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Ella's Pizza

4.5
697 Reviews
$30 and under
Pizzeria

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The wood-fired pizza oven at the heart of the restaurant is what makes our handcrafted pizzas come alive with flavor, bringing inspiration to the rest of our menu. Our philosophy is to use the freshest, best quality ingredients, prepare it well and to serve it with joy. We invite you to share in the experience of what makes Ella's so special.
Enjoy!

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 697 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nachosolo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Outdoor seating right on 9th st is extremely loud with truck traffic and buses idling during the day (lunch, in this case). Not recommended! The food was subpar; I had a $16 salad that had three pieces of arugula, and a lot of dressing, canned beans, and tomatoes that were overripe/grainy. The chicken was well cooked though. I know it’s not the standard for this restaurant because of Covid related financial challenges but I don’t think they should compromise quality for menu variety.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was terrrrrible. Food took

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vipCraig
Washington DC
736 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These folks are just consistently the best. Outstanding service, wonderful food—Sicilia pizza and garlic bread. Excellent wine. Beautiful decor and top notch cleaning to keep everyone safe. I did indoor dining and will most definitely be back.

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vipPassionata
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pizza and service

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Ella's Pizza was okay ... I had heard great things about the pizza here and it was good, but nothing to write home about. The frozen drinks were really good though, especially on a HOT day! We sat outside even though we were in Phase 2, as when I made the reservation on Open Table, that seemed to be all that was available ... when I went to use the restroom, however, I noticed there was a family eating inside. It was very hot and humid. The server was very attentive and courteous. The biggest downsides were: (1) the buses stop right in front of the restaurant and sit there for about 10-15 minutes, running the loud engine, spewing exhaust fumes and heating and are very LOUD so you can't even converse - NOT good t all! (2) the disgusting waterbugs start running all over the place after dark!! I was screaming and trying to get away from them ... would have stayed longer having drinks but I was freaked out!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
736 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt the best sausage pizza in town. Got the wings for the first time ever. Excellent choice. Their salads and pastas are always fantastic.

But really, you’ll come back for their outstanding staff!

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I was sitting outside during the protest going on so it was a bit noisy. I’ve had their pizza for takeout and it was very good. For this reservation, I had eggplant rolls and chicken wings plus beer. All were very delicious. I was happy they were open for dining.

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vipBrendaN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our family ate here while on vacation in DC. Each family ordered a different type of pizza and we all loved our food. We went on a weeknight and it wasn’t very busy so we got our food pretty quickly. Service for drink refills however was slow. I’m so glad our hotel recommended this pizza place. We really enjoyed it.

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AmyG
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Portions not very big. The tortellini app was ridiculous - it had very little flavor (and it was the item we were most excited about from the description on the menu) and they served 5 tortellinis - $2 each! The brussels were delicious and the rest of the food we all had also was very good.

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NatorX
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very pleasant experience. The wait staff was courteous, fast and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I don't normally post reviews but felt obliged to do so in this case. This was our first time at Ella's and everyone in our party enjoyed the experience. No wait upon our arrival, even though the place was packed. They kept our table waiting for us at our reservation time. The food and sangria were great. Wide range of food from pizza to salads to butternut squash soup. All of enjoyed every bite. Sangria was a bit on the pricey side but we all really enjoyed it! Service was okay, but had to flag the server down a couple times for drink refills. Overall a great experience and a place that I would (and have already) recommended to friends. We plan to head back.

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AnabelleJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You simply can NOT have a bad meal at this place! Been coming weekly for years! Clean plates every time!

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pizza and convenient to Verizon Center. We will go back!

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vipMLaRocca
Raleigh
92 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Ella's food. Everything we've had is superb! Tonight was nothing different, great service and fantastic food!!! First time trying he sausage pizza, we were not disappointed. I look frwd to next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner for 2 grandchildren before their first Capitals hockey game. Ella’s was the perfect place for this.

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LaurieL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Ella's has great food! There were a lot of people waiting to be seated and there's not much rooom to wait. Several large groups were in house (teams) but the staff seemed to handle the situation very well. Our party enjoyed the food. We had the eggplant roll-ups and meatballs as an app and then we each got a pizza. There was nothing left on anyone's plate!

