Al Di La

4.2
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1450 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Al Di La is a neighborhood restaurant serving simple, authentic Northern Italian cuisine. At Al Di La we strive to create a seasonally-inspired menu comprised of fresh, mainly local ingredients. We are an owner-operated establishment serving both lunch and dinner.


Some features of Al Di La: handmade pasta selections, fresh daily-baked focaccia bread, delicate desserts prepared on-site, an extensive Italian wine list, a wine bar, and two outdoor patios. Guests also have the choice of enjoying wood-fired pizzette, Italian cheeses, meats, and vegetables to name a few. Join us anytime and prepare to get away, or as 'al di la' translates to mean, prepare to go 'beyond the beyond.'
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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CS
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The quality of the dish that were ordered was terrible.

t
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food! Downtown quality without the hassle of going downtown.

t
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We dined here for my husband’s birthday and they were participating in Charleston Restaurant Week. Good food for good value but I would like to return to try something off of the regular menu. My only disappointment: They were out of riesling. The server and manager were extremely pleasant.

f
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were given the best table in the house, over looking the rest of the dining room. The service was first rate the food was good but my entre chicken parmigiana was good but it needed a topping of marinara sauce to complete the dish. My wife had a shrimp dish that needed a bit more sauce also. The price was fair and yes I would try them again in the future

MS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation for 7 and still didn’t have food at 8. We left within eating. Place is VERY noisy

AM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Service was slow. Noise was unbearable.

LC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was delicious and the service was beyond compare. The whole experience was wonderful.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal and our server was spectacular! The only reason to lose 1 Star for value was because we felt that the portions were slightly smaller than what we expected. We’ll definitely be going back!

MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dining experience. A little jewel in Avondale. The valet parking was greatly appreciated as well.

R
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cacio e Pepe was wonderful, cocktails very good, and Ricardo, our server, was wonderful.

OT
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The menu is nothing that you see online. Appetizers were good. The s trees not so good. The eggplant Parmesan was soggy watery mushy. I had the shrimp dish it was good but smelled a little fishy. The service was excellent. Small menu. Not sure we would return.

CA
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Somewhat disappointed in our evening here although our server did the best she could and was apologetic. Food was ok, but took too long to come out of the kitchen due to ‘back up’ ...Restaurant was not overly full and I didn’t notice a sudden onslaught of guests arriving at the same time. I guess too many tables ordered at the same time...

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food tonight. Not entirely mind blowing. Enjoyed it and will keep coming back.

BF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Haven't been here in a while. It use to be one my favorite Italian restaurants for a fair price In my opinion it continues to progress downwards each time I go. Not sure what has happened.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and easy access. Nice find in a quiet neighborhood.

AB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal in a beautiful space with e xcel lent service. A family favorite.

AR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great anniversary dinner!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible since the ownership & chef changed. Same name but not the same restaurant.

FP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

while i don't know for sure, our experience at Al Di LA suggested they have new owners. I was told they have a new exec chef. I didn't inquire about the restaurants ownership. But overall the changes are not for the better.

The food is what alway brought us there, particularly the penne pasta with spicy italian sausage. It got removed from the menu with the change of chef I was told. The rigatoni i did have was rubbery, a bit too large, and the braised oxtail mixed wth it was soggy and lacking flavor.

I've taken this place off my short list of go-to restaurants for Italian

DA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Expensive and unimpressive. Shrimp tagliatelle was dry and flavorless. Service is below par. Overpriced

OP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and pasta was definitely made in-house, service was friendly and attentive even on a busy Saturday night. Atmosphere was decorated nicely and the noise level was high but was not interrupting of conversation. The dining space has enough room in-between tables to not hear the conversation next to you. Loved everything about the dining experience.

