LIA'S

4.6
3438 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 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
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
What 3438 people are saying
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vipLynn
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We ate inside and were the only two people in the restaurant until we were paying the bill. It wasn’t very cheerful. I think more candles, pictures, and other decorations might help in this otherwise grim time.

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vipStaceyC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great option for outdoor dining! I usually run cold in fall and winter, and the heat lamps they have at almost every table keep you very warm. I even had to take off my coat! We’ll definitely be back.

LIA'S
Responded on November 24, 2020

Stacey, thank you so much for your kind feedback! We really appreciate the support and are so happy we will see you back again.

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vipJSB89
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent dinner on the patio! Megan provided top-notch service. Save room for the skillet cookie!

LIA'S
Responded on November 24, 2020

We really appreciate your support! I will pass along the wonderful comment. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipEllen
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening with a delicious meal and excellent service.

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vipDiningDan
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lia’s was great. Made us feel safe. Plenty of heaters and good service and good food. Thanks

LIA'S
Responded on November 16, 2020

We are so happy to hear about your positive experience with us! Please stay well and visit again soon.

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vipRichard
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and wonderful food! A great choice for my wife and I to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary!

LIA'S
Responded on November 16, 2020

We are so happy you chose to celebrate it with us! We enjoy being able to make special occasions as memorable as we can. I'm glad you had a good experience with us. Please stay well and visit again soon!

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vipFoodieGal
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We three had the most relaxing, comfortable and delicious dinner one could wish for during these tense and scary times.
We felt safe, and perfectly Covid separated from other diners and wait staff. Service was great, our meals were top notch, and we look forward to returning.
Thank you Chef Geoff!!!

LIA'S
Responded on November 16, 2020

What a wonderful review to see! We couldn't be happier you had such a great time. We appreciate you more than words can express. Please stay well and visit us again soon.

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SeniorFoody
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant outdoor space. Good food and accommodating staff. Reasonable prices, especially for brunch and lunch. Good

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catwomyn
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary (and we got married @ Lia’s 11 years ago), so we and another couple went out to dinner to celebrate. The manager treated us to a delicious apple cider cocktail (apple cider, elderflower liqueur and cava, I think). The staff was very welcoming and warm. I had the shrimp scampi, my friend had the halibut entree, and her husband had the mushroom ravioli. My husband had the maple-brined chicken. Everything was delicious. My husband and I split the chocolate chip cookie with ice cream for dessert. Yummy! Great outdoor dining experience with nice warm heaters.

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vipEllen
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All is consistently excellent!

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MMCJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal or experience. Love Lias. Definitely go back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We visit Lia quite often & it is one of our fav neighborhood restaurant. The food I had last time was a bit disappointing, though.
I had crab cakes and it was way too salty, took a lot of effort to finish it (didnt finish it in the end).
However, i would still give them 4 stars because
My husband hallibut was nice.
The fried calamari was great (as always).

Maybe i was just a bit unlucky last time.

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thought the food was very good. The service was exceptional. Knowledgeable and accomodating staff. I had not dined at Lia's for a while and I will definitely come back!

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vipRobS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always!

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vipJenCB
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff, very professional. Space is quite large inside, but beautifully done. Food was quite good- the “simple & healthy” entree with Brussels sprouts & sweet potato is an imaginative option!

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vipEdwardL
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Lia’s. Our dishes were delicious. The service was friendly and efficient. There was only one other table occupied for inside dining. Couldn’t ask for more.

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vipJSB89
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a delightful date night dinner at Lia's on their patio on a weeknight (equipped with standing propane heaters as we enter the second half of autumn).

Our server was very pleasant and allowed us to leisurely enjoy the somewhat mild weather under the comfort of the heaters and an LED-lit umbrella. Lia's truly does have one of the best outdoor patios in the area. Lia's has a nice selection of beer, wine, and cocktails, including a couple of hot options for the cooler weather. I started with an IPA while my date enjoyed a hot buttered rum. For appetizers, we ordered calamari (excellent portion size, though a little more sauce would have been welcome from the outset) and brussels sprouts (delicious, but the sprouts were rather small and lacked a good crunch).

For entrees, Lia's offers a section of their menu with more simply prepared meals - my date availed himself of one of these lighter options and ordered Simple Salmon with brussels sprouts (probably could have subbed this for something else) and a sweet potato. I ordered the Braised Shortrib, which was super tender and served with a parsnip puree and greens. The entrée portions were well-sized and everything came out in good time over the course of the service.

I will definitely return to Lia's again soon, weather and COVID-permitting, to try other items on the menu!

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vipNoel
Washington DC
223 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food across the board on all six of our group's entrees--the pasta with meatballs and halibut and braised beef were especially good. Good apps and deserts, too. And our server was terrific, too. Outdoor seating is excellent--very COVID-compliant with lots of room between tables, lots of heaters, and the servers were also very on top of COVID issues. We are always so glad Lia's is in our neighborhood!

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vipUStFoodie
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside. Lias made sure that the tables were socially distant and everyone interacting with customers were wearing mask. Felt comfortable and safe enough to come back again.

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catwomyn
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice dinner at Lia’s. The service was was excellent, the outdoor seating just right, and the food was delicious.

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PatriciaD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

3 friends meeting for dinner in an outdoor setting where tables are well spaced and with heaters!

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vipSarahtonin
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to break out of our pattern and go out to Lia's to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We've been before the pandemic and we chose it for the outside patio on a day with a warm forecast. Lia's service was very professional and impressive, they knew what they had to do to keep everyone safe. Enjoyed the halibut and my wife enjoyed eggplant. We appreciated the night out and they showed they appreciated us.

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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 on October 15, 2020

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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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 3438 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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