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Where to Eat and Drink in Old Town Alexandria

This historic area is well worth exploring, even for takeout

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Chicken sandwich from Wooboi
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Charming Old Town Alexandria is a favorite neighborhood for tourists because of its historic architecture, its waterfront setting on the Potomac River, and its proximity to D.C. But it also serves as a longtime dining staple for locals looking for everything from raw bar seafood to Southern barbecue to high-end Japanese tasting menus. During the pandemic, some familiar favorites are temporarily closed, such as the cozy Vermillion, but the scene remains lively, with waterfront patios bustling and portions of King Street reserved for pedestrians.

Here are 15 standout restaurants in Old Town in this moment.

A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Wooboi Hot Chicken

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531 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314

This recent addition to Alexandria, a spinoff from the original chicken shop in Herndon, doesn’t shy away from the heat (consider yourself warned about the #5-level spice). White meat is the game here, used in chicken sandwiches and flavorful tenders. Order online here.

Tenders and pickles atop bread at Wooboi
Chicken from Wooboi in Alexandria
Wooboi chicken [official site]

2. T.J. Stone's

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608 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1004
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This neighborhood hangout traffics in solid bar food, from smoked chicken wings to a respectable burger. Takeout is available here, including curbside pickup.

3. Chop Shop Taco

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1008 Madison St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 970-6438
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A former auto body garage got a new life in 2019 as a hip, compact destination for elaborate riffs on Mexican food and tequila cocktails. Chef and co-founder Ed McIntosh’s short menu features hand-pressed masa tortillas topped with elaborately prepared meats. Fried rice balls stuffed with huitlacoche are a standout. Order takeout and delivery here. — Tierney Plumb

4. Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House

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814 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 699-3935
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This member of the Alexandria scene focuses on regional dishes from Southwest China. Mixian rice noodles are the main focus. Yunnan by Potomac is open for patio dining, and customers can order takeout or delivery here.

A bowl of thick rice noodles in a red, spicy-looking broth garnished with scallion and soft-boiled egg.
A rice noodle dish from Yunnan by Potomac
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5. Old House Cosmopolitan

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1024 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 717-9361
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Wiener Schnitzel and spatzle can be surprisingly hard to find around greater D.C., but this old-school haunt has a bunch of German classics. There are some Bosnian dishes as well. Contact the restaurant directly for takeout info.

Schnitzel from Old House
Schnitzel from Old House
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6. Myron Mixon's Pitmaster Barbeque

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220 N Lee St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 535-3340
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This spot, from competitive barbecue champ Myron Mixon, has impressed local critics with its chicken wings, seasoned pork belly, slow-cooked brisket, and baby back ribs. The restaurant just recently reopened. Takeout and delivery info can be found here.

7. Caphe Banh Mi

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407 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA
(703) 549-0800
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This Vietnamese restaurant serves traditional pho and banh mi sandwiches. The prices are reasonable too, ranging from $10 to $13 per bowl. Contact the restaurant directly for takeout info.—Tim Ebner

$20 Diner - Caphe Banh Mi
A bowl of pho from Caphe Banh mi
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8. Nasime Japanese Restaurant

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1209 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 457-0146
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Customers who step behind the curtain shielding the tiny dining room and chef’s counter will feel like they’re eating in Japan. A destination-worthy tasting menu restaurant, Nasime serves a five-course lineup that changes with the seasons. It usually features some sort of traditional soup, a grilled dish, and some of the freshest and most interesting sashimi in town. There are small number or reservations available, and the restaurant has been ambitious with its no-contact pickup options (order through Resy) during the pandemic.

9. The Peoples Drug

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103 N Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 257-8851
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The People’s Drug serves relaxed comfort food like Cuban and French dip sandwiches alongside seasonal cocktails like a wasabi martini. The menu has a few eclectic touches, including satay skewers and edamame. The tiny space is carryout only for now, but that includes cocktails; more info here. Sister sushi restaurant the Handover is also open for takeout rolls and bowls.

10. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1026 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-4265
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One of several locations in chef Jamie Leeds’s classic seafood chain, Hank’s is the place for lobster rolls, oysters on the half shell, and steamed mussels in a convivial setting. Eating at the bar here is a relaxing option in non-COVID times; right now, information on delivery and pick-up is available here. The restaurant group recently rebranded its neighboring Italian restaurant in North Old Town as Hank & Mitzi’s.

11. Taverna Cretekou

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818 King St
Alexandria, VA
(703) 548-8688
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Taverna Cretekou is as consistent as they come. That’s because this family-run, Greek restaurant has been in business for nearly half a century. Its spacious garden patio should be particularly appealing in sunny weather. Contact the restaurant for carryout information.

12. Vola’s Dockside Grill/High Tide Lounge

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101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 935-8890
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This waterfront restaurant is a bustling option for a lobster roll or some grilled chicken wings, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating. Find boozy drinks to go here as well. Order takeout here.

13. Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant & Bar

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112 King St
Alexandria, VA
(703) 739-1124
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Daniel O’Connell’s is an Alexandria stnndby for a proper pint. This historic bar and restaurant is an elegant Irish pub typically known for live music, Irish egg rolls, and fish and chips. Find information about precautions to curb COVID-19, as well as details on carryout and outdoor seating options, here.

Fish and chips at Daniel O’Connell’s.
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14. Chadwicks Restaurant

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203 The Strand
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-4442

This 40-year-old, stone-lined stalwart on the water continues to produce reliable American dishes like filler-free crab cakes, braised short ribs, and burgers. It’s the last location left standing for a local chain. Curbside pickup and delivery are available. — Tierney Plumb

15. Hummingbird Bar & Kitchen

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220 South Union Street
Alexandria, VA

Restaurateur Cathal Armstrong’s riverside restaurant has views that are hard to beat. It’s located inside the Indigo Hotel, and the menu features seafood dishes from the Chesapeake Bay. The restaurant is offering its entire menu right now for takeout. it also has to-go cocktails and plans to bring back date night bags and other promos soon.

Soft shell crabs at Hummingbird
Soft shell crabs at Hummingbird
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1. Wooboi Hot Chicken

531 Montgomery St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tenders and pickles atop bread at Wooboi
Chicken from Wooboi in Alexandria
Wooboi chicken [official site]

This recent addition to Alexandria, a spinoff from the original chicken shop in Herndon, doesn’t shy away from the heat (consider yourself warned about the #5-level spice). White meat is the game here, used in chicken sandwiches and flavorful tenders. Order online here.

531 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314

2. T.J. Stone's

608 Montgomery St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This neighborhood hangout traffics in solid bar food, from smoked chicken wings to a respectable burger. Takeout is available here, including curbside pickup.

608 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314

3. Chop Shop Taco

1008 Madison St, Alexandria, VA 22314

A former auto body garage got a new life in 2019 as a hip, compact destination for elaborate riffs on Mexican food and tequila cocktails. Chef and co-founder Ed McIntosh’s short menu features hand-pressed masa tortillas topped with elaborately prepared meats. Fried rice balls stuffed with huitlacoche are a standout. Order takeout and delivery here. — Tierney Plumb

1008 Madison St
Alexandria, VA 22314

4. Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House

814 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
A bowl of thick rice noodles in a red, spicy-looking broth garnished with scallion and soft-boiled egg.
A rice noodle dish from Yunnan by Potomac
Yunnan By Potomac [official site]

This member of the Alexandria scene focuses on regional dishes from Southwest China. Mixian rice noodles are the main focus. Yunnan by Potomac is open for patio dining, and customers can order takeout or delivery here.

814 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. Old House Cosmopolitan

1024 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Schnitzel from Old House
Schnitzel from Old House
Old House [official]

Wiener Schnitzel and spatzle can be surprisingly hard to find around greater D.C., but this old-school haunt has a bunch of German classics. There are some Bosnian dishes as well. Contact the restaurant directly for takeout info.

