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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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (33)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Good for a Date (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Business Meals (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Cozy (11)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Fun (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Romantic (7)
Seasonal (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

As always, the waitstaff was attentive, and the food was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

LIA's has improved tremendously! The marinated skirt stake a la Greque was outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always a good time at Lia's. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Healthy
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is our second time here since our daughter started school at American University this Fall. We have diverse palates yet always find something everyone enjoys. Food is wonderful, and creative. Quickly becoming a favorite.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Meal was poorly prepared, overcooked and no presentation - a mound of food.

Waiter was not a good listener, had to remind him of requests numerous times.

Overall disappointing experience.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service, well organized wine list with good choices, and quiet enough to hear the voices at your table without shouting.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

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!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food. Good service despite not having anyone at the host stand for about 5 min when we arrived. May have been doing the pre dinner service meeting.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food is consistently of high quality and menu offers variety and value. A great place to eat a few times a week.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Always outstanding in every aspect - food, service, atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food with large variety of choices. Good menu for families. Everything from gourmet entrees to pizza and burgers. Only drawback is noise level is on the high side. Have been before and will return again

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Not up to usual good standards

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Lunch meeting with two colleagues. Was really good, high quality creative meals and great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great value at the bar for all day happy hour on Monday & Tuesday. The mushroom pizza is delicious. Homemade crust and fresh ingredients. Half price bottles of wine on Wednesday are also amazing.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

My entree pasta Bologna’s, was not well sauced or seasoned

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We’ ve eaten at LIA’S dozens of times but tonight had an experience of poor service. The restaurant was perhaps understaffed?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Always reliable food and service. I wish there were more in Chevy Chase area.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Healthy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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