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Al Di La

4.3
4.3
1378 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 571-2321

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christian Abbot

  • Private party contact

    Gillian Kohn: (843) 571-2321

  • Neighborhood

    West Ashley

  • Cross street

    Highway 17

  • Parking details

    Street<br />Parking Lot<br />Complimentary Valet

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Menu

Antipasti

  • A Little Plate of Mixed Olives$4.00

    • Steamed Mussels$9.00

      Sausage, Tomato Fennel Broth

      • Beef Carpaccio$8.50

        Arugula, Lemon Olive Oil, Fried Capers, Sea Salt

        • Bruschetta$7.25

          Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Salad (V)

          • Shepherd's Salad$8.00

            Mixed Greens, Soppressata, Genoa Salami, Pecorino, Walnuts, Grapes, Citrus Vinaigrette

            • Spinach Salad$8.50

              Pancetta, Grape Tomatoes, Ricotta Salata, Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

              • Gazpacho$8.25

                with Marinated Seafood

                Primi

                • Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (V)$5.25

                  • Fettuccine Bolognese$11.00

                    • Tagliatelle$13.50

                      Duck Confit, Cremini Mushrooms, Truffle Oil

                      • Ricotta & Mascarpone Gnocchi$12.50

                        Shrimp, Grape Tomatoes, Basil

                        • Asparagus Risotto$18.00

                          with Seared Sea Scallops

                          • Strangozzi Spoletina$12.00

                            Pancetta, Housemade Sausage, Cream, Nutmet, Lemon Zest

                            • Pappardelle$15.00

                              with Lamb Ragu

                              Secondi

                              • Pesce Del Giorno

                                • Market Price
                              • Grilled Pork Chop$22.00

                                Garlic Tomato Demi, Mashed Potatoes

                                • Baked Eggplant$15.00

                                  Pecorino, Spicy Tomato Sauce, Polenta (V)

                                  • Duo of Duck$26.00

                                    Duck Breast and Leg of Duck Confit, Root Vegetables, Apple Cider Reduction

                                    • Hunter$17.00

                                      Style Chicken, Grilled Onions, Prosciutto, Fava Beans, Potatoes

                                      • Grilled Flat Iron Steak$24.00

                                        Truffle Butter, Brussels Sprouts, Mashed Potatoes

                                        Dolci

                                        • Tiramisu

                                          with Toasted Hazelnuts

                                          • Ricotta Cheesecake

                                            with Berries

                                            • Gelato Del Giorno

                                              What 1,378 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              4.3
                                              4.3 based on all time ratings
                                              • 4.4Food
                                              • 4.4Service
                                              • 4.1Ambience
                                              • 4.3Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              1. J

                                                Jimboelrod

                                                Charleston

                                                83 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                83 reviews

                                                Dined on March 11, 2020

                                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                Not as good as it was prior to the ownership change. I have other Italian options that are now more appealing.

                                              2. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Charleston

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 8, 2020

                                                overall4food4service1ambience4

                                                Our waitress was not attentive, our food was delivered almost 20 min apart from the other people in my party, did not check on us to see if we needed drinks. The food was good, it is a shame the service was so poor.

                                              3. j

                                                johnbquick

                                                Philadelphia

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on February 21, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Limited menu of popular Italian entrees, but each excellently done. Portions generpus but not overwhelming. Friendly casual atmosphere! Great service !

                                              4. TM

                                                TimM

                                                Charleston

                                                9 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                My husband and I chose Al Di La to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We give the experience a solid B. The service was average. The food, was good. Not great and certainly nothing special.

                                              5. A

                                                Alex

                                                New Mexico

                                                94 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                94 reviews

                                                Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                overall3food3service5ambience2

                                                Our server was fantastic!! Food was mediocre for Italian in Charleston!

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Raleigh

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                This was out first time dining here. The food was great and the place was packed. Hostess and owner spoke with lots of folks, so this must be a place locals visit again and again. We will too!

                                              7. H

                                                Helena

                                                Charleston

                                                2 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                Noise level very high Will not go on a Sat nite too crowded But food and service was excellent!

                                              8. WB

                                                WilliamB

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                Menu was limited, risotto was mushy. Appetizer was a tasty tomato, cheese and crab

                                              9. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 2, 2020

                                                overall3food5service2ambience3

                                                Problem in kitchen slowed everything; when it arrived, food very good. Management comped some things.

                                              10. TG

                                                TonyG68

                                                Charleston

                                                15 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                15 reviews

                                                Dined on February 2, 2020

                                                overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                The dinner was “okay”. The calamari appetizer was nothing special. I really wanted the lasagna but they sold out 😔 the night before. Would probably go again if I knew that they had it. Took a little longer than it should have to get our food. They did comp us some delicious meatballs.

