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Ada's on the River, Alexandria, VA

Ada's on the River

4.6
4.6
1745 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 110 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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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What 1,745 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

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  1. JA

    JAB611

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Front the house was awful - the 'missing in action' and subsequently disinterested, when finally showing up, hostess was first warning to abort this venue but gave it a try despite the bad first impression! Service was extremely slow and the food is the polar opposite of keeping it simple - discerning the proteins or vegetables you order from the rest of what's going on, is an unsatisfying challenge!
  2. NL

    NextLevel

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If dining outside with a water view is your thing, then this is the place to be. We dined and drank all while watching boats go by. The beautiful sunset was icing on the cake. Our experience was outstanding. The food was delicious…we tried the snapper, mushroom lasagna, and gnocchi and we were not disappointed. The drinks were also great but a little expensive. Thanks to our waiter,August, we received the service we look for when dining out. Will we visit again?..most definitely.
  3. NS

    NakitaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I fell for the tik tok okie dokie the restaurant was nice and airy however the food was subpar and overpriced!!!! Disappointed
  4. SL

    SueL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food, service and view. Unfortunately there was a very untrained and noisy dog whose owner could not get him to stop barking. Instead of taking the dog away, the owner remained, oblivious to the disturbance his dog was causing for many of the diners.
  5. M

    Mrs2brych

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was simply amazing. The view was gorgeous. Our server was so attentive and made recommendations. I love this place I can’t wait to come back for dinner. You must try the French toast simply delicious.
  6. C

    Curtis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe on the water. Brunch was great especially paired with Ada's Bloody Mary.
  7. c

    cynthia

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They got my entire wrong but immediately corrected the mistake. Food was delicious.
  8. t

    tdog

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Ada’s delivered a very positive dining experience. Food all great, service excellent and the drinks outstanding
  9. B

    victorB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ada's is my favorite restaurant in Alexandria. (I live there.) The food is consistently prepared, and each time I come, the food always tastes better than I remember it. The sauces and sides compliment the main protein well. If you eat octopus, Ada's grills it perfectly. The chocolate souffle is fantastic. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to prepare, so if you don't like waiting for dessert, order it half way through your meal.
  10. SA

    SueinAlexandria

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food and service, but very loud.
  11. K

    Katy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food!! Expensive but well-priced for the quality of the food. It would have been nice for the server to come check on us a bit more, just because it took a while to get our food order in, and the check. But I highly suggest going, and getting the souffle for dessert :)
  12. BA

    BonAppetit

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We found the food quality and taste - excellent. Service very good. I would suggest that the cooking staff needs to pay closer attention to the temperature of meat being cooked. My "medium" steak was delivered closer to "well-done."
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Had a great time at Ada’s! The food was tasty and loved the patio seating. Attentive service staff and the prices were reasonable. Will definitely be back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother/daughter lunch together
  15. SF

    SFP2718

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The lunch was nearly 60 w/o tip. Which got us cheaply prepared salads w barely any ingredients and skimped KN chicken. My guess less than 4 oz. We drank an ice tea and sparkling water. I expensed it but what a joke I’d make a point to do better. Sheesh
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andrews was amazing He made our evening so special I wish to come back and sit in his section again Love it
  17. P

    Philly

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Enjoyed my first visit to Ada's on the River and will definitely return.
  18. SG

    SheilaG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food & views. Everything was perfect & the dessert offered for a birthday celebration was outstanding & free. I would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch and outdoor dining.
  19. F

    Fmacmac

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, lovely shaded outdoor tables with great views
  20. J

    Jackie

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome from start to finish! The scallops were heavenly!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very nice restaurant over looking the Potomac. Enjoyed my lunch and will come back.
  22. k

    ksdkjlm

    Baltimore

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Interesting place, a fee too many tourist but we like it. Interesting dish last night, pork chop with a jalepeno sauce with grapes. Needed some polenta for a bed but aside from that delicious. Also had shrimp and avocado salad, tasty but underdressed. Need to improve dressing, more citrus and a little oil.
  23. MJ

    MirindaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Ada on the River and go there every chance I get. The menu and service continues to be great. Mirinda Jackson
  24. RB

    RobertB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the Tri-Tip Sandwich and burger w bacon were well received.
  25. J

    John

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Service was exceptionally slow. I asked for and then waited for a wine list. Our food arrived but our waiter never came back to check on us or to take a wine order. We finished dinner before he came back to our table so no wine. Also, the flatiron steak was almost too salty to eat.
  26. EO

    EssenceO

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was a great first visit to Ada's on the River. I wanted to try a new place and something a little different for my fiancé's birthday. We had a great night and the food was very tasty. We will definitely be back.
  27. M

    Miriam

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Eddie was our server and he was very personable and helpful. We were at Ada's to celebrate a friend's 85th birthday. I had requested a nice table in my reservation. They had it all set up for us. It was perfect. Each of my guests said they enjoyed their meal and to top it off, Eddie brought us a complementary dessert with a candle for my friend to blow out. It was a very nice experience. She was happy and I was happy.
  28. A

    Avery

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good overall experience, service was a little slow. Food was good. Loud, but not too loud, just a hip place.
  29. L

    Lahorv

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers, salad, entrees, sides, dessert - all delicious. Love the flavor of everything grilled on the open flame. Great location on the water. Friendly and helpful service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Horrible experience with the server, took our app order and never came to check in on us again for 1.5hrs. So, unfortunately we only managed to try two small plates. Tables next to us had fabulous service, so definitely had a bad server but it ruined the experience for us.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and service was a breath of fresh air since COVID because we have had several disappointing experiences. Thanks
  32. E

    Edik

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would like to start off that management is great by accommodating my brunch party for indoor or outdoor seating. Our favorite server "August" is the best in Old Town Alexandria, so request for him, and he always recommendeds what looks and tastes good for the day as well as upon request substitute ingredients, which makes Ada's on the River my favorite go to Restaurant!! Oh yeah, don't forget to tip your waiters well, they deserve it because they make it a great experience!!!!
  33. RS

    RachelS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food fantastic. Cocktails fantastic. Service fantastic outside.
  34. GS

    GingerSmiles

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From beginning to end service was outstanding! Joshua our server was kind, patient, and engaging. Food was yummy.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!!! Cocktails were a bit weak. The food was simply superb. Sebastian, our server, was spot on. The whole night was an experience worth every minute and every dollar.
  36. CB

    ChrissyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Server had an attitude and was condescending when we had questions about the menu. Bathroom was like a messy gas station. Disappointing!
  37. MH

    MHil

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience5
    Had a reservation for 3:15. Arrived at 3:10. Seated at 3:25. Sat down, ordered a drink, handed a menu. 5 minutes later, server asked if we were ready to order. We said we would wait for our drink, then order. Sever replied, “ we stop serving at 3:30, then the kitchen closes and we don’t have food service again until 4:00.” We got our drink about 15 minutes later. No food, no chips, no bread, nothing. About 4:10, our server returned with different menus than what we had been given. Now it was time for dinner. It was my birthday. It was awful. Service was awful…not the fault of the server, I attribute it to the restaurant management. Don’t seat people with a reservation for 3:15 at 3:25 and expect them to order within a few minutes when drinks haven’t arrived- no food, no drinks, no bread…no chips- drink was terrible (mojito) , sent it back. Waited 20 minutes, same drink was brought back. When the server returned 25 minutes later, I told her it was still awful. She suggested another drink, and told me the bartender was different so maybe it would be good. I ordered what she suggested and I was still charged for both drinks. Even though the food was good, the overall experience was unacceptable. It was my birthday.
  38. JS

    JySkr

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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.
  39. AS

    AshleyS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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!
  40. NY

    NYgirl

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    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.

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 1745 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 110 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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