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About Lavagna - Washington DC

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!

539 8th St, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary Italian

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.

Cross Street:
G St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 546-5006

Website:
http://www.lavagnadc.com/

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

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, 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

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact our Event Planner, Emily Proppe, for more information 202-546-5006, eproppe@lavagnadc.com

Lavagna - Washington DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (16)
Casual (15)
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Fit for Foodies (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
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Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

The server, Mario, was excellent. He was very welcoming, knowledgeable of the food, preparation, and wines. He checked in at perfect times and made sure that we were havin a great time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great wine list and delicious food.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food and excellent service. Nice ambiance, half price wine on Sunday nights.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great place for a date or special occasions. I took my wife there for her birthday and she loved the place. She ordered the pappardelle shrimp and it was cooked perfectly. I had the filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes & asparagus, which were amazing. Prices were very reasonable. The wait staff are friendly and personable.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I’ve been here a bunch of times for brunch and dinner. The mascarpone pancakes are my fave! I wish the bottomless brunch limit was 2 hours instead of 1.5 but there is plenty to do in the neighborhood, so you can always find somewhere else to go to close by after brunch is over.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great for a spur of the moment date night! The tiramisu was great for sharing as well.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Reliably satisfying food, good cocktails, wine selection, very attentive and pleasant servers. Only one suggestion- the focaccia type bread is very tasty but it would be nice to have an additional choice for those on the table who might prefer a less greasy option

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very nice little spot. Nice atmosphere for a cozy night out.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Wish I could remember the server's name (he used to be an artist and he has a son!) because he was amazing. His recommendations were excellent, he has a great personality and made us feel warm and welcome. I definitely will come back. My meal was so good I didn't save any to take home and the bread was irresistible. Altogether yummy. And fun.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our appetizers (2 Lobster Bisque) came out impressively fast, but was also not very hot leading us to believe it had probably been sitting around for a bit and not the most fresh. Other than that everything was pretty good.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Favorite brunch spot in DC! Great atmosphere! Best potatoes we have ever had. Spaghetti Carbonara and Arugula Omelet are our favorites! And can't beat the bottomless mimosas!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came for NYE dinner since we ready so many great reviews, but both my boyfriend and I got sick from the dinner. Very disappointing, would not recommend to others.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had the best time at Lavagna! The food was amazing, and the service was perfect. Thank you to Mario who went above and beyond to share his knowledge of the menu and the kitchen with us, and to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. I’ll definitely be going back!!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always excellent food and service. Bottomless Mimosas here are really bottomless, they make sure there is mimosa in your glass...excellent service...every place was like this...would be a perfect brunching world.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great brunch, healthy organic options and excellent service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Organic, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I went here with a group of 10 for a birthday dinner. They were very accommodating when I had to add an additional person last minute. The service was great and the food was phenomenal. They were even great about allowing us to split the check. I recommend making a reservation before 9 though because they close at 10.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I have always enjoyed this restaurant. The scallop appetizer was very good. I ordered the chicken-polenta & brussel sprouts. I’ve always had pasta on previous occasions but felt like trying something new. The chicken was dry and a bit bland. The polenta was also very bland. The sprouts were very good, a lot of flavor! I will go back but will stick to the pasta dishes.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

On a recent repeat visit with family, the staff were exceptionally accommodating and friendly. The most difficult issue you will have is deciding what you want to eat, as everything we have had has been amazing. Bring an appetite, the portions are a perfect size but the food is filling- a great combination!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was excellent and the date left us with memories.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Really good food, and actually reasonably priced... except for drinks if course.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lavagna has a great brunch! The menu is varied but not overwhelming, everything my friends and I ordered was delicious, and we never had to wait long for a refill on the bottomless mimosas.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was excellent, portions were ample and the waiter was attentive. The only minor setback was that the coffee was not as excellent as the food. The two are inextricably linked in an Italian restaurant, so it is a small but important point.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

We enjoyed great wine, great food and great service. We will definitely be back. The lamb pappardelle was amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A comfortable little place on Barracks Row; excellent no frills, home-made pastas. Fresh focaccia w/oil & vinegar served upon being seated. Starters of calamari, nicely fried w/tasty dipping sauce; a unique and pleasant take on bruschetta; and maple bacon on polenta (whoa, a hefty starter!) were quite satisfying. Lamb pappardelle and lobster risotto w/nice chucks of lobster were standouts. In particular, for me, risotto gets boring after a few forkfuls, but not this one! Tiramisu provided a happy ending. Our server was delightful and wanted to make sure we were enjoying everything. She offered to decant the wine we brought which was very much appreciated. The corkage policy is extremely reasonable. Nice cocktails as well. Enjoyed the Lavagna, on the sweet side, so goes down quite easily!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

As always, LaVagna has exquisite service, excellence without airs, fresh and delicious food. Never misses

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Stopped here for dinner with friends. Drinks were great and food was delicious.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was a little lukewarm but good. Not sure I would return being there are other options available. Service was a bit slow. Perhaps another server is needed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Second time eating here. First was brunch a few weeks ago - it was exceptional - food and service. This experience was dinner. We sat upstairs - one of a few tables. Bartender was also server - she was fine, knew her information, kept it professional. Food runner was too speedy and literally dropped plates and bounced. Had to ask for pepper and did it myself. I love this place so I will be back - service was average and I was looking to impress my company.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Organic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Lavagna never disappoints! A group of friends and I came here for a final birthday celebration after a long weekend visit. The atmosphere was calm and quiet, in a quaint way. The food is always amazing (we all had different handmade pastas) and we came on a Sunday when they were doing their half-priced bottles of wine deal - which is always phenomenal!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My favorite restaurant in DC. This, like all of my dining experiences at Lavagna, was perfect. Start to finish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Lovely server and great homemade pasta!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Im Italian and i can say the spaghetti and the sauce were 2nd best I’ve ever had. Wife and granddaughter had pesto and ravioli dishes and thought they were great.
Wish they would kick it up a notch with offering small salad with meal. Should have asked, wasn’t offered . Would definitely gi back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

First time visiting and would definitely go back. Our party of 6 was seated upstairs and it was cozy and warm. I really liked the brunch options as did my friends and we all said it was a great pick for our get-together.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Joyce is an amazing server who was attentive to our table, and helped to make the day special!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great option on Barracks Row. I've been the brunch a ton of times and the dinner a couple times. Never had a bad experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great dining experience! The bottomless brunch price is reasonable and proportions are great as far as food goes. 10/10 would recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love this place and go here frequently.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Spaghetti bolognese was outstanding!

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Service was wonderful, food was great!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The home made pasta was excellent and the flavors were outstanding. I had a parpadelle with a pepper and lamb sauce that I would definitely go back for. My son had the bolognese that was rich and flavorful. The cocktails were seasonal and tasty. The space is rather intimate, with a small outdoor area.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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