Lavagna - Washington DC

4.7
1501 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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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Coco
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
2 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
33 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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vipMeghan
Washington DC
6 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
28 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
1 review
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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vipDelicious
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious and delightful meal at @Lavagna. Staff always create a warm, inviting and delectable experience.

Grazie!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! Rigatoni pesto was the tables favorite. Thanks Brandon for a phenomenal experience.

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RodriguezC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time in Lavagna, we were greeted warmly and Nate made us feel right at home. The service was outstanding and the food was fresh and delicious. We will come back. Lavagna has a few tables outside too with heater.

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DanW
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and I made reservations here because we spent a weekend in Washington DC. Very nice night. My Lamb Rague over Papperdelle was awesome!

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vipjanelc
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new tents they have for outdoor dining are nice and warm. Well done

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Donnamdishes
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food prepared with passion! The menu was limited due to Covid and a decrease in staff, however, what was available was delicious. Lobster bisque
& Homemade pasta my husband ordered was delicious. I ordered the gluten free pasta (I assumed it was not homemade, because most places in PA don't make their own) That being said it was delicious! The lamb ragu was tender and flavorful! Our wait staff was very attentive and friendly. We sat inside, because tables outside where taken. Tables where more than 6 feet apart. Staff wore their masks correctly, and also wore gloves.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh pasta was amazing. Wine recommendation was spot on. Great atmosphere and amazing food.

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vipanonymous
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service! Lavagna was clearly conscious of social distancing and my date and I felt comfortable and well serviced throughout the evening. Wonderful wine suggestion and the best sea bass we've ever experienced. Thank you so much! We'll be back soon!

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bobeats
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals, disappointing beer selection but good wine options

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Sunoe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, service was very good. It was a Saturday night and they were pretty busy. The staff is limited due to covid and our server said it wasn't usually this busy but I could tell they were really having to run to keep up. There are 5 tables outside, and inside about 7 tables (all spaced 6 feet or more apart). The Tuscan Shrimp was fabulous! Handmade pasta was excellent, and they have a gluten-free (and very tasty) pasta available as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was perfect, and the ambiance of outdoor seating was romantic.

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vipElaine
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, very helpful service and did not rush us as lots of folks have been doing during Covid. Great food and great place to get together!

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CalebO
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Lavagna 3 times now and every meal is memorable. Outstanding fresh pasta with locally sourced ingredients at a reasonable price. Half priced wine night on Wednesday and Sunday nights with a wonderful staff. What more could ya ask for?!

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Mobile
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice dinner at Lavagna with friends. We had the inside to ourselves. The food and service were both really good.

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vipjanelc
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly weight staff. Good wine at reasonable price. Excellent food

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John
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and friendly service at a time when Lavagna was short-staffed. Really appreciate the great service shown to my entire family and I. The food was awesome as always!

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MicheleL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening and we ate outside, a plus during COVID times! Our server Nathan was helpful with menu choices and attentive wi Th out being intrusive. The portion were generous and delicious. I would definitely return.

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MonicaD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I come to DC I must visit Lavagna! The food is delicious, service is amazing and worth the trip for any meal. They make you feel like family and their food is always wonderful. The wine selection is superb as well. I highly recommend and wish I lived closer to go more frequently!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday dinner for my husband. Our server Nate recommending a great vegan dish. Great service, great ambiance and great food.

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vipjanelc
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipConley
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, phenomenal atmosphere, phenomenal service. All around a fantastic experience!

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Sofia
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and food I personally loved my spaghetti bolognese. My partner on the other hand thought his pesto was a bit strong

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vipgw4775
Atlantic City
59 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service...half price bottle of wine on Sunday...can't go wrong....

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vipEmilyD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pasta and service was great! The lobster bisque wasn’t worth it though. Was barley any lobster. The wine was great as was the pasta. Would return 9/10.

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

Lavagna - Washington DC is rated 4.7 stars by 1501 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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