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Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

4.5
4.5
682 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-9867

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room with an indoor capacity of 14. Outdoors we can accommodate 25 for wine tasting and appetizers. Give us a call and we may be able to work with your needs.

  • Area

    Alexandria

  • Cross Street

    Lee Street

  • Parking Details

    You can pay for street parking or there are multiple public parking lots very close to the restaurant. Even better? You can ride the Old Town Trolley for free from the King Street Metro Station!

  • Entertainment

    On most Tuesday and Thursday evenings we have live acoustic music in the wine garden.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 682 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for fine wines

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  1. ES

    EvamarieS

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely place for dinner on a cold winter night! My friends and I had a nice table upstairs next to a window, giving us a great view of King Street while dining. All of the food was exceptional, we agreed. Three of us dining, we all had the French Onion Soup, which we were told the chef was contemplating making a permanent add to the menu. Yes! we told the waiter, the soup is really delicious with the right ration of cheese to onions. Two of us had the hangar steak and were both pleased it came out to our doneness requests. The cherry-horseradish cream with it was delightful! Our other friend had the turkey burger and said it was surprisingly juicy, as most he's had tend to be dry. And of course, we had wine. Don't miss the dessert trio, which was a nice touch to end a wonderful meal. We look forward to going back soon!
  2. h

    hoyamom

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great, just hadn’t expected food to be so rich (but maybe it was our fault for ordering several heavy and cream-based items). We each had a cup of squash soup, then a seafood pasta and mushroom gnocchi to share among 3 people, all of which were very good and we had more than enough food (even an extra portion to take home). Wish the restaurant would have allowed us to order appetizer-sized portions of the pasta and gnocchi so that we cld have enjoyed a salad or something lighter with the heavier items. Really enjoyed the Sicilian Nero wine!
  3. DJ

    DJillD

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Wine was excellent. Food was okay but not as good as my regular local "wine bar." Cheese portions on board were very small and bread was just okay. Service was terrible. We were basically ignored and forgotten, maybe because we were only one of two tables there in mid-afternoon. We would have ordered more wine, but nobody ever checked on us once the food was delivered. I eventually had to get up and track down our check. Bad experience. Probably won't be back with the other options available.
  4. AB

    AbeB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This is case of false advertisement. We placed a reservation at 3:30pm on 1/28/23 for the Alexandria Restaurant Week menu; keep in mind that no Sonoma Cellar advertisements stipulated specific start/stop times for Restaurant Week. When we arrived, we were told that the Restaurant Week menu did not start until 5pm. We explained to the waitress that the only reason we made the reservation was so that we could partake in the Restaurant Week menu options. The waitress said that the kitchen was "not prepared to serve Restaurant Week menu before 5pm." I then explained that none of the Sonoma Cellar advertisements mentioned a 5pm start time; her response was "I'm sorry." We decided to leave. On our way out, we heard the table behind us ask for the Restaurant Week menu, and again heard the waitress that it was not available until 5pm. This was either poor planning or deceptive advertising; either way, there was no attempt for customer recovery and we're not going back to Sonoma Cellar.
  5. E

    Elsie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were celebrating our friend’s birthday and had an excellent meal and attentive service. Will return.
  6. KA

    KenA

    Washington DC

    113 reviews

    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great dinner and drinks. The staff were helpful and friendly. All and all a pleasant evening.
  7. TU

    TeresaU

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding all of it! The hostess and servers are so polite, so personable, and spot on with any recommendations for wine and food! They were very knowledgeable about the ingredients in food, and which wines will complement! The food itself is lovely and full of flavor, good portions, Just amazing! This is the place you want to be! Join their wine club, just fantastic! We walked out with three bottles!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful little cafe! Service was great, and the food was delicious!
  9. AC

    AlexC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for date night. Friendly staff. Good menu selection for wine and food. Highly recommend!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for my friends bday they were very nice and accommodating!
  11. RW

