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Laporta's Restaurant

4.7
1990 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited the rest during Restaurant Week. A variety of plates and menu options , wine and desserts.

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BrendaC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very impressed with menu selections, cleanliness & actual deliciousness of food!

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vipWalt
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food;great music!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laporta’s is now my favorite fine dining experience. Family owned and operated. My date and I enjoyed the most enjoyable dining experience we’ve ever experienced. We were made to feel like family from the moment we walked in the door. The utmost care was taken to make each patron have an exceptionally memorable evening.

We checked in early and were immediately seated. It was a perfect table for a date- comfortable with an intimate view of the stage but not too close. It was a booth as requested. About a third of the tables are booths and tables have been socially distanced since before the pandemic. Laporta’s focuses on the full dining experience.

We were entertained by Sharon Clark. Sharon is on the list the Top 100 Jazz Singers in history with singers like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Josephine Baker. Many consider her the best Jazz singer alive today. There was no admission fee, other than the cost i of a drink at the bar. Ms. Clark performs at Laporta’s every Saturday when she is not touring six continents. No restaurant in the DC Metro region, and possibly the world. provides better entertainment.

We have never enjoyed a finer dinner. Every aspect of our full course meal was both unique and fabulous. The owner is a well-respected sommelier. The collection of fine wines is spectacular.Each course of our meal was unique and delicious. The menu is constantly changing allow the chef to take advantage of the best local ingredients.


The service was incomparable. Our waiter,Frank, was superb. He made use feel relaxed and comfortable. Frank anticipated our every desire and appeared, as if by magic, precisely when we wanted him. Was he a mind reader?.

Doug Laporta is the owner. After we’d finished meal Doug paid a special visit to our table, (at least it felt special). Doug is gracious and genuine. We felt as if we were his only patrons. Ms. Clark also visited our table. Friendly and humble. Ms. Clark is a joy.

It was a perfect romantic evening.

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ColleenG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious. We were seated at the bar side which was a little loud vs a nice quiet dining experience. We had hoped to sit in the side with music. Only other recommendation is calamari and BBQ sauce is not good together.

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vipBill
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Made a reservation a week in advance but arrived and I was told there was no room in the dining room, only in the bar area which was a disappointing start. Big screen TV and noisy bar patrons was not what I had hoped for. Cocktails and food was very average in quality. I will not be going again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Somewhere between the Satin Dolls Quartet and the BOMBA$$ food the night was so relaxing and fulfilling. The trout dinner was so so good. The cheesecake was super fresh and homemade.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice cozy atmosphere. Food was excellent. I had the Rockfish Special and it was fantastic. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive.

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BobM
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful discovery. They have superb values (i.e. two entrees for $40 on Mon & Tue nights) and a nice ambiance (i.e. live piano music). It was somewhat reminiscent of an old style supper club. Oh, and the food was also delicious and our server was very friendly and attentive. Definitely plan on going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with friends, good food and best of all live jazz music. Lovely evening🌻

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BrennaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit but won't be our last. Fantastic food. Attentive but not overbearing waitstaff who provided great recommendations. Add in the live music and it was a much needed relaxing evening.

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vipJordan
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu is varied yet every item is perfectly prepared with surprising chef-inspired ingenuity. The desserts - all prepared and baked in house - are to die for!!
The service is friendly, professional, and efficient.

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Mike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Can’t wait to go back! Ambiance is amazing.

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vipOrlypann
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spent NYE at Laporta's. The price fixe meal was well-prepared, comprehensive and very delicious. Add the smooth jazz musings of the outstanding Satin Doll Quartet and you have quite a memorable evening! Tight band with an impressive vocalist in Patrice Ferris. Many thanks to their excellent chefs, servers and managers who were attentive to every detail (including nicely spaced tables). Will certainly return to this well run family restaurant.

