Lavagna - Washington DC
Lavagna - Washington DC

Lavagna - Washington DC

  • 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 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
94 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (46)great for brunch (40)great for outdoor dining (31)good for groups (28)romantic (19)special occasion (17)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great Capitol Hill Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We come to Lavagna about once every two months - and have been doing so for about two years. Great food - they keep the favorites on the menu - and rotate seasonal entrees and apps into the mix. Service is always good - food is always great. The wine list is not large, but has a great variety of choices in all ranges of price and type. Sunday/Tuesday they offer half price bottles of wine and corkage is $20. The prices are exceptionally reasonably - we'll continue to keep coming back as often as we do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biscuits weren't good
    BiscuitsPlease
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The bottomless mimosa deal is great. The waiter could have been more attentive. I was excited to try their biscuits, and it was tough and tasted more like a basic dinner roll than a fluffy buttermilk biscuit; they should definitely work on that recipe. Overall, a solid experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great First Bottomless Mimosas
    Kaje0812
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Too small for a big group but the food and mimosas were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant but unpretentionus
    Alfonse
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Fresh and locally harvested fare is the restaurant's "signature", and it delivers as promised. Diverse menu offerings, and the four we sampled were all well prepared and presented. Moderate prices, an affordable wine list, and a warm, inviting dining area complement the menu offerings well, making for a thoroughly enjoyable evening and dining experience. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    ChilangaVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Living up in the Maryland 'burbs, we don't get to the Hill often enough, but I'd read some great reviews of several restaurants there so we made the trek last Sunday after church to meet a friend. The buzz around Lavagna is well deserved. Between the four of us we ordered two omelets, the pancakes with nutella-honey marscapone, and the chicken and waffles, plus a couple of their bloody mary-type drinks and a mimosa. Everything was scrumptious and we were sharing bites of food around the table. Will definitely make the trek again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Brunch
    Sanford295
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We attended with a a small group (including kids) for a family birthday brunch. The service was outstanding, including patience with the kids, as well as delicious food. We mostly had the salmon omelette and chicken & waffles - all of which was outstanding. Note: they did include gratuity on the 3 separate bills but I tipped on top due to lack of my own attention to detail. Pay attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very attentive waitstaff
    ErinGlutenFree
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The waitstaff were very attentive to our group of 11, and we all enjoyed our Halloween dinner here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and fantastic brunch!
    Acornell
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My mom was in town and wanted to go to Eastern Market, so I looked Googled around for top brunch spots and this came to the top of the list! I have a friend who loves Lavagna for dinner, but I hadn't heard of the brunch before. I'm so glad we went! The food was perfect - I asked for my arugula omelet to be egg-white only, and out came the fluffiest, thick, bright white omelet filled to the brim with beautiful vegetables and smokey gouda. My sister loved her salmon omelet, and my mom stuck with eggs-any-way and delighted in the focaccia toast, crisp bacon, and eggs perfectly over-easy. The service was fast and attentive. Definitely will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but not my fav wine list
    m4change
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Found this place from other Open Table reviews -- and found a majority accurate. Really good food. Nice comfortable atmosphere. While wine is always overpriced in a restaurant, the gap was a little bigger here and the choices are not the ones I'd have made. Wine is a very personal thing though, so don't let this sway your decision. Just buy the wine by the glass if you don't recognize anything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lavagna Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Lavagna is quite a gem in Eastern Market.....you don't feel overly crowded and the atmosphere is relaxing with just the right amount of character. Food is phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    BornToEat
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This place is very cute, but a little on the small side. I would not recommend having a bigger party than 5. The food is delicious, it is a little bit pricey more so than some of the other restaurants in Eastern Market but you are paying for local, farm fresh from scratch food so it is worth it. I have also been here for brunch and would recommend it to any one! I could not pick what I wanted to eat, everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone enjoyed
    Outwood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our party of 4 was greeted, ordered, and served remarkably quickly for such a busy evening. Pasta was delicious, although the ravioli was a little too al dente -- a very minor issue. Amazing Brussels sprouts, but kale side a little under seasoned. Waitress was accommodating and attentive even though she was extremely busy. This, our 3rd visit, didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I fell in love with the variety
    Sharid
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was AMAZING. The presentation, the taste and the delivery. Everything about Lavagna works. Our server Brandon was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. The bottomless mimosas were truly bottomless, our glasses never stayed empty for long. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Meal
    hUNGRYmANdcVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Decided to try out Lavanga for brunch, and was not disappointed. First, bottomless mimosas for $12...best deal in town. The food was also very good. I had the goat cheese omelette with a side of spicy italian sausage (although good, expected it to be a lot more spicy), and my girlfriend had the mascarpone pancakes with a bowl of bacon (really just a side, but they give you so much)! Overall, we enjoyed the experience and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, poor service
    MoCo8
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was delicious, but the service was terrible. The waitress was unable/uninterested in expounding upon the menu. Appetizer plates were piled up and never cleared. Staff told us they were anxious to get home and waitress hovered over our table to close the tab... it was still 15 minutes before posted closing time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not So Great
    NotTooChoosy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Sunday brunch was a disappointment. The chicken in the chicken and waffles was superb but server didn't bring the bacon jam. Risotto was far too salty. The fruit plate was poorly presented. The Bloody Mary was undrinkable. Overall, the food selection was intriguing but often poorly executed, and the servers all seemed too harried.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner review
    eatingisfun
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great menu with a lot of interesting, fresh food. I tried the pappardelle lamb and it was fantastic. We also got the risotto, which was good but was made with corn which was a little weird. Good beer too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy neighborhood spot
    Mirkat262
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our meal at Lavagna was lovely. My companion and I had no problem getting a table for brunch on Sunday afternoon, and the food was delicious. We enjoyed the outdoor patio and the service was spot on. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and Fun Saturday Night
    eatertobeat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went here on Saturday night with a friend and had a great meal. Easy to eat outside and delicious food. The waitress was friendly and helpful and made it even more enjoyable. This is a great place for dates, groups, etc. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaVagna
    eater
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Dined here on quiet Sunday evening. Service excellent. Menu somewhat limited but dishy very tasty and quickly served. Fresh pastas especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    ycomedyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A nice variety of food from pancakes to Spaghetti! The bottomless mimosas are fun for a lazy day and you can walk the area to sober up! You don't get anything extra though..no bread with the meal or anything. It would be kind of nice if they came up with a menu with a dessert/appetizer included. It was like going to lunch with breakfast choices unlike a lot of places that make brunch an inclusive experience. I'd eat here again though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot
    jstewa23
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had a friend visit this weekend and wanted her to experience a true DC Brunch experience. Lavagna really delivered. Not only was the food yummy, but they truly kept my mimosa glass bottomless. Our waiter, Michelle, was the best. She immediately told us she was excited for us to be dining with her that day and it showed in her service. Thank you so much for making my friend's first DC brunch experience the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch experience
    al337
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I came here for brunch with a friend, and the whole experience was delightful. The food is exceptional, and made from locally-sourced ingredients, the atmosphere is chic and classy, and the server was friendly and plied us with bottomless mimosas. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK
    TuckSteele
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The service was good, and the place had a great vibe, but the food was only so-so. While I wouldn't object to going back if someone suggested it, I also probably would not suggest it on my own.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We very much enjoyed dinner, very good food, great 1/2 price wine selection...great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Before an Evening Parade
    Zac7h
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We ate here before attending a USMC Evening Parade at the 8th & I Barracks. The food was delicious and the service catered to our limited time frame. They make all their own pasta from scratch and locally source ingredients. I highly recommend eating here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 486 reviews are from the Lavagna - Washington DC reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.