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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
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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.
$30 and under
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LIA'S provides office catering for all businesses within a three block radius. Contact our event coordinator at email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Party Contact:
Amy Foster: (202) 706-7326
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Brunch was delicious! We tried salmon benedicts, hangover burger, and pizzas. They also have bottomless mimosas for $15 and you can change flavors from original orange kind to peach, pear, and pineapple. Our server Saoirse was very efficient. Highly recommend!
I was so glad my local friend suggested we meet at Lia’s. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was welcoming, and the staff was attentive without being intrusive. I loved the duck with pear ravioli special! And the house made ice-cream! But most of all I loved it that everyone at Lia’s was concerned about my comfort and well-being (I have a food allergy) and worked hard to see that my friend and I had an unhurried and relaxed dinner. (I was glad I could pay through OpenTable and ApplePay to avoid fuss at the end of the meal.)
We loved everything about our experience at Lia’s except... how slow the service was! Our group arrived at 6:00 pm and we did not leave until 9:15 pm!! Once we asked that things move a little quicker it did but it just wasn’t what any of us where expecting! I’m guessing if you let the staff know before you start that you’d like to be done at a certain time they could make happen. We just didn’t know to ask!!
Our server was obviously new. Our guests arrived and it took 2-3 reminders for drinks. My dinner, fish with bacon potatoes, was a nicely cooked piece of fish on a plate-covering smear of potatoes. Both were the same color. The bacon potatoes overwhelmed the flavor of the fish and the presentation was unattractive. The calamari was good, salads - fair, desserts - unexciting. I was sadly disappointed as I've eaten at Lia's quite a few times and nothing compared to this sad experience.
A very nice meal overall. The server did a nice job dealing with my embarrassingly difficult to servers, father-in-law. She was very pleasant and timely.
The food was very good and the half price bottles of wine were worth the trip. The only sort of negative I could find was the small amount of entrees that didn't contain meat. This is pretty common though and it wouldn't preclude me from returning.
Our ever changing guest count drove me crazy but it was easy to modify with the Opentable app. We ended up being a party of 7. We had requested an outdoor table and when we arrived there was not a single table seated outside. Upon walking in and speaking with the host they indicated it would be a minute because they had a table set inside. Granted it was an overcast day but with the fall weather arriving we didn't want to miss an opportunity to stay outside.
Our server was very pleasant, took all our orders at 1 time. We did initially ask for separate checks and she obliged. We chatted and were enjoying ourselves. Our drinks arrived and we continued having a good time. Our food was delivered and it did not take much time. We enjoyed our meals but our server must have been busy with indoor tables because eventually she seemed to disappear. We were all sitting with our dirty plates in front of us for the duration of our stay. I eventually went in and asked the host for our check which was brought out with 1 bill for all, after we asked he found the server who rectified the situation and brought out the separate checks. I like Lia's and will continue to patronize it.
The food was good. Nothing memorable. Portions were just right, in my opinion. Price was a little high ($84 for two before tip with only one alcholic beverage between us) for a meal that was delicious, but nothing more. We enjoyed the outdoor seating due to the weather, but you are overshadowed by an office building, a major road (although not a busy one) nearby, and no passerbys.
The only problem we had was that it was too noisy. When a waiter closed the door to the back room to reduce the noise level, our waitress opened the door again since I think it made it inconvenient for her to bring our food to our table. It's a set-up they should re-think. Otherwise, it is a comfortable place, food very good, service good, but not formal. Okay for a casual night out, or lunch with friends.
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