Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap

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Lena’s Wood-fired Pizza & Tap is a neighborhood gem! Located centrally between Old Town and Del Ray, Lena’s provides a comfortable and inviting modern space with warm wood, exposed brick, and rich red accents throughout on the interior, as well as a cozy patio with a fire pit on the outdoor patio. With Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas, hearty Italian dishes, and a great selection of beers, wine, & cocktails, Lena’s is an ideal venue for dining out for weekend brunch, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, or for your next private event – from cocktail receptions to plated, family-style or buffet dinners.

Lena's Family Dinner is a great way to enjoy our menu at home - this three-course option includes a starter, an entrée, and dessert for two or four guests. Order by phone anytime, and use the curbfront pickup zone to grab and go!

We look forward to seeing you at Lena's soon!
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never can go wrong with the garlic bread and pizza.

DE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our out of town guests LOVED it and can’t wait to come back again to try other wonderful menu options!

SC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were looking for gluten-free pizza in Alexandria after visiting Mount Vernon and found Lena’s. The staff was outstanding, especially our waiter. Happy Hour with $5 martinis and wings plus $10 pizzas made Lena’s a real find! The Parmesan wings were hot and crispy. We really liked both the New England pizza and the meatball pizza. The GF pizza crust could use a little work because it was very thin so got soggy fast, but about half of the specialty pizzas are offered GF. Loved Lena’s for HH.

RN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was awesome.

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We lingered for three hours over a leisurely holiday lunch and reunion of old friends, yet we never felt rushed. All of our needs were met promptly but the service was not intrusive. This was my first visit to Lena's, though I'm already a fan of some of the other restaurants in this group (Vola's, The Majestic). This was a good experience. I'd recommend Lena's to a friend, and I look forward to visiting again.

OT
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the pizza, salad and service. Ambiance was quite festive as well.

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time and leaving us the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff are friendly and tend to be employed for longer than many similar restaurants—this tells you volumes about the management and how they care about and for their employees. That gets passed along in the service. The food is quite good. I’d say their pizza is just above average but the Italian options are very good for the DC area. I still would prefer if they offered a more extensive and rotating beer and spirits selection. This needs beefing up. Lena’s is a great spot for an easy meal in a great neighborhood.

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi, thank you for taking the time and leaving us the kind words! We are thrilled to know you had a wonderful time and service and look forward to hosting you again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large party and could not have had a better experience. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Food was delicious. I tried the Korean BBQ pizza and now I’ll ONLY be getting that pizza. It was so good! Everyone else seemed pleased with their food. Great place to hang out!

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review! We are thrilled to know you enjoyed our service and dishes just as much as we do. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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OT
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service to Enjoy the food. Brussel sprouts salad was the best!

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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RO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I had the margherita pizza (regular crust). It was ok, maybe a 6/10. Wife loved her gluten free pizza however (9/10).

Very noisy. Mixed thoughts on a return trip - will need to try something other than pizza for me.

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi Russ, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We take all comments like yours very seriously and will make sure to pass along to the team.

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PM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was, once again, very poor. After waiting over 45 minutes past our reservation time, we were seated With no water or cutlery provided until AFTER our appetizers had arrived. Unacceptable wait for main courses followed. We enjoy this restaurant but service has been consistently unsatisfactory.

BC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch options, and they were all delicious! And everyone at Lena's is always so friendly and nice. Thank you for a great brunch!

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Bridget, thank you for leaving us the kind words! We look forward to having you again soon.

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NL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very loud. Could hardly talk. Husband’s meal came out before appetizers. Sent it back. Then the rest of the food came out right after appetizers were received. Complained to wAitress. She sent back my pizza, but not other meals. Then my husband’s meal was return and I received mine 15 minutes later. We all ended up eating at different times. Waitress had no interest in our dissatisfaction. My children’s meals were cold as they were sitting there while they ate their appetizers. Food is very very salty. Very unpleasant experience. No manager ever came to check in us.

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Niki, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review! We sorry that your experience with us was less than stellar and will make sure to pass your sentiments along to the team.

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MI
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ALWAYS ENJOY GETTING MY FAVORITE SERVICE MARK TAMAYO . I GET MY FOOD PREPARED AND SERVED THE WAY I LOVE . MY SERVER NEVER DISSAPOINTS . THANK YOU AGAIN . MICKEY STACK

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Mickey, thank you for taking the time leaving us the kind words! We are thrilled to know you enjoyed our service and dishes and look forward to your next visit.

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal and great service at Lena's!

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Jane, thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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EM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love the food here and the kid friendly menu! We will return. My only complaints are how long it takes to get seated even when you make a reservation, and the awkward waiting area situation. The walkway is narrow between the bar and the stools you can sit on while you wait to get seated.

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Emily, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us the kind words! We are thrilled to know the whole family enjoyed dining with us and will make to pass the information provided along to the team. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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R
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

I'm astounded at the highly positive reviews about the pizza at Lena's. The crust was stiff, too thick, and lacked flavor. As for the toppings (I had the Marguerite) it could have used more cheese and sauce, and the sauce wasn't noteworthy. My search for good pizza in the DC metro area continues but my conclusion is that folks around here have never had really good pizza so they think anything mediocre is great. On the plus side, the service staff were friendly and efficient and the ambiance is nice. Also my Caesar salad was very good.

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Ruthie, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We are saddened to hear we did not meet and then exceed your expectations during your visit with us and will make sure to pass this information along to the team.

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TH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Highly recommend!

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, Tracie! We hope to see you again soon.

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d
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was good as usual except the diavola pizza had too much honey compared to the spicy kick you're supposed to get. Disappointed with the service - took a long time for a server to come by after being seated, server wasn't attentive which was disappointing. I'll just stick to ordering via ubereats.

k
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food is great and we go there often. Sunday night was an off night from the moment we walked in until the moment we left. Fro seating to ordering to paying our bill, it was a series of confused missteps. We tried looking for the manager a couple of times, but could not find one. Love the food - it's our favorite place in the neighborhood - but the front of the house could use a day of training.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place for family and dogs. They even have a Pooch menu. For the cold weather on the patio they had blankets and heaters.

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lena's is our go to restaurant for all things Italian. Great pizza (also happens to be our 5 year olds favorite), but their apps and salads are great as well. The pasta is always delicious and they usually have a couple of specials that are worth trying.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was GREAT!!!!! And my nephew REALLY enjoyed his birthday

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time at Lena’s! We had heard about it from friends and co workers so we decided to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary here. The arancini was cooked nice and crisp, the wine was delicious, and the pizza was AMAZING! My husband got the Diavola pizza and I got the chicken calabrese ranch pizza. I was pleasantly surprised by how soft yet crunchy the crust was! Our server was very friendly and prompt. James (the manager I believe?) came to our table and explained the history behind the calabrese ranch, which was really neat! And he even brought us our own little cup of calabrese ranch to dip our pizza in, which was a nice touch! We sat inside and the noise level was a little high, but expected for a Friday night. We left with full tummies and a nice night! We will be back!

n
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect patio with fire pit and heaters
Great food
Excellent servers
Favorite spot in Alexandria!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the staff were AMAZING!!!!!!!! We WILL be back!!!!

JB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always perfect when we eat there - which is often. Our only complaint would be the noise level inside the restaurant between 6pm - 8pm. Extremely hard to have a conversation with all of the noise. Other than that everything is great. Especially the beet salad with salmon and the five cheese ravioli.

g
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and easy parking too! Very good all around! Will definitely be back!

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We frequent this spot. Waitress was fantastic, loved the seasonal beer selections, & the temp was perfect to sit outside. However, my pasta dish and the pizza came out 15 mins apart. Had we not been splitting my dish would have been cold while waiting for my boyfriend’s pizza. We noticed it happened to other tables as well. We had always gotten a pizza and never had this problem, but it left a negative “taste” in our mouth in terms of experience this time.

P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had spinach and artichoke dip as appetizer. It was tasty, The portion was sufficient for 2 or 3 people. The margherita pizza was also quite good. The place was crowded on a Saturday night. They have parking but it was full. Was able to able to park on a nearby street. Overall a satisfactory meal.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First day of school

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and go every other Saturday. It’s the best pizza that taste like Italian pizza, and I’m from Italy so I know what’s good

MF
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had the chicken parmesan and it was fairly decent but they sat me under an air vent and my meal got cold very quickly. The spaghetti was not very tasty.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It's a busy place even on a rainy Friday evening and early! Great service. Make a reservation! Parking was moving , but limited so be patient. Great staff outside and inside.

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. Loved it and will return every week.

SG
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! Would be nice if they served bread with the pasta dishes. It was also a super loud restaurant.

VM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The manager was rude from the moment we walked in. He profiled us immediately and assumed I didn't have a reservation, but once the host explained that we did have a reservation, he gave me the option to sit outside if I didn't mind waiting an additional 10-20 minutes. I preferred an outside table and we were still waiting on two members of our party so we opted to wait. Well the wait ended up being much longer than the manager said it would be and he made no strides to accommodate us. I'm from Texas and look forward to visiting Lena's whenever I'm in the DMV, however after this latest experience at this restaurant I don't think I'll be returning

BT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The Gnocchi was too rich and the service under par. Prices too high for quality of food.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lena’s is a great local pizza joint on the border of old town and del Ray. The pizza, including gluten free options, is among the best in this area. The staff is always accommodating even when they get an order wrong. Highly recommended for any night of the week!

JP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on day 14 of a 21 day vacation. We were trying to eat at places that were highly recommended or highly rated. We had high expectations and Lena's Pizza did not disappoint. The food was very flavorful, spicy as requested and was a beautiful blend of spices and ingredients. The chicken Caesar salad was succulent, the pizza was exquisite and the tiramisu and the cannoli were delightful. The service was fabulous, the waitress took care of all of our requests with a smile and "yes, we can".
If you are looking for a fantastic experience, then you have to go to Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza. Whenever we have the chance, we will absolutely go to this festival of food any time we can!

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