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Laporta's Restaurant

4.5
1427 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • 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: 11:00am - 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

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Dad sized STEAK special: 12 ounce Certified Black Angus New York Strip Steak $19.99 served all day Brunch or Dinner.
Plus our entire regular menu available
Live Jazz

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 1427 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful mainstay on Duke St. First dined here in 1992 and still enjoy coming back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

And absolutely enchanting evening The food was superb the combo playing in the background was truly outstanding and our superb waitress was well-trained and served each course In a timely manner. it was simply a delightful evening

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food. Intimate ambience. Terrific jazz trio but the singer drowned out the other two and made conversation impossible. Why so loud? They’re good musicians but I’m there to converse with family.... not for a concert.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Terrific local restaurant with good food, excellent service, and terrific ambience. Good for business lunch or a quiet time with friends.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day was good; maybe hectic. When things were slowing down, the staff started taking down the extra tables and chairs while people were still eating?

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a nice meal

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Normally all 5 stars with fantastic food, but for Mother's Day the tables were so scrunched together it was a little uncomfortable. Music also didn't start on time, so we only got to enjoy it for the end of brunch.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We went specifically for the live music but the gap between sets was lengthy and very quiet while the band is not playing. It almost seems as if the restaurant was closing, I had to keep looking at my watch.
The food was great but when our order was taken, we were asked if we wanted soup or salad with our entree but it wasn’t expressed that it was for an additional fee. Don’t like surprises at the time of the check.
Overall, a pleasant experience.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Lovely dinner with family- the start of a family reunion/celebration of life weekend. Food was delicious, waitress was very attentive and pleasant and the jazz combo added an ambiance that made the evening perfect!

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2.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Overall fair to below average. Pretty basic menu and overall food was OK but way over priced for Lunch I paid $30+ for a small Cesar salad and a pretty average plate of pasta with 4 pieces of sausage and a soda water (!) Seems like a mom and pop restaurant that has seen better days based on the older diners that were sitting in the restaurant (!)- Initially I waited at the front desk for almost 6 minutes before being acknowledged- and shown to a table.There are too many and frankly better quality better options in Alexandria. I had a meeting at the hotel next door so this was a location buying decision,however I will not be rushing back-sorry :)

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Servers were cheerful, but service was slow. Not much atmosphere. Free parking for dinner is an asset.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Amazing bday dinner for my father

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The Food was absolutely delicious . Our waiter was charming and informative

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great menu. Excellent food. The only thing that keeps me from giving the restaurant five stars across the board was that for the size room the volume of the musicians made it hard to converse. My recommendation would be that the musicians be asked to keep it on the quiet side until 8:30 or 9. For a 7:15 reservation I wasn’t expecting musical entertainment. On the plus side, the singer had an outstanding voice — our dinner guest was a music industry veteran and she gave the singer rave reviews.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This is an excellent restaurant. We have enjoyed the fine food and live music. We plan to go back soon with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We had a wonderful time this past Saturday evening. We met friends and we all agree that the food was delicious, the staff friendly and knowledgeable and attentive. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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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