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Monroe's An American Trattoria
Monroe's An American Trattoria

Monroe's An American Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.monroesrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (703) 548-5792
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 9:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jesus Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Monroe"s is available for private luncheons Monday through Friday ; No facility charge - minimum 25 people for 2 1/2hrs. Three course menu including bread service ,iced tea, sodas,and coffee ;$27/person plus 10%tax and gratuity($30/hr per waitstaff).
  • Private Party Contact: Laura Abraham (703) 548-5792

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe Ave.
  • Public Transit: We are a 10 minute walk from both King St. and Braddock Rd. Metro stops.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Lot is located beside building behind Power Station; accessible from alley or Mason Ave. There is plenty of street parking also.
A word from Monroe's An American Trattoria
Located in the heart of Del Ray in Alexandria, Monroe"s offers a distinctive experience of traditional and innovative Italian cuisine and a sophisticated award winning wine list. Monroe's is family owned and operated.Come dine with us in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Just an OK experience for our first time here. Tasty sallads, esp arugula w/walnuts and cheese. Crab and corn cake appetizer was tasty. Pastas disappointed--cooked al dente, but the pasta itself was thick, not thinly rolled and springy like homemade. My fettucini carbonara was overpowered by smoky bacon and sour tomatoes. More balance--a touch of sugar to bring out tomato flavor and less bacon would solve it. Hubby's shrimp & linguine in brandy cream was bland and shrimp were chewy. We tried dessert --the bread pudding's nice texture was ruined by being microwaved--very hot in the middle, overly sauced. Hubby's creme brulee very good--2 could share. Good location so we'll give it one more try. Attentive service and reasonable wine."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My experience at Monroe's with 7 guests was delightful! The food was good. The service was good. My guests were happy. A great time!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Very enjoyable, pleasant, good food and wine at reasonable prices. And less noisy than many other places, at least when we visited."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love this neighborhood spot. However, the food was not quite up to par. I had a grilled veal chop which was delicious, but the wild mushroom risotto was WAY overcooked and tasted more like traditional rice. The calamari were terrible. The batter was soggy and overall tasteless. The fried green tomatoes were unexceptional as was the fried zucchini. The asparagus served on each plate was practically raw (I do like it al dente but this was really pushing it. On the bright side, the featured wines of the evening were great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Veal spinach cannoli crime sauce excellent, veal piccata good. Service but a bit slow on busy night. Nice outdoor area on street. Parking on neighborhood streets."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I love this place. Local color. Excellent and interesting food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We choose Monroe's when we want a quiet dinner or to celebrate or to be with friends---the food's wonderful, service friendly, and it feels like "home" whether you're there the first or the fiftieth time."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A friends recommended Monroe's. The location is a little off the beaten path for us, but we decided to try it. We got there early on a Friday (6:00ish). The place was pretty empty, so we weren't sure what to expect. It was a beautiful night so we sat outside. No great views, but the food and the service were fantastic! If you're anywhere in the Delray area, give it a try. It's on Open Table which is also nice."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "we had a wonderful time. Everyone's choices were great. Very attentive wait staff. Relaxing and very attractive restaurant. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was good, but rather bland....white chicken, white potatoes....a little asparagus...needed a bit more pizazz to make it outstanding."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I have going to Monroe's for years now with my husband and it never disappoints. The food is always good and the service is great. You can sit outside on nice days and it's usually not too loud. It's a great place for brunch. It's good I don't live within walking distance or I would be there every day."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "All 6 of us (2 kids included) had a wonderful meal. Attentive service and food that was very good and a good value. Better than a $100 pp meal we had had in Philadelphia just the night before!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My breakfast combo was very good...eggs moist, potatoes very good. The pancakes were just okay."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went recently with my boyfried and we had a decent and well priced meal in a very pleasant atmosphere with friendly service. The half portions of pasta were a great idea. The wine selection was basic but the choices were very appropriate. Anyway, we will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wonderful as always. Maintaining their traditional menu and adding some surprises."