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Josephine - Old Town, Alexandria, VA

Josephine - Old Town

4.5
4.5
577 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Welcome to Josephine, a French brasserie located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Inspired by classic Parisian eateries, Josephine brings the timeless charm and culinary traditions of France to the local dining scene.
Josephine’s kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Matt Cockrell, whose skilled approach is technique- and ingredient-focused, pairing with Josephine’s beverage program which is anchored by 350 French wines, 12 unique cocktails, and a focused selection of draft and bottled beer and cider rounds out the beverage program.
The ambiance at Josephine is warm and inviting, with antique millwork, vintage lighting (including pendants that once hung in the Paris Metro), and a large dining room overhung by a vaulted skylight. With 220 indoor seats, one of Old Town’s classic bars, a third-floor hideaway lounge and champagne bar (complete with fireplace), and an intimate courtyard seating 25, Josephine has space and setting for every occasion.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 72 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Café, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 683-1776
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Matthew Cockrell
  • Private party facilities
    Discover the perfect setting for your next gathering at Josephine. We offer a range of options to accommodate parties of various sizes. Whether you are planning an intimate family celebration or a large corporate event, let us take care of the details!
  • Private party contact
    The Private Events Team: (703) 913-6117
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Cross street
    King St. and South St. Asaph is our closest intersection.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    King St-Old Town Metrorail Station is roughly a 15 minute walk from us; Braddock Road Metrorail Station is roughly a 20 minute walk and also has shuttle pick ups every half hour.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 577 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    French

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

577 Reviews
  1. Margie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Expected better service. Had to ask to make our order our waitress was taking so long. Then only half of appraisers came. Had to ask for rest of it. No apology. Had to chase our bill at end, which was incorrect. Def room to improve service.

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  2. Mugs

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming, Gorgeous place. Cannot beat the atmosphere!! Unfortunately the food was soooo over seasoned - too much salt, waaay too much pepper (in 4 of the 5 entrees served to our table)! Very disappointing….

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fine, everything was over salted. Super loud. Waitress fine. Food and drink runners were totally clueless.

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  4. ElizabethH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was excellent and so attentive! It was my birthday and they brought us complimentary sparkling wine for the table and a beautiful dessert. Food was wonderful as well—we will absolutely be back for more!

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  5. RachelM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gotta end your meal with the opera cake and raspberry sorbet. Delish!

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  6. marcb

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very good, the ambiance was nice, but the food middling.

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  7. DavidE

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I rounded up to 4 stars and co wider this place in the very good to excellent to category. We did not have a chance to get here during Restaurant week, but we wanted to try it to see if it would fit into possible restaurant rotation. We each had the veal sweetbreads, which was done in an unusual preparation, and not very traditional. It was good, but not great. I had the steak fits, which I thought was very good with a good size portion of steak, but it was seasoned like an outback steak and then had maître d’hotel butter on top. My wife had the gnocchi which she enjoyed. We had a couple of glasses of wine and a cocktail that was good too. The actual wine list I thought was too expensive for what you get. The service was in a busy environment and I had to ask for utensils for a second course and there was confusion over my glass of wine and they brought it over a second time, which I did not order. On one of the cocktails, we have a choice of drink size they gave us the wrong size. Just a few slip ups that I’m sure will be improved with time. I think this is a very good restaurant overall, and would be willing to come back again in a few months and try it again. 

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  8. kaj2600

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was super expensive. The food was not great, we found it under seasoned, the steak very gristly - the salmon however was good. I Didn’t notice any changes to the decor from the previous restaurant. The service was lovely. But given the price and the disappointing food, we can’t recommend.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for brunch. I ordered the quiche and it was delicious. We ordered the lox plate for an appetizer, which was also excellent, but it didn’t arrive until well after our entrees arrive. The service seemed surprised when we brought it to her attention that the appetizer had not yet arrived. brunch took three hours, and it wasn’t because it was leisurely, it was because the service was really slow. Waiting for a cup tea to come out took a long time. It seemed like everything took a lot longer than it should have. The place is beautiful and the atmosphere is very pleasant. I just hope they can work out their service issues. I’m not sure if I’ll go back or not.

