Laporta's Restaurant

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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D
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious! Our server was very attentive.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place next to our hotel. Great food, great service from Franki, and fun live music. They pride themselves in many years of good dining and well deserved. We will definitely be back with friends even though it’s not on the main stop.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance with talented musicians playing live in the background, but not so loud you have to shout to be heard. Delicious food and great service!

SF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and fabulous music! We love Laporta’s!

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicious, made with the freshest ingredients and cooked to order. We went for Valentine's Day dinner and the ambience was perfect with live jazz music. The service was excellent an our waiter was very attentive and helpful in making food suggestions.

EV
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Run by the LaPorta family for over 20 years, this establishment never ceases to provide the finest in dining. The menu always delights and varies often.
Service is also great as is the ambiance - especially with the nightly jazz ensembles.
Can't ask for more.
Cheers!
- Eric

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Valentine’s Day

Pros: Food was excellent. Ambiance and live music was outstanding.

Cons: Service was sub par. Food temperature was right on the line of it being sent back. Too expensive for portion size.

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Restaurant was very nice, better than I expected! I went for Valentine's Day dinner the ambiance was beautiful and the live music was amazing. I would definitely recommend this spot, and would eat there again.

B
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

As always, the food and ambiance were phenomenal. We were there on Valentine’s day. Our waiter, Luis I think he’s called was horrible and unattentive. Minus Luis, we will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It was Valentine’s Day so I know it was busy for the server. But he was definitely kind of all over the place and it took him a while to being our leftovers back after he boxed them. I wanted to have them the next day and it was the wrong food. I was pretty bummed because it was an expensive meal too.

BL
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place-- Mon/Tues is a great deal with double entree and some wine! We were early - before music, but a nice quiet place. Thanks!

MM
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience3

I went there after looking up reviews online. I was very disappointed. I ordered a charcuterie and cheese plate. It ended up costing me around $20 and the plate came with 4 pieces of salami, 2 pieces of coppa (delicious), 3 very thin slices of cheese, and relish and jams, most of which were useless (I have no interest in eating a pickled hot pepper with mild cheese, or olives, or orange marmelade). Then, I ordered the wild mushroom and spinach pasta. The sauces was simple olive oil but it didn't have much of a taste at all. The veggies were very good, but the penne pasta didn't have much of a taste. I don't think the pasta was cooked with the veggies, so the flavors didn't blend. I had to ask for a basket of bread, the meal didn't automatically come with it. The bread I was served wasn't toasted nor warm, it was just cold sliced bread. The whole experience was very underwhelming and the check was way expensive. My dining companion ordered ravioli, and was served four pieces of ravioli. Service was very good though.

TR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered pork belly, Virginia trout, stuffed chicken, and chocolate mousse cake with coffee. All tasted amazing! Waiter was polite and friendly. Love jazz trio was enjoyable.

GW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaPorta’s delivers consistently excellent food in a lovely atmosphere! The chef even prepared a dish that was not on the menu! Lovely place!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and elegant service. Curated wine list. High quality, serious live jazz trio performs at an intimate ambient volume to accompany your meal and conversation like old Bradley's in Manhattan, circa 1987. Dining room has a warm and mellow grand piano. Great location in a highly walkable town that sparkles in opulence each evening with tasteful lighting everywhere.

RS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We decided to try Laporta's during restaurant week. The options for the entree & dessert were impressive. However, three of us ordered the halibut, but they had only 1 filet left. REALLY? We replaced it with salmon with much disappointment.
There was a nice jazz trio playing which we enjoyed. However, the restaurant had their piped in music playing while the trio was playing. It took 3 different individuals to correct that issue. The bartender did not know how to make two of the requested drinks. One was a Rob Roy. A good restaurant will not clear plates while others at the table have finished that course. That did not occur. At least, ask if it is OK to clear the plates. This was our first time at Laporta & our last.

LC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow. Food not prepared as requested. Broccoli and asparagus had no flavor. Steak was tough. Carrot cake was delicious.

WP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was less than average. The service was inattentive. Was very disappointed. Will not be back

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Creamy Potato & Bacon soup was amazing and so too was the Chocolate Godiva Mousse cake. The roast pepper fritata was a let down as it was just an omelette and not really a fritata. Overall, food was tasty.

