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La Vie, Washington, DC

La Vie

4.6
4.6
2676 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 61 times today

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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What 2,676 people are saying

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

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We had a great view of the waterfront, service and food was phenomenal! Kadinga our server was amazing, attentive and provided exceptional service!
  2. RS

    RemyS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance, especially on the terrace. Perfect for a romantic date night.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, we had Miguel. The food was amazing 🤩

    La VieResponded 3 days agoHi there! We are going to be sure to tell Miguel about this kind review! Thank you for coming out and leaving such kind words for our team. Hopefully we will see you again soon! Maurizio La Vie General Manager

  4. R

    Raina

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    I am still waiting on a response from Assistant General Manager James, who while kind and offer to have us back after my birthday brunch was ruined. The server never put our order in correctly and kept asking what did order. We left after having a drink spilled on my husband and my jacket. Everyone at the tables around us noticed we did not get the food we ordered, and when the drink was spilled, that was the last straw and the waiter who spilled the drink never came back with a napkin. As we were leaving the nice Assistant GM, James walked us out when I believe whoever his boss was made matters worse. While James offered to clean my jacket, the other manager made some off the wall comments that did not help the situation. My daughter got engaged here in May and thought this would be a beautiful space for my birthday...beautiful yes. Brunch ....a big hell no.
  5. NW

    NoWay

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Not a quiet place for brunch. The food was okay. The music is way too loud. The patrons seemed like local residents dressed like they were going to a nightclub. Scantily dressed. In my opinion, not worth the price. Save your money.
  6. KP

    KimP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good! The customer service, wait staff & food...10/10!

    La VieResponded 3 days agoHi! Thank you for coming out this past Sunday and thank you for the kind words! We hope we will see you again soon! Maurizio La Vie General Manager

  7. CB

    CreB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was pleasant but the 3 taxes that we were forced to pay.
  8. R

    Rashida

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Every time I go to La Vie I have really enjoyed myself. We drove all the way from NJ for my best friend's bday, that was her request and we granted it. The food and the ambience were nothing less but spectacular. My service was a little less than good, it could have been better. Love the brunch and bottomless mimosas!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated one of my best friends birthday! KB, our waiter, made our experience wonderful! Bringing my hubby and parents here soon!

    La VieResponded 3 days agoHello Hello, As you would probably expect, this is not the first time we have heard good things about KD. Thank you for leaving such kind words and choosing La Vie to celebrate your friend's birthday! We look forward to seeing you, your husband, and parents soon. When you are coming, let us know, so I can introduce myself and make sure you get KD to take care of you. Maurizio La Vie General Manager

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful restaurant. Everything was amazing, the food was outstanding, dessert so delicious, but what it made our night was the service. About service: Our server Nicolas was AMAZING. He was always on top of everything. Always checking on us and his suggestions were our favorite drinks and dishes. He is so attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu.

    La VieResponded 3 days agoHello, We are ecstatic to hear that the whole experience was superb for you. We pride ourselves on our service here at La Vie. Nico is imperative to the team and we are so glad he made your night special. Thank you for the kind words about his service, we will be sure to share them with him. We hope we will see you again soon. When you do come out again, please let us know so we can make sure Nico is your server and I can introduce myself. Maurizio La Vie General Manager

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary. Scenery was amazing. Food was amazing. A bit pricy but it was worth it.

    La VieResponded 3 days agoHi A very happy anniversary to the young couple! Thank you for choosing La Vie and leaving such kind words about the view and the food. Hopefully we will see you again soon, maybe for that 3rd anniversary. Maurizio La Vie General Manager

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reservations to celebrate my Son’s birthday , great food and above all excellent customer service

    La VieResponded 3 days agoThank you for choosing La Vie for your son's birthday! A happy birthday to him! Maybe for the next birthday in the family you will be back at La Vie! Hopefully we will see you soon. Maurizio La Vie General Manager

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Not a fan of the lamb chop entree. Wayyy too salty. Business was Very slow with seating arrangements.

    La VieResponded 3 days agoHello, Sorry to hear that we dropped the ball on the lamb chops. Would you mind shooting me a message and letting me know what the name of the reservation was? I would like to reach out and hear about the experience. We take our guests' experiences very seriously and for that reason try to reach out when we hear of a bad experience. Please let me know. Maurizio La Vie General Manager

  14. T

    Terry

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my husband for his birthday and our two daughters for dinner. He had the salmon and I had the lobster risotto which was excellent. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant even though it’s on the pricey side but so worth it.
  15. N

    Ndloomer

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great birthday! The drinks were great. A bit pricey but what you'd expect for a beautiful venue with very attentive waitstaff. Worth it!
  16. L