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was the first time we had dinner at Monroe's. We were looking for a nice Italian dinner. We were very much surprised and delighted at the meal we got. We went on a Sunday night around 7PM. It was not crowded but we had a reservation. The server was very nice and helped suggest items on the menu. I had an Italian seafood bouillabaisse with chilian sea bass, lobster, clams and mussels. There were several buttery pieces of sea bass and a good number of clams and mussels and a small lobster tail. The broth was delicious and once the seafood was gone, I mopped it up with the delicious homemade bread. My husband had calamari and an arugala salad. He enjoyed both. We plan to go back and slowly pick other items on the menu! "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I had heard a lot about Monroe's and decided to go for my birthday dinner. My husband and I tried the special calamari appetizer, which was fried calamari with sautéed chorizo, green and red peppers and onions. Tasty, but not as much calamari as I had expected. The arugula salad with pear, walnuts and asiago cheese was big enough for two people. My husband had penne with sliced lamb, which was a huge portion and good, but nothing really special. The hit of the night was my entree - seafood with linguine, which had shrimp, calamari, clams and chunks of fish in a marinara sauce (just $17!). Delicious! Service was fine. Since it was my birthday the waitress comped my dessert: a yummy chocolate cake with hazelnut mousse filling. I'll be back. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Waitress overworked but gets the job done. Excellent bread and soft butter you can spread. Entrees great. Family run, you can tell."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Five of us got together for my birthday brunch on Easter Sunday. They had everything any of us would want for brunch without the $60 price tag that some other places would charge for a buffet that sits there for hours - yuck! Everything we had was nice & not and very good. We had French toast, eggs Benedict, and omelettes. No complaints at all. The place itself is a quaint, cute neighborhood gem. It has a nice little bar area. It was a little chilly on the day we were there, but there's a small outside area to enjoy as well. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our small book club of 6 people love the round table in the corner as you enter. The food and service is good. Some of us who can get off early meet at the bar for a drink before. One of our favorite places for discussing books while enjoying food. A good variety of food, something for vegetarians, and nice salads also for vegans."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The pesto was bitter and flavorless, the pene was over cooked and their wine was sub-par. The only saving grace was their pizza but it wasn't quite fancy enough for the price."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very kid friendly. Good Italian food but also Fish of the day was excellent. Crayons and drawing on the paper table kept youngsters occupied before dinner was served."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "No need to drive into the city or even into Alexandria"s Old Town for consistently great food at reasonable prices. A lovely muraled dining room, hands-on/ always-present owners, well-curated wine list and excellent cooking of fresh ingredients, Monroe's never disappoints!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Once again Monroe's delivered on both food and service"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Party of 4 & everyone ordered something different for dinner and we all loved what we ordered. First we have appetizers, Caesar salad, lobster bisque, a caprese salad with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then on to entrees -- lamb shank, steak special, salmon and trout. All very well prepared and served with a smile. Dessert was one decaf (no fun!), profiteroles, bread pudding and a cannoli. Everything was delicious, and there was nothing left on any plate! This is a lovely little neighborhood restaurant, serving consistently lovely food. It's mostly Italian, and their pasta dishes are wonderful. There is always a sheet of specials too. Priced moderately, Monroe's is hard to beat!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My mother and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Monroe's last Friday. Though it is not in our neighborhood, I wish it were! The menu is a good balance of new and classic Italian dishes, with some a mix of both. Their updated fettucini carbonara paired cream, peppers, and applewood bacon, with the latter giving the dish a smoky finish that contrasted nicely with the sweetness of the peppers and cream. Definitely one of the best carbonara's I've ever had. The pear and asiago cheese salad was very light on the pears, but their version of creme brûlée was lovely and creamy, with a thick crunchy top. Note that the pizza and "Monroe's bread" are very thin crust (virtually cracker-like). If we lived down the block, we'd be regulars!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had been frequent patrons of Monroe's for years, and always took friends and family there for special occasions. Last evening, the family went for my wife and my anniversary. Truthfully, it had been about two years since we'd been to Monroe's but we thought that the quality of the experience would have been the same. It wasn't. While the wait staff was friendly, they were not as attentive as usual. The food was tasty but nothing special. My wife's seafood pasta was way too salty. My son's medium steak came out rare. (The waiter's response- "I thought you'd said medium rare") and returned from the kitchen unevenly cooked. Everything was edible, but "Olive Garden" edible, at twice the price. We won't be going back soon. It's a pity."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Always an excellent experience. Service is great, food is delicious and the Italian wine selection is superb."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Great find! The service was warm and welcoming from the moment we walked through the door; the dining room is full of happy locals lingering over wine and their meals; the food was solid, from appetizer to dessert (try the pistachio creme brulee!). It's not the most adventurous menu, but the classic trattoria cuisine is skillfully executed and the service is friendly and professional. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Good food, clean, pleasant atmosphere and charming neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Have dined here a couple of times and never disappoints. The last time we were given a coveted booth and we were celebrating with our daughter and future son-in-law. The hostess, waitress, food couldn't have been better. Always a 10!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had dinner at Monroe's on Saturday night. The place was almost full and I was glad i had made a reservation. Overall our dinner was great, the food was good and so was the service. I have only one small complaint and that is that the tables are a little too close together. I had no choice but to hear the conversation at the next table. Also, the server had to lean over between me and the diner next to me (but at the next table) to get their food on the table. As this was my first time, I did not know I should have requested one of their many booths. Next time!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We've gone to Monroe's many many times since it's opened and never been disappointed. The food, wine, and beer are good and there are always interesting specials, the wait staff are friendly and experienced, the owners are really nice people, and the atmosphere is just right - casual and kid-friendly but also upscale enough to make it a leisurely "dining out" experience. The prices are also very moderate -- what's not to like?"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "For our party of four Monroe's provided a most pleasant dining experience. The dining area felt warm and friendly but also full and a little festive. The noise level was such that we could visit without shouting. All four meals were well prepared and served appropriately. The steak my wife had was tender and very adequate. My fettuccine carbonara was excellent but rich and very filling. I also had a delicious side of asparagus that was served crisp and hot. We found the Chianti to be very satisfactory and reasonably priced at $5 per glass. The bread pudding that we had for dessert was perhaps the best I have had. It was the perfect ending to a very enjoyable evening. I seem to appreciate Monroe's more each time we visit."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Attentive service and quiet enough that good conversation possible, even for group of nine. Crayons on paper table topper for kiddies but sophisticated food and drink for adults. Winning combination!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Food was very good, comfortable ambiance and the price reasonable. I like the fish specials."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I love Monroe's. The owners have been in the business since childhood and are very attentive and involved. The employees are attentive, dedicated and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is great - lighting not too bright, booths available, long, friendly bar. The food is consistently excellent with many daily specials.The herb butter is not to be missed. The wine list extensive. I bring all my visiting guests here because of all these reasons plus there is something on the menu for everyone."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We have dined at Monroe's since they opened. Their chef serves consistently delicious entres at reasonable prices. Fish, for example, is always moist and tender. The wine list is intelligently selected and favorably priced. We greet and are greeted by name now, and think of Monroe's as not just good comfort food but our go-to restaurant."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The restaurant was packed when we arrived, so we were very glad we had reservations. Once the entire party arrived, dinner was ordered. Everyone in the group ordered something different and everyone enjoyed their meal. The portions were large, especially the pasta dishes, so to-go containers were provided. The restaurant provided a slice of chocolate cake to the birthday boy - the cake was the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went for a valentines dinner with the girls and was really impressed. We loved that it was hidden away because it give the restaurant a nice neighborhood feel. The food was wonderful - we had fried green tomatoes, mozzarella caprese, filet mignon with linguini and cream sauce, and the chicken dragoncello with a side of pasta and plain sauce and some asparagus. Our deserts of profiteroles and panna cotta were heavenly. The prices were really reasonable. We've already decided we want to go back and try more."
    Dined on 2/14/2014