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Elo's Italian, Alexandria, VA

Elo's Italian

4.4
4.4
625 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Live Oak is now ELO'S ITALIAN! Getting back to his roots and passion with Italian cuisine, Chef Justus has created a menu that will certainly please all taste buds. From handmade pastas and focaccia flatbreads, to fresh fish and vegetarian dishes. Elo's will soon be your new family and date night dining destination.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (571) 312-0402
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Justus Frank
  • Catering
    We offer onsite and offsite catering please view our catering menu on our website.
  • Private party facilities
    Elo's offers catering for both on and offsite events. We are happy to accommodate large parties. For parties larger than 6 please call us to make a reservation. We are not open for lunch but the space is reservable for lunch events and parties.
  • Private party contact
    Jeremy Barber: (571) 312-0402
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Cross street
    Monroe Ave
  • Parking details
    Lot located behind the restaurant
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 625 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

625 Reviews
  1. JanetM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing happy hour. Those oysters were to die for! :chef’s kiss:

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great food and service!

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  3. VAfoodlover1

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The host/manager was fantastic!! Went above and beyond with hospitality. Food was a little bland, but overall good. Went on trivia night (Tuesday) so it was a bit loud. Server was lacking in personality and hospitality, but overall good experience.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food every time. The cavatelli Is amazing, and the seafood tagliatelle.

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  5. JenS

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went on trivia night unexpectedly, so it was a bit loud for our enjoyment as non participants but manageable. The place is very cute, friendly staff. Unfortunately, my flatbread was cold but tasty. Side salad was fresh and very good. Recommend! Great happy hour prices and until 7pm! Would go again.

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  6. TimothyM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We drove to the restaurant only to find it was closed on the date of our reservation. Which, incidentally was our anniversary. It even autosent a confirmation text the day before to my phone making sure we were still going to attend. We actually had to scramble to find a place on what should have been a very special evening. If you’re going to be closed, make sure you block out the days on your reservation system.

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  7. MAJConfusion

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An all-time favorite, and a local place I'm glad to support. The food is always delicious, the service is outstanding and the overall atmosphere is welcoming and homey.

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  8. BeaR

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Although we’ve had several good meals at Elo’s we did not eat there for several months. We had dinner last night and were very disappointed. The food tasted like it was frozen bulk that they warmed to serve. Did they change ownership or chefs? Sadly we will not be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. VAresident1

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Caesar salad and charcuterie I have ever had! So fresh and delicious!

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  10. SharonK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Elo’s is a great new choice for Italian food lovers. Their spaghetti carbonara was as good as I’ve eaten in Italy and definitely a cut above that of most local restaurants. Our diabetic diner was also able to find a delicious low-carb entree in the sautéed chicken breast, which was very tender and moist. Roman donut holes with caramel sauce delivered on their promise, as did the dessert cheese board with fig jam and honeycomb. Portions for entrees and desserts were just the right size. The wait staff and manager were very attentive. The manager gave excellent, informed advice about the wine list and found us a well-priced Sangiovese. This restaurant gives outstanding value for the food, drink, and service.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Consistently great food, across the board. Lots of good wine options, all reasonably priced. Friendly, neighborhood feel.

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  12. Angela

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The place smelled bad like a bathroom and the food was terrible. Will not be coming back!!

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  13. SueinAlexandria

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food. I found the QR code use outside for ordering awkward, at least partly because the food titles were slightly different from the hard copy menu and I had trouble locating them online.

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  14. DonB

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food. From the calamari and charcuterie platter for appetizers to the gnocchi and risotto for dinner everything was delicious. Add to that their friendly service and you have a delightful neighborhood restaurant.

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  15. ROR4

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We made an 8:15 reservation on a Friday evening, but it was pretty evident that the restaurant was not interested in having new customers at that hour (we sat outside because we brought our dogs). The food was fine - the burrata was very good, but both of our entrees (spaghetti pomodoro and the squid ink tagliatelle) were under-seasoned. Dessert was quite good (doughnuts). We sat for awhile after 10:00 to finish our bottle of wine (having paid), but the staff turned the lights out on us and left us in the dark with no warning, which is NEVER done (I worked in fine dining for six years). Two-plus hours for a three-course meal with a bottle of wine and one other drink is not an unreasonable time frame - if you don't want people lingering you should either adjust your hours or stop seating earlier (although shutting up shop at 9:00 on a Friday night is...a choice). It wasn't our first visit to Elo's, but it will probably be our last. Easy to see why there were only a few tables eating on a pleasant Friday evening at what should be a better restaurant than it is. I would add that the patio has a nice enough ambience but the interior of the restaurant is way too brightly lit for the average diner to feel most comfortable.