    Lesa

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service food was amazing they remembered my birthday
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bday so goiooooood
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    This place tries to add a 5% surcharge on bill. This was not stated on menu or on the table, or by the waiter before we ordered. Seems pretty shady and dishonest IMHO. If you see it on your bill ask them them to remove it. They did for us. Food and service were top notch. The 5% insult left a bad taste for this place, though.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is soooo good! Our table enjoyed the scallops, the branzino and lamb chops! The eggplant caponata was deelish and the cauliflower side was out of this world good!! Everything paired perfectly with the crisp, dry white wine! We will be back!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The experience was great. The drinks aren’t strong but the food was great. The ambiance was great and the service was even better. I ordered the grilled octopus, lamb chops, rigatoni, and lobster risotto. All of the dishes were good.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went on a date with my girlfriend for dinner and our server Kadinga was great and Knowledgeable! He shared excellent recommendations and made the night a great time! I had the best Tiramisu I’ve ever had at a restaurant. 10/10
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was awesome…second to none. Thanks David. Atmosphere was incredibly cute. Overall it was great. Side note. Bathrooms were TERRIBLE. So much so you would think you were in a separate restaraunt.
  23. L

    Leslie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Vie is one of my favorite restaurants for brunch. I love the food, service and ambience. I would recommend La Vie for any occasion.
  24. AS

    ASVX

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The food was just OK, the service was unbelievably slow and inattentive, and we were seated at a table with a wobble that apparently couldn't be fixed because "that's the way the table is designed". Absolutely not worth the money.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brunch was prix fixe - all you can eat - and at $66/person just for food they needed to Bring It, which they did! The savory food choices were very good, especially the duck carbonara (amazing!), shakshuka and black truffle mac & cheese. The sweet choices were fantastic! The tiramisu French toast was a standout, and the lemon ricotta pancakes and baklava waffles were great too! The atmosphere is perfect for a girls brunch, very feminine and fun. The outdoor balcony (The Cabana) is bedecked with fake wisteria to make it a max Instagram photo op. Fun, special and unique!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my husband for his birthday this last Sunday, this was my second time here for Brunch, we enjoyed every bit of the experience, food and service is amazing as always, unfortunately I didn’t like their latte and Americano, I would recommend, you go get coffee from a better coffee shop after you eat your brunch here.
  27. C

    Chrisfoodie

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and remarkable views! The food was delicious and the drinks were amazing! Myself and guest from out of town can not wait to dine again!
  28. GT

    GiannaTA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very wonderful experience at La Vie (D.C) which I soon found out I’ve been pronouncing wrong this entire time… We sat outside with a view of the waterfront (and the water)… it’s BEAUTIFUL at night and it’s a very LOUD inside but a little less loud out on the balcony (though there is music playing the entire time). The food was AMAZING.. nothing undercooked or overcooked and the menu choices were not too experimental or you’re not the type to try out new things. 10/10 would recommend for a birthday night out!
  29. CL

    ClaudiaL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place is honestly overrated. Not worth the money and the menu does not have enough options.
  30. Y

    Yves

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food were expensive but not that delicious only good thing about that was the drink and the waitress. I have to wait over 30mins to be seated eventho I made a reservation and threatened to charge your card $35 per person if no show. Not coming back to that place and wouldn't recommend any of my friends.
  31. TT

    TonTon

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. I love this place. I had the lobster risotto a year ago and have been looking for something similar since. Needless to say I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else. The flavors plus the quality of the lobster tail and claw meat on that creamy risotto with the accents from the squid ink is truly amazing. Delectable. Best risotto I’ve ever had. My service was excellent as well. Angie the maitre’d was so hospitable, as was Peter, our server who made great suggestions. For apps, we had the seafood misto, I only wish it had more shrimp (only 3) but the flavors were there. For dinner we had the lamb chops and the lobster risotto. My first order was served well done although I asked for medium. They sorted that out so quickly, and I will say, the flavors on the well done lamb were actually really good. I hated sending it back because the meat was still tender but the re cook came out almost immediately. It was delicious. Truth be told, the star of the show was the cauliflower. IYKYK and the drinks were so good. The watermelon Paloma was exquisite, & that cauliflower really did wonders for me. I’ve gotta come back to try the grape leaves and some other things but this place has some of the best views and the best food in the city.
  32. AG

    AndreG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The experience was interesting, the food was great. I thought the restaurant’s surcharge was a dickish move as I have never seen that before and the waiter got tongue tied trying to explain it to me. Why not just include in pricing …..poor form
  33. C

    Cranberries

    Washington DC

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous wait staff, superb food, elegant setting, and a gorgeous view.
  34. FD

    FfxDiner

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just lovely!
  35. GT

    GetToGether

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a spot to visit whether for an intimate dinner, chill at the bar or group gathering to break bread. The 4 different venues offer flexibility. My lobster risotto was totally delicious and the presentation made it even better. Looking forward to visiting again.
  36. SV

    StephenV

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    You pay for the ambiance which is exceptional. The food is pretty good but nothing amazing. It was just very expensive though.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service was amazing, food and ambiance was amazing
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sunday brunch is spectacular!!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is professional and customer oriented. The restaurant nickels and dimes you on items. The Brunch buffet is on the expensive side and coffee/tea is not included. With taxes and tip, your looking at almost $90 for brunch. I would suggest this restaurant only for special occasions.
  40. NB

    NiketaB

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the service was top notch. I visited for brunch for my anniversary on a Saturday. I was not disappointed - my husband and I both loved everything.

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 4.6 stars by 2676 OpenTable diners.

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 61 times today
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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