FP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall good! To much pepper in the meal.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was really good - our server was very attentive and asked if we needed help with wine selections, etc. The food was good, but portions were on the smaller side. 2 of the 4 people in our party had chicken parmigiana (what Italian restaurant doesn’t have veal parmigiana?) and the pasta was dry - both had to ask for sauce to moisten it. One person had eggplant parmigiana and although tasty, it was literally ONE piece of eggplant. ONE. I have never had parmigiana that wasn’t layered. Good but not completely filling.

S
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Our first time there celebrating both our birthdays and our anniversary! We wanted something special. From out of state and relying on reviews and the internet menu, I had pre-chosen a particular dish, since I don't eat meat. We found the service to be slow and we were informed by the waitress (who was very pleasant), as we were about to order, that she had just found out that the gnocchi would not be available because the chef screwed up and it was not fit to serve. I have never heard of this happening, especially for an established restaurant.
We chose to leave but the waitress offered an alternative. Because of a miscommunication, I could not eat it. She offered something else but my husband was already eating and we had been waiting long enough. It was a nightmare! And, our dream of celebrating was over. They took it off our check and we left without any Birthday or Anniversary good wishes. I would not recommend this restaurant.

MS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at Al Di La this past weekend. Our server was attentive. The kitchen made sure we had delicious tasting dairy-free meals. They were especially accommodating. My pasta with mushrooms was excellent without any cheese mixed in. My husband had the oxtail and pasta with a tomato sauce, because the marinara had a bit of cream in it. And it was a perfect evening to sit outside and enjoy the quiet.

CD
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not our first time here, so we already knew we liked the food. But we hadn’t been in a while, so we were reminded of the simple menu and focus on seasonal items, all in a relaxing/unrushed atmosphere. We especially enjoyed our server, Ricardo! Great service and so friendly! He really made our experience fabulous!

P
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We made a last minute reservation online after a long absence and was pleasantly impressed! The food was wonderful, service was good and we could hear each other! Under new ownership and looking forward to another visit soon!

JL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter Daniel provided service and knew a lot about wine

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Al Di La has been a staple for us and a place we love to visit when in Charleston. However, our experience the other night was quite disappointing. We began with a bottle of wine and a couple of appetizers: the bruschetta and the burrata salad. Everything arrived promptly and was fantastic. After this, our table ordered two of the pappardelle bolognese and two of the gnocchi dishes. Service for this part of the meal was painfully slow and when the dishes arrived, they were disappointing. The pappardelle dishes came with two different types of pasta. While tasty, the two dishes were quite different. The gnocchi was the major let down. We have always LOVED the shrimp gnocchi with tomato sauce. The new dish is advertised as being served with shrimp, scallop, cherry tomato, and lemon cream sauce. Our dishes had no shrimp at all and the scallops were on the verge of being overlooked. The “sauce” was more of a lemon broth than a cream sauce - much too thin to stand up to the (slightly) undercooked gnocchi. They did comp our tiramisu (which was fantastic - the best part of our meal, by far). I’m not sure we will be returning any time soon, which is a real shame.

L
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice meal at a quaint neighborhood restaurant. Service was exceptional.

d
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu but delicious!! We had no trouble making a reservation.

S
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing as was our waiter, Ricardo. Unfortunately, when the restaurant got busy it was obviously understaffed and the wait staff couldn’t keep up. The patio is delightful on a lovely evening.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I went for restaurant week. My appetizer, the bruschetta, was bland. I had the short rib for my entree and it was amazing. My boyfriend loved his meatball appetizer but thought his entree, the Bolognese, needed more sauce. We both loved our desserts!

S
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant recently had a change in chef and my meal this time was absolutely delicious and I will definitely go back again

l
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New executive chef and ownership-exciting changes! Best gnocchi I have ever had.

LE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ricardo was awesome!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The place was small, cozy and old! The service and was great. The place could use an update and definitely some parking.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Food was awesome and the service was on point.

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Overall good experience but food just didn’t stand out

l
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Longtime favorite but recent concerns- no more! Chef Ryan is amazing...looking forward to more exciting options