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  16. anonymous

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. A few things I would adjust but overall, wonderful restaurant!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great people…

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  18. DelRayFoodies

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good and we enjoyed it however we opted to eat outside and they were short staffed so you had to order through their QC code. We found this annoying but ok, we put in our order. It didn't go through and the waiter realized it so he came and took our order so that was good that they recognized the lack of order for our table. Overall I think we'll go back or at least order out. They definitely need more staff though.

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  19. NadinetheQueen

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. The food is excellent and creative and the employees are welcoming and professional.

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  20. OldTownFoodie

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Restaurant Week. Delicious. Although the only menu available was what was being offered for Restaurant Week, it was a robust and varied selection. Servers were super friendly and the portions were substantial. We will definitely return!

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  21. RobertP

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service , tasty well prepared food and a nice quiet atmosphere ( we were there early in the evening). Well worth the trip.

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  22. MichelleK

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Went to this spot with high hopes. Previous reviews seemed favorable. We were seated outdoors and told that it’s restaurant week and the only menu was prix fixe with very limited choices. Also, you couldn’t order from a waiter you had to use your phone and an app. We ordered our food & two cocktails via the app. The cocktails (aperol spritzed) came out quickly and were quite good. The problems started with the food. Our appetizers took nearly 30 min to arrive. We ordered the Arancini which was dry, and unflavored and the arugula salad which was fine. Our entrees (spaghetti and meatballs and cavatelli) took a long time and were also flavorless. Our desserts were ok (cannoli and chocolate tart) but they ran out of the option initially we ordered. Wines were basic and expensive for the quality. Won’t be back.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    It was the beginning of restaurant week so maybe that impacted our experience. Service was weak (we asked to have someone take our order but no one came so we ended up ordering ourselves with the QR code; utensils didn’t come with our desserts and none came within 5 mins of pointing this out so I just got up and got my own). We had booked that it was a special occasion through open table but there was no mention of this. The desserts we ordered were later deemed unavailable. I will not remember the food. One highlight: the Wine list was reasonably priced.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday brunch

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  25. SusanP

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful Italian restaurant. We had the agnolotti and cavatelli, which were both delicious! Fresh ingredients and great flavors. The arugula salad (figs and prosciutto) was also delicious. The neighborhood is lucky to have such a high caliber restaurant!

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  26. Kate

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The carbonara and arancini were delicious. I would definitely return to try additional dishes.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food was not particularly good and cannoli we had for dessert was not at all appealing. I would not return.

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  28. BobE

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Food was good, service was very good, noise level was deafening.

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  29. Oldblue2014

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant. The fresh pasta is delicious. It’s nice to have happy hour prices back.

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  30. PaulaW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Group of five with different tastes all had a wonderful meal

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  31. Comic1989

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing…diamond in the rough

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  32. JaneO

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible appetizers/from flatbreads to octopus!-and homemade pastas and sauces that are delicious. Add friendly, professional service and you have an affordable neighborhood gem.

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  33. Gfood

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great high quality Italian in a casual setting. House made pasta dishes and meatballs were raved about. Small but thoughtful wine list sealed the deal.

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  34. open

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Pretty solid Italian food. Not a large menu, order by QR codes, was eerily quiet for a Tuesday night, but overall pretty solid neighbor spot. I will frequent given the convenience, but would not travel for it. Does have an outstanding outside dining set-up.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty, lovely people/service. Their QR code ordering system always trips me up, but they made sure we got everything we needed

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  36. VAresident1

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day!

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  37. JenniferP

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’ve eaten dinner here multiple times and used to eat brunch at Live Oak. Loved the Creative brunch menu. Everything was so fresh and delicious! I’m so glad we tried it.

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  38. Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for an early dinner. First time here since Monroe’s (one of our all time favorites) closed. We sat outside on an outstanding day. All or food was prepared with care, with excellent taste, quality, detail. One thing that would be nice would be more beer and cocktail choices to go with their meals.

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  39. SeldaD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had a nice atmosphere and good food, but most importantly, it was child-friendly.

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  40. Sylvia

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food did not have enough flavor or was over salted. Cost was a bit expensive for the quality and size of food.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Elo's Italian offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 312-0402.

Elo's Italian is rated 4.4 stars by 625 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Elo's Italian

1603 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Monroe Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Lot located behind the restaurant
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Justus Frank
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (571) 312-0402
  • Catering
    We offer onsite and offsite catering please view our catering menu on our website.
  • Private party facilities
    Elo's offers catering for both on and offsite events. We are happy to accommodate large parties. For parties larger than 6 please call us to make a reservation. We are not open for lunch but the space is reservable for lunch events and parties.
  • Private party contact
    Jeremy Barber: (571) 312-0402
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