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Ada's on the River, Alexandria, VA

Ada's on the River

4.6
4.6
1730 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 101 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 1,730 people are saying

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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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

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

    Philly

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    SheilaG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day 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.
  4. F

    Fmacmac

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    Jackie

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    ksdkjlm

    Baltimore

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 2 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.
  8. MJ

    MirindaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 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
  9. RB

    RobertB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    John

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 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.
  11. EO

    EssenceO

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 3 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.
  12. M

    Miriam

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 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.
  13. A

    Avery

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Lahorv

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Edik

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!!!!
  18. RS

    RachelS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    GingerSmiles

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  21. CB

    ChrissyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    MHil

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  23. JS

    JySkr

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 6 days 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.
  24. AS

    AshleyS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 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!
  25. 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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    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.
  27. T

    Tlaa

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    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.
  28. MB

    MontiB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    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.
  29. b

    beeindc

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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
  30. P

    Pomegranad

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place for a special occasion brunch.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  32. AJ

    AJM82

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was spectacular. Our server was attentive and the hostess was accommodating.
  34. E

    Ellie

    Denver

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    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.
  35. NT

    NovaTravelGuy

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    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.
  36. KC

    KathyC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    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!
  37. S

    Seawind66

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch on the waterfront, beautiful location.
  38. LF

    LeeFoodie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    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!
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 1730 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 101 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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