Live Oak

4.5
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$30 and under
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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.
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was great experience as always

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

A
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

JM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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

Nice neighborhood place

OT
Washington DC
16 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.

RM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place..hidden gem!

J
Washington DC
31 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.

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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

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

d
Washington DC
4 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.

OT
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!

OT
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.

OT
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!

OT
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!

NV
Washington DC
60 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.

P
Washington DC
91 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.

LW
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I was not impressed but maybe it was a bad day... my shrimp tacos were cold and the server was not very pleasant. I also wasn't in the mood for brunch so opted for 1 of the very few non-breakfast entrees on the menu.

ZD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went here for our anniversary and were pleasantly surprised by both the service and the food. The staff made sure to mention our special day as soon as we arrived, including a hand written note. The chef then went on to provide us with an appetizer and desert on the house. Beyond the hospitality, the food was excellent from start to finish. Highly recommended.

GS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Mediocre food.

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EH
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Live Oak. Will definitely be returning. Food was fantastic. Service was excellent.

JW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Old Fashioned. Best Deviled Eggs ever.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in Alexandria! We had the shrimp and grits and southern egg sandwich and both were delicious. The ambiance was sweet and the staff was great! Highly recommend.

MP
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really, really good. Food was excellent and so was the atmosphere. A side of bacon were ordered was not delivered. But frankly, we were so full by that point, we didn't miss it. The server graciously took it over a bill and a manager gave us a gift card for our next visit. Can't say enough about this place. What a pleasant surprise and hope to return.

MH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly staff

MD
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have not been to Live Oak in a few months and the last time was a big disappointment. This time was far from that. The service was very attentive and the food was delicious. I had the trout and my husband had the short ribs. The chef provided us with a complimentary pear salad appetizer which was a nice compliment to both meals. We finished off with the peanut butter squares, which are always yummy. We will definitely add Live Oak back to the Friday date night rotation.

AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first time at Live Oak was very nice. It strikes just the right note between being quiet enough for a romantic date, but lively enough that I could see meeting friends at the bar. Our food was good—I especially like the Brussels Sprouts side dish. We will definitely be back.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

AR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch was wonderful! Love the menu!!

ND
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband is in a wheelchair & uses a walker and the staff was very helpful.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had heard so many rave reviews about this place that I think my expectations were too high from the start. It was a solid ok experience with no one thing glaringly bad but certainly not the standout experience I was hoping for. For one thing, many of the main dishes were priced in the $24-30 range, which to me pushes this closer to a three dollar sign venue as opposed to the 2 that it gets on yelp. Server was attentive but not overly, had to be prompted to give any kind of overview on menu (most of us were first time). Little things like cornbread starter that A) wasn’t out of this world and B) 2 of 3 orders of it were burnt around the edges. I had the butternut squash soup which had an odd addition of mini sausage balls which made it pretty salty - not at all what you’d expect and was not an improvement on the original. Also, they brought to me without a spoon and by the time I got my spoon the soup was pretty cool. Then for the salmon I received with two sauces and assumed the darker was a hoisin type sauce. - it was actually bbq and though o eventually figured out how to balance it with the other lemon/caper sauce, it took a few bites to figure out - this is definitely something you’d want your waitstaff to mention or give a primer on before you dig in. Peanut butter chocolate bars were just ok. The one person who had been before remarked that it had been better previously and perhaps they are working out the kinks with a new menu, but with so many good options in the area, I’m not sure I’d rush back for another round anytime soon.

BT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a special occasion birthday mid week. Noise level was moderate, which I appreciated and was able to hear everyone’s conversation I’m booking another gathering next month for a party of 14. N

KD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was very good, but the service could use some improvements for the prices you're paying. For example, they brought out our salad, which we said we were going to share, and plopped it between us without plates. We had to chase someone down to get plates.

NY
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great surprise, the food was unique and delicious. The drinks were also unique and well presented but could be improved with higher quality spirits. Our waiter was helpful and prompt. There is only street parking but we had no problem finding a spot right in front of the restaurant. Overall we enjoyed our evening and we will return.

AK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot, great food, excellent service -- why do I have to come up with 50 characters???

MM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious creative Southern cooking, with killer desserts. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, from the drinks to the appetizers (deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes) to the entrees. The succotash was the surprising highlight of the meal --- flavorful array of vegetables that perfectly complemented the salmon and mac & cheese. This was without doubt one of the best meals foodwise I've ever had at a Del Ray restaurant.

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