Lavagna - Washington DC
Lavagna - Washington DC

Lavagna - Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavagnadc.com/
  • Phone: 2025465006x
  • 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 2025465006x
  • Special Events: 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.
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Lavagna - Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (41)great for brunch (40)great for outdoor dining (36)special occasion (27)good for groups (24)romantic (21)great for lunch (10)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (5)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • good italian
    bmillz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was very good homestyle Italian. The charcuterie appetizers were also very delicious and had plenty of options. Duck prosciutto was excellent
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underdone
    EMregular
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Have eaten at Lavagna about 10x's. For the price point the food and service are uneven. Brunch is usually good and I have had a couple really nice dinners on an average week night. New Year's was a disaster. Set menu and seating times, yet waited an hour for cold food. When friends suggested trying restaurant week there I was hoping Lavagna would impress b/c I want to like this restaurant. Instead, they failed to bring out the drink for one member of our party. We watched the ice melt in ours and she could see hers sitting out on the bar. Had to go ask for it. Same with a forgotten glass of wine. Sent back a pasta dish because it was so uncooked as to crunch and came out the same way second time. That said my seafood linguini was delicious!
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  • Good Italian Restaurant but...
    Leopoldo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a good restaurant. The appetizers were very good, the pasta good but not out of this world. For example, the meatballs were a little spicy. Why? I do not understand the love for spicy pasta. Spicy mexican or Thai food I understand. I measure Italian restaurant by the basics, Bolognesa (meat) or Tomate Sauce Pasta and meatballs. Tasted the second one with meatballs and it was fine. Even though they had issues waiting on us fast they finally assigned another waitress who was adorable. The Host is the best one I have ever seen.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had fantastic service here and the food was very good as well. Pasta was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Good food but LOUD!
    lj28VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have had brunch at Lavagna a few times and it's always great. This time was ok, but we were seated upstairs and surrounded by 3 large parties that were SO LOUD. That is not really the restaurant's fault, but I think the acoustics upstairs cause the noise to be much more noticeable. Also, they were out of bacon, which was disappointing. My pancakes were delicious and I'm sure I will be back for brunch again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    party of six. 2 adults, 4 teenagers. excellent service, excellent food, excellent dessert. Had the pesto pasta, the risotto and the carrot salad. absolutely excellent. desserts are just the right size and flavorful as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made from scratch!
    RVAdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Actual homemade pasta is such a rarity. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the service was great. We're not frequent visitors to the area but we'd certainly return if we're ever near Barrack's Row again.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Abysmal service and bad food
    luvgudfudVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The table service was astoundingly poor. We asked for bread 4 times and waited 20 minutes for any food, including bread, to arrive. The food was mediocre and portions small. The wait staff showed no interest in us having a pleasant meal. It was honestly much worse than even a "normal" bad dining experience. There are many good restaurants on this street - choose any of them other than Lavagna.
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  • So-So
    mandypants
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is one of my friend's favorites in the area and is also a scratch kitchen- so maybe my expectations were too high but I thought the food was so-so. My eggs were not cooked correctly, I ordered them poached and they came out in "puddle like form." Also the sausage and potatoes were sort of bland- we had to ask 3 times for condiments to go with the potatoes and toast. Also the service was very slow- I am glad we didn't opt for the bottomless mimosas because we probably would have only gotten (1) the entire 90 minutes that we were there... our server was definitely either slammed or preoccupied because we saw her when she took the order and brought the check and that was about it. Overall though it was cute place and great location!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a favorite
    FirstTimeRestaurantWeek
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Friends and I gathered for a birthday brunch - we always have a wonderful time at Lavagna! The service is great, the music is fantastic, the food is tasty, the mimosas are phenomenal - it is never a disappointment. Thank you for helping us celebrate!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just perfect!
    RDol26
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Everything was just perfect and delicious! Our waitress (Danielle? Michelle? Short brown hair) was phenomenal! The wine he recommended was spot on and so was her food recommendation. The Brussels sprouts were out of this world and so was the pesto. It was absolutely delicious. My only critique if I had to was the olive oil seemed week and low quality. I would just up to a nicer olive oil for the table. But so minor. Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • daveluvsbeer
    daveluvsbeer
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Really excellent selections. Charcuterie made in house was delicious though served VERY sparingly. Pasta was absolutely PERFECT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful menu and great service
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I am never disappointed when I dine at Lavagna. The pastas are so tasty! The desserts are super creative and delicious. Pasta portions are large so plan on sharing or taking some home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    Lag1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My family ate at Lavagna on our last night in DC. We had several very good meals, this was the best. We all had pasta dishes. All were very good. The pesto rigatoni was outstanding. Another must is the brussel sprout side dish with bacon, cranberries and goat cheese. To die for! Our server was very friendly and made great recommendations. We would definitely return if we lived in DC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DCDabVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Restaurant was out of the first wine I selected. Bad start. The list of appetizers is spare and not very Italian. I ordered a Provolone Salad thinking I would be getting something akin to a chopped salad and instead got four pieces of melted provolone over greens and micro cucumbers. Weird. Spaghetti and meatballs was fine but the meatballs could have used more flavor or seasoning. I guess this is a good choice on Tuesdays and Sundays when they offer all bottles of wine at half price.
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  • Not very clean
    EaterEaterNumNum
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was decent (nothing to write home about), but the bathrooms were dirty and so was the rest of the restaurant. This was also first thing in the morning, not after a busy day of patrons coming in and out. Staff was also not very friendly or attentive, especially the front.
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  • Gluten Free Friendly
    GFgal
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    It is great to find a neighborhood gem that understands and can accomodate celiac disease diners' needs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bday dinner here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went here for a birthday dinner - the food and service were EXCELLENT! I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice night. The prices were reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade Pasta is SOOO Good
    got2swimclimb
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    They make their pasta from scratch and it's noticeably better than from the box. The food was great and my only suggestion is that I would like the cheese grater to be left on the table because I love cheese and I want more as I eat my food. I am not vegan but I don't eat red meat. The cheese plate had something on it that looked like chutney and it turned out to have bacon. I would have preferred that it be noted both on the menu and when it was delivered. Now I know but I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very nice staff. Food was excelent. Our server was extremely knoledgeable about the food and extremely professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mimosas and Eggs on the Patio
    justintime9
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Birthday Brunch
    HumaneFoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • complete package
    7hom7homVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service okay
    AliceVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fine brunch
    icuspr05
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    food was good, prices are decent, they have indoor and outdoor seating. overall its a good place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    BaconChick
    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.
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  • LKE5
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere for intimate group brunch. Very nice that host will seat before entire party arrives. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NomNomNom
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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  • Brunch for fun
    Sandy
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Service was attentive without being tiresome. Food was inventive, fresh and tasty. Love the local food sources idea. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Steph
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Wonderful experience and greatest food. What a treat!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great food, excellent service, served and finished in time to get to the Folger Theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, great people!
    Bloomers93
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's all about the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh!
    7hom7homVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Go-To
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lavagna DC
    1440
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Delicious fresh food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food & Spot in Eastern Market
    EAO27VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great flavor mixtures
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had the Best appetizers! The scallops, in particular, were heavenly.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.