About LIA'S

Voted The Best Restaurant in Chevy Chase by readers of Bethesda Magazine! Enjoy Chef Geoff's genuine hospitality and casual cuisine with an Italian flair. Come for a glass of wine, hand tossed pizzas, fresh pasta, or charcuterie and cheese, and the result will be the same. You'll be back for more. Join us on the Weekend for brunch and every Wednesday for half price wines. Don't miss our seasonal menus, Weekly Specials, Weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday, Half Price Wine Night every Wednesday, Happy Hour daily from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and all day on Monday and Tuesday, or our beautiful patio offering some of the best outdoor dining in the area. We also offer private parties (including private cooking classes), and offsite catering for any occasion (We also deliver with DoorDash!). We look forward to welcoming you soon! Cheers! Chef Geoff

4435 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Comfort Food, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Bar open to midnight daily.

Cross Street:
Wisconsin Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(240) 223-5427

Website:
http://www.chefgeoff.com/

Catering:
LIA'S provides office catering for all businesses within a three block radius. Contact our event coordinator at party@chefgeoff.com

Parking Details:
All Day on Weekends and After 5 PM During Week: FREE parking with validation in lot under the restaurant (Colonial Parking Garage on The Hills Plaza Rd). After getting out of your car, look for Office Elevators and take to the first floor. During week, before 5, we offer reduced rate parking with validation.

Public Transit:
Friendship Heights metro (red line) located 1 block away on cross streets Western Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue. Walk one block north on Wisconsin Avenue to Willard and we are at 4435 Willard Avenue in the Ritz-Carlton building. Look for our outdoor patio and red awnings.

Private Party Facilities:
Take your guests to Italy! A party at LIA'S is a trip to Italy: delicious, warm, and fun. Whether a small seated event or a large cocktail reception, we can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our private wine room seats 49 and the entire restaurant can be reserved for as many as 250. Our patio offers unique outdoor space for entertaining groups in the spring, summer, and fall. For menus and more information, please contact our Private Event Director, Amy Foster, at party@chefgeoff.com.

Private Party Contact:
Amy Foster: (202) 706-7326

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
LIA'S hosts numerous specials events, including wine dinners, beer dinners, cooking classes and more. To receive information regarding our next special event sign up for our newsletter at www.chefgeoff.com.

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LIA'S Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (35)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Creative Cuisine (27)
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Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Business Meals (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Seasonal (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Authentic (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Cozy (7)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Romantic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Came late on the Sunday of a 3-day weekend and the place was pretty empty. Good specials on offer but we ordered from the menu and were happy with what we got. Mushroom pizza very good. Arugula salad particularly good because of wonderful lemon vinagrette. We were delighted it was so quiet but couldn't vouch for noisiness if the dining room had been full.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Waitress was very pleasant and cheerful. Our guests really enjoyed their entree choices.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We are relatively new to the DMV area, and decided to try a new restaurant close to home. We booked the reservation based on the Open Table reviews, and we were thrilled with our choice. We are a family of foodies and almost never dine at national chain restaurants. This will become a new family favorite. Highly recommend Lias.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is our favorite.... this year the server was terrible . Ignored us , never got bread until after apps were done and she only paid attention to the table behind us ! She only remembered us when it came time to pay the check .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a nice brunch with my husband and a friend at LIA's last Sunday. Nice, comfortable seating in the main dining room, quiet for nice conversation, very nice service and food was very tasty with generous portions.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

Always reliable creative staples. Can be noisy at night.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Thank you to the great staff at Lia's for making our family dinner a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great! Really sweet touch to put our birthday boys name (7yo)on the chalkboard!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The rating says it all. The service and food were outstanding g. We will return! Loved the rainbow trout that was cooked perfectly and my husband loved his rigatoni. Portions are generous.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food at a fair price, especially for their Sunset evening specials. Well worth it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Pecan crusted salmon was delicious, as was the salad and chocolate ganache.
We came for the Sunset offering, and it was a quality, well valued dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Really enjoyed totally professional service, great recommendations and absolutely delicious halibut very well prepared! Love this place!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I can always count on Lia's for the food and environment. On this occasion, the staff proved exemplary when my guest felt ill. The first person I could connect with from my table was a busboy, who looked me in the eye and asked if he could help. I asked for a glass of orange juice because my friend felt faint. The busboy immediately connected with others, and a manager both brought over the OJ quickly and asked what else he could do, next providing some gluten free bread (pronounced delicious) as an added snack when asked for something suitable. My friend rallied, but throughout the meal different staff members checked in and were clearly ready to help--discreetly--as needed. We really appreciated their professionalism.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very nice dinner on Christmas Eve.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As always, the entire experience was excellent. My daughter, who rarely raves about a meal, was super satisified with the sweet potato gnoche.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Usually Lia's scores great with us, but this time only two out of three main dishes were great: the halibut was great and the filet mignon over a chive risotto with hollandaise was just fabulous.
The tortellini with crab and lobster in spicy tomato sauce however was a disappointment. The fresh made pasta was overcooked and a bit too thick. There was celery and perhaps some madeira in the sauce, but no spiciness at al, resulting in a band sauce that did not even taste like a tomato sauce. We have dined here before and this is the first time a pasta special was not good. They are often sensational (I still fondly remember the ravioli with braised short rib filling).

