Alexandria, VA – On January 14, the official opening took place for the newest jewel in the crown of the Alexandria Restaurant Partners group, Ada’s on the River. Named after a famous 19th century mathematician, Ada Lovelace, the restaurant is built around a custom wood-burning oven and offers unparalleled views of the Potomac.
Led by Maryland-native Chef Randall J. Matthews, who has worked in some of Washington’s most celebrated kitchens under Michelin-starred chefs, Ada’s menu features a selection of wood-fired prime steaks, fresh seafood and vegetarian fare, in addition to an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list.
In addition to portraits of Ada herself (pictured), the walls are lined with custom painted portraits of contemporary female figures including Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Emily and Charlotte Bronte as well as Ada’s father, the poet Lord Byron.
“Our namesake Ada Lovelace was an early 19th-century mathematician and the daughter of famed poet Lord Byron. She’s often credited as one of the world’s first computer programmers, having worked alongside Charles Babbage, who developed the first mechanical computer,” says Ada’s.
Other restaurants in the ARP group include Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Vola’s Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide, Theismann’s Restaurant, Palette 22, The Majestic, Riverside Taco Company and BARCA Wine Bar (opening spring of 2021 at Robinson Landing), as well as Café Tu Tu Tango in Orlando, Fla.