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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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
11 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 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
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.

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

Lovely place..hidden gem!

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Jason
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.

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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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debi
Washington DC
5 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
62 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
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.

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vipLoveWineBars
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.

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ZDHDC
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.

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GSS13
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

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

Mediocre food.

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vipEdHooker3
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Great Old Fashioned. Best Deviled Eggs ever.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipMichaelP
Washington DC
32 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.

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

Good food and friendly staff

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vipMetroDCDiner
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.

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AlexandriaDiner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

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vipArlingtonResident
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch was wonderful! Love the menu!!

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NicoleD
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.

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

Live Oak is rated 4.5 stars by 484 OpenTable diners.

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