                                              11. SP

                                                SusanP

                                                Charleston

                                                11 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                11 reviews

                                                Dined on January 27, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                For Italian food this side of Italy, the food is very authentic. The meatballs were very tender and the marinara was a little spicy, but not too spicy. Everyone in out party enjoyed their entrees. Our waiter, Mike, was very personable. All in all, would highly recommend.

                                              12. p

                                                puppy

                                                Chicago

                                                40 reviews

                                                vip
                                                2.0

                                                40 reviews

                                                Dined on January 25, 2020

                                                overall2food3service4ambience1

                                                To begin, waitress was very sweet & did everything that she should have to make this a pleasant experience. Although the restaurant was almost empty (Saturday night), the food took a very long time to be prepared. The focaccia which used to be served warm, was brought out completely cold. It has such good flavor, that it was still good. One of us ordered the restaurant week meal. The appetizer was good & plentiful. The main course, which was cavatelli pasta w/ eggplant was very tasty. Only problem was that the portion of pasta was the equivalent of 1/4 of a cup, remaining plate was sauce & a bit of eggplant. Other meal was fine. Tiramisu was OK. The price for the meal was way too high for what we were served. We were told that new owners took over about 6 months ago & are hoping to work things out. Good luck.

                                              13. CS

                                                ChristieS

                                                Charleston

                                                2 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                overall2food1service3ambience2

                                                The quality of the dish that were ordered was terrible.

                                              14. t

                                                ts4u

                                                Charleston

                                                12 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                              15. t

                                                th13760

                                                Atlanta

                                                24 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                24 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.

                                              16. f

                                                frankd

                                                Greensboro

                                                12 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on January 11, 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

                                              17. MS

                                                MarieS

                                                Philadelphia

                                                2 reviews

                                                1.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

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

                                              18. AM

                                                AgnesM

                                                Charleston

                                                5 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on January 10, 2020

                                                overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                Service was slow. Noise was unbearable.

                                              19. LC

                                                LindaC

                                                San Francisco

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on January 9, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                              20. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Charleston

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 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!

                                              21. MS

                                                MarshallS

                                                Charleston

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on January 3, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                              22. R

                                                Rems

                                                Charleston

                                                23 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                23 reviews

                                                Dined on January 3, 2020

                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

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

                                              23. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Charleston

                                                54 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                54 reviews

                                                Dined on December 22, 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.

                                              24. CA

                                                CynthiaA

                                                Charleston

                                                17 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on December 15, 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...

                                              25. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Charleston

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on December 14, 2019

                                                overall4food4service5ambience3

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

                                              26. BF

                                                BrendanF

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                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.

                                              27. JA

                                                JoanneA

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on December 6, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                              28. AB

                                                ApparelBob

                                                New York Area

                                                31 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                31 reviews

                                                Dined on November 27, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                              29. AR

                                                AshleyR

                                                Charleston

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on November 26, 2019

                                                overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                Great anniversary dinner!

                                              30. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Miami

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                1.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on November 24, 2019

                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

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

                                              31. FP

                                                FredP

                                                Chicago

                                                3 reviews

                                                vip
                                                2.0

                                                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

                                              32. DA

                                                DANIELR

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on November 16, 2019

                                                overall3food2service2ambience4

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

                                              33. OP

                                                OwenP

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on November 10, 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.

                                              34. FP

                                                FelipeP

                                                Charleston

                                                7 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on November 9, 2019

                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                Overall good! To much pepper in the meal.

                                              35. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                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.

                                              36. S

                                                Suzy

                                                Jacksonville

                                                3 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                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.

                                              37. MS

                                                MindelleS

                                                Charleston

                                                12 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                12 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.

                                              38. CD

                                                CharlestonDiner

                                                Charleston

                                                20 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                20 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!

                                              39. P

                                                Philsal

                                                Charleston

                                                15 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                15 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!

                                              40. JL

                                                JimL

                                                Philadelphia

                                                23 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                23 reviews

                                                Dined on October 18, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great waiter Daniel provided service and knew a lot about wine

                                              FAQs

                                              Al Di La does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Al Di La also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 571-2321.

                                              Al Di La is rated 4.3 stars by 1378 OpenTable diners.

                                              Not available on OpenTable

                                              Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                                              If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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                                              Additional information

                                              • Cross street

                                                Highway 17

                                              • Neighborhood

                                                West Ashley

                                              • Hours of operation

                                                Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                Italian

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress code

                                                Casual Dress

                                              • Parking details

                                                Street<br />Parking Lot<br />Complimentary Valet

                                              • Payment options

                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive chef

                                                Christian Abbot

                                              • Additional

                                                Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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