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LIA'S
LIA'S

LIA'S Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chefgeoff.com
  • Email: info@chefgeoff.com
  • Phone: (240) 223-5427
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch 11:30am - 3:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Cesare Lanfranconi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: LIA'S provides office catering for all businesses within a three block radius. Contact our event coordinator at party@chefgeoff.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Take your guests to Italy! A party at LIA'S is a trip to Italy: delicious, warm, and fun. Whether a small seated event or a large cocktail reception, we can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our private wine room seats 49 and the entire restaurant can be reserved for as many as 250. Our patio offers unique outdoor space for entertaining groups in the spring, summer, and fall. For menus and more information, please contact our Private Event Director, Amy Foster, at party@chefgeoff.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Foster (202) 706-7326
  • Special Events & Promotions: LIA'S host numerous wine dinners and cooking classes throughout the year. Sign up for our newsletter at www.LiasRestaurant.com under the events section to be notified of our next special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin Avenue
  • Public Transit: Friendship Heights metro (red line) located 1 block away on cross streets Western Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue. Walk one block north on Wisconsin Avenue to Willard and we are at 4435 Willard Avenue in the Ritz-Carlton building. Look for our outdoor patio and red awnings.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking ($8) available after 5pm. Reduced rate self park with validation available for both lunch and dinner. Use Chase Tower Parking Garage. Entrance is just around the corner from LIA'S on The Hills Plaza Road. Look for the red LIA'S Parking sign. The lot is below the restaurant. Take elevator to main lobby and exit the main doors. LIA'S is just to the left.
A word from LIA'S
Enjoy Chef Geoff's genuine hospitality and casual cuisine with an Italian flair. Lia’s is a neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Chevy Chase. Come for a glass of wine, hand tossed pizzas, fresh pasta, or charcuterie and cheese, and the result will be the same. You'll be back for more. Join us on Sundays for brunch and every Monday for half price wines. Enjoy our ever-popular happy hour daily from 3pm to 7pm and all night on Monday and Tuesday. An eighty seat patio provides some of the best outdoor dining in the area. We truly have something for everyone and look forward to welcoming you. Cheers! Chef Geoff Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "I booked this spot because i was looking for a great location for brunch. Lia's met my needs and accommodated my large party, with bouncing kids and all. Our waitress, Nicole was polite and eager to make our experience pleasant. I even got a little card and chocolates for my birthday, which was a surprise for me. We really enjoyed it. The food was good! Brunch is pretty simple, but our entire party was content including some really fussy kids."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Good food and reasonable prices. Great bread. We ordered the ricotta pound cake. It was so small I could barely see the cake! Probably not the best place for dessert. However the menu is diverse. This was our second time here. Our daughter and her husband live in the area. We will be coming back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food is always good at Lia's but this might the service was slow and they forgot part if our order."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed a nice lunch with friends in the bar area. Restaurant can be a little loud if you want to focus on the conversation."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I had lunch at Lia's this past week, and will definitely do so again. The food and service were both outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My server was excellent. I cannot remember her name, but she was very attentive and responsive to our needs."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Lia's continues to come close but just doesn't quite get there. Restaurant is very nice but food should be better considering Chef Geoff's reputation. Salads were good but nothing special. The Rockfish Puttanesca contained a very nice piece of fish but the sauce was heavy and laden with fingerling potatoes which created just too much starch for so delicate an entree. The pasta dishes were also a bit heavy, and the portions were really larger than they needed to be. There was very little that was innovative or notable, at least in the dishes we had. Geoff really needs to more closes supervise the menu here and step it up a bit."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I will admit that I am a tough reviewer, but here goes. I have been to Lia's about 4 or 5 times in total, and it seems to have gone downhill. My last couple of meals weren't so good, and I probably won't go back. This time our table had two entrees. The Hanger Steak Caesar Salad - the steak was good but the salad was like salad in a bag from the grocery store, right down to the hard tasteless parmesan shreds, and packaged croutons. The Pasta Carbonara with poached egg on top - okay, but the egg broke into unappealing chunky bits and some of the pasta strands were clumped together. Also, the great focaccia and breadsticks that used to come in the bread basket are gone, replaced with boring bread."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My group and I were disappointed that the cheese in our risotto balls was not melted/heated through. THe same thing happened with the cheese on the grilled cheese sandwich that I ordered. The bread was perfectly toasted, but the cheese wasn't melted at all. The sandwich was cold inside. One of the waiters bopped the back of the head of a woman in my group. He apologized, but still..."