A La Lucia

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$30 and under
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Italian
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a la Lucia is a neighborhood restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. We specialize in homemade traditional Italian Fare and Italian Wines. Owner Michael Nayeri has been in the Washington Restaurant Business for over 20 years. We offer Brick oven Pizzas, Patio Seating, and Kids Menus. Our Private Wine Room is available for all types of parties up to 40 guests. We have a Full bar, specializing in Wine, where we broadcast all major sporting and news events.





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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Friendly atmosphere and staff. Family friendly and very homey feeling.

OT
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything about the place was great. I did think that some of their dinner selections should have had a side for the price they were charging. My neighborhood Italian restaurant has fabulous food and good prices. They also serve the entrees with soup or salad and a side of pasta if it’s not a pasta dish.

A
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good meal with fine service. Love the salmon.

b
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, attentive and friendly wait staff. I would definitely recommend this corner restaurant.

H
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

We had come to A La Lucia several times in the past and had reasonable experiences. This time we were seated in the front room next to the windows. Lighting was poor. The ambiance was like something out of a Hopper painting.

k
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific. A real treat to enjoy Ribolitta AND Dorade fish special! Last minute visit w/ out of town friends. 2 more who will be back!

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!

R
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent restaurant. Good food and excellent service.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner with family -- wait staff went above and beyond and food was delicious. We'll be back!

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Not at all what I expected after reading reviews. Truly a local place in that being new customers we felt ignored. It was obvious they were catering to their regulars. Food was okay but not memorable. The veal ravioli was fresh but very doughy. Gelato was good.

MB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a delicious family dinner starting with fresh bruschetta and a Caesar salad and wonderful pasta.
We were from out of town and love the atmosphere also away from the busy Main Street of old town.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had excellent food and service. Tried the pork chops on the new menu and they were delicious. Same for the pizza. This is our go to restaurant.

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great neighborhood restaurant with consistently good food and warm, professional service.

a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A La Lucia has been a favorite for years, and now that we've moved away, we're sure to visit every time we're back in town. We keep waiting for the quality to go down, which has happened at so many places we love, but they keep making us happy to go back!

LK
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met an old workmate of ours from Raytheon and shared a nice dinner with he and his wife. Excellent dinner and cappuccino.

O
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Ild Town Alexandria. Fabulous!

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PK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The restaurant has introduced a new menu (on one sheet of paper) that is not as satisfying as its previous offerings. No more appetizer/entree/dessert deals - all is now a la carte. A side of shaved fennel, that used to come with the fish entree, is now $5. Foccacia, previously first-rate, was dry, and the whole bream (supposedly deboned, but still containing bones) was not at all the equal of the rockfish that used to be a staple. Mussels are no longer offered as an appetizer. The agnolottii in cream sauce, another old favorite, was tough and the sauce was watery, not creamy. Very disappointing experience for what had always been a go-to neighborhood spot. Not planning a return visit.

CG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While waiting 30 minutes past our reservation time for our table, it took 20 minutes to get a glass of wine. The atmosphere was very frenetic and chaotic, lots of staff running around and barking requests at one another, but nothing getting done. That doesn't set the stage for a relaxed and pleasant dining experience. Once seated, our waitress was very welcoming. The focaccia they served was not as good as it has been on past visits. Food was alright. Even though I live walking distance from a la Lucia, not sure when i will be going back.

DC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, wonderful food. Couldn't have asked for a better meal to end our vacation.

C
Wilmington
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time dining here and really enjoyed the food and service!

LG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent. I really wanted a veal dish, but there was only one on the menu so I asked if I could have the chicken marsala made with veal instead of chicken and the server was able to immediately confirm we could without needing to check and it was delicious. We were a group of five, we had appetizers and each had different entrée and everyone was very pleased with their meal. Servers were very attentive, including stopping by to fill our glasses from the bottle of wine we ordered whenever they noticed it was needed. Overall we were all very happy and would definitely eat there again.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had an excellent experience and the food and wine were wonderful.

LK
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service superb. Could not get any better....enjoy

AT
Washington DC
185 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A La Lucia seems to have fallen off its stride. The "new" menu they have been touting in their email ads (e.g., porchetta) was nowise in evidence on this Wednesday evening; it chiefly seems to consist in adding pizza to the dining room and severely cutting back the old menu. The pasta courses we did have -- holdovers from the former menu -- were good as ever. But the loss of the puttanesca is greatly lamented. Plus, perhaps because it was a weekday night, wait staff seem to be limited despite the restaurant's being rather full when we arrived, resulting in some delay in initial service to our table. This whole experience was very disappointing because we used to enjoy dining here so much, not least for the available specials and good friendly service.

LK
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quick bit to eat and a cocktail before dinner then off again to do some shopping. Convenient and restful place to pause, replenish and then re-engage

DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been my go to for special guests and occasions for many years. They never disappoint. Excellent food and service, pleasing atmosphere, easy street parking, never rushed and a pleasant walk to the water afterwards.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! My favorite Italian restaurant in northern Virginia.

RO
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating for an intimate date night. Best valued Italian in Arlington / Alexandria.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New menu is excellent. Best eggplant parm I can remember having!!!

k
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu! New items! Small & Large on most of menu! The best caponata! Must go!

LK
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu but same great service and excellent food and wine.

A
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The new menu should be retired! Ridiculous to be charge $5 for a side of spinach which used to be included with the protein.

CW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely evening sitting outside of this busy restaurant, on a fairly quiet street in a north Alexandria neighborhood. We ordered mussels to share for our appetizer (entree sized) and they were quite good, very juicy in a smooth cream sauce - needed salt and pepper. We each ordered a half size pasta as our dinner, and these were excellent. The bread they make is absolutely some of the most delicious bread you will ever eat. We had a nice bottle of wine and a quiet evening, perfect for catching up with each other. We will definitely go back - we live only four blocks away but haven't gone that often in the past - we tend to go in the winter because it feels cozy then, and this was the first time we have eaten outside. They can accommodate couples and bigger groups - it's a big place, and it's deceiving from the outside. The food is fresh and well prepared! And they have some gluten free pasta, which is not advertised on the menu. Highly recommend!

CS
Washington DC
208 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great neighborhood place. Limited menu but quality makes up for that. Great friendly service. Reasonably priced. Inside a little tired. Never tried their pizza. On street parking wasn’t a problem but might be sometimes,

LR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really like the new menu. Much shorter than the previous menu, but still lots to choose from and everthing is good.

LK
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience. Friendly staff, wonderful food and great wine

KW
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A La Lucia is so delicious. It is a wonderful authentic Italian Restaurant. The pasta is homemade. The manicotti is to die for!!!

GI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always are go to neighborhood place - always good food and always a warm welcome.

M
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came to A La Lucia for Restaurant Week to try some new dishes and begin celebrating my wife's birthday week. The food was fantastic. My wife's seafood and black pasta was a mild yet flavorful dish. My veal with parmesan gratin was melt in your mouth delicious. The cannoli with pistachios is also terrific for dessert. The portions were just right so we felt like we had a great dinner but not too heavy afterward. All in all a great place to go for a lovely dinner and quiet conversation.

EM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. Every experience here has been wonderful!