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Lavagna - Washington DC

4.6
4.6
1550 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

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Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 546-5006

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please contact us for more information www.LavagnaDC.com info@LavagnaDC.com 202-546-5006

  • 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

  • Private party contact

    Connie Chou: (571) 218-0111

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    G St

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    1 Block south of Eastern Market Metro, with a Circulator/Metro bus stop directly out front.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Local Free Range Eggs

Main

Local Free Range Eggs

  • Fresh Fruit Plate$9.00

    • Provolone Salad$8.00

      Spring Mix / Warm Provolone / Onions / Tomatoes / Croutons / Honey Lemon Vin

      • Mascarpone Pancakes$11.00

        Buttermilk Pancakes / Honey Nutella / Mascarpone / Fruits

        • Eggs Florentine$12.00

          Sous Vide Eggs / Foccacia / Spinach / Mornay Sauce / Potatoes

          • Chicken & Waffles$16.00

            Sous Vide Fried Chicken / Belgian Waffle / Fruits

            • Italian Sausage Gravy$11.00

              Biscuit / Scrambled Eggs

              • Bacon Goat Cheese Omelet$16.00

                Tomatoes / Spinach / Potatoes

                • Arugula Omelet$14.00

                  Tomatoes / Smoked Gouda / Pine Nut Pesto / Potatoes

                  • Smoked Salmon Omelet$17.00

                    Citrus Cured / Smoked Gouda / Spinach / Capers / Potatoes

                    • Eggs Any Style$13.00

                      Spicy Italian Sausage or House Bacon / Foccacia Toast / Potatoes

                      • Spaghetti Carbonara$15.00

                        House Bacon / Parmesan / Black Pepper / Free Range Egg Yolk

                        • Risotto Bacon$18.00

                          Arugula / Zucchini / Squash / Mushrooms / Mascarpone / Pumpkin Puree

                          Cocktails

                          • Bottomless Mimosas$12.00

                            90 Min Limit

                            • Mimosa$6.00

                              Champagne / Orange Juice / Triple Sec

                              • Bellini$8.00

                                Strawberry / Raspberry / Mixed Berry

                                • Prosecco$10.00

                                  Adami 'Bosco di Gica' NV

                                  • Bloody Mary$8.00

                                    House Blend / Smirnoff Vodka

                                    • Bloody Diablo$9.00

                                      House Blend / House Basil Tequila

                                      • Bloody Eddy$9.00

                                        House blend / House Horseradish Vodka

                                        Sides

                                        • Focaccia Toast$3.00

                                          Honey Butter

                                          • Fresh Fruit$5.00

                                            Seasonal Selection

                                            • House Spicy Italian Sausage Patties$6.00

                                              • House Cured Bacon$6.00

                                                • House Potatoes$5.00

                                                  Garlic Oil / Parmesan

                                                  • Two Eggs$4.00

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                                                    Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                    What 1,550 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                    4.6
                                                    4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                    • 4.5Food
                                                    • 4.7Service
                                                    • 4.5Ambience
                                                    • 4.5Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                    1. SR

                                                      ShannonR

                                                      New England

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Excellent farm-to-table Italian meal! The service was great and the place has an amazing atmosphere. The outdoor seating area looked great as well. We highly recommend this place.

                                                    2. IV

                                                      IVP7

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                      Lavagna was a great find. Great menu and wine list. And Nate was a wonderful server - will definitely come back to try the desserts.

                                                    3. S

                                                      Sara

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great waiter. Good food for a reasonable cost. Would recommend.

                                                    4. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Phoenix

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                      Great spot for a casual date night!

                                                    5. CH

                                                      ChellieH

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We love Lavagna, it's a neighborhood gem on Capitol Hill. Pastas are always good and service is great!

                                                    6. S

                                                      Sebastian

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                      overall3food2service5ambience4

                                                      I was not impressed with the brunch selections and did not love the food.

