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dLeña, Washington, DC
Award-winning

dLeña

4.7
4.7
1716 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.

CHEF'S TABLE EXPERIENCE:
Book an exclusive dining experience at our chef’s table tucked behind the main bar facing into the open kitchen. Chef will prepare eight courses for 160.00 per guest, with an optional beverage pairing for 75.00 per guest. Please visit our Chef's Table OpenTable page to book:
https://www.opentable.com/r/dlena-chef-table-washington

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 112 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Mount 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

What 1,716 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

1,716 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    i came here for my boyfriends birthday and it was a greeeaat time! i read reviews on how the service really amped the explains they held true! our server was great and the service was even better. we ordered guacamole and chips for starters and followed with the tomahawk steak, we also were treated with some churros for dessert.. best part of our meal 🤭 thanks dleña, we truly enjoyed our time there.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good environment,great service highly recommend it .
    dLeñaResponded 1 day ago
    We appreciate your feedback! It's fantastic to see that our team at dLeña left a positive impression. We're committed to ensuring your next visit is 5 star worthy as well. ¡Salud!

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  3. GiovanaV

    Alabama

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is such a big part of the dining experience, and in our case it had a lot of room for improvement. Waitress one comes and introduces herself. Waitress two comes and tell us to ignore the previous waitress? Waitress one remained as our server, but did not know the ingredients in our main dish. Highlights were the branzino and the wagyu empanadas. The beef short rib tacos were mundane and the guacamole with crab was ok. Water was hardly refilled, so we had to do it ourselves, no big deal. One person poured tap water into my glass when I clearly had bottled water on my side of the table. Spent over $200 and don’t feel that the food was worth the price. Great cocktails do kudos to the bartender.
    dLeñaResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you for sharing Giovana! We apologize for the confusion with our waitstaff, as well as the issues with water refills. We understand that these service aspects impacted your overall experience, and we will address these shortcomings with our team. We appreciate your positive remarks about the branzino, wagyu empanadas, and your great cocktails. We understand that food preferences differ among individuals and it's disappointing to hear that some of your dishes fell short of your expectations. We will review and revisit  our flavorings and seasonings to ensure they align with the high quality we aim to provide. It is our hope that you consider giving us another opportunity to provide you with the excellent dining experience that dLeña is known for. We appreciate your shoutout for the bartender and great cocktails. ¡Salud!

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  4. UrsulaD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the restaurant! Food and service were perfect! Also, loved the ambience…. No complains at all
    dLeñaResponded 1 day ago
    Hi Ursula, we're so excited to hear such positive feedback about our perfectly prepared dishes and grand dining ambiance. Our team works diligently to craft delicious offerings and cocktails, and we truly appreciate your 5-star recommendation. We hope you'll join us again soon for another enjoyable time at dLeña!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Highly recommend! Excellent place.
    dLeñaResponded 1 day ago
    We are truly grateful for your glowing review. Providing you with an exceptional experience is our top priority, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable culinary journey. Thank you for your 5-star recommendation!

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  6. KhalilahB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant always looks so busy and it’s hard to get a reservation. I finally got one and hoped to sit outside. No luck there it was not open. I remembered the brunch was delicious but the dinner not so much. The food was pretty bland and I don’t enjoy much of it. The server was really sweet though. Big shout out to Ricardo and the manager with the locs. Service and vibe was good. Food not so much
    dLeñaResponded 1 day ago
    We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the service and atmosphere of dLeña! Ricardo and our manager will be thrilled to hear your kind words. We’re very sorry to hear that your dinner did not meet your expectations, especially given your past enjoyment of our brunch offerings. Your feedback on the flavor profile of our dinner dishes is invaluable, and we will certainly review it with our culinary team to ensure we maintain the high standards we strive for. We understand the disappointment of not being able to sit outside, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to continuing to serve you and aim to make each visit better than the last. Hope to see you again soon!

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  7. Dmvwealthbuilding

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Crab Avocado Dip was really good. The Branzino was seasoned perfectly. The shrimp and blue crab enchiladas were good as well. Drinks were good could have been little stronger. Toped it off with Crème Brûlée which was very rich. The service and food was top tier will be back again!
    dLeñaResponded 7 days ago
    100%, Yes! We're excited to hear that you enjoyed the crab avocado dip, branzino, and shrimp and blue crab enchiladas. It's wonderful to know that your dishes met went beyond in terms of quality and seasoning. We also appreciate your feedback on the drinks and will certainly take it into consideration to ensure an even more enhanced experience on your next visit. We pride ourselves on providing top-tier service and are delighted that you found both the service and food to be exceptional. Your kind words about the Crème Brûlée being a rich finish to your meal made our day!

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  8. BrandiV

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was outstanding and food was delicious. Drinks were strong and yummy :)
    dLeñaResponded 4 days ago
    Hi Barandi! We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed our delicious food and found the drinks to be both strong and yummy. Our team takes great pride in providing outstanding service, and it's wonderful to know that our server helped make your visit an unforgettable one. Come back soon for more great times and tasty drinks!

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  9. RedHerring

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool vibe and delicious food - some of the best tacos I’ve ever had, and a killer margarita!
    dLeñaResponded 7 days ago
    Yes, our margaritas are a crowd favorite! We're so excited to hear how much you loved the vibe and found our tacos to be among the best you've ever had. Our team takes great pride in crafting delicious food and providing excellent service, so it’s fantastic to know we absolutely wowed you. Thank you so much for your wonderful review!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love this restaurant they could never make me hate itlol
    dLeñaResponded on May 13, 2024
    We are so fortunate to receive such a warm and fabulous review—we take great pride in giving you a fantastic experience every time you visit and look forward to another memorable culinary adventure with you! Thank you very much for your 5 star recommendation!

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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 1716 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 112 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for dLeña

476 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001-2531

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    K Street & 5th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Mount 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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