Wonderful dining experience
Great service, all the staff were attentive and very nice. Excellent food and mixed drinks.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dine here quite a bit.
We dine here quite a bit. At this last time my son's meal (steak) was not prepared correctly. The manager on duty came out to check on us at our table and took care of this after we commented to her. Overall the experience was excellent after this.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and great service
We dined at Lia's on Monday night and the restaurant was very busy. Despite the fact that we were in a busy section of the restaurant, we received excellent service and everything was timed just right. The food here is good and the menu offers lots of variety for different tastes.
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good quality and value
For our recent luncheon there, it is clear the Italian chef is branching out into other ethnic flavors, likely in response to local demand for more variety. However, this wrinkle in the menu did not alter the very good-to-excellent quality of the food (the mussels, cream roast pepper and tomato soup with a shrimp salad garnish) and, best of all, half price bottles of wine on Mondays.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the Twilight Dinner
We recently celebrated a friend's birthday at LIA's and came for the twilight dinner which is a great deal. There are plenty of choices and the food was of very high quality. My only complaint was that they didn't do anything special for the birthday celebration even though I mentioned it when making the reservation. It was pretty clear we were celebrating and opening gifts. Otherwise, the food was great and the service was pretty attentive.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
quiet inside for a change
Lia's is many good things but quiet is not one of them. Our lunch was on a beautiful day so most dies sat outside leaving a wonderfully quiet inside dining experience for us. Food and service was excellent as always.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time experiencing the flavors of Lia's, but it won't be my last! Excellent menu choices and the items we selected did not disappoint. Service was tremendous and made a special occasion even more special.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lia's is always great!
Lia's never disappoints -- the food is good, the people are pleasant and the ambience is terrific -- always a winner.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites
I still love this place! Took my best friend for her birthday, and we both enjoyed a lovely dinner and dessert.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent value for early dinner
it's in the small print, but the daily early dinner until 6;30 pm is a steal for 19.99 for three courses. Everything was top notch, the salads, antipasto, the salmon, chicken, lasagna, and the desserts. Don't miss the Tiramisu and the donuts. Also sampled a pizza, which was nice. Service was attentive and friendly but not hovering. All in all, a great success.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a delicious late dinner with excellent service and good recommendations from our waitress
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at Lia's on Thursday
We dined at Lia's on Thursday night and the restaurant was very busy. We received excellent service and everything was timed just right. The food here is always delicious and the menu offers lots of variety for different tastes. One of our favorite restaurants as we are frequent diners here. It is a true neighborhood gem as all of Chef Geoff's restaurants are that we have dined at.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second time back
This was our second time back at Lia's. The first experience during Restuarant week had been bad due to the service. This time around was WONDERFUL! Food, particularly the crab sliders, was fantastic! Melissa H. took great care of us. We will definately count Lia's as one of our frequent neighborhood places.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lia's is steady and good.
Lia's is steady and good. The service was very nice. The best heirloom tomatao salad caprese we have ever had. exceptional mozarella.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time around was the charm!
