LIA'S

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3254 Reviews
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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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BA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was just ok. Pear and cranberry crisp dessert was so overly sweet it was an unpleasant way to end the meal

a
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food is good and the restaurant week special is an actual good deal.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We did not have a great experience at this restaurant week lunch. The service was not attentive and was extremely slow - so slow that we ran out of time and had to leave before dessert. I found myself wondering if the kitchen was short staffed, and maybe the dining room staff too. While the Brussels sprouts starter was quite good, I wasn’t wowed by anything else. It was fine but for the price not impressive. I think the food at Panera is just as good and a whole lot cheaper. Perhaps over time, Lia’s is sliding.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went there for restaurant week (they have the best RW option as they open up almost their entire menu for RW). The food was good. Our server was friendly and attentive. Thank you

CH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make their pasta on site so it is always the best.

DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Restaurant Week deal is terrific -- everything on the regular menu is among the options. It was mobbed at lunch, but despite that the service was excellent and the waiter was attentive. Mac and Cheese appetizer and entree salad with Maple Salmon were very good; dessert -- pear and cranberry crumble -- was overly sweet and a bit disappointing. But overall, a really good experience.

AD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason was spot on with his suggestions, food came out perfectly and this was by far the best restaurant week deal I’ve had. I will definitely be coming back.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for four as part of DC Restaurant week. This was my first time dining at Lia's, and my husband and I will definitely return in the future. Everyone at our table was very satisfied with their starter, entree, and dessert choices and the service was fantastic.

r
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

92 birthday celebration and server and manager was great.

P
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lia's has the best restaurant week, barr none! The mussels were the best I've had since Belgium, and the salmon Cobb salad was outstanding! My friend was equally pleased and plans to bring her family (I'm already a regular).

LS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu with options for everyone. Good food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The number of family with kids is increasing - perhaps it was an unusually high number that night.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love dining at LIA’S! Went on the earlier side of dinner because our middle school aged girls were with us, service was attentive but not completely consistent. We think it may have been due to the early time and staff just coming together as opposed to later when they have a solid flow. Food was excellent as always!

MT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening at Lia's - the food was delicious, service was attentive, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting.

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat here all the time and love the food, the staff, and the environment. In the summer, we are here at least once a week sitting outside and enjoying the food and the weather.

S
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My favorite restaurant. Never fails to serve a delicious meal.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We typically go here several times a year and the experience is consistently good.

p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new bartender on NYE, and the new menu, and the extra decorations!

M
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our previous visit to Lia’s was not stellar. This time it was a wonderful evening. Our waiter was excellent. The food was delicious.

PJ
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lia's doesn't disappoint, and having Christmas eve dinner there was an enjoyable experience. The food is always good.

GJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was Christmas Eve dinner. Waitress seemed overwhelmed. Ordered 2 bottles of wine when dinner order was given, but wine didn’t show up until we were half way through eating our entrees

CF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the food and the service!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Christmas Eve meal and fantastic service!

A
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rachel, our server was excellent. We all took her recommendations and loved every thing we ordered! Great service, great food, great experience.

JL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time celebrating Christmas Eve at Lia’s. Food was wonderful and it is a big restaurant, but still feels warm for the holiday

NO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Th3e food, as always, is great... the ambiance in the bar was very relaxed and our server was very attentive.

BW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Family celebration

TT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive service; table was ready at specified time. Food was excellent and fresh. Busy restaurant was not too loud. Appreciated the mirrors along the walls for people seated with back to the dining room. Would definitely go back.

e
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining there and with all the great food options we said we'd definitely go back to try different food. We went to celebrate my moms 91st birthday and she loved it. They gave us a sweet desert to honor her, which was such nice touch.

R
Sydney / NSW
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ordered a salad with salmon. They forgot the salmon and then my meal was delayed while my friends ate and the salmon was a bit over cooked.

PF
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to carry on a conversation.
Enjoyed the Barolo.
Wild boar ragu dish was very good.
$19 special is a great offering.
Prefer a simple green side salad.

JC
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia's is one of our favorite spots, whether sitting at the bar for appetizers and dinner or in the dining room, we are always pleased. It's truly a neighborhood gem. The food and service are exceptional. The free parking is a bonus. Highly recommend this tried and true favorite.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday party gathering

K
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia's continues to be one of my favorite Italian restaurants, classy and comfy. Pasta is always superb. Also soup and fish. The service is outstanding, and we never feel rushed! My husband will give me a gift certificate for Christmas.

M
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

This was a very disappointing evening. Our waiter was terrible. We had to ask for water, bread, drinks multiple times. The food was very good but problems with service overshadowed the evening, we also waited 40 minutes to get our check!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was wonderful! Although the service wasn’t fantastic, my friend and I had a wonderful time. The food is always delicious! The seasonal butternut squash ravioli ragu is a MUST try ♥️

MH
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and the half price bottle of wine is a great offer.
Recommend trying the Cauliflower appetizer, it is amazing

JC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great dinner — the halibut with lemon-almond sauce was excellent. Service was friendly and helpful (though got a little scarce as the restaurant filled up).

M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice neighborhood restaurant. This was our second visit with the same server. He did a nice job.

RS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving evening meal. Service was impeccable;e and the food was terrific as it always is at Lia’s.

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