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dLeña, Washington, DC
Award-winning

dLeña

4.7
4.7
1708 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 62 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 1,708 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

1,708 Reviews
  1. Dmvwealthbuilding

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!

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  2. RedHerring

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!

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  3. 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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had such an amazing time! Visiting DC for the first time and the food was exceptional and customer service was SUPERB! Troy was the best waiter! He kept us entertained and provided excellent customer service 10/10!
    dLeñaResponded on May 13, 2024
    Fabulous review! We're thrilled to hear that your visit to DC was made all the more memorable with a 10/10 dining experience at dLena! It's fantastic to know that Troy played a significant role in providing you with superb customer service and keeping you entertained. We'll be sure to pass along your kind words and commendation to him. Our team is looking forward to having you back on your next trip to DC!

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  5. Janet

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can not wait to come back. I loved everything we had!!!! Must try: Crab Quac!!!!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I don’t recommend coming here for brunch (any other time is good) . The bottomless brunch is one of the worst I’ve ever been in. The chicken and waffles were 2 mini waffles with a piece of chicken on each waffle that was smaller than a McDonald’s chicken nugget . The chilaquiles with beef was extremely embarrassing with slices of beef that looked like they had went through a paper shredder and there were very few of them. The steak and eggs were of laughable quality as well(tiny piece of steak, cold egg, cold hash mixture)The birria tacos are passable if you squeeze the lime . the food overall was very cold , including the churros that took forever to come out . It was an extremely disappointing birthday brunch and I’m very blessed that I’m not poor, otherwise I’d be crying over the 170$ including tip. It’s crazy to have this experience after having great lunch here
    dLeñaResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for sharing, your feedback is incredibly important to us, as it highlights areas requiring enhancement and improvement. We take pride in our brunch offerings and want to ensure that every meal, regardless of the time of day, reflects the same high standards. Our chicken and waffles, steak and eggs choices are some of our most popular. We're disappointed you felt your offerings were less than perfect. We'll be sure to share your feedback with our kitchen and culinary teams, and address your concerns. We appreciate your feedback and we thank you for bringing this to our attention and we hope you'll consider giving us another chance in the future.

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  7. foodieinDc

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carmen, our waitress, was/is phenomenal, and we will be back soon to try the chef's table experience. Justin, the bar manager, was also excellent, too
    dLeñaResponded on May 13, 2024
    Thank you so much for your kind words! It's such a pleasure to hear that Carmen and Justin made your visit fun and unforgettable. Our team loves to deliver exceptional service, and it's always rewarding to know when we've succeeded. The Chef's Table experience awaits you, and we can't wait to welcome you back. Your appreciation means the world to all of us here at dLeña. ¡Salud!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Weekday Lunch time review: Ambience is very nice with low noise throughout the restaurant. I was very excited about this restaurant but would not return. Food was presented beautifully, the shrimp tacos were an experience with the jicama “tortilla”. The guacamole was delicious with their seasoned tortilla. The queso fundido was also good and their birria tacos! It is important to understand this is not your typical mexican restaurant, a lot is the quality and experience so attention to detail was definitely demonstrated in the presentation of the food. However, for the price, it was nothing out of this world. Conclusion: good experience but definitely a one and done.
    dLeñaResponded on May 13, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the ambience, presentation of our dishes, and the unique flavors we strive to offer, like the shrimp tacos with jicama “tortilla” and our specially seasoned guacamole. Our aim is to provide an exceptional dining experience that combines quality ingredients with culinary innovation, and it sounds like we hit the mark on those aspects during your visit. We’re disappointed to hear if some dishes are found a bit too expensive; however, we guarantee that the price corresponds with the quality of the authentic dishes provided. It is our hopw that we have another opportunity to host you again!

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  9. VicmarP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food, we enjoyed the grilled oysters, short rib and branzino.

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  10. love

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was there for Cinco de Mayo. Food was awesome. Loved the ambiance. I will definitely be coming back.
    dLeñaResponded on May 7, 2024
    Wonderful review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and loved the ambiance during your Cinco de Mayo visit.  Recommendations like yours are truly the highest form of praise for our staff and a testament to their dedication to providing a 5 star dining experience. We look forward to having you back for another extraordinary visit!

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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 1708 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 62 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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