Laporta's Restaurant

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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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CN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening for sitting outside; great service by Camille! Owner and staff very personable! Beer was great and enjoyed the beer talks by Clay! Great pairings!

M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant, excellent service and the food was amazing! A great place - highly recommend it!

TN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Laporta never disappoints. The food is delicious, portion size is really good and service is outstanding

MB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Everyone was 60 or older. Food was not impressive. The decor was sad.

DM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The live music was outstanding and the food is always 5 stars. We need to come here more often.

BG
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time. Camille was a wonderful waiter and the live music was the best. We will be back next time in town!!

g
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value for Restaurant Week- good food and service. We will be back.

HC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're in Old Town, plan to have lunch at Laporta. The food and service are excellent. Just a couple of blocks from King Street. Alexandria Restaurant Week is a perfect time to sample the fantastic food. You'll want to go back.

GF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner experience great service and really great waiter he knew the menu and very attentive. Live jazz music was very enjoyable.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprised that restaurant week dinner at La Portas was better than we had encountered in other more highly rated restaurants.

T
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I really like the food, the music (the group was excellent), but it was a little noisy.

MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome!s Service very good. We came during restaurant week and were happily surprised to learn we could have any entree on the menu (upcharge for the filet, of course) for the special price. Will definitely recommend it and come again even though we live in NJ.

c
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and Service. The Monday and Tuesday specials are great! Also loved that it was a participant in Restaurant Week-2019! Great Value for Great Food!. Service and ambiance (with jazz piano) couldn't be beat! Enjoyed dinner with friends and walked away looking forward to the next time we meet there. Couldn't have been better!

DM
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and enjoyed the trout. Nice Caesar salad with tiramisu dessert. Nice ambiance with a piano player nightly and a singer on Friday/Saturday. Noise level was pretty high but we still could chat. They have a special on Monday Tuesday evenings year round. Nice neighborhood ambiance.

O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. One of our favorite places, however, it is overpriced and the only way we will return is when there are special rates or offerings.

F
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the Monday and Tuesday special and were able to obtain a Gluten Free meal in the process. Our server was Frankie. He was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. My wife’s fish was bland but my chicken was quite good. We would recommend this restaurant to a friend.

JB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was phenomenal! We enjoyed the lobster bisque, New England clam chowder, and the pork belly to start. Pork belly was tender and very flavorful! Wonderful flavors! And then we had the pork schnitzel with stewed tomatoes, an unusual combination but fabulous! The stewed tomatoes were tender and so flavorful with a slight spice to them. Cheese raviolis were great!

MA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is always exceptional at LaPorta's and out waitress was so professional and courteous...I believe her name was Mimi or Temi or something.

T
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is good, sometimes quite good, the service is OK (very good with Frankie), but what keeps us coming back is the music -- jazz without having to drive into DC!

AF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We are frequent visitors at Laporta’s and this time was not quite up to par. The food, while good, was not quite there. We both had Ahi Tuna and it was served medium versus rare as desired. We had to twice ask for the price of their specials that evening and had to ask for their wine list. Normally, you would be provided bread or rolls with your salad and this time we had to request it. Bottom line, the wait staff impacted the overall rating. They were courteous and well mannered, but needed a bit more training to be up to standard.

B
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food & good for conversation. Fine service.

AS
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as always! We were there early, so it wasn't as noisy as it could be. I had the hangar steak. Fantastic!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great jazz music with guitar, standing bass and singer. Singer had a little white dog who sat on a mini sofa on top of the piano

D
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Our waitperson was great also.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. I am very impressed, will definitely come back here.

JD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Very good food quality and variety. The meals are slightly over-priced. Dinner for 2 with 1 glass of wine, 1 beer and no dessert was $100. The jazz trio and their playlist was a nice blend with the ambience. The server could have been more attentive particularly because the restaurant wasn’t full. I will return on a Monday or Tuesday evening.

KL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always have a good dinner at Laportas.
Our server Frank was awesome as always. Thank you. 😃

AC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic (Nina). Food was prepared in an excellent and delicious manner. Music was excellent - highly recommend going to the restaurant. But make reservations.

G
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From several years of experience, Laporta's can be relied on to deliver ample portions of well-prepared, tasty food, with cordial, attentive service, accompanied by enjoyable live music -- without a cover charge!

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner great music excellent food

SF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Laporta’s! The food is always prepared correctly, the sauces are second to none, and the music really really enjoyable.

We particularly enjoy listening to our favorites, Sharon Clark, Steve Washington, and The Satin Doll Trio. (We consider it a super-bonus evening when pianist Vince Evans and bassist Eric Glaser perform!)

SG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love the jazz and good food dishes, but would love to see the sea scallops make a return to the daily seafood offerings. Would also love to see the website updated to better reflect who is performing on a given night. Otherwise always a good night out.

FD
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious- fresh ingredients and well prepared. The service however was uneven at best. Our waiter was very friendly and chatty but that doesn’t make up for inattentive service. When we ordered a bottle of wine he spoke at length about how goidour choice was but the white wine was not properly chilled and he never refilled our glasses during dinner. When it came time for dessert he raved about the peach cobbler which we would have ordered but, after 20 minutes waiting for him to take the order we asked for the check. Familiarity and chit chat from a server, no matter how well intentioned, are no substitute for good performance.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good; crouton on bisque stale; Arnold Palmer horrible; pasta Laporta excellent. Great bruschetta and calamari. Lovely hostess; server had a bit of attitude, which everyone at table noticed. The job was clearly beneath him. Godiva cake was superb; peach cobbler was yuck. Heated by being microwaved, which just made it so piping hot, it couldn’t be eaten for a while, and when it could, the crust was just mush. Won’t be ordering that again.

AK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was a little slow for the lunch hour. Staff is very friendly and the food was excellent.

CW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pork schnitzel was incredible and the carrot cake was hands down the best I have ever had.

MN
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good to be welcomed back by the wait staff who know us... food was good, ambiance and weekend music was nice, tho took some time to get the check as we were headed to the Alexandria fireworks.

AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our mutual 56th anniversaries on a Saturday night, two couples of a certain age and era. We were served tenderly and graciously with delightful sangria, four different entrees and two shared desserts. Plenty of bread and butter and ice water were readily available. With a contiguous parking lot and a step-free entrance possible, it was the perfect place for us . Both couples had lived around the world with much excellent dining experience in our repertoire — the food and presentation was lovely. The live music provided a mellow soundtrack. Smiles all around from those practitioners of 112 years of marriage.

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

The excellent menu is always changing, always amazing. Always totally loved anything I've ordered. The service is superb. They have live music (jazz bass fiddle and piano). The noise level was a little high, but not too bad this time. When the room is full, sometimes it gets a little much. The free parking in Alexandria can't be beat! They do have outside seating, but we opted not to sit there, because it's super close to busy Duke Street - the car noise and fumes didn't seem appetizing.

p
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a neighborhood favorite with awesome Jazz nightclub after 6:00pm. Everything is outstandingly excellent about this wonderful eating establishment except for the Tomato Lobster Bisque. Even though the Bisque is very - very tasty, it lacks the actual bits of lobster - and they charge you $11.00 dollars for a bowl that is only 1/3 full.

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