Lavagna - Washington DC

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$30 and under
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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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vipbobeats
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals, disappointing beer selection but good wine options

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Sunoe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
1 review
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
29 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
1 review
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
58 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
15 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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JoeDC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and fun menu with fresh locally sourced ingredients

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vipOmNom23
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience with good food and very friendly staff.

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KatN
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio seating was great, well-spaced out, food was absolutely delicious (as always), and service was fabulous - considerate, attentive, personal - our server was ready with bug spray when he simply overheard us mention mosquitos, conscientious about mask and glove wearing, and happy to help celebrate my friend's birthday! We got complimentary tiramisu at the end of our meal and the server, I, and everyone else on the patio sang to my friend and made her night :D. Thanks for a wonderful evening Lavagna!

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MaliaT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating space, quick service.

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vipjanelc
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the people and the food. Always friendly and top quality

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NathanielA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside on the patio for one of our first covid restaurant meals. Great service. Checked in often but not too much. Everyone wore PPE and made us all feel very safe throughout. And holy hell, the lamb ragu was insanely good.

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vipCapitolHillRegular
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have lived in this area for years and we go here all the time. You can taste that the food is high quality, and the pasta is handmade. Order anything because every dish is DELICIOUS!! Also, some restaurants get snippy when you ask them what farms they buy from, but Lavagna has a beautiful artistic map of the farms they source from right on their website. My kind of place! The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the wine and everything else! Expect not only the highest quality food but also the highest quality, engaging conversation. It's not easy to stay in business during these trying covid times but they are making it work. I hope they continue to do so, as the neighborhood, and our lives, would not be the same without Lavagna. THANK YOU!!!

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DonaP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is QUALITY food from scratch with amazing staff !! Lets help to keep it alive in the neighborhood !!

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vipjanelc
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and fresh food. The team made us welcome on the patio with all sanitation and social distances observed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor table was socially distant. Food amazing... the lamb pappardelle was incredibly delicious.

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MandSDinnerOut
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I wanted to like this restaurant as it is walking distance from our home. One of the things I really wanted to try was their burrata. Our server did not know they were out of it and came back a good 5 minutes later to tell us that they didn't have any. That's okay as it happens in restaurants. I decided to try the bruschetta. It was a huge disappointment and I would never order it again. It was thin slivers of toast with a smear of lemon ricotta cheese. The cheese was topped with a balsamic glazed relish which was tasty but not enough. On top of that four cold halves of cherry tomatoes. No basil, no onions, no seasonings. My husband had the bass which was a decent sized portion but a bit dry. The patio seating was fine but definitely no ambiance. When I think that we spent $90 (includes tip) on bruchetta, calamari, bass with broccolini and two glasses of wine I cringe. My husband would still like to go back to try the Lamb papparadell to give Lavagna another try but I think I will just order water and keep him company. Sorry Lavagna!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna was wonderful. It was my husband’s birthday. We shared the beet salad which was great. I had the pesto penne with chicken and my husband had the spaghetti bolognese. Both were outstanding. The restaurant wasn’t busy bc of the shutdowns, so plz go visit them so they can stay open. Brandon our server was very attentive.

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vipKimD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always! We enjoyed our "final brunch" before hunkering down at home. It was great to have an awesome meal and drinks served by our favorite server, Chad. See you on the other side!

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vipKK22
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunited with some friends over brunch, had a delicious meal, several mimosas, and plenty of jokes with Chandler—he’s a gem and they should treat him well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great staff service and good food. Reasonably priced. Would recommend to anyone.

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Tawnya
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lots of selection. Had pesto, gluten free pasta, lamb, and shrimp risotto. All tasted great. Risotto was best.

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vipCFroe
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Wonderful dinning and very family accommodating at Lavagna.

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Eatoutqueen
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 4 each had something different & we were all happy with our food! Waiter was very nice & answered any questions we had! Gave a good recommendation for a particular beer that was enjoyed! The tiramisu was shared by two of the group and they loved it! Very nice dining experience!

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vipHillGirl
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Vagna never disappoints! Always great food, always great service, and a low enough noise level that a group of friends can hear each other’s conversation and have a wonderful evening. One of my favorites!

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vipCapitolHillResident
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MUCH better than our first two visits a few years ago. The food was as good as other nearby but much more expensive Italian restaurants. The only problem was with the walk there. The corner of Penn Ave and 8th Street is a circus of yelling, screaming, begging scary people.

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RaphaelK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a big party and all seemed very pleased with their meals and experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I had dinner there before attending a movie nearby. The food was very good and moderately priced. The service was excellent and the place had an overall friendly vibe. We will definitely go back.

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PaulI
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good variety on menu.
Our server was great....personable and organized. Nate I think is his name.
I'd come back....with guests!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Lavagna for our anniversary dinner and had a wonderful time. We received excellent service as usual and the staff and our server in particular definitely made us feel appreciated and special. We look forward to our next meal there!

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JoeC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for scratch made italian food. Can’t go wrong with any pasta dish. I had the lamb chops which were amazong

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Lavagna - Washington DC is rated 4.7 stars by 1475 OpenTable diners.

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