1024 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. Myron Mixon's Pitmaster Barbeque

220 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This spot, from competitive barbecue champ Myron Mixon, has impressed local critics with its chicken wings, seasoned pork belly, slow-cooked brisket, and baby back ribs. The restaurant just recently reopened. Takeout and delivery info can be found here.

220 N Lee St
Alexandria, VA 22314

7. Caphe Banh Mi

407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA
$20 Diner - Caphe Banh Mi
A bowl of pho from Caphe Banh mi
Deb Lindsey /For The Washington Post via Getty Images

This Vietnamese restaurant serves traditional pho and banh mi sandwiches. The prices are reasonable too, ranging from $10 to $13 per bowl. Contact the restaurant directly for takeout info.—Tim Ebner

407 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA

8. Nasime Japanese Restaurant

1209 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Customers who step behind the curtain shielding the tiny dining room and chef’s counter will feel like they’re eating in Japan. A destination-worthy tasting menu restaurant, Nasime serves a five-course lineup that changes with the seasons. It usually features some sort of traditional soup, a grilled dish, and some of the freshest and most interesting sashimi in town. There are small number or reservations available, and the restaurant has been ambitious with its no-contact pickup options (order through Resy) during the pandemic.

1209 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

9. The Peoples Drug

103 N Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314

The People’s Drug serves relaxed comfort food like Cuban and French dip sandwiches alongside seasonal cocktails like a wasabi martini. The menu has a few eclectic touches, including satay skewers and edamame. The tiny space is carryout only for now, but that includes cocktails; more info here. Sister sushi restaurant the Handover is also open for takeout rolls and bowls.

103 N Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

10. Hank's Oyster Bar

1026 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

One of several locations in chef Jamie Leeds’s classic seafood chain, Hank’s is the place for lobster rolls, oysters on the half shell, and steamed mussels in a convivial setting. Eating at the bar here is a relaxing option in non-COVID times; right now, information on delivery and pick-up is available here. The restaurant group recently rebranded its neighboring Italian restaurant in North Old Town as Hank & Mitzi’s.

1026 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

11. Taverna Cretekou

818 King St, Alexandria, VA

Taverna Cretekou is as consistent as they come. That’s because this family-run, Greek restaurant has been in business for nearly half a century. Its spacious garden patio should be particularly appealing in sunny weather. Contact the restaurant for carryout information.

818 King St
Alexandria, VA

12. Vola’s Dockside Grill/High Tide Lounge

101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This waterfront restaurant is a bustling option for a lobster roll or some grilled chicken wings, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating. Find boozy drinks to go here as well. Order takeout here.

101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314

13. Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant & Bar

112 King St, Alexandria, VA
Fish and chips at Daniel O’Connell’s.
Photo: Daniel O’Connell’s

Daniel O’Connell’s is an Alexandria stnndby for a proper pint. This historic bar and restaurant is an elegant Irish pub typically known for live music, Irish egg rolls, and fish and chips. Find information about precautions to curb COVID-19, as well as details on carryout and outdoor seating options, here.

112 King St
Alexandria, VA

14. Chadwicks Restaurant

203 The Strand, Alexandria, VA 22314

This 40-year-old, stone-lined stalwart on the water continues to produce reliable American dishes like filler-free crab cakes, braised short ribs, and burgers. It’s the last location left standing for a local chain. Curbside pickup and delivery are available. — Tierney Plumb

203 The Strand
Alexandria, VA 22314

15. Hummingbird Bar & Kitchen

220 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA
Soft shell crabs at Hummingbird
Soft shell crabs at Hummingbird
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Restaurateur Cathal Armstrong’s riverside restaurant has views that are hard to beat. It’s located inside the Indigo Hotel, and the menu features seafood dishes from the Chesapeake Bay. The restaurant is offering its entire menu right now for takeout. it also has to-go cocktails and plans to bring back date night bags and other promos soon.

220 South Union Street
Alexandria, VA

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