    RichardW

    Key West

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sonoma Cafe is always dependable. By that I mean your meal is served timely; the food is tasty; and the prices are reasonable. The ambiance is lovely in its historic but renovated building. It’s quiet inside which I especially like. Highly recommended.
  12. JE

    JEZEats

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food is very good which makes it all the more of a bummer that this so-called wine bar can never really seem to get the wine part of things right. For example, on New Year’s Eve they didn’t offer tastings (except for a pre-mix set of 2 whites and 2 reds — with one glass so you are effectively mixing your wines and harming the tasting). In the past, when they did tastings, they would only do them with a single glass so they would essentially only pour one at a time. I was told that this was to save on having to wash glassware. As to the service, it was meh. This was not the fault of our
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time trying out Sonoma Cellar and it was great! The food, atmosphere, and service were excellent! The chicken skewers were an excellent appetizer and we had the braised short ribs and Pacific Coast salmon. Both entrees were flavorful, delicious, and the portion size was just right. We also took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather in December and sat out on the heated patio which had a great atmosphere. I highly recommend Sonoma Cellar for a romantic date spot!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect pairing of cab sauv with a great burger and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Love how this place pairs fabulous wine with farm to table, unpretentious food. Cozy atmosphere with just a hint of trend.
  15. RA

    ReturntoAlexVA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Engagement celebration for family friends. We were greeted with an unsolicited champagne toast - wonderful surprise for the couple and us! The server was exceptional. She knows wine and answered all my questions to help choose the right bottle. I appreciated the attention to detail about food prep, ingredients and allergies. Overall an excellent experience and we will be returning soon!
  16. P

    Phillydiner

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant was a lively, fun place with excellent, California-inspired cuisine. There is also an extensive wine list. It is housed in a quaint historic townhouse in the heart of Old Towne Alexandria. The menu is divided into small plates, entrees and casual, such as tacos and burgers. We tried the garlic shrimp with avocado on baguette toasts which was excellent. We then each had tacos - fish and vegetarian. Both were really tasty with a great sauce; however, the fish tacos were especially outstanding. I would have liked to try many other things, such as the butternut squash soup, as the menu was interesting and eclectic.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, we had the artichoke dip as an appetizer, it was the best I ever tasted. I ordered breakfast for lunch and everything was deeelicious! Our waiter was awesome, I am sorry I forgot her name but she had the greatest smile and fun personality, and that made it such a nice experience!
  18. MS

    MSDC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was tasty and beautifully plated and the wine recommendations were spot on. Will be back for sure.
  19. DA

    DAS1220

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Sonoma Wine Cellars, but it won’t be our last. This is a hidden gem in Old Town. The wine was great and everyone’s food was amazing. We had the brie and fig jam crostini for an appetizer, OMG so good! I could eat just that with a glass of wine and I would be good. I had the salmon with mushroom risotto and it was perfect. The risotto was fantastic. My friends ordered the hanger steak, burger, and a salad and they all raved about their meals. This is my new favorite spot in Old Town, I will definitely be back.
  20. IE

    IEatWell

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely little place - sat outside in the back which was nice. There was only one person waiting tables but she was pretty efficient and kept things moving. I had the short ribs and polenta - very good. The ribs were cooked to perfection. Could have used a bit more seasoning but that could also just have been me and my palate. Wine selection was decent. Would definitely recommend for an intimate semi-casual date night.
  21. JN

    JasonN

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the presentation was very appealing
  22. CC

    ChristannChanell

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely. I enjoyed my solo birthday date! Excellent atmosphere!
  23. PM

    PawneeM

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it. It was everything I thought it would be. The food was outstanding. The service was great! I love the building full of history. You must check it out.
  24. C

    Champagne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stephanie was an excellent and the burger was good & the salad dressing on the salad was fantastic. Cute place!
  25. DB

    DawnB

    Naples

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a quiet brunch, they did not rush us yet were attentive. The food was fabulous! Highly recommended!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and delicious food!
  27. KV

    KValvin

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third year anniversary. Happy couple. Enjoyed the service, enjoyed the food and wine, and enjoyed the dessert. We sat in the outside patio. Would dine again there.
  28. D

