LIA'S

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$30 and under
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Italian
Enjoy Chef Geoff's genuine hospitality and casual cuisine with an Italian flair! Handcrafted pasta using old world technique with modern twists and an innovative spin on traditional steak, seafood, salad and pizza dishes, Chef Santos Fuentes’s creations will give your tastebuds something to remember. There’s always something new and delicious to look forward to with our Seasonal Menus and Weekly Specials. Our dining room space is welcoming and cozy; enjoy our Half Price Wine Wednesday in the perfect setting for a romantic date, casual meetup or dinner with the family. In warmer weather, take advantage of dining on our beautiful patio while sipping on one of our seasonal sangrias or enjoying our Bottomless Brunch. Visit our lively lounge for our daily Happy Hour from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and all day on Monday and Tuesday. For special occasions we offer a one of a kind private party room as well as offsite catering. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner as well as Our Full Menu!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Seasonal Holiday Specials! Craft cocktails, festive eats and plenty of Holiday Cheer!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Extra Special New Years Eve Specials! Come celebrate with us!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3204 People Are Saying
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c
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great meal. Good service. But restaurant got very noisy, even in thr back room where we were. We could barely hear each other at a table for 6. Love their shrimp burger and sweet potatoes fries!

l
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food here is only mediocre. Environment is noisy. But the menu offers choices for everyone and wine list is decent. I had the duck salad special which was very disappointed.

K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Accompanied by an international couple who are true "foodies", I had no qualms about taking them to Lia's. We ordered the WILD MUSHROOM PIZZA as a shared appetizer. Light and packed with flavor we contemplated ordering a second. Then VEAL SALTIMBOCCA-medallions of thinly sliced veal with homemade gnocchi in a sauce so good to our embarrassment we asked for more bread to sop up every drop. (There was some secret ingredient beyond the sage, lemon, white wine and prosciutto we are still trying to identify that totally set their version apart.) Superb. Then on to the MEDITERRANEAN SALAD that was as flavorful as it was gorgeous. (Wish I had taken a photo!) Shameless--- we shared a TIRAMISU that was light as a feather to bring this perfect evening to a close. Oh, if you are concerned about the overall service-our server- Stephanie seemed to have a finely tuned sense of when to check on us and when not to interrupt, while all the time keeping things flowing perfectly. ENJOY!

S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!

CF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our anniversary!

G
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, but the background music was awful. When my friend arrived it didn’t matter, but muzak Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting is awfull

FS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding fried calamari and shrimp scampi. Ricotta donuts and tiramisu was also great. Mushroom ravioli was ok. Great wine selection. Ambiance was very nice and social, not too loud.

EG
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We had a table of 12 with 1 waiter. It was exceptionally slow and he was not sufficiently attentive. The reservation had been made several weeks before. I don’t know if they were understaffed or poorly trained.

JY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a group of 6 for a family celebration on a Fri night. Our server was friendly, helpful, attentive but not overbearing. We ordered several seafood, vegetable and pasta dishes which were all delicious. Dessert platter was spectacular and enjoyed by all. Ambiance was perfect.

BE
Miami
77 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food here was delicious as always. We felt the service was too slow. We waited forever for our starter salads. Otherwise, we had a lovely dinner.

P
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've been to Lia's several times now, and it never ceases to please. I have tended to favor their pasta (all made in-house); recent offerings range from pretty traditional (broken meatballs over creste) to creative and quite tasty (butternut squash caramelle in boar ragu). On this visit, the scallops with a pancetta port sauce were just plain decadent; nicely complex without losing the scallops among the stronger flavors. Service has ranged from competent to wonderfully solicitous; the servers are always happy to offer recommendations for both food and drink (some interesting specialty cocktails). The room is simple but pleasant; even with a noisy group next door, my friend and i were able to have a conversation without shouting. In all, I really enjoy Lia's, and look forward to visiting again next time I'm in the area. (PS: Don't miss the ricotta donuts.)

ES
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My fish was over cooked. Best to get a burger, salad or pizza there

DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and a friend told
Me to choose my favorite restaurant. I have several but LIAS immediately came into my head.
The food was so good, I ate everything on my plate. No room for dessert. But my friend told our wonderful waiter it was my birthday. I just could not eat another bite but ordered coffee. He came back with a macaroon standing in whipped cream on a small oblong plated with a candle that was an artistic masterpiece to rival the best Pollack, but made of edible syrups. He said, “I just couldn’t let you leave without making a birthday wish.” How kind and thoughtful!

LIA'S
Responded on November 5, 2019

Deirdre, we are so pleased to hear that you had such a good time with us! I have made sure to pass along your compliments to your server, Erick, and our pastry cooks who put together birthday masterpieces. We are so happy that we were first on your mind! I hope we see you again soon!

