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La Vela Italian Restaurant

4.7
4.7
290 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 326-4817

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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What 290 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Italian

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Great for scenic views

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Italian

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  1. K

    Karbo

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Although we had a 7:00 reservation, we weren't seated until 7:30. Other than that, everything was fantastic. Great food, great service, great ambiance (on the porch, the main dining room was too noisy and not as cozy), and good value for the cost. Plan to return and enjoy it again.
  2. SN

    SheriN

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great table, great drinks, and the food was wonderful.
  3. KW

    KarenW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of four had an excellent time and the food was great. Service was on point we will definitely be going back very soon.
  4. S

    Steven

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I made a reservation a week and a half before , we ended up waiting 35 minutes for a table with no where to wait but I small hallway. A group of 5 came in 5 to 10 min.after us and they say them right away..the appetizers were great the entries were very bland. All the main dishes were good proportions except the scallops and shrimp , it came with 2 shrimp and 2 scallops for I believe 34 dollars. Then 3 of us where sick all morning, not sure if it was the dish that we all tried wich was the lobster ravioli.we were there for Birthdays 4 of us and we were sat right next to the back outside door and kitchen so yeah .my grand daughter ended up wearing her jacket most of the evening .so needless to say we probably won't be coming back..they also pushed a table for 2 up against a table for 4 that did not Match up.
  5. BB

    BlancaB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Our table was not ready...we end up seating an hr. LATE...The manager never came to us an apologize. It was not a food experience this time
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Overall I like the place and the food was ok, but avoid the table near the door AT ALL COSTS. There was a loud and obnoxious birthday gathering and it just destroyed the whole night. Previous visits have been much better, but last night really sucked.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Birthday dinner
  8. P

    Picks

    Baltimore

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Our guest had duck, I had the risotto and hubby had the seafood linguini. Everything was delicious and hubby and I brought food home. Beth was an excellent server, paying close attention to us.
  9. JL

    JackieL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful staff, had a great time -- highly recommend
  10. P

    Paradocs

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative menu that changes often, which makes us want to go again and again.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve
  12. AJ

    AJinDC

    Washington DC

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding new years eve dinner! Great service, excellent food and overall a good time.
  13. BM

    BullockM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Small bathroom (single) no toilet paper. The restaurant was 62° and from the loss of feeling in my toes I'd say in the 50s near the floor... and we were inside. Not sure the 4 course was worth 100$. Had to trek through puddles to get inside... if your not going to pave , at least grade.
  14. C

    Cyndy

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding food and impeccable service. If you’re in Southern Maryland for only one meal, this is the place to go!!!
  15. BY

    BobY38Bethesda

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    it is our favorite restaurant for a quiet, pleasant lunch.
  16. CM

    CathyM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there as a double date night and it was AMAZING
  17. AJ

    AJinDC

    Washington DC

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love La Vela! We eat there at least 1x per week, and we were delighted to meet Chef Antonello the other day at a wine tasting dinner. We loved that event and we loved Christmas eve dinner as well! These special event, prix fixe menus are outstanding and we look forward to more! We're also looking forward to NYE dinner (already booked!)!
  18. JJ

    JerryJ

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly delicious food, quite atmosphere with beautiful views.
  19. JF

    JackF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    make a reservation and come enjoy some great food and drinks. My favorite "The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Amazing meal and a Holiday tradition for me on Christmas Eve.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Highly recommend. Great food, service and atmosphere. The overall package.
  21. ED

    EvaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Need draft beers. No selection. Great cocktails especially their limoncello blush
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The food was lackluster for the money paid. The chicken parm looked like a pile of spaghetti with too much sauce. Like the dogs dinner! Not presentable. The lobster ravioli was dense and the lobster tasted old. Not the best meal I have had there.
  23. TW

    TinaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice dinner and would go back again.
  24. R

    Ruairi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent Italian dinner. Extensive menu of Italian entrees. Spectrum of moderate to expensive entrees.
  25. DW

    DawnW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Really enjoyed the food, our servers were great! It's a small restaurant, so it can be a bit noisey since the tables and bar are co-mingled.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything great
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere.
  28. A

    Antara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the service, staff was nice and polite. Food was absolutely delicious. 10/10 would go again.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic from the service to the drinks to the delicious food. We were a party of 4 and every dish was out of this world! We can’t wait to return.
  30. JJ

    JJSoMD

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love, love, LOVE this restaurant! The food is outstanding and the people are incredibly nice--they will try to accommodate you whatever you ask, whether it's for something off the menu (they make fabulous mocktails) or for seating during a rush. THE best Italian place I've found in Southern Maryland, and one of the top restaurants overall.
  31. CH

    CliffordH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Closest this area comes to a fine dining restaurant. The food was good the service was good the atmosphere was good
  32. KW

    KarenW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place - great food And service was excellent Only issue is the steps for one of our older people
  33. JN

    JosephN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It's no wonder this eatery has so much of a clientele. Outstanding gourmet food.
  34. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was amazing! Would 100% return and highly recommend.
  35. MR

    MariaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m Italian and in my opinion this is the best Italian restaurant in southern Maryland.
  36. AJ

    AJinDC

    Washington DC

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love La Vela. Since we tried it soon after opening, this has been a weekly staple for us! When it's just my husband and I, La Vela is our Friday night date night spot. In fall & winter, we usually sit at the bar and enjoy the friendly conversation, great cocktails and wine, starters, entrees, and a shared dessert. When the weather is nice (and the days are longer), nothing beats the view from the balcony! We love the specials! We always try something from the specials menu, and it's a delightful journey through seasonal seafood, vegetables, and flavors partnered with new pastas or other ingredients and combinations we haven't tried before. Our favorite starters are the octopus, carpaccio, calamari, and the delicious salads. I love the fettuccine bolognese and zafferano. Hubs and I both love the branding. After trying the whole menu, he often goes back to his favorites, the veal saltimbocca and the veal Parmigiano. The portions are so generous that we always have leftovers for lunch or dinner at least once or twice! The gnocchi is also excellent, and diners should definitely ask about the daily risotto. There is a solid wine list with very reasonably priced options by the glass or bottle. When we have friends or family visit, this is our go-to spot to entertain. We moved down here from DC and still go back and forth for work mid week, and La Vela is our favorite spot between both locations! Keep up the excellent work.
  37. PW

    PaytonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time coming, and we will definitely be back! The service was great and the food was great!
  38. BY

    BobY38Bethesda

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    A quiet enjoyable luncheon with friends. Could not have been better.
  39. RA

    RetiredAndLovingIt

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have never been disappointed here. Food is great with a good variety on the menu. The service was superb. The lights were a little bright...of course some folks like it bright. The noise level is a bit loud but easily ignored because of all the other great facets of this local restaurant.
  40. j

    joer

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kylie did an excellent job waiting on us and the food was awesome as usual! I had my fettuccine Zafarano as usual also. Delicious.

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La Vela Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 290 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for La Vela Italian Restaurant

251 C St, Solomons, MD 20688

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Solomons

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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