Cafe 44

4.3
49 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.
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–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Happy Hour
Wed–Fri 3:00 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
Jonathan Trejo
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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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Chambong Thursday!

Enjoy $2 off glass/half off bottle of featured bubbles. $7 Chambong!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 19, 2018

Ends: October 20, 2117

Availability: Thu 3:00PM-7:00PM

Wine-Down Wednesday

Enjoy $2 off glass/half off bottle of featured red and white wine Wednesdays 3-7pm! Selection changes weekly.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 19, 2018

Ends: October 20, 2117

Availability: Wed 3:00PM-7:00PM

Crafty Friday

Enjoy $2 off your first Craft Cocktail or Craft Beer Fridays 3-7pm!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 19, 2018

Ends: October 20, 2117

Availability: Fri 3:00PM-7:00PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Watch Alexandria's water skiing santas as you enjoy lunch at Cafe 44.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for our annual New Year's Eve bash. $150 per person includes chef-driven buffet, dessert bar, two cocktails, glass of champagne for toasting, DJ, Alexandria fireworks display at midnight.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 49 People Are Saying
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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
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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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
1 review
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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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We went to Cafe 44 for Sunday brunch on the last day of Restaurant week . The price fix menu was limited yet fine . The food was average , barely warm and just okay. If this is any indication what the full menu quality will be like I probably won’t be back for a meal. However , the view from the out door space on the balcony is killer and honestly the best to be had in Old Town. Service is friendly and responsive but needed several reminders about simple requests like water , refills , etc. I’m sure with time those will work out . Happy hours will do well up there with that view .

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and external views.

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CP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious! It did take a long time to get the food. The waitress and bus boy were very pleasant. I frequent this restaurant and will be returning.

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MW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, good food, great atmosphere, reasonably priced--I will be back!

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J
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice setting with nice view of Potomac. Food good too.

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m
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We visited during restaurant week for lunch. The salad and soup were absolutely terrific, as were our desserts. The entree was (by comparison) disappointing. The beef tenderloin was far too chewy and gristle-y, and the accompanying vegetables were less than appetizing. The view was superb, however, and service was attentive—all of which will have us making a return visit to give the place a second chance.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had several issues with our brunch at Cafe 44. First, we didn't have silverware at our table by the time our food arrived, had to ask twice, and then eventually went inside and stole it off another table. By the time we resorted to that, our food was cold. Second, our eggs were undercooked as the whites were still clear and gelatinous. We flagged down a waiter passingby who quickly brought better cooked eggs, but not without implying that we were being picky. Third, my order came with the wrong side, and the waitress did not bring the right side for at least 45 minutes, which at that point we had finished our meal. My fork had already been bussed away so I asked for another to eat the side, and I never got one by the time I left. Fourth, we asked for more water and coffee, and after 20 minutes of waiting we flagged down a passing by waiter for re-fills. Fifth, it took more than 30 minutes after we finished our meal for our waitress to ask if we were ready for our dessert that we had ordered at the begining of our meal as a part of the prix fixe--at that point we had already been there for 2 hours and were close to being late for our afternoon plans so we asked for it to-go. When we looked in the to-go bag afterwards, there was only one set of silverware for two desserts. And finally, the waitstaff understood how poor of service we were getting, and apologized several times, but never sought to ameliorate it by comping food or drinks. The food was decent, and the view was nice, but the service is why we will never go back to Cafe 44.

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SJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

I went to Café 44 during Alexandria restaurant week. For Sunday brunch, even though they’re not usually open on Sundays. The view is outstanding, the assistant manager was fantastic, but unfortunately the service was pretty awful. Maybe it was just my server, but I saw other servers talking with their tables, being attentive, checking in, and I saw my server probably twice or maybe three times the whole meal. Well the food was not spectacular it was not bad either. I would recommend this place for the view, but maybe not much else.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Went there for the first time for happy hour. No one was in the restaurant. As we walked to the terrace, an employee was mopping up where someone got sick. A lot of the tables outside had empty glasss thrown on the table and half drunk wine bottles.

Other patrons said a guy got sloppy drunk after the group downed 16 bottles of wine in an hour. We saw the ambulance taking someone on a stretcher when we walked up to the building.

Not enough staff seemed to be present to recover the terrace quickly. There was a big grill out there but no one was grilling. I might try the place again.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We went for brunch. The view was great but the food was alright and the service was very slow for not being busy at all.

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SF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends for Saturday brunch. The se rice was excellent as well as the food. Great views of the river. Cool place! Will be back again

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local restaurant with excellent food and service! Lots of options on the menu and nice views.

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RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere is pleasant. The food is tasty. The seating is in a room with one wall of glass facing the Potomac. It gives the restaurant a unique atmosphere.

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S
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely views of the Potomac River from Old Town Alexandria! We sat on the patio where there was late afternoon shade and a bbq setup. The server was very pleasant and the food was good. Happy hour pricing was also a nice surprise. It’s located on the 4th floor of a newer office building, but it’s a sweet reprieve from work or a perfect daytime meet-up spot. Go! You won’t be sorry.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Staff was very accommodating. View was phenomenal. Food was ok I chose a very basic meal. The turkey sausage was delicious. And I had egg whites.

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TD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for breakfast, lunch and after-work happy hour/dinner. What makes this place spectacular is the great view of the waterfront and the customer service.

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GS
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First time there for lunch. Have enjoyed happy twice before and breakfast or brunch before. Not quite as nice for lunch, but understandable I guess.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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c
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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R
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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k
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot!

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LH
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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S
Washington DC
204 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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