                                                    7. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Philadelphia

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                      overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                      Mother’s Day Brunch 2022. Food was good, but nothing out of the ordinary and high priced.

                                                    8. ED

                                                      EvanD

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Fantastic food and service

                                                    9. S

                                                      Sicangu

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      23 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      23 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food and service were excellent. We have been a fan for years and our latest visit just confirmed our view.

                                                    10. WF

                                                      WorldwideFoodie

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      15 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      15 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                      I made a reservation for 2:15 pm and I arrived at 2:17. The host told me the kitchen closes at 2:30 pm so if I was ordering food I needed to hurry up and they hoped the rest of my party was around the corner. WHY WOULD THE RESTAURANT/OPEN TABLE ALLOW PEOPLE TO BOOK A 2:15 RESERVATION ONLY TO BE RUSHED INTO ORDERING FOOD. By the time you sit down, get settled, and review the menu it's 2:30pm. THEN the waiter tells me last call is at 3 pm for bottomless even though on the menu it says 3:30 pm. After my asking a clarifying question the waiter says oh I meant 3:30 pm. Then he says so are you ordering food it's 2:28 pm. After that the waiter kept my mimosa glass filled... But I still felt like I was rushed. They should have a last brunch seating by 2pm versus allowing someone to book an order after 2:15 pm.

                                                    11. D

                                                      Dave

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      32 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      32 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Love this place and their homemade pasta is amazing. Great wine selection too.

                                                    12. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      It was a beautiful day so we decided to find a place to eat Al fresco. Lasagna did not disappointed. We arrived around 6pm and it was not too crowded and outdoor seating was still available. Our server was excellent. We loved the food and the pesto was amazing.

                                                    13. RG

                                                      RajuG

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Great meal. Staff very attentive

                                                    14. JT

                                                      JamieT

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      22 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      22 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food was amazing and everyone was so friendly ! Excellent service and waiters! We will be back ! Thanks !

                                                    15. DP

                                                      DavidP

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                      Attentive service, good food, an all around pleasant experience.

                                                    16. C

                                                      Claire

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Fantastic food and service in a clean and beautiful environment. It’s an easy walk from eastern market, reasonably priced, and exceptional quality food.

                                                    17. CH

                                                      CarolH

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Such a lovely place! Delicious homemade pasta—very fresh with locally sourced ingredients. I understand why they are highly rated in the DC area.

                                                    18. RB

                                                      RobinB

                                                      Warwickshire

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                      Most of the food was outstanding: the beet salad was pure delight and those bison ribs are phenomenal! The lobster bisque was far too heavy and creamy, though, and not lobsters enough. The noise level was, for us oldies, more headbanging than ‘energetic’, but it’s a fun place and the pasta was superb.

                                                    19. EF

                                                      ErikaF

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                      This place was fine. Nothing to write home about. The Shrimp Risotto was much better than the Lamb pasta dish

                                                    20. b

                                                      bobeats

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      38 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      38 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This was our first time having brunch here. I had the frittata & my wife had the eggs florentine. We both had the Venetian spritzer cocktails. The food & the service was outstanding. We will be going back

                                                    21. C

                                                      Cherrios

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Highly recommended their brunch. Was very surprised to see southern fares, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits on the menu. And I ordered it all. Very attentive service staff and nice ambience.

                                                    22. KD

                                                      KimD

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      16 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      16 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      So happy that BRUNCH is back at Lavagna!! Every bit as good as it was in March 2020! Cheers!

                                                    23. LW

                                                      LynW

                                                      Philadelphia

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                      overall3food2service2ambience3

                                                      The menu looks great and the idea of the farm-to-table Italian food was what drew us in. The food is OK, some ingredients don’t seem to belong in the dishes which for me threw off my taste for the meal. Nice ambience but slow service and it seemed there were a lot of apologies coming out of the kitchen to diners waiting longer than we did.