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JoanneB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for a fast dinner before a concert. The staff was very prompt with our order on a very busy Friday night when we explained we had a show to see. It was Valentine’s Day and they had a special menu that looked great but we were in NC a hurry. So nice that we could order off the regular menu. So many places don’t offer that option on Valentine’s Day.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They did not have my reservation so I had to sit at the bar even though I had multiple opentable confirmations to show the host.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect chill spot for a couple that’s not big on Valentine’s Day. Pizza was delicious and they did offer a cute Valentine’s Day menu.

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vipluvjazz60
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the calamari, meatballs and wings - all three were very good. Our server was attentive but not hovering :)

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PhilipC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great place
service and food were consistent as always

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TomM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It's very good pizza - I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Service was friendly but really slow. The atmosphere is fine, nothing special - tables really close together.

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LarryW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time and was very pleased. Menu has great variety and all the food items we ordered were excellent. Highly recommend.

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Stephanie
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had not been in a few years and so glad I went back. Great lunch, wide variety of options and everything - food, service, and restaurant were excellent. I had one of my favorite salads and it was as good if not better than I remember!

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JanetH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and free food. Really appreciated that your group was able to hear each other!

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PamelaK
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a party of 12 and we were seated in a nice area but the two tables they pushed together were round and rectangular so some people almost had their backs to each other so communication from one side of the table to the other was difficult. My order was messed up but they offered a free dessert instead. Service was great otherwise. Value for food was good. Food tasted delicious. Desserts are individually sized so it is not big enough to share with more than one other person.

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vipfriendsfamily
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this little gem. They have excellent pizza, staff and music. I thoroughly enjoy dining here. I often order pizza to take home as well, they are always super accommodating and never disappoint.

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vipAnabelleJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You literally cannot have a bad meal here I think I’ve eaten everything on the menu at some point just go you will not be disappointed

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vipTomJ
London
150 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Just outstanding. This was our second time at Ella's. Our first time I had the calzone and it was the best ever. Tonight I tried the good ol' spaghetti and meat balls and it was terrific, too. My colleague had the penne pasta Alfredo and he raved about it. We have frequented the many restaurants in Penn Quarter before Capitals' games. But Ella's is one of our favorites. We will be back....and back....and back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot to eat just before a game. Good food fast service and reasonable price. Good for kids as well. Short walk to cap one arena. Less then 3 minutes

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ChrisK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

With the exception of our server delivering the wrong craft beer (we were trying it for the first time and, when we got our check and saw the wrong name, realized we were correct in thinking what we were served was not what we ordered - the one delivered had a citrus flavor which we did not want) but we had a great experience. The server was friendly and attentive, our table against the wall was relatively quiet (although the noise increased as the night progressed), and thin-crust, wood fired pizza is delicious. Will definitely return.

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vipOmar
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was very surprised with how great food was. I'd recommend and plan on returning

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vipTomJ
London
150 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first visit to Ella's. We are avid Washington Capitals fans and we frequent many of the restaurants in Penn Quarter but this was our first to Ella's. It was TERRIFIC. I had the calzone and it was outstanding--the best calzone I've ever had. It took a few more minutes to order because they are especially baked but it was well worth the few more minutes.

Also, I must compliment the bar tender. Most bar tenders these days do not know how to draw a draught beer. Draughts now frequently are served with no heads. But not at Ella's. My craft lager was served with a head that was "just right." Compliments are in order.

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Hap2237
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Waited awhile for our beer order. Food came out much faster but not together.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We really liked it, the service was terrific. Seated too close to the door and it was cold

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. We all enjoyed our pizzas including the kids. Service was great.

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Atmietus
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The staff was not attentive or responsive. Also specifically requested some changes to the order and they did not provide the changes. Mentioned and the waiter just walked away. Also requested a dessert menu and asked it was never provided. Also there was 7 of us so we were subject to the 20% gratuity already applied to the bill. Just a let down.

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place was just perfect for a quick meal before the basketball game. Excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I can honestly say this is the best pizza I have ever had. And I’ve had pizza in Italy. I would eat here again and again! I had the special pizza of the day and it was nothing short of amazing!

FAQs

Ella's Pizza does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Ella's Pizza also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 638-3434.

Ella's Pizza is rated 4.5 stars by 697 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.

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