Voted Single Best Outdoor
Restaurant in Virginia!

We’re Open Wed-Sun for Indoor and Outdoor Dining, Curbside Pickup and Take-Away

OLD TOWN NORTH

44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 401, Alexandria, VA 22314 | 571.344.9100

About Us

Café 44 is a stylish American eatery situated along the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. We cater to a local crowd, attracting those who appreciate a spectacular view, quality food, great wine and craft cocktails. Whether you are a regular or a first-time guest, you are received with warmth and enthusiasm.

Known as a hidden gem, we’re the ideal place to escape your house for a chef-cooked meal. For those who prefer to remain ‘safer at home’ we offer craft cocktails and a special menu via contactless curbside pickup and take-away.

Hours

Lunch
Wed-Fri 11am-3pm

Dinner
Wed-Sun 5-9pm

Brunch
Sat & Sun 10am-3pm

Closed Mon-Tues

THE CABIN EXPERIENCE

Join us for exclusive private dining on our heated waterfront balcony for up to 10 guests.

Enjoy a chef’s complimentary item, $2 off our award-winning cocktails, 1/2 off select bottles of wine, plus VIP treatment and the comfort of knowing you have the space all to yourselves.

Food and Beverage (F&B) minimums apply, plus tax and 20% gratuity. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. Cancellation is required no later than 24 hours prior to your event, otherwise a $100 fee will be charged.

Lunch 11-1 | 1-3
Wednesday-Friday $300 F&B

Dinner 5-7 | 7-9
Wednesday & Thursday $400 F&B
Friday & Saturday $500 F&B

Brunch 10-12 | 12-2
Saturday & Sunday $400 F&B

THE CABIN EXPERIENCE

Join us for exclusive private dining on our heated waterfront balcony for up to 10 guests.

Enjoy a chef’s complimentary item, $2 off our award-winning cocktails, 1/2 off select bottles of wine, plus VIP treatment and the comfort of knowing you have the space all to yourselves.

Food and Beverage (F&B) minimums apply, plus tax and 20% gratuity. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. Cancellation is required no later than 24 hours prior to your event, otherwise a $100 fee will be charged.

Lunch 11-1 | 1-3
Wednesday-Friday $300 F&B

Dinner 5-7 | 7-9
Wednesday & Thursday $400 F&B
Friday & Saturday $500 F&B

Brunch 10-12 | 12-2
Saturday & Sunday $400 F&B

CHEF’S TABLE EXPERIENCE

Join us at the Chef’s Table for an intimate five-course tasting for two.

Each course is paired with wine, champagne, or just the right spirit to highlight the flavors of the dish.

$144 per couple (plus tax & gratuity)

Thursdays 6-8pm | one tasting per week

Call (571) 344-9100 or email info@cafe44.com to make your reservation.

A credit card is required to hold the reservation. We kindly ask you to cancel no later than 48 hours in advance, so we may offer the experience to another guest. A $100 fee will be charged for late cancellations or no-shows.

CHEF’S TABLE EXPERIENCE

Join us at the Chef’s Table for an intimate five-course tasting for two.

Each course is paired with wine, champagne, or just the right spirit to highlight the flavors of the dish.

$144 per couple (plus tax & gratuity)

Thursdays 6-8pm | one tasting per week

Call (571) 344-9100 or email info@cafe44.com to make your reservation. 

A credit card is required to hold the reservation. We kindly ask you to cancel no later than 48 hours in advance, so we may offer the experience to another guest. A $100 fee will be charged for late cancellations or no-shows. 

LUNCH

Join us for a leisurely waterfront lunch Wednesday-Friday from 11am-3pm.

We offer an array of New American cuisine with our lobster roll, Cafe cobb salad and turkey bistro sandwich being the fan favorites. 

For those wanting to get out of the house and avoid large crowds, lunch at Cafe 44 is the ideal place to be. Our furniture is physically distanced and our team follows strict safety protocols. 

We are happy to arrange corporate luncheons and family gatherings. Just let us know day, time and what you have in mind. 

LUNCH

Join us for a leisurely waterfront lunch Wednesday-Friday from 11am-3pm.

We offer an array of New American cuisine with our lobster roll, Cafe cobb salad and turkey bistro sandwich being the fan favorites. 

For those wanting to get out of the house and avoid large crowds, lunch at Cafe 44 is the ideal place to be. Our furniture is physically distanced and our team follows strict safety protocols. 