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Lunch was great! Good selection and specials. Good service, too!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food, and great staff! Our group of 9 had a wonderful time! They gave us a private space so that we could chat in private.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Had a drink in the bar beforehand. Service was very slow!!!
In the restaurant service was also a bit slow, but the food was good and ambiance was very nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Very good food and service. Will definitely return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was excellent and the wait staff were very attentive to our needs. Would recommend it for Birthdays or get together’s

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We have been to Lia's many times. The menu is eclectic but has something for everyone. It has everything from excellent burgers to steak. On this occasion my halibut was dry and slightly over cooked while my husbands cod was very good to excellent. The donuts for desert are to die for and the cannoli are excellent. It was around $55/person which I thought was a little pricey as we did not have wine or drinks and one person had a hamburger.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

While it was a quiet Tuesday night for a friend’s gathering, we were seated at a corner booth table next to the doors leading to a large party room (?). Every time the doors opened, there was a draft and sometimes the doors were left wide open multiple times. By the time we realized the issue we had started on our meal.

The service was lukewarm at best - our server motioned to me to bring her my empty water glass so she could fill it since she couldn’t move 1 step closer. I was astounded. The service improved slightly towards dessert/coffee.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

My first time there, and it was wonderful! I met some college friends in town as well as one friend's nieces, and we loved the food, the vibe and the service. Thumbs up, all around!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food good but 2 unfortunate incidents. First our party of 5 was seated by the door and every time the door opened a cold breeze came wafting through. We asked to be moved and gratefully were. Then one of our party was a 27 year old from Canada. She ordered a glass of wine. The waiter asked for ID. She produced her Canadian drivers license. Not accepted. The waiter asked for her passport, which was at our house. She had a picture of it on her phone. Also not accepted. Said it was "the law" which I since learned is not true. Sad. Sort of colored the evening negatively.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This was my second visit to Lia's, the food at the 1st visit was better. This time I got the veggie bean burger. I'm not a vegetarian and should have gone for the beef burger. Bean burger was uninteresting. We both really liked the butternut squash apple soup.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great location for work lunch meetings

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Duck ragu on raviolini was superb. Also the strip steak with mushroom sauce. Wait staff were very cooperative in making substitutions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our food was yummy and portions were more than generous. However, after our waiter being wonderful and figuring out which dishes could be made vegan, the kitchen still put cheese on our brussels sprouts?!?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Get there before 6:30 fr the prix fixe meals, which are an excellent value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were visiting the DC area from out of town to visit with our son, future daughter in law and her family. I asked for recommendations for that Saturday night dinner, and chose Lia's due to the very wide menu. There is something for everyone, even for our party, which included gluten-free and vegetarian diners. Our waiter was quick to first appear, quick with answers to all our menu/ingredient questions and completely responsive throughout the meal. The food was all delicious - from appetizers to desserts! I would highly recommend Lia's to anyone!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything is always fine at Lia's but the noise level. You cannot hear the people at your own table. It is really difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family really enjoyed the special Thanksgiving dinner we had at Lia’s. The turkey lovers enjoyed their meal but so did our fish lovers and vegetarians. The portions were a Normas including the appetizers. It was a tremendous value for $42 a person and the service was prompt and attentive. This was truly an exceptional Thanksgiving celebration. I highly recommend it for a special occasion dining.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is the 2nd or 3rd year that we've had our Thanksgiving meal at Lia's and it was by far the best. Our thanks and compliments to Executive Chef Steve Mannino for an excellent menu and to the staff for their excellent service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing thanksgiving menu. Plates were copious. The turkey filling was to die for, and that pumpkin pie was like air deliciousness. Great menu and best we've had. Worth the money.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Nice. It was Thanksgiving day and I am sure they were fully booked, but we did not feel rushed. The food was not very adventurous but it was prepared with care. The portions were generous and we took some home. Value wise, I would say it was on the expensive side for the food we got. However, the service was excellent and that has a price, too. It was fixed price on Thanksgiving (with plenty of choices in each of the three courses), I would like to give it a try on a regular day.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was good, had expected better for the price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We found everything so flavorful- we will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

A bit too loud for a business lunch. Food and service were just fine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was great from the greeters to the service staff! Food was good and portion sizes were good not big. The dessert donuts were so yummy!!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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