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ala

4.7
1017 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Welcome to ala, the premier location for Levantine Cuisine in the heart of Washington, DC - Dupont Circle.

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.

We offer the full Levant experience - everything from mouth-watering cooking to specialty wine, liquor and cocktails...

Many Colors.

Many Tastes.

Many People.

One Place.

We welcome you to experience ala: where unique food, rare drinks, loving hospitality, and an atmosphere of color and excitement will greet you.

Experiences

  • EARLY BIRD BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH $29 before 11 am

    $29.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Early Bird Special for reservations before 11 am, $29 for Bottomless Food & Drinks!

Offers

  • Not your usual Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    25% off the ENTIRE menu during Happy Hour Why limit yourself to a few pre-selected Happy Hour items when you could try the entire menu? Rather than just a few bar snacks and house beverages, you have a chance to try everything on our food&drink menu! -Monday-Thursday 4-6 pm(last call at 5:45 pm) -1.5 hour limit per table -Limited seating, designated areas only -Patio seating might be available upon request, but not guaranteed -"Ziyafet" is not included in the deal

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1017 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKat68
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was excellent! Our favorites were the chocolate mutabbal, manakish, and tandir, but everything was delicious. Thanks to our waitress Leslie for the recommendations!

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vipMsChanandlerBong
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim did a phenomenal job as our server! She was so much fun and very kind! She wanted to make sure we got our money’s worth for brunch and introduced us to new menu items we may not have otherwise tried. We loved them all!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I am always pleased when I visit this restaurant. Great aesthetic, food, wonderful drinks, and even better service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, would 10/10 come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was really quick, but not rushed. The food was extremely creative and flavorful

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KellyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$39 for unlimited tapas and drinks. This brunch was even better because you could order Champagne, mimosa, whiskey, vodka, wine, and beer!

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vipHarrison
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ala was overall a good restaurant with nice ambience and decent food. This restaurant was previously Ankara, which, in my opinion, was actually better. The food took a hit when the menu changed. The service at Ala was alright. There were a few instances where we had to ask for bread/water/drinks multiple times, but the manager was very nice and brought us an extra dessert as a result. Worth a try if you want to find a new spot, but it wouldn't be at the very top of my list.

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MeganS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food.

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Schyler
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The staff was very helpful in helping us decide as the menu was a little confusing to someone who had never dined there before. Unfortunately, they were out of the drink that we were really looking forward to. Plenty of both outdoor and indoor seating.

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vipDavD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ala was fantastic. Kim is one one of the best servers we’ve ever had. She was so accommodating and quick. I understand the restaurant was busy that day but she was still attentive caring and went above and beyond to make sure all 3 of our party tables were taken care of. My friends and I did the bottomless brunch here and the food and drinks were both equally as incredible. The food was fresh, tasty, and kept coming as we ordered. The bottomless brunch allows more options for you other than just mimosas which is a huge game changer for ppl who prefer different types of drinks. Will be going back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good enjoyed it

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MichaelaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much food! I went for a girls' dinner and we shared family style. After plate 2 we felt stuffed! The drinks were beautiful and we received complimentary shots from the bar :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! The food, service, and ambiance was fantastic. Our waitress, Kim, was super helpful and went above and beyond. Definitely coming back soon!

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GabyP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Lovely patio. Will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We did the bottomless drinks but the server rarely came around to get us more drinks that it was not worth the price for what we actually got. We also did not receive itemized receipts which was not great considering our totals (even including tip) did not seem accurate for what we ordered. The food and atmosphere was very nice but the service and payment methods need serious work.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff is fantastic! Cocktails are out of this world! Food is great.

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JonM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really liked it here. We'd be at its previous iteration pre-COVID and were happy to come back to see how it's done now. We'll very likely be back soon.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vibe and food. Amazing spot for a great birthday dinner! I loved the brunch option and the drinks were so good. I’ll be back for sure!

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LauraL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

alais a spectacular restaurant. Gorgeous ambiance, delicious and unique cuisine, and above all outstanding service.

Their $39brunch menu was pricey, but it was a great way to try dukkah benedict and Levantine fusion delights in unmatched authenticity. Our waitress was so attentive, I almost felt like I was disappointing her by not ordering more food!

We will be back again, and again, and again!

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RandyD
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time on Sunday. We had theziyafet experience and it was so good! I even ate Dukkah Chicken ! so yes...go try them out. You will not be disappointed!

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited this place with my husband and we both loved the food and amazing cocktails. Wed definitely come back again!

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HanryN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! You should try ziyafet deal, coming with 2 cold 2 hot dishes. Love all !!

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EmiK
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing you should try this spot! They are doing an amazing job so far.

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MelanieH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, ambience and hospitality. We really appreciate you for this amazing dinner!

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SamH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You should try this new spot, perfect ambiance fabulous food, and great service. Thanks to G he did a great job!

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MattV
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience! You should try this new spot!!

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AlexB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an opportunity to taste the highlights of ala's new menu and I love it. New menu is very creative, mouth-watering and authentic. I had 3 cocktails which were all delicious. I like spicy things so my favorite cocktail was Golden Horn. The new ambiance is colorful and cozy. The staff were very hospitable and kind. Overall, I highly recommend ala and I would definitely come back!

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BegumCeren
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, I am a big fan of Levantine cuisine and ala's new menu is excellent if you like Levantine food! I am a vegetarian thus I love the way that they modify some of the best and remarkable Levantine dishes for their vegan and vegetarian guests. The new selection of Levant wine is fabulous, especially if you like trying new things! Their new desserts are so tasty, especially "Halva Mousse". Overall, I highly recommend ala for every occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a random selection for dinner (my favorite kind!) and I LOVED it. I had several of the cocktails and one food item from each category. Recommend to anyone! Service was great, one of the cooks or maybe the main chef came and asked me how everything was and I could see the sincere satisfaction in his face when I told him how good it was.

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NancyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here on Valentine's Day evening. We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and we enjoyed our evening there.

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Mick
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service despite being busy during brunch time, and our server brought out the most popular dishes for the bottomless brunch (so we didn't have to make decisions) and it was all wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Outdoor patio was much too cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience given by Kim was great. We got to enjoy w lovely dinner. The hummus and salmon was so delicious! I enjoyed every bite. Will definitely be back again.

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Mirwais
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to reserve a table via their website. Food was divine and the service was great. Our server was super sweet and was checking on us very often! Since we visited during the restaurant week, we could order up to eight courses so our server was very helpful and recommended great dishes.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant week in DC that I have been to so far! The food was amazing, but the service was even more amazing! Our waitress was the best:)

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vipAnandaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Everything was very nice. I came for restaurant week and it was such a great deal. The food was so good. My favorites were the spinach and feta flatbread and the lebaneh was to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, ambience was great, nice and cozy inside on a cold night

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CigdemA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! A small plate and craft cocktail paradise. The cocktails were superb and the food is flavorful. My favorite dish is the hummus and halloumi. The cozy and aesthetically pleasing ambiance makes you feel like you aren’t in DC's regular restaurants anymore. You know a restaurant is good when you are planning your next visit back before you’ve even left the table!

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AlannaR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and drinks. The customer service was phenomenal. A great overall experience and I would definitely return for another meal. Parking is not a problem in this area since street parking is free all around DC. They have both indoor and outdoor seating.

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HunterH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate here randomly last night and it was incredible! The food was out of this world and large portions for the price. We had two appetizers and shared the main course and had leftovers. Also, great service for being shorter staffed during Covid.

FAQs

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

ala is rated 4.7 stars by 1017 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.