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Laporta's Restaurant
Laporta's Restaurant

Laporta's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.laportas.net
  • Email: doug@laportas.net
  • Phone: (703) 683-6313
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Douglas Laporta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Laporta’s is committed to presenting the very best in local jazz. Bringing a variety of the best available singers and musicians to our stage nightly for over twenty years. Featured are regular performances by such highly acclaimed singers as Sharon Clark, Patrice Ferris and Ester Haynes. Laporta’s books a range of Jazz styles from Be Bop and Scat, vocal standards, Jazz Fusion, Dixieland and Gospel,Live performances occur nightly during dinner service and after, seven nights a week.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Jazz nightly. Monday/Tuesday Two entrees/bottle of wine $28.99

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dangerfield
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro one block away
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free evening parking in enclosed garage
A word from Laporta's Restaurant
Laporta’s restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual, comfortable setting. Laporta’s has an attentively serviced contemporary dining room perfect for a romantic evening out or any other special occasion, combined with an adjoining intimate Jazz lounge. Relax and listen to the live jazz featured nightly. The lounge has the warmth and friendly feel of a local’s bar yet with the same excellence of service and consistency of food quality that defines our dining room and exemplifies the restaurant as a whole. The menu features inventive fresh seafoods and hearty pastas complemented by the provincial-style desserts of Margaret Laporta.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "The hanger steak and Mac and cheese were excellent. The Mac n cheese was a little spicy but it was good! The first hanger hanger steak had to be taken back because we asked for medium rare and ours came back well done. The waiter quickly corrected the problem and apologized. We were there with high school prom dates. It wasn't too noisy. Great ambience and romantic lighting. The whiskey cake was moist and good as well. Excellent customer service!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "For a jazz fan, this place is excellent. The food is high quality, a clear notch above chains like Carlyle's or Coastal Flats. The band size and consequent volume is ideal - not too loud to make conversation challenging, but strong enough for the jazz aficionado. Easy and free parking at the rear, and good service. I'm going there again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "LaPorta's is definitely our neighborhood favorite. A menu full of inspired classics with a respectable bar and live jazz music every night. They have something for everyone, including vegetarian options. Don't miss this beautiful restaurant for your next quiet, special occasion. Oh yes, and absolutely don't skip dessert."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The food was Great! Ambiance was wonderful! Our waiter was Terrific! Lovely piano music! Our group of 9 was delighted -- had an excellent experience until the end. We had asked for separate checks and let them know early on we had another event and an appointment. Apparently they don't have a good system for separate checks because it took over 30 minutes and some confusion from the time we were ready to leave until we were able to get our check, despite the fact there were few others in the dining room. That caused a BIG problem for us because some of us had to leave for another church event and one had an important business appointment. I hope they work out that problem.."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Most outstanding was our service from Lauren."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was very mediocre, music on Saturday was very nice (jazz trio)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A great little gem off, just off the typical King Street corridor. Nice vegetarian options, and something special for those that are not. I would highly recommend that you give this restaurant a try."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Service was great, everything else was so-so. Had the calamari to start - fantastic - that was the high point of the meal. BF had the crab cake...to be honest, Silver Diner's crab cake is better (sad trombone sound). I had the sea scallops served over mashed potatoes that were room temperature at best, with 4 or 5 pieces of oversteamed broccoli. The ambience was ok - pretty loud in the restaurant; we had to strain to hear what the other was saying across a 2.5' square table. When the $100 check arrived, we had buyer's remorse...definitely not worth the price tag. We would consider going back, if only for a cocktail and appetizer, while sitting at the bar so we might be able to have a conversation."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "food was excellent; presentation outstanding; quiet enough to talk without shouting; service was superior; and we did not feel rushed or hurried. it was an expensive lunch but well worth the money for a long leisure lunch with friends. parking is NOT included but the pricey lunch makes me feel like a cheapskate to even mention the parking fees."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We go there for the food and the live jazz music... It is awesome."