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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (13)
Special Occasion (12)
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Romantic (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Casual (3)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Out of town friends and I dined here for New Years' Eve and it was AMAZING! My friends were very impressed with the service, food, music and drinks. Without a doubt one of the best experiences I've had in the Greater DC area in 16 years. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent service, great food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Hard to evaluate as restaurant accepted reservation even though it was closed. Fail.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Thanks to Laporta’s for giving us a place to have dinner on Christmas Eve. The place was full and the staff seemed a little stressed by the tempo, but service was good and the food was acceptable.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service was amazing. Shout out to our server, Kat who made the evening great!

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

A great special Monday-Tuesday entree + wine special. An excellent piano player on Tuesday when we were there (Antonio). We found our food to be high quality and not too heavy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went there while visiting the National Harbor for my Birthday- The live music was the reason I went and it did not disappoint. There were several people with Birthday's and the singer did a great job getting to everyone to make them feel special. The food was just OK- I had lobster soup was just OK salad was fine, my friend has pasta Laporta it was just OK. I had the lemon tart for dessert and it was THE BEST I have ever had, will return just to try another dessert.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great food, great value

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful as always... Great food and outstanding service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Laportas is one of my favorite places for happy hour. But on this occasion I went there for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was good, but not outstanding. And I thought the price of $60 a plate which included dessert was way too high. Dessert was included in the price, there were several choices, and my pecan pumpkin cheesecake was fantastic. We were seated in the bar area, albeit with a tablecloth, but still not as nice as had we’ve been seated in the dining room. We did make reservations for this event and not all tables were full in the dining room. Oddly enough, Laportas charges for the bread basket. This item is usually included at almost every other restaurant I’ve ever been to. Of course the outstanding feature for Laportas is is the free parking garage behind it—A real treat in old town Alexandria.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Laporta’s is a great option for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Everything was delicious and the servers were attentive and quick witted. They even offered to send us home with leftovers for another meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely incredible every single time. Delicious food, great service, fantastic live music.

Tags: Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Loved the jazz, filet, and dessert! You must try the Godiva mouse cake. The restaurant was a little warm. Food portions were not too small or too much.

Tags: Live Music, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent Virginia trout! Sauce was fantastic! Flash fried spinach wonderful addition!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great service, great food. Loved the live jazz. The menu was very good. Wanted to try everything. Will recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My GF and I were visiting DC for the weekend from Philly and staying at a hotel in Pentagon City. LaPorta's hit our radar when looking for a local place to dine on Saturday night. We enjoyed our food and thought the prices were very reasonable and the portion sizes just right. Our table was in a good location but we both said afterwards that we wished they dimmed the lights lower the whole time like they did when the 3 piece jazz band started. We felt like we were under a spotlight with the brighter lights. Our server was pleasant but didn't seem that informed about the menu. After dinner, we walked around town to enjoy the beauty of Alexandria. Overall, this was an enjoyable meal and we will definitely consider dining here again when our travels bring us back to the DC area.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good jazz is only why one might go there. Food is not good. Fish I ordered did not taste like fish or anything and service is bad.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

This was my third or fourth visit to Laporta. I will continue to go back there. Food is great, service is as good or better than I've had anywhere. A very pleasant place to enjoy a special meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great as always. The staff always makes you feel so welcome. Food is great! Desserts are heavenly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

food is a little pricey for the quality. The server tried to "upgrade" our drink order by suggesting higher price brand liquor. Music was great but made conversation difficult.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great as always. Our favorite local neighborhood hot spot. Food wine service is always excellent and the jazz combo adds to a pleasant evening. Don't change a thing. We love it here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This restaurant is very conducive to relaxation. Four of the 6 in our party had the French toast and found it very delicious and filling! I had the wonderful Mesclun chicken salad; it was loaded with dates which made it even better. The 6th person enjoyed her dish as much as the rest of us did ours.
Service was excellent and not at all obtrusive. Water glasses and coffee cups were kept full almost without our noticing it.
The best part was the lemon tarts which are made using the late Mrs. LaPorta's recipe. They remind me of my grandmother's!
My spouse and I first came to LaPorta's in 1985 shortly after it opened. The decor is always fresh and the food excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Casual
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful service, wonderful food, for a Saturday night I recommend a reservation. Parking is a breeze and free. Bruschetta is authentic! Calamari out of sight! Dessert is outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food, light jazz music, attentive service, somewhat pricey wines.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

We LOVED our food (both had the lobster bisque with a side of fettuccine), and appreciated how attentive our wait staff was despite a very busy evening.

That said: we sat outdoors, and there were a LOT of cobwebs next to our table, which is already pretty gross, but then we noticed the giant honkin' spider. That wasn't so cool.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As always the food was terrific. We both had the seafood crepe. There was a very accomplished solo pianist providing light cocktail jazz which added to the ambience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine there with my girlfriend. Food is good and the live jazz is fabulous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great meal, especially the fish entrée which my husband raved about so I ordered it too and it was truly worth it. Always enjoy coming to this place on date night and with friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Love the food here, bit on the pricey side of things. The live jazz music was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Steak was perfect!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

La Parota's is one of the best kept secrets in Old Town. Nowhere else in town can you enjoy a great meal, listen to live music and still enjoy a private conversation with your dinning companion. I have never been disappointed by the food. The servers are friendly, know their menu, and give solid recommendations. The Satin Doll trio that plays at 7pm on Friday evening offers a great selection of 'torch' songs that give the restaurant a romantic flare. Makes you wish there was a small dance floor so you could dance cheek to cheek. Parking is easy and free. Strongly recommend that you give is a try!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Was not satisfied with my visit. Tuesday is Wine Tuesday, we got there at 4:30 and we were told it does not start until 5:30. Nowhere on the listing does it show a time. Also, we had a coupon for buy one dinner get one free on the patio, that didn't start until 5:30 also. It was not stated anywhere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We were a group of six, four from out of town. Found on Open Table while looking for an Alexandria restaurant with a menu balanced between seafood and non-seafood because one person had seafood allergy. Noticed from reviews there was live jazz and thought there might be a little ambiance-and there was! Food was delicious, well presented and professionally served. The place looks pretty ordinary perhaps even Spartan. Don't let the looks fool you. This is a top-notch restaurant. It is right next to the residence inn. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Live Music, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

this was my first time to be disappointed in the food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This is a great little restaurant hidden in the midst of office buildings. Perfect location for a business meeting or private dining as noise levels are low, and there's plenty of room between tables. The food is outstanding.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2017

They have a great dining deal for Monday and Tuesday evenings. The food is good. There is free parking after 4.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

once again a lovely brunch while listening to the pianist

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The food (special of the day was swordfish and the cod) were fantastic. (Note - My mother got the cod - it would have been much too sweet for me.) The wine was good. The music was wonderful and didn't keep us from being able to have a conversation. My only complaint is that the very delicious tirimisu was outrageously expensive (nearly $12!!!) It wasn't on a menu, so we didn't see the price. Other than that, a wonderful experience. I'll certainly go again, but next time I'll skip the dessert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Frankie our server was very attentive. The food was great. We went on a Friday night to celebrate a birthday. The jazz band was amazing.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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