Laporta's Restaurant

4.5
1581 reviews
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Laporta’s restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual, comfortable setting. Laporta’s has an attentively serviced contemporary dining room perfect for a romantic evening out or any other special occasion, combined with an adjoining intimate Jazz lounge. Relax and listen to the live jazz featured nightly. The lounge has the warmth and friendly feel of a local’s bar yet with the same excellence of service and consistency of food quality that defines our dining room and exemplifies the restaurant as a whole. The menu features inventive fresh seafoods and hearty pastas complemented by the provincial-style desserts of Margaret Laporta.
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1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Live jazz was an unexpected treat

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L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. Live music is a treat

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RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day celebration, nice. Good food a bit expensive but would recommend. Bar next to dining area.

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AY
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was some of the best we have had since living here in the DMV. The Chefs are extremely gifted, classy, and it shows in their presentation, from the appetizers, the sauces, each bite of the entrees, and even the pairings of the wines with meals and deserts to die with and for.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Forced to eat valentines menu, which wasn’t even good. Selection was ridiculous. Squeezed in a table. Wine glasses were amateur for such a restaurant. You get an appropriate vino glass only if you order a bottle. The fact they charged $15 a head for entertainment that would be normally free if you came on regular nights was crazy. Mark up was unreal and we will never come back where we truly enjoyed Sharon Clark band and regular menu. Shame on the management for taking advantage due to Valentine’s Day.

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E
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always great at LaPortas

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N
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Everybody involved with our night was perfect.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcome lunch for a new staff member.

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CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for a nice Sunday lunch. Was not disappointed. Service was excellent. Help me forget that I was fighting a horrible head cold.

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. We shared pork belly and mushroom toasts appetizers which were delicious. The steaks are always very good; the special of monkfish with a jalapeno pasta was very inventive and excellent combination. The service is always good and the accompanying singing of Sharon Clark made it a wonderful pre Valentines evening.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I periodically organize business dinners for groups of 25 or so. It is really difficult to find a restaurant that does not require a contract and will allow for some last minute flexibility with the group size. Laporta really fit the bill. I reserved 3 tables for 3 groups of 8. I spoke with a restaurant employee who sat us close together and allowed for a staggered arrival. The restaurant staff were extremely accomodating--they even allowed separate checks. The food was delicious, and there was live jazz music which really added to the evening. The waitstaff were exceptional. The next day I heard many complements about the evening. I highly recommend this as a lovely casual evening out.

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v
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The restaurant week menu was an excellent value and LaPorta offered their full menu. The food was very good, but the service was slow. Soup and salads came out promptly and then we waited 45 minutes to receive our entrees. Interestingly it came out within a minute or two of my asking our server about it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant Week at Laporta's was definitely memorable! We were able to mix and match our salad, entree and dessert from the entire menu. The servers clearly explained the menu and daily specials, suggested appropriate wine selections, and kindly answered all of our queries. The food was plated beautifully and appealed to the varying palates of our group. A highlight of the evening was the musical accompaniment of a jazz trio to our dinner experience.

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TF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very kind and the meal was delicious. We went for restaurant week and they had a lot of good options. The cheesecake was to die for.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Old school atmosphere with small jazz combo playing in the dining room. Food was nicely prepared.

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n
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Our food was inconsistent. Some of the desserts and appetizers were really good but others were lacking in Caesar salad was well prepared while mesclun salad with pear emulsion was tasteless.
One diner said the tiramisu was the best he has had anywhere ,my lemon tart had a very dense hard crust and was not exceptional in anyway. All 4 entrees were good.

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MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful lunch. The hangar steak was delicious and the waiter personable

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Great food and service. Enjoyed by locals and out of town guests.

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m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We picked this restaurant for Restaurant Week because it makes the whole menu available. I had the Hanger steak, my wife had the Chicken Envoltine. We both loved our choices. The live Jazz was a nice bonus.

We plan on coming back.

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SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place music adds to the romantic ambience

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G
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was food, service mostly good (some time gaps). We had hoped the music would start at 7 so we could enjoy before we left but hadn’t started by 7:15. This was restaurant week so we enjoyed the price break.

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TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good. The service is always very slow.

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P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful as always. This is our fourth visit to this restaurant and we will be back for many more visits.

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YT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We loved the live music and the food was delucious!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall but some guest were really loud.

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M
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party - 8 people - all from out of town. Everyone ordered something different and we were all very happy. Excellent dinner - jazz combo was so enjoyable and music still allowed for conversation even though we were just two tables away.

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AW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is seriusly the best Itlaian restaurant I have been to. I cannot stop raving about it and coming back!!

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, the food was great and the music was good. I was surprised that there were not more people there, but it was a bit late for brunch on a Sunday (1:00 pm).

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Understated dinner and jazz spot. A low key gem.

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AS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great menu - excellent selection. Steak was cooked perfectly. Free parking! Jazz music after 7:00 p.m.

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MN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good lunch options. Wife steak a bit overdone, but overall four stars

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Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third time to spend New Year's Eve at Laporta's. Always nice smooth jazz, an interesting menu, and hats and horns at midnight. Three course meal with interesting choices including delicious mushrooms in puff pastry, pork tenderloin medallions, cheesecake, and apple cobbler with cinnamon ice cream.

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CX
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Fun New Years celebration. Food was not very good for the money spent on the evening. I highly recommend Laporta for a bowl of pasta and some great jazz.

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CC
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the mussels and filet mignon! Delicious! The entertainment was perfect.

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T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, top quality food in very good surroundings. And to top it off, the combo playing music was excellent.

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DM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great live jazz and wonderful food. It's a great spot for a celebration or an evening out with friends.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, and excellent value for Christmas Eve special
menu, plus live jazz trio. Nice vibe Coming back for New Years.

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d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

went for dinner and was underwhelmed with food, atmosphere. First time there - last time there.

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PF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

meeting friends in Old Town to visit the White House at Christmas. Found this restaurant and was very pleased with food, service and overall experience.

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