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La Vie, Washington, DC

La Vie

4.5
4.5
3087 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
La Vie is restaurant that specializes in Coastal Cuisine. The spacious waterfront terrace provides exclusive access to incredible views and decor.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 214 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 560-5501

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Valentine's Day

    $189.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Honor the one you love with Chef Juan Rivera's carefully crafted Valentine's Day Dinner. Indulge in the atmosphere, the view, and the hospitality as you enjoy a curated three course meal only La Vie could provide. What better place than La Vie to celebrate the love between you and another. After all, love is the essence of life. The three-course menu is $189 per person. This is the only option for our Valentine's Day Dinner. There will not be any al a carte ordering from the normal dinner menu. The Valentine's Day experience is a two-hour experience. Please allow ample time for parking and traffic. Tables are only held only for 15 minutes. If you have any questions, please email the General Manager at maurizio@lavie-dc.com.

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What 3,087 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Mediterranean

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Full menu was not available, table want ready so was sat at bar where I could not order coffee. Brunch menu was very expensive $68 bottomless, only available menu. Some of the dishes were bit prepared to menu descriptions (i.e. got truffle Mac and cheese and it did not have bread crumbs). Overall with service charge and bottomless mimosas paid $144 for brunch for one 😐
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our friends birthday here, we choose to do brunch. The experience was fantastic, food was amazing! We enjoyed the ambiance, and the service as well.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Went to brunch with my friend and the food was nasty the only good thing was the cesar salad.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    La Vie has always been someplace with a lot going for it. Excellent location with a beautiful view of the waterfront, a beautiful facility with very Instagramable space, and one of the trendiest, wealthiest several blocks in the city should make for one of the best restaurants in the city! The reality, however, is very different. I’ve been to La Vie three different times over the past four years or so, and each time has been progressively worse. My party paid $116 a person for two cocktails each and the brunch special. The service was fine, with cheery staff, but the food and drinks were another story. When choosing anything other than a beer or glass of wine, the drinks were almost undrinkable — Irish coffee that basically tasted like straight Jamison and syrupy brunch cocktails that were sure to induce a hangover. The food was of similar fare: undercooked French toast, dry, over cooked turkey bacon, paltry Mediterranean spreads with bread that tasted store-bought, and other generally underwhelming fare would have been fine for about a quarter to half the price. Unfortunately, I just can’t justify another trip to La Vie. There are too many excellent restaurants in DC to continue overpaying at pretty but overhyped venues.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Not worth your money. Miss spent money for a dinner service here. On the night we dined service was absolutely terrible. We had to continuously request water service, food was warm at most. One person in our party did not receive food until we had been finished eating. No effort and added gratuity of 20% for absolutely nothing given that we had to stand from our table multiple times to request various items needed for dinner. Will never dine here again. Don’t waste your money here.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was very good. Beautiful restaurant. Service could have been better. Servers were taking our food to the wrong tables . The noise level was so loud that you cannot even have conversation at your table. The outdoor seating was not warm enough to be comfortable. But overall good experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Nothing to add
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    50th Birthday!
  10. YO

    YOLANDAA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was amazing and the food was delicious. The servers were on point and very attentive. We typically go out once per month to pamper ourselves to an elegant dinner and we don't bother to look at prices, however, I felt the price charged was slightly higher compared to other restaurants at a similar level. We had a dinner for two at a price range between $350 to $375 which included two wine glasses, an appetizer, a main core meal, dessert shared, and a tip.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife had a ball
  12. IA

    ImaniA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It’s was nice. Seats are close so you can definitely hear what the people next to you are chatting about. The prices shocked me ngl, $-50 for a ribeye. Might actually get it to try it next time. Drinks expensive put tasty and our waiter brought us shots on the house.
  13. NE

    NehalE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I remember going there when they first opened and the food was great. This brunch experience was horrible. The food was cold and disgusting. It looked like it has been sitting there for quite sometime.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Gorgeous place, great food, excellent service!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was nice.. Room for improvement but overall it was a great night and food
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration that went really well. The food was great and the place was loud and lively.
  17. RM

    RashadahM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    In short, LaVie is … Overrated & Over priced. We made a reservation only to wait 45 minutes to be seated literally at the entrance. It wasn’t worth the wait or money we spent.
  18. SB

    SandyB

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I know it's DC .. but $105 for a steak??? I will say, everything was excellent, except my martini was sub-par.
  19. NM

    NicoleM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was amazing, recommended great dishes on the brunch menu. Wasn’t disappointed at all.
  20. N

    Nalani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Genuinely loved the service! I unfortunately can’t remember our servers name but the food came out in under and hour. We were sat very quickly and even with all of their tables, our server was very attentive with us and would check in regularly. LOVED IT! The drinks are delicious and the food is decent! We were stuffed by the end of the night.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our anniversary! I know my guy would like it and he did. We had the cauliflower bites, mushroom rigatoni and the salmon. Everything was delicious. Our waiter Mitch was great. We’ll definitely be back! 🫶
  22. KF

