dLeña

4.7
340 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.

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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Join dLeña for a special 5 course prix fixe for 140pp (a la carte menu not available) and a bubbly toast at midnight. Live band playing from 9pm-2am in our sub-level mezcal lounge dLeña ROJA.

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vipDaniel
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

disgusted honestly. wasn’t greeted by server only “what can i get?” even before that, i made a reservation for 2:15, the host calls me at 1:56 to let me know i won’t be able to “do bottomless” which is understandable because brunch ends at 3pm. but there was no need to call and tell us what we cannot have 20 minutes before arrival.

after asking for a drink a third time the server became combative telling us we didn’t order ever after he confirmed it a second time. (didn’t get the drink until after the check was placed in front of us [without asking]).

after being avoided by the server several times we stopped another server at the restaurant and asked to speak with a manager. the manager then pulled our current server to the side, gestured to us and then giggled. the manager approached us with an apologetic tone which then turned sarcastic. i explained to the manager that the server didn’t introduce himself in the beginning, manager cuts me off, points to the receipt and says “it’s right here.” radical.

the manager (who finally discloses his name, Josh Gray) continues to patronize us as we explain why we felt the service was inexcusable saying, “oh i’ll definitely fire him. i’ll write him up right after his shift.”

all in all the entire service aspect of the visit was putrid and dehumanizing, i felt like i didn’t matter, i felt like an inconvenience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best brunch I've had in DC. The food, presentation, and service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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AmyV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my brother and I first time at this restaurant, everything was good! The food was delicious and the price was definitely worth it. The server was really nice , and very attentive. Over all I would come back whenever I visit DC again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tomohawk was amazing (I had a little taste). I typically get the seafood enchiladas, which are great, but this time I opted for something lighter — the branzino. I wish I’d stuck with what I knew to be good. The branzino wasn’t horrible, it was just okay.

I’ll be back to try brunch.

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BrianaJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dleña was the perfect ending to a birthday weekend celebration. Everyone was so friendly, the ambience was beautiful and inviting, the food was fantastic! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fantastic every time! 10/10 experience and the service was great as well.

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BranB
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Cory was amazing! He offered great food and drink suggestions from the menu and was very delightful. He made our first experience at this restaurant amazing! I will be sure to be back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

We ordered steaks🙂. The steaks started off great, but the platter that they are served on turned our medium steaks to well done. The corn empanadas and the queso were terrific!

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nycfood
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food exceeded our very high expectations for our first time dining here! Our server, Bergen, was very helpful and informative. We can’t wait to come back.

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DeidreD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What is a birthday dinner.

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Juan15
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again our experience at D'Leña was fantastic. The service, the food, the atmosphere were consistently great. The two friends we took loved it. We are planning to take other friends in early December.

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vipPrinceP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, a bit overpriced but the ambiance is great, the speakeasy is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at DLena. Apart from the food being a five star experience (Wagyu steak was amazing) our waitress, Ellie, made the night so much more enjoyable. She was very attentive and very friendly. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul was an excellent server. Would definitely come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food even though we only had the Short Rib Tacos and some dessert it’s definitely a place to go to again.

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rakwalsh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! Service, food, drinks! Best restaurant in DC!

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vipErikE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Such a fantastic meal! Their use of blow torches when serving at the tables is a really nice touch! We will be going again!

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ryan
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ver delicious and unique food. Service was flawless. Zero complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the DMV. Spectacular as usual!

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Nikky
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely SPECTACULAR!!!! The food is unreal! We did the bottomless brunch and every item was flavorful, with beautiful colors and presentation. I could not believe the attention to detail in every dish! And the server Frank was fantastic. All the staff was helping one another, clearing dishes, bringing dishes and beverages. The decor is gorgeous. Absolutely reccomend!

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SMSS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Cool atmosphere. Great service!

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GiuliaP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambience is nice but the food is very average. They served all of our food together (we ordered starters and tacos plus a main dish) and everything came too quickly to be cooked on the spot. They probably reheat and serve. Would not recommend m.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first time at DLena And I have to say hands-down my new favorite restaurant. Top-notch food and an amazing atmosphere.

