Lavagna - Washington DC

4.7
1241 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Lavagna is a neighborhood gathering place where you'll always find delicious food & the best of company.

The beautiful, Genoan village of Lavagna has long been known for its abundant slate production, quarried in the Capenardo and S. Giacomo mountains nearby. Over the years, "Lavagna" became synonymous with "chalkboard".

The menu at Lavagna portrays our idea that food should be just like a chalkboard: simple, fresh, and innovated often.

Lavagna relies on a network of trusted local farmers for the ingredients that form the basis of our simple, contemporary Italian dishes. Our ever-changing menu reflects the best that the season has to offer.

Voted Best Italian in the 2015 AND 2016 AND 2017 Best of DC Washington City Paper Reader's Poll!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
To book a large party, please give us a call at the restaurant (202) 546-5006.

Dinner Tue - Sun
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch Sat - Sun
10:00am - 2:30pm

Happy Hour Specials
Tuesday - Saturday
4:30pm - 7:00pm @ Upstairs Bar
25% off Wines by the Glass
$7 Craft Cocktails
$4 Local Beers

Saturday & Sunday
10am - 2:30pm Brunch
$12 Bottomless Mimosas

Sunday & Tuesday
5pm - Close
Half Priced Bottles of Wine

Wednesday
5pm-Close
Wednesday Nights dine at Lavagna to support a monthly featured local charity.
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Phone number
(202) 546-5006
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We would be thrilled to invite you to plan an evening in one of our private event spaces. We do not charge room fees to use our event space. www.lavagnadc.com info@LavagnaDC.com 202-546-5006
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Private party contact
Connie Chou: (855) 841-1610
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Catering
Please contact us for more information www.LavagnaDC.com info@LavagnaDC.com 202-546-5006
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
G St
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Parking details
Street parking available, but scarce on weekends. Metered lot located 1 1/2 blocks south (under the highway). Valet parking available for all of Barracks row on Friday and Saturday night. Valet stand located directly across the street.
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Public transit
1 Block south of Eastern Market Metro, with a Circulator/Metro bus stop directly out front.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our Event Planner, Emily Proppe, for more information 202-546-5006, eproppe@lavagnadc.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1241 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing per usual, especially the service to our group of 8. Please never change the pancake recipe!

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g
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all the way around!

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decent food, kind of pricy for quite basic italian. Atmosphere leaves something to be desired, a bit older and by 10pm on Friday we were the only ones left in the restaurant...

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TE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food (and drinks) and service excellent. Love the local and housemade food and drinks!

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G
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Fabulous service. Choose the pasta. ANY pasta. Desserts were not remarkable

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great for dinnrr

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Naples
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. Great time to meet friends

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S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We had fantastic service! The chef remade one of my friend's meals after she had a slight complaint (and did not expect them to make it all over again). They seemed happy to do so.

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HV
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was nicely filled without being crowded. The wine list--all Italian--was superb. The items ordered by the group included Italian dishes that I had never seen before. All were really flavorful, of good size, and well-plated. There was no happy-hour price on wines by the bottle. Sad, but they have to stay in business. Our waiter, Mario, was efficient and clear. He could explain the items on the charcouterie (salumi) board with pride of place. Outside of a cheese maker, I don't think I had ever seen house-made goat cheese. Great! If I get another group of 6 to take back, we surely will be there again.

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Both my daughter and I had pasta and got a bad stomach ache later that night. We think it was something in the sauce or pasta. She had the Bolognaise and I had the primavera that had some red Sauce, which I found unusual for a primavera

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavagna is truly worth the visit just for the bottomless mimosas! They are made with triple sec and are dangerous!

But the food - ah, so delicious. We went to brunch and as a table, we tried almost every item on the menu. The risotto and spaghetti carbonara are creamy and flavorful. The salmon omelette offers huge portions and great taste. At the end, they brought out a pumpkin spice cheesecake - amazing and devoured in less than a minute.

