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ala, Washington, DC

ala

4.4
4.4
1081 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Welcome to ala, the premier location for Levantine Cuisine in the heart of Washington, DC - Dupont Circle. We are currently accepting morning reservations for breakfast meetings for our new coffee shop, ala coffee+more.

We focus on cooking & mixology from the Levant at ala, and now we are bringing that to you with our coffee, tea, pastries and more at ala coffee+more, for groups of 10 and more. We require the reservations to be made 3 days advance.

We are named after the word ala, a Turkish saying that translates to a mix of all the colors. This idea represents the journey we are each on to taste the many cultures & recipes from different areas of the world while inviting people in from all backgrounds.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 717-1166

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate 10 to 200 guests, we are happy to work with you to plan an office party, business breakfast, lunch or dinner, reception, or another event that requires special attention.​ala coffee+more will be here to host your breakfast meetings. Reservations can be made for groups of 10 and more, with a 3 days notice. events@ala-dc.com

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross street

    Sunderland Pl. NW

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Ala is across the street from Dupont Circle Metro (red line)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,081 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. KZ

    KZSPA

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful small plates for sharing. Great service!
  2. M

    Mari

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very small plates, high price, slow service. It was ok overall, but I do not think I go back. Server very busy .. try to make his best.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful, the service was kind and attentive.
  4. RS

    RobertaS

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere in the restaurant. The food was unusual and attractively served. The staff was impeccable.
  5. F

    Foodiemom

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and ambiance. Quiet. We all enjoyed all recommendations from our delightful waiter. She gave us great advice! The various flavors of the dishes blended well and we enjoyed them all! They also prepared a special birthday dessert with candles for my daughter's birthday. Will definitely come again.
  6. BB

    BridgeBee

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant was not crowded at all. It was nice and clean with an intimate feel. We were seated upstairs by a window with a street view. The service was good. The food and cocktails were excellent. The prices were decent. I would go back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience. Food and drinks were delicious and reasonably priced. Staff was warm and welcoming and gave great menu suggestions. Kind and fast service. Will most definitely be returning.
  8. SD

    SirishaD

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ala was amazing. Found it last minute, my sister and I loved it. Our server from Ali (from Bali) and he was wonderful. The food was delicious. The music/vibe was nice and we loved the decor also. We will definitely be back.
  9. RM

    RicardoM

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    No atmosphere . Good food.
  10. RJ

    RichardJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great night celebrating our anniversary. The service was very friendly and food absolutely delicious. We will be back !
  11. A

    Alli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time at ala. Food and drinks were amazing!! Our waiter was so sweet and overall we had a great experience. Check Ala out!!
  12. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tabbouleh and gyros I've ever had! We had a group of 16 dining for lunch on a pretty last minute basis, and these guys were awesome. Amazing service, super friendly and quick, and an awesome atmosphere. Really really cute inside!
  13. A

    Arlington

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tasty dishes. Breads were dry.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Reported allergy at the beginning of meal and was promised that food would be prepared accordingly. Two bites in and my food gave me an allergic reaction prompting a trip to the hospital. The manager contacted me and offered to cover my party/table the next time, but when I came in only offered to cover 40% of my bill. Food was average at best- suffice to say, not worth risking your life.
  15. DA

    DerekA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zesty Mediterranean…fresh take on the cuisine. Really enjoyed.
  16. s

    swimmom

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely, colorful outdoor seating in dappled shade. Knowledgeable server. All made our al fresco lunch a lovely casual event.
  17. C

    Carol

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Best for a group to share lots of small plates. Patio is very comfortable with heaters and plenty of space.
  18. KD

    KatD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here twice now in the past 3 months and was impressed with the seasonal menus for drinks and food. Everything I have tried is delicious. The cocktails are creative and tasty with great presentation. Will definitely be back and can’t wait to introduce more friends to this gem.
  19. JS

    JSMS

    Atlanta

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere and wonderful service! We will be back next time we’re in DC!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well done dishes that were beautifully presented and incredibly tasty.
  21. NB

    NathanB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Restaurant week here was great!
  22. SM

