Lavagna - Washington DC

4.6
1307 reviews
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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!
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JS
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was outside- service and food were terrific.

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TF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only ever been here for weekend bottomless brunch. Consistently great food and service! Mimosas always refilled promptly and the menu items are very good. Only docking a star on value because they recently increased their prices by a few bucks on the bottomless. Now on par with cava or others at around $35pp

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DR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had brunch here with some out of town friends. It was a fun place to get together and talk. The food and service were good, and it's in a great location.

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CK
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great and it was easy to get a seat. It was also pretty quiet for a DC restaurant.

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B
Washington DC
185 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. We ordered bottled water & half of a bottle left. The waiter capped the bottle & put in a carrying bag which was quite nice. Two of us had the barramundi which was very good. Two of us had the duck breast which was very tasty but not as tender as I’ve had.

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RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Lavagna! Would definitely recommend it for small groups.

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a nice post race brunch at Lavagna. Service was quick, which was great for us since we all needed to get home and nap!

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JF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and value. Has always been easy to get a table. I'll be back

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D
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal and lovely evening at Lavanga. Kudos to our server - Chandler. Steven, of course, always creates a warm, welcoming space.

Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant

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JD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The brunch was very good and reasonably priced. The service was excellent. The waiter kept our water glasses full, checked on us several times, and the food came out way faster than we expected. Would recommend to a friend.

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n
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lavagna has the best brunch, pancakes were so good!

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GM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to try this place for awhile now and I was not disappointed. My mom and I went for an early brunch after church so it was still not that busy when we got there. I had the mascarpone pancakes and my mom had the arugula omelet and both were absolutely to die for. I will definitely be coming back for brunch and also to try out their lunch and dinner menus.

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SM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Excellent service! We really enjoyed it.

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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience! I went for brunch and they were so accommodating and found us a seat on the patio. It was gorgeous out, the goat cheese omelette I ordered was great and came so quickly! Our server was very attentive and made sure our mimosa glasses were never empty. It was affordable and definitely would recommend for a casual brunch :)

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GM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for my mom's birthday while she was in town. We were seated promptly and ordered the special appetizer (scallops and shrimp) before our main courses of the ravioli and two spaghetti bolognese. All were delicious! We will happily go back! The only small thing was when we were greeted they told my mom happy birthday and that she would get a yummy dessert - that never happened.

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PJ
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service, amazing authentic food. A little overpriced.

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CR
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service and first class menu. This was a great evening.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta is AMAZING. We loved the bread, too! Highly recommend.

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DB
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed this quaint place. We opted to sit outside on a wonderful Friday evening. Great waitstaff. Highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was fantastic, server was kind and friendly, hostess was down right rude.

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RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavagna was amazing-- fresh bread to start off the meal, great homemade pasta and exceptional service.

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j
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We could hear each other and were not pushed to leave.

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SE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable neighborhood Italian. Comfortable, casual environment. Hearty portions, well-prepared food. Friendly service. Excellent wine list. Tables were a bit close to each other, but nothing unusual for DC on a Saturday night. Perfectly cooked pasta and lamb. Everything the right consistency and temperature. I did think my dish needed a touch more salt or some spice (papardelle lamb), to bring out the flavors. I usually cook with very little salt and rarely add salt when dining out, but this time something was missing. And there was no salt on the table -- or any of the tables. I also felt an infused olive oil or more herbs in the table bread would have been nice. Unexpected star of the evening was the side dish of brussels sprouts with pork belly, cranberry and parmesan. Yummy!

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G
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went on a Saturday night for dinner and received indifferent service and mediocre food. The food came out very quickly, but the lamb was raw inside- and had to be sent back- and the pasta undercooked. I wont go there again and wonder why people even recommend this restaurant given all the alternatives. And, truly I am unsure how the pasta can be farm to table.

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AB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A solid choice for in the neighborhood Italian. Cozy decor and good wait staff. Menu is straightforward and the food is quite good. Lots of kids and families when we went for an early supper on a Saturday evening. I approve. We will be back.

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g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a serendipitous find! We were looking for something in the Capitol Hill area and found this restaurant on OpenTable. The food was out of this world. We had spaghetti bolognese and the apple salad.

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SO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Everything was extremely salty. Service wasn’t great.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Group brunch on a Sunday; service and food were great! Appreciated that the whole table didn’t have to participate in the bottomless mimosas.

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R
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good pasta dishes and tiramisu!Lavagna cocktail is amazing if you like a delicious sweet cocktail! Not cheap but reasonable prices for portion sizes and quality of food. Great Italian restaurant. Not too loud which was also nice.

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m
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food, wine and cocktails!

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2
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretty good food, great service, unbelievably cheap drinks (compared to other places)

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DC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Never disappointed for brunch.

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch, very good food! Accommodate for allergies

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JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely recommended. The food is fresh, the service is precise and overall it is a solid eatery to enjoy.

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WF
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t know what took an Italian food lover so long to visit Lavagna but we cannot wait to go back! The service and the food were flawless from start to finish. The focaccia was warm and flavorful - great for absorbing some of the generously portioned sauce on the pasta dishes. Highly recommend the lobster bisque and bruschetta to start, and finish off your meal with the tiramisu!

The staff and the restaurant itself were all warm and inviting as well! We loon forward to a return visit for brunch or another dinner!

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

I thought with a later reservation on a Sunday we would beat the boozy brunch crowd but that was not the case. I had left messages with management that we’d have a baby with us. We were seated upstairs with a very loud table across from us. While our server and management did their best, this wasn’t the most family friendly meal we could have had to celebrate.

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BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, awesome staff. Will go again soon!

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c
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really wanted to like this place. The food however was just OK. The wine list too expensive for a place with not high-quality food. Disappointed. Won’t be back.

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FC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Great food and service! I will be back.

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