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dLeña, Washington, DC

dLeña

4.7
4.7
677 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
Welcome to dLeña, a Wood-Fire Mexican Cocina & Mezcaleria by Chef Richard Sandoval.

dLeña is derived from the Spanish word “leña,” meaning firewood. The restaurant is centered around it’s wood-burning grill - a nod to the rustic open-fire cooking techniques of Mexico’s past.

The menu transports diners to Mexico through a multi-sensory experience in every bite of the signature smoked entrées, fresh ceviches, and unique sharing plates. The expansive bar features hand-crafted margaritas, Latin cocktails, cervezas and vino.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 130 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 560-5999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Richard Sandoval

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@dlenadc.com for more details

  • Neighborhood

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Cross street

    K Street & 5th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Gallery Place / Chinatown

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, 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

  • Chef's Table Experience

    $145.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Starting Thursday, April 28, guests can partake in a luxury chef’s table experience Thursday through Saturday nights. With two seatings per night at 5:30pm and 7:30pm Thursday nights and 6:00pm and 8:30pm Friday and Saturday nights, chef’s table diners will enjoy an eight-course menu for $145 per person with an option for a coursed beverage pairings for $75. Enjoy off-menu items and other surprises. dLeña’s chef’s table is located behind the main bar with an exquisite leather banquette facing directly into the open kitchen. The perfect all-inclusive experience for a birthday, anniversary, proposal, or gathering with loved ones. Please note your reservation window is limited from 530pm-715pm on Thursdays and 6pm-8pm Fridays and Saturdays.

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What 677 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. M

    Mags

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A festival of flavors. Your mouth will be buzzing and your lips will be humming good vibes.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was definitely a great one. The ambience was great.. Food and drinks were amazing .. I will be definitely coming back to taste more things off the menu.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice variety of plates to choose from.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, nice ambiance and great service. We will definitely be back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing and the food was great. Eduardo was our server and he was so nice and very knowledgeable about the entire menu. I will definitely be going back.
  7. N

    Nedhal

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Came here for my birthday for brunch with friends and we loved it and had so much fun. We sat outside and the fans and covers above the tables are a nice touch on a hot day. Decor is so cute. Service was so great. And the food and drinks were insanely great. Well worth it and the price isn’t bad at all. Will definitely be back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved this place can’t wait to go back again !
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time for our Anniversary. From the very beginning we had Montana serve us champagne on the house and the rest of the night he was amazing! We did not have to wait for personal attention at any moment. D’Leña is always spectacular with everyone’s attentiveness but Montana’s service was the best. We definitely recommend this restaurant for any romantic dinner or any special occasion.
  10. FP

    FoodiePaz

    Jacksonville

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This restaurant has a great atmosphere and unique menu. Some dishes were great, but we found others to be bland. The main reason that I’m giving it 3 and 4 stars is that our waiter was a bit short and inflexible. Also, the food was definitely overpriced. For example, the Wagyu steak looked and tasted more like a regular tenderloin fillet than actual Wagyu. It was very good, but not sure it was $53 worth of good.
  11. MW

    MeghanW

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch ever! Cannot wait to come back for dinner. Mariana was an amazing waitress

    dLeñaResponded on June 21, 2022Hi Meghan! We love, love. love your 5 star review and we're so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time at dLeña! A lot of passion and expertise goes into preparing our bottomless brunch to be just perfect. Thank you for the shout out for Mariana!

  12. DJ

    DJHunnybun

    Los Angeles

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I went on a holiday so it was likely crowded more than usual. Service was good, but slower than normal business days. Food was amazing and the house margarita was just ok.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bottomless Brunch was excellent
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The food was great, the cocktails and service were not. They brought out our cocktails and entrees at different times so only one person had a drink or plate of food. We couldn’t even tell if my $15 cocktail had any alcohol in it - it basically tasted like juice.

    dLeñaResponded on June 21, 2022We take great care in crafting our drinks to be perfect for a variety of tastes, just let us know next time and we'll be happy to prepare your drink to your liking. We appreciate the feedback and we're happy you enjoyed your delicious food!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A Wonderful Experience!

    dLeñaResponded on June 21, 2022We're truly committed to delivering exceptional service and exquisite cuisine. It's customers like you that make our job so wonderful. We can't wait to have you back and we look forward to serving you again.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there to celebrate Father’s Day. Everything about our time there was outstanding…the food and the service. Our waiter, Troy, was fantastic!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Food was mediocre and very expensive for what we got. Steak was under seasoned, enchiladas were very mediocre. Ceviche was the best ceviche I have ever had. Timing of the service was awful and ruined our special occasion. One person’s main entree was served almost 45 minutes after the rest of the table so he stayed without his main meal almost the entire time everyone else was eating their main meal. There did not seem to be enough servers and it was hard to flag someone down. We were brought a dessert to share that was to be served hot and we got no spoons so we had to wait another 10-15 minutes looking at our dessert just to get spoons. It was unfortunate because the crème brûlée was the best I have ever had. Same for the queso fundido which tasted amazing. Appetizers and desserts were great - service and main dishes were deeply disappointing.
  18. D

    Destiny

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience with our server, Jeff! We will recommend to others and be back for the bottomless brunch.

    dLeñaResponded on June 21, 2022Wow, Destiny! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at dlena. We try our best to make sure that we're not only providing an exceptional experience, but also a memorable one. We're grateful Jeff was amazing and provided outstanding service. We can't wait to have you back for our bottomless brunch as well!

