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ala, Washington, DC

ala

4.5
4.5
1095 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Welcome to ala, the premier location for Levantine Cuisine in the heart of Washington, DC - Dupont Circle. We are currently accepting morning reservations for breakfast meetings for our new coffee shop, ala coffee+more.

We focus on cooking & mixology from the Levant at ala, and now we are bringing that to you with our coffee, tea, pastries and more at ala coffee+more, for groups of 10 and more. We require the reservations to be made 3 days advance.

We are named after the word ala, a Turkish saying that translates to a mix of all the colors. This idea represents the journey we are each on to taste the many cultures & recipes from different areas of the world while inviting people in from all backgrounds.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 717-1166

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate 10 to 200 guests, we are happy to work with you to plan an office party, business breakfast, lunch or dinner, reception, or another event that requires special attention.​ala coffee+more will be here to host your breakfast meetings. Reservations can be made for groups of 10 and more, with a 3 days notice. events@ala-dc.com

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross street

    Sunderland Pl. NW

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Ala is across the street from Dupont Circle Metro (red line)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Bottomless Brunch $44

    $44.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    BOTTOMLESS DRINKS AND 3-COURSE BRUNCH MENU: Let us know if this is not enough food for you! The entire table must participate. During the brunch hours, a la carte orders are not available. The kitchen closes at 3:30 PM. Don't feel like drinking? Choose anything from our juices & sodas! *Please note that the outdoor reservations are covered patio seating. Heaters are not provided. *Seating limit is 90 minutes for brunch reservations. *We offer a grace period of 15 minutes. Please give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate you. *Please do not include kids in your reservation if they are not getting the brunch prix fixe menu. You can order a la carte once you are here. *ala is a cashless restaurant.

What 1,095 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Food

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Great for fine wines

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Best Food

  • District of Columbia

    Good for groups

  • District of Columbia

    Healthy

  • District of Columbia

    Great for fine wines

  • District of Columbia

    Great for outdoor dining

  • District of Columbia

    Mediterranean

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  1. A

    Aleco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overrated, stay away from the sage feta, veal neck. Best item was the short ribs
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! We tried the restaurant week menu and it was a great experience. I love that it’s halal and we got to try halal cured meats for the first time. The Adana kebap was amazing! Definitely worth it to go here. I would recommend it for any event you’re having. Date, out with girls, family dinner or birthday.
  3. SF

    SeniorFoody

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food! Server was accommodating but overstretched. Noise level was intense
  4. DC

    DCDiner1111

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    This was our second visit to Ala. The food is very very good - some of the best Levantine/Middle Eastern in Washington. However, both times we have gone, the service has been horrible. Our drinks took over 30 minutes to arrive - we ordered them right when we sat down, and they still arrived well after our first course. The tasting menu we opted to do included an amuse bouche, which never arrived (it also never came out for the table next to us). Our waiter was barely seen. A couple behind us even got up and left because they had been waiting so long for someone to even bring them a menu. To top it all off, I have Celiac, and even after informing the waiter multiple times of this, they finally brought us our amuse bouche AFTER dessert, and mine had bread on it/a wheat product in the soup itself. He claimed it was "safe" for me to eat, but I clearly saw something in the soup I could not eat. The lack of care about serious food allergies like mine is concerning at Ala. Overall, we love the food, but the service and extreme wait times are long enough that we won't be returning.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    The food was delicious and it was a great ambience for a reunion with colleagues. However, the server came off as arrogant and disinterested in us. He was almost robotic. I tried a few times to talk to him while he was serving us but he either was in a zone and not paying attention or perhaps just ignoring me. At the end of our meal we tried to take a selfie but couldn’t get us all in the photo so we asked him to take a photo of our group. . His coldly told us that he was too busy and didn’t have time for photos and walked away. We didn’t say anything but were taken aback. On his own accord he walked back and said sure and took our photo. There are lots of excellent restaurants in DC with great food like Ala. But I am hesitant to go back if this server is indicative of the type of service I would get. It seemed like he was tolerating us and doing us a favor. We gave him a 20% tip even though we thought he didn’t provide a welcoming atmosphere. But I was a server before and know that tips are important and perhaps he had a bad day. (But really, he was just cold and borderline rude—telling is he doesn’t have less than a minute to take our photo? Come on.) I may try Ala again since he is only one server but he left a bad taste in our mouths after an otherwise lovely meal. But Ala won’t be my first choice. Excellent meal—really delicious. However, who wants to pay money to be treated like that?
  6. AP

    APieceofTese

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Perfect brunch spot! I met up with a girlfriend for brunch and we had a great time. While, I was disappointed that they no longer offer the unlimited food option, three courses for brunch for plenty. There are several good options for all three courses and several for those who may be vegetarian or vegan. The mimosa bar was great. I loved the addition of the syrups. There are two stations set up to avoid potential crowding. The staff was was very friendly and helpful at providing recommendation, explaining the time limit and any other questions we had. The bathrooms are gender neutral and they even have a sign telling you that there are additionally bathrooms downstairs in case all of the ones upstairs are full. Great Sunday brunch experience. Looking forward to returning soon for dinner and happy hour.
  7. HH

    HH89

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING food, great service. Everything on the menu is spectacular!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Got busy during lunch and it was a large enough space that you didn’t feel uncomfortable.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was quite loud. Drinks were ok although very sweet. Food was terrific
  10. NA

    NeilA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    A wonderful evening was disrupted by a rude and aggressive waiter/concierge who without warning removed the dinnerware form the table and told us we had to leave since they were others waiting to be seated. A simple request to wrap up our evening to accommodate others who were waiting to be seated was all that was needed. Very poor customer service.
  11. M

