Via Sophia

4.5
240 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Via Sophia reimagines the osteria experience for downtown D.C; where classic Italian dishes and fresh-from-the-oven pizzas are paired with bespoke beverages and a discerning wine list. With a focus on quality, consistency, and hospitality, we offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere for every guest, at any time of the day.

Experiences

  • Three Course Prix Fixe Lunch

    $25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Three course lunch menu for $25. Gazpacho, then any salad, sandwich, or pasta, followed by tiramisu.

Offers

  • $19 Pizza + Any Draft Beer $17 Pizza + Select Wine

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    7 days a week, 3 - 6PM, Via Sophia is offering any of our amazing Neapolitan Pizza + a Glass of Red or White Wine for $17 or Any Pizza and any Draft Beer for $19

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 240 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! My husband and I can’t stop talking about it. We will definitely be back.

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vipAdamU
Cleveland
45 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great dinner with my daughter for her 11th birthday. Food was great and awesome atmosphere.

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vipFresca
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We chose this restaurant because it was highly rated. We got there and it took over 10 minutes for someone to come and greet us. Service was not very good. Had to ask for bread service and even cheese. Waiter was focused on another table that was ordering a lot of drinks. Fresh made pasta was good, other items not so much

Would not choose this restaurant for dinner again in DC

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JaneDiner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The service was good and my server made me a drink that had been on the menu before that wasn't currently, so that was nice and appreciated. But the food was just not very good. The Panzerotti and Arancini were both incredibly greasy... like dripping with oil. We sat outside which is right on the corner of 14th and K Street. It was a little too much noise and traffic during rush hour, but I bet off hours it's a nice place to sit and have a drink.

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vipMarkD
New England
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food not great, good service not great, too loud. Beer list is limited, portions are small for the price, except for the side dishes which were shareable. I had the Chicken Marsala, nor even close to what I expected. Not in my top ten.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Menu was very small for brunch, but the food they did have was good.

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vipAlejandraG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We felt rushed to order, our waitress practically forced us to order drinks, appetizers, and our entire meal in one go.
The food was great, and the restaurant lovely.
I would recommend, but I hope you have better service than us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Very disappointed. only had one bathroom available. To have a long queue in the middle of the restaurant of people waiting to use the restroom does not make for a good experience. Food was good, my server had no personality and he was unfriendly. I will not be going to that restaurant again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It took us 15 minutes before a server came to say hi or take our drink order. The food was expensive but not well done. The risotto wasn’t even fully cooked. Calamari was horrible.

We went to Le Diplomate after for “second dinner” and that was CHEAPER and SO MUCH better. Go literally anywhere else in DC and you’ll be happier. We will never return.

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vipSeattleeaters
Cleveland
92 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The harvest salad and burrata were superb. Mmm - roasted carrots and the best beets I’ve had in a long time! The pizzas were okay. Something about the fennel sausage didn’t sit right. We should not have eaten our entire pizzas; each one was way too much for one person.

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vipleebles73
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch - delicious food and prompt service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food, would definitely come back again.

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RachelL
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food for breakfast but limited options. No kids menu and no a la carte menu.

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DeborahE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was not our first visit to Via Sophia, and I imagine that it won't be our last. The Caponata Bruschetta was savory and delicious, while the Whipped Ricotta Bruschette with figs had the contrast of some sweet and was equally delicious. I had the Bucatini with cheese and pepper, and my husband had the chicken marsala. We both were more than happy with our choices. And to top it off, the waiter made a perfect wine suggestion. If you want a memorable and satisfying meal, Via Sophia will exceed your expectations!

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vipTheWife
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Wrong food came out
Server did not even ask if we wanted the correct food

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vipHanK
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

THE SERVER WAS NOT CLEAN AND IT SEEMED DID NOT WASH HIS HAIR. THERE HAD 4-5 SERVERS OR STAFF. THEY WERE BUSY TALKING THEMSELVES. I WAS ON MY WAY TO GO TO THE BATHROOM AND ONE OF THE STAFF WAS IN FRONT OF ME. SHE OPENED THE DOOR AND GET INTO THE BUILDING AND EVEN SHE SAW ME BUT SHE DIDN'T HOLD THE DOOR. I MEAN IT IS NOT A VERY NECESSARY THING TO DO, BUT I CAN SAY IT WAS NOT TOO NICE. FOOD WAS OK FOR THE PRICE I PAID FOR, BUT THE RESTAURANT NEEDS BETTER SERVICE FOR SURE.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely setting in a classic and beautiful hotel. I think this restaurant is overlooked and underappreciated. The linguini with white clam sauce was the best I've ever hand - hands down - and I so appreciate wait staff who will recommend the best.

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rkesteve
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Came here at 5:30 to take advantage of happy hour. Sat outside and waiter gave us dinner menus. When I asked for happy hour menu, he looked at his watch and said let me get those. Came back and said happy hour is only in the bar area. Website said nothing about this, nor the sign on the sidewalk. Also why look at your watch to see if within hours of happy hour. And as an employee why did he not know the rules? I think he was worried about getting g a lower tip.

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vipNancyR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food. Waiter was nice but slow. They are understaffed. But if they fix that would be 5 star!

