Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

4.7
547 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 547 people are saying
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RAB12
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a cozy wine garden experience. Service by all was impeccable capped off by Diego’s table side presence.

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LisaP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice brunch spot with solid wine list. The food menu was a bit off. Not a place that’s gluten free or wide ranging in vegetarian options. Heavily pork based. We’d. S to offer chicken, meatless or turkey meat options would have been nice.

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bert16
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The patio is quite nice; really appreciated being able to reserve an outdoor table given the pandemic. Would have been nice to have heaters out there, though. Our server was friendly once she appeared, which took longer than it should have. Our entrees arrived while our appetizers were barely touched, so timing should be improved.

This was my second time here &, as much as I love the location & the setting, the food just isn’t good enough to go back. It’s not terrible… it’s just “fine”. And I can get better than “fine” elsewhere.

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PEPSI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to town to meet friends we haven’t seen in 30 years. Waitstaff extraordinarily patient with us while we talked to catch up and with our questions about the menu. The food was excellent start to finish and we sat outside due to Covid. The heaters were not on but they have them for cooler nights. We enjoyed ourselves so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great service! Will be back to try more of the wines/ciders. The pear cider was wonderful and our food was too!

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vipEvaT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an absolute pleasure with fine service, outstanding wines and food beyond your dreams in a beautiful space. I cannot wait to return.

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BullMill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic time. Food, ambiance, and service were all too notch. My wife and I have found a great place in Old Towne Alexandria to return for dinner. Thanks everyone!

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HonestLook
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was slow and the waiter apparently had not washed: distinct body odor that was off-putting.

The food was just OK and expensive for what it was. I would have complained at the time but for being the host.

Way more pricey than it deserves.

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Tilden
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect small location for a nice dinner combined with wine tasting.
Great spot at Old Town Alexandria for a walk pre or post dining at Sonoma.
I have enjoyed it every time I have been.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I think some outdoor fans would have helped cool it off and blow away a LOT of fruit flys.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful back patio on a perfect early fall day.
Attentive service, great food and great wine. Had the tasting flight - good stuff! Def coming back.

MM
MoiMoi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion of friends after 2 decades!

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hs1028
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice outdoor area.

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vipHungry
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service OUTSTANDING!! The little garden in the back could be adorable, but it needs some work. And PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE use stem wine glasses or at least have some if your guest would prefer. I know they are harder to wash, but its the whole wine experience and you are a wine place.

But it was great!

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KatieF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot! The back patio is lovely! Perfect for small to medium size groups and great service too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor patio garden tables in the back. Excellent menu and service. Loved our food and the wine sampler. Terrific place for our anniversary dinner.

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EbonyP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The staff was amazing, the food was great, the service was slow due to short resources but overall very pleasant.

The ambiance was fantastic and I’ll definitely eat here again

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CatherineY
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded all expectations, server was very helpful, wine was GREAT
Food was delicious!!! Outside garden area was delightful !!

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SaraH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wine selection and recommendations from our server.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience twice recently. Appreciated Rick and Jen’s help with special occasion wine selection too. The menu and presentation were appealing and thoughtful. This place is a gem. Will return, recommend to others, and join the wine club.

JM
JMErrico
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience that was truly special for us. The food and ambiance was incredible. We will be going back the next time we are in town.

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Havanalefse
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only place in the east coast that makes me feel like I’m in the north bay. The food is fantastic, love the staff’s wine knowledge, recommendations and friendliness.

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JohnF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended to come and have a glass of wine and some good food

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SS33
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and really nice patio.
Great wine as election, and you can order flights to try 4 at a time.

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JillW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Saturday brunch here yesterday and it was WONDERFUL!! Highly highly recommend!

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Sarah
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing: everything/ not one thing was bad! We had 2 small plates/ 2 bottles of wine/ 4 entrees all for 215$ I thought it was fair for the level the food was

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vipHungry
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great time and great place, not to mention great service and the most accommodating hostess ever!

Only complaint is the Charcuterie Board has such skimpy , less than bite sized pieces of cheese and meats. Seriously, you can't share it because one bite and it's gone........and the cheeses are delicious.

Charge more is you must, put on less selections if you must, but these mini sized portions aren't worth the trouble.

Also...... please offer stemmed wine glasses. Stemless wine glasses just don't do the selections justice

But I honestly love this restaurant

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vipGogrady
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is always good here. And staff friendly! I love eating in the peaceful back patio area. your staff is sooo helpful n helping make ine decisions.

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vipElizabethW
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Love the varied menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio, great prosciutto Benedict and Bellini!

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vipClydes
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

First floor was cute. We were seated upstairs. It seems like the room was an afterthought.

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DianeD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambience on the patio. Service was friendly and professional. Food was excellent. I highly recommend the French Toast!

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foodie
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fresh ingredients, creative. Decent wine related decor /art
Seats trendy but very uncomfortable . Outside could be cuter and brighter colors

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vipEgyptfrk
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Trying to be both a wine bar and restaurant seems to put a lot of strain on the service. There seemed to be a breakdown in communication between the hosts and servers as it took 20 minutes for our server to check in on us. We were seated just after a larger group in the same space on the upper level, but it appeared that the server didn't get the note that we were also assigned to him. However, after initially checking in, his service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch catching up with a friend, food is delicious and such a cute spot. Always enjoy dining and having a glass of wine here!

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vipJaneO
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and delicious food and wine!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely back patio and great brunch menu. Ambiance was thrown off by the nightclub dance beats on the speakers at 10:30am and the ac next to our table was quite loud. I’d def go again though!

MM
vipMarilynM
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Downstairs was loud but upstairs was perfect.

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Tilden
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Once we were seated, we waited a bit and we had to eventually call a waiter so we could order.
After that, everything was excellent.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

In under two hours and before we finished out wine, the manager came up to our table and loudly informed us that they needed the table as soon as possible for other reservations.

FAQs

Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 566-9867.

Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria is rated 4.7 stars by 547 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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