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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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (38)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
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Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for a Date (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Comfort Food (17)
Business Meals (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Seasonal (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Romantic (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Fun (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 10 hours ago

Not the best experience, our server went away for few minutes without checking on us, table was not the best and food was okay, but nothing special.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 17 hours ago

Went for my sister's birthday brunch, first time for all of us. Parking is very convenient and was free with validation which always makes the experience better. Service was outstanding, and food was plentiful for cost, beautifully presented, and delicious. I would like to try this place for dinner sometime. Brunch had a good crowd, but the restaurant is nicely configured. Everything from coffee and mimosas, to the delicious bread, to the main entrees were wonderful. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic food at each course with excellent cocktails and superb service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Like the ambiance, decent food not great, good service. Enjoyed it overall but didn't blow us away.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We went for Valentine's Day - which happened to fall on a Wednesday, which is Lia's half price bottle night, so we got some great bubbly to go with our meal. The food is really good. Lia's had a V-Day menu of Oyster Rockerfeller, Lobster Tortellini and a 12oz ribeye in cognac and blue cheese sauce - all very delicious. We also got an order of the fried calamari starter, which is one of my favorites, perfectly crispy and not oily! We shared an apple crostata for dessert, which was delicious! I love Lia's it is such good value for such great food. Good ambiance, always friendly service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was rather uninspired particularly for the price (e.g. the ribeye was underseasoned, poorly seared, and oversauced and the potato-parsnip puree was flavorless). The music was too loud and the two-seaters felt so crammed together that there was no real opportunity for an intimate conversation that could not be easily overheard especially because we had to raise our voices to hear each other over the music. We were itching to leave rather than linger and order dessert and coffee. Two bright spots: the corn chowder was exceptional and the music playlist, despite being too loud, was great fun.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

One rider late

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Really enjoying this hidden gem! Look forward to our next visit!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Food terrific and waiter very attentive. Requested and got a very quiet table in back room - perfect for conversation.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Terrific service. Two people in our party (including me) had birthdays that night, and the evening was wonderful, in no small part because of the service, promptness of delivery, good recommendations and amenities. Would definitely recommend Lia's to anyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Always reliable for an excellent dinner, with attentive service and excellent wine!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Nice, casual dining. Friendly service. Good food. The noise level was low and allowed us to have a nice conversation with a friend we haven't seen in awhile. An enjoyable experience that was worth the 45 minute drive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Lia's is always a great place to go for good dependable food at reasonable prices. The staff is friendly and responsive to requests. Don't like the accompaniment to your main course? They will, within reason, replace it with something more to your liking. I think that we are there at least once a week. We really like Lia's

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Lia's dining room is bustling. Went for dinner - there was a steady crowd and we know why. The food is delicious! There are creative selections for every palate. Recommend the salmon, the crispy brussel sprouts and the risotto - incredible. The service is also great - attentive and friendly. Can't ask for more. Love Lia's!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service, delicious food beautifully served. Will go again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Long time friends from graduate school. My club sandwich with sweet potato fries was so good I had no room for dinner!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I met a friend at Lia's, and we enjoyed a very pleasant lunch. My friend -- who prefers to be gluten-free -- was pleased that a gluten-free menu was available and had many tasty options. We both ordered salads and were pleased with them.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Always enjoying eating here with the family. Food and service are excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was good but the waitress was absent for most of the meal and then she decided to give herself a 30% tip by not bringing any change from the bill. Seriously??

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was good and they have a gluten free menu even during restaurant week. But they offered bread to the table NOT gluten free. When I inquired about gluten free bread they wanted to charge me $3.00. They did not charge the table $3.00 for the pumpkin bread. Not Your Average Joes provides gluten free and regular bread to the table at no charge. Lias needs to step up. If you offer a gluten free menu then there should also be gluten free bread offered with the other bread to the table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My husband and I had three guests. One canceled at the last minute and the other 2 arrived 15 minutes late. Servers were patient and did not pressure us. The restaurant was not full.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Except for the pizza and the bruchetta on the menu, most of the entrees didn't seem to be Italian. The crab dumplings were excellent; however, the eggplant appetizer was very dry and had too much breading. Also, the pieces of duck in the salad entrée was more breading than duck. The trio of sorbets for dessert would have been nicer if each one was a separate flavor. As it was, three large scoops of the sorbet was boring. The service was quite slow; two hours for lunch. Even though it was Restaurant Week, we were there later in the afternoon and the service did not pick up although the waiter was friendly.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Waited 50 minutes past reservation. Food was so-so. Coffee watered down.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful food as usual. Restaurant week specials but no corners were cut!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Fantastic lunch for restaurant week. Chef was creative and food delicious and fresh. The pecan crusted salmon with Oreo cheese cake fir dessert highly recommend.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

My husband and I agree: the grilled swordfish entree was the best swordfish we can ever remember eating! The shrimp soup and fried calamari for starters and the divine chocolate dessert were fitting bookends to a splendid meal. Bravo to the chef!
The service was also excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food is fabulous, meal portions are very generous. Service was great. Definitely recommend this place. Very convenient to the metro but if you have a car, they offer validated parking. Voted best of Bethesda and I can see why.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was amazing and the service was very good. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Lia's is a favorite of ours. When our friends come to town we like to take them there. The food and service are both wonderful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Menu has some interesting takes on Italian/Mediterranean, and the food was very good. We've already decided we need to go back to try some new things!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

Always reliable creative staples. Can be noisy at night.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Reflecting the season and what is freshest in the marketplace, 
each week Lia's adds several new entrees to its regular menu. 
For regulars that is a particular plus. This week's lobster and 
shrimp tortellini with its fresh, spicy tomato sauce and just a 
touch of saffron aiola was simply superb. Whether you are 
looking for a vegetarian dish or not, the eggplant parmesan, 
generously sauced and topped with lovely moist mozzarella 
will satisfy even the most ardent carnivore. But if beef is what 
you crave, the Angus double-grilled burger will fully satisfy and 
more. Dessert was a must given the joint birthdays being 
celebrated. Lia's presented an array of favorites arranged 
like a miniature sculpture garden. The celebrants were jubilant 
and not a morsel remained. As for the service (Saoirse)---
the usual friendly, attentive but not intrusive blend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Vegan, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (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 30, 2017

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

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