About Al Di La

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.'

25 Magnolia Rd.
Charleston, SC 29407
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:30pm
Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 2:30pm Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Highway 17

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 571-2321

Website:
http://www.aldilarestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Street
Parking Lot
Complimentary Valet

Executive Chef:
Joaquin Bustos

Private Party Contact:
Gillian Kohn: (843) 571-2321

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

Al Di La Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (17)
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Special Occasion (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Bone in duck confit was represented by waiter as a chicken bone (meaning it couldn’t have come from the duck). No apology and nothing off the bill.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Went for restaurant week menu options were listed wrong.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Always great Italian food coming from a New Yorker.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Went for restaurant week because I really had a taste for Italian. The food was just alright. Showed up on time for my 9pm reservation but wasn't seated until almost 9:30 and that was after they seated a couple who had an 8:45 reservation who didn't show up until around 9:10 or so. Looks like you can show up 30 minutes later for your reservation and still be seated in front of others, so I guess thats a plus.

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·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I ate at Al Di La for the first time recently. We had reservations for 8:00 on a Friday night. The restaurant was packed and we did have a short wait for a table. We both enjoyed the food and service very much. It is a small restaurant so tables are close together but I personally enjoyed the atmosphere. I was impressed with the organization and efficiency of the staff. Parking is an issue. It really was one of the best dining experiences I've had.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

The Meatball app was good. The entrees were mediocre. They ran out of tiramisu and substituted cannolis. The shells were okay but were minimally filled with flavorless whipped cream. The service was ridiculously slow. 3 of the 5 left saying they would not go back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

7:30 pm reservation, was sat at 8. Hung out at the bar waiting on our table and couldn’t get a drink. Two barkeeps and horrible service, I literally received my drink right before being sat. It wasn’t overly crowded but extremely noisy. Food was subpar for and “ authentic Italian “ restaurant. My experience at La Fontana in West Ashley was 1000% better. First and only time dining here.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Everything was great except for the extremely slow service, and it wasn’t even very busy

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

It was very disappointing. I've been to the restaurant several times before and loved it. Many of the menu items were not available. A friend of mine does not eat shrimp because of her religion and asked if it could be switched to chicken. She was informed that it would be a $5.00 up charge for chicken. Chicken is cheaper than the shrimp, not to mention this was a customer request denied by the chef. They were also "low" on duck confit and the chef asked if he could add chicken to it. The entire dish was chicken and they had to pay the same amount. Only two orders came out the way they were supposed to. I will not be back, nor will I recommend people to go there. This makes me upset considering how much I have enjoyed coming here with my friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

What stood out to us was the excellent service. We were seated immediately and our server was outstanding. I had the NY Strip special and my wife had the Gnocchi. Both were very good. Plenty of food and very fair prices. We shared a slice of cheesecake which was delicious. Valet parking available. We will visit again and try more of the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Consistently good! They never disappoint. Try the lemoncillo martini. The best in town!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great New Year’s Eve location! Delicious food! Great Service!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was awesome just wish that there were a couple more pasta dishes

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was very good, food terrible. We wont return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Yaaassssssss. Ugh the steak, whipped butter, mashed potatoes, bread and greens special. So good

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great And Authentic Italian food. Owners very involved. Service good as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A nice, quiet spot for a delicious meal. The wine selections were great and the food was delicious. The service was very good and we had a wonderful time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful for Christmas Eve; quiet, good food, reasonable prices. We all enjoyed a large family dinner in a delightful place, if they could fix the parking problem in this area, would be our go-to place for dinner!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

One of my favorites...I am Italian, I grew up with home made pasta.. Al Di La is genuine. I have never been disappointed. The owner is lovely, friendly, inviting and not over bearing. Excellent and kind service...My five star...enjoy. Gayle N

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Probably the best Italian in the Charleston area. Always a fresh menu with excellent staff and service. Great location in Avondale with decent prices. A treat to bring in company from out of town, impress a first date, or bring the family in for a nice meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

we are new to Charleston and we were not impressed with the Italian restuarant we had eaten in until we ate at Al Di La. Good food and good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Al DI LA is our favorite Italian restaurant. The banquette tables are so romantic! The food never disappoints us.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband and I dined for Thanksgiving. It was a very delicious meal and filling too! We had never been here before but we are definitely coming back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I’ve been numerous times and the food has always been great.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful, as always! Service was great and food was amazing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We have enjoyed this restaurant several times now; this was probably our fifth visit. We live outside of Beaufort, but drive up to Charleston at least once a month for appointments, visits with friends, shopping, etc. We think the food at Al Di La is among the best in the area, and enjoy the sense of being in a regional neighborhood Italian Restaurant. Our server was very friendly and helpful with making our selections.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The best Italian in Charleston! Authentic food, it was a great experience

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Al di la never disappoints. It’s in a great location and always has a good atmosphere.

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Antonio our waiter was excellent. Food was great as usual.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a very enjoyable evening again at Al do La's and wonderful conversation with Antonio and Alfonzo about the olde country and our connections. The food was absolutely outstanding and service even better. This is one of our most favorite dinning places in Charleston. Definitely reminds me of our vacations in Italia. Can't wait to return!! Gracia molto!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Place was empty on a Friday night. That should have been a warning. I was not a good dining experience.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Lovely evening at Al Do La! Food was excellent and service was great. Sat outside and enjoyed our meal. If I had something that could be improved - it isn't easy to see the restaurant as you drive through the mad traffic. Be sure and valet! The only way to go. Also, there were a lot of folks (us included) that couldn't figure out which door to go in. It works out, either appear to work. We did see one gentleman give up and saunter off.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything was very good. The waiter was very good in timing our dishes when we were busy talking and needed more time to eat.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food and service, but it was really hot in the building.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband and I had our Ann here and it was great. The food was amazing and the service was spot on. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Just live this place. Nice Italian wines. Great chicken Parm

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Seated at a table at the window where the sun was in my eyes and flies and bugs were flying against the window. Food and wine were delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the Avondale neighborhood. We love to sit on the patio for dinner. The Ricotta Gnocchi is my favorite! :)

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

When we walked in the manager/host was too busy making sure the empty tables were just so while we had to wait at the door for at least 5 minutes. We had 730 reservations and were not sat down yet @ 815 so we left.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Delicious food, intimate romantic setting! Loved my entree (ricotta and marscapone gnocchi with shrimp) and all the other dishes we had were so so so yummy! Waiter could have been more attentive to our drinks but honestly everyone was so nice and the food was so good that it didn't bother me at all. DEFINITELY coming back in the future.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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