Prather’s on the Alley

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185 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
Prather’s on the Alley features global-inspired cuisine by Executive Chef Tim Ma and Chef de Cuisine Gary Cooper. Our fare is complemented by innovative and classic craft cocktails with a twist, and a thoughtfully-curated selection of wine. Our ambiance is comfortable and stylish, making Prather’s a perfect place for a great lunch, brunch or dinner, drinks and happy hour, or late-night bites.

Weekly specials include a daily happy hour from 3:30 pm-7:30 pm and a late night happy hour Thursday and Sunday 10:00 pm-12:00 am and Friday and Saturday 11:00 pm-1:00 am. Monday nights are half off all bottles of wine and we offer a $24 bottle of prosecco with a carafe of juice during weekend brunch.

Located in Mount Vernon Triangle, Prather’s is a short walk from the Washington Convention Center, Capital One Arena, National Mall and Union Station. If you are looking for an authentically Washington, DC dining experience with great food, drink and service, we would love to host you!

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Starting Jul 15, 2019·Mon 3:30PM-10:00PM

Half off all bottles of wine from 3:30 pm - Close.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it for date night

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ethans
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was EXCELLENT. Cool vibe. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Unprofessional and slow service. This is my first and last time at this restaurant.

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mnw538
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great spot for brunch! Had their mimosa special- $24 for a bottle and a carafe of OJ/grapefruit juice!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Had brunch - food wasn’t great, service was bad. Good location and fine ambiance. Cocktails are great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Attended this venue during their restaurant week menu on a Saturday. It was apparent that they were a bit overwhelmed with the volume of people and as a result had to wait about 15-20mins past our reservation time. However, this unfortunate fact was made up intentionally by their attention to service and recognition of the inconvenience. Food was certainly flavorful and a great collection of options. Drink cocktails were on point as well (Night Train and Northington were great for Whiskey/Bourbon drinkers). Great atmosphere for a date night as well. Will go again on a regular evening.

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Janinke
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The place is hip and cool. It has a great bar. Staff were very nice. But the food was not a great value for a restaurant week. One of the weakest experiences compared to other restaurants we went to. I would not recommend friends to give it a try.

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vipakararules
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great meal personally. One friend's food came out later than everyone else and wasn't very good (chicken) but didn't necessarily detract from the overall experience. Not normally one to write reviews and wouldnt have if we weren't rudely asked to vacate our table not 10 minutes after paying our checks. Maybe it was because it was restaurant week, I'm not sure. I would still recommend others go but just beware they may have overbooked and you may need to prepare for a place to go to chat and relax immediately after finishing your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and drinks

LJ
vipLouisJr
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was absolutely slow. Took over an hour to receive our food and the waiter gave no explanation as to why others received similar dishes much sooner than we had, even though we’d arrived and placed our orders much earlier.

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hAirguy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, friendly staff, delicious cocktails.

MD
MalucyDC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Modern yet cozy vibe with awesome comfort food, fun cocktails and great wine. It's my new go to spot for a girls night out! Lively bar scene also; great service and friendly staff. Loved their fingerling potatoes, shrimp cocktail, steak tar tar, and brussell sprouts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible customer service, bartender slow, gave wine in dirty glass and took half hour to get a new one - service for food was bad..there are better places in city- do not waste your money here

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and drinks are always amazing.

DG
vipDominicG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This is much more of a bar than a restaurant, which was not what I was hoping for. Food was pretty good, though the desert well above par. Drinks were very good. Server was a bit pushy.

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TheFatFox
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Prather's epitomizes the trendy restaurant that exist to take advantage of the foodie craise. Their menu is a shortlist of overpriced uninspired new American staples. Our servicer not only got a member of our table's orders wrong but the service, in general, was painfully slow. Despite the restaurant being empty, it took us about two and a half hours to simply have entrees. There are better cheaper options in the same neighborhood.

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vipAWESOME
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was ok, we are going to come back for dinner and update the review then.

HJ
vipHJHJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, atmosphere, and service! Great ownership group as well. One of the best places in DC.

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Gary
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

My wife and I were both disappointed. The food was decent, but nothing amazing. We ordered the summer salad with labne and zatar. It came with barely a smear of labne, and the beets in the salad were beyond salty. The main courses were nothing special either. The service was very slow and inside the noise was way too high. There are way too many good food choices in DC to waste your time and money here.

KM
vipKevinM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The whole experience was very awkward. To start, we asked the host if we could change tables- the table he sat us at was directly in the sun. He said they were fully booked and he wouldn't be able to change us. 90% of the tables were open and remained open the entire time we were there.

Our waiter was incredibly obnoxious and over eager. He said awkward statements throughout the dinner and kept cutting off our conversation multiple times throughout the dinner-- more than normal.

The food was okay- the ribs were very dry and came in an awkward three- everything else was okay but the environment and staff turned us off.

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vipSami
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Super slow service. Food was ok.

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vipPickierthanithink
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food, great service, but ridiculous noise level. I found myself yelling across the table at my friend. I'd recommend this place but would always clarify that guests should expect an uncomfortably high level of noise.

