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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4.6

Overall Rating

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4.6

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4.6

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4.3

value

4.5

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (51)
Authentic (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Business Meals (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Romantic (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Worth the Drive (14)
Cozy (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Kid-friendly (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2013

The service was quite bad on a Friday night...we eat out at least once a week and had not been to A La Lucia in quite a while. We tried it again but decided it would stay off our list because we were basically ignored the whole dinner- no water refill, no oil for our bread, no asking if we needed anything. After waiting for ever we had to ask the hostess to get our check. Too bad because the food was good! We will not be going back here.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 3, 2013

Very good food. Great if you're going to Metro Stage down the street. Very friendly staff. Good prices. We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 2, 2013

We love the food at A La Lucia, but consistently, we arrive for our reservation on time and are seated at least thirty minutes after our reservation time. This time, two of the men working in the bar area acknowledged we were essentially being neglected and offered us a drink menu, a table, and even to get us some bread. The hostesses never came over to us to update us on the status of our table, in fact, they sat others and never acknowledged our presence. It's happened the last three times we've eaten here and it's starting to impact our desire to go to one of our favorite places. We love both Italian food and wine and this place offers great quality in both areas.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 2, 2013

They almost didn't take my gift card, be careful!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2013

We don't often leave DC to eat dinner, but after dining here with a couple of friends who'd recommended it, we went back again by ourselves for a second time. My partner and I both loved the appetizer (fennel parmesan) and pasta we ordered, and the wine was excellent. Service very kind, polite, and prompt. This is a nice place and it's not stuffy, even though I typically think of Old Town Alexandria as such.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2013

The service was solid; nothing to complain about, but nothing spectacular to report either. The food was very good. They say their pasta is made in house, and my rigatoni was very good. Also, the dinner bread was very exceptional, and they were ready with olive oil and cheese. We did not drink wine, but others around us were and seemed very delighted with the extensive wine list. It also seemed like that was a good bar scene. We were in the dining room, but when we walked out and looked, the bar area was full and energetic. Overall there was nothing that just blew me away, but this was a very good dining experience and I would recommend this place to anyone in nearby neighborhoods.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 27, 2013

Awesome food, great atmosphere. Took my girl here for Valentine's day and it was perfect!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 21, 2013

we love a la lucia.....our favorite neighborhood italian restaurant. always friendly and welcoming. great wait staff. Love the food....always excellent quality and great flavors.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2013

I liked it and recommend it. Nice little Italian place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2013

Everyone from Owner Michael to the intire wait staff are excellent. Great food and wine, great service, great pirces and a very romantic place for couple of all ages. We LOVE this place. Thanks Michael for another wonderful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2013

Wonderful family restaurant! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable of the food and wine list. Our server was extremely helpful with suggestions and especially wine pairings. The food was amazing! All the pasta is made in house and you can truly taste the authenticity of Italian cuisine in every dish. Fresh, simple, and delicious.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 16, 2013

This restaurant is not on the beaten path. It is a neighborhood restaurant that serves authentic Italian food. The focaccia and bruschetta served as an amuse bouche are delicious and a welcome change from the bread one usually gets. There are a few other Italian restaurants nearby. This is head and shoulders above them in the quality of the food and service. My veal scaloppine with fontina cheese and green beans was outstanding. I ordered pistachio gelato for dessert and it was also outstanding. We arrived early and were the only diners. An hour later the restaurant was packed. Highly recommend.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2013

Great food, 3-course offering. Not the typical Italian fare, more adverturous. Cozy, but busy/vibrant in a neighborhood type of way.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2013

We had an excellent experience at A La Lucia. Food was excellent, service was outstanding, and the restaurant was very helpful in placing the flowers I had delivered on our table before arrival. I would highly recommend A La Lucia to any diners looking for an excellent dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2013

I picked this restaurant for a not too pricey but good quality Valentine dinner and we loved it. Would definitely go back for more.
The portions were satisfying and the taste buds satisfied.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2013

Food was excellent and service was impeccable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2013

I have been here a few times and have yet to be disappointed by the food: every neighborhood needs its go-to Italian spot and this is ours / mine. The service was a bit schizophrenic when I was there the night before Valentine's Day as the waiter had to come back twice to confirm what we ordered; aside from the delay, the whole experience was fine and the food is consistently good. I particularly enjoyed the braised fennel crusted with Parmesan -- really nice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2013

We were at A La Lucia for the second time last Sunday night and found the restaurant chilly inside. My friend kept her coat around her all through dinner. We really do like this restaurant, but both times we have visited we have been cold. The staff were very diligent about trying to find a warmer spot for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2013

food was ok host wasn't very polite and service was a little slow

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at A La Lucia. We were seated in a nice corner table in the interior room. The service and the food were excellent, all for a reasonable price. We are looking forward to going back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 7, 2013

Restaurant week is not a "deal", but the food was very good as always.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2013

