We are very excited to be hosting world-renowned vintner, Dr. Laura Catena, for a special wine dinner on Friday, June 17, 2022. Dr. Catena will be presenting several wines that she and her father, Nicolás Catena Zapata, produce in Mendoza, Argentina at Bodega Catena Zapata Winery since 1902. Nicolás Catena Zapata has been credited with revolutionizing the Argentine wine industry in the last 50 years, earning him Wine Enthusiast’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.
Since 1995, Dr. Laura Catena has been leading the research studying every aspect of the family vineyards from soil microbiome, in-depth soil parcel composition as it relates to flavor and aroma, to high altitude climate variations, collectively known as terroir, at the Catena Institute of Wine. In 2020, Dr. Catena released her book called Gold in the Vineyards, the English translation of Oro en los Viñedos, which was published by Catapulta in 2017. The book, profiles 12 different vineyards, located in both the New and Old World, charting their history and explaining why they have become so well-known.
We encourage you to read more about both Dr. Laura Catena and her father on their website and on Facebook
We also encourage you to make your reservation for this special evening now as there is limited seating and we expect it will sell out quickly. Please call 703-717-9151 to make your reservation.
On Wednesday, April 27th, Alexandrians came together and raised over $2.5 million during ACT for Alexandria‘s Spring2ACTion. Del Ray Café was host to At Home in Alexandria (AHA!) for the ninth consecutive year and we donated 10% of the days sales – over $700 – to AHA!
We also announced, with the help of The Zebra Press Z-TV, our 10th Anniversary donation. May 1, 2022 was our 10th Anniversary. We announced that we are celebrating our great fortune to have survived the pandemic with the continuous support of the Del Ray and Alexandria communities by again donating 5% of our May sales to ACT for Alexandria.
We also announced that our match partners from 5 years ago, The Jen Walker Team REALTORS and Wendy Brown will again be matching our donation. We can now also announce third match partners, Tom Crowley & Christena Nielson. In 2017, for our 5th Anniversary, we donated $10,000 and with our two match partners, a total of $30,000 was donated to ACT. Now, with 3 partners, we are hoping to make a donation of over $40,000.
Please come in during the month of May to help us give a bigger amount to ACT this time around! And join us on June 6th when we present our donations to ACT for Alexandria!
NEW DATE We are looking forward to a huge neighborhood turnout to support Naomi L. Brooks (formerly Maury) Elementary PTA on Wednesday, February 16th. All you have to do is show up any time all day and 10% of your purchase will go the BrooksBees PTA. February is the perfect time to show how much we LOVE our neighborhood schools♥
We look forward to helping you celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day Weekend ♥
Our 3-course menu will be offered Friday, February 11th – Sunday, February 13th in addition to our regular dinner menu. On Monday, February 14th, our special menu is exclusively offered.
In recognition of the continuing Covid impacts, we will also be offering our Valentine’s Menu for carry-out.
Please call 703-717-9151 for your Reservation or your Carry-Out order.
We are excited to announce two upcoming wine dinners in February.
The first, on February 2, 2022, will be French wines from Aquitaine Wine Company presented by Jean-Sebastien Calvet, Regional Sales Manager. The menu will include 5 courses and 5 wines for 89$++. We expect this dinner to sell out quickly so please call 703-717-9151 to secure your reservation now.
A perfect Valentine’s Day gift, the second dinner will be presented on February 17, 2022, by Nicolas Dornic from Banville Wine Merchants and will highlight New Zealand wines. This menu will also be 5 courses with 5 wines for 89$++. Again, please call 703-717-9151 to secure your reservation.
We are already full swing into the holiday season in Del Ray and loving it! Some of our favorites are all the friends’ get-togethers. For the official holidays, Del Ray Cafe will be open Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, open New Year’s Eve, and open for Brunch on New Year’s Day but closed for dinner.
For Christmas Eve, we are offering two seatings, at 6pm and 8pm, and we are offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for 79$ and a kid’s 3-course prix fixe menu for 40$.
For New Year’s Eve, we are also offering two seatings, at 6pm and 8pm, and offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for 85$ along with the same kid’s menu offering.
We look forward to seeing you this holiday season whether for an informal friend’s gathering or a more formal holiday dinner!
Just announced! Three wine dinners to kick off your Holiday season.
Our first dinner is on Wednesday, October 27th at 7pm and features the wines of Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita, CA in the Paso Robles wine region. This dinner will include 5 Courses and 5 Wines for 99$++. Menu
Our second dinner is on Wednesday, November 3rd at 7pm and features Italian wines. This dinner will include 4 Courses and 5 Wines for 89$++. Menu
Our third dinner is on Wednesday, December 1st at 7pm and features Champagne & Wild Mushrooms. This dinner will include 5 Courses and 6 Champagnes for 175$++. Due to the product costs, we are requiring a 50% non-refundable deposit for this event. Menu
For all three events, please reserve by calling the restaurant at 703-717-9151. There is limited seating for each event so make your reservation early!
We look forward to this end of summer ritual every year – Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week is August 20th-29th. It’s a perfect way to explore Alexandria, through its food and neighborhoods. This year we are participating on a TO-GO basis only, offering both dinner for Two and for One. We hope you enjoy our Restaurant Week Menu
This format was so successful last summer during the height of the pandemic, we have continued offering the same “deal” every week since! Watch our “Our Menus” page or our Facebook page @DelRayCafe for the weekly menu.
We are offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner menu for 2 for 150$++ Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 12th-14th.
Carryout orders must be pre-ordered by email by Wednesday, February 10th at 5pm for pickup Friday-Sunday between 4-8pm. Email orders to firstname.lastname@example.org which orders must be confirmed.
Please call 703-717-9151 to make your reservation for Dine-in dining Friday – Sunday nights. We are ONLY offering the Prix Fixe menu those evenings.
We are honored to be included in Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 6 choices for Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go menus. We look forward to you giving us a try too!
Northern Virginia Magazine Where to Order from during Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go