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Lavagna - Washington DC
Lavagna - Washington DC

Lavagna - Washington DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavagnadc.com
  • Phone: (202) 546-5006
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Tue - Fri
    11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner Tue - Sun
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch Sat - Sun
    10:00am - 2:30pm

    Happy Hour Specials
    Tuesday - Saturday
    4:30pm - 7:30pm @ Upstairs Bar
    25% off Wines by the Glass
    $7 Craft Cocktails
    $4 Local Beers
    Saturday & Sunday
    10am - 2:30pm Brunch
    $12 Unlimited Mimosas
    Sunday & Tuesday
    5pm - Close
    Half Priced Bottles of Wine
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We would be happy to host your next event. Please contact for all details.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephen Cheung (202) 546-5006
  • Special Events & Promotions: Holiday Hours:
    Closed Dec 24, 25, and Lunch on the 26th.
    Open Dec 31 for Dinner and Jan 1st for Brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 1 Block from Eastern Market Subway stop, with a Circulator/Metro bus stop directly out front
A word from Lavagna - Washington DC
All menu items at Lavagna are prepared from scratch, including our pasta. The menu changes weekly as well as seasonally so it can feature only the freshest local ingredients. Lavagna is expanding the house-made charcuterie program and is adding a line of house-made local preserves, with offerings varying week to week. Lavagna also offers a variety of Italian wines, beers from around the world and distinctive craft cocktails.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went for brunch, ordered the eggs florentine, which was absolutely delicious. Had the $12 unlimited mimosas, which can't be beat, and the waiter (Zach) was great with refilling constantly so that I never had an empty glass. Food came remarkably quickly, and even after we finished our food he did not rush us out and told us to stay until the end of the 90-min mimosa window, which I very much appreciated because in some restaurants you feel as though they are shoving you out the door."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Took my friend to a birthday brunch here. The food was great and all locally sourced (with farms on the menu). Without even asking, they brought us free tiramisu with a candle in it for my friend's birthday and did not charge us for it. Great place!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went for the basics this time: salad & pasta. Nice fresh greens and thick sliced slightly fried provolone with red vinaigrette. Simple and good. Basic spiral pasta (rotini?) In beef & pork tomato based sauce. Half portion was just the right size. Fresh off the grinder Parmasan. Very slight kick to sauce (I prefer more, but that would be more than most). Freshly inhouse made pasta could have been a little more al dente. A surprisingly light Tiramisu dessert with coffee was a perfect finish. Dining outside on 8th Street is okay, but it is a main thoroughfare. Good attentive w/o being invasive service. Lavagna should be destination dining. I'm marking it as a favorite and adding to my list of preArena restaurants."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Homemade Gluten Free Pasta. Awesome. Server was great. Manager was very helpful. Carrot salad was great...Not something I would normally order but it was awesome!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was great but the service was a bit lacking. It took around 10 minutes for our server to come to our table to even introduce herself. Then another 10 minutes to get our first drink. Then my food came out but my friend's food didn't come out for another almost 10 minutes. The server came over to explain she was sorry and somehow the food was put on two different tickets. So the kitchen did rush to finish my friend's food. After that our service was pretty good and our server was decent about refilling our bottomless mimosas. However, the tables around us seemed to have much faster and better service by the same server so it was a bit weird."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "food was good, prices are decent, they have indoor and outdoor seating. overall its a good place."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wonderful atmosphere for intimate group brunch. Very nice that host will seat before entire party arrives. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I specifically choose Lavagna after seeing a photo of the chicken and waffles dish. Unfortunately it was lack luster for me. The waffles were not hot, rather rubbery. The chicken was just "ok". Could have been seasoned a little more. The bacon jam was tasty...but could not make up for the compensate for the other areas. My friend ordered a pasta dish that was way too salty. Others seemed to enjoy their meals...but nothing to write home about. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The concept of gaining ingredients from local farms is fantastic. The food was flavorful. The minestrone soup was nice, however, I would classify it more as a stew than soup. The flights of wine were a fun surprise. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Wonderful experience and greatest food. What a treat!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Service was attentive without being tiresome. Food was inventive, fresh and tasty. Love the local food sources idea. Very enjoyable."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Their food carries them b/c the atmosphere is just okay and the service is pretty hit or miss. That said, my table was offered a round of free desserts on a night when our meal was particularly dragged out (and there was a table with several rambunctious kids next to us until 10PM). But... the food is AWESOME! Try the Brussels Sprouts and the chicken sou vie pasta! You can't beat homemade pasta. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've been here a couple times, both for brunch and dinner. I always enjoy the food, but dinner is my favorite! Brunch has great options that are fresh and tasty, however they over-salt the food (potatoes, bacon, bread). The food loses its flavor in all the salt and I think the brunch food would be even better if they dialed back the salt seasoning. I like this place because it sources much of their menu from local farms and I feel that the freshness of the food is lost in all the salt. All in all, great spot, just wish the fresh, local food wasn't so over-seasoned. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service, served and finished in time to get to the Folger Theater. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Wonderful experience (again) at Lavagna! This trip was a bit different - usually I eat and drink at Lavagna with other 20somethings, but this time I went with a new mother and her baby. It was a great place for a baby! The staff was incredible and super accommodating and the overall environment was friendly and welcoming!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "2pm is very late for brunch and I hoped for lunch. But the biscuits in sausage sauce was very good & came with helping of scrambleds. I'm giving them extra points for an interesting Bloody Mary menu. Extra half star for food & overall."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Last minute decision. Had the duck with jalapeño blackberry sauce. Duck was tender; very well prepared; tasted good; only complaint is I couldn't taste any pepper. Decent mashers; very fresh cooked veggies; uninspiring bread. I will be back to try the inhouse pasta. Add half a star to service & overall."