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Ada's on the River, Alexandria, VA

Ada's on the River

4.6
4.6
1620 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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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

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Mini Black Brioche Loaf V$9.00

    charred orange butter

    • Seared Tuna*$18.00

      avocado mousse, citrus, pickled fresno chiles, green onions, sesame seeds, blood orange soda

      • Grilled Octopus$21.00

        chorizo vinaigrette, smoked paprika aioli, fingerling potatoes

        • Wood-Fired Chicken Thighs$15.00

          turkish flatbread, dijonnaise, marinated greens

          • Moules-Frites$18.00

            blue mussels, harissa-tomato broth, shallots, garlic, herbs, thick cut fries

            • Coal Oven Fired Oysters$19.00

              chorizo-garlic breadcrumbs, cheddar cheese, pickled shallots

              Salads

              add wood fired meats: chicken breast 8 / tri-tip* 13 / jumbo shrimp 9 / salmon* 13

              • Charred Gem Lettuce$15.00

                garlic-anchovy vinaigrette, grated parmesan, rustic croutons, coal roasted tomatoes

                • The Wedge$15.00

                  iceberg, bacon vinaigrette, roasted tomatoes, lardons, whipped blue cheese, corn bread croutons

                  • Grilled Shrimp & Avocado$19.00

                    bibb lettuce, radish, citrus, preserved lemon, almonds

                    Entrées

                    • Coal Oven Half Chicken$26.00

                      roasted root vegetables, garlic yogurt, salsa verde, herbs

                      • House Ground Prime Dry Aged Burger*$21.00

                        wood-fired onions, bacon, lettuce, house pickles, horseradish-russian dressing, raclette cheese, thick cut fries

                        • Roasted Scallops*$36.00

                          brown butter-cauliflower purée, apples, bacon jam, hazelnuts

                          • Braised Lamb Shank GF$38.00

                            roasted grits, root vegetables, swiss chard, natural jus, horseradish gremolata

                            • Smoked Swordfish GF$34.00

                              coriander & black pepper, brussels sprouts, pomegranate agrodolce, smoked mustard cream sauce, herbs

                              • Seared Salmon*$32.00

                                harissa vinaigrette, coal roasted cauliflower, smoked tomatoes, pickled shallots, herb salad

                                • Giant Crab Cake$46.00

                                  jumbo lump crab, creamed leeks, pickled shallots, lemon remoulade

                                  • Seared Scallops$36.00

                                    brown butter-cauliflower purée, apples, bacon lardons, hazelnuts

                                    Vegetable Entrées

                                    • Charred Cauliflower$19.00

                                      rice pilaf, harissa vinaigrette, pine nuts, coal roasted tomatoes, herbs

                                      • Coal-Fired Mushroom Lasagna$21.00

                                        house made pasta, roasted mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, ricotta, coal roasted tomato sauce, lemon aioli