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  10. Kylie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They made my birthday so special, I will return. Thank you.

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  11. GeoffreyL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding along with the service. A must visit in the DC area!

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  12. MarshaF

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had brunch with an old friend. We started with drinks and the pastry basket. The pastries were excellent. The drinks were very good. My friend had the quiche, which she thought was very creamy and tasty. My husband and I had the duck confit skillet. I would have liked more duck and fewer potatoes, but it was nicely seasoned. Our server was excellent and all the staff were welcoming and efficient.

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  13. KatherineB

    Greensboro

    245 reviews

    4.0

    245 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed. Thank you for a nice last minute dinner reservation

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  14. JLW3

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    French dip and pâté were great. Service excellent. Will return for dinner, so we can try the sweetbreads.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hayley made our belated Valentine’s Day one of our most special date nights ever. The food was amazing (we got 2 appetizers each, an entree each and like 5 desserts to share amongst the two of us. It was all so delicious.

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  16. DevinB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a Valentine's dinner and it was phenomenal. The ambiance was classic and beautiful. Dark Mahogany, really cool chandeliers from a French subway station, the attention to detail was impressive. The food was excellent! I was very much looking forward to the sweetbreads and Chef Cockrell did NOT disappointed. Cheese board and Fois Gras mousse were wonderfully rich and decadent. I had a NY strip Au poivre that was to die for. Our server Matthew was attentive and knowledgeable and really fun to boot. The GM Leaonard took superb care of us, it was like being invited into an old friend's home. All-in-all I cannot wait to go back! Definitely the best date night we have had in a very long time.

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  17. JamalS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance and cuisine for our Valentine's Day dinner. Service and food were excellent.

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  18. Courtney

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Valentine's Day dinner at Josephine, one of our favorite restaurants in Old Town. Our downstairs table was tucked away in a quiet room, which allowed us to enjoy each other's company and conversation. Our server, Regina, was friendly and efficient. The food was phenomenal--I highly recommend the opera cake for dessert!

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  19. MarkV

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice lunch for Valentine’s day. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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  20. Bigeater

    Austin

    18 reviews

    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    What an UNspecial place to go to lunch on Valentine’s Day. The service was absolutely horrible and when I found a hair in my food the waitress didn’t even apologize. Thanks to the manager for taking it off the bill. That kinda killed my appetite. I had the trout and it was ok. What a waste of a beautiful space

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went there for a pre Valentine’s Day dinner. We love the art nouveau decor and architecture—really stands out from our average restaurant and it was lovely. I felt like our table for two was a bit too close to another table for two but that’s just me. I appreciated the gluten free menu too. The food was good. It highly recommend this transcendent experience!

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  22. ChrisM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was great and the food was top-notch. Great wine list.

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  23. Walt

    Washington DC

    181 reviews

    5.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice Franco-Belgian addition to the Alexandria food scene. Multiple levels and room styles. Service was great the food was excellent and the staff were quite accommodating. We're adding it to our short list of preferred Old Town Alexandria restaurants.

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  24. Kaloraman

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great "Josephine" seafood platter, although the snow crab was waterlogged. Frisée salad was just okay, but huge, as was the side salad. Service was perfect.👍 The

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  25. GoneDownhill

    New York City

    25 reviews

    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very poor service and food on our visit on Saturday 2/10. So poor that we needed to speak with the service manager who took some items off of our check. I would highly recommend that this restaurant is avoided. There are so many better places in Old Town.

