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Ada's on the River, Alexandria, VA

Ada's on the River

4.6
4.6
1707 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Built around a custom wood-burning oven and featuring stunning views of the Alexandria waterfront, Ada's on the River draws inspiration from the ingenuity of Ada Lovelace, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 19th century.

Ada's menus feature a selection of wood-fired prime steaks, fresh seafood and vegetarian fare, in addition to an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list.

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Booked 94 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 638-1400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Santiago Lopez

  • Private party facilities

    An homage to 19th-century mathematician Ada Lovelace, Ada’s offers panoramic Potomac River views and features wood-fired prime steaks, fresh seafood and vegetarian fare. ‍ The 260-seat restaurant includes 160 indoor seats, including a 32-seat private dining room, and 100 seats on the outdoor patio. The stylish interior provides a warm, modern feel with 15-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and inviting booth seating. A unique wood-burning grill is the central component to the open-concept kitchen, nestled under sweeping hull-like wood paneling, and accented with vibrant red tiles. Original art features Ada, her father, the poet Lord Byron, and other literary figures such as Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Emily and Charlotte Bronte. ‍ Adas talented culinary team has created a variety of delicious, made-from-scratch menus. Options range from delicious hors d’oeuvres to multi-course plated meals.

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Duke St and South Union Street

  • Parking details

    There are several public hourly parking garages within two blocks of the restaurant, and hourly street parking is also available on adjacent streets.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

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  1. JS

    JySkr

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Great location! The cocktails were very good, but the service was very slow, which resulted in lukewarm food. Portion size was good and food looked like it would have been good quality otherwise. However, we rarely saw our waiter and ended up spending our entire evening in the restaurant as a result of the slow service.

  2. AS

    AshleyS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was incredible! Service was also very good. This was my first time for dinner and it most certainly will not be my last!

  3. NY

    NYgirl

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Not impressed. Chicken was very over cooked. Salad portion was small. Price was not comparable to quality. Restaurant was nearly empty which should have warned us. Server was great though, no issues there.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    We had reservations for 7:15; upon arrival I was told that there would be an hour and a half wait! We should have left then but stayed hoping that we would be accommodated earlier. We finally ate at 9:00!!!!!!! The foot was terrible and the last female waitress was not warm at all. I had a beautiful experience at this place a year ago which is why I made the reservation. I will not return.

  5. T

    Tlaa

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Elena F. is a tremendous server and really made our group's night. She is very professional and made our business dinner a fantastic experience for all.

  6. MB

    MontiB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Food was just okay. Could be that it was the end of the day after a Father’s Day rush. Last time I went, it was amazing. This time, they were out of a lot of things, there was a mouse running around the patio and the waitress kept disappearing. My kid didn’t like the burger and the chicken while flavorful, seemed ill paired with the sides. That view though… and the beignets are always on point.

  7. b

    beeindc

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Place is lovely. Service was great, our waiter was terrific. But the food arrived tepid to say the least. I ordered a lobster omelet which was expensive butI wanted to try it. barely warm lobster is meh. Drinks were lovely and interesting. Salads on plate should have some dressing don't you think? I"m hoping the reasons for my complaint is because it was fathers day and busy

  8. P

    Pomegranad

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent place for a special occasion brunch.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I have dined at Ada’s previously for dinner and had a great experience. I looked over their brunch menu and was excited to brunch in the summer near the Potomac river. I was disappointed by the quality of food served at brunch. It did not align with the price. My eggs were clearly over cooked, as were my potato fingerlings. Very small portion of steak on my steak and eggs. It was over all disappointing for $30.00/a plate of eggs and potatoes. My partner had the lobster omelette, which he seemed to enjoy. Drinks were fine. Had no issue with those. Service was also fine. I probably will not return for brunch here.

  10. AJ

    AJM82

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The service is excellent and the food was pretty good. It is a little pricey but overall worth it to go and check it out. Plus the location in Old Town with a view of the Potomac adds to the charm of the restaurant

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was spectacular. Our server was attentive and the hostess was accommodating.

  12. E

    Ellie

    Denver

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great location with a great view. Ada’s is definitely a place to be. The crab cake was amazing. The salmon was slightly undercooked but good. It’s pricey but worth checking out at least once.

  13. NT

    NovaTravelGuy

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Our server, Elena, was top notch and such a gem. The food was fantastic, great flavor, but the portions are large and a bit heavy on the carbon side from the grill. The service justified it, though.

  14. KC

    KathyC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Couple snafus, first we requested to be put on the outdoor dining wait list and were seated at the outdoor couches, which were lovely, but we were never texted that a table became available. We ordered drinks and water, water never arrived until we asked again when our food arrived. Crab cake was a disappointment due to many many pieces of cartilage. The crab was definitely not picked through which should always be done, especially if charging $46 for the crab cake!

  15. S

    Seawind66

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful lunch on the waterfront, beautiful location.

  16. LF

    LeeFoodie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I am becoming a regular here. I've been here before and have been returning for the consistent good food, great views and superb service. This visit was just a great as my other visits. Our server Ben was excellent, attentive, professional, friendly and quick. The food was great as usual and the view was beautiful. I had to call a few times to adjust the time of my reservation as I was meeting with a friend coming in from out of town and there were traffic delays. Every time I called one of the hosts assisted me with the reservation change and I was very pleased that they could accommodate me and my 2 time changes! If you haven't been you should definitely go and have the french toast!

  17. TM

    ThomasM

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    We dined with a party of six. The hostess was wonderful and directed us to the outdoor seating area for drinks while we waited on an outdoor table. (The bourbon mule was delicious.) The setting, overlooking the Potomac, is lovely and vibrant. The food was all well prepared. The table had swordfish, scallops, steak, and a vegetarian dish. While I like the idea of a grill-intensive menu, because everything was grilled or smoked, the flavors and textures came off one dimensional. The service, however, was pretty dismal. We waited 45 minutes-ish for water and our wine arrived as we were finishing our entrees. The server kindly offered to make up for it with free desserts. All-in-all, I’d not avoid Ada’s in the future but I’ll not rush back either.