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vipStefan
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been an awesome experience to dine at Via Sophia - service, food and ambient in the restaurant were really amazing. We sat outside on the patio and had a lovely evening. The waitress were taking great care of us while not being too intrusive. The pizza taste amazing and the drinks were professionally mixed. Even though the patio appears to be located close to the boardwalk the noise level was very low and we enjoyed privacy. We can definitely recommend this spot if you look for an authentic Italian restaurant.

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vipfoodlover
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there forlunch. The food was outstanding as well as the service. I'll be returnign for additional meals.

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JLMeals
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Booked a business lunch outside for a party of five that became a party of six. Host was flustered by the addition, but the waiter easily pulled a chair over to the empty spot at the table. Food was good and the pre-fix was a nice option. The restaurant is central in DC and the porch was spacious and mostly shaded, which is why I picked the restaurant. Service was a bit slow, waited 20+ min to order, and they ran out of the gazpacho, which was the only option for the first course of the pre-fix, so one of our diners was out of luck. They were "out" of decaf coffee which seemed strange and then they didn't provide a proper credit card payment receipt other than the one I had to sign for them, which made reimbursement a bit of a pain. I'd probably book again.

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vipTonyF
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was very slow. I don’t mind a slow pace but there were times we went 15 minutes without bread or even a server coming by.
That said the food was amazing.

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vipDeanI
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. The food was very good as was the service.

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CynthiaB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner was incredible! We had a nice outdoor table on the front porch, excellent and friendly servers. We had the caponata bruschetta for appetizer with delicious pieces of bacon grilled fresh bread. All pastas are made fresh by the chef. The seasonal Agnolotti dish with Smoked Burrata, Sweet Corn and Maitake Mushrooms was to die for!!! Our second course was the Seven Hills Top Sirloin with Crispy Potato, Smoked Onion, Mushroom Ragu, Heirloom Carrot which was cooked to perfection, beautifully presented and an incredible blend of flavors thanks to the chef! My husband and I HIGHLY recommend this place for dinner.

Via Sophia
Responded on September 13, 2021

We are so happy that you had a great time on Saturday and we look forward to your return.

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Lorenzo
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best value for money around the area. Pasta are great!

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MorganD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best, most authentic Italian meals I’ve ever eaten.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Extremely hot ambiance, AC didn’t seem to be working but food was phenomenal! Definitely would eat from there again

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vipDCLOCAL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. This is my go to place in dc. It was our servers Liya 's first day and it seemed like she had been working there for years. Amazing wine list too.

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KellyLingerUSA
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere, cheerful and friendly service, delicious food. Definitely recommend for a relaxing dinner.

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CarolV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Not a very wide menu selection. For what you get I think the price points could improve. The food was okay. Not bad. Not great.

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ShellieS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in DC for an art exhibit and visited Via Sophia for lunch. It was a Friday at 12:15 and it was not crowded. I was greeted courteously, seated promptly and a server immediately brought me water and took my drink order. It arrived promptly, as did my margherita pizza, which was delicious! I ordered a second beverage and was left in peace to finish it at my leisure, only being interrupted to be provided the dessert menu and asked if I wanted to order. when I finished my beverage, my check was brought promptly. The entire experience was great and I will definitely return and recommend it to others!

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Dinerx
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every minute of our dinner at Via Sophia. The service was incredible, tables well spaced and felt very COVID safe. The food was amazing — summer salad, grilled calamari fresh and light but ample portions and the mains of chicken Marsala, bucatini, gnocchi and topped off with espresso and budini for dessert — it was all fantastic. We will be back. Just the cozy family dinner we were looking for.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

La calidad de la comida es muy normal. La pasta estaba rica (nos llamó la atención la cantidad de ajo que había en ambos platos, y eso que nos gusta el sabor), la pizza tardaron en traerla unos 5min desde que la pedimos, no estaba recien hecha pero no estaba mala… Solo que nos parecio recalentada (Vimos un horno al estilo Napoletano y parece que la hicieron allí aunque no en el momento). La carta no es muy extensa. El camarero que nos atendió fue muy agradable. Fuimos un martes a última hora de la noche y estaba casi vacío, así que estuvimos muy tranquilos. Al final, es el bar de un hotel y no destaca. No había nada malo pero no repetiremos.

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BenjaminS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was not good, super hot inside the restaurant, and took forever to order.

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vipLuvtodine
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food service and ambiance. Highly recommend!

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vipMaby
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not bad pizza!

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vipDCLOCAL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!! An amazing experience from the service to the food this restaurant was really impressive. The wine list was very well curated with some big bargains to be had. The linguini with clams was probably the best I have ever eaten. Only problem was I did not have any room for dessert.

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vipXxx00
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, interior, service. For sure 5 star restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the beef tartare, grilled calamari, and bucatini. I’d absolutely order them all again, especially the homemade pasta. Food was good, drinks were good, atmosphere was good, but the service and staff were even better.

Via Sophia
Responded on August 16, 2021

Thank you for the great review. I will be sure to share this with the team.

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FAQs

Via Sophia does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Via Sophia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 218-7575.

Via Sophia is rated 4.5 stars by 240 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.