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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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.5

service

4.6

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4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (17)
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Casual (15)
Cozy (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Fun (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
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Seasonal (4)
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Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing waiter - didn't have to ask for mimosa refills at all, very fun, attentive - great food! Would return

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall a pleasant experience with very good service and cozy, comfortable and QUIET dining room. Food was decent but we both felt the sauces were a bit heavy and the brocolli side under cooked.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everything about this visit was wonderful - food, ambience, staff. Our waitress was a delight and made the experience one to remember. Top marks.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent service, good food with good selection. Server took care for special food requirements.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I’ve been here for brunch and dinner and have been underwhelmed on both occasions. Food was average at best and is never hot enough.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The lamb and the spaghetti bolognese were outstanding!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food and drinks! Service was spot on and very friendly.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing homemade pasta and best meat/cheese plate I've ever had. Service was very good too. Wine is a little pricey. Other than that it's a great spot!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fantastic wine list. I have been to several family-owned wineries in Tuscany and saw several of them on their wine list. Excellent Italian wines

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food and wine. My only complaint: Upstairs is loud, hard to have an in depth conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were in D.C. for a Nationals game and took family members with us to eat here. The dining experience was wonderful and our waitress could not have been more professional and knowledgeable. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service was a little slow to start but picked up nicely. Waitress offered great options. The BEST ravioli I've ever eaten. Melted in my mouth. My date got the pesto pasta, I thought it was good but not as good as my dish! Def recommend

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Only bad thing was the waiter. He had an attitude. Just wasn't a nice or happy person.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great Food, Great atmosphere. I look forward to going back.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

My boyfriend and I LOVED Lavagna. I'm gluten free and the gluten free pasta was amazing. My boyfriend got the egg ravioli and won't stop talking about how good it was. 10/10 would recommend.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Awesome service and food was great, a bit loud if you are trying to do conversation, but the rest makes up for it.

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