I made this place the spot for a nightly date with someone special and it was fantastic. Great atmosphere in the place, amazing waitressing, and delicious food. I had the BBQ Steak with Mac&Cheese which was great. The only real complaint was at some points it got a bit loud which made me have to speak louder in order to have my date hear me. Other than that awesome place for a nice romantic dinner.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reservation made for a work
Reservation made for a work dinner - it was fantastic. The food was great, ambiance was great, service was stellar! Will be doing more here, definitely.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
When we arrived at restaurant it was a bit noisy, but the noise actually added energy to the evening. The band that was there played very smooth jazz which add greatly to the ambience. The service was awesome! The food was amazing! I had the mussels verde, incredible! The wife had the lobster bisque, which was different from what she is used to..it wasn't bad just different. The small caesar salads were the perfect size and very tasty! I had the hangar steak with mac, with a side of asparagus...delicious! The wife had the cod with green beans and a side of fettucini alfredo. She seemed to enjoy it. I tasted a bit of her cod and I have to say it was incredible. I'm probably going to get that next time. All-in-all, a great dining experience!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Jazz group was outstanding. The lead singer was a pleasure to listen to.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the Mac n cheese
The atmosphere was delightful. Not too crowded. Excellent and attend give service. The "southern style" Mac n Cheese was my favorite... I'm still not sure what made it "southern," but it was yummy! Maybe all of the Wisconsin cheddar?!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Turn it Down a Little
This was our third dining experience at LaPorta's. The food was once again quite good. My only complaints: We had a party of five, and we were placed at a round table that was really meant for four, so we had very little room to eat comfortably. We asked for the fried calamari appetizer, but the restaurant ran out of it, and this was early (our reservation was at 7:15!) What was really a bit disappointing was the live jazz entertainment that LaPorta's provides. The singer was way too loud. We honestly couldn't hear ourselves conversing when she belted out her songs. Management needs to do a sound check beforehand. Otherwise, it was a decent evening, and we look forward to a better experience next time.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Deal in Town
The prie fixe brunch menu was a great deal matched by great food. The desserts were to die for . . .
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
My Bew Place
This is my new place for dining out. Went there for brunch Sunday and going back tonight to celebrate my husband's birthday. Plan to also include this as one of my girls' eating out place.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food ....Great Fun
A group of eight and we had great food and great fun. Nice spot for groups......tasty meal.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were awesome,
Food and service were awesome, but the sound of the jazz ensemble was a little loud if you want to talk.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time with amazing music and very delicious entrees priced right
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the Janine Carter Trio -
and fabulous food was a bonus. We found Laporta's by Googling "live jazz in Northern VA", and took a chance. We were in the area for a college visit, and the next day was our son's birthday. We decided to stay the night, and celebrate early with dinner and jazz. Both the food and the music were better than we could have hoped for!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, ambiance and music
What a wonderful evening at Laporta's. We started off with splitting a field greens salad and the grilled Portobello mushroom appetizer between 3 of us. The mushroom had a good flavor and the cheese added a wonderful smokiness to the dish. The salad was fresh and flavorful.They had 3 specials on this night we each ordered one. All three were very good. So were the cobbler and apple deserts.
To top it off, the musicians were excellent with a great Jazz / Scat singer backed up by bass and piano. It is wonderful to find this level of entertainment without a cover charge. The meal alone would have been easily worth the cost, so the music just made it that much more special. The volume of the trio was reasonable, so you could still talk.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous food and amazing
Fabulous food and amazing live jazz! What a wonderful evening.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Birthday Dinner
I stumbled across the restaurant on Yelp. Not sure what to expect. I anticipated live jazz band, dance floor, vibrant scene for a group of ladies on a special occasion. Not exactly what I envisioned, but it was perfect. Cozy environment, lovely music, live jazz, not a band, but the essentials. My friends and I found ourselves swaying to the smooth jazz tunes as we enjoyed an amazing dinner. Food was cooked to perfection. Each of us ordered a different entree- they are foodies and were pleased. Our server was efficient and attentive to our needs, wonderful personality. The crowd in general seemed satisfied, pleased. Great experience.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Monday Night dinner
Walked from work just up the street near the king street metro. Greeted by friendly staff, seated immediately. Ordered the special: two entrees and a bottle of wine for $28, great deal. Food was yummy, live piano music was beautiful. My only complaint is that the restaurant was pretty empty but we were seated right next to two other couples-- would have been nice to be spread out a bit more. The interior decor is only meh-- but the food and music really step up to the plate.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are impressed with the owner having conversation with us between the entre and desert course
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
LaPorta's special worth getting
2 dinners from selected menu, ample portions but not huge, plus decent bottle of house wine for $28.99.
