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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!
Washington, DC 20003
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 Nights dine at Lavagna to support a monthly featured local charity.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact us for more information www.LavagnaDC.com info@LavagnaDC.com 202-546-5006
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.
1 Block south of Eastern Market Metro, with a Circulator/Metro bus stop directly out front.
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, email@example.com
Lavagna - Washington DC Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
Went for Sunday Brunch. The service was good.... We had a group of 6, so a 20% gratuity was included. The $12 bottomless mimosa were available for 90 minutes. This is a plus, however they had triple sec in them and there was no way around the premade batches of the super sweet exilir. The waiter/bar tender was very accommodating and took the drink off. I am not a fan of triple sec in my mimosa... so a negative for me. There was no beer on draft, so I didnt partake in any drinks. I had the chicken and waffles for $19.00 brunch... They gave me a small waffle with 3 pieces. I was anticipating having 4 pieces of a standard waffle maker...they were bland and the chicken was a tad bit greasy for my taste, but edible. The the rest of the plate was full of fruit. The fruit was ok. Over all, I think if I had drank the liquor, I wouldn't have noticed the food wasn't so tasty.
Brunch food was only ok. Scrambled eggs were tired and dry. Omelets were also dry. Quantity of food was fine. Bacon was good. Mimosa were OK, but could have been colder and a bit stronger. There are other brunch locations within a couple of blocks that are a better value and with better food.
We really enjoyed our visit to Lavagna. The food was excellent. Balanced seasoning, good ingredients, beautiful presentations. The four of us shared a pappardelle with braised lamb as an appetizer. Just enough for the four of us. We each had something very different as a main course, and everyone raved about the quality of the food, portion size, etc. Our server Asia was very helpful at every step, helping with selecting a bottle of wine, quick and efficient replacement of eating utensils after our starter of the pappardelle, and attentiveness. She really made the experience special and fun for us.
Service was rushed - clearly was trying to turn over the table. Had to ask multiple times for cream to be brought out.
Food was good, but nothing to write home about -- not worth the price, given the portion size.
Hostess was very accommodating. Very good coffee cocktail served by upstairs bartender while waiting for outdoor seating to open.
Noise level is pretty high, and while the food is good, some of it is a bit on the skimpy side...2 medium scallops as an appetizer at those prices is a bit much, for example. Overall, satisfying food and decent service...friendly is a bit harried and confused sometimes.
The restaurant menu is entirely comprised of fresh food from local farms, and in those terms it was a success. And for most of the evening, we were encouraged to eat leisurely. It was a Friday night and we arrived in time for our 7:30pm reservation. Everything was going well until we asked for the bill and apparently were the last diners @ 9:50pm. No problem with the bill, which came to over two hundred dollars for four people (included a bottle of $40 chianti) but once the bill was paid, we could not believe the rudeness that followed. Aside from not offering any coffee refill, the sign from outside the door was brought inside and it was quite evident the staff wanted us to leave. To say, again, this was just before (or just after) 10:00pm -- but on a Friday night when every other restaurant on the street was still open at least until 11:00pm. It was very unfortunate as we had been enjoying a reunion of old friends, but subsequently we will never go back.
This was my second time at Lavagna. Good brunch options, both food and drink. I had the smoked salmon omelette, which was tasty and stuffed, with salmon, Gouda and spices. The roasted potatoes were very good. I also had a mixed berry Bellini -- superb! The service was very good as well. Great visit overall.
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