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Laporta's Restaurant

4.5
1409 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • 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: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 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 after 3pm in enclosed garage and all day Saturday and Sunday
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Public transit
King Street Metro one block away

One block from Old Town Trolley
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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
Live jazz nightly and Sunday brunch.

Monday/Tuesday dinner: Two entrees/bottle of wine $28.99

Daily Happy hour 3pm -7pm in lounge and on patio.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1409 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was excellent. Our waiter, Mel, was very attentive, but not disruotive as he kept our glasses full.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent, attentive service. Enticing menu with food tastily prepared. Good jazz background music.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Was told about how awesome this place was and that I needed to go here for my first date night after getting home from an overseas tour. Unfortunately we sat at our table for 15 mins before we finally flagged someone down...after other tables were seated around us and served with drinks. When we finally got the attention of a server they were pleasant, but seemed irritated. During this time we received some drinks, but continued to be ignored or forgotten. After being there for 35mins we finally pulled the plug and decided to go elsewhere. When leaving it seemed to have upset the server we had, but didn’t make a difference in our opinion...thus leaving. I am hoping this was a one off bad experience.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Special was excellent and the service was attentive without being annoying. I particularly enjoyed the jazz music in the dining room. I hope to go back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I have been going to Laporta's Restaurant for over 30 years. It remains one of my favorite restaurants in the DC area. Great food, great service and great music. And it is still run by the Laporta brothers, Phil, Ralph and Doug, and their sister, Mary. Great place.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love Laportas and it never disappoints. Great special Easter brunch with jazz combo. Couldn’t beat it. Great food service and atmosphere as always. One of our favorites. We were here New Years Eve as well. Great time. The steak special was perfect and my wife’s Chicken Tuscany awesome. Highly recommend to all.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Waiter was very nice
Food was good
Overall had a lovely evening

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great jazz and outstanding food & drinks on a Saturday night. Definitely a must-visit when in Alexandria. Great if you have well-behaved teenagers or with friends!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a wonderful birthday dinner for five people. The salads were fresh and tasty as was the asparagus starter. My special fish entree for the evening was excellent and two of our diners that had the salmon pasta were very pleased as well. Try to save room for some of the lovely homemade desserts, as the carrot cake, apple cobbler and lemon tart are excellent.

The service while very good, was not quiet up to the usual very high standard that we are used to a Laportas, as I believe our server was new.

The jazz trio was a very nice touch.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We took advantage of the Monday special which gave us 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for 29.95. Both the ravioli and the chicken and sausage over pasta were delicious. The house salad was very fresh and tasty. The mocha cheesecake was to die for.
Our server, Frankie, was very congenial and did his job well.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING!!!!!!! THE SERVICE, FOOD AND ENVIORMENT

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was good. They had live music when we were there on a Friday night. Old school piano lounge music. They were good and it was nice during dinner. Easy walk from the Embassy Suites in Old Town. Service was slow but he was friendly. Not fancy in anyway but a good meal.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Consistently delicious food and service. Enjoyed our dinner and the music. Celebrated my Brother’s birthday.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

LaPorta's is one of my regional dining favorites. I commute from Annapolis to introduce friends visiting from out of town to this very special dining venue. I have NEVER taken a guest who was not "over-the-top" pleased with the food, the venue, the ambiance and especially the nightly live music.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. We come heard quite often. Love the live jazz every evening. Adds a great ambiance you don’t get at many restaurants. When you include the excellent food, great service, and reasonable prices, it’s a value we find hard to beat.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Nice! Good food, good friendly service. Perfect for our after-church meal with our granddaughter and great granddaughter (8 months). Lovely live music which stopped about 3:00. Downside: They charge $6.00 for a basket of bread. Good for my diet though.

LOVE the complimentary parking!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Reliable restaurant over many years -- very good food and service at a reasonable price. And the live music is always a real plus!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food and service. The ambience is very intimate and comfy

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent restaurant - the service was impeccable and the food fantastic! A jazz trio started playing around 7:00 p.m. Not terribly loud -we were right in front of them and still managed to have a conversation without shouting. Weird issue - apparently there's free parking in the back, with no signage to tell you where it is or how to get there. Also, I did not see any way to get into the restaurant without climbing steps - only 4 of them, but still. Otherwise, great experience! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Our power was out at home, so we had to book a hotel and this restaurant was the closest one with a kids menu. We went there with our two toddlers and had a great time. We were blown away by the customer service and food quality.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

I've been to this restaurant before for dinner and it was great, the food and service very good, and the music/piano player very entertaining. This time we went on a night for a two dinners for $29 and a bottle of wine. It was okay, not too much food, but as expected for the price. However, I would recommend this restaurant, I has a lovely atmosphere. Our waiter Robert was fantastic, super helpful and with a great sense of humor.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

LaPortas does such a great job in their friendly, attentive service, and always coming up with a few very creative specials, to supplement an already fabulous and diverse menu! My favorite "go to" for business lunch, and would be for dinner, if I only lived closer!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My party of six and I loved our first visit to Laporta! Drinks and food were delicious and we will be back. Great server on Saturday night and wonderful jazz trio! We had brunch the next day, Sunday, and all was just as great, but coffee was extremely bitter :( The lovely sever said they'd changed coffee brands and I hope they switch back to the previous coffee. Very satisfied.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was incredible. Chef Doug worked his magic in the kitchen and the service was incredible. The server knew the menu and wine list and took great care of us. We never had an empty glass and whenever we needed something, they were right there to help. Definitely coming back!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice atmosphere, great food!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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 theme 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great setting

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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