Our first visit was somewhat disappointing due to the poor service, in large part because of the crowd and the fact that Lia's was short staffed. But the food was very good, so we decided to return again and were not disappointed at all the second time around. Great meal, great service!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Lunch Spot
My coworkers and I went to Lia's for lunch on a Monday for their all day Happy Hour. Our server (the bartender) was nice and attentive. The burgers were AMAZING! Will definitely be going back. And oh so affordable.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Melissa is a wonderful server. She definitely added to the enjoyment of the evening, and elevated our dining experience.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in abundance
As always the quality of food met my expectation as Chef Geoff's is very driven for consistency which is very much appreciated. Love, love, love the choices of appetizers and the portion size is enormous so beware- value for money is great. The October breast Cancer awareness donation witha drink specials were cute, but not great- nice way to support the cause though. The shutdown has put a kink in and slowed down business for every restaurant. Our server seemed a bot off her game, but was very outgoing and congenial. Overall experience was very good.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food at LIA's
Our group of 6 had a nice experience at Lia's. We started with an Antipasti selection that included cured meat and salmon, cheese, olives, and eggplant caponata. All were delicious. The main dishes were also very good. I tried the Branzino for the first time and would definitely order it again. The service was disappointing. The server could not help with the wine selection, and we had long waits in between courses. She did not stop by very often to check on the table. The restaurant decor and environment is nice, but very noisy.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
Lia's is a favorite. Three of us have had a joint celebration of our October birthdays at Lia's more than a few times over the years. The food and wine list are imaginative, the wait staff attentive but not hovering, and special requests are readily accommodated.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great service
Our server, Kelsey was the perfect combo of attentive and professional. The portions were generous and we loved everything, including the oyster special and the rabbit sausage with lentils. Plus the twilight special was a bargain without skimping on portion size.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but Not Great
Last week, my friends and I went to Chef Geoff's in Rockville and had an excellent meal. So, of course, I thought that going to LIA's would be just as great. Unfortunately, I can't say that. Maybe it was just a bad night but I expected so much more that I got. The food was bland and uninspired. The cannolis were like cookie dough stuffed in a thick hard shell. The Caesar salad was hardly recognizable. I have had great meals here in the past and hope this was just an anomaly.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Italian food
The pasta is all handmade and delicious. The chef is from Italy and used to cook for Galileo and at Tosca. I had pumpkin risotto and it was awesome
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a party of 15. It was
We had a party of 15. It was a superb evening. Half the group is vegetarian and Lias has plenty on the menu and always very accommodating. Service was terrific. We've been to Lias many times and will continue enjoying this restaurant !
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best choice for a business lunch...
I work in Chevy Chase and have a ton of choices when taking clients for a business lunch between the Friendship Heights area restaurants and super-foodie-Bethesda: I always pick Lia's because they've got a great choice of "standards" (artisan pizzas, hearty/healthy salads with protein choices, tasty sandwiches), but also small plates to share or make your meal, and really satisfying entrees - pasta, meats, fish. The menu is creative and carefully prepared, without being fussy. The ambiance is great: friendly and upscale, but not pretentious. And the servers tend to be happy, pleasant people who like the food they serve. Win.Win.Win. And best of all: it's consistent, visit over visit. Cudos, Chef Geoff!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We're here often
Overall, the food and service are terrific. We had the balsamic greens salad and the yellow tomato soup for appetizer. Both were fabulous. For entree we had the pumpkin risotto with beef cheeks, monkfish saltimbocca and the mushroom ravioli. Saltimbocca is better done with meat than fish. The prosciutto was overcooked and tasteless and the sage was over powering. Yet the fish itself was moist. The other two entrees were fantastic. The pumpkin risotto was one of the best risottos I've ever had. The raviloi's are my daighter's favorite and they are consistently terrific. Despite the monkfish, the food here is terrific. The last time we were here I had the tuna putanesca which was inventive and very flavorful. We definitely we return.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party of four arrived and we were promptly seated and attended to. Service was excellent: professional, friendly and attentive. Food was excellent, at a good value, and lucky for us, it was half price wine night. While a bit on the loud side, we were still able to carry on our own conversation at a reasonable decibel level. Will definitely go back.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience from the
Great experience from the valet parking, coat check, food/beverage service and of course, the food!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
If only you could find parking.
Excellent food. A creative take on standard Italian fare.
Delicious and lovely.
But, and this is very important, you will have trouble parking.
We drove around for 20 minutes and arrived late for our reservation due to heavy traffic and a complete lack of parking.
Even the parking lots were full. This wonderful restaurant is in a very crowded, busy neighborhood.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best hostess ever
Gabrielle really made us feel like kings and queens. It was a delightful evening all around.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
My husband I had dinner at
My husband I had dinner at Lia's on a Saturday night before going to a nearby friend's house for a party. We came early so it was quiet and we were able to get good service. We liked the menu choices and the food was generally tasty.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef Geoff may be spread thin
Lia's once was Chef Geoff's only restaurant, and when I ate there previously his skills and attention were evident. Now that he's got several new restaurants bearing his name, Lia's is still crowded to capacity on a Thursday evening, but the thrill is gone. We started with Risotto Balls that were as always fabulous, pork cheeks that were ordinary and several of the flavored sodas, grapefruit was good, lemon verbena wasn't. Entrees- pizzas were good, not great, the crusts needed a few more minutes in the oven, a chicken entree came out so dry it wasn't worth the calories. And our waitress never asked us whether we liked our food. All in all, Lias' needs a tune-up. I hope someone in the Chef Geoff Camp reads this & takes notice.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, fair prices
We have so few restaurants that serve good food at moderate prices. Great for a casual date, dinner before or after a movie or a chance to catch up with a friend you haven't seen in a while.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our group included 4 generations from 5 years to 88 years. The menu choices were appealing and delicious. No problem making changes to menu items to accommodate individual preferences. The service was extremely attentive and overall we felt unrushed. We look forward to returning for another memorable meal.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We Love Lia's!
