About Laporta's Restaurant

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.

1600 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Dangerfield

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 683-6313

Website:
http://www.laportas.net/

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.

Parking Details:
Free evening parking in enclosed garage

Public Transit:
King Street Metro one block away

Executive Chef:
Douglas Laporta

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Jazz nightly. Monday/Tuesday Two entrees/bottle of wine $28.99

Laporta's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Romantic (10)
Authentic (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Casual (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined a day ago

Nice atmosphere, great food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

Great setting

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Music, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Live Music, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Casual, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The Laporta' s family and staff are always consistent with delicious food choices, several genuine light Italian dishes and desserts, generous portions and many homemade desserts. Service is very professional and respectful. Loved our restaurant week three course meal, will return soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I thought the food was just ok. I was actually kind of disappointed in this place after reading the reviews. The prices were high given what we got and the overall experience. I am use to dining in DC, LA you name it and paying top $$, but for this I just was not impressed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went there for date night! Got a seat right by the band. The food and music was amazing. The band song us a special song! Will definitely be going back. If you haven’t been you need to go trust me.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We made the mistake of going to one of our favorite restaurants during restaurant week. It is a lovely venue but this time, it was too crowded and we were disappointed with the food. The service was good but she was really crazy busy. We will probably go back but never again during restaurant week or other big events....

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious! However, the service could have been a little better, asked for lemons for my water, never got them, the waiter also did not come and fill my water glass, it was empty for most of the dinner, he also brought our dinner then never came back to ask how things were, if he would have come back I could have asked for a refill but he didn’t until we had finished eating

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was my second trip to LaPorta's and I'm thinking hard about returning for a schedule dinning on the 14 of February. My B-B-Q steak was un-eatable, even at a request for med/rear. The drinks were excellect and my date enjoyed the pork chop. The deserts were subpar compare to the menu discription. Menu way not clear on all additional charge associated with restaurant week, which provided a small rise in seeing two iteam charged with an additional $5.00 fee. Just try to ensure clearity and it will reduce the amount of concerns about the bill. The waiter seem confuse on serving the meal and then taking over 45 minutes to remember that I had asked for our desearts and the bill. The Jazz smooth out the evening and the young lady that welcome us and took our coats whas outstanding. Great smile.Overall I really do like this eatery, however if I return on the 14th and the concerns qare still there. This will be the last time I or friends will patronize LaPorta's.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was good. It was restaurant week so it was a price fixe menu. When looking at the prices, the cost of the meal would have been about the same as the restaurant week price. Lol. But the food was tasty and the jazz duo (guitar & bass) was very good.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Went here on a Friday evening with family and kids, but seemed like mostly a date night spot. The food was pretty good. I had a salad, and the dressing was very good. The salad portion was large, the kids had ravioli, and got 5 or 6. This was enough for them, but maybe not enough for an adult. They did get theirs without the mushrooms though. The dessert was the best part. Probably the best chocolate mousse cake I've had. The live jazz music was very nice.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I love Laporta's and recommend it often. Great service and food. Excellent wine list. There is always a live jazz group in the evenings. Music is lovely. This is a great restaurant for all occasions.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Everything was great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

A must Visit!!!
We will be visiting again soon :-)

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was a very nice evening. Music was great, three piece combo with vocalist. Service was good, food was not as good as it has been in the pass. We were celebrating a birthday.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I were looking for a nice dinner spot with live music. The jazz trio playing was very good and we were surprised that there was no "music charge" because the band was so good. Service was excellent from our waiter Frank. Food was also excellent. We will be coming back again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

I have been dining at LaPorta's for many years, and they never disappoint. Their staff is friendly without being overbearing and the food is consistent and top notch. We celebrated a friend's "significant" birthday and she was delighted to be at LaPorta's with the LaPorta family. Phil, Mary, Margaret, Ralph and Douglas are gems in Alexandria's challenging restaurant scene. Their live jazz nights are a lovely bonus. There is a reason LaPorta's has withstood the test of time. Try it - you won't be disappointed!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Below the average customer service. Hostess not smiling at all, waiter pushing to sell specials - not interested in what customers might feel, want etc..Food maybe ok or even below average especially when considering the price. But the music was great.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Had a lovely lunch with two colleagues. The server was attentive and sold two of us on one of the several non-menu daily specials. It was delicious and would order it again, if I have the chance. With a commercial parking garage located adjacent to the restaurant, it made an ideal location for a fairly quick lunch trip to upper old town. I ate dinner here with my wife a few years ago and my recollection of our experience was also all positive. Laporta's is a great choice.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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