  19. JB

    JanelleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and price for brunch was excellent. Nice ambiance.

    dLeñaResponded on June 21, 2022Hi Janelle! Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent visit with us! Our bottomless brunch is truly a favorite, fun experience for all of our guests. We take the quality of our food very seriously, and our team is delighted you had a stellar experience with us!

  20. AB

    AyeshaB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    dLena has become a favorite place to eat and enjoy the live music downstairs! The food is amazing from appetizers to dessert, very flavorful and great portions. Isabela C was such a wonderful waitress. She had a great personality and ensured we enjoyed ourselves from start to finish. If you haven’t gone downstairs for the live music, you are missing out! Highly recommend!
  21. LM

    LeonelM

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ok food, flavor and texture was 7.5 out of 10. Our server was great!

    dLeñaResponded on June 15, 2022We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at dlena. We try our best to make sure that we're not only providing an exceptional experience, but also a memorable one. We're grateful your server was amazing and provided top notch service.

  22. SR

    ShoyR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch during Pride 2022, the food and ambiance were impeccable. The drinks could be better, however I do understand that when doing bottomless option that drinks will be pre-made. Fresh craft cocktails would set this place above the rest. Nonetheless, it was a great brunch spot!

    dLeñaResponded on June 15, 2022Hello Shoy! We take great care in crafting our drinks to be perfect for a variety of tastes, just let us know next time and we'll be happy to prepare your drink to your liking. We appreciate the feedback and we're happy you enjoyed your fabulous brunch with us!

  23. RF

    RachaelF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing here for brunch!
  24. RI

    RITAB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner date. Loved the crab and shrimp enchiladas.

    dLeñaResponded on June 15, 2022Hello Rita! Thank you for the 5 star review. So delighted you enjoyed your romantic dinner date with us! Our crab and shrimp enchiladas are always fresh and exceptional in flavor and some of our most popular menu options. Thank you for sharing!

  25. JF

    JFSG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time dining at DLena, and the first time for my sister. Our server was attentive and polite, and so were the food runners. The only complaint we had was that we specifically asked in our reservation notes to be seated at a booth, but were taken to a half booth. The restaurant was not full, and another party of two was seated in a booth after us. I’ve worked in restaurants before, so it was hard to give the benefit of the doubt for why this happened. Either way, the food was great and we will be back. In the future, I just hope the hosts grant guests their specific seating request, especially when the reservation is made months in advance.

    dLeñaResponded on June 15, 2022Hello JFSG! We're so happy you found us! Thank you so much for your review of dLeña. We truly appreciate that you and your sister loved our delicious food and fabulous service. We appreciate your patronage and assure that we will make your next visit with us just perfect!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was great too

    dLeñaResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you for your taking the time to review dLeña! Your feedback is very important and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience from start to finish!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic & flavorful. Jeff provided excellent service can’t wait to come back!

    dLeñaResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're thrilled to hear you look forward to coming back! We're always happy when our guests have an amazing time with us. Our servers are always striving to give an exceptional experience so we're excited that your server Jeff made it extra special!

  28. SH

    SchantelleH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dlena is a new favorite. The food and drinks were amazing and the service was great!!!

    dLeñaResponded on June 13, 2022Hi Schantelle! You made our day...Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad to see that dLeña is a favorite of yours. We take pride in providing you with an experience that you'll remember - from the food, to the service, and so much more!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    My waiter was very inattentive. We would go 30 minutes in between getting service. I remember specifically we asked him for straws and then watched him walk directly to the hostess stand and chat with the hostess for 10 minutes. We had to ask another waiter to please get them for us.

    dLeñaResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you for taking the time to review dLeña. We’re disappointed to hear that your experience was less than amazing and that your server was not engaging. It's rare when we hear this type of feedback, but we appreciate you sharing as it helps us improve going forward. We hope you'll give us another try, as we truly are committed to providing a 5 star experience for all of our guests.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great per usual

    dLeñaResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you for the positive review! It’s customers like you that make our job wonderful. We look forward to serving you again.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time

    dLeñaResponded on June 21, 2022You made our day...Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad to see that dLeña is a favorite of yours. We take pride in providing you with an experience that you'll remember - from the food, to the service, and so much more! Visit us again soon.

