About A La Lucia

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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.





315 Madison St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm- 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
North Royal St. (800 Block)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 836-5123

Website:
http://www.alalucia.com/

Catering:
Private Dining Space available for 20-40 Guests! Please visit our website or call 703-836-5123 for more information!

Parking Details:
Street parking is somewhat congested during Lunch Hours. Metered spaces are available behind the building if street parking cannot be found.

After 5pm and on Weekends guests should expect to find parking within 1 Block of the restaurant in most instances.

Public Transit:
The closest MetroRail Stop is Braddock Road (Yellow and Blue Lines) Distance 12 Blocks, however walking is not recommended.
Alexandria Dash Bus #AT2 and/or #AT5 Bus will stop accross the street from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Michael Nayeri

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Our Private Wine room can accommodate parties ranging from 20 to 40 guests. Fixed Menus and Family Style Dining.

A La Lucia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (41)
Authentic (27)
Good for Groups (17)
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Casual (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Cozy (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Romantic (11)
Business Meals (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

I hadn't been here in years. I'm sorry it had fallen off my radar, because I forgot how wonderful the food is. The 3 course/$38 meal has great options and great portions. The mussels were enough to feed our entire party of four! The rock fish and petite filet were wonderful. Great cannolis and service was top-notch. Would definitely recommend and need to remember about this great Italian neighborhood place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

It's a basic Italian menu. I enjoyed the wood-oven pizza. Good service and a friendly staff.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

As usual, A la Lucia was wonderful. We arrived early and had a glass of wine in the cozy bar while we waited for our friends. They transferred the bar tab to our dinner bill which always makes it easier to greet people as they arrive. We were having dinner with 2 other couples, old friends we don't get to see often enough. We love the ambience at A la Lucia, warm, casual, but very nice and upscale at the same time. Absolutely delicious Italian. I had a beet and goat cheese salad and then fusilli with eggplant in a spicy red sauce-both delicious. I usually get the salmon entree because it never disappoints. We were at a great round table which is perfect for 6 person conversations and lots of story telling. They also have cozy booths which I like when its just two or 4 of us, and we also love to sit outside on nice nights. Service is just how I like it, always there but never intrusive. They make you feel like you are visiting friends. Limoncello and amaretto after dinner drinks with dessert just perfect.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Good Italian food. Well prepared. Decent wines and decent service. Noise level is a bit loud, but ok if you get a table in the corner (as we did). It's a good solid Italian restaurant, but not excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Have been to this place many times and it never fails to please - they are flexible, food is consistently good, and service if not intrusive but sufficiently attentive. Wine list is not extensive but serviceable. Portions are very generous. Pasta is fresh and fish is always well-prepared. Friends had veal and they were also delighted

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food is terribly mediocre. Just very underwhelming. I expected much more based on reviews and the price. I will not dine here again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was very commendable. The back room is great for large groups.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The service was good but the options for a vegetarian were scant. I appreciated being accommodated but being charged $17 for a portion of pasta with sauce (and my dining companion had pasta with meat sauce at a lower price) leads me to not care to return. The food was fine but not worth the price.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great service, food and wine!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food and service was outstanding. The evening was bitterly cold and we were seated in a booth next to the window. It was cold and jackets needed to be worn. This detracted from the overall experience.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great seafood. Superb service staff. Friendly, warm and inviting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The staff is exceptional. The food is quite good nd the setting is beautiful

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our go to Italian restaurant in old Town Alexandria. Excellent food, great service.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

As always the food was wonderful and they make the best pot of mussels in the entire WDC metro.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our dinner was delicious- probably the best meal I’ve ever had here. Everyone in my party essentially finished their entire plate and a la Lucia serves good portions! Two of us got veal Marsala and the sauce was impeccable. We all ended our meal with gelato milkshakes and they were divine. A la Lucia has been and continues to be one of our favorites!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great meal with dear friend to celebrate the holidays. Great menu selection, value and service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This is our 4th visit to Ala Lucia. Always a wonderful meal with outstanding service.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Holiday dinner with friends

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The dish soup was delicious! Always great food, value and service!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Took family & friends for their first visit -- everyone was super pleased at the experience -- the food, the service, the atmosphere, the easy parking, the price. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