We are happy to arrange corporate luncheons and family gatherings. Just let us know day, time and what you have in mind. 

DINNER

With a panoramic view of the Potomac River, dining at Cafe 44 is nothing short of breathtaking.

Executive Chef Nicki brings a taste of the south to our dinner menu. In addition to house favorites such as shrimp & grits, veal tortellini, and lobster mac, she enjoys delighting guests with unique specials and her unforgettable key lime pie.

Our Dinner menu is offered Wednesday-Sunday from 5-9pm.

DINNER

With a panoramic view of the Potomac River, dining at Cafe 44 is nothing short of breathtaking.

Executive Chef Nicki brings a taste of the south to our dinner menu. In addition to house favorites such as shrimp & grits, veal tortellini, and lobster mac, she enjoys delighting guests with unique specials and her unforgettable key lime pie.

Our Dinner menu is offered Wednesday-Sunday from 5-9pm.

BRUNCH

At Cafe 44 it’s not just brunch, it’s an experience!

Voted the ‘Best Brunch in Old Town’, our spectacular view, rooftop terrace, brunch cocktails, and chef-driven menu bring patrons from all over metro DC and beyond.

Our Brunch menu is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. Our last seating is at 2pm and the kitchen closes at 2:30pm. This allows us to prepare for dinner service. 

BRUNCH

At Cafe 44 it’s not just brunch, it’s an experience!

Voted the ‘Best Brunch in Old Town’, our spectacular view, rooftop terrace, brunch cocktails, and chef-driven menu bring patrons from all over metro DC and beyond.

Our Brunch menu is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. Our last seating is at 2pm and the kitchen closes at 2:30pm. This allows us to prepare for dinner service

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BE OUR GUEST

All are welcome at Cafe 44. As our guest, we simply ask you to honor a few house rules designed with everyone’s safety in mind.

You must wear a mask when moving throughout the property and the restaurant. This includes the restrooms, elevators and common areas. You’re welcome to remove your mask when seated at your table.

We are only accepting credit and gift cards for payment. We are a cash free restaurant.

Please use the QR Code provided to view our menu. Paper menus are available on request.

Please do not move our physically distanced tables and chairs. If you have a large party or special requirements, we are happy to discuss these prior to your arrival.

Our warm, welcoming team will guide you through our protocols. Let’s all be kind to one another and enjoy the beautiful view!

BE OUR GUEST

All are welcome at Cafe 44. As our guest, we simply ask you to honor a few house rules designed with everyone’s safety in mind.

You must wear a mask when moving throughout the property and the restaurant. This includes the restrooms, elevators and common areas. You’re welcome to remove your mask when seated at your table.

We are only accepting credit and gift cards for payment. We are a cash free restaurant.

Please use the QR Code provided to view our menu. Paper menus are available on request.

Please do not move our physically distanced tables and chairs. If you have a large party or special requirements, we are happy to discuss these prior to your arrival.

Our warm, welcoming team will guide you through our protocols. Let’s all be kind to one another and enjoy the beautiful view!

RESERVE A TABLE

Walk-ins are always welcome, but reservations are highly encouraged. Simply click on the ‘Reserve A Table’ link above or feel free to book through OpenTable.

Please note, parties of 7 or more need to call to make a reservation.

We work diligently to accommodate all seating requests, but we cannot guarantee your table preference will be available.

During extremely busy times, we may limit your table time to 90 minutes. Please respect this protocol. It allows us to properly sanitize all touch points between guests and honor reservations in a timely fashion.

 

RESERVE A TABLE

Walk-ins are always welcome, but reservations are highly encouraged. Simply click on the ‘Reserve A Table’ link above or feel free to book through OpenTable.

Please note, parties of 7 or more need to call to make a reservation.

We work diligently to accommodate all seating requests, but we cannot guarantee your table preference will be available.

During extremely busy times, we may limit your table time to 90 minutes. Please respect this protocol. It allows us to properly sanitize all touch points between guests and honor reservations in a timely fashion.

 

SAFETY FIRST

We’re proud to be certified by the Alexandria Health Department as a participant in the ALX Promise program. This means we are committing to higher safety standards for employees and customers than the minimum rules required by law for all businesses. Learn more about ALX Promise here: alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

While we are taking your safety and that of our staff very serious, by employing new safety and sanitation initiatives, we cannot guarantee that any of these measure will protect you from contracting COVID-19.

