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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Al Di La reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (105)fit for foodies (77)romantic (72)special occasion (71)great for outdoor dining (62)notable wine list (42)good for groups (25)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (16)great for lunch (10)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious time after time.
    design1774
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have eaten at Al Di La numerous times over the years and it is always delicious. I have never once been disappointed. While everything I have eaten there has been tasty, my friends and I often have a friendly debate over which is our favorite...the light as air gnocchi or the creamy asparagus risotto. If you like good Italian food and want authenticity - not the Olive Garden variety Italian - then go to Al Di La. You WILL NOT be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week review
    Annie7
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Overall great experience outstanding service I thought the entrées were rushed a little but the appetizers were outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT kid friendly
    plainfishplease
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Made the mistake of going during restaurant week, they would not just plate a piece of their fish and mashed potatoes for my daughter. They just couldn't do that without putting the other ingredients under the fish.....HOW stupid is that? Not like the fish was cooked in the sauce. Would have saved them the time and effort of putting it on the plate... She got plain pasta, that was a chore to plate also.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    bergerqueen
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Overall, I liked Al Di La, but with mixed reviews. It was restaurant week so the menu was limited and I was disappointed with the lack of more Italian type fare; however, the two dishes I ordered, Caprese salad and baked eggplant, were excellent. the Tiramisu dessert was somewhat disappointing as it was smothered with nuts. The retro 50's décor was fun with kitchy light fixtures and wall paper. It was bustling and our waiter was overworked and harried, but the service was excellent in spite of it. My biggest complaint was the noise level. My friend and I had to scream over the noise the whole night which put a damper on the evening and overall restaurant experience. Plus the air conditioner wasn't working well and it was hot and stuffy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was delicious, wine flights were wonderful, and our server had such a great personality and knowledge of the wine and food. One of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best gnocchi I have ever had!
    LisaNu
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Al Di La. I recommend requesting one of the banquettes inside - very comfy and away from foot traffic. The tomato basil soup was amazing and I highly recommend it. Our pasta meals were large, filling, and cooked perfectly. If I can recommend one thing over all others -- try the gnocchi!!! It is better than any gnocchi I have had in other restaurants or in Italy itself! It melts in your mouth and is just so good. I do not eat meat (it comes with shrimp) and they can make it without the shrimp. The tiramisu dessert is also good, although served in a martini glass more like scoops of ice cream than your typical layered rectangle. I would still recommend it although I do prefer other restaurant's tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome birthday dinner
    mspaghettio
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was really happy with my first trip to Al Di La. It's such a cute place, and the menu looked really yummy. Inside it's very nice and modern with an intimate feel. The food was all really good and fresh ingredients, but what really stood out was the service. We had a wonderful server who made recommendations, and joked along with us in a professional way. Since I had a couple gifts to open, she gave a us a couple minutes without interruption when we sat down to open my gifts without being pressured to order, which was really considerate. We were not rushed, but never had to wait for anything. Overall a really nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistency
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Ate the Duck pasta 3 weeks prior and it was the most awesome garlicky delicious dish ever. Told all my friends about it...went with them...not the same :( it was decent but not as mouth watering as it was the few weeks before...I didn't taste any garlic this time...my friend commented on how it was dry...I agreed...and proceeded to drizzle some Olive oil on it...it was better but was missing that garlic oil from the dish prior. All in all good but not as great as before. But we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Panthergirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Absolutely delicious food with excellent menu selections. This is one of our new favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    Cats1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had never been to this restaurant, but decided to go as part of Charleston restaurant week. Why did we wait so long to go? The food was excellent, I had the gnocchi and my husband had a fish special. Waiter was efficient and steered us in the right direction on things to order. I had read mixed reviews about this place previously, but they must not have been to the same restaurant that we were!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many time patron
    edgefoodies
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have eaten there since it first opened. The interior has changed and it looks very chic. The restaurant has changed hands a few times and previously we have enjoyed our food, we love Italian food seasoned with fresh herbs and home made pastas. Now, the food is not as good as it use to be. The lemon gelato was so bland that I managed to eat 2 bites, my pasta dish was very tasteless. My husband had the fish and he complained that it was bland and the portion was way too small. In fact he was the one that wanted to write the review, which he never does.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Success
    CharlestonResidentVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went to Al di La for restaurant week, we have been wanting to try it for a while. It was terrific, everything we had was delicious. I had beef carpaccio and fettucine bolognese with lemon gelato for dessert. The server was spazzing out a little though, he kept coming back and telling us the special, and had to ask our order again because "he forgot". I understand it's Restaurant Week, but he needed to pull it together. I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never dissapoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I frequent Al Di La and never have less than a stellar experience. Delicious food: try the beef carpaccio, mussel app, or the nighly crudo app special. For main course, duck confit with house made pasta or the pork chop are my go-to choices, but anytime I stray, it's always a hit. Laid back, unpretentious but attentive staff. Ask for Nips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Al Di La
    PJAI
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    neighbor
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic