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

Monroe's An American Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.monroesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7035485792x
  • 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 7035485792x

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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Monroe's An American Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (57)great for outdoor dining (24)kid-friendly (22)fit for foodies (20)great for brunch (17)good for groups (16)special occasion (16)notable wine list (8)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Pleasant low-key Friday Eve dinner
    Ranger
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First visit to Monroe's -- had reservation and didn't need it -- arrived 7:30PM on a Friday night and, surprisingly, there were a goodly number of empty tables both inside and outside. Had a very good meal at Monroe's: ordered the Scallop Linguine and another marinara pasta dish (my companion didn't finish the dish, and they offered to put it in a doggy bag). We sat outside. Had an excellent Mozzarella Caprese appetizer that looked more like a dessert than a salad. Wine was very good and price very reasonable. Service was very attentive - orders taken quickly and entres arrived before we finished appetizer. Only regret: Outside dining faces Monroe St, which is small but busy with cross-town traffic -- inside may have been quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful, High-Quality Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We loved our experience at Monroe's. The menu works for all ages. The food is delicious and can pair with a good selection of wines. While the white tablecloths give it a certain elegance, the fact that you can write on them makes it a great place for young people as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Dealt very well with our party, which included a young child. Food was good. A pleasant evening overall.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locals Favorite
    madweber
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great bread and butter too. Very popular locals place. Good food. Good prices. Good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    angus5678
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The ambiance was great; the food was excellent. It was the right place to have a mini-family reunion dinner. As always the service was highly attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday Brunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a great experience meeting friends for brunch at Monroe's. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our server was wonderful, our food was wonderful, the only thing that we did not 100% enjoy was our wine. It tasted like it had either been open a couple days or was a bad bottle. We ordered different wine for the second round, but no one really asked us if we liked it. Our server heard us debating if we should get a cannoli, and when we decided not too...she brought us our check and surprised us with a cannoli to go on the house. What a great touch! We will most certainly be back!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tried Monroe's for the first time during Restaurant Week, and will definitely be back. Good food, relaxed atmosphere....and a doggie deck! Next time we're bringing our furry friend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Comfortable atmosphere
    Chach
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Been here before, but am not a regular. Food was good to excellent previously, just good this time. Will come again hoping that the quality can regain it's previous level.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2eat
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always have a great meal Monroe's. Restaurant week deal and menu was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Small Town Gem
    Diane
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    One of my favs in Alexandria. The atmosphere is always warm and inviting; the staff ALWAYS hospitable and friendly. Customer service #1 and going out of their way to satisfy you is something they do without thinking; always accommodating. The food is always outstanding! Monroe's keeps the menu fresh and provides options to suit everyone's palate! It's not only a neighborhood gem but has the appeal of a small town restaurant. It's nice to go in and they greet you as a friend! I love it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It has always been a good dining experience at Monroe's. We have been coming there for a long time and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific Dinner
    AnniVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food and service were very good. The ambiance is terrific. The services was great and the receptionist apologized, but hey didn't have my reservation on the book, Worked out just fine, but as someone who likes to get points for booking, it didn't work out as I had hoped.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • golfer
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had pasta and fish dishes. We ordered the calamari and were astounded there was so little of it. Maybe seven pieces of calamari for the four of us. If it was such a small portion, they should have told us that initially.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    TravelMom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I booked Monroe's because they had a free table and the reviews were good; we were not disappointed. My in-laws had a seafood pasta that they said was incredible; my husband had the pasta puttanesca and thoroughly enjoyed it. My chicken dish was cream based, but light. I like that they gave me the choice of vegetables and potato or pasta. The also have a nice kids menu with right sized portions. The service was fast and efficient but I did not feel rushed at all. The atmosphere was a little loud, but also very vibrant for a Saturday night. Overall, for a small neighborhood place, it was a great experience and I will go back to try other dishes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    ShamianaVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food here is great, as my Italian friends said so. However they could stand to improve upon the bread (though the butter is rich!) We ordered the calamari, crab pasta, penne with marinara, porkchops, and chicken... Everything was perfect. They even serve the wine as an Italian restaurant should – in tumblers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ShelliVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Consistently delicious food and service. Thanks, Ryan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    Diner42
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have eaten here several times. Amazing variety of dishes is amazing. Only negative was my girlfriend ordered a salad dish and had chicken added which was slightly dry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just good
    FoodieX2VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Enjoyed our meal, but just a typical italian meal. Nothing stood out as special to make us rush back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient local place
    watsonmp
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Evening
    Readinggranny
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Very enjoyable, pleasant, good food and wine at reasonable prices. And less noisy than many other places, at least when we visited.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Up To Par
    GKRKVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not exceptional
    Pentagoncouple
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    1EatingOut
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I love this place. Local color. Excellent and interesting food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Monroe's
    yummy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise!
    MSP1977
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OldtownMB
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    we had a wonderful time. Everyone's choices were great. Very attentive wait staff. Relaxing and very attractive restaurant. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicen piccata
    JAMI
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was good, but rather bland....white chicken, white potatoes....a little asparagus...needed a bit more pizazz to make it outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    Butterfly42
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 425 reviews are from the Monroe's An American Trattoria reviews archive.
  • mother's day dinner
    AlexMom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    crfty
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My breakfast combo was very good...eggs moist, potatoes very good. The pancakes were just okay.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly and good value
    LizzieinDC
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as always!
    kalex
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Wonderful as always. Maintaining their traditional menu and adding some surprises.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Lnluvsfood
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, reasonable prices
    BWallsVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    madweber
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Waitress overworked but gets the job done. Excellent bread and soft butter you can spread. Entrees great. Family run, you can tell.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Book Club Review
    BroadwayBound
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate