Prather’s on the Alley

4.6
51 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Mount Vernon Triangle's newest restaurant featuring modern American fare prepared by Chefs Akhtar Nawab and Dan Izzo.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 838-9633
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Akhtar Nawab
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th and I Streets NW
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Parking details
Metered street parking. Numerous parking garages and lots within a three block radius.
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Public transit
Closest metro stations are Chinatown, Judiciary Square and Convention Center. DC Circulator bus stops on Massachusetts Ave. NW and 5th Street NW and a number of other busses stop nearby.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wine
What 51 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.6
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rarely does a new restaurant (open less than one season) combine the perfect trifecta of spot-on service, inventive mixology, and fine food. Prather's on the Alley hits all three. Aside from the hostess seeming perplexed about where to hang up coats on a cold night, there was nothing about this restaurant that does not demonstrate what it means to earn its role as a repeat destination for its customers. Clearly, Prather's plans to compete with the best.

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A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was awesome but the service was lousy. Maybe the server was having a rough night but she tried to rush us through our meal which was unnecessary. Every five minute she was trying to pull our plates away and when we asked to see the desert menu she instead dropped the check.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good spot but dining area loud like so many places these days. Eating at bar much better.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazing food. But as always—a pushy waiter ruins the evening. Ran out of there as fast as possible because we couldn’t have him asking us if we wanted another drink or another dessert. He was clearly more concerned with the amount of our tab than our experience. Spent an inordinate amount of time in the beginning of the meal explaining how we should order—sometimes helpful but so so annoying and condescending in this case. He made a face when I explained that we wanted to try a few things—a few pastas and an entree which was more than enough food for my boyfriend and I. Other than the server, the hosts were very courteous and accommodating, the bussers always filled our water glasses and cleared plates promptly and a manager was always at hand. Again, the food was absolutely fantastic but the service will make me think twice before bringing larger groups to this restaurant.

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MP
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome (as always)! Thanks for a great time.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice place. The food was fresh but flavors and concept were a bit missed match. The service was excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere were amazing...as were the super carefully crafted and perfect cocktails! The Harvey Wallbanger and Oaxaca Colada were delicious. My smoked salmon dish was delectable and I tasted my wife’s steak and eggs and it was delicious and a perfectly cooked medium rare. We will definitely be returning in the very neat future.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was a little salty but overall good. Waiter was rude.

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DM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I thought my meal was delicious. I had tagliatelle with rabbit. My concern is that the menu is limited, as a result, one should view the menu before dining. I loved it

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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved their brunch and they were very accommodating for my food allergies. Friends of mine have also recommended this spot for happy hour/dinner.

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TB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time to this restaurant and chose it from reviews online. Great neighborhood spot, friendly staff and cool ambiance. We started with the hummus which was great and then moved onto the chicken dish and bff got the gnocchi- all was fantastic. Not a huge menu but that’s fine with me when you do everything well. Would go back again for sure.

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J
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Fun drinks. Delicious food. Try the muscle toast! Fish cooked to perfection. We’lol be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Menu was small, over priced. Smoked salmon app was not good, very bland. Tomato soup was ok. Steak was good.

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DC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic bistro-style restaurant. Modern and clean atmosphere without feeling pretentious. REALLY good food. I'll be going back.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Bad acoustics made worse by blasting music over the high noise level.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It felt like Prather's is still getting its act together. Things just seemed to take awhile, included drinks at the bar as well as food. Had to send the burger back, a medium rare burger came out well done. Food was good and we'll be back but with the hopes that the kinks of a new spot get worked on.

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RM
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. We will definitely go back. Great food and atmosphere.

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar, decor, and delicious food. The cocktails are pieces of art and the servers were perfect. I will definitely return for another wonderful experience at Prather's.

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KT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

New restaurant in Mt. Vernon Triangle so they were still working out some of the kinks, but everyone was very eager for us to have an enjoyable experience. The menu wasn't large but there was plenty of variety, especially for people who want to make healthy choices. I especially appreciate that they had a non-alcoholic cocktail on the menu. All three meals were cooked perfectly, though I thought the appetizer was a little salty.

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AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great job! Thank you for the hospitality Dean and Prathers crew!

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BR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around! And the cocktails are to die for.

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ES
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks are amazing, the food puts unique twists on classics. I've been for brunch twice and looking forward to trying dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We will definitely be back!

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Tried for a second time before writing a review and sadly these folks just don’t quite have it right yet.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a decent experience at Prathers! The ambience, both inside and out, is fantastic. The service was also great when I went; I appreciate that sparkling water is complimentary. The food was also delicious, including dessert. The only problem is that the portions are quite small. I’ll certainly be back for drinks and dessert, but I think I can get a better value for the entree elsewhere.

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o
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Sadly our second time at Prather’s was a miss. Over an hour to get 3 small plates on the table, with no remedial action taken (I don’t know - knock one round of drinks off the bill?). Seems like they are still working on some kinks with the issue. Between two reviews averages out to three stars. May give them another try in a few months after (hopefully) the service snafus are sorted.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Food comes out too quick. When I dine, I like to take my time... I don't want to feel like I am being rushed out the door.

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o
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good overall. Excellent drink menu. Thoughtful and inventive appetizer of hummus and roti. Gnocchi was light and airy and a perfect balance of sweet and spice in the sauce. Rabbit ragu and pappardelle was excellent with deep, rich flavors. Great atmosphere and excellent service. Will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We also got the “Ricotta Pancake” and was absolutely stunning as well. The honey butter complimented well with the ricotta. We all finish it before I got to take a photo of it! The ingredients was fresh and my friends and I will definitely return again! The service was great too. Thanks for a wonderful experience of dining/cocktails.

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good meal with excellent service. The roasted veg salad was one of the best we have had. The rib appetizer was delicious. We had the sheeted pasta with a rabbit ragout and the gnocchi in a perfect, slightly spicy sauce. All perfectly prepared. The beignets were our dessert and needed some powdered sugar but nicely prepared. Great meal!

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h
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Just another mediocre restaurant in the neighborhood. We were excited about checking this place out, and totally get that they're recently opened, so some hiccups are expected. But this was a bit more than that. They probably needed a bit more time before opening. Service was really bad (service wasn't attentive, almost rude), and we had to order the next round of drinks as soon as we got them because otherwise, it took them forever.

The food isn't good at all. Menu options are very limited. For example, the Salmon was more like a jerky than a tender fish. The burger was below average. And the pasta left a lot to be desired.

On top of that, this place is LOUD, you can't hear people in your group because there's so much echo from everyone in there that is close to unbearable to be in there.

All in all, just a pretty disappointing experience, and doubt we would go back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with my family. Sean, our server was fantastic and knew the best dishes on the menu. Will definitely be back again!

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GA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Chicken was excellent but way over priced, $26 for chicken. Parking on I street is usually doable. Metered parking ALL times! Dog friendly on patio. Outdoor seating is peaceful and enjoyable just remember to bring bug spray! The drinks leave a lot to be desired! Stick with wine.

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W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific experience. Food was really wonderful. Welcoming atmosphere. Fun crowd. Would definitely go back.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Felt like a new restaurant, because it is new! Seems like they may still be working out the little kinks, but I enjoyed my meal in such a serene setting!

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JK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and a friend met at Prather's for the soft opening of their weekend brunch, and were all quite impressed. Our cocktails were perfect for a summer day. And the dishes, made with fresh ingredients, were perfectly executed. Though the brunch menu was not extensive, there were plenty of options to keep us all happy. Plus, the restaurant itself is lovely, bright and welcoming both on the inside and on the front patio, where we dined. Highly recommend!

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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly and delicious food

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JK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My boyfriend and I live in the neighborhood and have been dying to try this restaurant. Thankfully, it lived up to our expectations! It has a neighborhood-gem feel and the staff were extremely accommodating. The food was delicious and had a wide range of options on the menu. We will definitely become neighborhood regulars at Prathers! (p.s. definitely try the chicken and gnocchi - incredible!)

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