Laporta's Restaurant
Laporta's Restaurant

Laporta's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.laportas.net/
  • Phone: 7036836313
  • 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: Seafood, American
  • 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: 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.
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Laporta's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)romantic (39)special occasion (37)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (22)great for lunch (21)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (12)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Surprisingly good even when empty
    cathman11VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I happened to dine at Laporta's on a Sunday evening. There were a total of 6 other diners in the establishment when I arrived. Nonetheless, a 3 man ensemble played some soft jazz/blues as a backdrop, the service was prompt and polite, and the food was excellent. If I have the opportunity, I'd love to return on a busier evening if I get back to Alexandria. They have an attractive bar area that is separated from the main dining area that looks like a nice spot for an after dinner drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diningguys
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fabulous food. Wonderful staff. Great live music, too. Will return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    Localman355
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Upscale intentions and prices but slightly misses the mark Service is fine and food is pretty good but nothing as remarkable as prices would indicate
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • barbara
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food and service every time! We love the waiters and how much attention we get here. Everything is first class!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant experience
    LuncherVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My in-laws wanted to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary here. They liked that the restaurant plays live music in the evenings and isn't too pretentious. The free parking in Alexandria is also a bonus. The service was very friendly, they immediately recognized the occasion based on the note I had added to my Open Table reservation. The food is good, not overly ambitious, but tasty. The molten lava cake for dessert was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaPorta's Monday-Tuesday specials!
    cboyd
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My husband and I like to go when they have the Monday/Tuesday special: dinner for two with bottle of wine or half off nicer one of your choice. Food is all fresh, not frozen, and they can prepare way you like, even gluten free. We like live jazz which plays nightly in dining room.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • barbara
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We always have terrific food here. Every time we try something new, it is always fantastic. We always receive great service!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding food and service!
    iDine
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This gem of a restaurant is full of surprises! From the genuine and pleasant customer service to the evening ambiance set with dimmed lights and romantic music. On this my second visit, I still marveled at the fact that for many years I just drove by never knowing what type of establishment it was but thankfully a friend introduced me a few months prior. The food is delicious! The chef was very accommodating with the preparation request I made with my dish. You will agree that this is likely one of Alexandria's best kept secrets. Enjoy your visit...you will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Impressed by service, the restaurant honored an expired brunch coupon. To our surprise it covered brunch for my wife and I to include our cocktails. The brunch was excellent, service was spot on. Highly recommend the mushroom rounds appetizer, it was a pleasant surprise!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service
    Sherlock
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food and exceptional dessert, in fact the best dessert we have ever had...carrot cake and tarimasu. My wife and I had a Salmon and Trout entree and the portions were cooked well and of good size which really surprised my wife. As a starter we had the Lobster Bisque that had a great flavor. Our Server was name Stephen and he made sure our experience was pleasant. Lastly, the light Jazz was enjoyable, even had an opportunity to speak with the lead singer. We have nothing to complain about and will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We enjoyed our meal very much! Prices are a little high but we went during Restaurant Week. Very much enjoyed the live Jazz musicians.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • barbara
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Fantastic food and service every time!! A neighborhood gem!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dcluv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My first time dining, we really enjoyed the food, service and music. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot
    twofoodies
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a delightful experience. Staff were attentive and knowledgable. Food was interesting and well prepared. Convenient parking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good time
    FunFoodster1260
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've used LaPorta's for a surprise birthday party (35 people), for lunch and for dinner. All occasions were great because of the service and the food. I highly recommend you use LaPorta's for a catered event -- Mary was so cooperative and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boring
    Jleonar1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went during restaurant week and really was disappointed. Staying in hotel close by so gave it a try. 2 dinners with 1 glass of wine and it reminded me of years ago eating at Bob Evans except this meal was over $100. Salad was crisp and dressed nicely but nothing unusual in the salad. Lettuce, tomatoe and dressing. Just like BE. Next we both ordered Pork Schnitzel. Pork was cooked nicely but it was served with canned tomatoes with a couple of small pastas thrown in. Didn't eat all of that. :( the meal came with dessert. That was OK but the evening was a waste. The waiter came over while my wife was still eating her meal to go over their list of desserts. Pretty much like Bob Evans getting the rush out the door. The joint was only ¼ full.
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  • A Favorite Gathering Place
    Cat52
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My friends and I always enjoy getting together at LaPorta. The food is very good and a great value. I strongly recommend it for a relaxed evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ShelliVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent service, food and we always love the music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LaPorta's is excellent
    JohnRaines
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great food, good wine, a relaxed ambiance and terrific service - as usual and always expected at LaPorta's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • sweeetjess91
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It's my favorite restaurant in the Northern Virginia area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    amarie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My husband searched for restaurants to celebrate our wedding anniversary and found Laporta's. We love jazz and the website mentioned a strawberry mojito and I was instantly sold on trying them. We were not disappointed! There was a jazz trio playing during dinner that we really enjoyed. I had the calamari, crab cakes and asparagus which were very good. My husband enjoyed the jumbo shrimp appetizer and salmon dish. We sampled each other's food and found that we liked it all. We will definitely return and so glad to have found this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    daleoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    good food and live jazz music in the evening made it enjoyable = try the onion pie appetizer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BillieTheKid
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We both enjoyed our dinner and Lauren was a fabulous server. It is always fun to enjoy jazz while dining, and Coco on the Piano did not disappoint. Thanks again for a great date night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice surprise
    Gary
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We've been to Laporta's a few times for the jazz music later in the evenings. This was our first visit for dinner and we were very pleased. The food and service was great. The Tuesday dinner special was the best bargain in the area. That got us in for dinner for the first time. We will definitely be going back. On top of the great food - this remains one of our favorite places for classy entertainment in a great setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overlooked gem
    Tuckinalex
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nocookVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Consistently good food and the entertainment is an added treat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Fish was uninteresting and rather dry. Wine available, 2 buck chuck could have been better choice for white wine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very pleasant experience. Would definitely make this a preferred dining spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time Around Disappointing
    LeslieavaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
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  • Cool Live Music, Early Specials
    Jimz2010
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impromtu Date Night
    cheffygeoffy
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dining experience
    EpiskyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Singer WAY TOO loud.
    ginger
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    GuitarGuy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
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  • Anniversary dinner
    zig50
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, convenient location
    Toolsmith
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Excellent, thoughtful dishes. Our waitress was a little distracted, though. We always try to get out before the live music starts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUR FIRST VISIT
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised, the food and service were great! We will visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Father's Day Brunch
    FoodieFred
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diningoutVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Saturday jazz worth listening to. Food certainly acceptable.
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