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Jimm
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was way overpriced. I spent $100 per plate and everything tasted bland. I received an email regarding the NYE menu literally the day before NYE when it was too late to reserve anything else. I took 2 sips of a mixed drink and sent it back. My girlfriends drink was also watered down and she didn’t finish it. Very disappointed and felt like I wasted my money. The tables were also very close to one another so it was very awkward trying to have a conversation with another table within arms length of you. Not a great experience for spending over $250 to bring in the Nee Year.

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oldtowndowntown
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve at Laporta’s is a tradition. The Christmas Eve menu had great choices. My NY Strip was very delicious…and don’t forget dessert…mmm good!

Nina our server was top notch and very attentive. We appreciate Nina and the entire team working on Christmas Eve so we could have a lovely dinner.

The music put everyone in the Christmas Spirit!

Many thanks to the LaPorta Family!!!

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always, the food was great, the staff happy and "of service" and a great jazz band to boot.

Rick Whelan

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Delicious
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when we have dinner at LaPortas. The food is superb, the service is on point and the live jazz is phenomenal. If you have never been to LaPortas, you are missing out on a wonderful evening.

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JosephS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My hostess provided excellent service to me and my guest. I have been to Laporta’s many times before and the food entrees are delicious and service is always outstanding.

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75bluejay
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been visiting Laporta's for years and have often spent New Year's Eve there. We've never been disappointed in any way. The food is wonderful and beautifully presented. The service attentive and courteous. Their daily specials have been delicious. The live music is a real treat too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. The atmosphere was nice. The service was attentive. Loved the background music, not too loud for conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laportas Restaurant was outside. Laura was extremely upon entering the establishment. Laurn (waitress) was pleasantly polite and professional. This visit was for my wife's birthday and we wanted live music. Very elegant and calm environment. Casual attire seems under dressed.but we felt welcome. Indoor & outdoor seating available. This is a gem in Alexandria Virginia and we'll definitely dine in again.

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Louie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great live stringed music and singing with dinner. Food specials offered were delicious. The server was very attentive and engaged in conversation. It appeared that the owner was circulating around and thanking people for eating out in their restaurant. We sincerely felt appreciated and enjoyed our evening out to eat.

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vipRossM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Never disappoints.

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viplb2910
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Laporta's. The staff is super friendly and the food is always consistent and excellent. I highly recommend the Hangar Steak and Pork Belly appetizer. We will most definitely return.

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ChuckH
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, music, atmosphere, food, wine and service

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PeterS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and happened to have live music. Our server, Denise, was simply amazing. It was our first time and we will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving with family

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RichardV
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with great food and music live enjoyable time with my family thank you

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AllenF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Italian restaurant in old Town Alexandria. They've weathered the pandemic well and offer delicious food and beverages and a great experience overall. Check out the Monday and Tuesday dinner specials

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DEBORAHH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service & the atmosphere was enjoyable! It was a family gathering after more than 2+ years apart!

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CeliaW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet for lunch with excellent service. Food very good. Servers vaccinated.

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vipthepassionatereader
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Hit or miss food--the onion tart and the fried oysters were divine. The portobello mushroom and the lemon tart were mediocre. The hanger steak fell somewhere in between. Our server was lovely and the jazz band was really good.

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vipKimP
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and absolutely love this place. The menu items are delicious and there is something for everyone. The management is engaged and helpful. We love the warm, romantic ambiance and wonderful live music.

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vipMillie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our lunch and service was quick and courteous. We ate on the patio on a rare beautiful November day.

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SIR1
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of six for a business dinner. We were well taken care of and the food was excellent. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe with jazz pianist, creative recipes, special Monday/Tuesday night menu with wine. Very personable staff. Have come here many times.

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JamesK
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with excellent food, and impressive live music every night.

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SueinAlexandria
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We made a last minute reservation and were seated at a high top in the bar, which felt a little awkward. But we struck up a fun conversation with the couple at the table next to us and had a wonderful evening.

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vipHeatherL
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Had the hanger steak and Mac and cheese. Soooo good. Service top notch. So welcoming!! Can’t wait to come back!!!

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You can order delivery directly from Laporta's Restaurant using the Order Online button. Laporta's Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Laporta's Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1990 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.