LIA'S

4.7
3504 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Enjoy Chef Geoffs 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 Ronis Martinez creations will give your tastebuds something to remember. There’s always something new and delicious to look forward to with our Seasonal Menus. Our dining room space is welcoming and cozy; the perfect setting for a romantic date, casual meetup or dinner with the family. Take advantage of dining on our beautiful patio while sipping on one of our seasonal sangrias. 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!

Support LIA'S during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Special Mother's Day Brunch Menu! Treat mom to a special day out.

What 3504 people are saying
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vipEllen
Washington DC
126 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Consistently good in all categories. Excellent neighbord restaurant.

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vipfoodandart
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service a bit slow but everyone was very professional and food good as always.

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vipBarbaraN
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Lia's is convenient to my house, and the food is good but not excellent and sometimes disappointing. Of the four of us on Friday night, two liked it and two found in OK.

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foodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Under $40 for a three course meal! Highly recommend the gnocchi.

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vipwriterlady
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Post-Covid, a Neighborhood Favorite Becomes a Mob Scene

My friend and I decided to celebrate the warm weather with a dinner outdoors at Lia's, our favorite meeting place but one that's not usually crowded on a weekday evening.
We made a reservation for Tuesday at 5:30pm, expecting to find the patio empty and our favorite seats waiting for our arrival.

Instead, the patio was already half full and the only tables left were relatively small and cramped. Never mind. We were glad to have the seats since--within less than an hour--the entire place was full. Moreover, it was full of people we actually knew! In fact, it looked like most of the village of Friendship Heights had turned out to welcome Lia's and the arrival of spring.

The food was great, as always. We both enjoyed new versions of old favorites. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that there were no tablecloths. But we ended up having a lovely evening. And next time we'll book even earlier!

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vipMichelleR
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was perfect. Thank you!!!

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Saturday
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine for so many occasions.

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vipLucky1
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both really liked the Smoked Mozzarella Cacio e Pepe!

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vipEater
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was meh. Service was not attentive. Patio was cold.

LIA'S
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thank you for telling us about your recent experience. We take a lot of pride in what we do so it's disheartening to hear that we fell short. At this time, we are seeing staff shortages due to vaccinations, both appointments and aftereffects, so it's difficult to maintain our usual standard of service. As our staff reaches immunity, I am positive we will increase our standards in food and beverage. I hope you can give us another chance!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food always top shelf!

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AnneB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outside patio is terrific, but on cold night their inside dining space felt good too.

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vipChevyChaseDiner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Thank you very much for giving us an outdoor table that allowed for maximum spacing, since we had one person with us who has immune issues!

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vipAnneP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia’s was awesome as always! It was great to meet friends on their patio for dinner.

LIA'S
Responded on April 26, 2021

We really appreciate you! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent.

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vipNC2017
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent server. Very good food. Great spot for patio dining.

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sjwinc
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate outside in a protected area on a cool night but were kept warm by the heaters. One of my first forays out since the pandemic so everything had a rosy glow. Food was good not great. Wild mushroom side was delicious. They only had one paper menu for the table which is a little weird since it is a simple paper menu. Overall a very pleasant evening and we will be back.

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Foodlover25
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia's food is excellent, prices are reasonable and the servers are friendly, accommodating, and efficient.

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AliceDC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot with a fab menu and alessio a treat. Can’t wait to go indoors but outside dining was great.

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vippatricias
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hand sanitizer at host stand was empty. Some tables had nice,linen tablecloths. Ours did not

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love4fooddining
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived a few minutes early, but was immediately seated. Server was very prompt, courteous and friendly.

Placed order and food arrived in a very timely manner, and was very good, as expected at Lia's.

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rose
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Fun to be able to dine

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vipEdwardL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal.

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vipTori
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Our Easter meal was very enjoyable because the food was tasty. The waitress, however, was not good. In the reservation, we said we were there to also celebrate two birthdays which she didn't bother to make mention. It was hard to get her to the table to place an order and ask for drinks.

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vipJrJoJo
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Reservations on Easter Sunday for dinner for three. Outside dining. Special was lamb dinner and it was excellent. All three of us enjoy lamb so it was an ideal choice for Easter dinner. Wait staff was excellent. Price was jusssst right! Strongly recommend to other diners.

PS: would love to see lamb ((and lamb chops?) on their menu more often.

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MartinZ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service was excellent. The drinks were well made and the food, both the appetizer and the entree were delicious. We were the only ones in the dining room for the first half of our meal so it was covid free and quiet. I thought the music playing was on to entertain the severs and other staff as we were the only ones there and would not be to my liking for dining. I needed salt on my food and It took some time for me to even see anyone who could get it. We were served our entree and had no silverware. I realize they did not serve many people INSIDE during the pandemic but these are basic needs.

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patrimart9
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was so nice to go back to Lia's wonderful patio for brunch Easter Sunday--it is a longtime favorite, good food and good service. The Tuscan eggs benedict are very good, as are the bloody marys, and the warm chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream in a mini skillet was a fabulous way to top it all off! Now that the weather is warmer again, it is the perfect place to eat outdoors (even when the pandemic ends, if it ever
does . . . .).

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vipGianni
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia's offers a diverse, modestly-priced brunch menu which, when enjoyed outdoors on the spacious terrace with attentive service, gave four of us a very pleasant, enjoyable dining experience.

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vipJamie
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious! I had homemade smoked Buratta ravioli in a cacio y pepe sauce that was fabulous! The service was great and everyone was super friendly and professional. My only complaint is the restaurant is a little cold and not friendly feeling, but everything else was wonderful!

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DonnaA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

it was ok... very closed feeling to it. Only two tables.

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vipCarenB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu is about to change.. so don't know if all the same things will be on the spring 2021 menu. The Veal Marsala was tender as it became darker, candles were added to tables. The service was attentive, very friendly, dishes were cleared expediently. Parking is available underneath the building/ Lia's validates your ticket so parking was complimentary. This was our first visit and look forward to dining at Lia's again!

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vipJoshuaC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Lias. One of our favorite restaurants

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely accommodating!

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MariaM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipr2d2
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was not so good. I had rib and it was bland. Last week veal was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that Lia’s is now open Wednesday- Sunday for lunch. Great gathering place on the patio with family and friends.

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Sunsfan
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Making an effort to patronize local restaurants. But indoor experience at Lia's was not great. Service friendly, overall OK. Mediocre food. My guest ordered tea; it arrived in a cup with a dangling teabag, no saucer; later she had to ask for salt & pepper. Basics need to be back if you are moving to indorr dining.

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ImpossibleGirl
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were both very good. We sat outside on their patio, and it was not especially noisy. The hangover burger hit the spot, and when I made an adjustment, they were careful to ask about food allergies. We were very pleased.

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LaurelG
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. The calamari appetizer was exceptionally well-prepared. The servers were personable and attentive.

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LKayC
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat on the patio- plenty of space between each table. Felt very comfortable.

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent place for eating out during COVID. Very safe -- large patio, tables well-spaced.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from LIA'S using the Order Online button. LIA'S also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. LIA'S also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 223-5427.

LIA'S is rated 4.7 stars by 3504 OpenTable diners.

LIA'S does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.liasrestaurant.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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