After we had a "fair' meal there a month ago, last week my guest and I returned to A la lucia for another meal. This time we are left with the memory that the kitchen does not measure up to the level of the service. On a cold evening my stringy veal dish arrived on a barely warm plate with an undercooked medley of vegetables a side. My guest noted that her medley arrived at barely room temperature.
After having dined there for years, it seems that our recent selections won't have us returning for a while.
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We have been here many times but were disappointed this time. The service was mediocre. We were in the back room which is quiet but felt forgotten at times. The grilled rockfish was superb, but the pasta with crab was very disappointing ( it had almost no crab meat, and the sauce was bland)
We have loved this place in the past but we felt disappointed to take 3 friends there this time
There is room for improvement

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Beer was cool at best--accompanying glass had just come out of the washer and was warm, bread was cold, calamari slimy and the linguini and grab meat in tomato sauce not so good. We usually have a great meal here--I guess the lesson learned is stay away from the 3 course meal deal?

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were super excited to try A La Lucia. We are new to the area and love local restaurants. We had high hopes. Upon arrival, we were welcomed warmly. The ambience is great--cozy, Italian-themed, but not tacky. Our server was attentive. The other patrons appeared affluent with lots of repeat customers. The complementary bruschetta was tasty. My husband and I both ordered the prix fixe--3 courses for $38. We both started with the fried calamari. The portions were generous (enough to share), but the batter was a bit greasy and not flavorful. That could have been passable but the marinara dipping sauce was also unflavorful. A bit of heat, garlic, salt, or spice was warranted. For our main meals, I had the fettuccine with tomatoes, garlic, and spinach; my husband had the black ink squid pasta. Again, portions were generous, but again, the plates lacked flavor and salt. The food was terribly bland. The fettuccine needed a red pepper or basil or oregano--and salt. The black ink squid pasta had white wine, but lacked a bite. It needed capers or red pepper or something to offset the shellfish and the bland broth. For dessert, we had the chocolate cake, layered with chocolate mousse with a side of gelato and the tiramisu. The tiramisu was solid. The gelato was exceptional. The chocolate cake was a bit dry, despite the mousse layers. The meal (with 4 glasses of wine, total) was $119. For the simplicity of the meal and the preparations, the price seemed a bit high. Had the food been more elevated, the price would have been expected. We truly wanted to love the place--and might be back for a glass of wine, since the spot is truly comfortable and cozy, but sadly, we likely won't be back to dine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always reliable local favorite; far enough out of old town proper for easy on street parking. Servers are efficient and friendly, food is great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always yummy food ranging from healthy to decadent with nice, personable service, a la lucia is a gem

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Oustanding food and service. The seasonal selections, Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter as well as the pumpkin cheesecake, were exquisite. The black linguine with scallops, clams and shrimp was also amazing. My favorite dessert was the Coffee Panna Cotta with such smooth texture and slightly bold coffee flavor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Delicious food, especially the pumpkin ravioli! Had a lovely dinner with friends. Service was super.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is good.Wine prices are high.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A La Lucia does not disappoint: we were back in town after moving out of the area years ago. We visit every time we are in town. The veal raviolini and pumpkin ravioli were excellent, and the cannoli and cappuccino top off the dinner. The brown butter sage sauce cannot be replicated on the West coast.

Delightful as always!!!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is the second time we have dined at A La Lucia and it was better than the first time. The service is great...the food is always fine...and the environment is quiet and intimate. Would recommend this location to anyone looking for a great evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a great meal there. Everything was very Yummy. Our server, the English woman was Fantastic!! She gave us some really great suggestions.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Lovely neighborhood gem. Excellent Italian eatery, with nice desserts. Wide selection on menu with reasonable weekly specials.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, excellent service. I leave 40 minutes away from the restaurant, but I'll be back for sure👍

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Love the food at A La Lucia. My go-to spot ever time I visit Alexandria. Went with business friends who wished they had a larger wine selection and served mixed drinks.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

A La Lucia is a great local gem. We’ve been coming here for years and it never dissapoints. Just celebrated our anniversary there - would always recommend to anyone and everyone looking for excellent local Italian!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A la Lucia is our go-to restaurant for Italian food. The spicy sausage with rigatoni never disappoints.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love this restaurant. The food is consistently excellent as is the service
and ambience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I loved that the music was in the background and I could carry on a nice conversation with my husband even as the restaurant filled up. Will definitely be back. Great service, great food and nice ambiance.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This restaurant is always delivers outstanding food and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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