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viptguidry
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and drinks with beautiful restaurant. I’d highly recommend it! Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding! The server knew what to recommend and responded to all of our questions as first timers at the restaurant. Our waiter was extremely friendly and made us feel welcome.
Food was excellent and so were the drinks. We are definitely coming back.

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DerekH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend

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MiMi
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great ambience and relaxed atmosphere. I will be honest when I first arrived the hostess was very rude in how she spoke to us. Our reservation was at 5pm and they were still cleaning and setting up all the way up until 5. I went to the hostess 10 mins before our reservation and she looked at me with an attitude and told me they don’t open until 5 I can wait outside. Their was no hi, how are you, I’ll be with you as soon as we open. Then she never came and got me once they opened, I walked back over and she just looked at me and said “what’s the name?” With an attitude once again…poor customer service initially with her. However, our waiter Troy was AMAZING! He truly helped put the experience back on the right track.

The food was well prepared, everything came out quickly and was full of so much flavor! All of their food is made over wood fire and charcoal which adds to the flavors. The hibiscus flavored margarita was made perfectly too!!!

We started with the Crab Cake Tostada, and Ostiones a la Leña. The oysters were topped with a mango salsa that added so much flavor, and the crab cakes were very tasty! Great starters.

For my entrée I had the Zarandeado, the fish was perfectly cooked with a nice marinade. Combined with the cole slaw and avocado it was even better!

I’m so glad Troy recommended the Mil Hojas de Panqueque Argentino for dessert as well. It was stacked crepes with a light whip cream through out topped with a caramel drizzle and a salted caramel ice cream to pair. Wasn’t overly sweet, but just right!

I would definitely go back to try more from the menu and dine with Troy again.

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Bianca
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My food was amazing. I ordered both ribeye which came out cooking on a hot stone which was an added touch to the experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere

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JenniferM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Went to dLena for bottomless brunch. It took 20 minutes for someone to take our tables drink order. (Frustrating when they start a timer on you from when you sit down). When we ordered drinks, we also asked to be served all of the items on the menu, which were told was an option. The food started coming and the flavors and presentation was outstanding. Unfortunately waitstaff came around less and less, which made getting refills on drinks difficult, even water. We also had to start asking for items that hadn't been brought to us. We mentioned churros at least 3 times! After waiting with an empty glass for at least another 20 minute period, I asked for another drink, a repeat of one of the dishes, and the churros(which we still hadn't received) to which we were told the kitchen is closed, no more drinks, no more food, but the churros are coming. We waited, and waited and waited. Finally we were told there would be no churros, our server was too busy to put the order in. He offered us sorbet as a consolation, but we were all really anticipating those churros. I can buy sorbet at the store, I can't get a good. crispy churro with cajeta at the store. I really enjoy bottomless brunches and the food here was great, but the service was disappointing.

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vipKenyattaR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh the manager is amazing. The server Corey is phenomenal! The ambiance was very nice. The food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had from the food to the cocktails were delicious! It’s a beautiful restaurant and the service was amazing, especially our server Ellie.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Service was super slow, drinks were weak and food was decent. Way over priced for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely ambience with quality food. Highly recommend the waygu & cremé brûlée!♥️

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courtneyP
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time coming to this establishment and it was great, just as it was the first time. The drinks were good, the food is flavorful and no matter what you order its filling. My friend had the tacos & she barely could eat the last one.

I highly recommend the branzino to everyone & to take time after dinner to go downstairs to the lounge and unwind after dinner.

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vipNickN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mexican old fashion is just amazing. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.

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vipMaryamN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Ambiance was nice however food was hit and miss. For example The empanadas were yummy but then their soup and creme brûlée were pretty bad. We had to return both these two items. I would give it one more try maybe they have better items on the menu.

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TaiH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our time at dLeña was perfect. The service was amazing from start to finish. Jenny was our waitress and she was very helpful and sweet the entire time. She made great recommendations! The food was made swiftly and was delicious. The drinks were also great. We went for brunch and had the bottomless drinks and food. I would definitely recommend that as you can basically try the entire menu for a really great price! I would definitely come back, possibly for happy hour next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Not enough options for vegetarians. I didn’t like the mushroom tacos or the pomegranate salad. The puréed tortilla soup wasn’t great either. The drinks were ok. Service was good though.

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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 340 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.