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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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4.6

service

4.7

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4.4

value

4.4

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Good for Birthdays (21)
Great for Brunch (21)
Casual (19)
Authentic (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Cozy (12)
Romantic (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

This is a great spot for brunch! The food was amazing and you can’t beat the unlimited mimosas for $12!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

My girlfriend and I went to Lavagna for dinner on Valentines day earlier this week. The tables were sitting so close together it seemed like the other couples next to us might as well join in our the conversation. The large younger group seated by our tables basically did. They were extremely loud when we were there attempting to have a romantic dinner .

The waitress took 20 minutes to bring any bread after dropping off our soup which was cold by then. Rarely would she come by to check out water glasses. We might've each had 1-2 more glasses of wine at dinner if she would've checked with us more regularly. When it came to dessert, they ran out of the chocolate breading pudding we wanted to try. I don't mind paying more money at nice restaurants on special occasions, but I expect the service and environment to be much more suitable. Especially on Valentines day.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Both of the Rigatoni Bolognese and the Bell & Evans Chicken were delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food, but Valentine's menu was a bit overpriced and didn't include a cocktail/wine option.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for the valentines day special. I was a little late but my husband and daughter seated so that was awesome. Our waitress was awesome. The food was okay. We each had one of the selections off the pri fixe menu. We were not that impressed with the food based on the reviews I was expecting a little more. It was a great value and I am glad we tried this place but not sure if we wil return.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

This was perfect. The food was amazing and the staff was great! I can’t wait to come back again!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Lavagna never fails to deliver great food. I met 5 colleagues for Sunfay Brunch. We each had something different and everyone enjoyed their meal. I will say the fruit plate is HUGE! You definitely get your money's worth.

The mimosas are always good with more champagne than OJ. You wouldn't know it's premixed in a pitcher. It's $12 or $15 (cant remember) for 2 hours and they are more than happy to keep topping off your glass (without you stalking the server).

I will definitely return soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was delicious. Local foods perfectly prepared. Fabulous service! Made our celebration the best. Highly, highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious brunch and outstanding service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

As always the food and service were fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Got the braised short rib. I’m pretty sure they dropped the asparagus on the way over as I only had 2. Were they decoration? It would be hard to believe that they were as there were no other vegetables on the plate, just a short rib, some apple sauce and 2 apples. Also, the short rib was a little over cooked. Not impressed.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Best Lobster Risotto and Spaghetti Bolognese ever!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Choose Lavagna for a pre-theater meal and we were not disappointed. Good service, drinks and the food was excellent. We will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

So I got there late,but my party was there on time and seated. The server was visibly annoyed with me and wasn’t very welcoming(awesome way to spend my birthday). I asked for a mimosa and proceeded to was for quite a while,he actually forgot and it wasn’t until I got his attention that he remembered. We tried to lighten the mood and joke w/him,however he didn’t even smile at any of us. For a second we thought it was directed at only us,but after watching his interaction w/other tables,it seemed like that’s just him. If you are incapable of being hospitable then being a server is the wrong field. The food was actually good,but his attitude simply ruined the experience for us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Chandler took great care of me and the chef provided a delicious meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was excellent. The food was just ok. The fried ravioli was a bit bland and the sauce it came in has a very smokey flavor. Same for my meal as well as my partners- all of the food had a smokey flavor which didn’t compliment the meal. We wouldn’t return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We couldn’t get a reservation at another restaurant and started looking at others close by. Lasagna was a great find! We loved every bit of our experience. The food was delicious (shrimp with paparadelle) and the waiter was super attentive. We left knowing we’d be back again!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Nice Italian fare, with very large portions. We had a salumi, calamari, three pasta dishes, tiramisu and chocolate pudding (restaurant week offerings). More than enough food for four. We were three. Next day lunch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was my birthday, and I hoped to be treated specially, and that didn't happen. After dinner, the waiter asked what I wanted for dessert. I said "Oh, it's my birthday." He said that he knew but that they had three desserts, and which did I want. I ordered, and my friend ordered. He brought the dessert with a candle stuck in mine and said "Happy birthday. I don't sing" rather matter-of-factly. I have to say that something was missing there.
It didn't seem like a real Italian-American restaurant to me. The food was good, but I think the portions tended to be small--especially the dessert. My cheesecake was very sweet like it came out of a box. My friend's chocolate pudding looked like it came in a Nyquil-cap sized glass.
My friend said her spaghetti was very good, and it looked good. My ravioli was good, but I think I should have gotten at least three cheese ravioli--not two. Also, it had too much sauce on it--as though I would mistake the sauce for pasta.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

love this place - we live near Annapolis and this is always worth the drive.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Authentic, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Bottomless mimosas are always a classic at Lavagna. Also the spaghetti carbonara is amazing. I cannot recommend this place enough! Be sure to make a reservation for brunch - otherwise you'll definitely be waiting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great wine list and delicious food.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 13, 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 12, 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 10, 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 December 31, 2017

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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 (London)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 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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vip
 (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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 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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