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Laporta's Restaurant
Laporta's Restaurant

Laporta's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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 WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "good food and live jazz music in the evening made it enjoyable = try the onion pie appetizer"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Laporta's was our choice for my husband's 70th birthday dinner. We were happy to enjoy our meal accompanied by the excellent Walt Johns jazz trio. Perfect with our shared summer salad and pasta meals. The food was excellent (I had bay scallops over pasta, my husband had Tutta Mare over pasta) and I asked for and received a modification to the sauce for my scallops. We got a tiramisu to go for dessert. Lovely bottle of wine. the restaurant is located in an office building so somewhat nondescript on the outside but a real gem on the inside. Easy to drive by and not notice. Make an effort to go! Free parking in garage so very convenient. Worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Consistently good food and the entertainment is an added treat."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very pleasant experience. Would definitely make this a preferred dining spot."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We dined here once before and found the music to be much better. This time, the amp was too low and the vocalist seemed untrained and uninterested in the songs she presented. The food was okay, but salad was terrible. Mostly Romaine lettuce that was described on menu as "mixed greens," dressing was bland. Yes, it was quite warm and humid outside, but the restaurant was like an ice box and we couldn't wait to leave to warm up. We will not return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Laporta's has a great happy hour with very good food and drink pricing. They always have mussels, available in three varieties--even at happy hour. A variety of music is on with local performers most nights in the dining room. The wine list is fine with introductions with new finds appearing often. The main menu has a nice variety. Everything I've ordered there has been wonderful, and presented beautifully. They also have a great attentive staff. Laporta's is a class act."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I surprised my wife with a dinner date at Laporta's on Monday, June 30. We had a reservation, and seated promptly at a nice cozy 2-top table. We realized we had come on Monday, which was a special deal on two entrees and a bottle. Those selections looked great, and the waitress (delightful!) showed us around the menu in an informative, yet concise manner. The portions were nice, the food was delicious, and the wine list is pretty good as well! Great experience! We will be back for live entertainment."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was ok. Not bad, but not particularly outstanding. It was fine. The 4 stars are for the service and the jazz trio. We both had pasta dishes. They had just enough bite to them, however my dish was almost swimming in butter. I've had butter sauces before, it could have been better but it was adequate. It also needed salt. The drinks were fine, the non-alcoholic drink was nicer looking and tasted better than my sangria. The dining room was super quiet before the jazz trio showed up, mainly because we were the only ones in it. We may come again on a Sunday, but not for the food, but for the band."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Laporta's food is average but priced at a premium. My lobster bisque was the color of squash soup and tasted like it. The main course, salmon, was average taste and was so over-presented that it looked plastic. Maybe part of that premium price is for the entertainment, a jazz trio. Unfortunately it was too loud for easy conversation. This was my second and last visit."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were there early and it was nice. As dining room filled singer's volume got louder and louder. Everyone was just yelling at each other."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her birthday. Things started off good however I ordered a drink and when it came out I picked it up and the bottom of the glass broke off spilling the entire thing on the table, my lap, and some on my wife's legs. The server moved us to the table next to us. I then sat for 15 minutes with no drink and no server. When she came back she admitted to forgetting the drink and finally fetched another. By this time the jazz band we came to hear decided to take a 45 minute break and the restaurant never turned on music so we sat in silence. The food came out and was NOWHERE near worth the $30.00 a plate we paid. At the end no apology or free drink for the one that landed in my lap. Last time we come here ever."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great place to have our 14th year anniversary dinner. The chicken envoltine and the beef medallion special were both excellent. The waiter was very polite and checked on us numerous times throughout the night. The carrot cake was one of the best that I have had."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent, thoughtful dishes. Our waitress was a little distracted, though. We always try to get out before the live music starts."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised, the food and service were great! We will visit again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We tried Laporta for the first time this past Sunday. Great Service and delicious food. The piano player was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Saturday jazz worth listening to. Food certainly acceptable."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed excellent service and good food - what more could one want?"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was not my first time eating at LaPorta's but it was my guest's first time & we were celebrating my Birthday (a tad late) which was May 31st. She is a "foodie" from Washington, DC & she asked me to make a selection of someplace that I enjoyed, out by where I live, in Alexandria. Heck; then it was a "no-brainer" for me! Plus we both love Jazz & Sharron Clark & Satin Doll are two of my favorites & friends as well!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Hostess was pleasant. Server neglected to give us specials. Nor did she come back to ask how the food was, so I'll tell you; the spinach was mushy, fried, and salty. The fish and rice tasted salty as well. I didn't care for the flaky mushroom pastry my hubby had. I won't revisit."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "A former work associate was in town and never been dined in Alexandria (Old Town), so pick Laporta's as a nice casual evening. They loved it, the food, the atmosphere and the soft music."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Meal and service excellant. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Enjoyed the $29.99 special for Mon and Tue nites. 2 entrees + bottle of wine. Great value however the wine selection for this special could have been much better. One could upgrade the wine but then the bargain diminishes."