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LN
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and great atmosphere. Will be back!

s
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always dependably good food and service. Perhaps our favorite restaurant. I like the new menu.

BN
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Both our appetizers salads needed to be sent back. 1 salad had ingredients not mentioned on menu. Other salad missing items from menu.
Calamari, was good except there were a lot of fried pieces served with no calamari, just coating.
Server was helpful and pleasant.
Bar noise, like being at a Nationals game.

FF
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had not been to Lia's in about three years, but it was convenient for my guest. We had a lovely experience-- and there was none of the sloppiness in food and service that had been one of the reasons we stopped going. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive, and we were not interrupted when we lingered (it was not a busy night). My salmon was overcooked, but so tasty it didn't matter. My companion genuinely enjoyed the beef special and we shared an order of the delicious Brussells sprouts. We'll be back.

RM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy hour prices are good value, main meals average/expensive, why does all of Washington DC think they can charge NYC and SF prices for an average dinner? At least in SF you get fresh fish and delicious spring salads that taste like they are from the farm, not like salads that taste like they flew all the way from SF to WDC! But overall Lia's is good quality, tasty calamari, decent size salad, pasta is delicious, pizza 8 out of 10 for crispy dough.

l
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

easy parking, at early dining wait staff was attentive. Brought kids pizza earlier than adults. party of 7 enjoyed their entrees

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Restaurant is just so loud. I feel like it gets louder each tune we go. Service was a bit slow.

DT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Some of the food seems to have been overlooked. The drinks were OK but not exceptional. I expected more for the price I paid.

S
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just see my previous comments on Lia's and cut & paste. Lia's is my favorite restaurant and for good reason. Whatever I order is always good. Our server Erick was delightful.

LIA'S
Responded on November 5, 2019

Sandy, thank you very much for your lovely comments. I will make sure to pass along your compliment to Erick. We look forward to your next visit!

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ES
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always! But be prepared for deafening noise. One must shout to be heard.

LIA'S
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Lia's! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We are working on improvements that will hopefully help with the noise issue. We hope to welcome you back very soon!!

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H
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food we had was fine. Service was a little slow. However I wish they would change their menu.

LIA'S
Responded on October 18, 2019

Dear Henry, my sincerest apologies for your negative experience with us. I will make sure to follow up with your server to make sure our standards are being upheld. I hope that you will give us another chance to impress you soon, especially since our menu did change on Wednesday night. We have lovely Fall selections now and I can assure you that you will enjoy more when you do visit next!

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was exceptional and the food was very good.

g
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia's is one of our go-to restaurants for special occasions and out-of-town company! Reliably awesome!

OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Great service, incredible food.

AD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Great food, great service. and important *courteous* service (which can be difficult sometimes in the DC area to get) and excellent ambience: quiet so you can actually have a conversation.

LIA'S
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of Lia's! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We work hard to make sure that our service is kind as well as professional, and that our food is delicious. It is wonderful to hear about when we succeed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!!

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KR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was good but seemed rushed . You are cooking for too many patrons at a time and it shows in the details.
I would come back again though. Service was outstanding. Fun place and good food choices.

SE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, wait-staff friendly and efficient. That's all I have to say.

t
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A reliable, unpretentious restaurant, conveniently located - close to street parking, casual atmosphere, plenty busy to give it a "vibe". Good all around!

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The waiter made mistakes in the order. I think he was new. They did comp us dessert and salad to compensate the bad service.

LD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I regularly go to Lia’s, so I haven’t written a review for a long time. The food is consistently wonderful; the staff and management, superb. When I arrived Saturday night, my name was on the blackboard to recognize my upcoming birthday. After we finished, the staff brought a gorgeous wooden plate with individual desserts for two: luscious warm bread pudding topped with chocolate ice cream (yum!), caramelized banana slices, and a strawberry filled with (I think) lemon sorbet resting in a puddle of Nutella. I was so touched! Thank you all for the great start to my birthday weekend!

EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, elegant ambient, very good service... highly recommended!

EL
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We have never been disappointed.

r
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good but should change font sizes.

LS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We ate outside so noise level was not an issue. It is dark when eating outside even with lights under umbrella. Service is a bit slow but the food is good and a good value.

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

GREAT SERVICE. THE FOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD. EXCELLENT VALUE. PARKING IS EASY.

l
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ate lunch Fri outside. Weather cooperated. Service good up to taking order for dessert. Very tasty main lunch.

LW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lia’s is our go to place to eat. The food is always delicious and the service is amazing. We took our family there for my daughters 17th birthday and they bought her out a wonderful dessert sampler board. We always recommend Lias!

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