Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

4.6
563 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 563 People Are Saying
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4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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MICHELEG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit and we will definitely be coming back! The first floor ambiance is wonderful and the food was fabulous!

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KathrynP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good brunch meals and mimosas,making with excellent service.

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CarinnC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We got a few different apps and the cheeseboard. The Cheeseboard was great! We did run out of bread quickly and when we asked for more we were told it would be an up charge (didn’t realize a few more pieces of bread would cost us $4) but otherwise super yummy cheese choices and accompaniment’s. The restaurant was very accommodating when I asked for no bacon on the sun dried tomato Mac n cheese. The flavor was delicious but consistency was very thick which made it hard to eat more than a few bites. I think if it was a side to another entree such as their salmon or alongside a burger it would have been much better. Overall food was pretty good but nothing amazing. A lot of their food options were very carb/starch heavy (lots of apps on crostinis or meals with pasta, potatoes, rolls, etc.. and very limited on sides you could get with your meal). I would recommend to someone looking for a good cheeseboard and wine selection.

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JenF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a great spot for New Year’s Eve dinner we had a small room to ourselves! Food was good the cheese board was excellent

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AnnieT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and fantastic selection of wine! Nice ambiance , too

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BillTheOldHippy
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not a lot more to add to this survey ... the food and service were both outstanding and the restaurant is cozy and friendly. Highly recommended and we will return.

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JeanF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there on Taco Tuesday night and enjoyed the variety to choose from as well as the option to have a flight of wines to taste. My husband was the outlier and had the burger which he thought was fantastic. Diners were well spaced out and we were able carry on conversations with our guests without having trouble hearing them! Outdoors looked inviting as well--they do have heaters, so might try that next time.

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vipAndreaG
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Just disappointing for what you are expecting when something is called Sonoma Cellar.

Menu was weak on cheese and charcuterie options and extremely poor choices for wine by the glass.

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Tracie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food, great ambiance. A perfect midday stop to celebrate a close friends 60th birthday! The complimentary glasses of cava were an added bonus!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Sonoma Cellar is a delightful place to enjoy a nice glass of wine and delicious small plates. Everything is just wonderful.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was great but the service was horrible. After our first serve left for the day, we were not greeted by our second serve after 20 mins of asking for the check. We had to order multiple times and with multiple people. It was like our table was forgotten while the two other tables were closely attended to. Very disappointing.

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PamelaG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

It was just ok

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Had the huevos rancheros and would

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BarbaraR
Wilmington
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We ate outside on back patio
Great waiter
Delicious food

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Beatrice
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I had the fish tacos and they were excellent - not too spicy! The Brussel sprouts were pretty good but I've had better elsewhere.
I was thankful for the excellent personable service.
The tables are very close together, for those of you worried about Covid. I was upstairs and the ambience was very quaint and relaxed.

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RAB12
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
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
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
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 on October 22, 2021
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 on October 18, 2021
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 on October 18, 2021
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
8 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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vipKarmyK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A very nice host and cute garden for sure. The selection is a bit small but the brunch was decent.

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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
3 reviews
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.

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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
26 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
11 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
6 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.

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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
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.

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 4.6 stars by 563 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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