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539 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003 (G St)
2025465006
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Lavagna opened with a concept to keep food simple, fresh, and Italian, and...
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.”
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun brunch!

Had a great brunch with Emily providing excellent service. She really knew the menu and made sure we knew that everything was locally sourced. The chicken and waffles were amazing, just enough sweet to balance the savory!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
Ashley S
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Maryland
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93 reviews 93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Just finishing up dinner and I can stay it was a disappointing one. I would skip this place is others interest you. My $28 Filet was small, and VERY chewy. I told the waitress and she didn't offer to do anything about it. Kind of rude. Time to try the text place.... Eh.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Lavagna is in such a fun area (Eastern market), with a charming interior, friendly feel -- and surprisingly lousy food. My server had highly recommended the duck breast, which was overcooked and dry, spread atop a soggy and too-salty polenta square. Give a miss to the maple bacon appetizer as well. A better bet is to go to their upstairs... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Had a great brunch with Emily providing excellent service. She really knew the menu and made sure we knew that everything was locally sourced. The chicken and waffles were amazing, just enough sweet to balance the savory!

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Amsterdam
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239 reviews 239 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Lavagna offers fresh pasta dishes which we liked very much. Service is efficient and friendly. We recommend to try the appetizer self-assorted meat or cheese platter.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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174 reviews 174 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

In the happening Barracks Row / Eastern Market area, this nice restaurant has both outside patio seating and indoor seating to accommodate. Happy hour pricing makes for a great wine bargains. The food is delicious, though not specifically Italian, more "Italian-inspired". Still, the quality of the food was excellent, service was friendly and helpful, and, all in all, the experience... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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167 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We (parents of the Groom) hosted the rehearsal dinner before the wedding at the Hotel Monaco. Lavagna was the perfect location. We had 45 guests and a wonderful 4 course meal. A fun time was had by all.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Great restaurant behind the Capitol and close to the Eastern Market Metro. The food was fresh and delicious. Service was great -- very friendly, very helpful, and very respectful. I would definitely eat here again on my next trip to D.C.!

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Washington, DC
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18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We tried two entrees during our latest visit to Lavagna on Capitol Hill's Barracks Row. My butternut squash risotto with kale and bacon was fabulous and my husband's bison short ribs were tender with a tasty smokey sauce. Our server recommended a great Nebbiolo wine (half price because of the restaurant's anniversary). And the creme brulee cheesecake had a nice... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was looking for a good brunch place to meet a friend I haven't seen in a while. Lavagna has good reviews and near Eastern market. Seated inside, small but ok. Service was slow but it's busy,i get it. Ordered the smoked salmon omelet. It was a huge mass of eggs and cheese with a random pocket of sweet onions... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We arrived a bit early - 5pm, just as they opened their doors. So we were the only ones at the restaurant. The food was good, our service was good. I'd recommend others give it a try.

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Additional Information about Lavagna

Address: 539 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
Phone Number: 2025465006
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian, Pasta

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 539 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
    (G St)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: 2025465006

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine

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.”
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?