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ala

4.6
1051 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Welcome to ala, the premier location for Levantine Cuisine in the heart of Washington, DC - Dupont Circle.

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.

We offer the full Levant experience - everything from mouth-watering cooking to specialty wine, liquor and cocktails...

Many Colors.

Many Tastes.

Many People.

One Place.

We welcome you to experience ala: where unique food, rare drinks, loving hospitality, and an atmosphere of color and excitement will greet you.

Experiences

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Not your usual Happy Hour! 25% off the ENTIRE menu during Happy Hour Why limit yourself to a few pre-selected Happy Hour items when you could try the entire menu? Rather than just a few bar snacks and house beverages, you have a chance to try everything on our food&drink menu! -Monday-Thursday 4-6 pm(last call at 5:45 pm) -2 hour limit per table -Limited seating, designated areas only -Patio seating might be available upon request, but not guaranteed -"Ziyafet" is not included in the deal

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1051 people are saying
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAlonzoW
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kimberly was a fantastic server and the food was enormously creative and flavorful. Some dishes were more spicy than expected but were all excellent. The desserts were fabulous as well and glad to see the zero alcohol beer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was overly seasoned and somewhat spicy. Portions were very disappointing. The service was slow. The place and ambiance were nice, but great food is the most important thing, and what was served wasn’t what we expected at all.

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vipfoodieforlife
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lots of vegan options! Portions are small (mezzo style) so get a couple plates to share.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun times B

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Jayr
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, very fresh. Went on a Saturday night so it was very crowded and service was all over the place, but they tried their best to accommodate our orders. We can't wait to go back!

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever visited in my life. Food is beyond delicious, outstanding service specially our server Rahel. Very beautiful atmosphere... MUST TRY

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WillS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've gotten take-out a few times in the last year, but eating in person was wonderful! Main dishes were brought family style. Can't wait to go back

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MarcelleA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a highly recommended place for great food and a nice atmosphere! Loved how the waiters were trying to help explain how to eat the bread and appetizers in the traditional way!

Also, we were accommodated earlier than our reservation time which was a great plus!
I Will definitely be back for more next time I am in DC!

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Karimm
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food. The patio was very enticing and allowed for food people watching. Very glad ala made it through the pandemic. Also, DuPont is wonderful and safe. Worth a visit if you are in town.

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, amazing drinks, and a festive dining setting with good music.

My dad has been coming to this restaurant and it hasn’t disappointed me to this day. Drinks have their own spin on Levant cuisine, and the food is of great quality and flavors.

Many thanks for making the experience wonderful.

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Mikem
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Would definitely come back for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere love this place

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ChristopherD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were fantastic. Great service, location, outdoor dining area, and vegan options. We can't wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Some really tasty dishes here!

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syrlane
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I enjoyed the ambiance and food so much that 2 days after my visit, I brought my visiting family there. Unfortunately, it was a significantly different experience on a Saturday night vs Monday night. The Simit kebab was not edible whereas it was a highlight during my first visit. The falafel were significantly larger and tastier over the weekend than on Monday night as well. I left disappointed that this was like going to a completely different and sub-par restaurant compared to the impressive one I'd experienced on a weekend night. Staff were absolutely lovely and attentive throughout both experiences. I think this place has great potential but needs to standardize its food quality so it doesn't leave diners disappointed.

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vipYasminN
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I’m a fan of seasoning but they use way too much, you order seasoning with a small side of food. Drinks are nothing different from what other dc places offer - the dessert was hoping would be good but it didn’t taste like halva more like a chocolate rose water mousse.

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vipPoonamS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was good but I ordered Salmon and I got upset stomach .

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vipAamirS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Bland food but good atmosphere. Too bad the chef isn't very good.

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RosiA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was meh (definitely not up to its price point, compared to some other Mediterranean cuisine locations in DC), the service was haphazard and distracted. Overall, not the best experience

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gilz
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

if you're looking for a bottomless brunch with decent food, you will have a good experience. I've been to a whole bunch, and this one offers food options that are just OK. Dishes are tiny, even in comparison to other brunches, and only 1-2 were exceptional. I also felt the atmosphere outside could have been better. Yes, it's COVID time, but you can see some of the outdoor dining places and how they decorated the outdoor space much better.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was okay. I got the ribs and it was very dry but the harissa hummus was good. I might try again for brunch to see if it’s better.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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ZenabY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best place ever the food was soooooo good

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Jacqueline
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitor was incredible. He was attentive and served us promptly and with care. I had a party of 5 do bottomless brunch (drinks + food) on Saturday, 04/24 which was delicious and inexpensive! We will definitely return ASAP! Great atmosphere, too.

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vipJaniceW
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good and service. Outdoor seating accommodated pandemic concerns. We will return!

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vipAdamD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel was an amazing server, made good recommendations and all the food and drinks came out on time and were delicious. 10/10 I will definitely be back soon.

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ChelseaP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The staff was wonderful and knowledgeable, the food was delicious, and the wine was amazing. Looking forward to going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we had was delicious and we will be back!

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vipKat68
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was excellent! Our favorites were the chocolate mutabbal, manakish, and tandir, but everything was delicious. Thanks to our waitress Leslie for the recommendations!

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vipMsChanandlerBong
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim did a phenomenal job as our server! She was so much fun and very kind! She wanted to make sure we got our money’s worth for brunch and introduced us to new menu items we may not have otherwise tried. We loved them all!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I am always pleased when I visit this restaurant. Great aesthetic, food, wonderful drinks, and even better service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, would 10/10 come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was really quick, but not rushed. The food was extremely creative and flavorful

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KellyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$39 for unlimited tapas and drinks. This brunch was even better because you could order Champagne, mimosa, whiskey, vodka, wine, and beer!

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vipHarrison
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ala was overall a good restaurant with nice ambience and decent food. This restaurant was previously Ankara, which, in my opinion, was actually better. The food took a hit when the menu changed. The service at Ala was alright. There were a few instances where we had to ask for bread/water/drinks multiple times, but the manager was very nice and brought us an extra dessert as a result. Worth a try if you want to find a new spot, but it wouldn't be at the very top of my list.

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MeganS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food.

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Schyler
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The staff was very helpful in helping us decide as the menu was a little confusing to someone who had never dined there before. Unfortunately, they were out of the drink that we were really looking forward to. Plenty of both outdoor and indoor seating.

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vipDavD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ala was fantastic. Kim is one one of the best servers we’ve ever had. She was so accommodating and quick. I understand the restaurant was busy that day but she was still attentive caring and went above and beyond to make sure all 3 of our party tables were taken care of. My friends and I did the bottomless brunch here and the food and drinks were both equally as incredible. The food was fresh, tasty, and kept coming as we ordered. The bottomless brunch allows more options for you other than just mimosas which is a huge game changer for ppl who prefer different types of drinks. Will be going back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good enjoyed it

FAQs

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

ala is rated 4.6 stars by 1051 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.