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  26. Diner75

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I asked the hostess for a booth that was open and she said it was taken by someone with reservations…and then the male host moved new patrons who came in after me to that same open and empty booth 10 minutes later. I heard the man ask if it would be ok to move to that empty booth and he moved them. Everything else was great - service was a little slow but at least they were kind and accommodating. I would still recommend but maybe get the host staff in check.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I tried Josephine for a birthday dinner — and it was fantastic! I could not be more pleased with the service, the food, or the ambience.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect experience. We arrived early for our reservation and we’re taken to a wonderful table right away. The atmosphere was elevated and charming without being stuffy. Service was the perfect mix of attentive without being bothersome. A tremendous wine list, by the glass or bottle. Food was delicious. Everything was exactly what we were hoping for and even better than we expected.

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  29. NelloC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service from the hostess, to the bartender, to the waiter, to the runners was great. The bar area was WAY too dim. I could barely see the bartender’s face. The steak frites (we had two orders). We asked for medium and the other was medium rare. My medium was more like well-done and the medium-rare came out medium-well. The texture of the steaks as very “hard” and chewy. Big disappointment. We loved it when it was Columbia firehouse, and we do know it’s the same owners/family of restaurants as before.

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  30. Kathy

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food! Highly recommend the Escargot, mussels, and Red Drum.

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  31. WeekendTraveler

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has become an Old Town favorite for me. The food is outstanding, the service is attentive and the atmosphere is Old Town at its finest. Also, for Old Town, the prices are reasonable.

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  32. MaryH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At last! Perfectly cooked green beans! Thank you. Start to finish a great meal and service.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I was excited to eat here because it’s a very cute setting, but the service was lackluster and the food was dissatisfying. Both my boyfriend and I received meals that we did not enjoy. Mine was cold and not appetizing— not a genuine quiche. Too creamy. His French toast was topped with unexpected bananas, a fruit he doesn’t like. It’s a cute setting but it’s not good French food. Maybe we will try ordering other items next time.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and spirits. A very comfortable atmosphere and a great location.

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  35. 1erm

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The stand out besides the delicious food is your staff! The experience begins with the welcoming hostess and continues with the skilled , accommodating and smiling wait staff and servers, toss in an Irish and Indian accent and you have a perfect afternoon lunch . Thank you for opening for lunch , I will be sure to return with many more friend and family

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  36. Austin86

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We wanted to love Josephine - the atmosphere is amazing, and the staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. But unfortunately, it must have been an off night for the food. The salad was drenched in dressing and the steak was very tough, even medium rare. Like I said earlier - maybe an off night, we will definitely try it again.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve dined twice at the restaurant and my first experience for Sunday brunch we outstanding. Unfortunately, my dinner experience was not ideal. The service was incredibly poor and the food was generally good. However, the oysters were gritty and the mussel were too big making them chewy. We’ll give it one more chance but the service needs to improve.

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  38. LindaB

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience! The restaurant is beautiful and loved exploring all the rooms. Harper is an excellent waiter and very knowledgeable. And the food was delicious with lots of appealing choices. We will definitely return!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week was amazing!!! We will be back :)1

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  40. AveryB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience during restaurant week! It was lovely and we had great service. There are a lot of stairs and it is kind of dark in some areas. We didn’t have any issues but maybe just something to be aware of for your group. We had great service and the selection of dishes was great. It’s a really neat building and ambiance. The French onion soup and strawberry passionfruit sorbet were phenomenal!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Josephine - Old Town offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 683-1776.

Josephine - Old Town is rated 4.5 stars by 577 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 72 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Josephine - Old Town

109 S St Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3119

Additional information

  • Cross street
    King St. and South St. Asaph is our closest intersection.
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Café, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    King St-Old Town Metrorail Station is roughly a 15 minute walk from us; Braddock Road Metrorail Station is roughly a 20 minute walk and also has shuttle pick ups every half hour.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Matthew Cockrell
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 683-1776
  • Private party facilities
    Discover the perfect setting for your next gathering at Josephine. We offer a range of options to accommodate parties of various sizes. Whether you are planning an intimate family celebration or a large corporate event, let us take care of the details!
  • Private party contact
    The Private Events Team: (703) 913-6117
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