LIA'S

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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 3183 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

ES
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

H
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

LIA'S
Responded 3 days ago

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptional and the food was very good.

g
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Great service, incredible food.

AD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EL
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We have never been disappointed.

r
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good but should change font sizes.

LS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

l
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Needs more outdoor table seating for Happy Hour diners.

LIA'S
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you so much for leaving feedback regarding your visit to Lia's! It is definitely on our wish list to offer more outdoor seating in general, but we are a bit limited with our outdoor space, unfortunately. We look forward to seeing you again soon!!

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B
Washington DC
205 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice evening with good food. Our server, whose name escapes me, was very pleasant. However, there was one timing issue. We ordered wine to accompany our entrees. The glasses of wine did not arrive until we were nearly done eating. That was a little annoying.
Otherwise the usual very pleasant Lia's experience.

LIA'S
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you for leaving feedback regarding your experience with us! My sincerest apologies for the timing issue, we are always looking for ways to train our staff to be better and will train them how to track that specific timing (communication is always key!). We look forward to impressing you even more in the near future!!

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GF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Was disappointed that service was slow for Sunday brunch especially given that restaurant was not busy and there appeared to be adequate wait staff

LD
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best veal scallopini ever!
And the mystery wine, Adami prosecco, was also quite good.

a
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Can be inconsistent. The last dinner was terrific

SN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and very attentive service. Lia's is becoming a favorite for casual lunches

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We requested outside seating and were pleased that we were given a table outside.
We arrived when it was light but when the order arrived, it was already dark. The one candle on the table was not lit and it took the waiter at least 15 minutes to light it. He said he couldn’t find the lighter.
The one cable was inadequate and it was almost impossible to see the food to cut. Some tables had lights on the underneath of the umbrella but we did not. The hangar steak and mushrooms were delicious.

LIA'S
Responded on September 15, 2019

Hi, Bernice! Thank you for leaving feedback about your visit. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us. We will be moving towards installing lights on all of our patio umbrellas soon, so light will be less of an issue soon. I hope we see you again soon!!

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

All around it was a nice dining experience. Service excellent as was the food. We sat outside under an umbrella on one glorious day. For some reason I was so relaxed during my meal.

OT
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch with a college friend. We sat outside. It was hot and sunny but they do a nice job of positioning the umbrellas so both people are in the shade. We both had a salad. The spinach salad was delicious. The new salad looked good and she ate it all so I assume she liked it. Service was very attentive. I would definitely come back.

o
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic dishes! Get the summer eggplant. It’s worth it.

LIA'S
Responded on September 2, 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. Our specials menu changes on the 4th, so our Eggplant Parmesan dish will be replaced. We are adding some new very tasty things, however. I would especially recommend the Pan Seared Halibut dish that we will feature. We hope to welcome you back very soon, and that we can still impress you with tasty dishes!!

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b
Detroit
55 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Handled our party of 8 superbly! Food was perfect. Service outstanding and very friendly ! Great place for a nice meal. Nice cocktails too!

LM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants!

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w
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A Neighborhood Gem That's Good for Birthdays Too!

I've always thought of Lia's as a favorite local hangout, good for casual evenings out with others who live nearby. But I never thought of it as a "special occasion" place.

That changed last week, when I was trying to decide where to celebrate my birthday. I thought of all the "hot" spots in DC. And then I thought of Lia's, where the staff and management always make me feel at home, and where the food is perfect for any occasion, since it's possible to order as much or little as you like. The clincher came when an e-mail arrived, offering birthday greetings and a gift of $25 off. That did it. I booked immediately, got my favorite table, found my name on the blackboard, and enjoyed a splendid meal. What more could anyone ask?

LIA'S
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely comment! We care a great deal about making sure everyone feels taken care of, and that is very easy to do with such great guests. We look forward to the next time you visit us!!

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B
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Coffee surprisingly mediocre.
Scallops delicious. Heirloom tomato salad is great.

LIA'S
Responded on August 27, 2019

Dear Bexley, thank you for your feedback! I suggest trying our espresso next time, if you only had the drip coffee; it's fresh ground and has a better, stronger taste to it. I hope we see you again soon!!

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JR
Washington DC
172 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lia's is right up the street, so we walk by all the time -- but somehow we've only eaten there twice. We're glad to have found a really nice place in the neighborhood for dinner. The food is really good -- nothing gourmet, but solid, delicious food. Service was great this time -- our server was charming and efficient. We ate on the outdoor patio, so the atmosphere was wonderful. We'll be back more often!

GO
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there quite often and are always pleased — food, service, noise level are all excellent.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The adults loved their meals, but the kids weren’t thrilled with theirs. The waitstaff was really friendly and personable. We’d definitely go back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The scallopini was so tough that I had to send it back. The swordfish was ok, but slightly overlooked. Very disappointing.

GG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went during DC restaurant week. Overall food and service were good. The brussel sprouts appetizer was very good as was the calamari. My wife's NY strip was too well done but they provided a new steak medium done without hassle or too long of a wait.

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was out second visit and second time we opted to sit outside. The service was good, timely and we enjoyed good food in great environment.

MZ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always love the service and food is inventive, plentiful and delicious. Got seated in the back room and being a designer myself, I can say with authority that they need to re-think the decor in that room. It never was "cool" and I always feel like I am dining in a box car. Server was great and food delicious but the decor in that room us just a graffitti nightmare.

LIA'S
Responded on August 24, 2019

Dear Martin, thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy to hear that you had a good experience. Our private dining space is supposed to resemble a wine box, but it does need an update. We hope to see you again very soon, despite the decor!

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