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to Lia's. Food was very good but drinks need work. Ordered a gin and tonic which had way too much ice (not cubes) , a dry lime wedge and a stupid shaped glass (too small). A drink you would find in a single's bar. Stick with a glass of wine instead"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A quaint restaurant. Excellent service. I was not happy with the lasagna. The lamb burger was very delicious. I also would have preferred a wider menu on the libations."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "FROM MY VIEWPOINT THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD DINING ARE SETTING, GOOD FOOD, ACCOMODATION OF THE WAIT STAFF AND THE CHEF. ALL WERE PRESENT WHEN I LAST DINED AT LIA'S RESTAURANT THESEE CRITICAL POINTS WERE REINFORCED BY ALL STAFF MEMBERS I CAME ACROSS. IT MEANS THAT THE ENTIRE CREW TALKS TO EACH OTHER; THUS INSURING A WHOLISTIC THEME WHICH EQUALS A GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR THE DINER. REGARDS, MUSASHIGOHAN."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I've been to Lia's a couple of times before, so when looking for a place to dine to celebrate a special occasion, I thought it'd be a good choice. However, I was honestly a bit underwhelmed. The first thing I noticed was how there was no background noise, only a room filled with conversation. The service itself wasn't great: our server was rarely around, didn't check up on us enough, and was very bland in her service, giving short answers, while pushing high priced items without much support for them. The food was probably my biggest disappointment. I thought that the current menu wasn't as good as some past menu's I had experienced. Overall, I expected more and left feeling a bit let down for the amount spent ($200 for 3 of us)."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Great food, fantastic service, and (always before) a great atmosphere--though for this visit they were having problems with the satellite radio music which was making a real racket--a very pleasant meal with my wife and our two guests went from great to pretty sorry."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We were seated in the rear dining room at 8:30. It was busy, with a large party seated nearby. The food was pretty good, but the dining experience was far less pleasant than being seated on the outdoor patio due to the deafening level of conversation. We essentially had to shout across the table to be heard. The room design with hard surfaces and high ceilings amplifies sound to the point of being quite oppressive. And to top off the experience, when asked for salad dressing "on the side", our waiter had the kitchen lightly dress the side of the salad instead of bringing dressing in a separate serving dish..."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have dines at Lia's several times. It never disappoints. Always great food. Be sure to sign up for their mailing list. That way, you will get a $25 discount coupon for your birthday as I did."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The Twighlight Dinner special was terrific! 3 courses for $20. We loved the food and the service. We will definitely return. Reservations are required."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant in unexpected location. Classy, modern, fantastic food and service. And not too expensive."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I organized a dinner for 15 members of our non profit board. The food and service were good, we were seated in the back room. The major downside is the noise level. Its difficult to talk to everyone at the table."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "So many events , including wine dinners and snow openings. The community outreach is clever. The food an service is consistent."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "A group of 8 of us had Sunday brunch at Lia's. Parking is convenient right under the building. Service is very good, attentive but not pushy. They allowed us to enjoy our time together. The food was good especially the biscuits, Eggs Chesapeake and the omelets. I would recommend LIA's and we will return for dinner."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We visited Lia's for the second time and found that,like the first, the welcome was warm, the service was outstanding and the food was delightful. My husband had beef carpaccio and wild mushroom ravioli and I had prosciutto and chicken Milanese. We were both impressed with the dishes...this kitchen delivers the goods! Afterwards, we shared a pair of chocolate cannoli and perfect espresso. The evening could not have been improved upon... Lovely food, an attractive room and staff who are friendly, efficient and impeccably trained made it memorable. Can't wait until we'll be able to visit DC again for another fine experience at Lia's."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We were celebrating an anniversary so Lia's gave us a special table, in a quiet alcove but still part of the scene. The servers acknowledged our special day but did not go overboard....just the right balance. They even treated us to dessert and brought us a greeting card. The food was delicious. I had the branzino over spinach. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Very reliable. Great outdoor patio in warmer months. Reliable food and good service. Great go to neighborhood restaurant for dinner on a Friday night or week night. Good happy hour. Solid."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We arrived about 7 and were shown to our table straight away. There were 2 large parties in the restaurant (another joined later). Our service was a little slow to get going because there was only one waitress for the entire room. Another one turned up later, but we felt that the management could have helped these two women out. They were rushed off their feet. Despite this, we had a great experience & the food was really superb. We got all the attention we needed, with a big smile on top. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I have been to Lia's dozens of times and am never let down. I look forward to the warm weather and sitting outside again!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I like Lia's. We go often, and enjoy most everything, but the barley soup on the specials list was overly salty and reminiscent of canned soup, and the pasta special sounded delicious, but was not up to Lia's standards. Otherwise, a great meal for the others ordering some of the standards on the menu, and outstanding service coupled with gracious flexibility on the fluctuating size of our dinner party. We will certainly and happily be back again, and focus more on the great "standby" strengths on the menu."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Lia's is our go-to for great Italian food and great service. My most recent visit I met a friend for lunch and she had her infant w/her. They were VERY accommodating. They have a few menu items that are unique to their lunch service. I had a delicious mozzy grilled cheese w/soup combo which also comes w/a small arucola salad on the side. The fried green tomato BLT is a must! Normally I go to Lia's for dinner and sit in the bar. I like the atmosphere better than the restaurant. The service can be a bit slower esp on a busy night, but servers and bartenders are always energetic and extremely nice. They're pretty funny too! It's slightly louder than the dinning room, but it's more casual, so it's great if you want to show up in gym clothes!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Although Lias didn't have the truffle butter popcorn that one can experience at Chef Geoff's in McLean, the resturant still had the grace and elegance that I have come to know in one of Chef Geoff's resturants. Impeccable service, white linen, quiet ambiance (with a very lively bar) and wonderful, comforting food. The pumpkin risotto (minus the short ribs for this vegetarian) were excellence on a plate. If you are looking for excellence - look no further - just make sure you have a reservation!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "While the hostess was very friendly, our waitress was disappointing. She walked by our table several times before acknowledging us; she had to be asked to identify the three different types of sauces that arrived with our biscuits, and toward the end of the meal, she just disappeared. There were several empty tables so the slow service was perplexing."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Lia's is an absolute gem. The food is delicious, the place isn't that well known so it's actually somewhat easy to get in, and it is very unique in terms of the menu. I went there for brunch and I haven't found anything better in DC to date, except maybe Tabbard Inn. highly recommended folks!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Wonderful food and atmosphere. Food, especially their blackberry tiramisu is divine. Coffee not so great. It was burned."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was very good, as was the ambience. We were particularly impressed by the service. Our waitress was knowledgable, pleasant without being intrusive, and very helpful."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "No a lot of places in chevy Chase. It is nice and accessible by metro. Excellent and friendly service. Fodd nice ,not very adventuresome."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Food and service are good. There are always a few vegetarian choices. Noise level is a bit high, but it is still possible to have a conversation. In general, we like this restaurant and the location is great. Service has always been attentive and servers are very pleasant."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "In small print at bottom of menu is early bird special: $20 for three courses. Lots of choices, everything is delicious. Great bargain."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Lia's is the best of the Chef Geoff's chain, and so well located. Only two minuters walk to Bloomingdale's or Whole Foods! The food is consistently good, as are the wines which are also reasonably priced, an increasingly unisusal scenario in the DC area! The service is unfailingly polite and the servers bend over backwards to be helpful, even providing my daughter - a "picky eater" as she herself explained! - with an extra-large serving of "sprinkles" to go with her ice cream."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were worried that Valentine's weekend, after many likely cancelled their reservations on Friday and rebooked for Saturday, would be crowded and our worry increased when we saw the Valentine's Day special price fix menu still being offered. However, the regular menu was still available, and in the end we mostly did order off the special menu (our waitress encouraged substitutions from the main menu as desired) and the food was actually fantastic, particularly the lamb chops. Wine suggested by the waitress was an excellent match for our food, and the noise level did not prevent conversation. I have been to Lia's many times, and this was by far the best food I have had there. I will be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Lia's never disappoints which is why we return again and again. Enjoyed a delicious and relaxing Valentine's Day dinner with my hubby. Minute steak was delicious and perfectly cooked. Had the pine nut tart with the "pretzel" ice cream....delicious tart and the most amazing ice cream we've ever had!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I've been to Lia's a number of times and it is always terrific. I can be a bit noisy, but the food is worth it."
    Dined on 12/17/2013