SAFETY FIRST

We’re proud to be certified by the Alexandria Health Department as a participant in the ALX Promise program. This means we are committing to higher safety standards for employees and customers than the minimum rules required by law for all businesses. Learn more about ALX Promise here: alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

While we are taking your safety and that of our staff very serious, by employing new safety and sanitation initiatives, we cannot guarantee that any of these measure will protect you from contracting COVID-19.

THE TERRACE

Welcome to The Terrace @ Cafe 44, where the view is spectacular and the ambience is inviting.

Take in the panoramic view of the Potomac River, MGM National Harbor, and the Washington Monuments as you dine and enjoy the moment.

The Terrace features standard height tables and chairs, signature orange umbrellas, ambient lighting, and a walk-up bar.

Please note, due to physical distancing requirements we are unable to move furniture.

The Terrace is open year round except during inclement weather.

THE TERRACE

Welcome to The Terrace @ Cafe 44, where the view is spectacular and the ambience is inviting.

Take in the panoramic view of the Potomac River, MGM National Harbor, and the Washington Monuments as you dine and enjoy the moment.

The Terrace features standard height tables and chairs, signature orange umbrellas, ambient lighting, and a walk-up bar.

Please note, due to physical distancing requirements we are unable to move furniture.

The Terrace is open year round except during inclement weather.

THE HEATED BALCONY

With spectacular views of the Potomac River and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, our covered balcony is in high demand for casual dining and intimate gatherings.

The Balcony features high-top tables with barstool seating, heat lamps, and shade from the overhang.

Please note, due to physical distancing requirements we are unable to move furniture.

The balcony is open year round except during inclement weather.

Inquire about private balcony dining.

 

 

THE HEATED BALCONY

With spectacular views of the Potomac River and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, our covered balcony is in high demand for casual dining and intimate gatherings.

The Balcony features high-top tables with barstool seating, heat lamps, and shade from the overhang.

Please note, due to physical distancing requirements we are unable to move furniture.

The balcony is open year round except during inclement weather.

Inquire about private balcony dining.

INDOOR DINING

Breathtaking views abound in the welcoming indoor space.

The orange leather banquette and white marble tables join fine art and stylish decor to create a relaxed yet refined ambience.

Join us for a casual lunch, romantic dinner, or weekend brunch.

Please note, due to physical distancing requirements we are unable to move furniture except for pre-planned events and restaurant buy-outs.

Bar seating is unavailable at this time.

INDOOR DINING

Breathtaking views abound in the welcoming indoor space.

The orange leather banquette and white marble tables join fine art and stylish decor to create a relaxed yet refined ambience.

Join us for a casual lunch, romantic dinner, or weekend brunch.

Please note, due to physical distancing requirements we are unable to move furniture except for pre-planned events and restaurant buy-outs.

Bar seating is unavailable at this time.

CURBSIDE & TAKE-AWAY

Enjoy a chef-driven menu and craft cocktails from the sanctity of your car or home.

Curbside: Order online via our website. Dial (571) 344-9100 upon arrival and provide your name and vehicle make/color. We’ll bring your order to you.

Take-away: Come into the restaurant and place your order at the host stand.

During extremely busy times, we may pause curbside/take-away dining.

Gratuity is not included, but it is greatly appreciated.

Bring home a taste of Cafe 44 today!

CURBSIDE & TAKE-AWAY

Enjoy a chef-driven menu and craft cocktails from the sanctity of your car or home.

Curbside: Order online via our website. Dial (571) 344-9100 upon arrival and provide your name and vehicle make/color. We’ll bring your order to you.

Take-away: Come into the restaurant and place your order at the host stand.

During extremely busy times, we may pause curbside/take-away dining. Some menu items may not be offered to-go.

Gratuity is not included, but it is greatly appreciated.

Bring home a taste of Cafe 44 today!

BREAKING OUT PARTY

Gather your friends and family for an exclusive Breaking Out Party @ Cafe 44!

We offer large party bookings, semi-private and private events.

10 Guests
Indoor: orange leather booth or table for six and table for four
Outdoor: table for six and table for four (balcony or terrace)

12 Guests
Indoor: two tables for six
Outdoor: table for six and table for four (terrace)

13-24 Guests
Semi-private in the Boxwood Lounge or Terrace

25-30
Semi-private in the Potomac Suite or Terrace

31-50
Indoor: Semi-private in the Boxwood Lounge and Potomac Suite

info@cafe44.com | 571.344.9100

BREAKING OUT PARTY

Gather your friends and family for an exclusive Breaking Out Party @ Cafe 44!

