Live Oak

3.7
498 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Live Oak is a cozy neighborhood gem located in the hip and popular neighborhood of Del Ray, Alexandria. Live Oak Focuses on farm to table American cuisine with local favorites including Chesapeake Rockfish, Grilled Hanger Steak, Pecan Crusted Trout, and Smoked Chicken Wings. Craft cocktails like our almost famous old fashioned and local craft beer such as Port City and Fair Winds Brewery are great selections while gathering with friends and family. If al fresco dining is what you are looking for our 40 seat patio and rocking chairs will surly not disappoint.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 498 people are saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
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3.6
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3.4
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed. I got a call the day of my dinner, which was Velentine’s Day, an hour before my reservation, stating that the restaurant has been closed since January and that they had a glitch in their system. Very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Closed for winter

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed, but apparently hadn’t updated Open Table

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Glutenfree
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

All service is now handled via QR code ordering. You only see servers when they deliver your food. Outdoor seating is available. I'm glad they are taking lots of measures to keep everyone safe during this pandemic.

The food was not very good. I've eaten there in the past and enjoyed it, this time the ribs had an odd smokey flavor and the chicken wings had skin like rubber.

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Bpoffenb1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Beautiful porch for eating out, but the service was so contactless that I could hardly find someone to ask a question about the menu. The electronic ordering system would have been fine, but there was no obvious way to customize your order.

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LeslieK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Outdoor dining with reduced staff and everything served on paper plates. Food was very good though.

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DoeCar
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Restaurant had a nice vibe to it. The staff was very helpful, and the food was yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food prepared by chefs sho truly cares about food and served by great serving staff! Covid safety measures were seriously taken. We really enjoyed our first double date since March this year.

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Cazloves2dine
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were the only customers there. The server stayed inside in the dark restaurant. Turned all the lights off inside once we paid. The app to order only worked for one of us. The food was ok but not great. It wasn’t the best experience. Maybe we’ll go back once the quarantine is over because I really liked it before.

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Todd
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Love supporting a neighborhood restaurant!

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Brandon
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and I love the setup on the patio!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Our waiter was totally overworked and could not be attentive. Asked for no pimento cheese on burgers and a slice of onion and got neither of these requests. Food came in plain csrdboard containers ( because of Covid, but still could have been presented in a more appealing way). Had to pay with tip beforehand even though order was incorrect. Would have been cheaper to pick it up and sit in my backyard. I want to support small business but two hamburgers, two drinks and two sides should not cost almost $100. Oh, and was my friend’s birthday. Disappointed.

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vipRuisenor
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distance tables; touchless ordering through the smartphone. Highly recommend.

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vipHolly
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Didn’t realize everything would be served on plastic plates and that we would have virtually no contact with the wait staff. The food was great but felt burned that I could have ordered their restaurant week menu for half the price and ate on fine China at home.

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Eljayen
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for Sunday afternoon brunch. We were the only table. Could have been because we arrived at 245 and brunch concluded at noon or people’s coronavirus fears. Whatever the case, the food was EXCELLENT! Cute little restaurant, easy parking or walkable. This place is a neighborhood gem!

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StephanieZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great service and nice ambiance. Good prices too

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Gaylee
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My book club had a very good dinner at Live Oak. I have been there several times and it never disappoints. It has a neighborhood vibe and a nice atmosphere. The chef is quite creative and pairs different foods together really well!

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DonB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for brunch. Great menu. Good Bloody Mary.

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ACasualDiner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had an excellent time at the restaurant on Sunday morning. My only complaint was that the latkes I received on my plate were greasy. They tasted good, but too greasy. My simple scrambled eggs were done perfectly. Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I came in for a monthly dinner with friends where we try different restaurants in the DMV area. The service was subpar, and the food was even more disappointing. I will not be back. All food was cold or over cooked, for the price point it is not worth it. I was really disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was great experience as always

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, sat at the bar and had great service and great food. They heard us debating about which appetizer to order, and we later were offered tastes of the options other than the one we chose. I’m sure we’ll be back, can’t go wrong with a patio and rocking chairs during the summer.

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JenniferM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Feels like a neighborhood hang out but with the most amazing cuisine. Friendly, comfortable, and delicious.

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vipAwesome
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed this place!! Ambiance was fantastic and very spot on for this place! Food was fantastic- reminded me of home! Service was great- can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner. I have eaten here several times and it has always been good.

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ROBERTH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and service is excellent! TOO LOUD - NEEDS MORE ACOUSTICAL DAMPING!!

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StephenK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice neighborhood place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Went for brunch and the food was pretty good and a decent price. Don’t go if you’re looking for a boozy brunch as there are no drink specials. Service was so so despite it not being crowded. Not a bad spot. May return in the future.

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vipReginaM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place..hidden gem!

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Jason
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our meals were generous and hearty but a bit on the bland side. Service was outstanding and prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and personable. Quiet the night we were there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I received a happy birthday card from the staff; a first for me! Nice touch!!

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CountryMeetsCity
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Server (Jesse), awesome food, nice neighborhood restaurant, fantastic drink menu! Something for everyone!

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vipdebi
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went for Restaurant Week and Live Oak offered a nice $35 three-course dinner menu. The first course was very good. The salad was very fresh and the cornbread was hot and tasty. The main course was a very mixed bag. Everything on one plate was at best lukewarm: the hangar steak, the chard and the potatoes. On the other plate the trout was hot and excellently prepared, but the turnip greens were cold and I did not care for the taste. The service was just okay even though they weren't very busy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect! The cocktails were excellent, warm corn bread was great on a cold evening, the main courses were delicious and the chocolate peanut squares for dessert were worth the visit on their own! And, we didn’t have to scream to keep a conversation going. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to brunch with friends, food and service was great. We all left very full and happy. I would recommend the shrimp and grits.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special rare occasion that a friend of mine and I were able to get our kid free and enjoy brunch. We had never been to Live Oak before but we absolutely enjoyed it and are looking to going back soon. Our waitress was so kind and attentive. The food was excellent and she kept the coffee coming! My favorite part was the cute little cow shaped cream cup. The most tasty part of the meal was the Parmesan grits and the bacon! Just excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of six celebrating a birthday. We all opted for different restaurant week enters and we had NO disappointment!

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vipNoVaFoodie
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our entrees were served only slightly warm and everything we tasted was terribly over salted. Server kept making odd little remarks, like asking for our app order (deviled eggs) then after we told him our entrees, he had to ask our app again, only minutes later. “The fried pickles, right? Oh, the eggs! Close enough!” Huh? Not really.

Disappointing experience. The place looks like it should be hopping with customers on a weekend night, but was oddly empty.

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vipPaul
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant is fully handicapped accessible. At the corner of Commonwealth Ave and Monroe St in the Del Ray neighborhood of the City of Alexandria, it is easy to find although the only street parking might be a bit scarce depending on day and hour. The menu was intriguing with Southern comfort food, but the execution was a bit disappointing for me. Fried green tomatoes turned out to be 4 thin slices of hard crusted fried tomato on grits with a small curl of ham on each thin half moon. The shrimp and grits needed to be just that - less is more. Instead, there was scarcely any unnecessary sausage, too much extra unnecessary greens (weeds), and an ocean of so-so gravy that turned the entire dish into grits soup with overcooked shrimp afloat in it. My dining companion reported that the short ribs were very good. (Side note: my companion is not from the USA so take that into consideration.) Due to dietary restrictions, dessert turned out to have to be the house-made sorbets. All in all I would return but with great care on selecting from the limited menu.

FAQs

Live Oak offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 312-0402.

Live Oak is rated 3.7 stars by 498 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.

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