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ala, Washington, DC
Award-winning

ala

4.5
4.5
1160 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Charming
Welcome to a gastronomic gem that transports you to the sun-kissed shores and rich culinary traditions of the Levantine region. Nestled discreetly within a charming corner of the city, Michelin-rated restaurant ala invites you on an unforgettable journey through the flavors and aromas of the Mediterranean.

Step into a world where heritage and innovation harmoniously intertwine, a place where passion for authenticity meets avant-garde culinary techniques. As you enter, you'll be captivated by the warm and elegant ambiance, adorned with tasteful hints of Middle Eastern motifs that effortlessly blend with modern chic.

The thoughtfully curated wine list complements the menu perfectly, offering a carefully selected range of regional wines, arak, and innovative pairings that elevate the dining experience further.
Prepare to be enchanted by the brilliance of the Levantine cuisine and the experience that has earned its well-deserved place in the revered Michelin guide.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 717-1166
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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

  • BRUNCH

    Multiple dates available
    Please note that this is a reservation for a brunch menu with or without bottomless drinks. During the brunch hours, dinner or lunch orders are not available. The kitchen closes at 3:30 PM. *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. *Absolutely NO refunds in the last 48 hours. *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.

Offers

  • All-Day Happy Hour at ala

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Thu - 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Get ready to elevate your weekdays with ala's exciting new offer – All-Day Happy Hour, Monday through Friday! Whether you're planning a casual late lunch, an afternoon escape, or an evening gathering, our unbeatable deals are here to make your day. Enjoy these fantastic specials inside our cozy dining room, on our charming outdoor patio, or at the lively bar. With our relaxed ambiance and friendly service, it’s the perfect spot for any occasion. Craft Cocktails: Only $10 Beer and Wines: Just $6 Delicious Bites: $9 Join us at ala and make every weekday a celebration! Hurry in! This offer is first come, first served with limited seating available. Some restrictions apply. Cheers, ala

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What 1,160 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
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Mediterranean

1,160 Reviews
  1. PittsburghFoods

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dining and cocktails- will be back! Don’t miss out and bring your friends.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice restaurant and food! We really enjoyed our time

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent. Service was prompt. Ambience could have been better but all in all a very good experience.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I went to the restaurant before, and the food, portions, and service were excellent. Unfortunately, it is not the same now. The service was horrible. I ordered a cocktail and asked for it several times, and it finally came when we were about to leave. My friend ordered the same cocktail that came earlier, and the bartender forgot to decorate mine. The food options weren’t good. I won’t go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service to be Improved: Friendly staff, but Not Professional or caring: Fot 3 people touchiert asking Three times 2 plates and 2 bread only. Though Not Full Not looking for guests who want to Order or need something.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    ala has become my favorite restaurant in DC! Their dishes are so inventive and everything is so delicious, even when it’s something I normally would not order. Great atmosphere and friendly staff too.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The very good service from the staff and very delicious foods. Especially Banu and Emre is very good people and they were so kind to us. Thanks and see you again!

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  8. BelgianFoodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here about 5 times already and it's been reliably amazing every time. The hummus, labneh and fattoush salad are firm favorites.

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  9. Arddd

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is outstanding! The Levant cocktail, and Sumac ice cream are the best!

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  10. CarinaR

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server kept reminding us of the 90 min time limit per table and it really ruined the mood. We were out way before the limit any way.

    1 person found this helpful

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 1160 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for ala

1320 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Sunderland Pl. NW
  • Neighborhood
    Dupont Circle
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • 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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