                                        • Smoked Ricotta Gnocchi$24.00

                                          vegan sausage ragù, caramelized leeks, crispy shallots, herbs

                                          Wood-Fired Custom Aged Prime Meats

                                          Served à la carte with garlic maître d'butter

                                          • 10 oz, 45 Day Aged, Tri-Tip*$28.00

                                            • 14 oz, 75 Day Aged, NY Strip*$52.00

                                              • 18 oz, 60 Day Aged, Bone In Cowboy Ribeye*$69.00

                                                • 8 oz, 30 Day Aged, Filet Mignon$49.00

                                                  • 18oz Grain Fed Tomahawk Veal Chop*$59.00

                                                    • 14 oz, Wagyu Ribeye*$89.00

                                                      Sauces

                                                      Each - $4, Trio - $10

                                                      • House Steak Sauce

                                                        • Garlic Chimichurri

                                                          • Béarnaise

                                                            • Brandy-Peppercorn

                                                              Signature Sides

                                                              • Lobster Mac & Cheese$24.00

                                                                campanelle, lump crab, old bay mornay, white cheddar

                                                                • Honey Glazed Carrots$12.00

                                                                  garlic labneh, almond dukkah, herbs

                                                                  • Coal Roasted Mushrooms$14.00

                                                                    anchovy vinaigrette, garlic bread crumbs

                                                                    • Creamed Spinach$12.00

                                                                      chipotle morita, aged cheddar, nutmeg, shallots, garlic

                                                                      • Charred Cauliflower$12.00

                                                                        harissa vinaigrette, pine nuts, smoked tomatoes, pickled shallots

                                                                        • Brussels Sprouts V/GF$12.00

                                                                          pomegranate agrodolce, bacon, garlic labneh

                                                                          • Thick Cut Fries$10.00

                                                                            garlic labneh, ada's seasoned salt, horseradish-russian dressing

                                                                            • Hash Brown Pave$10.00

                                                                              potatoes, smoked paprika aioli, coarse salt

                                                                              • Coal Roasted Green Beans GF/V$12.00

                                                                                walnut vinaigrette, charred scallions, mint, basil, chile flakes

                                                                                • Baked Whipped Mashed Potatoes$12.00

                                                                                  bacon, aged cheddar, gruyere, chives

                                                                                  Last updated: February 22, 2022

                                                                                  What 1,620 people are saying

                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

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

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                                                                                    Foodie65

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                    Celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day. We had to wait quite a while for the hostess, but finally got seated.The waiter was very nice, great service and recommendations. Followed up and came by to check that ewe where doing fine and enjoying the food. Food was very good! Can absolutely recommend this place.

                                                                                  2. CH

                                                                                    CarolH

                                                                                    Toronto

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Absolutely delicious swordfish and smoked mushroom lasagna!! Our server was cheerful, attentive, and energetic! Loved our spacious booth overlooking the Potomac. We had requested sitting outside, but a storm earlier in the day left the rope chairs wet.

                                                                                  3. f

                                                                                    formerciti

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                    Excellent, well seasoned food. Took a while for anyone to see us and to give us menus after we had been seated but our server was exceptional.

                                                                                  4. V

                                                                                    Vivi

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                    overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                                    Brunch menu very limited. One in our party asked for the lunch chicken sandwich and fries, not the brunch version. Server said it shouldn’t be a problem. He was served brunch version without first being advised he couldn’t get lunch version. We had to ask another server for the fries as we never saw our server after our order was taken. We all had finished our meals before fries were served. The French toast was gigantic as advertised but dry as it had a smattering of syrup that had been already drizzled on it. Sausage very spicy, beware. Lovely waterfront view but overall, over priced for the quality of the food and the service.

                                                                                  5. JW

                                                                                    JeremyW

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Absolutely amazing. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

                                                                                  6. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Scooping out my birthday brunch spot this was amazing

                                                                                  7. SK

                                                                                    StacyK

                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    This was a GREAT pick for brunch! We had a table with a beautiful view of the waterfront. Our server was friendly and the food was delicious, especially the smoked bacon. It was a lovely way to start a day of sightseeing.

                                                                                  8. P

                                                                                    Patty

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Food is excellent, the whole experience is wonderful it is very pricey!

                                                                                  9. o

                                                                                    oldtowner

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                    While I had been to Ada's before, I had not eaten inside, mainly due to the pandemic, so I felt as if it was the first time experience. I was delighted by the menu and the ambience, even if it was a bit noisy. I liked the open kitchen concept, where one can see the chefs in action. Service could improve. We had to ask for empty plates to be picked up and it took a while for the waiter to pick up payment. We dined on avocado and citrus salads -- they were unevenly dressed and the dressing needed a bit more citrus; oven fired "fries" -- excellent! -- catsup should be one of the dipping sauces; and oven fired oysters on the half shell -- outstanding. The Albarino we ordered was too citrusy; the dessert, which was, in effect chocolate cake -- was outstanding although the description of the dessert was misleading.

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                                                                                    gfwareagle

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    51 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    51 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                                                    Service very slow at start

                                                                                  11. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                    Great atmosphere with good view

                                                                                  12. BY

                                                                                    BartY

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Ada/s provides an overall pleasant ambiance, casual and also professional. It also benefits from a very nice location almost literally on the Potomac River's banks.

