Lavagna - Washington DC

4.7
1216 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 1216 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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DP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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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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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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Washington DC
13 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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Washington DC
14 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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YE
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was great! Went twice and unfortunately the food wasn’t as good the second time as the first, just a bit too much salt on the salmon omelette. Mimosas are great tho and a wonderful area!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was cold, and wasn’t good. The service was pretty good though and he did a good job and making sure we were taken care of. Only problem was the food wasn’t good so there wasn’t much he could do! Lol

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From hand shaped pasta to perfectly spiced sauces, Lavagna has it all. Don't miss the treats in the salume like home made strawberry jam. Compare the sweet jam with the hints of vinegar in pickled asparagus and green beans. Try the Chance the Grappa cocktail.

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LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me food is most important and this was very tasty and a pleasant experience

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T
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional prompt and courteous service. Attentive without being intrusive. Perfect menu with delicious home made pasta and chocolate budino!!!🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

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W
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good but the portions are overwhelming and, therefore, unappetizing.

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R
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Awesome Pasta Dishes, and Mussels. Can't wait to go again.

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lavagna was great! We had a great meal, with generous portions, so we took doggie bags home & had the leftovers for dinner the next night. I had seared rockfish over Brussels sprouts and sauteed mushrooms (my choice of sides) and it was cooked perfectly. All of the service workers were very friendly and attentive. My only disappointment was that I wanted typical Italian tablecloths instead of just plain wood for our tabletops (it was our anniversary). That's not their fault, of course! Will return and recommend to friends.

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N
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Casual Italian restaurant with good food and good service.

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AE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I picked this place because of reviews. It did not disappoint. Meeting a classmate that I hadn't seen in 48 years! Our waiter heard us talking about the occasion and brought us glasses of prosecco to celebrate. We had a great reunion and a fantastic meal!

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town from Ohio. We were looking for a local restaurant with character. What a gem we found in this restaurant! Service was friendly and informative. Food was excellent. Highly recommended. We enjoyed the primavera, Bolognese, and chicken dinner.

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SW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service. Our server Mario was attentive, friendly very helpful and professional. We will certainly return.

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N
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a special seating request for a member of our party with a disability, and the hostess was very accommodating and kind. Our server was super knowledgeable and attentive. And the food was delicious!!

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TD
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a Saturday brunch with an out-of-town friend around 1:30-2 and found a seat on the patio. No problem getting in. In hindsight, we might have picked the inside table for the A/C. The tables are far enough away on the patio to not be on top of one another or in each others conversations. Shout out to our wonderful waiter Mario who was a lot of fun and humored our questions. Everything is made in-house and the quality shows.

Highly recommend the Crab Risotto. Savory and delicious without being heavy. Definitely get your $ worth. Raspberry Italian soda was absolutely refreshing.

Lavagna keep the mimosas filled the entire brunch but my friend ended up preferring the Jet Fuel when all was said and done. She also had the Chicken and Waffles and sung its praises too. She was too full to eat everything in one sitting!

Will definitely check out for a future meal! Definitely blew away my expectations and was a great place for an out-of-town person.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch today and it was amazing. Wonderful food and bottomless mimosas were such a deal.

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BW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there, done that. Always excellent people, food and wine.
Fine place for special occasion.

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JO
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful! We had a great waiter too. He was friendly and attentive. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A friend of mine and I took his mentor out for brunch and thought to take him here. He’s picky in that he doesn’t like stuffy food, but he LOVED his biscuits and gravy. My friend had the omelette with goat cheese and spinach (DELISH), and I had some of the best eggs Florentine I’ve ever tasted. If you don’t mind a large and loud crowds, I would highly recommend this spot.

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NS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food- the omelets and pancakes are to die for! Great portion sizes, great coffee, great service! Also, a lot of outdoor seating perfect for Sunday afternoons.

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ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

a friend had sunday brunch here about a month ago and insisted we go back. it is not in or near my 'hood so I suggested a few other places. NO, she insisted Lavagna. Ok, Lavagna it was. Nice place, we did the outdoor seating. noice levels were ok, except the occasional siren from an emergency vehicle. Oh, well. Service was fabulous. food was very good. streetscape was entertaining.

I was not only NOT disappointed, I was glad I made the effort to go.

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f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. We love this restaurant. Very good food and very community minded.

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal i had in my entire week in DC our waiter was wonderful the food was outstanding everything about this experience was fantastic this will also be on my list of place to stop when I visit DC in the future

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SV
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious wine, great happy hour and fantastic homemade pasta!

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L
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a wonderful meal here. The homemade pasta was exceptional, as was the sauce. The rustic bread and a nice wine list rounded out a lovely evening.

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KT
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good venue in the up and coming 8th St corridor of Capital Hill.

Menu provided a good variety of dishes. The homemade pasta is a standout.

Service was attentive without being intrusive. Great spot for a first date, or for deep conversation.

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