We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


539 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
Improve this listing
Ranked #478 of 2,623 restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Vegetarian, Pasta
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: G St
Description: Lavagna opened with a concept to keep food simple, fresh, and Italian, and now one of DC’s exciting new culinary talents has taken over the burners at Lavagna. Executive Chef Alex Ripley was lured to DC by the booming culinary region where his passion for this industry and for food could easily be recognized. Lavagnas’ team is excited to progress with its newest addition. ‘Farm to table’ is an essential drive of this Virginia born chef. A good portion of his life was spent growing up in the Northern Neck of Virginia; which has instilled a lifelong passion for fresh and locally sourced cuisine. Chef Ripley went on to study the culinary arts at Johnston and Wales, where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair. He continued with his career at many restaurants along the East Coast; Morgan Creek Grill on the Isle of Palms in Charleston, SC, Solas in Raleigh, NC and The Founders Inn Hampton Roads, VA, but began his career as Executive Chef at The Mooring in Kinsale, VA.“The complexity of food begins here in the kitchen,” says the Chef, with an idea, and blossoms into something beautiful with only a few movements of a knife, the stir of a spoon, the sizzle of olive oil, and the commitment to provide delicious culinary treats seasoned with passion and the love of food. My philosophy stands true to this day, ‘Italian Inspired and Locally Created,’ - a process that can only begin with fresh local ingredients, sourcing the best of what is available locally throughout the seasons”“Outgoing and passionate about his culinary vision; Chef Ripley has such energy, enthusiasm and passion for his craft,” Owner, Stephen Cheung. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our team and share our passion for the culinary world.”
Reserve with OpenTable
Lavagna is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Write a Review

47 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Excellent little Italian restaurant, close to Nationals Park. I ate here with a large group of friends yesterday, after making reservations on Open Table. Right from the start, the staff were very attentive and helpful, providing recommendations as well as providing us with info on how some of the more unique entrees were created. I loved that they listed the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We liked that the farms supplying the restaurant were all identified. The meat in the steak was excellent. Pasta fresh. Lovely meal. Would go again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I had brunch here for my besties baby shower and was not disappointed. The selection of dishes are an interesting spin on classic brunch, with an italian flare. The Italian sausage gravy and biscuits was a delicious, but it was the mascarpone pancakes for the win! SOOOOOO GOOOOD. Their bottomless mimosa's are exactly that, they never let your glass get... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Apex, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The atmosphere was great. We went for brunch. The pancakes were incredible, my choice. Husband said the chicken and waffles were just okay. The chicken was more baked than fried.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

Dined here pre-Folger Theater with my husband and adult son on a gorgeous spring evening, after finding it on Yelp. It was the perfect choice for the occasion. We nabbed a table outside. Service was exceptional. My son had the filet with fresh asparagus and loved it. My husband wanted ravioli but when our server explained it's unusual presentation here... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bethesda, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Lavagna uses impeccable local fresh ingredients; the preparation is excellent. The scallop starter was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Tasted wonderful. We had very good home made pasta half portions with lovely sauces, and a side order of lovely asparagus. The service was perfect and not at all rushed. Tables are well spaced and big enough for the dishes (unlike... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We had a table in the back room for 13 to celebrate a birthday/graduation, and we could not have asked for better food and service. The owner was very friendly and made sure everything was perfect! The menu was selected ahead of time and served "family style" which was perfect. The salad with fried provolone was soooo good. I also... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bowie, MD
Top Contributor
316 reviews 316 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Loved this place! Menu has half and full orders of pastas, with half orders around $10. Had carrot salad, delicious with oranges, etc. $9. Had half order of risotto, they made with less cream for me. Really tasty, great sauce, and the firmer veggies were nice. Great service! Nice music, comfortable seating. They have weekend brunch. I would definitely go... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cannes, France
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I never never write reviews for one reason or another.. However, this time, I need to push myself and do it. Today, we went to Lavagna today to celebrate my birthday. I am Italian and love to eat good food. I enjoy Italian cuisine and have been to every Italian restaurant in town. So I decided to try Lavagna. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We're not foodies but for an evening we felt like it. The dishes were beautifully and lovingly presented. The flavors mixed well and took simple ingredients and elevated them to new levels. We started with the Baltimore scallops which were perfectly cooked with a lovely celery root puree with fennel, orange, blood orange and pinenuts. This was my wife's first... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Lavagna also viewed

Washington DC, DC
Washington DC, DC
Washington DC, DC
Washington DC, DC
Washington DC, DC

Been to Lavagna? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Lavagna, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing