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LIA'S, Chevy Chase, MD

LIA'S

4.4
4.4
3777 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (240) 223-5427

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We offer an exquisite private dining experience for any group, whether an intimate party of 8 or a large celebration for up to 250 guests throughout the entire restaurant space.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Foster: (202) 706-7326

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Cross street

    Wisconsin Avenue

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,777 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Italian

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  1. C

    Cathy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely dinner at Lia’s! The service was fantastic and the setting on the outdoor patio was very pleasant. The menu had great options and we all enjoyed our food. The only issue was that our parking validation didn’t work, but not sure if that was due to the validation by Lia’s or an issue at the separate parking lot with which the restaurant has an arrangement.
  2. NR

    NaRub

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Britney was a great server! We always like it there
  3. KS

    KarenS

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love Lia's. The food is excellent and the wait staff is very courteous, friendly and prompt. The outdoor dining area is lovely and it is easy to park, especially on weekends when they validate parking. We will be back!
  4. LA

    LAZ123

    Washington DC

    124 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 43rd Anniversary with you…. One of our first restaurant meals since Covid. Teresa was incredibly kind and helpful…such a Fabulous staff she leads and her professional manner along with her personality made our outing a real event! Her recommendations were on point and made for an outstanding celebration for us! Thanks so much! Jackie was an attentive server who added to the fabulous service!
  5. BW

    BenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive hostesses and waiter. Excellent drinks, even volunteered to bring me samples of two wines to choose from, excellent meal & dessert.
  6. B

    Bubbe

    Washington DC

    206 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    206 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Our first time at Cafe Lia’s. The service was v good & the waitress brought several wines to sample. That was v helpful. The food was plentiful but mediocre. 3 had the lamb burger which was tasty but undistinguished. The sweet potato fries were good. I had the sirloin with asparagus & potatoes. It was tasty but not special. The flavors melded together. We shared the deconstructed cannoli which was clever but not very plentiful on the ricotta amount. We’ll give it one more try. The validated underground parking is a plus as well as the outdoor seating with the large overhang.
  7. B

    Bruce

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The on-line menu indicated roast chicken which is my "test" for restaurants, so I was looking forward to that. But it was not on the menu at the restaurant. But the swordfish kabob was very good.
  8. MK

    MaryK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brianna was our waitress and she was sweet, professional, attentive and friendly. Service was great, food was very good.
  9. M

    Mimi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food at Lia’s is always good. The shrimp scampi and kale salad were excellent. Our server today, Bryonna, was just great! Competent, friendly, thoughtful, and fast, with a nice sense of humor.
  10. m

    maple

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Underwhelming! We have eaten here many times but based on this experience would not go back.
  11. A

    Arnold

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We ate outdoors in the patio on a quite warm evening. It was very pleasant. The waitress was responsive and friendly. The food was good. We have eaten here before and will certainly eat here again.
  12. B

    Binky

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food never disappoints but the most awesome aspect about Lia's is the staff. All are friendly and make one feel very appreciated as a customer. While they are always busy, one never feels rushed. Our server, Jenessa, was one of the best servers I have ever experienced and I was in hospitality for over 20 years. She had a smile that was so captivating and real and her demeanor matched that smile. truly seemed to enjoy her position. One could not ask for a better experience. Thank you.
  13. FJ

    FoodieJen

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    The front hostess stand was very nice and quick. We got seated right away. Our server took quite a long time to come over. He was very nice even though it took us about 7 minutes to be greeted once we sat down. The food came out “too fast”. The app was out within 5 min. And it was a meatball app. I dont Like feeling like I’m getting microwaved mass produced food esp for the price of the food we were paying. $15 for three tiny meatballs that were supposed to be accompanied by creamy parm polenta. Yeah. It was literally half of a tablespoon under each tiny meatball just to keep them from rolling on the plate. Absolutely nothing special and to make it worse is $15. If we had paid $6 or something for tiny sub par meatballs it kinda takes the sting out of it lol. Then we got the chicken parm(it was fine. Not great. Not terrible. The chicken was very dry tho). Shrimp scampi( all three of us agreed bland bland bland. The sauce was just like chicken stock and oil/butter- couldn’t taste any “seasoning” like garlic, salt, pepper even) and last the broccoli rabe and sausage ravioli( again bland bland bland. The sausage was poor quality. No flavor and dry, the ravioli itself had zero flavor and the sauce over the entire entree was bland even after adding salt and pepper). We overheard the large table next to us complaining about the flavor of a few of their dishes as well. Overall I would Not recommend and I should Taken the other reviews about the food being sub par to heart. I gave It two stars I stead Of one Because all of the staff that we did interact with was very pleasant!
  14. D

    Date

    Washington DC

    142 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good meal but not ideal place to sit outside. Pretty noisy. Would recommend eating inside
  15. d

    dgwdc

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    Gnocchi was mush. Setting was great for a summer evening but food and service were off and made for a disappointing experience.
  16. s

    smilenenjoy

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The water fountain is lovely but really loud. The ambiance outdoors is fantastic and the bar wall being open makes it feel like a really large space. It was great to see a good number of veg items to pick from. And the food was delicious.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Good food and service, but they need to step up their game with cocktails. Mojito was undrinkable, tasted like cough syrup.
  18. RW

    RheetaW

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I realize staffing is short, however, our experience wasn’t what we expected for what dinner cost. Very disappointing

    LIA'SResponded on June 21, 2022Hi, Rheeta! I have just responded to your feedback personally via your email address. I would love to know any specifics and would like to reinforce that we care about using feedback to improve. Thanks, Elizabeth

  19. j

    john

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lia's always dependable and food and service always good.
  20. ML

    MaureenL

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly attentive wait staff and always delicious food.
  21. DO

    DishOnSushiko

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I always forget how mediocre this place is.
  22. RM

    RetiredMike

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Despite several large parties, service was very good. Restaurant made best effort to seat us at quiet table. My basil chicken / arugala salad was plentiful and fresh and very very good.
  23. B

    Barb

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a terrific meal at Lia’s last week. The food was tasty and our server was excellent. In fact everyone working there was so friendly. We sat outside and it was a lovely night.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    Food was good, we ate it all. We came to celebrate a birthday but we left with a bitter taste that they don’t welcome families with kids. Did not even get to try cocktails or dessert. We saw the order taker twice. But in the other hand the food runner was very attentive, and pleasant. You should train him to be a server. I left cash tip for him and nothing for the order-taker.
  25. MB

    MichaelB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Outside seating is very pleasant.
  26. FB

    FeliciaB

    Washington DC

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service and food. Servers were excellent. Outdoor seating excellent
  27. d

    doug

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    First time at Lia’s since onset of pandemic. Same mediocre food. High prices. Never to return. We finally have a new option in the neighborhood with The Junction. Tell Chef Geoff to go home and be a daddy-mom.
  28. AB

    AprilB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great relaxed Saturday lunch catching up with an old friend.
  29. PR

    PrettyRicki

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is lovely and attentive, the food was delicious and the outdoor dining area had lovely ambiance.
  30. M

    Midwesterner

    Washington DC

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Genessa, was wonderful - attentive and helpful. The food was delicious! We will definitely be back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The patio at Lia’s is lovely. However, the food is just average. The chicken Parmesan (too heavily breaded) was served over a bed of over cooked spaghetti that was saturated by sauce. The other people in our party found their choices (basil garlic chicken and shrimp scampi) to be fair.
  32. D

    Daisymay

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ate outside. Nice ambience but very noisy due to waterfall. I thought this was an Italian restaurant but it isn’t. It serves some Italian food but not a true Italian restaurant.
  33. RS

    RuthS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nothing special about the food. Garlic spinach was soggy. Limited choices for those with simple food needs, except for sandwiches.
  34. S

    Stella

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Got seated right away-Good food. Waitress must have been newer -didn’t have much of a personality. When I asked for suggestions- she said bacon cheeseburger(I’m not at Five guys) when there was a lot of other options.
  35. S

    Sampsonite30

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always love my trips to Lia’s. Had a chopped salad. It was good not great.

    LIA'SResponded on June 21, 2022Thank you for your feedback! We are sad to hear the salad was only "good" and will definitely look into how we can ensure our quality in salads across the board. I can assure you we are utilizing your feedback to improve. We hope to see you again soon!

  36. MZ

    MomofZoedog

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are deaf so noise level doesn't matter to us. Lol. Excellent food and service. it's been a long time and wonderful to be back.
  37. JE

    JEllis

    Chicago

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lia's is one of our favorite neighborhood spots, especially when the weather is warm and we can dine al fresco. I wish they offered at least one GF pasta option, although their GF selections have improved.
  38. t

    thomasc

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I eat at Lia’s frequently. Has a great outdoor patio. Good and drinks are always good and consistent.
  39. SV

    SuzyV

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was delicious. Lia’s was great with food allergies, and able to modify without any problems. Great place for a celebration!

    LIA'SResponded on June 14, 2022Dear Suzy, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! Thank you for choosing us as your place to celebrate - we really enjoying hosting such special occasions! I am particularly glad to hear that we succeeded in ensuring food safety for those with allergies. We have lots of room to modify so that you can still really enjoy eating with us despite any small limitations. We can't wait to see you again!

  40. JR

    JRLJRL

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    I recommended Lia’s after dining there with friend a few years ago, but now I’m just embarrassed that I did. The wait staff was very nice, but there were too many screw-ups. It took them forever to take our order, and another 15 minutes to bring bread, which we had to ask for. The Brussels sprouts (appetizer) were almost raw. We sent them back, and the “new” ones were also raw as well as cold. The waiter brought out 2 of the 4 entrees and we started eating, but 5 minutes later he came back and apologized that he gave us another table’s entrees (same as ours). We would have kept them since we had already eaten a few bites, but he insisted on taking them away. Makes me wonder what happened to those plates … The rest of the meal was ok — I will say the food was very good — until the waiter brought the check, not split as we had requested. He tried again, and gave us 2 copies of the merchant receipt and one of the customer receipts. We asked again, and he disappeared for a while. At that point, we figured it out on our own, paid and left, disappointed. I know, short staffing and supply problems, but this was one problem after another. I hope things get better there, but I won’t be back.

    LIA'SResponded on June 8, 2022Thank you for your feedback. We take a lot of pride in what we do, so it is very disheartening to see that we fell short. I can assure you that we have reviewed your feedback carefully and will use it to get better. I have followed up with you via the email address attached to your OpenTable profile, please let me know if you did not receive the message.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.4 stars by 3777 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for LIA'S

4435 Willard Avenue Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wisconsin Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Comfort Food, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (240) 223-5427

  • Private party facilities

    We offer an exquisite private dining experience for any group, whether an intimate party of 8 or a large celebration for up to 250 guests throughout the entire restaurant space.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Foster: (202) 706-7326

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