Al Di La

4.5
1267 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.'
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: Closed for Lunch Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(843) 571-2321
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joaquin Bustos
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Private party contact
Gillian Kohn: (843) 571-2321
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highway 17
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Parking details
Street
Parking Lot
Complimentary Valet
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
What 1267 People Are Saying
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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service.

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food has gone down hill. Our meatballs were all pork, no prosciutto, or beef, & the weren't sautéed. Had a limy texture. Also, should use local shrimp. The gnocchi were a fabulous texture.

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L
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Was really hoping for a side order of risotto but was told no. 😩

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Work dinner/holiday party.

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t
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Daniele was awesome! And the food was and always is, delicious.

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Waiter was rude. Second time I have been back after living in West Ashley 15 years ago and twice had terrible rude service. It is a shame. This was my favorite restaurant in Charleston.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very limited menu and no kids menu. My food was good but kids took most of it home.

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GM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Al Di La!! The food is consistently delicious! We also enjoyed the Montepulciano wine that was on the wine list by the glass. The service was great- our waiter Carl treated us very well!!

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DF
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danielle was our server tonight. Although most of their staff are fabulous, Danielle came from Italy only a few years ago and given that he loves to cook (and eat), we know we can trust his recommendations. The owner always treats us as if we are his only customers -- it is nice to be treated special.

If you have just two or three eating, ask for their elevated booths...very romantic.

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RK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very pleasant experience. The food was really good authentic Italian. The server was very knowledgeable and attentive. We will be sending our guests at Waterway to Al Di La

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L
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my birthday dinner and all 7 of us were very impressed. The menu and taste were very authentic, fresh, and delicious. Our server was polite, pleasant, entertaining, and accommodating. The atmosphere was on point. Excellent experience ...

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the host was quite talkative. Overall loved the authenticity of the food and they even did a special gluten free dish for my girlfriend. But don't expect that kind of special treatment when they're super busy, I was told the dish was very time consuming.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently good with excellent variety. The service is also consistently outstanding with servers that are knowledgable, personable, there when you need them, but also know how to let you dine in piece. Wine selection is a bit limited and cocktails seem to be easier to order on the bar side rather than the restaurant side.

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New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Portions are a little on the small side for the cost, but that was OK. The thing I was not crazy about was ordering the pasta and eggplant special and there was absolutely no eggplant or very, very little. Waiter was very nice though. They were all about turning over tables. I get that also, but I did feel rushed. Not going back unfortunately.

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IO
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Penne pasta with vodka sauce not so good as last time...delicious pasta sauce we normally get not in evidence. Egg plant Parmesan good and ravioli special excellent. Still a favorite and we will be back soon. Service excellent.

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OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding dinner. The gnocchi are unbelievable!

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L
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good warm feeling. Delightful waitress. I don’t like the fact I hat I must take the time to write a 50 character review.

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quality has slipped. Used to be one of our favorites. Overpriced and below par. Arugula and beet salads fine. Eggplant parm with overcooked spaghetti on side - could do better at home. Mussels - sauce OK but 3-4 unopened (dead) and 3-4 broken in bottom of bowl - terrible. Lots of bread and decent wine. Server fine. Will not return.

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DF
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Danielle was fabulous! He selected an outdoor table for us and installed a nice umbrella. D was very gracious and welcoming my out of state clients who along with me were celebrating a significant court win! The gnocchi was pillowy soft (home made) and easily the best in West Ashley. One of my clients also very much enjoyed the Vodka sauce with sausage. I did not get a chance to sample the wine but will do so next time around.

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most wonderful birthday dinner at Al DI LA for my daughters 30th birthday. Food was scrumptious from the appetizers, right to dinner, and let’s not forget dessert which is made in house. Service was impeccable while at the same time light and fun. Can’t wait to go back, win win choice all around.

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TF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was authentically divine and the service was professional yet intimate. Loved every bite and every second!

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S
Washington DC
204 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The pasta and sauces here are out of this world delicious! We had lunch and I ate the gnocchi with shrimp. I was so happy with the chef: he is very talented.

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c
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, just a tad bit noisy once it filled up

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CN
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had dinner at Al Di La on a Thursday night. Service was good and pretty attentive. The wait staff was very personable. We had beet salad and tomato basil soup to start. The salad was very good. The soup was good, but not outstanding. For entrees we had chicken parmigiana and the risotto of the day, which was a butternut squash risotto with sausage. The chicken was OK, but nothing special. The chicken breast could have been trimmed more thoroughly. The butternut squash risotto was unexpectedly sweet, with bits of what seemed to be caramelized sugar. The sausage in the risotto was tasty, but the disconnect between the savory sausage and the unusual sweetness made for a dish that was weirdly at odds with itself We have had much better meals at Al Di La in the past.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Delicious! Great service!

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JT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Always like Al Di La, this time we had to wait over 15 minutes after being seated for a Server to come to our table! We had guests with us who were new to the restaurant and this poor beginning set a bad tone. Very embarrassing!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Charleston.

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A
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Avondale Restaurant Week - staff was overwhelmed, running in all directions. We were seated for 10 minutes before our server stopped by to apologize and provide water, poof he was off again, and that pretty much describes service for the evening, long pauses. Food was mediocre at best, if I didn’t know how good the food is when it’s not restaurant week, this restaurant would be off the list. Owners should have added more wait staff or stagered reservations and walk-ins to allow the kitchen and staff time to keep up. We will be back, but not for restaurant week.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 5

I really can't now look at my yelp review

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j
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner. Delicious food and fabulous service.

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j
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tried items from restaurant week menu and aside from small portions all was very nice. Had theater tickets and the waiter tried hard to get us out quickly. Valet park to avoid the tight lot

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JK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing! We caught the start of Charleston Restaurant week. We had a 3 course meal with multiple choices per course. The fresh mozzarella, filet and tiramisu were fantattic! I would recommend Al Di La to everyone!

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FJ
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very good food with good service, but the very high noise level made it nearly impossible to carry on a conversation.

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S
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In the past, I didn't particularly care for this restaurant for several reasons. This time was beyond what I was expecting. The steak was very tender and tasty. The waiter was very cordial and attentive. My one star review from past experience got changed to five stars with one visit. We do plan to dine there again.

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Had the special cod and scallops. Service wa prompt and knowledgeable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, service was soso, wait for was more concerned with chatting than waiting. The atmosphere was a bit cheap for what you pay, then again there were only 6 people in the restaurant. The chef would not substitute chicken for shrimp, we were told that they only had shredded chicken. This is Italian right we should have cutlets for days.

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WH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

we arrived at 7PM. ordered our meal selections at 7:15 . we were ready to leave at 8:30 without receiving our meal. It finally arrived at 8:40. OPne mealarrived with scallops not shrimp which was ordered. We rejected the scallops cancelled my daughter's meal and left. Did not want to wait another 30 mins. Our 3 pasta meals were not hot.It appears they were wainting for the other 3 meals to be cooked,. Very disappointed since we frequently ate at AiDiLa.

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KP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, courteous staff, delicious fare, good wine selection.

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n
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was beyond stellar! It was my first time visiting the establishment and it most def will not be my last!

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NJ
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Al Di La never disappoints! It has consistently good food and always attentive and timely service. Our favorite Italian restaurant.

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