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Alexandria Restaurants

Known for its independent restaurants, many housed in historic buildings in walkable, picturesque Old Town, Alexandria’s culinary scene boasts a range of options, from locally-owned eateries to upscale and trendy. Relax riverside as you toast the weekend overlooking the Potomac. Travel the world without leaving home as you dine in restaurants with culinary influences from around the world. Savor sweets and see why Forbes calls Alexandria the “Ice Cream Cone Capital of the United States.” Follow in a food writer’s footsteps as you try spots highlighted in “A Weekend Dining Guide to Alexandria, Virginia.” Explore all of Alexandria’s neighborhoods and take a bite out of the dozens of new restaurants that open each year. Want more food news? Check out the visitALX blog.

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Based on the latest CDC health guidance, it is recommended that everyone wear a mask in public indoor spaces in Alexandria, except when actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.

Man Holding Tacos at Chop Shop Taco in Alexandria, VA
Outdoor Dining Al fresco dining options abound in Alexandria. Choose from restaurants with waterfront views to cozy cafes lining side streets. Learn More ›
Coffee & Dessert Alexandria is a dessert lover’s dream destination. Coffee spots also abound. Here’s where to linger over a latte in Alexandria. Learn More ›
Old Town Restaurants Choose from hundreds of restaurants that offer an unforgettable meal in historic and walkable setting. Learn More ›
Fine Dining Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a date night out, here are some of Alexandria’s top restaurants. Learn More ›
Weekend Brunch Toast the weekend with friends as you sip mimosas. Relax riverside with family. Here’s where to enjoy brunch. Learn More ›
Seafood Located on the Potomac River, Alexandria has dozens of restaurants offering fresh seafood, from Chesapeake oysters to Mediterranean mussels. Learn More ›
Bars & Pubs From tucked away and trendy cocktail bars to craft beer hotspots, here’s where to raise a glass with friends. Learn More ›
Private Event Spaces Alexandria is filled with unique dining spaces that offer tailored group menus and separate rooms perfect for private events. Learn More ›
Alexandria Menu Book Browse through more than 70 menus to discover the most delicious culinary offerings in Alexandria. Bon Appetit! ›




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