    Maniwan

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and the mismis drink was superb!!!
  12. r

    richardw

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent restaurant; service and food are excellent. Outdoor seating was very accommodating and spaced in such a way to not feel cramped.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a large party set up for my office and Ala staff were quick and accommodated our last minute requests. Food was also fresh and tasty!
  14. R

    Rjmallison

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside in beautiful undercover setting. Food came out super fast and was delicious. Drinks were amazing I need to find out how they make the wine. We had a stroller and they were very accommodating of moving the table to make space. Would highly recommend!
  15. KZ

    KZSPA

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful small plates for sharing. Great service!
  16. M

    Mari

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very small plates, high price, slow service. It was ok overall, but I do not think I go back. Server very busy .. try to make his best.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful, the service was kind and attentive.
  18. RS

    RobertaS

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere in the restaurant. The food was unusual and attractively served. The staff was impeccable.
  19. F

    Foodiemom

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and ambiance. Quiet. We all enjoyed all recommendations from our delightful waiter. She gave us great advice! The various flavors of the dishes blended well and we enjoyed them all! They also prepared a special birthday dessert with candles for my daughter's birthday. Will definitely come again.
  20. QB

    QueenBee

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant was not crowded at all. It was nice and clean with an intimate feel. We were seated upstairs by a window with a street view. The service was good. The food and cocktails were excellent. The prices were decent. I would go back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience. Food and drinks were delicious and reasonably priced. Staff was warm and welcoming and gave great menu suggestions. Kind and fast service. Will most definitely be returning.
  22. SD

    SirishaD

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ala was amazing. Found it last minute, my sister and I loved it. Our server from Ali (from Bali) and he was wonderful. The food was delicious. The music/vibe was nice and we loved the decor also. We will definitely be back.
  23. RM

    RicardoM

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    No atmosphere . Good food.
  24. RJ

    RichardJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great night celebrating our anniversary. The service was very friendly and food absolutely delicious. We will be back !
  25. A

    Alli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time at ala. Food and drinks were amazing!! Our waiter was so sweet and overall we had a great experience. Check Ala out!!
  26. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tabbouleh and gyros I've ever had! We had a group of 16 dining for lunch on a pretty last minute basis, and these guys were awesome. Amazing service, super friendly and quick, and an awesome atmosphere. Really really cute inside!
  27. A

    Arlington

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tasty dishes. Breads were dry.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Reported allergy at the beginning of meal and was promised that food would be prepared accordingly. Two bites in and my food gave me an allergic reaction prompting a trip to the hospital. The manager contacted me and offered to cover my party/table the next time, but when I came in only offered to cover 40% of my bill. Food was average at best- suffice to say, not worth risking your life.
  29. DA

    DerekA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zesty Mediterranean…fresh take on the cuisine. Really enjoyed.
  30. s

    swimmom

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely, colorful outdoor seating in dappled shade. Knowledgeable server. All made our al fresco lunch a lovely casual event.
  31. C

    Carol

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Best for a group to share lots of small plates. Patio is very comfortable with heaters and plenty of space.
  32. KD

    KatD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here twice now in the past 3 months and was impressed with the seasonal menus for drinks and food. Everything I have tried is delicious. The cocktails are creative and tasty with great presentation. Will definitely be back and can’t wait to introduce more friends to this gem.
  33. JS

    JSMS

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere and wonderful service! We will be back next time we’re in DC!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well done dishes that were beautifully presented and incredibly tasty.
  35. NB

    NathanB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Restaurant week here was great!
  36. SM

    ShekebaM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We went to Ala for restaurant week. I enjoyed the watermelon feta salad, the lamb chop/shrimp dish, and the baklava. Wasn’t a big fan of the dips—I feel like mezze tastes better elsewhere. Our server was attentive, and I appreciated that. The unique wines were also good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing experience at Ala! We ordered mainly meze dishes and very full for the hot plates- I got the Pandora coctail and hubby went for more traditional raki. We got all the cheese dishes, lahmacun, hummus and lot of pita ! The ambience and service are top notch. Their brunch is amazing and their dinner definjtely matches it. Highly recommend - there is street parking and Colonial parking garage right next door so very convenient!
  38. A

    Adria

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I looked at reviews online one of the first things I saw was how hospitable the staff were. This was extremely correct. Our server was extremely kind & patient, and so was the manager. This was my date & I’s first time at the restaurant so the server took their time to explain all our questions. Food was good, but had a snack before at another stop so we did not eat as much as originally intended. The surf and turf was super tasty and the Pandora drink was delicious and smelled amazing. It helps that the Pandora was made and I believe supports financially, the efforts to stop violence against women. We also ordered something that was grains and tomatoes with cilantro. It was super tasty as well. We will definitely return to this spot to explore more of their menu.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful. Not to be missed.!.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Just all around amazing experience! The food was to die for and each plate had such a unique flavor. My favorite dish was definitely the watermelon salad. But honestly the best part was the friendly and knowledgeable staff! They guided through our whole meal. Such a special spot!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ala using the Order Online button. ala also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 717-1166.

ala is rated 4.5 stars by 1095 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for ala

1320 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sunderland Pl. NW

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Ala is across the street from Dupont Circle Metro (red line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 717-1166

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate 10 to 200 guests, we are happy to work with you to plan an office party, business breakfast, lunch or dinner, reception, or another event that requires special attention.​ala coffee+more will be here to host your breakfast meetings. Reservations can be made for groups of 10 and more, with a 3 days notice. events@ala-dc.com

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