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dLeña, Washington, DC

dLeña

4.7
4.7
844 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
Welcome to dLeña, a Wood-Fire Mexican Cocina & Mezcaleria by Chef Richard Sandoval.

dLeña is derived from the Spanish word “leña,” meaning firewood. The restaurant is centered around it’s wood-burning grill - a nod to the rustic open-fire cooking techniques of Mexico’s past.

The menu transports diners to Mexico through a multi-sensory experience in every bite of the signature smoked entrées, fresh ceviches, and unique sharing plates. The expansive bar features hand-crafted margaritas, Latin cocktails, cervezas and vino.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 120 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 560-5999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Richard Sandoval

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@dlenadc.com for more details

  • Neighborhood

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Cross street

    K Street & 5th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Gallery Place / Chinatown

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Table Experience

    $145.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Starting Thursday, April 28, guests can partake in a luxury chef’s table experience Thursday through Saturday nights. With two seatings per night at 5:30pm and 7:30pm Thursday nights and 6:00pm and 8:30pm Friday and Saturday nights, chef’s table diners will enjoy an eight-course menu for $145 per person with an option for a coursed beverage pairings for $75. Enjoy off-menu items and other surprises. dLeña’s chef’s table is located behind the main bar with an exquisite leather banquette facing directly into the open kitchen. The perfect all-inclusive experience for a birthday, anniversary, proposal, or gathering with loved ones. Please note your reservation window is limited from 530pm-715pm on Thursdays and 6pm-8pm Fridays and Saturdays.

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What 844 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. T

    Tina

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here for my birthday dinner with some friends and it was great! Love love the food. Very tasty and a speakeasy downstairs.
  2. ME

    MEESH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambience! Attentive serving staff also were able to accommodate us after I mistakenly made reservations under the wrong date. I will definitely be returning!
  3. T

    Tapaslover816

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous. Amazing food. Wonderful service. A beautiful place to spend an evening.

    dLeñaResponded 1 day agoWe are incredibly grateful that you loved your dLeña experience and took the time out to leave us this feedback. We're committed to delivering the best possible service and its customers like you that make our job so wonderful. We look forward to serving you again.

  4. NR

    NadirahR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Loved the atmosphere and the vibe there.
  5. DI

    DavidInDC

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service & delicious food! Drink selection wasn’t that great (save for the margaritas) - perhaps they could add a sangria option to the menu?
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Treated my boyfriend to a celebratory dinner and it was nothing less than amazing. The ambiance, drinks, apps, main course and dessert get 5 stars across the board. We will definitely be back!!!!
  7. JL

    JoeLee

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Experience was wonderful and the food and drinks was very delicious. Love the Fall decorations and lighting was superb. Very nice date spot or going to dinner with friends
  8. N

    Nikki

    West Virginia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining! attentive service! the manager was very helpful!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Salmon was UNCOOKED, potatoes in the Cazuela were raw, and then they brought COLD churros as compensation for our raw salmon. Server was lovely though.
  10. AY

    AlexisY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was amazing! Thanks for making my birthday special.

    dLeñaResponded 1 day agoHi Alexis, thank you so much for your 5 star review of dLeña. We are so excited you celebrated your birthday with us! We take pride in providing the perfect setting for such an awesome occasion and that your server made it extra special!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chefs table experience was fantastic in every way. The executive chef and general manager we’re excellent and very friendly. 100% recommend for anyone who enjoys fine dining or curious about this type of experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall amazing experience. The service, the food, the vibe… great time. Portions were a little small for the prices but not a deal breaker. dLena is one of my new favorite spots in DC hands down.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome waiter fantastic food

    dLeñaResponded 1 day agoYou made our day...Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad to see that dLeña is a favorite of yours. We take pride in providing you with an experience that you'll remember - from the food, to the service, and so much more. Looking forward to your next visit with us!

  14. K

    Kimberly

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Unfortunately we didn’t catch Dleña on their best lunch shift. It started with Crumbs all over the bench where we were asked to sit, followed by the visibly dirty app plate that was already set on the table, the first 2 items we ordered (non alch. drinks) were unavailable, and then after we got the tortilla soup (which was delicious) we had to wait 5 minutes to get spoons. The consistent lack of interest in our issues from the hostess and our server made things awkward. so instead of continuing to request repeatedly what we thought should be “givens” at this price point, we decided to leave with only having ordered appetizers. A bit of a shame considering we had made reservations to celebrate one of my guest’s milestone birthday. The food we got was very tasty and the manager on duty was very apologetic for our experience and did not present us with a check. All in all our experience was no good, but considering the generosity of the manager and the flavorful apps we got (tortilla soup & queso) i would be willing to give the place one more shot. I would def only be willing to return for a much less formal occasion, and with the expectation of a smaller bill (maybe for brunch).
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went with my girlfriend’s to celebrate my birthday. Our waitress Shannon was just the sweetest and very tentative to us. She gave us great recommendations on dishes to try and we enjoyed the crab cakes, the empanadas and the boneless ribeye was so flavorful! We look forward to returning.
  16. AH