    ShekebaM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We went to Ala for restaurant week. I enjoyed the watermelon feta salad, the lamb chop/shrimp dish, and the baklava. Wasn’t a big fan of the dips—I feel like mezze tastes better elsewhere. Our server was attentive, and I appreciated that. The unique wines were also good.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing experience at Ala! We ordered mainly meze dishes and very full for the hot plates- I got the Pandora coctail and hubby went for more traditional raki. We got all the cheese dishes, lahmacun, hummus and lot of pita ! The ambience and service are top notch. Their brunch is amazing and their dinner definjtely matches it. Highly recommend - there is street parking and Colonial parking garage right next door so very convenient!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I looked at reviews online one of the first things I saw was how hospitable the staff were. This was extremely correct. Our server was extremely kind & patient, and so was the manager. This was my date & I’s first time at the restaurant so the server took their time to explain all our questions. Food was good, but had a snack before at another stop so we did not eat as much as originally intended. The surf and turf was super tasty and the Pandora drink was delicious and smelled amazing. It helps that the Pandora was made and I believe supports financially, the efforts to stop violence against women. We also ordered something that was grains and tomatoes with cilantro. It was super tasty as well. We will definitely return to this spot to explore more of their menu.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful. Not to be missed.!.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Just all around amazing experience! The food was to die for and each plate had such a unique flavor. My favorite dish was definitely the watermelon salad. But honestly the best part was the friendly and knowledgeable staff! They guided through our whole meal. Such a special spot!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall1food4service4ambience1
    Saw multiple rats running around restaurant
  28. JR

    JRaab

    Naples

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice … first time diners at this lovely restaurant just off DuPont Circle. Wait staff was attentive …. Helpful with menu choices … food was EXCELLENT … my husband says the best hummus he’s ever had … pear confit and baklava topped off our experience …. Complimented by Turkish tea, compliments of the house!!! Highly recommended
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend Ala in DC. We had a great dining experience. We chose their bottomless food option and were able to enjoy several items from the menu. We also had some delicious cocktails and a glass of rose.. They have a great selection of wines. Service was great and everyone was pleasant.
  30. KH

    KatherineH

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was good and server was knowledgeable about vegan options. They also had some very reasonably priced but interesting wines
  31. AE

    AEvans609

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks, food, and service!
  32. AW

    AlonzoW

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kimberly was a fantastic server and the food was enormously creative and flavorful. Some dishes were more spicy than expected but were all excellent. The desserts were fabulous as well and glad to see the zero alcohol beer.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was overly seasoned and somewhat spicy. Portions were very disappointing. The service was slow. The place and ambiance were nice, but great food is the most important thing, and what was served wasn’t what we expected at all.
  34. f

    foodieforlife

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lots of vegan options! Portions are small (mezzo style) so get a couple plates to share.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun times B
  36. J

    Jayr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, very fresh. Went on a Saturday night so it was very crowded and service was all over the place, but they tried their best to accommodate our orders. We can't wait to go back!
  37. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I’ve ever visited in my life. Food is beyond delicious, outstanding service specially our server Rahel. Very beautiful atmosphere... MUST TRY
  38. WS

    WillS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've gotten take-out a few times in the last year, but eating in person was wonderful! Main dishes were brought family style. Can't wait to go back
  39. MA

    MarcelleA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a highly recommended place for great food and a nice atmosphere! Loved how the waiters were trying to help explain how to eat the bread and appetizers in the traditional way! Also, we were accommodated earlier than our reservation time which was a great plus! I Will definitely be back for more next time I am in DC!
  40. K

    Karimm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wonderful food. The patio was very enticing and allowed for food people watching. Very glad ala made it through the pandemic. Also, DuPont is wonderful and safe. Worth a visit if you are in town.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ala using the Order Online button. ala also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. ala also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 717-1166.

ala is rated 4.4 stars by 1081 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Order delivery or takeout

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sunderland Pl. NW

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Ala is across the street from Dupont Circle Metro (red line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 717-1166

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate 10 to 200 guests, we are happy to work with you to plan an office party, business breakfast, lunch or dinner, reception, or another event that requires special attention.​ala coffee+more will be here to host your breakfast meetings. Reservations can be made for groups of 10 and more, with a 3 days notice. events@ala-dc.com

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