LIA'S

4.5
3670 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!

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 3670 people are saying
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KarenG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great and we really enjoyed our meal.

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vipPicky
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. It's tough to please everyone at the table equally, and Lia's did. Very good value. A neighborhood favorite.

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roeda
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food at Lia's has always been good. The waiter this time seemed overwhelmed and it may have been because it was Thanksgiving. This would not deter me from returning to the restaurant

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Cathig
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers April and her team excelled beyond our expectations. All were friendly and competent.

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent salmon, terrific hamburgers, amazing desert of donuts

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vipGlobalDiner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I responded to the intriguing email marketing of their Thanksgiving dinner, and decided to "eat in." I'm glad I did, because the setting is very pleasant and the staff was terrific (accommodating, just the right amount of attention, etc.). I chose the cauliflower steak for the appetizer and it was unusual and absolutely delicious. The main course - the Thanksgiving dinner - was ample but not nearly as good. Oh well. I still enjoyed the day, the cauliflower steak convinced me they have an interesting kitchen, and I will be back for more.

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Swanln
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

3 star experience overall. The crispy calamari & cauliflower steak were the best part of the meal. The turkey dinner was missing the stated mashed potatoes, when this was brought to the kitchen’s attention, we were served a bland, pasty serving of the potatoes. The Brussels were overdone, the turkey breast meat was better than the dark meat! On the whole disappointing, as was the mushroom gnocchi, absent truffle flavor, with copious amounts of mixed mushrooms & dense mushroom gnocchi. Of the dessert choices the apple crisp was adequate & the pumpkin pie was delicious. Brionna provided attentive service. So the 3 stars-1 each for the appetizers, dessert & service. I would return for the cauliflower steak!!!

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vipEllen
Washington DC
138 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. With two heaters we were very comfortable.

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JoanC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A very pleasant experience. Interesting menu. Food and service were great. Conveniently located in Friendship Heights.

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vipRuben
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Poor food quality
Limited menu

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Shelly
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Grilled fish and salads were great. Desserts too.

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ravelleb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We loved the cauliflower appetizer! To our great surprise, it came lathered with a glaze-like sauce, flecked with pine nuts, raisins and mushrooms. And the main course--a large tuna steak, thin-sliced and rare (at our request)--was fabulous! We also appreciated the chef's willingness to substitute green vegetables (I had spinach and my friend had broccoli) for the usual potatoes.

Best of all, we were seated in a quiet alcove in the backroom, which we were able to avoid the almost deafening sound of the noisy dinner crowd in the main diningroom. As a result, we were able to have a quiet conversation despite the popular hour. Of course, the price of this was infrequent appearances of our waiter, with long waits for wine and bread, but all in all it was worth it!

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vipjgoodman888
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All the dishes were great, including the short-ribs, tuna with a range of tasty mushrooms and the pastas. Service was attentive. Only challenge is that when almost full, the room is very noisy- they need some sound adsorbing material on the ceiling. Brussel sprouts were good appetizer to split.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a fabulous time when we go to Lia’s. The managers make their rounds and are so helpful. Liz always stops by our table for a quick chat and checking everything is in good order.

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ROKH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia’s is wonderful - the food is always good and the ambience is wonderful.

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vipPKDiner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff work as a fantastic team that creates a great high-spirited energetic atmosphere to ensure guests are happy and enjoy the experience. Food is delicious and a great value in the DC / MoCo area.

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MelanieM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was fantastic and the ambiance was perfect. It was our first time there and will not be our last!

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ArnoldH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely brunch. We ate indoors because too nippy and no one was
there so we were very covid comforable. The staff was very helpful and the food good.

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vipcarols
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia’s is always our favorite place for special occasions and every day dining! We sat outside under cover with a heat lamp on each side of our table and were delighted with the ambience, the food and the service that we have grown to count on! We will return!

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vipitaliansoul
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Just noisy.

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vipNoel
Washington DC
233 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As usual, the food was consistently excellent at Lia's. The lamb burgers, the salmon, the salads with calamari were all great. Service was terrific--Thank you Lila!!! And our late lunch (2:00) in the back room was nice and quiet where the two in our party with hearing issues could have a great conversation and not worry at all about being heard or hearing others. We are delighted to have Lia's in our neighborhood!!!

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tinlily
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lia's is one of our favorite restaurants. It has good food, good service, good ambiance, and good value. What more could one ask of a restaurant?

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vipsbmcreat
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated birthdays. Great place for evening out

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MissHart
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and the experience was amazing! Not too crowded and fast and fresh food. Not as much seasoning on the food as I’d like but it didn’t diminish the quality or flavor of the food at all! Plum bourbon was awesome, too! I’ll definitely be back!

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Binky
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good. Awesome food choices and always tastes superb. Service is one of the best I have experienced. Never fails to be a great place to dine.

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Susan
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We were delighted to obtain an outdoor table for an early dinner and, as requested in advance, had a heater located next to us.
Servers were pleasant and the food at Lia's is reliably good.
However, two of us (total of 4) had salads and asked for bread. The bread, which servers kept saying was "baked to order," did not arrive until we were finished with our meals.
It was frustrating and disappointing.
Moreover, about 2/3 of the way through our meal someone walked over and whisked away the heater without inquiring if that was ok. It was getting darker and cooler and was NOT ok but we did not say anything about it.
We are fans of Lia's and regular customers. This was an unpleasant experience that I hope will not be repeated.

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vipellenc
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy and delicious dining in our neighborhood
We love Lias

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goodfood
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food and nice service. highly recommend for Saturday brunch. They also stamp parking ticket. A plus for the neighborhood.

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RoseBuddy
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food is mediocre. Like an Italian chain restaurant.

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vipWendyS
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful server on the lovely patio.

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SteveG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was outstanding. She is a star and please make sure you take care of her.

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KMFF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Lia's is consistently a wonderful dining experience

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vippatricias
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

After years of loving Lia’s, yesterday was a big

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PatriciaS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food. Servers were attentive. The outdoor patio was wonderful- umbrellas for shade and sun if you wanted it. Lovely day!!

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food fair service not great. I was disappointed.

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vipWinifred
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was terrific. Food not so much. Surprising that items I have ordered many times were just not right. Chef must have been off last night. Fried calamari were dry and overcooked. Salad was limp spinach. Pizza was soggy

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CHARLESC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food options, well prepared and served with attention and a smile.

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Zhenyfehr
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS! However, next time I’ll do take out instead because service was lousy. We tipped our server very well understanding the COVID-19 environment, but we had to constantly ask for new utensils and plates and we were given steak knives and tiny coffee plates instead and no serving utensils came with our dishes althoigh wr made it clear we were sharing everything. We order several dishes and had to add a 2-seater table to accommodate our small table but we had to do this on our own. We also ordered take out and also explained what was for whom and our server did not care.

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 4.5 stars by 3670 OpenTable diners.

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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