                                                    24. AR

                                                      AlysonR

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      93 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      93 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Glad to see they open back up for Brunch

                                                    25. MH

                                                      MarcyH

                                                      Charlotte

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      The food here is farm to table with the pasta homemade. The service was excellent and the food delicious. The tiramisu was the best I’ve ever had- moist and creamy.

                                                    26. LC

                                                      LolonyoC

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We came here for my Mom’s birthday as it’s one of her favorite restaurants. They did not disappoint. Delicious food and phenomenal and attentive service the entire time.

                                                    27. P

                                                      Patrick

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Fantastic food at a fair value. Great date/celebration spot.

                                                    28. b

                                                      bridgetb

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      vip
                                                      1.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                      overall1food1service5ambience3

                                                      Food was awful, seemed dirty in there. Service was good though

                                                    29. JJ

                                                      JoJo

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                      The taste is slightly blend to me. The service is good tho.

                                                    30. MD

                                                      MariaD

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Spaghetti was excellent. Gluten-free options were very good. Brussel sprouts were great.

                                                    31. KB

                                                      KevinB

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The waiter was very nice and outgoing and very thorough. All of our entrees were good, and all three of us were happy with our entrees. We thought the menu had a wide amount of choices. The one thing that was not good was the dessert. One of us ordered creme brulee. It had been frozen because the restaurant was not expecting as many people as came. Parts of it were hard so my friend sent it back, and he got a chocolate dessert instead.

                                                    32. HT

                                                      HeatherT

                                                      Kansas City

                                                      15 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      15 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      One of the best Italian meals I have had! Service was outstanding!

                                                    33. RL

                                                      RayL

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Simply amazing. Every course is terrific and half-off wine bottles is a hard deal to beat. We even got complimentary tiramisu for our anniversary. Love it here!

                                                    34. j

                                                      jadocjr

                                                      Baltimore

                                                      49 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      49 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 16, 2022

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food and cocktails were great, as was all of the staff! The wine, was ok. A bit pricy for the quality expected. The ambiance is very nice! We had a great evening!

                                                    35. JS

                                                      JulianS

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Chandler was awesome! He recommended an entree and it was delicious! My partner and I had a great experience!

                                                    36. W

                                                      Workerbee

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      15 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      15 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Dinner with my daughter after seeing the Alvin Ailey Performance! Great food, excellent service!

                                                    37. A

                                                      Alexa

                                                      Indiana

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The service is incredible here and I love the ambiance. It is very low key, but with homemade pasta that is out of this world!

                                                    38. HM

                                                      HillMom

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 3, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We had a wonderful evening at Lavagna. The food - especially the Carbonara- was delicious, the service outstanding and the wine a steal on a 1/2 price wine Wednesday. We highly recommend this little gem on Capitol Hill.

                                                    39. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 27, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Always love Lavagna date night. The bolognese is a must!

                                                    40. CD

                                                      ChristinaD

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We love going to Lavagna. Always a consistently great experience! Food is delicious and the team is so genuine. Looking forward to going again.

                                                    FAQs

                                                    Lavagna - Washington DC does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Postmates. Lavagna - Washington DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-5006.

                                                    Lavagna - Washington DC is rated 4.6 stars by 1550 OpenTable diners.

                                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                    Booked 26 times today
                                                    Google Map for Lavagna - Washington DC

                                                    539 8th St, SE Washington, DC 20003

                                                    Additional information

                                                    • Cross street

                                                      G St

                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                      Capitol Hill

                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                      Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary Italian

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Elegant

                                                    • Dress code

                                                      Casual Dress

                                                    • 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.

                                                    • Public transit

                                                      1 Block south of Eastern Market Metro, with a Circulator/Metro bus stop directly out front.

                                                    • Payment options

                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                    • Phone number

                                                      (202) 546-5006

                                                    • Catering

                                                      Please contact us for more information www.LavagnaDC.com info@LavagnaDC.com 202-546-5006

                                                    • 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

                                                    • Private party contact

                                                      Connie Chou: (571) 218-0111

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