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vipMizzle
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was my first and last time at Prather's. The environment is nice--really posh actually. A very straight-forward menu with a few unique elements. The service we experienced with Reyes was subpar and we felt ignored for most of the dining experience. Had the brussels (fair), mac n' cheese (do not recommend) and we both had burgers (star of the show). The fries were fried fingerling potatoes which we both adored. The cocktails were well-crafted, too! Everyone else in the establishment appeared to be enjoying their meals--they didn't look like us though.

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AlisaH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a great neighborhood spot. The charcuterie board is excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really loved the brunch I had here. One of the best I’ve had in awhile. I look forward to returning for other meals.

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vipLizF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Would not recommend this place at all. The service wasn’t the best. The only great part of the service was the host. We left the restaurant without eating, after waiting for 20minutes for a waiter to greet us. Mind you, the restaurant was empty. Literally only 4 tables were occupied in a place where more than 15 tables could be filled. There were 3 servers in total, who were all just hanging out by the bar. By the time we left, no one had yet appeared by our table. Entered by 10:45am left by 11:10am.

In comparison, we went to a packed diner after leaving the restaurant and had our coffee about 5mins into the service.

Lesson learned.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t recommend this place enough!!! First, it’s totally adorable inside (hip, chic, industrial, approachable vibe) and has a lovely landscaped patio out front. Next (not in order of importance but rather how I encountered each though the evening), the craft cocktails are spot on! I tried 4 different ones and they were all excellent, or they’ll make something special to surprise you. And there is happy hour until 7 on Saturday (and weekdays)- awesome!!! All the staff was incredible, including our AMAZING server Valerie. There was a snafu with their computer system and two meals arrived late- they basically made up for it the rest of the evening, to EVERYONE’S satisfaction. And the food, oh the food. REALLY good. Tasty seasonal inspired meals- we tried most things on the menu and I would get them all again- Brussels sprouts (yaaasss), beef tartare (👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼), mac & cheesy (a little salty, but goooddd salty), pork papparadelle (awesome), the hanger steak (you better like spicy for this one, and I do- delicious!), dessert cookie on point and some of the best beignets I’ve ever had. You just absolutely can’t go wrong here. Great for a date night, getting together with friends, happy hour. Enjoy!!

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vipKatieF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We went for restaurant week on a Saturday for lunch. They were very short staffed so service was slow. The yogurt fruit and granola bowl was good, the kale Caesar salad was extremely fishy (definitely a lot of anchovies paste). Our entrees were good and a decent portion size. They were out of one of the desserts we ordered so our drinks were comped. If they were fully staffed I’m hoping it would’ve been a much smoother experience! But with one server in the dining area and the bartender juggling 3 different responsibilities, the service was super slow. Based on other reviews, it sounds like this wasn’t really a fluke situation. It might be a little while until we return.

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vipKsjOmniCom
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I wanted to like this place but was disappointed - the wait staff and team were really struggling to communicate or contain their drama. It create a really distracting backdrop. The music was odd and didn’t have a vibe. The food was highly variable - small and only mediocre heirloom salad, delicious and generous hummus, desserts that were oddly large and looked like leftover birthday cake smushed on a large bowl of ice cream. It made me appreciate how good a good restaurant can be and also how many parts need to come together to have a great experience for customers. I hope they figure out the issues, especially so the wait staff and hosting team jive better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drink/cocktails menu. Friendly service.

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vipFoxcroftFoodie
London
48 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Intriguing cafe in Mt Vernon Square neighborhood. Fair food - some very good (hanger steak, brussel sprouts and deserts) some fair (mac very slow and aloof - one of the worst service experiences in a while. Overall, the experience was a disappointment.

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vipSweet
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and delicious!

PJ
vipPJH2016
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

This is a local restaurant to me and I have eaten here 4 times since it opened. I am a huge fan of their brunch menu and their duck confit is, frankly, among the best meals of duck I have ever had--as good as in Paris.

The hamburger is delicious and not like a normal burger; it's square and almost seems steamed--very juicy.

Good fish as well.

Food prices are reasonable however the cocktails are often the same price or just a dollar less than the entrees.

Tables are a bit close together and the music can be loud, but overall I find it to be a nice local place with good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service and cocktails.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The drinks were excellent, along with the service. The food just didn’t do it for us at all.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Only one waitress scheduled.
Food was cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Based on a weeknight dinner. We wanted to like this place because the ambience is nice, the service was excellent, it’s very cute and a convenient location. But I’m afraid the best I can say is that the dinner was totally fine. All of the dishes we had were fine, edible, on the verge of bland. It wasn’t memorable or particularly good, which is tough when there are plenty of other great options nearby. Will be willing to give them a try again in the future, but would not recommend anyone else going out of the way to visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Very accommodating for my wife’s food allergies. Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice variety of happy hour drinks and food. Shifted from bar to table for entree and enjoyed the tagliatelle with pork ragu and the salmon dish with side of brussel sprouts.

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Prather’s on the Alley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 838-9633.

Prather’s on the Alley is rated 4.4 stars by 185 OpenTable diners.

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