    AlexH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a great dinner. The appetizers were fantastic, and the steak was one of the best in DC. I highly recommend going for any special occasion.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    dLena has become one of my favorite brunch spots. As expected, the food is always amazing. Troy gave us very exceptional service. He was great! The drinks and food kept coming.
  18. J

    Juancho

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our first time. Great experience. The food was outstanding. Try the shrimp and crab enchiladas. Outstanding and the sauce was superb. We had the grilled avocado with corn - really unique and great flavors. The carnitas were terrific. Cooked bone in. The meat fell off the bone and was super tasty. The corn tortillas were a little dry and not to be the level of everything else. The house margaritas were very tasty. The service was a bit spotty - we had to ask for something twice. But friendly and competent. It is very dark. The value is high given the quantity and quality of the food. We will come back again!

    dLeñaResponded 1 day agoYes indeed! We love serving innovative, fresh, savory & authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine at dLeña! We're excited your visit with us was an unforgettable experience. We truly appreciate your 5 star rating and we are looking forward to your next amazing visit.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef’s table experience was wonderful!!

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022You made our day...Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad to see that dLeña is a favorite of yours. We take pride in providing you with an experience that you'll remember - from the food, to the service, and so much more. Looking forward to your next visit with us!

  20. T

    Tastiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, tasty food and drinks! The ambiance was great too!

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you for your 5 star review, we're so delighted we were able to provide a great experience for you. We always want our guests to feel excited and enjoy themselves when they visit dLeña! We're thrilled you enjoyed our excellent food, cocktails and upscale vibe. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your thoughts.

  21. KA

    KarenA

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner with friends here! We tried the corn empanadas, pork shoulder/carnitas, short rib tacos, guacamole and spicy shrimp. All were fantastic! I'm definitely going back to try other things.

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022You made our day...Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad to see that dLeña is a favorite of yours. We take pride in providing you with an experience that you'll remember - from the food, to the service, and so much more. Looking forward to your next visit with us!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was really nice, me and my girl came there for the first time, it was our first date and I asked her to be my girlfriend, she said yes! The waiter was really nice and very helpful along with some of the other staff, which was a great thing since me and my girlfriend have disabilities, we both use a motorized wheelchair to get around. Overall we had a great time!
  23. FF

    FFMABP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Went there for a birthday dinner and the ambiance was really nice and romantic. Food was okay, nothing to write home about. Service was good too, and the drink I got was worth it.

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022Hi FFMABP! Thank you so much for your 5 star review of dLeña. We are so excited you celebrated your birthday with us! We take pride in providing the perfect setting for such an awesome intimate, romantic occasion and that your server made it extra special!

  24. TC

    TonyC

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    dLena is a must stop in Mount Vernon Triangle and downtown DC. Becca’s service was impeccable…attentive and warm, punctual and professional. Pork belly, wagyu beef and oyster appetizers were outstanding. Avocado with tartar and authentic chips were perfectly done. Tomahawk steak was amazing, and the show is worth coming for alone. Management and ownership’s attention to detail shine through. Would highly recommend.

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022Hello Tony! We're thrilled you enjoyed your authentic dishes and fun vibe. We always want our guests to feel excited and enjoy themselves when they visit dLeña! Our team is grateful for the kind words for your server Becca! Our team is looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Poor communication between staff members. We ordered mushroom tacos from the bottomless menu. We never received them but were told they were accidentally delivered to the wrong table. And that they were sold out of them and a few other items on the menu. Service was also a bit slow.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing!

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022We are incredibly grateful that you loved our delicious food and tasty cocktails! Our team values customer satisfaction and it's a top priority at dLeña. We appreciate the 5 star recommendation.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Troy was an amazing server! We had a great experience thanks to him!

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit with us. We always want our guests to feel excited and enjoy themselves when they visit dLeña! Our team is grateful for the kind words for your server Troy! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  28. LL

    LeenieLoo

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely LOVED dLena. It was the best Mexican food we have eaten here in DC let alone most other places. The ingredients were fresh. The sauces were superb. The selection was varied yet not overwhelming. We tried the house guacamole, the pork belly and the short rib tacos. To be honest, we were full after the first two but thrilled that we tried the tacos. Next visit (which will be soon) we will try different dishes. And, as if that was not good enough, the drinks were also excellent. My husband tried the passion fruit margarita and it was fresh passion fruit juice! Our server was delightful and attentive as were her wait staff. The decor is really beautiful yet not stuffy. We can not wait to go back!!! Maybe they would consider opening up another restaurant in Woodley Park or Cleveland Park?