G
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laporta's is our Go-To Place in Alexandria for a good menu; well-prepared Italian food; reasonable prices for what you get; attentive and friendly service; and especially, very enjoyable music from a good, revolving cast of local players and singers. Highly recommended!

BC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place for a date night out. Food was very good for the price and music was great!!!

A
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The deserts were the star here, right next to the excellent and attentive service. Some dishes fell flat, like the mushy Schnitzel, paired with an overly acidic tomato mess. The filet was spot on, as was the lobster bisque. We didn’t want to be so close to the live music, and the host was able to accommodate us with an excellent table in the lounge. We’d come back for desert and drinks, but might need to research our entree options for the downtown DC prices here. Restaurant week menu was a good value.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The halibut was delicious. Chickenevolotine was also very good. It’s a bit on the pricey side but good for a special occasion

LP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we are in the Alexandria/Old Town area, Laporta's is always on our list! This time we happened to hit Restaurant Week and it was truly amazing. Where many restaurants have a special RW menu, we were told to pick our entrée right off the menu as well as the salad/soup and the dessert! We all got something different in all three categories and we all were convinced ours was the best! The Pecan pie was to die for! I highly recommend this be one of your go to restaurants!

B
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music! Great food! Good ambience!

GS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent, the service was attentive, and it was a relaxed experience. I would definitely recommend LaPortas and will return.

HC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you only had time for one Restaurant Week lunch, Laporta's should be your choice. The best value in town. Great food and service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Ladies Luncheon out day was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive. We had a great time.

OH
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Monday & Tuesday night special for two for $35 is a great deal, and it includes a bottle of house wine (we splurged for a half-price bottle from the wine list).

Service was very nice, although the food from the Monday/Tuesday specials menu was average. The regular menu looked better. We'll give that a try the next time we visit.

DC
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Appreciate all the efforts Ralph Laporta and staff made to accommodate our group of 6 with varied seating and culinary requirements during busy restaurant week. Ian was personable and a terrific server [give this guy a raise! :) ] He explained all the (many!) options available, made great suggestions, was attentive without being intrusive and merited high praise from the hosts. Laporta's Monday night "2 Entrees + a bottle of house wine" list is a bargain and the a la carte menu has enough choices to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

GR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Hostess had zero personality. Live jazz music was very nice, but the rest of the dinning room’s ambiance was not nothing special and somewhat cold. The server was just fine. The food was underwhelming and/or mediocre at best - rather overpriced too.
The restaurant’s parking was unclear: free parking at the parking garage next door on the weekends, or only street parking?

G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in old town. The steak was cooked to perfection and the flavor was outstanding. Even the broccoli as a side was superb. The wine is a bit pricey. Service was great, even refilled our wine glasses when they got low.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Restaurant week: INCREDIBLE VALUE. Excellent food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and servive

RM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The service was great & the live jazz band was definitely the icing on the cake! This fancy place is awesome! We went for restaurant week & we were truly impressed!

DO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our meals but it was so loud we could not talk to each other. Granted we are between 71-81 years of age and were celebrating a birthday so we wanted to talk more. We will come again but before the music starts and will ask for a table in the back.
Suzanne Davidson

AS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always fabulous food and fabulous service. Just a bit too noisy for conversation, especially once the music starts. I think next time I will request a table on the side without the music, hoping it will help with the noise level.

A
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the waiter and he made great food suggestions. The Mahi Mahi was awesome.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service we're fantastic. We went for my husband's birthday during Restaurant week. The hostess wished him Happy birthday as we walked in the door. The waiter was very attentive and the food and portions were great. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

JS
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We tried this for restaurant week and likely to return. Lobster bisque was mediocre at best with a thin tasteless broth and no lobster in it (and this was a $5 up charge). Halibut over green chili was also lacking in flavor. Minimal wine selection and $9 for a small glass of mediocre wine. My desert was good but unfortunately my friend's tiramisu was not because it was drenching something similar to Hershey's syrup. Server was nice but somewhat inattentive but not his fault- he had too many tables. Food delivery was very slow too.