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LIA'S

4.6
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3416 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 Ronis Martinez'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. 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3416 people are saying
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vipSandy
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carlos's service was great. And our food. I loved my braised short ribs.

LIA'S
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! I will make sure to pass along the compliment, we are certainly lucky to have him with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipbriaa
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It is nice eating outdoors. The mixed green salad was good but my main entre, the Chicken Parm was just okay primarily because it was luke warm but I didn't want to send it back and go through the whole hassle of telling the other three people in our party to just start without me.

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JDDD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the risotto balls and cookie dessert. Wait staff was terrific.

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vipMPFox
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food was great and so was the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for a first date, sangria was great

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful & great food. Their rotational/seasonal menu is always so tasty. We keep coming back!

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vipSusanK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia's has a great (mostly covered) outdoor patio. They are doing everything they can to make diners feel safe. Food and service are good. Our favorite go-to neighborhood restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Lia’s regularly— you can count on the quality of service and food. Tables are far apart, noise level is “buzzy” (good!) and easy to have dinner conversation.

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vip55dodgers
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As all’s excellent

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vipTsiz
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so nice and welcoming and brought a special dessert out for our special occasion. The food was great as usual. We were very happy with our experience and felt safe dining outside in the courtyard. The staff was especially precautious.

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ALM115
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time out to dinner since the pandemic began. LIA’S has always been a favorite and the service and food was up to Chef Geoff standards! A few changes to the menu since the last visit. While some favorites were gone, we were beyond happy with the changes/new additions. It was hard to narrow down our meal to only a few things!

Everyone was so kind and we were pleased to see that tables were more than adequately distanced, all staff wore masks and maintained safe distance. A great perk was the digital menu. We are essential workers and have been in-person since the beginning, so we greatly appreciate all who take precautions for health and safety.

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vipDrummeral
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice very good food, dined outside but pleasant nice. Very very good service. Good food, a bit pricey for what it was, $29 for 4 large, not even jumbo scallops? Overall a very nice experience, been there many times, will be back again !!

LIA'S
Responded on October 2, 2020

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! Our scallops are U-12 jumbo scallops, which means four of them equals 1/4 pound of scallops. I am so sorry, however, if they didn't seem like it when you visited. I hope we see you back again soon! We will hopefully have our patio heaters up and running soon!

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vipLucky1
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely opportunity to enjoy this vast European style patio! The Ricotta Gnocchi was light and airy. The fresh heirloom tomato sauce complemented the dish perfectly. The service, as always, was delightful and friendly.

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vipL82R8
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

LIA's has ample outdoor space for socially distanced dining. The food is very good, and our server was very accommodating.

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vipSztravels
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In these days of Covid caution, it is a delight to dine outdoors at Lia’s, where there is careful attention to safety and a good menu full of comfort food and culinary treats. We had the always excellent brussel sprouts, salmon with ratatouille, and excellent ice cream, accompanied by large glasses of well selected wines. We also recommend the mushroom ravioli and mushroom pizza. We recommend making a reservation if you want to eat outdoors before the weather prevents that.

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patrimart9
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal at Lia's this last week, with outdoor seating. The watermelon gazpacho is absolutely fabulous! Second time I've had it, and just as delicious as the first time--my friend ordered it too and totally agreed. I had shrimp scampi, lots of tasty shrimp, really delicious. Because of its expansive outdoor seating, Lia's is an especially good place to go now--but the predominant reason has to be the food. Hope they keep that gazpacho on the menu a while longer!

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KipJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local go to. Always good food and good service. Outdoor seating is the best around.

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vipDisappointing
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went for our anniversary. The service was slow - took the waiter a while to come over after he gave us menus. Then, they got my order wrong - gave me salmon instead of tuna. So, my husband had his food and they had to remake mine. He was half way done eating when mine came back. When I told the waiter, he just say "oh" (another server had brought it out). He didn't offer to check on it, bring me bread to eat or something while I was sitting there. Usually a restaurant will take the item off the bill or at least they could have given us my husband's glass of wine. But they charged us the full price. They did bring us a scoop of ice cream with a candle for our anniversary which was sweet. But the fact they didn't do more to make the incorrect order right was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Patio seating is nicely spaced out. We enjoyed the spicy Caesar salad and the crab cakes.

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RogerT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

As expected due to Covid 19, the ouside patio was at best 20% filled. the service was excellent. The zucchini? balls were excellent. My GF Burger was ordered medium and cam out well. Thus, the low rating.

LIA'S
Responded on October 2, 2020

Hi, Roger! We appreciate the feedback regarding your experience. I am so sorry about your burger! Typically we would make sure to rectify the situation and make sure that you are taken care of while here. As you know, due to the extremely high risk environment we do run a little short on staff, so my apologies if we missed the mistake. I hope you give us another chance!

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JimS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Pleasant outdoor seating well protected from rain. Excellent service. Appetizers were excellent, but main course disappointed a bit. Pasta is best bet.

LIA'S
Responded on September 24, 2020

Jim, thank you for the feedback! Our pasta is always reliably delicious. Our menu is changing soon, in about two weeks, and hopefully we will have some better executed dishes available. I hope you visit us again soon!

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vipMaureenL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful reliable place.

LIA'S
Responded on September 24, 2020

Thank you so much, Maureen! We really enjoy having you as our guest. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support. We always look forward to your visit!

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vippatricias
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time for our friends, but we are regular customers. Always consistent and delicious.

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vipGianni
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On our second visit to Lia's, we were again impressed by the pleasant, well-spaced outdoor patio setting; the reasonable prices; the good choices on the menu; and the size and quality of the portions, well-served by our waiter Carlos. Well worth return visits!

LIA'S
Responded on September 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! I will make sure to pass along the compliment.

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vipwriterlady
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lia's is always wonderful, but in these days of pandemic, with restaurants forced to serve outdoors and make do with limited ingredients, they've really scored!

This weekend a neighbor and I went there for Sunday brunch, and were puzzled to see an item called "poached eggs with crab cakes" instead of our usual Eggs Benedict or Norwegian. But the Hollandaise was perfect and the substitution of crab cakes for ham or smoked salmon was brilliant. Combined with a custom-made Bloody Mary--I prefer it without the mix but with the fixings--the egg dish was a quintessential Sunday treat. (My friend had the cold gazpacho, and loved it.) So thank you again Lia's!

LIA'S
Responded on September 23, 2020

We always love having you visit! Thank you for your very thoughtful and lovely comments. We really appreciate your support and always look forward to seeing you.

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kerrye
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was outstanding. The outside table spacing was perfect. The dinner aside from being delicious was a value for the price.

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vipwriterlady
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love Lia's--for its ambiance; its wait staff; its management; its chef; its affordability; its excellent food preparation; and yes, most of all, its convenience!

Nowadays, when I and most people I know are reluctant to get on the Metro, having a neighborhood restaurant that is always open and that makes me feel really welcome, is of critical importance.

Thank you Lia's!

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BarnabyWoods
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor terrace with lots of space between tables. The food was A+ as usual. The risotto balls (arancini) are a must and ample to share between 2. Service was excellent, but a little slow at times. All in all a great way to scratch the itch of eating out while feeling safe during these strange days.

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viphkccmd
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outdoor dining venue in the Friendship Heights neighborhood with a varied menu, large portions and reasonable service. Salmon with mashed potatoes very tasty.

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vipKimG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

LIA's is the PERFECT place for outdoor dining. The outdoor area at is very nice, quiet and well spaced out for diners. There's even a part that is fully covered outside in case it rains. The service was excellent and the shrimp scampi was absolutely delicious, the pizza was very good. The chicken parm was just ok.

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vipEllen
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service. Excellent menu with choices for everyone. We return once a week for patio dining.

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RichardP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Outdoor seating is covered and spacious. Service courteous and outstanding. Parking easy.

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Hmont
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We always have a good/great meal at Lia's. The desserts were just ok.

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vipLisaS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We have gone to Lia's for years but I fear it has slipped. They overbooked the restaurant on a Saturday night during restaurant week and the service was terrible. For example, they took about 15 minutes to even come up to greet the table and this was the host. He ordered our drinks and that took another 10 minutes. Since it was restaurant week we had dessert and when they served it we said we had not been given spoons (it was ice cream). The server said he would get some but ran off and started bringing things to other tables while or dessert melted and our waitress was nowhere to be found. It made for an unpleasant night for sure.

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RayL
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was very good. I paid extra $5 for the double Crab cakes. They were very good and very filling I was surprised.

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vipr2d2
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was very nice. Hostess was aware of rain and relocated us. Serving staff was great too.

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Venina
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I always go to LIA’S, it has been my favorite spot since 2016 and I already posted some good reviews. But today my review will be about the bad service I had, to start that they put us on the rain when there were so many tables in the patio under the roof available. They said it was for reservation but I did have one too, not sure how they prioritize. The rain was heavy and there were still tables available and they didn’t let us move. The waitress was kind but took her forever to help us out and the sangria which is usually good, was crap! The hostess knows me and he didn’t acknowledge my reservation or my request, seems like he was having a bad day and now made me and my friend uncomfortable. I was wearing a dress and my bag got soaked in the rain because they were not allowing us to move while other customers there who didn’t ask, we’re moving to other tables with no problem. I guess the issue was that we tried to be polite and got a NO. The intention was to have dinner and we had drinks and left. Don’t know if I will ever go back there, hurt feelings!

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vipEllen
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One in my party didn’t like the crab cake sandwich. Said it was too salty. I requested no croutons in my salad but they were there.

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RABB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great summer gespacho and crab cakes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

After a long time of take outs it was time to go out again. So happy w my choice.

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 4.6 stars by 3416 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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