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This was lunch on a first date. We were trying to have a leisurely lunch and the food came So fast it seemed to be prepared well in advance and they served one person 10 minutes before the other. Timing was off here. It was Mother's Day but we were not celebrating mother day and there was a brunch menu that was quite a bit shorter than regular menu. To their credit they served one dish we requested off the regular menu. Nice people they let us stay after the crowd left and noise was turned down. But can't say I would make the same date here again. Just was not the special experience we wanted. Food was okay. Polite waiter."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love Lavagna. It's one of my favorite brunch spots, and I've just recently been taking advantage of their delicious dinner menu and half price bottle of wine nights on Sundays and Tuesdays. I continually recommend it to people and it never disappoints. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food at Lavagna is truly elevated brunch fare - everything was perfectly cooked and served in an elegant manner. In particular, the chicken and waffles is to-die-for and the smoked salmon omelette is filling but yet light and flavorful."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had the Best appetizers! The scallops, in particular, were heavenly."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Lavagna is a quaint & cozy spot. The menu lack a variety of food items to chose from but the one of a kind scratch kitchen whipped up a delicious & decadent well favored brunch that was very satisfying. The mimosa weren't unlimited but that would have made up for the few menu choices. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Adore that they offer wine flights. Great customer service and delicious food. Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have been wishing for a truly excellent Italian place on the Hill, and this hit the mark. Recently took visiting family there, and they were all impressed."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "DC doesn't seem to have many good/affordable Italian resturaunts. This is one! We ate outside, so we can't comment on the interior abience or noise level, but the service was great and so was the food!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our dinner was very good. The pork tenderloin was awesome. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I have been here for both brunch and dinner. Brunch was very tasty, but dinner was nothing to write home about"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I went to Lavanga twice when it first opened, and both times was really disappointed. This was just ok, which was an improvement. It wasn't bad, like before--wow. The food was seriously bland and overpriced before. This was fine. Just not any wow factor. Had the chicken and waffles...had read reviews of it, and was excited to try. It was just ok. The bacon jam was a misstep, for sure. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The hostess was very rude.We wanted to be seated at a table near the window that was open but we got seated next to a very loud group of women. I didn't enjoy my brunch at all,staff or manager didn't do anything about the loud table next to is. Service was too slow,will not go back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My husband is gluten free and it is hard to find Italian restaurants that offer gluten free options. This place is on barracks row right off the eastern market metro station. It is a perfect location with great indoor and outdoor seating. The pasta is made in house (gluten free included) and all ingredients are sourced from local farms. The ravioli with a range free egg was delicious! And my husband loved the rigatoni pesto so much we went back again 2 days later before leaving from DC. Definitely stop by and try this restaurant if you are in the area. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "A truly disappointing and lackluster brunch. Nice waitress, and we were seated promptly. But you can get much better food for the same price at other places in DC, if you're looking for a nice bottomless brunch. I'd go elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had a great dinner. They were very accommodating to my gluten and dairy free needs. The food and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great food! Not all that many gluten-free choices. And delicious bloody marys!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I've been to Lavagna for brunch several times, and the food never disappoints. Everything is fresh and apparently made in-house. It's always crowded though, so make a reservation!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was fresh and delicious. They cook with local ingredients and have a good wine list. It's a nice date-night restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Pricey, mediocre food. Friendly staff and a nice interior. Went for brunch."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I've eaten here before and I remembered it as pretty good. Farm to table cuisine, nice menu, affordable. But this time our brunch for 7 people was disappointing. The waitress highly recommended the spaghetti carbonara, and seriously it was almost inedible. Overcooked pasta, way too heavy, and overly salty. But beyond that single dish, everyone's meal was just not that good tasting. Possibly an off day? Or a restaurant that has let it's quality slide considerably. To her credit, the waitress was lovely and she took the pasta off the tab (and offered something else in its place). But beware of this one."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Since bottomless brunch is a popular thing in DC now, its easy to say that Lavagne falls short. The food is mediocre, and they have a time limit on your drinks. In 90 minutes I got 4 mimosas, because our server was slow and was taking advantage of the fact that he would be receiving an automatic gratuity for a large table. We asked to be seated near another large party, and the restaurant was not accommodating, instead we got attitude. The ridiculous part is, there was an empty large table right next to us, that was not seated until we were paying our bill. If you have a time limit on brunch anyway, why wouldn't you seat us with a party who also had a reservation at the same time? At least our food came out fast!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A small group of us were out for dinner and decided to try something new. So glad we did. Place was mostly full but not overpacked. Ambiance was good, but nothing to write home about. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Then came the food. The fantastic food. Fresh homemade pasta made my wife and I feel like we were back in Italy. The desserts were almost as good. The panna cotta and tiramisu were both remarkably good. My only complaint was I ate too much."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Met a couple of out-of-town friends for dinner at Lavagna based on internet reviews, and it did not disappoint. The food was great - and different! Locally sourced, handmade - we ordered an appetizer sampler of cheese and meats that was awesome. The meal itself was likewise delicious and I love that you can order a half portion and forego the doggy bag. Bottles of wine also happened to be on sale when we were there, which made for a convivial evening. Finally, two of the three people in our party got lost on the way there, and were quite late in arriving, but the wait staff was very patient and pleasant and did not write us off as losers despite our tardiness. The atmosphere was just the right amount of lively but not too loud."
    Dined on 2/25/2014