Daily desert special at $12 for 1 person was a little expensive. No substitutes on special
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Laporta's, an old town treasure
Laporta's service is impeccable; the food is also outstanding. I can never resist the mushroom rounds as an appetizer. Every entree I've ever tried has been scrumptious and undoubtedly of the freshest ingredients...never been disappointed. I also enjoy the atmosphere especially on Saturday evenings. The entertainment is wonderful.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
As a special place for date
As a special place for date night, we have enjoyed this restaurant several times. The dishes were prepared with attention to detail. Everything was fresh and arrived at our table with a flourish. The only thing we would suggest for improvement is to have the wait staff read the information we provided and at least ask about it, rather than go down the entire list of specials (almost all had seafood which was on the food allergy list). We were so pleased to enjoy our dessert beverages while the jazz combo played.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food n music
I have been to Laport's now on three occasions and enjoyed the food and music each time... Wonderful service joined with excellent food!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The music was outstanding -- live Jazz! The food was also extremely good. Fast becoming our favorite place!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Choice At A Great Price
Such choices! Happy Hours from 3-7 w/ beer/wines/rail drinks @ $3 + 1/2 price bar menu options; Live jazz w/ talented performers 7 nights a week in main dining room; Mon/Tues nights w/ 2 entrees & bottle of wine for under $30; Restaurant Week lets you pick from the Full Menu! Servers (especially Lori!) really seem to love their jobs & explain menu items/specials in mouth-watering detail. Presentation is always artistic. Chicken Envoltine - stuffed w/ feta, spinach red bell pepper & wrapped w/ bacon is to die for & the Saucier knows his stuff! So many house-made desserts & every choice is yummy! Noise level can be a bit energetic (quiet down, people: someone is singing!) Ask for a table closer to the front if you came for the music.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Laporta's is a wonderful establishment. The food is always good, the service comes with a smile, the ambience is very pleasant and I would recommend it to anyone who just wants to enjoy a delightful lunch or dinner.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's been our special occasion place for years! Love Laportas!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice for anniversary celebration
We've been to this neighborhood restaurant many times and always had a good experience. This was the best because of our waiter. She was attentive and seemed to be having as much fun as we were.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The specials truly are special
We started with a caesar salad and mussels verde. The salad wasn't exceptional, but fresh and tasty, but the mussels were large, perfectly steamed, and lightly bathed in a garlicly, lemony green sauce. It was a great way to start what was an exceptional dinner. My wife ordered the crusted trout ,it was moist, with a crispy sauce which was quite tasty. I on the other hand ordered a salmon stuffed with large chunks of crabmeat, spinach, and very well balanced spices and sauces. It was served over a grilled squash, and a smooth creamy polenta. I'm not certain what the sauce that accompanied was but it was creamy and tasty. This was the sixth time I ordered their daily special there, and I was never disappoined with the chef's indulgences.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
And Music too!
We picked the restaurant partly because of the interesting menu but also because it was close to the Hilton in Alexandra Old Town. It was raining but we had to walk only a few blocks. The outside of the restaurant is not at all inviting but the inside was friendly and interesting. We had a great table toward the back--there were 5 of us, including 2 children. Within the first 15 minutes, we had some great appetizers, very good (reasonably priced) wine and were listening to a terrific jazz ensemble. What a nice place! The food was very good. Olivia, our waitress, was excellent, and my DC birthday trip was absolutely memorable.
Thanks, Open Table. Your review was right on and Laporta is definitely worth visiting.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch was over the top
I've had brunch in various places in the DMV, but this is by far my favourite place. Food was excellent, service excellent and ambience (with jazz) was great.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exquisite dining, food and service
My wife and I had an exceptional dining experience for our anniversary at Laportas. The service, ambiance, food, sights and sounds were like no other.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome for Anniversaries!