Always delicious food. Great Restaurant Week choices on the menu.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2013

We celebrated two friends' birthdays there with a lovely dinner. It was busy as it was restaurant week, so the service was rushed, but very timely. They were also very flexible even though they had a set menu. We appreciated that.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2013

They offered a very extensive selection of dishes for Restaurant Week. The food was delicious. It was a tie between the rockfish and pistachio gelato for the best part of the meal. Attentive service as well.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2013

Great menu with outstanding execution of everything.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2013

Winter time, cold weather, seats by windows felt cold. We asked to be seated at an inside table and they were very accommodating! Great service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2013

The endive salad was a bit cumbersome, but tasty. Although the menu is limited compared to most restaurants of this genre, the veal with sage reduction was delicious and well-prepared, and the buccatini with spinach/pine nut meatball was also very tasty. The bread pudding was good and ample, but the cheese plate desert was scanty. Although our "wine steward" was knowledgeable,the wine selection by glass was limited, as was the choice of liquor for cocktails. Our server was slow and actually forgot to include one entire dinner (prix fix) to our bill, which we did call to her attention. We'll probably return, based on the ease of getting to the restaurant and parking, and also based on the food flavors we did experience, for one more try.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2013

We were seated immediately and drink orders came in no time.
Each of us took the Three course fixed price menu. The calamari appetizer was tender and tasty. I had the seafood over black linguini and it was delicious, as was the chocolate cake and ice cream dessert.
The service was promptand courteous, though I had to ask to have my water glass refilled.
We lingered after the meal chatting because we did not feel rushed. In fact, I had to request the check. With tax and generous tip the tab was $60 per person.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2013

My first visit was during 2012 Restaurant Week, and it was a very good first visit. Service that was prompt, courteous, but did not hover, food that was visually appealing and tasty overall. Lots of options as I looked at the regular menu, specials, and the Restaurant Week offerings. I chose the salmon entree which was very nice. Only one concern for me, was that I could taste more salt than I like, which can always be traced back to the spinach that is served piping hot, with the salmon. I must remember to specify no salt because with spinach, it's always too much for me. It's not unique to Lucia, most restaurants don't understand the salt/spinach ratio is too high by the time the spinach is completely cooked.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2013

Our group of three enjoyed their meals (endive salads, tomato/mozzarella, black linguini w/seafood, homemade fettuccini w/veal ragu, and the salmon). The pasta was very fresh, obviously homemade. We were full and still finished every last bite and practically licked our plates. This would be a nice place to go on a date or for a special celebration night with friends. Staff was friendly and helpful without getting in the way. It was a lovely evening out. I've already told my father he needs to go there and enjoy the Italian ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2013

Had a delightful dinner to celebrate a birthday. Food was yummy, service was adequate but
not friendly and a bit rushed. Unfortunately, it was freezing at our table. We all kept our scarfs
on the entire evening and still shivered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2013

Fantastic Italian food and great service. We will be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2013

Great food, attentive service, very accommodating to our 5yo twins. They have a really great-looking party room in the back that seats 20-40- seems like a great space.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2013

This was our first time at this restaurant. We were in the area at a swim meet for our grandson and took advantage of Alexandria's Restaurant week. The restaurant had an excellent selection for restaurant week. My wife and I thought the service and food was very nice. If we were in the area again we would go back to the restaurant. The desserts especially the pistacho gelato were excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2013

I took my girlfriend to A La Lucia for Restaurant Week and we weren't disappointed. She ordered the salmon, which was delicious (I tried a piece) and came on a bed of spinach. I ordered the veal raviolini, which featured good pasta pockets that were stuffed well with moist meat.

As an appetizer, I got the fresh mozzarella plate, which was very good, and my girlfriend got shrimp that was well breaded and delicious. The tomatoes in the mozzarella plate could have been more tasty, but it's hard to ask for better produce in the middle of the winter.

The ambiance was good and the service was great, although the tables are pretty close together. Minor flaw, though. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Always a great meal and gracious service-- the mushroom ravioli was fabulous!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2013

Great food and service. Delightful place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2013

Outstanding service and outstanding pasta made this a special evening. The black linguine and seafood was delightful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2013

We had a lovely anniversary dinner on a quiet night at the restaurant. The veal was exceptional!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2012

After 45 min wait (it was New Years Eve) and a drink at the bar (bartender was totally indifferent;kept checking his phone on the counter) we headed into the restaurant for a lovely meal. Ever dependable, A La Lucia did not fail. Mussels overflowed; the yummy, milky broth was perfect for dipping the still warm, crusty bread. Pasta is always a winner and the veal tortellini was excellent, as was the rockfish. Chocolate cake was almost too much; it's hard to resist with the fixed-priced menu. Having indulged in a cocktail, we passed on a bottle of wine and chose a glass instead. Couples nearby with bottles enjoyed glasses worthy of a delicious red wine; ours came to our table in the thick bar glass, a disappointment.

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