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Laporta's Restaurant

4.4
1383 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 683-6313
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Douglas Laporta
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dangerfield
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Parking details
Free evening parking in enclosed garage
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Public transit
King Street Metro one block away
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Entertainment
Laporta’s is committed to presenting the very best in local jazz. Bringing a variety of the best available singers and musicians to our stage nightly for over twenty years. Featured are regular performances by such highly acclaimed singers as Sharon Clark, Patrice Ferris and Ester Haynes. Laporta’s books a range of Jazz styles from Be Bop and Scat, vocal standards, Jazz Fusion, Dixieland and Gospel,Live performances occur nightly during dinner service and after, seven nights a week.
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Special events & promotions
Jazz nightly. Monday/Tuesday Two entrees/bottle of wine $28.99
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1383 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Was seated between two tables with louder conversations, hostess noted us looking at more secluded table and immediately offered us to move, we gladly accepted, server was very attentive and came outside after us with my forgotten glasses case.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

LaPorta's had good food, good music, and was overall a great experience. My wife and I came here for our first wedding anniversary and loved the music, our server Miana was wonderful, and the Monday/Tuesday deal (even though we didn't get it) can't be beat! Can't recommend it highly enough.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Got the special and food wasn’t great but not horrible. Live piano was nice. Service was mediocre.

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RayK 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Had yellow fin tuna which was chefs special. Very good. Nice traditional jazz live music for ambiance. Seafood pasta was also excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Nice atmosphere, great food!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The live jazz is a plus. Make sure you try the onion tart appetizer. I was pleasantly surprised.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The ambiance is extremely dated without being hip. On a Saturday night at 8, there's an old man playing cello, another old man playing piano, and a middle-aged man crooning old-man classics like "Lady from Ipanema." Yet, they don't play up the oldster them very well. The cocktail menu, which is small, does not contain a single classic. Instead, there are poorly thought-out and poorly-made variants on the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, margarita, etc. The service is slow. The food is ordinary. The wine is by-the-glass and not very good. The pricing isn't over-the-top and, if you happen to be staying at that hotel or can't get the mile or so to the walkable part of Old Town for some reason, it's not a terrible experience. But, with so many great options so close, there's no other good reason to eat at Laporta's.

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vipNora (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We love this restaurant and always go when we’re in town. We’ve introduced many friends to it and they are always pleased with the food, the service, and the live music which still permits conversation.

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vipNora (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in Alexandria. We love the food, the service and the live music.

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Earle (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were there for Valentines day they had a jazz band that was really good ]. Our seating was a little close to the band so it was hard to talk and enjoy the food. The food was good. I had the hanger steak and macaroni and cheese very tasty. Overall great time and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great setting

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent atmosphere for brunch meal with great piano playing in the background. Service and decorum superb. Wait staff was very friendly and accommodating when we had to postpone our reservation for an hour. I recommend LaPorta as a great spot for casual and evening dining.

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MissingNonni (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyed a nice dinner with friends who I see once per year; the venue was very nice provided a menu varied enough and the service was attentive. I was concerned about the jazz duo being located in the dining room, but it was not an issue from a noise perspective and provided a delightful ambiance. I am not a desert person, but recommend not missing one of the homemade creations. I was impressed by the few bites I tried. Also the salad entrees are large.

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ArlingtonOutsider (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We went there the Saturday before Valentine's day and loved the Live Jazz music. We sat right next to the band and they were the perfect volume. Sangria was excellent as was the food. Will make a trip there again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

LaPorta's has become one of my new favorite places to eat. I love listening to the jazz music on Saturday evenings. The food is always terrific. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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CarlosB59 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

What a great evening!
This was our first time and will be back again
Great food
Great Service
Great Music
An overall wonderful experience

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vipLike2eatout (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We wish our schedules allowed us to eat at Laporta's more frequently. Not only is the food always tasty and well presented, but we LOVE the live music available seven days a week. Our latest visit was last Friday and we heard the great Satin Doll Trio. Thank you to the owners, who recognize the value of live--not taped--music as part of the dining experience. Our next visit will be brunch!

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EHunterH (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The steak was very tough and barely edible. Another dish was not prepared as requested as well. Even though both of these issues were pointed out they did not try to compensate in anyway. Very disappointing for the price of these meals.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Great live music to make any evening a little bit more special. Great date night location.

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NewFanFavorite (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

My friend and I came to LaPorta's to celebrate his 50th birthday and we were absolutely happy with everything. Our waiter, Luis C. was warm, friendly, and attentive the entire evening which made our visit an enjoyable event. The atmosphere and music really set the tone for the evening we will definitely be back again. Great place for date night!!

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ArcherJ (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised that it was still Restaurant week. Unlike some Restaurant week participants the full menu was available so selection wasn't limited. We both had the mesclun salad. I had seafood crepes and my date had the tilapia fillet. The piano music by Antonio James was delightful mixing jazz standards with a little Chopin. We both took our deserts to go, mine was the tiramisu and traveled well. I had it with dinner the following evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Virginia is our favorite wait staff! She is very attentive, yet not disruptive. Her insight and suggestions re food and beverages are spot on and the food is really good if the specials do not interest you.

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Perkins (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing food and service. We loved their seafood chowder. The main dishes were creative and very tasty. The desserts are out of this world. Loved it! Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

An outstanding restaurant I enjoy coming here. The food is great and the live music makes it all complete.

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Edskilove (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Had the Cod this evening as my restaurant week entree. It was very tasty. The honey glaze was sweet but not overpowering. The fish was soft and flaky. I will say that it had a little too much batter and may have been left to fry for 30 secs too long because the crust was a bit barker and harder than I would have wanted, but overall it was very tasty. The carrot cake dessert was warmed in the oven prior to being served which made it softer and more moist than it already was. Served with some whipped cream and berries on the side. It was excellent.

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Exceededexpectations52 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Absolutely delicious from beginning to end. Appetizers and salads were outstanding, the trout was the best I've ever tasted and OMG dessert!!!! I'll definitely be a regular.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

My husband and I had a memorable lunch at La Porta. Service was attentive and the trout outstanding.

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vipkathyd (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

I have eaten here several times. The food is good, consistent, but not to die for. The special bottle of wine with two entrees is what keeps me coming back. Great price. Service is usually good, but the last time I ate here it was very slow. If you want to hear live music you must sit very close to front, so soft you cannot hear toward back of room.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent food and service! My girlfriend and I went because of a restaurant week special that many local restaurants were offering. The soup of the day was a delicious vegetable and turkey soup that left us wanting more. I had the salmon filet and she had the salmon fettuccine, both of which were cooked perfectly and seasoned very well. Lots of great dessert options too, particularly the strawberry fleuret and chocolate mousse cake. The service was brilliant, all our dishes came out in very timely fashion, drink refills were always quick, and the wait staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. The country music didn’t bother me but contrasted with the general ambiance unusually, and the music level started off a little loud but was quickly corrected by the waiter. I will absolutely go back.

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SolidGatheringPlace (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Food and service were good and we enjoyed our meals. Was disappointing that because we celebrate a birthday during restaurant week each year that we can’t use the birthday gift we sign up for. I’m not sure why $19 off isn’t just $19 off, regardless of if being a special meal deal. It’s still $19. That leaves a sour taste on an-otherwise enjoyable occasion.

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