Lavagna - Washington DC

4.8
1515 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!
What 1515 people are saying
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AnthonyJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance with food to match. Service staff is attentive and friendly.

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SESWho
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty dishes accompanied by delicious wine. Great service.

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DIaneJQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful fall evening and all the outdoor tables were taken, so we dined indoors, just the four of us, so very quiet. Our waiter made excellent wine suggestions. And the house-made pasta dishes were delicious!

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PeterL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and the very best of food. The wine selected fit the taste and the price was reasonable. All four of us thought it to be an excellent evening.

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RayL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta is all homemade and is to die for. The waiters were very helpful navigating a robust wine list, and half-price bottles on Wednesdays and Sundays make this a great value!

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vipRyanL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was told the kitchen was about to close at 9 even though we were allowed to reserve a table for 8:45.

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Elayne2006
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wine selection. Delicious meal but food menu could offer more choices.

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vipPeterB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is our new favorite neighborhood restaurant (RIP Montmartre). Due to Covid, they have a limited menu, but everything we have had has been delicious. Love the Bolognese! The service is personal and efficient. The place is quite unassuming but just really good.

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Zach
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Lavagna! We’ve been here a few times and we’ll be back for sure. We love the Tuscan Shrimp and the pesto. The tiramisu is to die for and keeps bringing us back!

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NoelleH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the carbonara and it was excellent. Great service.

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Nick
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good spot if you’re looking for a delicious meal! Staff is always friendly and attentive, and does anything and everything to make you feel welcome and cared for! We will be returning!

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JulieP
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were absolutely outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff here is very professional, friendly, and prompt. Restaurants in the area should take a page out of their book. The pasta is made daily in-house. The Rigatoni is to die for!

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Coco09
Central Texas
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Boring menu, little choice, underwhelming and forgettable food. Wine list is amateur. Service is good. I do not recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both phenomenal!

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DawnJ
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All the servers were very attentive. Carbonara and pesto pasta were delicious. Half priced bottle of wine on Sunday and Wednesday were a nice extra. Casual atmosphere for dinner with friends, family or a date night

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vipDennisR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dinner, and Brandon’s service was wonderful.

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vipMIkeG
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had penne al pesto and spaghetti bolognese. Top class! Worth every penny.

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VCinDC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trimmed menu because they were understaffed as an effect of the pandemic but we still had a great experience. We were a party of 5 and the place was busy but we were still given an excellent service by the restaurant staff. Food was amazing especially the Shrimp Risotto.

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vipDelicious
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always. Always a delicious and delightful evening at Lavanga #yum 😋

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CaBaum
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this place with a Google search for places near navy yard. We could not have been more impressed! The service was amazing, the food was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten, and the environment was peaceful and soothing. I would highly recommend you stopping at this place! The calamari was the best I’ve ever had.

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johnnr
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great homemade pasta! Excellent environment, and an easy walk to Nats park!

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PaulG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with wonderful food.

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Nick
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS and the staff was incredibly kind. We found our new date spot!

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Coco
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here! Service was more than accommodating for our table of substitutions - very knowledgeable about the wines, food and cider. Everything we ordered was delicious! We will definitely return here. The restaurant has a nice comfortable atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Some of the food was really good like the carbonara and the lobster bisque but the burrata was really bad and the risotto wasn’t as good as we expect

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon was an excellent server and helped us out along the way! The food and wine were both delicious! Will definitely be back for more!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! All the dishes are amazing! The staff is engaging - my favorite spot!

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AshT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. I enjoyed the Rigatoni Pesto and my husband love the Rigatoni Sausage. The brussel sprouts were delicious too. We'd definitely eat there again!

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Rich
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always the food is great and the service was fantastic. The Lamb Papardelle is an order every time for me.

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TARAN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Wine excellent, waiter lovely, food a big let down. Huge pile of pasta on plate (Way to much) and was swimming in oil Very off putting

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vipDelicious
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another easy and delicious evening. BIG thanks to Brandon for his always “on it” service.

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Happycelebrators44
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I enjoyed Easter dinner at Lavagna. Their food is always delicious and we appreciate the service that Nate and his colleagues provided.

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BenD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is heavenly. The service is impeccable. Staff is like family. Only complaint is the limited menu (totally understandable given COVID), bring back the ravioli! Please! That said, one of the best restaurants in the city. No question.

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Meghan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Brandon. We came to celebrate a birthday, and they did a great job making us feel special and well attended to. Wednesdays and Sundays they offer half price on their bottles of wine

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Tourist
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This was not a very good experience or food compared to when we were there pre-COVID. I hope that it can return to its old self soon.

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vipjoblow
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly and patient server. My friend is currently avoiding all kinds of food ingredients, but they handled it. We both enjoyed our meals. It was very quiet. This place deserves to be more busy! I'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is a DC hidden gem!

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KatieB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time!!

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THarner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The food is always excellent, the service is always attentive and polite, and they always suggest a great bottle of wine and never try to oversell you.

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You can order delivery directly from Lavagna - Washington DC using the Order Online button. Lavagna - Washington DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-5006.

Lavagna - Washington DC is rated 4.8 stars by 1515 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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