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ala

4.6
1033 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 1033 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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vipPoonamS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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

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vipAamirS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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

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RosiA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
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
45 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
31 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
9 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
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food.

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Schyler
Washington DC
3 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

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MichaelaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much food! I went for a girls' dinner and we shared family style. After plate 2 we felt stuffed! The drinks were beautiful and we received complimentary shots from the bar :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! The food, service, and ambiance was fantastic. Our waitress, Kim, was super helpful and went above and beyond. Definitely coming back soon!

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GabyP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Lovely patio. Will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We did the bottomless drinks but the server rarely came around to get us more drinks that it was not worth the price for what we actually got. We also did not receive itemized receipts which was not great considering our totals (even including tip) did not seem accurate for what we ordered. The food and atmosphere was very nice but the service and payment methods need serious work.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff is fantastic! Cocktails are out of this world! Food is great.

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JonM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really liked it here. We'd be at its previous iteration pre-COVID and were happy to come back to see how it's done now. We'll very likely be back soon.

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DavidK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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EmiK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MelanieH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SamH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AlexB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an opportunity to taste the highlights of ala's new menu and I love it. New menu is very creative, mouth-watering and authentic. I had 3 cocktails which were all delicious. I like spicy things so my favorite cocktail was Golden Horn. The new ambiance is colorful and cozy. The staff were very hospitable and kind. Overall, I highly recommend ala and I would definitely come back!

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BegumCeren
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, I am a big fan of Levantine cuisine and ala's new menu is excellent if you like Levantine food! I am a vegetarian thus I love the way that they modify some of the best and remarkable Levantine dishes for their vegan and vegetarian guests. The new selection of Levant wine is fabulous, especially if you like trying new things! Their new desserts are so tasty, especially "Halva Mousse". Overall, I highly recommend ala for every occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a random selection for dinner (my favorite kind!) and I LOVED it. I had several of the cocktails and one food item from each category. Recommend to anyone! Service was great, one of the cooks or maybe the main chef came and asked me how everything was and I could see the sincere satisfaction in his face when I told him how good it was.

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 1033 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.