                                                                                  13. A

                                                                                    Abby

                                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                    Nice view and ambiance. Luncheon menu limited but salads very nice.

                                                                                  14. KM

                                                                                    KathleenM

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Outdoor dining at its finest. A delicious, memorable lunch!

                                                                                  15. EL

                                                                                    EddyLFC

                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                    Ideal for both business and social lunches. The ambiance is welcoming and relaxed and at the same time classy. The staff is welcoming and ready to help. We were there for lunch on a sunny but slightly breezy day with a slight chill in the breeze. We were sitting outside and the staff was considerate to offer to bring down the umbrellas if we wanted to get more sun. A seemingly small gesture but much appreciated.

                                                                                  16. M

                                                                                    Megan

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Really nice lunch menu. The crab cake salad was wonderful. Fish sandwich was great as well. Lemon tart for dessert was the way to go! Our waiter was excellent. He made great recommendations.

                                                                                  17. M

                                                                                    Michelle

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    The food was amazing and the staff was attentive and friendly

                                                                                  18. AG

                                                                                    AG2017

                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                    overall3food2service4ambience5

                                                                                    Brunch was just so-so, nice server!

                                                                                  19. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Mothers Day Dinner

                                                                                  20. GU

                                                                                    GreatUltimate

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                    I thought it was really on the river. But it's near the river. We didn't really go there for the food because we've been to lots of fine dining restaurants already, but we went there for the ambience and views. However, the food (starters and entrees) there is nothing out of the ordinary. The cocktails are also nothing out of the ordinary. The lighting is too dim. People have to use flashlight on their smart phones to read the menu. We requested great seats for better viewing, but ended up getting seats next to an exit door. It seemed like it was a table that nobody wanted and they gave it to us. After the meals, we had to wait for a long time to get the check. Once we've got the check, we had to again wait for a long time before the waiter came to get it. Then we had to wait for a long time to get our credit card back. So, it's just not a good experience for us. Coupled with strong wind and rain, it's not anywhere near to what we expected to get out of the high-priced dinner.

                                                                                  21. B

                                                                                    Barbec

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall1food2service5ambience3

                                                                                    Loud music continued after 3 complaints. Mussels dry, sauce never touched most of them. One piece of toast burnt and never replaced. Wedge lettuce absurd and impossible to eat. Very little dressing. Seared tuna good but expensive. Fries dry but good

                                                                                  22. TB

                                                                                    TrishB

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall2food1service3ambience4

                                                                                    Overly seasoned food and too many competing flavors. We had NY Strip, tuna appetizer, gem salad, wedge salad, Brussel sprouts, burger, and mashed potatoes. Very disappointed! Wanted to try this newer restaurant but wish we had gone to Oak Steakhouse-one of the best in Old Town.

                                                                                  23. s

                                                                                    shoppergirl

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                    The waitress told us that the ginger vodka drink didn’t have much ginger but it was full of ginger So my friend and I couldn’t drink very much of it. My friend loved the scallops and my husband love dthe salmon the shrimp salad was OK I was just very disappointed you no longer have the s’more cake.

                                                                                  24. B

                                                                                    Boaz

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Brunch (mostly breakfast dishes) was superb. Great ambience -- Waterfront. Nice selection of Bloody Mary drinks. Bread basket offers a delicious variety. Eggs Benedict dishes are well-prepared. House sausage has a bit of a kick -- highly recommended. Wait for it: Desserts. The best, and with bold coffee! Hmmm.

                                                                                  25. EK

                                                                                    EricK

                                                                                    Birmingham

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Outstanding food and service. The Cowboy Ribeye is the best I have ever had bar none.

                                                                                  26. B

                                                                                    Beth

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Celebrating a birthday and the food was outstanding. Service was excellent and the experience was perfect.