My wife and I have been to Laporta's on and off for a number of years, and they are "spot on" every time. It is a classy restaurant, with a beautiful ambience and live, light jazz. The food is always quite good, and the service very good.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Felt Like Home
Stopped by Laporta's for a late Sunday night dinner. Had a nice band on one side of the restaurant and the football game on in the bar area. Wife agreed to sit in the bar area for a few drinks to watch the game and to switch to the other side for dinner. Given that I had both experiences, I can say this is a great neighborhood gem. The food was surprising better than we expected. Only complaint was the menu stated the crab cakes were made with "lump crab;" however, my wife did not agree. The crab cakes were tasty so we did not complain.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were pleasantly surprised as to how delicious the food was! And a beautiful presentation too!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Evening with old friend
My husband and I met old friend for dinner. Enjoyable atmosphere and live music was nice background. All food came out very prettily presented.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love restaurants that still
I love restaurants that still have live Jazz. it was a comfortable, pleasant dinning experience with friends. The was food was tasty and fairly priced. The pomagranet martini's were excellent. You should definately have reservations but they were cool about us hanging until the place was closing. Booking thru opentable was very easy.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful ambience & delicious food
We celebrated our dad's 89th birthday at LaPorta. Everyone loved their great meal and the Jazz band made a point to sing "Happy Birthday" to Dad. He loved it!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food and live jazz
Food and service very good. Live jazz creates very good ambiance and did not overpower conversation at the table.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner + Jazz
One of our favorite spots for a lovely dinner and some fine music. Food is top-quality but we really appreciate that there is always live music...every night! We love Fridays when the Satin Doll Trio entertains, but you can't go wrong here. No cover charges, great food choices, live music...we travel over 3 hours to take in the sights but one of our goals is a Friday evening at LaPorta's.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am a self professed foodie, and feel I have a responsibility to the gastronomic crowd to sing the praises of this restaurant. The hangar steak, mac n cheese my daughter ordered was delectable. The mac n cheese was especially superior. My pork schnitzel was cooked to perfection! For desert we shared the cranberry apple pie with a side of cinnamon ice cream. The pie must have just been baked because the crust was still fluffy. I can cay without a doubt that was the best pie I ever had! And that is saying a lot, because my wife is an excellent pie maker. It was so good that I interrupted the conversation at the next table to strongly suggest they get the pie as well. I will come back to this restaurant!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Neighborhood Gem
We use La Porta's every time we have guests. The restaurant is reliably good and service excellent. I love them!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great music and great food!
Laporta's is a wonderful place in the heart of Old Town Alexandria that is a 'must do'.... Excellent food and wonderful jazz. I will go back every time I visit Washington DC
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Performers were awesome
In addition to the excellent "regular" jazz trio, we were treated to two young guest performers, one, a phenomonal trumpet player all of 13 yrs old who was flawless, and played jazz like an old soul...the other, a pre-teen jazz diva in the making who's final note sent goosebumps up my arms! What a treat!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place
I proposed to my husband here so we went back to celebrate our anniversary!!!!!!! The salmon fettuccini was phenomenal and they gave us complimentary champagne because it was our anniversary. Also, there was a live Jazz band that was awesome and she dedicated a song to us. We loved it and will be going back next year!!!!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food. Nice ambiance.
Good food. Nice ambiance. The Jazz trio added the little bit extra. I've been wanting to try Laporta's for a while and wasn't disappointed.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Terrific Service and Jazz
Friendly and. Fun, outstanding musicians (not too loud, but energetic) and a great server made for a terrific evening. I would definitely go again.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very enjoyable evening
Wife and I went to Laportas for our anniversary. We had a very good time. Both the food and service were good. We also enjoyed the live jazz band. The warmed carrot cake desert was very good.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I brought a friend for a birthday celebration. The piano player was a very nice touch. Not noisey but I was able to have a nice conversation in addition to enjoying the music. The musician was very pleasant and friendly. The waiters were enegetic and friendly. The two for $28.00 and a bottle of wine is a drawing card. Reasonable priced and very tasty. I also want to compliment the person who does the baking ( desserts) .The aple pie was delicious. I will come again and bring friends. You need to make sure a person is at the front as you enter. I had to wait for someone to come to the front before I was able to be seated. Overall it was an outstanding dining experience.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were visiting the DC area for Thanksgiving and spent a night in Alexandria. Since it was our anniversary, we decided to celebrate at a place that could offer great dining and music and found both at LaPorta's! The atmosphere was a mix of classic and cozy, the food presentation was beautiful and delicious and the attentive service (by John?) was superb. Would definitely recommend for a nice evening!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
1st time diner
Food, Service, and Decor were excellent. The music from that baby grand piano in the corner was an extra and unexpected treat.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sauces and Football
We asked to be seated in the bar area since it was Saturday night of rivalry week and BAMA-AU, Georgia-GT, and others were still ongoing. The bar was very friendly with staff and customers interested in the games. The whole bar erupted in amazement when AU ran the field goal back for a TD. Buy you want to know about the food! Sauces are key. We shared a mussel appetizer with blue cheese and pancetta and it was the best we have ever had, and we have eaten mussels in hundreds of places. Mains were almond-crusted grouper and sirloin tri-tips. Grouper was a little soft, but the mustard sauce, mashed potatoes and spinach all excellent. Tri-tips in wine and mushroom sauce very, very good. We will be back!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM