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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (47)
Authentic (25)
Casual (21)
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Good for a Date (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Romantic (15)
Business Meals (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Cozy (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It is one of my favorites. Always a warm and satisfying dining experience.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

In town for a special event. Great food and wine, good service and a fun night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dined with five others. All six of us were very pleased with our selections. Food was served very quickly. Only negative was bread and free crostini should have been served a bit sooner rather than right before the main course (but, again, it was free so...)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant when we are visiting Old Towne. Courteous and efficient staff go out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience. Food is outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We are never disappointed at A La Lucia. Good value for good food and good service. Nice neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

A La Lucia is a wonderful, quiet and cozy restaurant in the north end of Old Town Alexandria. Parking is usually easier than on King Street. Food and service are excellent. The Rockfish is the best fish I have had in as long as I can recall!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Been here a dozen times and recommended to friends. Bolognese sause was very average, pasta was watery, everything else very tasty.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always a favorite. Lovely arugula salad and veal ravioli with sage butter. Decadent and delicious. Very moderately priced wine selection. Note: not a trendy nouveau hot spot; just reliable, delicious comfort food.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had good service and good food, as always. If you want a very nice neighborhood Italian spot, this is the place for you. Their homemade pasta is always good, and they have a nice wine selection at reasonable prices. For some reason it's hard to find a good Italian restaurant at less than astronomical prices in the DC area, but this one meets my criteria for good food at a decent value.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It is always a pleasure to dine at this neighborhood gem. I appreciate the linen tablecloths and napkins, the nice stemware and the attentive service, but most of all the food is delicious! There is no better value in Alexandria for fresh, creative, Italian cuisine. This is trattoria food. The fish is some of the best you fill find, fresh and cleanly prepared, the pastas are made in house and a real treat, the vegetables and non meat dishes are fantastic. The wine list is carefully curated to have something outstanding at every price point. And as if this is not enough to get you excited, the portions are generous and the price more than fair, making A La Lucia not only a wonderful restaurant, but an excellent value.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A La Lucia never disappoints! We come about once a month. The lingini and clams is the best we’ve had since we were stationed near Venice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A La Lucia is one of our favorite restaurants in the Washington, DC Metro area. The food is reliably excellent and the servers give us very personal attention. Parking is easy.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful, as always. Great food and good service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The new 5 course tasting menu is a great addition. Great value!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very pleasant neighborhood restaurant with good table spacing.

Tags: Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

My wife and I had a meeting in DC. Stopped by and had a wonderful meal. Great people - great food

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful food and service. First time customers. A friend recommended that we must go there. Our Group dined there prior to a show at MetroStage, which is just blocks away. We’re going back within the week.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Was there for a business lunch. Lots of choices, including a very good value 3-course meal. We both ended up with paninis, because neither if us was really in the mood for a big lunch. Those were very good. I'll be back if there's a reason to be in the neighborhood at mealtime.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our favorite local spot as well as to meet up with friends. Great service, value and ambiance!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Staff has become like family. Had a delicious wine. IL Bruciato 2014. Wonderful meal. Great value

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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