                                                                                  27. K

                                                                                    Katherine

                                                                                    Wilmington

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                    Fantastic service, had the swordfish and the salmon and both were absolutely delicious. A bit crowded and loud, but nowhere near enough to ruin the experience. We'll be back for sure.

                                                                                  28. MC

                                                                                    MrCc

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Food is outstanding. Service is excellent. Love Ada's.

                                                                                  29. LM

                                                                                    LeslieM

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience2

                                                                                    It was a great cold day and the ac was blowing on us

                                                                                  30. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Mother’s Day

                                                                                  31. H

                                                                                    Hame

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    40 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    40 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    It was my birthday celebration and Ada’s was a great spot for it. The food was excellent - I had the baked oysters and a NY Strip steak. The oysters were delicious and the steak nice an thick, cooked to a perfect medium rare. The side of lobster Mac and cheese was really good and flavorful with a nice hint of Old Bay, without being overwhelmed. My dining partner’s octopus appetizer was also delicious and tender and he found the rack of lamb nicely cooked with great accompaniments. Service was efficient and attentive without being intrusive or rushed. The server was cordial and knowledgeable of all the offerings. The table was comfortable with a nice view of the Potomac and the noise level was pleasantly low. We’ll definitely be back.

                                                                                  32. CH

                                                                                    CapitolHillMami

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                    overall3food2service1ambience5

                                                                                    Super slow service. Food was cold upon arrival. They didn’t have the bottle of champagne I ordered. Waitress offered me two others. I asked her which was similar, and she told me Tattinger. The original bottle I ordered was $92. The Tattinger was $190! Probably my fault for not specifically asking the price, but $100 difference is NOT comparable! Be warned. Complained to the manager when I saw the bill and they very quickly and nicely refunded me.

                                                                                  33. c

                                                                                    caelyn

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Bright, stylish restaurant indoors and nice outside seating on the Alexandria waterfront. For lunch I had the fish sandwich, which was grilled swordfish that day and it was outstanding, very fresh and flavorful: one of the best pieces of fish I have had in a long time. We shared the creamed spinach and lobster and mac sides, both very rich and good: but a little goes a long way. Coffee was weak and disappointing, considering the quality of the food: get better more robust grade of coffee.

                                                                                  34. MG

                                                                                    MarkG

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Excellent setting and service. Very polite and attentive waiter. Exceptional menu. Waiter with great advice. Definitely a repeat customer here. Best lunch venue I have found.

                                                                                  35. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Send off for son’s mission

                                                                                  36. JS

                                                                                    JamesS

                                                                                    Richmond

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Excellent food and service.

                                                                                  37. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Great wait staff, beautiful night on the patio, food was lovely too.

                                                                                  38. V

                                                                                    Veggirl

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    It is a great location, food and service were great. I will definitely be back

                                                                                  39. H

                                                                                    Hungrytraveller

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                    Great food and service, but unbelievably noisy! Very hard to hear across the table.

                                                                                  40. T

                                                                                    Timlovesfood

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                    overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                                    I have been to almost every restaurant from Baltimore to WV and I will be back bc the food was excellent. Our waiter was slammed with too many tables. Not his fault but we did wait at least 20 minutes with empty cocktail glasses. We had the toast with orange butter, probably skip next time. It was an interesting flavor profile, good in its own right and would probably be great at the bar with a Negroni but not quite with the Mezcal drink I had. The cocktails were excellent. We were seated next to s group of probably 12 women so it was really hard to talk to my wife. I had the Wagyu 14oz steak and I was surprised at the portion size for $89 great value in comparison to other steak houses with Wagyu cuts. My wife had the salmon and it was just ok. We waited on the soufflé and it was very rich over rich imo. If I were them I would add a raspberry coulee or some type of softer tone cream to balance out the richness. The portion sizes were large for this area so I didn’t feel like the prices were bad at all for the portions. I think at the end with tip it was just about $300. Pretty happy with this restaurant and will return. I’ll hopefully be able to add an extra star next time.

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                                                                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                  • Screening

                                                                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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                                                                                  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 1620 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                  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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