  32. JM

    JiovaniM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We spent our 5 year anniversary there. We both had the wagyu, tequila flight, some margaritas, a few sides, and two desserts. I thought the restaurant would do something special to commemorate our anniversary, especially since we marked it on our reservation, but nothing ever happened. The server did her job but nothing above and beyond. The inside is absolutely beautiful and everything you would have wanted for the vibe we were looking for. My only complaint odds spending $400 for two people and no one said Happy Anniversary.
  33. b

    blackcoffeeguy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food. Cool ambiance. Busy restaurant.

    dLeñaResponded on June 13, 2022We're excited that you enjoyed the cool ambience and energy! We're proud of the quality of our food and want all of our customers to enjoy it as much as we do creating it! We look forward to your next visit and our team appreciates the 5 star rating!

  34. LC

    LoreeC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was creative and excellent. Cocktails - margaritas - could use improvement. Service was mixed - slow, but then food delivery was good. The table top at our table could have used a refinish or a cloth. It felt ‘used’, hot plate rings and water marks that made a negative first impression. Overall, I’d highly recommend for excellent nouveau Mexican cuisine.

    dLeñaResponded on June 13, 2022Hello Loree! We're so happy to hear you thought our food was creative and excellent! We take pride in our team's ability to provide a wonderful dining experience, so we want to thank you for sharing with us. We love hearing back from our guests, as it helps us improve in the areas we need it most!

  35. J

    Jess

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great! If I go back I would only get the bottomless food and order a bottle of champagne since all bottomless drinks, even the margaritas were very weak.

    dLeñaResponded on June 6, 2022Hi Jess! We appreciate the 5 star feedback. Our bottomless brunch is a highlight here at dLeña and our team is thrilled you had such a stellar experience with us! We take great care in crafting our drinks to be perfect in every way, just let us know next time!

  36. S

    Sarah

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The restaurant had good reviews so we tried it. The food was high quality but really minimal selection and no sides or even tortillas to accompany a main dish. The jumbo shrimp was literally just 6 shrimp on a plate. No tortillas, no salsa, no chips. You can’t even order tortillas as a side. The beer list was small and they were out of almost every one and when I ordered an old fashioned with bourbon I was informed they don’t have bourbon. The restaurant was quite loud. The saving grace was that the servers were very friendly and prompt.
  37. PL

    PaulaL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dleña was recommended to us by a friend and it did not disappoint. My husband and I celebrated our 9 years at Dleña. The food was absolutely delicious, we ordered almost everything on the appetizer menu and finished it off with a tomahawk steak. Each drink was unique and lived up to its tequila name. Once we were done, we decided to have more drinks at the bar downstairs and it was the best decision we had. The ambience was cool with a touch of classy lounge vibes. They had a live band playing old school Brazilian music, good cocktails, truly a hidden gem. My husband and I even danced a slow song to celebrate. Highly recommend and would go there again.

    dLeñaResponded on June 6, 2022Hello Paula! We absolutely love your 5 star review and we're so glad to hear that you and your husband had a wonderful time celebrating 9 years together at dLeña! A lot of passion and expertise goes into preparing those delicious appetizers, cocktails and our exquisite tomahawk steak! We’re so thrilled you enjoyed such a fabulous romantic vibe at our downstairs lounge to top off your evening.

  38. Y

    Yasmin

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time trying this restaurant and definitely won’t be out last! Everything we had was incredibly flavorful and delicious. Started with empanadas and queso fundido and did the camarones a la diabla and short rib al carbon for entrees. Excellent. Great cocktails too.

    dLeñaResponded on June 6, 2022Hi Yasmin! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We are so thrilled to hear that you loved our empanadas, queso fundido and short ribs. We take pride in making food that is flavorful, fresh, and fun to eat. Our team appreciates your 5 star rating!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had an awesome experience at D’lena. The ambiance was everything!! The service was impeccable. The food was good. I would definitely recommend.

    dLeñaResponded on June 6, 2022Wow! Thank you for your 5 star recommendation! It’s customers like you that make our job wonderful. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to visit DC and decided to visit for the chef’s table. Everyone from the staff to the chef were wonderful and welcoming. The food was meticulously prepared and explained table-side. Through and through a 5 star experience. When we return to DC this is at the top of our list!

    dLeñaResponded on June 6, 2022We are incredibly grateful that you loved everything about our amazing restaurant and took the time out to leave us this fabulous feedback. We're truly committed to delivering exceptional service and exquisite cuisine. Thank you for the compliments for our chef's table ! Everything we do is with you in mind. We can't wait to have you back again when you're in DC.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from dLeña using the Order Online button. dLeña also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 560-5999.

dLeña is rated 4.7 stars by 677 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 130 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for dLeña

476 K St NW Washington, DC 20001-2531

Additional information

  • Cross street

    K Street & 5th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Gallery Place / Chinatown

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Richard Sandoval

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, 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) 560-5999

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@dlenadc.com for more details

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