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We very much enjoy listening to Sharon sing on Saturday nights. This has quickly become our favorite date night place. The service is wonderful and the food is beyond excellent. We try something new each time and have loved everything. The homemade desserts are fabulous."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The restaurant runs a special on Tuesday nights -2 entrees, and a bottle of wine for $29. We decided to give it a try given the special and that there was a jazz pianist. Selections were limited. I had chicken parm, and my wife enjoyed mani mani that was prepared to perfection. The wine was either a house red or white (Chardonnay). It was a pleasant evening of dining and jazz."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Nice restaurant. Great italian food. Service is usually good."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This is one of our favorites in Old Town starting with relatively easy and convenient parking; delicate and delicious food prepared with obviously first class ingredients and beautiful dish and dessert presentations. I have watched this restaurant grow over the years and develop an unique personality of respect to its audience by offering the very best menus at reasonable prices. Their staff looks happy and content, how refreshing! Congratulations to Laporta's team, starting from owners, chefs and servers. We will be back soon! Thank you from our family to yours! Ali"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My husband and I went on a referral to LaPorta's. It was a great night. We both ordered the specials for the evening. I had the scallops with potatoes and chives, brussel sprouts with a warm chili sauce. The scallops were cooked to perfection. The meal size was just perfect. My husband had the surf and turf with gulf shrimp. The steak medallions were cooked to medium and the shrimp were great. He had a side of asparagus. We had a nice view of the neighborhood, as we sat in the bar area. The staff were all friendly and our waiter Calvin was very knowledgeable of the menu items and gave great suggestions for our first time. He suggested a apple cobbler type dessert with cinnamon ice cream and it topped off our night."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My group of 7 women enjoyed the food and entertainer as well as the ambience. The staff confused our group for a smaller one, so we waited until a larger table came available. After bring seated at the appropriate table, we received water and emus, but we're otherwise ignored for about 15 minutes . After I asked for our waiter , the young man I asked left and soon returned prepared to serve our table . After that, the service was fine ."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Laporta's has been our choice for special occasions for more than 20 years. It is wonderful to see that the high quality and class have been consistently maintained all this time. This is a family-run restaurant, with excellent service, a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food, and great live jazz. The desserts are special, and always a perfect ending to a great meal. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Been here many times and always outstanding food, service providers KNOW how to serve unobtrusively yet cordial, music is always great too! Love it!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was great. I was surprised to see a Sunday Brunch Pre-Fixe Menu :-) The seafood crepe was delicious and so were the Bellinis and Mimosas. Calvin was an attentive and courteous server. Menu items were moderately priced so that was a plus. Overall great experience for my family and I. We will definitely at this restaurant again in the near future."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Loved the experience! Cheese and charcuterie plate was $21 and only had two pieces of meat. I liked the live music. Our service was above par because besides being on top of things service wise, she was really nice and offered to take more than one picture of me and my husband just so we'd have a good one."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "While I always enjoy dining at LaPorta's, (and am a regular) this Saturday I was a little disappointed. When I made the reservation for my husband's birthday and as for anything little thing that you do special for birthdays, nothing was done nor mentioned. I requested a table for 4 up front near the trio, that did not happen either, though the table I had was okay. The most disappointing was the waitress and server reached over my husbands plate to put pepper on my plate rather than walking around to me and the same happen with the pouring of water...to me this is totally unacceptable and not the type of service expected from a restaurant of this caliber. Thank you in advance for addressing these disappointments. Maindining57"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our association's department finds LaPorta's a perfect spot for an occasional lunch when we host visitors or special guests. They deliver in a consistent manner. Salads are consistently tasty with crunchy noodles a perfect topping to a citrus dressing."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was perfect and service was terrific!! We had the best waiter!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We always appreciate the gracious, leisurely dining experience at LaPorta's - very attentive service with no attempt to rush you at any point. Very good food and an excellent wine list - love it all."