    KaraF

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience! I don't know why it took us so long to try this restaurant, but it's a new favorite. The food was amazing, and the employees were knowledgably, helpful, and friendly. They went above and beyond to ensure we had an excellent experience. I cannot speak highly enough about the employees - and about the food! Every course was amazing, and I will definitely be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Compliments to the Chef on everything. Thank you so much. The MLK brunch was delicious!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a restaurant where I understand the price - this place is worth it. The food, drinks and service were exceptional.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brunch at La Vie was a complete experience. The food options and service was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had a great time! I will definitely be back
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food for brunch was absolutely delicious!
  27. F

    Fresh

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambience. The view was a bonus.
  28. MD

    MoniD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was good. I loved the service. The ambience was great! I went with my husband for my birthday, all the way from Tennessee. I'll definitely be back with my girlfriends. It was loud, but I liked it. It showed everyone having a great time dining and in conversation. I'll be back La Via!
  29. v

    vanilu

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Drinks and wine are too expensive. Food is ok. Too noisy and crowded. Not worth it.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was celebrating my 24th birthday with friends ! we all enjoyed ourselves ! The food and drinks were great . I will definitely be back again for the third time :)
  31. IM

    IlieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I found the cocktails and a few other items we ordered to be extremely overpriced, especially when considering the overall flavors. My husband ordered the LaVie AF and I ordered a lavender cocktail. They weren't anything mind-blowing or worth the $20 to $23 each. We ordered as an appetizer the Seafood Misto. The menu should mention that the seafood is breaded and fried. The app was mainly filled with overcooked and bland calamari rings with a side of flavorles aioli. I would never order that again. My husband ordered the Surf and Turf special and that was another disappointment for the price. He was not impressed with the portion size nor with the seasoning of the meal. The only thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the Seafood Tagliatelle. The flavors of that dish were incredible. It was delicious and exceeded my expectations. I would order that again. The service was nice and the waiter was very kind. NOTE: LaVie and other DC restaurants are charging a bogus 4% "service fee," which is a charge that should be removed all together. It is unethical. If you dine here, REQUEST THAT IT BE REMOVED FROM YOUR FINAL BILL. As a final note, I would have preferred if we were seated somewhere more intimate, since the balcony tables were so uncomfortably close to other diners that we could not enjoy a true private dinner without overhearing others' conversations.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Service was good and food was very tasty. On vacation and was unaware of the service fee (which was NOT the tip). Added 20% to bill. Just be aware of the fee if you are not familiar with the restaurant.
  33. E

    Emily

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff with whom we interacted were wonderful, especially our waiters. They were friendly, knowledgeable, excited about the food, and generally acted like they enjoyed their jobs. Also, we were there to celebrate my birthday and I appreciated the effort the restaurant made to acknowledge it!
  34. MW

    MichaelW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Well, we had a dinner reservation at 5:00. However, upon arrival we had to wait while the GM felt the need to have a staff meeting at the same time. We were seated 15-20 minutes later. Being our first time at this restaurant my wife and I were already unimpressed. The food was delicious. The server was fine. When we got the bill there were two unexpected surcharges. This really put the bill at an uncomfortable level given the service up to that point. My wife and I have a standing date night on Thursdays every week and the bill is usually between $200-$300. But, the food and service are generally commensurate with the bill. Not here. We will not dine here again.
  35. FF

    FakeFoodie418

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DC's La Vie succeeds in their attempt to curate an opulent dining experience. Aesthetically, it creates a picture-worthy atmosphere welcoming to guests wearing their most lavish outfits. With a great menu selection as well as views of the waterfront, I would highly recommend visiting La Vie.
  36. T

    Travis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    La Vie called 2 hours before our reservation to tell me they moved our anniversary reservation to the penthouse because of a private event. When we showed up they gave us a menu that only had apps and small bites and said the normal La Vie menu was not available. It would have been much appreciated to have known that ahead of time as we would have changed our plans.
  37. KW

    KarmenW

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an amazing time. The food, ambiance, and decor was amazing!
  38. D

    Dylansmama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This venue far exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere was so inviting and beautiful. I can't wait to return in tge summer to enjoy the entire venue
  39. PM

    PortiaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great date night or birthday dinner spot. Octopus was a great bite and the lamb shank is delicious 😋
  40. JB

    JosephineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe. Food was wonderful 😍😍 Will definitely be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Vie is rated 4.5 stars by 3087 OpenTable diners.

La Vie does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 214 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for La Vie

88 District Sq SW, Washington, DC 20024

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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