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Elo's Italian, Alexandria, VA

Elo's Italian

4.4
4.4
601 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, 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

Popular dishes

What 601 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Kid Friendly

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  1. SP

    SusanP

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  2. K

    Kate

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was not particularly good and cannoli we had for dessert was not at all appealing. I would not return.
  4. BE

    BobE

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

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

    Oldblue2014

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

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

    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
  7. C

    Comic1989

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing…diamond in the rough
  8. JO

    JaneO

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 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.
  9. G

    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.
  10. o

    open

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 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.
  11. OT

    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
  12. VA

    VAresident1

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day!
  13. JP

    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.
  14. N

    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.
  15. SD

    SeldaD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

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

    Sylvia

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 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.
  17. SD

    SeldaD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods are delicious and service is good. Although it was opened a few months ago, we have already been regular customers.
  18. G

    Grant976

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem with elevated cuisine and cocktails. Great outdoor space with bistro lighting. Everything was delicious.
  19. MM

    MbMb

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Where are the crowds? Elo's offers a wonderful neighborhood restaurant option. Seafood, pasta, and meat lovers, as well as vegetarians, will find plenty of choices. Even a bambino section for the little ones, very fairly priced. Flatbread pizzas are also available. Herbed Goat Cheese Agnolotti was delicious and enough for lunch the next day. The Melon, Prosciutto & Arugula Salad topped with steak was a perfect for a hot spring evening. We enjoyed spicy, warm - hot, actually - marinated olives with a cocktail to start the evening, and finished with the torta, perhaps the only disappointment as the crust was flavorless. Overall, a lovely dining experience with excellent service, just waiting for more neighbors to discover and enjoy! The owners need to up their social media presence as the location, with outdoor dining options, as well as the menu, will be a hit once more people know about Elo's.
  20. AM

    AijaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Go to Elo’s! Friday night at 6:30 we were among three or four other parties dining. The meals are delicious and deserve to be enjoyed by more people; staff were very friendly.
  21. LL

    LinLB

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food at a fair menu price with friendly service.
  22. AG

    AmyG

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food at Elo's is excellent! We had the scallops and the risotto with flank steak, along with grilled asparagus (all were perfect and wonderful sauces) and the broccoli rabe. The broccoli tasted delicious (with beans and tomatoes), but was a little stringy. Otherwise, it was all FABULOUS! And I had a truly perfect Old Fashioned too! Highly recommend Elo's!
  23. V

    Vieve

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal and fantastic service! Highly recommend for any occasion.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    They do not have wait service at tables. They use an app where you order and pay. Completely inappropriate. Food is good but incredibly overpriced given there is minimal human interaction. Wouldn't recommend
  25. CG

    ConnerG

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was awesome- definitely recommend!!!!
  26. JN

    JohnN

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Scallops and grilled octopus were good. Calamari a little overcooked.
  27. LE

    LeeEm

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very comfortable dining room, fresh homemade pasta, Attentive and friendly service and the Chef visited our table. A lovely evening! We will go back to try more of the dishes!
  28. SD

    SeldaD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good restaurant, delicious food, nice staff. Highly recommended.
  29. J

    Janner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!!
  30. MT

    MaureenT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is incredible! The service is great. I am already looking forward to our next visit.
  31. DB

    DonB

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening at Elo The old fashions were great. The lasagna was perfect. I don’t think you can go wrong with any pasta dish. Definitely a repeat in the near term.
  32. D

    Dawn

    Munich

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love our neighborhood Italian restaurant!
  33. RK

    RoKai

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gnocchi bolognese was delicious! Also loved the dessert and boozy owners coffee. The ordering model is also amazing. Everything came out quick and gave the diner a little control.
  34. LS

    LauraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm ambience, welcoming staff, and delicious food. We always enjoy our visits here. A family favorite!
  35. k

    k99js06

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was so great! We liked it when it was Live Oak, but this was our first time visiting in its new incarnation as Elo’s Italian. Love that proof of vaccination is required to be seated, and the phone based ordering worked great. Makes the whole splitting the tab among 3+ people thing infinitely easier. And our food and drinks came out quickly and were delicious. Loved the homemade focaccia, as well as the burrata, calamari, and pastas (we tried three and they were each great). Big portions of pasta, too. Hope this place sticks around - we thought it was great and will be back!
  36. GM

    GretchynM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been to Elo’s a few times now and have never been disappointed. The pasta is homemade (we’ve tried several of the dishes by now), the calamari is delicious, and the chocolate torte is devine. I’ve read the reviews about it being overpriced - the prices are on par with every other sit-down dining establishment in Alexandria. I’ve also seen complaints about the ordering system and being short-staffed. As you may recall, we’re in a PANDEMIC. Businesses are short-staffed and working on shoe-string budgets. The staff are super friendly and polite, happy to answer questions, and are thrilled to have diners. The online ordering system is also a snap - many restaurants in this area have converted over to these systems so this isn’t something outlandish. I highly recommend going to Elo’s!!!!
  37. PG

    PGinBath

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! We only moved to the area just before lockdown, so have always had a table on the terrace. So, as the first time “eating in” it was just as good! Ambiance and service was its usual high standard; good vibe, not noisy, and superb friendly service. In some places, Q-code app ordering can be a bit impersonal, but the team at Elo’s are available to chat and advise, being attentive but respect your distance and privacy. Food- what more to say than it’s always great - the depth of flavors that Justus and the team get in all their dishes is superb and consistent. We’ve not been disappointed by anything we’ve tried over several visits. Cocktails and wines are always spot-on and don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions as the front of house team know their stuff and will help you match a wine for your dish from the small, but good list. 10/10 again for this visit and looking forward to the next visit already! Thanks all P&G
  38. GV

    GretaV

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Cute neighborhood Italian restaurant. Food was good but a little pricey, with wine, about $70 per person. They have a unique and very impersonal ordering system through your phone, so no one actually comes to take your order. I thought it was okay, but my dining companion, who likes to ask questions and ask for recommendations was very put off by it. Even though very little interaction with the waitstaff, automatic 20% gratuity. The desserts were great! I give It a 3.5, my date gives it a 3 - solid dining experience
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been meaning to try the food at Elo’s since it opened. I was thrilled with the experience and sad I didn’t go sooner! My friends and I each had different apps, entrees, and desserts. All three of us were thrilled. We’ve commented multiple times since last night that we need to go back. The flavors were fresh, pasta was amazing, and the desserts were wonderful. I recommend it for a casual night out or you can make it be the special occasion place.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    I went during restaurant week and ordered the prix meal . The spaghetti pomodoro is not something to write home about . It looked like top ramen noodles . Although still edible but the taste was not there. The butternut squash is good and the deserts were yummy . I ordered the bambolinj and the apple cake. I am personally don’t like that you have to go on the app to order everything including water or utensils if needed. This place is ok but if you’re looking gif a traditional Italian food then you may want to look elsewhere

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 601 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 4 times today
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 Sat, 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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