We offer large party bookings, semi-private and private events.

10 Guests
Indoor: orange leather booth or table for six and table for four
Outdoor: table for six and table for four (balcony or terrace)

12 Guests
Indoor: two tables for six
Outdoor: table for six and table for four (terrace)

13-24 Guests
Semi-private in the Boxwood Lounge or Terrace

25-30
Semi-private in the Potomac Suite or Terrace

31-50
Indoor: Semi-private in the Boxwood Lounge and Potomac Suite

info@cafe44.com | 571.344.9100

CAFE CLASSES

Our team of experts share their secrets, shortcuts, stories and lessons while you eat, drink and enjoy the view!

At Home with Charcuterie
Executive Chef Nicki
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
6-8pm

Crafting Cocktails
Award Winning Mixologist Joe Q.
Next Date To Be Announced

$75 per person. Space is limited!

Purchase tickets here. Just click on Order Online above. Go to Retail, Cafe Class.

CAFE CLASSES

Our team of experts share their secrets, shortcuts, stories and lessons while you eat, drink and enjoy the view!

At Home with Charcuterie
Executive Chef Nicki
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
6-8pm

Crafting Cocktails
Award Winning Mixologist Joe Q.
Next Date To Be Announced

$75 per person. Space is limited!

Purchase tickets here. Just click on Order Online above. Go to Retail, Cafe Class.

In The Spotlight

PRIVATE EVENTS

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 150 guests and encompasses a variety of seating options within the dining room as well as on the outdoor terrace.

Whether planning an intimate gathering for 10 or elegant wedding for 100, we treat every occasion as if it were our own. From menu creation and wine selection, to décor and music, our team works closely with each host to create a memorable, stress-free event.

events@cafe44.com | 571.344.9100

PRIVATE EVENTS

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 150 guests and encompasses a variety of seating options within the dining room as well as on the outdoor terrace.

Whether planning an intimate gathering for 10 or elegant wedding for 100, we treat every occasion as if it were our own. From menu creation and wine selection, to décor and music, our team works closely with each host to create a memorable, stress-free event.

events@cafe44.com | 571.344.9100

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Nicki Schmelzer
Executive Chef

Born in Washington D.C. and raised in New Smyrna Beach Florida, Nicki Schmelzer’s culinary career hasn’t stopped, even for a second, since her time as a pastry student at UCF.

She was presented with many versatile opportunities over the years, from catering cook to pastry chef to sous chef, but her time apprenticing under award-winning celebrity chef Art Smith (personal chef to Oprah Winfrey) made the greatest impact.

Pairing her extensive training with a passion for approachable southern cuisine, Executive Chef Nicki Schmelzer is shaking things up at Cafe 44.

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Nicki Schmelzer
Executive Chef

Born in Washington D.C. and raised in New Smyrna Beach Florida, Nicki Schmelzer’s culinary career hasn’t stopped, even for a second, since her time as a pastry student at UCF.

She was presented with many versatile opportunities over the years, from catering cook to pastry chef to sous chef, but her time apprenticing under award-winning celebrity chef Art Smith (personal chef to Oprah Winfrey) made the greatest impact.

Pairing her extensive training with a passion for approachable southern cuisine, Executive Chef Nicki Schmelzer is shaking things up at Cafe 44.

Joe Q. Signature Cocktails

Award winning mixologist, Joe Q., elevates The Bar @ Cafe 44 with his signature cocktails and welcoming demeanor.

Resident bartenders Tag (Tony) and Jeremy mastered our cocktail program and bring a bit of their own flair. No matter who’s crafting your cocktail, it’s sure to be great!

Bar seating is currently closed, but we hope to welcome you back to the bar very soon.

Joe Q. Signature Cocktails

Award winning mixologist, Joe Q., elevates The Bar @ Cafe 44 with his signature cocktails and welcoming demeanor.

Resident bartenders Tag (Tony) and Jeremy mastered our cocktail program and bring a bit of their own flair. No matter who’s crafting your cocktail, it’s sure to be great!

Bar seating is currently closed, but we hope to welcome you back to the bar very soon.