To top it all off, the service was amazing. Our waitress always had a smile on her face and was one of the most pleasant people I had ever met. Our mimosas were always topped off, the food arrived so quickly and everything was just perfect. We will be back soon!

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, excellent food, and half price bottle of wine on Sundays :) highly recommend.

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SP
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third stop @ Lavagna. It’s becoming one of our favs just outside the Navy Yard! In addition to some of our regular pasta dishes, we had some tasty wines. We highly recommend!

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening. Food was fantastic, service was terrific. We were late and they were able to accommodate. One of our favorite restaurants.

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S
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a delicious brunch at Lavagna. I had the goat cheese omelette and potatoes. Our server was unfriendly and appeared annoyed to be there. There was also a mixup with our reservation--we called to change the time the night before and they confirmed but never changed it in their book. We ended up having to wait about 10 minutes, but again, the food was delicious.

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Vegan Options-OK
The staff is knowledgeable about what is vegan on thier menu. We were able to have bread which they knew were vega. However pasta without cheese is kind of meh both for non-vegans and vegans. It's nice that the restaurant will leave the cheese off of their pastas but it would be incredible if they made non-dairy cheese like a cashew cheese.

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised. Good food. Nice ambiance. Would go again when I'm in the area.

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RA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's an amazing place to eat, a very dry menu, with lovely options! Try it!

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LK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a bit too noisy where we sat upstairs in the bar area. At first it was freezing but when I complained to our server Mario, he reported it & the cold air was immediately turned off which was great. Mario was great & so was the food!

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BB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved brunch at lavangas. We went for my friends 40th. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. They didn’t let our glasses get the least bit empty and even provided us with napkins when we had a sappy moment. The best part was the tiramisu and birthday song they provided my bestie! Thanks for making her birthday experience GREAT!!!

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MC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic as always, Brandon is a wonderful server who helped us pick great wines and gave us a great experience, staying late as we were the last table, to talk with us and wrap up our meal.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal meal with the family. Satisfied foodies and finnicky folks alike. Great wines, great range of wine pricing. Ravioli was to die for.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very noisy inside for Saturday brunch but very nice outside--we could hear each other and the food was excellent as was the service.

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E
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Mussels, spaghetti bolognese and duck breast we’re all amazing!

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SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

chicken and waffles was ok. salmon omelet was very good.

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DP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went out with friends. Food was excellent, not crazy expensive and we could actually hear ourselves talk! We will go back!

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy coming here for brunch with our big group of friends. The staff is always very friendly and accommodating.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Connie saved a challenging service experience and made it a great night. .

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F
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed with service ( at least our waiter) and food wasn’t bad but not anything to write home about.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Love this restaurant so much, but my last experience was less than ideal. Made a reservation for 5 people. They sat us upstairs right under the televisions at a 4-top and had one of us sitting on the edge of the table with no option of moving tables. The service is normally fabulous but tonight it was pretty bad. Even the food was mediocre compared to previous visits. My guess is it was an ‘off’ night. I definitely recommend trying it out but I’d request a table downstairs or in the back of the upstairs. I will be taking a break from bringing out of town visitors here for a bit.

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s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation celebration

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D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friday night dining. Exceptional. Thoroughly enjoy Lavagne. The duck and spaghetti bolognese were delicious. The salumi board a dream. Bravo!

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! We had really great food, service and half price bottle of wine! I would highly recommend for some great Italian food!

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P
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was excellent, the food was good but our friend complained of heavy salt in his omelet. The noise at Brunch was off the charts. The 4 of us could hardly hear one another. The restaurant needs to invest in sound protection on the walls. With all the hardwood and brick, there is nothing to absorb the sound. ☹️

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WB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Locally sourced Italian, creative choices on the menu, pleasant, enthusiastic wait staff. Reasonably priced. Part of a Barracks Row restaurant scene that is finally giving DC eaters a destination that isn't NW.

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LH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the homemade pasta and 1/2 price bottle of wine on sunday

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch deal in DC!

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lavagna continues to maintain their high standard of hospitality.

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m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff

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