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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Authentic (23)
Good for Birthdays (18)
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Casual (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Cozy (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Business Meals (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Romantic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

A La Lucia is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Tasty delicious food, you can’t go wrong with this neighborhood gem! Cozy and reasonably priced. Good service!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Always great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

even though it was Valentine's Day, it was still a great dinner. Restaurants are normally packed on this day. But we had a wonderful evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Took my girlfriend here for valentine's day and received exceptional service over a three course dinner with breathtaking flavors and presentation. A must for a romantic date and special occasion!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Love everything about this neighborhood gem. The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Share a dinner with some family from out of town. Service was great. Seafood was even better. Never had a bad meal.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great neighborhood spot within walking distance of the main drag in Old Town, Alexandria and the Braddock Road metro stop. Fantastic food and service, and great at accommodating food allergies and dietary restrictions. Great wine list, and great value for the highly reasonable prices. A must-try for anyone who's a fan of good Italian cooking and places that are off the beaten path.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Lovely dinner, as usual. Large group in room was loud, which was unusual in restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

What a wonderful meal, and incredible portions for restaurant week. My GF and I left with lots of leftovers. The staff is really attentive, engaging, and it's obvious they enjoy working at this restaurant. We will definitely be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always great service and welcoming staff. We dine here regularly. Great value and unpretentious menu!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My only recommendation would be to reupholster the seats in their booths. Mine was lumpy and not all that supportive. Also, when I set my jacket next to what i thought was an interior wall, it was cold when I picked it up to leave.
Otherwise, my guests and I enjoyed the Restaurant week menu which included a huge selection of items that were on their regular menu. Very impressive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for Alexandria Restaurant Week. Even though the restaurant was almost packed, we had a delightful meal and got great service. Really terrific food, all served hot and delicious. Even the vegetables were perfectly cooked (his spinach, my green beans). Had veal scallops that were tender and perfectly cooked. He had the veal chop and it was medium rare, just as he ordered it. Dessert were both very good--poached pear with glace and coffee mousse.
We will definitely come back.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went for dinner during Alexandria Restaurant Week. The special menu was the most extensive of any of the restaurants we checked. Wide selection of appetizers and main dishes from which to choose. Reasonably priced wine selections by the glass too. Our first time there but won’t be the last.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Ravioli appetizers and lamb entree were delicious. Wine was excellent and very affordable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Delicious food! Great Service!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I don’t like to leave bad reviews. That being said, I will not return here—a shame, as I just moved to this neighborhood and was looking for a local spot to become a regular. A friend and I went for restaurant week, and while dining, the owner or manager (not sure, as he didn’t introduce himself to us but hugged a couple who was seated near us) spoke poorly about those who came during restaurant week to this couple, who expressed shock at how crowded it was. “They’ll come once and we’ll never see them again,” “these people have no idea how to appreciate what we do,” “they all tip so bad,” and “we only do this because we HAVE to” was some of what hw said. When I compare that to several other places I visited during restaurant week (for example, one bartender said, “I hope you come back when we’re not as busy to really see how great we are!”), this spot won’t be getting my business again. I’ll spend my money where it’s wanted.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was very everyday. Tomatoes and mozzarella were nothing special in flavour. Minestrone was flavourless.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Restaurant Week was a challenge for this restaurant which is one of our favorites. The waiter started the visit after saying "glad to see you" with a list of things they were out of. Of course, the veal chop which they had listed on the Restaurant Week website was not available. I substituted the rib eye for the veal chop with a $10. surcharge. It was disappointing. Very tough with a part that was hard to cut with a steak knife. The waiter asked how our meal was and I told him about the ribeye but he said nothing.

The place was packed. Ordinarily they are excellent with service and food. My wife liked her pasta dish so all was not lost.

By the way, the Barbara we had was excellent !

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went with friends for restaurant week, had reservations. Amazing choices, great service, they took wonderful care of the four of us. Food was wonderful, served up in the right pace for the three courses, too. It was expected that one or two choices were sold out, as they were busy, and one wine we wanted was also not available. The only bad side was the bar service. Bartender seemed to totally forget us, only gave us two drinks, did a bunch of other things, then maybe 20 minutes went by, then the other two drinks came up. He seemed unphased by the whole thing, which is a bummer because if that's the service we would get in the future, I wouldn't go there for drinks only, would just go for a meal. But, bar area is really nice and the entire ambiance was really special even on a busy night. Do not miss this place!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A La Lucia has excellent, authentic Italian food --and consistent good service.
Unfortunately we went during Restaurant Week and we had to wait for a table.
Still it was worth the wait.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went for Alexandria Restaurant Week, the prepared menu was fantastic. Service outstanding. Definitely going back!

Tags: Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I haven’t eaten here in about 10 years and I wish I has revisited sooner! Great food, good service. It is a new family favorite.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were very pleased with the dining experience at A La Lucia.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The service was good. The food was average, nothing to write home about. The location was accessible and parking was great. I enjoyed the bread and the dessert waa wonderful. I wouldn't recommend anyone to this restaurant based on my experience. I thought the food would be better than a chain restaurant such as Olive Garden.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was nice for restaurant week

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I hadn't been to AL Lucia in a couple of years. It is still an excellent place for good "home cooked" Italian food. The pasta dishes are great. I got rockfish with green beans. The fish was prepared well and vegetables crisp. Gelato is some if best I've had. Service is very attentive without intrusion. I plan to return soon.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Relaxing dinner with good wine, great pasta, salad and wonderful coffee.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Comfortably accommodated business discussions.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was excellent. But even more remarkable than the food was the outstanding service. It's not easy to have a restaurant staff that works together so seamlessly, from the sommelier, to the waitstaff to the runners and bussing employees.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 19, 2018

A great place for a date. Quiet. Very professional wait staff who don't hover over you or disappear. The food is fantastic!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 15, 2018

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 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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vip
 (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 12, 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 6, 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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