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ala

4.7
1001 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.

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
What 1001 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidK
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vibe and food. Amazing spot for a great birthday dinner! I loved the brunch option and the drinks were so good. I’ll be back for sure!

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LauraL
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

alais a spectacular restaurant. Gorgeous ambiance, delicious and unique cuisine, and above all outstanding service.

Their $39brunch menu was pricey, but it was a great way to try dukkah benedict and Levantine fusion delights in unmatched authenticity. Our waitress was so attentive, I almost felt like I was disappointing her by not ordering more food!

We will be back again, and again, and again!

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RandyD
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time on Sunday. We had theziyafet experience and it was so good! I even ate Dukkah Chicken ! so yes...go try them out. You will not be disappointed!

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited this place with my husband and we both loved the food and amazing cocktails. Wed definitely come back again!

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HanryN
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! You should try ziyafet deal, coming with 2 cold 2 hot dishes. Love all !!

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EmiK
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing you should try this spot! They are doing an amazing job so far.

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MelanieH
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, ambience and hospitality. We really appreciate you for this amazing dinner!

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SamH
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You should try this new spot, perfect ambiance fabulous food, and great service. Thanks to G he did a great job!

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MattV
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience! You should try this new spot!!

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NancyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here on Valentine's Day evening. We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and we enjoyed our evening there.

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Mick
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service despite being busy during brunch time, and our server brought out the most popular dishes for the bottomless brunch (so we didn't have to make decisions) and it was all wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Outdoor patio was much too cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience given by Kim was great. We got to enjoy w lovely dinner. The hummus and salmon was so delicious! I enjoyed every bite. Will definitely be back again.

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Mirwais
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to reserve a table via their website. Food was divine and the service was great. Our server was super sweet and was checking on us very often! Since we visited during the restaurant week, we could order up to eight courses so our server was very helpful and recommended great dishes.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant week in DC that I have been to so far! The food was amazing, but the service was even more amazing! Our waitress was the best:)

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vipAnandaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Everything was very nice. I came for restaurant week and it was such a great deal. The food was so good. My favorites were the spinach and feta flatbread and the lebaneh was to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, ambience was great, nice and cozy inside on a cold night

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CigdemA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! A small plate and craft cocktail paradise. The cocktails were superb and the food is flavorful. My favorite dish is the hummus and halloumi. The cozy and aesthetically pleasing ambiance makes you feel like you aren’t in DC's regular restaurants anymore. You know a restaurant is good when you are planning your next visit back before you’ve even left the table!

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AlannaR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and drinks. The customer service was phenomenal. A great overall experience and I would definitely return for another meal. Parking is not a problem in this area since street parking is free all around DC. They have both indoor and outdoor seating.

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HunterH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate here randomly last night and it was incredible! The food was out of this world and large portions for the price. We had two appetizers and shared the main course and had leftovers. Also, great service for being shorter staffed during Covid.

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KennethT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ankara is a hidden gem. Wonderful Turkish/Mediterranean dishes — a vegetarian, pescatarian, and/ or vegan’s heaven. The small plates/tapas style brunch allows you the ability to enjoy a little bit of everything and figure out what you’d like more of.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 🥳🥳

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vipBorincano
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cabin fever finally got the better of us, so we headed Downtown to see the Inaugural preps. We were looking for a place with outdoor dining and a good selection. The all-day brunch deal at Ankara is terrific. Lots of choices, lots of variety, and all the small plates are well-prepared and tasty. We ate in a little garden shed type structure, with the door open for air circulation. We left feeling well taken care of, well fed, and crossing our fingers that Ankara, like so many places in DC, will be able to hang on until we can eat out normally again.

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SamanthaK
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for happy hour and bottomless brunch! Great staff too

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vipjcjc
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a solid spot for brunch. Friendly service, excellent food. I love the proportions are just the right size, not too big, not too small which means you get the chance to sample a nice selection of different plates.

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DavD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ankara is always a great experience for me and my friends. This will be my third time dining with them and they always nail the food right on and the service is unbeatable. I definitely recommend for anyone looking for an outdoor, safe, heated space that also includes a fabulous bottomless brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The food was expensive and it wasn’t good. We paid a lot for non-quality food

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BrandonB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent here and their bottomless brunch is quite a deal! I just wish the server had a bit of help on pouring mimosas because she couldn't keep up.

COVID precautions are excellent. Individual bathrooms inside, very clean and clearly marked.

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SelenaG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time eating at Ankara, and it will not be our last. Coming from a Turkish background, the food and atmosphere were very authentic. The food was very good, we especially enjoyed the Pastirma Pide and the Lahmacun. The bottomless mimosas are very generous, which was appreciated. Turkish coffee was excellent, as was the tea. They have little green houses set up with heaters and tables so that some comfort can be achieved while still dining outside. Baklava is made with pistachio which delighted my Turkish mother. Our waiter, Jesus, was excellent and very attentive.

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vipRobertaS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice to sit in a greenhouse, like a tent, and have the waiter visit a few times. The food was good, especially the chocolate tahini dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brandon and Berk were both great. Really enjoyed everything. Good food and drink.

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vipDavidInDC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service & food as always - thank you for making my birthday special!

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Traveler
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep going back there. My non-Turkish friends are really impressed with this restaurant. The food, the ambiance are both excellent. The service is very good. This was our first time for brunch and it did not disappoint, either. We loved it!

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BeatriceA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim was our server and she was amazing 😁😁

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and customer service was great

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SarahL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and amazing waitstaff. Sat outside for brunch and it was great. Only complaint was other patrons who could be a bit less responsible about distance and masks, especially after a few mimosas. Recommend but be careful to avoid other guests if go. Outside space, however was great.

GB
vipGeorgeB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Well meant but badly executed Mediterranean dishes. The kofte was overcooked, patates (potatoes) too oily, and the dolma leaves tough and veiny. Best was the cocktail, Levante, with pomegranate. However, even that was ruined as the server seemed to have the idea that I should drink the cocktail with my dishes; my request to serve the appetizers after I finish the cocktail was ignored. Then I ordered a beer, which didn’t arrive until my last bite of the kofte.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the socially distanced “greenhouses” they did outside. Food was delicious - especially the “tandir” and lsigara borek”... We will definitely be back.

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derekg
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates dining with delicious food. Everything our group had tasted great. Also a very safe environment and a very friendly server with menus available via QR code. I will come back.

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TeeA
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great and pleasant. Food was really good. 2nd time there and will definitely be back.

FAQs

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

ala is rated 4.7 stars by 1001 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.