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ala

4.7
1083 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.

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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 1083 people are saying
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vipKZSPA
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful small plates for sharing. Great service!

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Mari
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, the service was kind and attentive.

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vipRobertaS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Foodiemom
Washington DC
24 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.

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BridgeBee
Washington DC
2 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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.

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SirishaD
Miami
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.

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vipRicardoM
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

No atmosphere . Good food.

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RichardJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Alli
1 review
Dined on November 19, 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!!

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Emma
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!

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vipArlington
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tasty dishes. Breads were dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 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.

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DerekA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zesty Mediterranean…fresh take on the cuisine. Really enjoyed.

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vipswimmom
Washington DC
51 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.

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vipCarol
Washington DC
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.

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KatD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 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.

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vipJSMS
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done dishes that were beautifully presented and incredibly tasty.

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NathanB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Restaurant week here was great!

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vipShekebaM
Washington DC
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful.
Not to be missed.!.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Saw multiple rats running around restaurant

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JRaab
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice … first time diners at this lovely restaurant just off DuPont Circle. Wait staff was attentive …. Helpful with menu choices … food was EXCELLENT … my husband says the best hummus he’s ever had … pear confit and baklava topped off our experience …. Complimented by Turkish tea, compliments of the house!!! Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Ala in DC. We had a great dining experience. We chose their bottomless food option and were able to enjoy several items from the menu. We also had some delicious cocktails and a glass of rose.. They have a great selection of wines. Service was great and everyone was pleasant.

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vipKatherineH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good and server was knowledgeable about vegan options. They also had some very reasonably priced but interesting wines

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AEvans609
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks, food, and service!

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vipAlonzoW
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
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
23 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
4 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.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ala using the Order Online button. ala also offers delivery in partnership with 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 1083 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.