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022Hello Leenie! Yes indeed! We love serving innovative, fresh, savory & authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine at dLeña We're excited your visit with us was an unforgettable experience. We truly appreciate your 5 star rating,

  29. LM

    LindsayM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best service we have ever had! Our server was an absolute delight! Our food was amazing and the drinks were delicious! Overall fantastic experience!

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022Hi Lindsay! Thank you for the 5 star review. We are so thrilled you enjoyed the authentic, flavorful dishes you sampled at dLeña! Our menu options are uniquely fresh and exceptional in flavor and prepared with care, passion and expertise! Thank you for sharing, we're looking forward to your next visit!

  30. CT

    CarolineT

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner outing! Our server was excellent - knowledgeable and attentive.

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're thrilled that you enjoyed a fantastic dinner. We're always happy when our guests have an amazing time with us at dLeña . Our servers are always striving to give an exceptional experience so we are delighted to hear your server made it memorable!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Had 2:00 Saturday reservation for brunch that said for 2 hours. Was seated right at 2:00. Server took 10-15 minutes to take our drink order and says last call for drinks and food is 2:45. Food came out fast, but felt very rushed by staff.

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear the food was served quickly. We are disappointed to hear that you had a less than favorable experience with our service and that your server made you feel rushed. We always strive for excellence and try to provide exceptional customer service, so we look forward to making your next visit just perfect!

  32. RF

    RawFoodie

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Gorgeous presentation, fresh food, bright colors and flavors! We went for brunch, but I was hoping there would have been more things to choose from on that menu, specifically a margarita I had at dinner w the passionfruit foam.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great chefs table experience. Highly recommended!!!

    dLeñaResponded on September 17, 2022You made our day...Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad to see that dLeña is a favorite of yours. We take pride in providing you with an experience that you'll remember - from the food, to the service, and so much more. Looking forward to your next visit with us!

  34. GJ

    GuavaJelly

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fabulous The atmosphere is lively. Good lighting and cheerful service. My guests and I had a very good time.

    dLeñaResponded on September 17, 2022Wow! We're so grateful to hear you enjoyed your time at dlena. We try our best to make sure that we're not only providing an exceptional experience, but also a memorable one. Looks like we hit the mark with your recent visit.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    The habanero salsa was best part of the meal, had a lot of flavor and texture, the birria taco was good a bit spicy, ambiance is great very clean and good music, wish the service matched the ambiance.

    dLeñaResponded on September 17, 2022We are incredibly grateful that you love our delicious food and new menu items! Our team values customer satisfaction and it's a top priority at dLeña, so we're delighted your server was top notch. We agree ~ our habanero salsa and birria taco are some of our favorites and exquisite!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on opening night. Great service and incredible food and drink.

    dLeñaResponded on September 25, 2022We love, love. love your 5 star review and we're so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time on opening night! A lot of passion and expertise goes into preparing our incredible food and drinks to be just perfect. We’re so thrilled you had such a wonderful experience with us!

  37. TL

    TanyaL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is very warm, cozy and great vibe. I had the tamarindo margarita and it was ok, too much sour mix. However, the food was excellent! The guacamole and Waygu empanadas were delicious. We had the Tomahawk steak, baked potato w:pork belly and broccolini, steak was cooked perfectly. The different salts provided enhanced the flavor so well. We will definitely be back!
  38. A

    Anna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, tasty and colorful, beautifully presented on the plate. I did the bottomless brunch and there wasn’t a single dish that I didn’t like. The price for the bottomless brunch was reasonable for the great quality food you get. The restaurant decor was also beautiful and they also have seating outdoor . Definitely recommend 100%
  39. AS

    AmandaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there and it was amazing! We celebrated a birthday and everyone from the hostess to the servers was so friendly! Can’t wait to come back.

    dLeñaResponded on September 17, 2022Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for your 5 star review of dLeña. We are so excited you celebrated your birthday with us! We take pride in providing the perfect setting for such an awesome occasion and that your hostess made it extra special!

  40. CW

    ChristenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for brunch and the food was absolutely fantastic! Our waiter Marissa was super sweet and very attentive!

    dLeñaResponded on September 17, 2022Wow! We're so grateful to hear you enjoyed your time at dlena. We try our best to make sure that we're not only providing an exceptional experience, but also a memorable one. We're always happy when our guests have an amazing time with us!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from dLeña using the Order Online button. dLeña also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 560-5999.

dLeña is rated 4.7 stars by 844 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 120 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for dLeña

476 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001-2531

Additional information

  • Cross street

    K Street & 5th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Gallery Place / Chinatown

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Richard Sandoval

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 560-5999

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@dlenadc.com for more details

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