  18. DC

    DCVecino

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good food, excellent service, great ambiance on our outdoor terrace table.

  19. SW

    SandraW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    It was great! Our server was so sweet and very knowledgeable. This was our fourth of fifth time at Ada's and we are always impressed :)

  20. LW

    LeoraW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’m plant based, chef accommodated my dietary needs!

  21. TF

    TFuller

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    I was extremely disappointed in our experience. This restaurant came highly recommend by several friends and we had visited a few other restaurants in this group, so I choose Ada’s for our Mommy’s Night Out. The service was great but everything else was horrible. I sat facing the kitchen and I could see our food sitting on the counter for at least 5 minutes while the staff had a shift change meeting, I had to stop a random runner to request our food. Needless to say it was cold and several items had to be sent back. This went on for about 15 to 20 minutes. The head chef, general manager and the manager all came by to rectify the problem, however their solution was to gives dessert then comp it. I was extremely disappointed in their solution considering that 65% of the food ordered went back to the kitchen. When we received our bill I was livid that not one item was discounted or comped. I spoke to the general manager again and our entire meal was comped. Then only thing i really enjoyed was my Coca Cola and I refused to pay 75 for a coke. The food overall was not as good as its sister restaurants and extremely over priced for what you get.

  22. j

    johna

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food - octopus appetizer melts in your mouth. Clams and swordfish wonderful with spicy green beans.

  23. ME

    MomEE

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Had the wedge salad and swordfish. Wedge salad was dry and swordfish was too smokey and a little dry and took away from the real taste of the fish.

  24. JA

    JamesA

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Noise level very high; service was slow; burger was excellent; chicken was burnt and bland; chicken thighs ok. Price high as compared to ambiance and taste

  25. OL

    OliaL

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We love this place. Everything is usually great, but this time the Burger was not cooked correctly… twice, first overs cooked, second time undercooked. Scallops and the shrimp and avocado salad were great.

  26. RH

    RicH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner with the wife. Outside dining on the water

  27. EC

    EastCoastGirl13

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food. Spectacular view of the river.

  28. D

    Dazia

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love it! Came on a double date and it was great! Will be back

  29. LI

    LutherI

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server, ROCK, is amazing. He is friendly , knowledgeable , personable , professional. The food there is amazing. This was our second visit in 6 days. They are now on our go-to list. Try it and you’ll agree!

  30. KH

    KarenH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went on Saturday for our 45th anniversary specifically for the steaks. I didn't realize and didn't ask if they has a brunch menu (brunch is served until 3:30). When the manager was made aware of our disappointment he quickly assured us we could order steaks, salad and sides! It was a delicious meal! Thank you!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Luckily had a table outside! Perfect weather perfect view.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful time as the weather and food were awesome!!

  33. A

    Absmom

    Washington DC

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Raymond our waiter was fantastic. He knew just when to be there and when to leave us alone. Though our reservation was for inside they gave us the option of waiting for an outside table.

  34. BR

    BillieR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    Menu limited and overpriced. Swordfish was recommended but very, very dry. Beep tip so fatty and grisly that could not eat and when we returned, chef said they needed to take off menu because of number of complaints. Glass of wine which was ordered with dinner came after the meal. Water glasses were not timely refilled despite asking. If the weather and setting had not been so nice, the evening would have been rated no stars.

  35. E

    Elise

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were outside, so my estimate of the noise level is based on outside.

  36. JG

    JGHopkins

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific food, terrific location, terrific ambience, and terrific service. Simply said, Ada's on the River is a terrific restaurant.

  37. S

    Steph

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've been here a few times already, and I have not had a single thing on this menu that was bad. Everything is made with such care, and the staff that work here are really pleasant. This will always be my go to spot when showing friends and family the area.

  38. YA

    Yum4All

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and exceptional service! Plus wonderful restaurant theme - charm, but expensive, restaurant

  39. GC

    GlennC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Overall the food was fair/good however the service and atmosphere, not so much.

  40. FS

    FranS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    This was my second visit to Ada's. I was very disappointed this time with the food and the limited dinner menu options. I think it is overpriced based on the options and quality of food. I love the view and location and will probably return, but will limit what I order. I will recommend to friends but will inform them about the menu and food quality.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ada's on the River using the Order Online button. Ada's on the River also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 638-1400.

Ada's on the River is rated 4.6 stars by 1707 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 94 times today
Google Map for Ada's on the River

3 Pioneer Mill Way Alexandria, VA 22314

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Duke St and South Union Street

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There are several public hourly parking garages within two blocks of the restaurant, and hourly street parking is also available on adjacent streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Santiago Lopez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 638-1400

  • Private party facilities

    An homage to 19th-century mathematician Ada Lovelace, Ada’s offers panoramic Potomac River views and features wood-fired prime steaks, fresh seafood and vegetarian fare. ‍ The 260-seat restaurant includes 160 indoor seats, including a 32-seat private dining room, and 100 seats on the outdoor patio. The stylish interior provides a warm, modern feel with 15-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and inviting booth seating. A unique wood-burning grill is the central component to the open-concept kitchen, nestled under sweeping hull-like wood paneling, and accented with vibrant red tiles. Original art features Ada, her father, the poet Lord Byron, and other literary figures such as Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Emily and Charlotte Bronte. ‍ Adas talented culinary team has created a variety of delicious, made-from-scratch menus. Options range from delicious hors d’oeuvres to multi-course plated meals.

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