    Dcmomma

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have walked by this place 100 times. So glad i tried it. the upstairs seating area has great ambiance, the service and food were amazing. I'm vegan and this place had options for all eating styles. Loved it.
  29. N

    Nicholas

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our lunch was fabulous! Brandon is an exceptional host. Sonoma Cellar is one of our ‘go to’ places for a great dining experience. 5 Stars every time!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Not sure if there was a change in management or something else going on, but my last visit was a step down in the quality of the food and service from previous times at Sonoma Cellar. The cheese board consisted of the same types and quality I can get at Whole Foods — but more cheese at the same price at the store vs. what I got here. SC used to have more fun cheeses to try. It seems like they changed the recipe for the lentil chili, too, and not an improvement. My salad was fine. Not what I grew to expect from SC. It was solidly fine, but not worth the trip from Arlington to Old Town. Won’t be back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother and I had such a fabulous meal tonight at Sonoma Cellar. Gorgeous upstairs dining with big windows and views of King Street. We did the wine flight, which was really informative, interesting and great for the taste buds. We had the western cheeseboard and full entrées. Tasty pork chop with brussel sprouts and beef stroganoff. Enough food for tomorrow that’s for sure! So delicious and beautifully prepared.
  32. V

    Viva

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside near the fire pit and it was very comfortable. We went on Wednesday when wine is 1/3 off per bottle and our wine was excellent. The baked brie appetizer and salmon entrees were delicious, especially with a chardonnay pairing. We've been to Sonoma Cellar several times now and it never disappoints.
  33. TW

    TamaraW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nice gem in Alexandria. The food and wine was delicious, I got the rib stroganoff with Rose. My friend's entrees were nice as well. Service was a little on the slow side, but the staff was friendly and the ambiance is very cute. Would come again!
  34. RP

    RickP

    Richmond

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very happy to select Sonoma Cellar for Sunday brunch. This was the best flavored, best presented, best served dining experience for brunch that I can ever remember having. I rarely write such glowing comments. This was truly an enjoyable experience. Great setting and comfortably priced. All four of us were tremendously pleased. If we lived 2 hours closer we would definitely frequent Sonoma Cellar. Thanks to the full team.
  35. CL

    CarolynL

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sommelier, Jose was absolutely fantastic. Knowledgeable. Energetic. He took time with us to discuss current flight of wines along with other worthy and notable wines to try. He shared the wine tasting and classes with Sonomo Cellar in Old Town. We will definitely be returning to SC in Old Town Alex.
  36. SM

    ShenethaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food was delicious!!! I highly recommend going there!!!
  37. AJ

    AndreaJ

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and very nice private dining room for out large group. Thanks for everything!
  38. A

    Abcd

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved the mangosa and mimosa pitchers!! The bartender was so nice and also made a great Bellini which wasn’t too sweet. Only 4 stars for food instead of 5 because they were out of a couple items, and 4 instead of 5 on service because they brought our entrees out when we were still pretty deep in the apps after we requested not to, but next time I’ll just order entrees after finishing the apps. The charcuterie/cheese app and the burrata/prosciutto apps are extremely generous and come with perfectly toasted and buttered baguette slices. I didn’t feel anything was overpriced. The atmosphere for brunch is bright and welcoming, 10/10 will come back!!
  39. CS

    CarrieS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great experience for brunch!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner! Highly recommend if you're looking for a semi-casual dinner in Old Town. Service was impeccable!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 4.5 stars by 682 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

207 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Lee Street

  • Area

    Alexandria

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    You can pay for street parking or there are multiple public parking lots very close to the restaurant. Even better? You can ride the Old Town Trolley for free from the King Street Metro Station!

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    On most Tuesday and Thursday evenings we have live acoustic music in the wine garden.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-9867

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room with an indoor capacity of 14. Outdoors we can accommodate 25 for wine tasting and appetizers. Give us a call and we may be able to work with your needs.

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