Our meals at Lia's are always of a high quality. The other evening, an inventive and delicious beet salad was my appetizer. Branzino, over a bed of yummy spinach, was cooked to perfection. Our wine choice, recommended by our genial server, was excellent. All in all, a terrific dining experience!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
For thanksgiving they did
For thanksgiving they did a great job with a lot of people on a stressful day.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Family Thxsgiving Menu Issues
I brought my family, including two children, to Lia's this year. I appreciated the offer of both the regular adult menu as well as a thanksgiving themed plate. The sample children's menu on the website was changed between the time the promotional emails started going out and the time we ate. Likewise the mud pudding arrived with some ice cream put on top of the pudding, which was not outlined on the menu. So the pudding went uneaten.
Next time I will ask more questions before ordering for my son, but just wanted to raise these observations for food for thought for the folks designing the menus. The rest of us enjoyed our food and I would eat here again for the holidays.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Lia's for Thanksgiving this year and it was fantastic. The food was amazing and the staff was attentive and happy! Our service was just right, we never felt rushed, even though our kids were a little restless. We will definitely be back!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was great. We were
Our server was great. We were there for hours and she let us sit at her table and gave us great service.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great experience all around! Highly recommended!!!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Extremely Thoughtful Service
A shout out to Lia's for extremely thoughtful service to my elderly parents. The maitre d' provided a chair for my mother to sit in while we waited for our table (very briefly), and the waitress made sure to stand at my mom and dad's end of the table when she spoke to us. She recognized they might have trouble hearing her otherwise, which they would have. Thank you to the staff for your thoughtfulness--not to mention delicious food!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great --- as always
it's in the small print at the bottom of the menu, but Lia's twilight dinner, offered daily until 6:30, is an incredible bargain at 19.95 for . three courses. Granted, you have to pick from a limited menu, but since our favorite items are included, it's not a problem. For starters, the individual antipasti plate or any of the salads were great; main course, standouts were the salmon and the Mushroom Ravioli. Their pastries were a nice end to a pleasant dinner. If you don't want the special dinner, pizzas and burgers are very good. Service was attentive but not intrusive. So, definitely a winner.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have never had a bad experience at Lia's food is always great!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thoroughly enjoyed an early dinner in the bar...started with personal antipasti, next salmon for me and mushroom ravioli for my husband, and finished with gelato for both of us, The tomato butter and french green beans that accompanied the salmon were show stoppers. Recent Open Table reviews were correct about Lia's...in a word...delish! The presentation for each course was lovely too, and the service spot on. We were seated immediately when we arrived for our reservation, and didn't have to wait for our orders to be taken or courses to be served nor did we feel rushed. The pace seemed just right, and our server was friendly and attentive.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always consistently good food.
My husband and I always end up at one of Chef Geoff's restaurants. We like the variety and the food is always consistently good.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and good service.
Wonderful food and good service. Sat in back room with out of town friends and that was very quiet.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I live right around the corner and love Lia's. We went with a group of 12 a few months ago for my birthday, and recently went again for Restaurant Week. They have such a great selection and everything is delicious! Beautiful atmosphere with nice outdoor seating. I always know it will be great food, no matter what my guests are in the mood for!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Atmosphere in both bar
Great Atmosphere in both bar and dining room area - quality food and service and a vast menu!
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
A fabulous restaurant. We
A fabulous restaurant. We are frequent diners & always find many selections on your menu fantastic. The tuna is especially delicious? We will come again soon!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Something for everyone...any time!
The menu is varied with pescetarian, vegetarian options. The food delicious. Great wait staff. And the donuts are unbelievably fabulous for dessert!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM