Al Di La
Al Di La

Al Di La

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldilarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8435712321
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joaquin Bustos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Gillian Kohn 8435712321

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 17
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street
    Parking Lot
    Complimentary Valet
A word from Al Di La
Al Di La is a neighborhood restaurant serving simple, authentic Northern Italian cuisine. At Al Di La we strive to create a seasonally-inspired menu comprised of fresh, mainly local ingredients. We are an owner-operated establishment serving both lunch and dinner.


Some features of Al Di La: handmade pasta selections, fresh daily-baked focaccia bread, delicate desserts prepared on-site, an extensive Italian wine list, a wine bar, and two outdoor patios. Guests also have the choice of enjoying wood-fired pizzette, Italian cheeses, meats, and vegetables to name a few. Join us anytime and prepare to get away, or as 'al di la' translates to mean, prepare to go 'beyond the beyond.'
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Al Di La reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (89)fit for foodies (69)romantic (68)special occasion (64)great for outdoor dining (57)notable wine list (33)good for groups (24)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (12)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Dinner at Al Di La
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great place to dine! Noise level was perfect. Don't like to eat at a noisy restaurant and you can't have conversation. Eggplant parmigiana was excellent! All in my party were complimentary of their food as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good in the gut
    Ridge
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The three Italian courses were yummy in my tummy. I especially liked the gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Best pork chop of the decade. Loved the Aperol Spritz--light, refreshing and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd time and we still loved it
    alfs
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Upon recommendation from our server, Walter, I tried the dish with duck confit for the first time and it was AMAZING!! Although we were not fond of the seasonal blueberry tart dessert, the rest of our meal was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab food!
    Sgchoate87
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had the asparagus risotto and scallops and my husband had the grilled pork chop with tomatoes and mashed potatoes. DELISH! It was a bit hot inside so we sat outside where it was breezy and quieter. The waiter was great and the food even better! The scallops were perfectly cooked and the creamy risotto was to die for! We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Nleaf
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Heard great things and then was told by the waiter that the chef has no suggestions for a vegan. Cold olives and tomato slices are not dinner. Have eaten in all over in charleston and from ca
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  • Wonderful dinner!!!
    KathyT
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    GREAT food, GREAT wine!!!! Birthday dinner with my family. Everything was wonderful...from the moment we walked in the door!! Thank you for making my evening special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time...once again!
    rubyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We are huge fans of Al Di La. Once again, we had a wonderful experience. Great food, great company, great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very enjoyable. Great staff. Parking could be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Really enjoyed dining at this establishment. When we arrived we were promptly seated. Everyone there was curtious and the food was great. Really enjoyed our dinner, wonderful food, wine and dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doubly delightful delicious deal
    robinsonth
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I took them up on a LivingSocial offer. Food was great. We enjoy tapas, so we ordered two apps and two primis. The beef carpaccio was lemony and bright. A stuffed fig was succulent and a nice change of pace. The tagliatelle and duck confit was not heavy with sauce, and the tonnarelli with housemade sausage and fava beans showed off some charcuterie prowess. If we had room, we would have gone for a wood-roasted chicken dish, which was more interesting than the obligatory offering. Wines by the glass paired nicely. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. Valet parking was nice. The meal would have been worth it without the coupon. For tourists wondering if there's any reason to leave the peninsula, there is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed all around.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was decent. Nothing impressive. The restaurant had a musty old smell. The server was friendly but confusing in his descriptions of the food. My husband ordered a dish recommended by the server and a different dish came out than was expected. Server did not offer to switch dish for the correct one or comp/discount the dish received.
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  • One of our favorite spots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Al Di La is a great spot favored by locals. The food is delicious without being overpriced and portion sizes are perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed to be disappointed
    Licious
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I’ve wanted to go to Al Di La for years and was excited to see what all of the hype was about. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that impressed. The ambience was perfect for a romantic evening with my man and I was pleased with our table. However, our server took forever and wasn’t very knowledgeable about the menu. He was nice, but it was clear he didn’t want to be there. I got the gnocchi which was okay, but found it strange that they cut up my shrimp in small pieces. The large portion was enough food for 2 people. My boyfriend had the pork chop, which looked amazing. We had talked about getting dessert, but our server disappeared (yet again) and took so long I wondered if he thought we had already paid him. Needless to say, we didn’t get dessert.
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  • capecod
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I believe I was one of Al-Di-La's first diners. I have been loving it since it opened and still do. Always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gathering with friends
    me2ok
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was outstanding. Can't wait to have dinner there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed Dinner
    EJ51
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Just a quick meal for the four of us - great place to try some great dishes. Have been often in the past will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food, sub par service
    GoodEats
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    For as nice, tasty and special as the food is, you would think their waitstaff could be a bit more attentive and representative of the restaurant and cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good northern Italian
    Bregstone
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A standard of good food, non tourist place in W. ashley neighborhood. Try the "quartino" of white wines, excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Quite As I Remembered
    BeauGeste
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Been several years since we've patronized Al-Di-La. Must still be popular because made reservations three weeks in advance and could still only get 8:00 pm which is a little too late for me. When we arrived, place was half empty. So it goes. Still it was fifteen minutes until we could glasses of wine. Seat me, drink me, give me bread, but don't wait 15 minutes. Wine flight was outstanding; 3 Italian reds were super. When we got it. Had a tuna tartare appetizer special which was tasty, but just too much. Give me a taste, not a small plate. The asparagus risotto with seared scallops was again delicious; just heavy. I remember lighter fare at this place. Look, it's still very good, just not memorable. Quicken up, lighten up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time and we'll be back
    Jgand4boys
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were the only table on their adorable patio, the food was amazing, our waiter was outstanding, and the wine flights were so fun! Can't wait to go back and try their wood oven fired pizzas in the fall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience for visiting fam
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our server was very patient & attentive. Ambience was great though my 60+ y.o. mother & aunt both had difficulty reading the menu b/c of the low lighting & menu font but to be honest, this is a common complaint anywhere we go. The appetizers were fantastic: seared yellowfin w/ watermelon & prosciutto (ok) & roasted figs w/ gorganzola wrapped in prosciutto (flavor explosion). Mom was very pleased with the fettuccine bolognese. Aunt got the roasted chicken & said it was most & tender. I got the ricotta gnocchi with shrimp, grape tomatoes & basil which was pretty good. Boyfriend got the duck confit with mushrooms which was moist, tender but a little too earthy for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    Awkward
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    While the menu is limited, Al Di La never fails to please. This is one of our favorite girls-lunch-out spots, and it works for a romantic evening dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hit all the right notes
    Fishman
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went to Al Di La for the first time and were delighted. We read the Open Table reviews first and found out there was a elevated table with "love seat" seating. We requested that when we made the reservation and lo and behold they had that table set aside for us. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable service. Food was great. I had the pork chop and it was juicy, tender and tasty. My Wife had the scallops and they were excellent. With the feel of an in-town old Charleston bistro without the Charleston prices. This will definitely become one of our regular haunts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, as always
    Starrysem
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Delicious food and wine, had an excellent time. We always look forward to dinner at Al Di La and it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Top 10 in Charleston
    JetWally
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Nestled in thriving West Ashley, this was a a wonderful restaurant find! They had a great wine list, wonderful food and and terrific service. The only drawback was that the late dinner (8:15 PM) was a little noisier than I would have liked, but the food and the service made up for it. Best tomato basil soup my wife has ever had. We had a special fish offering with pan seared grouper, a corn, potato, and green bean blend followed by tiramisu that was perfectly prepared! The waitress was outstanding and anticipated every request before it was made!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • been many times
    giovanni
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    always feel a bit rushed to leave at the end of the meal. I understand the need to turn over tables for other guests, but part of the allure is sitting streetside. Asking if I want the check once is sufficient. not every five minutes or so. I will continue to come, the food is second to none. If it weren't for the impatience of the staff to move us through, I would feel like I was in Naples.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic and delicious
    Rocky
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner! The duck confit and Tagliatelli were wonderful. The new decor was lovely. We had a special table that was on a raised platform with couch like bench seat and curtains on either side that gave it a very romantic feel. We felt like royalty at our "thrown" table! I have been enjoying Al Di La for years and it just keeps delivering great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a favorite
    Islandgirl
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    It's been a while since we dined at Al Di La, and it was as good a ever. I liked the funky fun renovations in the dining room and the food was delicious. I had the shrimp and tomato gnocchi, sooooo yummy!! And we finished with the riccota cheese cake, to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in Charleston
    stew
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    You just cannot beat the food. The service is great but the food is amazing. All pastas are homemade and seasonal dishes like stuffed figs wrapped in prosciutto are divine. Go when you are super hungry! It is worth it to over indulge here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    nancyawake
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I love the menu stays mostly the same. The few times a year I go in I love knowing the dishes are still there and delightful. Happy b-day to me every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lost it's edge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My last visit here as over 3 years ago and was fondly remembered , this visit won't be . The menu is not inspired , the food was not hot and the restaurant was not busy at the time the food was delivered Overall , go to LANA in Charleston
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  • Northern Italian Gem
    Hal2413
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A good Northern Italian restaurant in this area is a rare bird. Al Di La is a great example of good Northern Italian food pared with wonderful service. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgable, and efficient. The parking problem has been resolved with an available valet service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for a romantic evening.
    Foodie6
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Our food was good. The asparagus risotto with sea scallops i had was delicious. My husband's gnocchi was a bit over cooked to my liking, but the flavor was good. The gelatto was not very good, I would give it a 3 star. Had frozen granules in it, not smooth and creamy. One of my favorite desserts and I have had many times so I know good gelatto.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Meal
    RayW1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I had a great experience, the appetizers, main courses and desserts were wonderful. I had a pork chop that was a s good as any steak I have ever had. We would without hesitation refer others to check it out, you won't be disappointed.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazing
    inlovewfood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    From the intimate seating to the amazing food, everything was perfect. I couldn't have asked for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Not what I ordered
    marvin
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food at Al DI La is normally good. But the last time I went 6/20/14. I was disappointed. I ordered the Lamb but was served what tasted like and had the texture of beef. The meal was good so I accepted it but I am certain it was not lamb. Lamb as a easy recognized flavor. When I called this to the servers attention he tried to convince me it was lamb. I have eaten enough lamb and beef to know the difference. He said he would tell the chef but I never heard back. I emailed Al Di La but never heard back. I can understand being out of a certain dish. But the customer should be told of the situation and be allowed to decide to accept the substitution or order something else. The lack of a response from AL DI La is very disheartening.
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  • Fabulous Dinner
    Flicka4meVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We recently dined with friends and were treated to a fabulous dinner. I had the black sea bass special and it was just delicious!!! And the blueberry cheese cake was perfect followed by a good cup of coffee :) The waiter could have been a little more attentive and friendly, but I guess he was busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food and service was great, not our first time dining there. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • As good as ever
    gmurray
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My husband and I dined at Al Di La for our 5 year anniversary, as it is one of our favorite local spots. They did not disappoint! Our waiter, whom we had before, was friendly and knowledgeable. He even sent us over two house made limoncellos at the end of our meal. It will continue to be our top go-to date night restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.