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The entertainment was wonderful. The food is good, though pricey. I assume they factor in that there is no cover-charge for the music. Service was great. Odd pricing using .99. Deserts at $10.99 a bit much for a moderately priced restaurant. Environment is nice. It truly was a good deal as a full evening of jazz in New York City would have been three times the price and much more crowded. The only glitch is that there was a large party in the back and their noise infiltrated the fabulous voice of Sharron. We will definitely return the next time we are staying in Alexandria."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I'm extremely happy with everything connected to dinner at Laporta's. The sound level of the music was perfect in that it didn't interfere with conversation but was loud enough to listen to clearly. The food was excellent and appropriately priced. The added bonus was free parking in the garage next door. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "said the decor was 80s, so I thought it would be perfect. The ambiance wasn't cutting edge, but it wasn't bad! Lots of natural light, good blueish color scheme. Everyone loved their dishes. We had an early reservation (6:30pm) and it was pretty empty, musicians were setting up but didn't start playing until after we left. Service was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Glad I made the trip into Alexandria. One diner's pasta special was terrific, another cleaned her plate (literally) of the stuffed chicken breasts, and my Laporta's pasta (traditional penne with italian sausage, peppers and a very light tomato sauce) was just perfect. Laporta's gives you the option of ordering the pasta dishes as appetizers. Caesar salad was also just right -- not huge and not overly dressed. Atmosphere very conducive to conversation with jazz in the background. The tables are set far enough apart so you don't feel like you're sitting in a neighboring diner's lap. One of the few places in the area that has live music (jazz) in the evenings and weekends. Definitely worth a trip -- and only a few blocks from Metro. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Laporta's Restaurant is a rare find! It is one of an extremely small number of restaurants in the entire Washington, DC area that has both excellent food /service and good music /jazz. You can sit further from the music and have conversation or, as I prefer, sit closer to the musicians and get into the groove. Romantic for a special date. Dancing near the band adds to the "cool" "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I went there with a friend on a Sunday night so it wasn't crowded at all. They had very nice jazz music playing when we walked in. The person who greeted us asked if we'd like to sit in the section of the live entertainment or in the quieter room on the other side. We chose the quieter room but could hear the live singer. The sound level was just right and the entertainment was very good; served as sort of a background and very pleasant. Our waitress was excellent and the food perfect. I had never been at this restaurant before but what a find! I live in the neighborhood so I'll definitely be back. I may even become a regular. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was pretty good and live jazz playing, but the decor was just awful. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Very good food and good service - but if you are sitting in the section near the live music, it's too loud, making it difficult to have a conversation with your fellow diners!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great place! The Mushroom Rounds are excellent. Whoever created that dish deserves a gold star!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were seated promptly , service was good, attentive without being intrusive. The live music was at a good level for conversation, but loud enough to be enjoyable , a rare combination in Alexandria. The wine list is varied, the deserts well made. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have been going to LaPorta's for over 29 years. The Menu is terrific, food quality was great. Service was a bit slow but it was Mother's Day so somewhat understandable, but we will keep going back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my family for a Mother's Day brunch last Sunday. Our main entrees were excellent. However my wife's dessert was a strawberry fleurette which we thought would be strawberries topped with whipped cream. Instead it was the other way around. She also requested coffee to be served before her dessert so it will have a chance to cool down. Instead her coffee was served with dessert. While we having our dessert, one of the employers decided to sweep the carpeted floor of an adjacent table with a broom. Not very pleasant."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I'm a fan of Laporta's, especially its Sunday brunch. We went for Mother's Day brunch (5 of us including my 16-month-old grandson). Despite the fact that the three-course brunch was twice as much as it usually is and twice as crowded, we had a very nice meal with great service. The food was delicious and service was attentive despite the crowd. We did have to wait about 20 minutes for our 1:30 pm reservation, but we did not feel rushed after we finally got to our table. We were seated right next to the pianist, which made conversation a little challenging but entertained my grandson. This has become one of my faves for brunch. Great food and selection!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The menu always looks intriguing at Laporta, but when it arrives at your table and taste it, it doesn't live up to those expectations. Their menu is overpriced for the portion and quality. They have no outdoor sitting and on the Mother's Day brunch the women's bathroom was out of order. Unlucky, for such a busy day. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had a lovely brunch. Service was great -- pleasant and attentive staff -- and kitchen got all 7 of our meals out together. Food was very good and desserts were delicious. A bit on the pricey side but we will go back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my mother here for mother’s day; I had the seafood crepe which was very tasty. The menu was unfortunately very limited; I and my dining companions would have liked to see more breakfast dishes. The steak and eggs was very misleading. The steak came on an English muffin and had hollandaise sauce, the wait staff should have mentioned that -- still don't understand why an English muffin was on the dish... My mom got the apple pie dish with the cinnamon ice cream; the cinnamon ice cream was phenomenal the only issue was there was a pad of frozen butter at the bottom of it. Not sure how it got there, I think it’s a safe assumption that the dish was used to hold butter and was never thoroughly cleaned to hold the ice cream. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I brought my kids (9,7 & 1) to brunch with my mother and was treated to a great meal, friendly staff and over all great experience. Kids were happy with the options, which is important. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went to Laporta's on Saturday, May 10, for dinner. I had heard so much about the place and decided to give it a try. Overall, the food was fair. They had a jazz trio playing, and they were excellent. As a matter of fact, the fact that they have live jazz is the best thing about the place. Other than going for drinks and the jazz, I don't recommend this place for dinner. I would rate it as "fair" at the most. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014