Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

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Sonoma Cellar is a new California-inspired wine tasting room and bistro in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Offering an authentic California wine tasting experience, Sonoma Cellar will feature hand-selected wines from 180+ Sonoma County boutique wineries and 20+ Virginia-based wineries where guests have the opportunity to taste a number of varietals from these robust growing regions. Sonoma Cellar’s bistro menu will feature freshly prepared craft foods, designed to pair with the wines, and the gift shop will also carry a variety of distinctive wine-related merchandise.
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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Dinner with friends

l
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was attentive and had good wine suggestions during the busy restaurant week. Food quality was excellent; nice twists on some traditional items. Will definitely be back!

MH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We went to the restaurant with friends that we recommended the restaurant to. Overall great experience, despite wine faux pas. The fixed price menu offered interesting and varied choices, giving a good view of the a la carte menu.

AE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

My husband and I between us had the the potato leek soup, the shrimp and grits, and the steak. It was all good and tasty, but all 3 dishes were also quite salty. The desserts we got, strawberry shortcake and apple pie-type dish, were okay. Nothing special. The cake portion of the strawberry shortcake was more dry and hard than I expected, and the full dish was a small portion that was at least 50% whipped cream. I liked the fairly quiet ambiance and bright but relaxing decor, and no complaints with the service. We went during Restaurant Week so I don't know what the normal menu prices are, but it was certainly a good value at the Restaurant Week price.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was exactly what I wanted. I quiet place with good food where I could hear the conversation. We were well cared for and enjoyed a variety of different dishes all to our liking.

MH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The brunch was good, though not great. The salmon hollandaise didn't have very much salmon. The eggs were poached just right; the hollandaise was creamy though not exceptional. The toast on which the dish rested was soggy and detracted from the rest of the dish. My wife liked her burger. We eat at Sonoma regularly. I would recommend it as a dinner destination versus brunch.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took advantage of the Alexandria Restaurant Week. The food was great. Tables are close together but not on top of each other. Scott our server was great and he recommended a great wine to go with dessert. Wife had the salmon stuffed with crab and I had the ribeye steak. Everything was cooked to perfection and we both cleaned our plates. Will definitely be back and will recommend to our friends!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good (salmon and mushroom Risotto) and the young lady who served was also very good.

PB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great! Only one suggestion: insulate the Windows! We sat at a table at the window on a cold evening, and could literally feel the breeze coming in. We used our menus as wind blockers and the candle for heat. Save money and improve ambiance by getting insulated windows. Thanks

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely Sunday brunch. Our selections were wonderful and the mimosas well-priced.

TC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! The food was amazing, seriously everyone’s order was outstanding! The presentation was great and the proportions were perfect! The dining area is super cute and comfortable, and not stuffy. I went without my kids, but am definitely planning on being back and wouldn’t feel out of place if I did take my kids. Also met the owner and he’s a very nice, personable guy that seems to really care about his customers. Highly recommend!

JA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came for the wine - the food was outstanding, definitely coming back

CF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Three scallops and about a quarter cup of grilled corn for $25? The dish was prepared properly and the grilled corn was delicious, but this was not enough food for a meal and I’m not even a big eater. Short ribs were OK as was the hamburger. I was also disappointed at the paltry choice of wines by the glass (about 6 whites and 6 reds). I would expect more from a wine bar. On the other hand, the full wine list included at least one wine bottle for $23. That’s almost unheard of. Overall, though, there many better places to spend your money.

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Selection of wine, and the menu was different but good. I got the A La Carte Pinot Noir and the Shrimp with zucchini "noodles" and it was delicious and filling. Ended the night with the chocolate cake. Perfection! Would definitely go there again.

JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service is the stand out. Food was good but unimpressive. Managment could add better chairs in all spaces

ND
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Will give a second try but first time was underwhelming. For a wine bar theme there were few choices for wines by the glass. Appetizers were good. Salad was excellent as were fish tacos. Blueberry cobbler dessert cake so late that we had to get it to go. It was horrible. Not a cobbler but a small blueberry Hot Pocket that was not fully cooked and size of a credit card. Fortunately because it was so late we were not charged.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is good, but service is very slow. If you're upstairs (which is the "restaurant" part versus the "tasting area"), it seems like you are easily forgotten about.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar with Jose! Super chill, great experience, great wine!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We sat outside and it was a beautiful night. The service was very disappointing as it took over 20 minutes to have our drink and food orders taken. Our server did not come back to our table very often to check on us.

JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and the ambiance was amazing!

However our server was not attentive she barely engaged with us during our dinner.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great. Had the pork chop, shrimp and pasta, mac & cheese and the charcuterie. Everything was cooked just right. You could tell the servers weren’t experienced but we didn’t have any issues. Food was great but the interior decor needs work.

ME
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to go in Alexandria! The food, atmosphere, service, and wine are all excellent. When the weather is nice, the back patio area is a relaxing place to sit.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Struggled with overall service. 3of us had finished our mains when the 4th got his. Friendly but not good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway fantastic dinner and drinks at Sonoma. We love eating in the courtyard and it did not disappoint. We had an amazing salad and fish tacos that were to die for.

MH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An Alexandria Restaurant Week home run! The fixed menu choices were superb, with many options to choose from. Wine selection was good. The service was outstanding.

VA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went to Sonoma Cellars for restaurant week, and it was very much worth it. The menu was interesting and thoughtful (unlike 90% of the other restaurants participating in restaurant week), and each item we had was very good. The lentil-cumin chili was a big surprise, I really liked it. My wife loved her paella. Having a port offering as one of the dessert selections was a nice change of pace. Service was also excellent. As you might expect, Sonoma Cellars has a superior wine list, though it could maybe use a bit more breadth in spots.

DM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Sonoma Cellara but not the last. All the food was amazing- I really hope they keep the lentils chili into the cold weather months!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

FYI — different from Sonoma on Capitol Hill.

P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started on their lovely back patio, but moved upstairs once the rain came. Good food and nice ambiance!

BH
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son, daughter-in-law and I went on one of those HOT days, last Friday night. As soon as we walked in we were met with a cool and refreshing experience. We ate upstairs and enjoyed the quiet (and AC). The food was delicious, and every bite was eaten. My son had the steak and the ladies had the kale salad, one with chicken and one with salmon. Because I’m a Californian, I may be biased, but I think Sonoma Cellar is one of the best restaurants in Old Town, and certainly my favorite.

B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Interesting that I had to provide a credit card to hold my reservation for 3 for brunch at 11:00 on a Saturday. The downstairs area was completely empty when we arrived and there were 4 other tables seated upstairs. The food was quite good, French toast, veggie omelets and fish tacos. Very disappointed in the service. Before we could even order drinks, a server was trying to give us another tables food. Which happened again later. We ordered an appetizer that never arrived, no offer of refills for iced tea or water. Had to ask for everything. When we left there were 2 other tables seated in the entire restaurant. Not sure if we would try Sonoma again. Expect a lot better service for a $100 brunch for 4 people.

B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great services, the wine is always excellent and the food was excellent

ST
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Cheese and Charcuterie board was delicious. Paired with the foccacia bread made it even better. Went for wine down Wednesday and shared a tasty bottle of Saurvigon Blanc.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Nice service and food and drink. We like the live music, too. A new, Old Towne favorite for my wife and I.

OT
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Who knew! I am an Old Town resident and never thought Sonoma was anything other that a wine bar. I was very pleased to find out that they have a wonderful kitchen too. I say go and enjoy. Great patio seating available and dog friendly.

JD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great laid back brunch venue!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely time here celebrating Mother’s Day. Food was delicious and the outdoor area was beautiful and relaxing!

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The friendly owner met us at the door and prepared our table for us on the patio (5 stars). It took about 15 minutes to get our order for wine and get it to the table (3 stars). The food was good, though didn't match the price point (3 stars).

EA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and the wine and beer! Lots of fabulous choices in all categories!

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great wine tasting/selection! I just wish the portions were a little bigger for dinner. Paying $16 for an appetizer with 4 pieces seems aggressive. I saw the salmon size for $20+ and was glad I did not order it.
You can get a bigger portion down the street at the Fish Market. However, I have been for brunch and highly recommend it!

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