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "It was our 41st anniversary. We had been there before, but only as part of a group. Lauren, our server, was wonderful and made our anniversary dinner extra special. The food was also very good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very nice spot for informal but sophisticated dining. Almond-crusted mahi mahi with asparagus and mashed potatoes with chives was presented very well and was delicious. Attentive staff and some live (and cool) jazz selections make this a special date-night evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Based on the menu, offer of a jazz band and location, I was confident this would be a good dining experience. We passed the jazz band as we walked in and they sound great. Too bad we couldn't hear them from where we were seated - in a lovely corner, blocked by a weird screen, near a huge LOUD party, by the back door. Even our oil-candle thing wasn't happy - it went out mid-dinner. The food was mediocre - my salmon fettucine had no flavor and the sauce was oily. My friend's dinner was equally "meh". Dessert was okay but the whipped cream was uncomfortably close to being butter. To end on a positive note, our server was very nice; however, I won't be going back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Requested reservation week in advance for dining room with musicians, but seated in the bar w/ no music. Service very slow, Bruschetta attractive but impractical to eat - most goes in the garbage. Entrees good but overpriced w/o the music - the main reason we go to Laportas. Clearly overbooked, so not returning anytime soon. There are too many places on King St nearby with great food and ambience to tolerate this. When you pay > $130 with tip for dinner for two, you expect far more than we were offered."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have been going here for years for lunch and dinner for both business and pleasure and it never disappoints. Live music nightly in the dining room is a plus."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Had dinner there on Friday evening with another couple. Food was much better than the last time we had been there. The place has a nice csual atmosphere with an unobtrusive jazz trio playing in the background. Bill for two of us was $166 + tip for two dinners, appetizers, couple of drinks and one dessert. Would recomend for date night or small groups."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Absolutely enjoyed a laid back brunch President's weekend. Just wish the Chef/Owner would put some more organic selections on the menu."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The 3 course $20.00 brunch special was a good value and the Bloody Mary was very nice. The free parking is a huge plus in Old Town on Sunday.."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Had a great time and the music was fantastic. Would certainly do this again for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dined at Laporta's for the first time on Valentine's Day, and it did not disappoint. The food, service, and atmosphere were excellent. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Valentine's Day visit with my girlfriend. Service was fantastic, live jazz music was audible but not obtrusive. Vibrant wait staff with smiles and attentiveness. Overall very nice experience. Ordered a pork steak item which was not on the normal menu and it showed. It was under seasoned with a bland sauce and ever so slightly under-cooked. Its only saving grace was the capers(lol). Other than that slight hiccup my date thoroughly enjoyed her dish and the presentation of both was superb."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went here with my date on Valentine's Day and I must say everything was perfect! The service was great. Our waitress Robin was a great help in answering questions and serving us. The food was out of this world! The Chicken Oscar with Lump Crab and Hollandaise sauce was absolutely scrumptious. Both my date and I enjoyed our meal. The ambience and music were at the perfect level to where it wasn't too loud nor too quiet. I could still hear the person in front of me. I highly recommend to come here whether for the food, music, or the extensive wine list, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Attended their Valentine's special and all went well until the bill, which included a $30 event fee. With tip it ended up a $300 dinner for two. It just wasn't that good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Superb Valentine's dinners--the chef's selections for their special occasion, 3-course meals were superb. We had called ahead to check on gluten-free substitutes, and the restaurant was very accommodating, indicating that we could select a number of other menu options as substitutes, as necessary. Laporta's is a neighborhood gem, nestled on the lower level in the business district near Duke and Eisenhower. Many couples dressed up for the special evening--the mood and atmosphere was terrific, and the Jazz Trio was outstanding....not to mention their adorable little dog who had the best seat, perched above and behind the musicians. Given the evening, it was packed during our 6:30-8:30 stay. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Well prepared dishes, live music, a casual but refined setting, and classic service add up to a wonderful evening"
    Dined on 2/8/2014