasant service and view was great. We will need to check out the brunch.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We enjoyed the taco Tuesday! Hard to beat a tasty shrimp taco for $3!
Also, curried chicken salad is very good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I found Cafe 44 by googling Easter Brunch in Washington DC. This popped up. I loved that it was on the Potomac River. The pictures of the river were amazing and the restaurant looked bright and cheery. When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly hostess who warmly welcomed us. They gave us a seat by the window as we requested. The waiter was polite, friendly and attentive but not overly hovering. It’s located on the 4th floor of an office building and was inthey also have an outdoor terrace. They are slowly opening their doors to the public and on weekends as it was initially for weekday business lunches. This was a great find and we will definitely go back to enjoy the terrace. Highly recommend you check this little gem out. 5FA32879-91F6-4BE5-961E-307575BBB91B.HEIC. C5F485C4-E791-4C34-919A-84547EB20773.HEIC C4D3213A-52F0-4809-B15E-AE9A088006C2.HEIC

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TK
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Unbelievable views of the Potomac River combined with a great staff, reasonably priced meals, & fairly decent food. My wife & I went to Cafe 44 for Easter Brunch & the meal was much improved over the previous visit we had paid there. The word still hasn't gotten out about this gem & its hot location, so I am going to continue to enjoy the easy access while I still can. Can't wait for the warm weather to start enjoying the outdoor seating & unobstructed water view.

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KR
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter brunch at Cafe 44 and it was delicious! Service was excellent and wait staff was very attentive and friendly! Was a tad expensive but for a special occasion it’s well worth it! Will be back again whenever we are in Alexandria again!

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KJ
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Less one star because it is not a kid friendly place ( no kid's menu , high chair , changing table in the bathroom) but other than that this place is awesome. Will definitely return ( without kid)

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Difficult to access, especially on a Saturday. Server was excellent, responded well to multiple requests. Beautiful view.

Food was a bit disappointing, especially the biscuits.

Will try again on a weekday.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Awesome new restaurant and happy hour setting! Definitely a hidden gem that we are looking forward to going back to! Great service, views, drinks, and decor!

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TK
4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Honestly, Cafe 44 earns 3 stars for their food, but 5 stars for the staff & the incredible location. I discovered their existence during Alexandria's Restaurant Week, hadn't heard of them prior. They are tucked away in an office building in North Old Town off the beaten path astride the river & Mount Vernon Trail, so Cafe 44 is easy to miss. What you don't want to miss is the spectacular, unobstructed view of the Potomac River & Maryland/DC shoreline. The food is so-so, but it is priced accordingly. They have a 4 - 7 PM happy hour which I plan to enjoy once the weather warms up a bit. I'm certain once the word gets out about Cafe 44's location & ambience, it is going to become a regular stop on the Old Town entertainment circuit.

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CL
4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My friend and I went for brunch during restaurant week. Food was good, service was not. It was about 30 minutes until we received our drinks and an hour until we were served our food. We were given our entree first and had to tell them we had not received our appetizer. No apologies were given. Dessert was great. I would try this place for brunch again, maybe it was just really busy due to restaurant week.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

This was my first visit, but definitely not my last. The wait staff was friendly and attentive without hovering. The good was delicious and a good portion size.
The only down side was the parking garbage which was confusing and no parking validation available. I would go with on street parking next time.

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