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Laporta's Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Seafood, International
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1600 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Dangerfield)
King Street Metro one block away
+1 703-683-6313
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: Laporta's restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual,...
Laporta's restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual, comfortable setting. Laporta's has an attentively serviced contemporary dining room perfect for a romantic evening out or any other special occasion, combined with an adjoining intimate Jazz lounge. Relax and listen to the live jazz featured nightly. The lounge has the warmth and friendly feel of a local's bar yet with the same excellence of service and consistency of food quality that defines our dining room and exemplifies the restaurant as a whole. The menu features inventive fresh seafoods and hearty pastas complemented by the provincial-style desserts of Margaret Laporta. New outdoor terrace with dining daily until 11pm.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good, but still a few loose ends

We love Laporta's on weekend evenings when there's live jazz -- usually very good live jazz. Service has improved since our last visit, but still a bit spotty. My trout was excellent. My companion's steak, ordered medium rare, was served raw, and it took us a few minutes to attract our server's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Doug S
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Annandale, Virginia, United States
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Albany, New York
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90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I ate at Laporta's on Friday February 5th 2016 with a friend. The service was good, but the food was not as good as a sampling I had at the Residence Inn the week before. I had the shrimp and clam fettuccine. The taste was good - it wasn't piping hot. The pasta was not al dente. My friend liked... More 

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Thank Bob F
Annandale, Virginia, United States
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82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We love Laporta's on weekend evenings when there's live jazz -- usually very good live jazz. Service has improved since our last visit, but still a bit spotty. My trout was excellent. My companion's steak, ordered medium rare, was served raw, and it took us a few minutes to attract our server's attention to have it sent back and cooked... More 

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Thank Doug S
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Laporta's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Doug-we appreciate the feedback/review! More 

Charlotte Hall, Maryland
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Laporta's never disappoints! This is one of the best restaurants in Old Town and overall area, great food, knowledgeable & friendly staff. It can be busy, recommend reservations ~ this is dining . . . be ready to relax and enjoy. Good wine list, really good coffee & desserts. We just visited during DC Week ~ WOW!!!! Take Advantage, Try... More 

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Thank asen833
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Laporta's Restaurant, responded to this review

We thank you! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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121 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While an Italian restaurant, I chose the bourbon bbq hanger steak with southern mac & cheese. While there was a 'regular' size portion of mac & cheese, I wished for 50% more, as this was the perfect compliment to the protein. I would return if in the area again.

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Thank JPC_TP
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Laporta's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you JPC! More 

Bow, New Hampshire
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

When your waitperson has to put her butt against you to get by and people hit you with their jackets while getting off of bar stools behind you , Laporta's has far too many tables in their restaurant!! Don't take reservations if you don't have the room! $70 pp before drinks and tip with football playing in the overcrowded dining... More 

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Thank Elizabeth P
Alexandria, Virginia
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I don't get it about Old Town/Duke Street. The restaurants there tend to charge a high premium for the location but don't do anything about making sure they serve good food. This place is just okay.My wife and I ate there several times while staying at the Residence Inn next door...it was kind of a short escape while Grandma watched... More 

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Thank Gasthaus69
Ocala, Florida
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

My husband had the meatball sandwich, he said it was good but not the best he ever had, there was a spice in it that he was not familiar with and didn't like. I and another table mate had the lobster bisque. We chose that because of prior reviews. I was disappointed, it was good but not hot enough and... More 

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Thank Lorraine L
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I've been to LaPorta's several times, usually for drinks after work. On the pluses: large free indoor parking just next door (in the evening), live jazz certain nights of the week (I believe Friday, but I could be wrong), nice and friendly wait staff and bartenders, and a lovely ambiance. Last time I went I sat at the bar and... More 

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Thank TroisChatsLies
California
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

In an effort to spare the women in my life from the kitchen on Thanksgiving Laporta's was selected for dinner. They advertised $39.95 p/p all you can eat, which I felt was fair given the occasion. As one would expect, drinks not included...what I didn't expect was to pay for each basket of bread (5 pieces) they placed on the... More 

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Thank Chuck E
Oxford, Mississippi
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180 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Lively and lovely atmosphere with good service. We had a very nice waitress that made us feel welcome. Interesting choice of small plates and large plates. Two small plates were perfect for dinner.

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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Laporta's Restaurant, responded to this review

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1600 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314
    (Dangerfield)
  • Public Transportation: King Street Metro one block away
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-683-6313

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Laporta's restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual, comfortable setting. Laporta's has an attentively serviced contemporary dining room perfect for a romantic evening out or any other special occasion, combined with an adjoining intimate Jazz lounge. Relax and listen to the live jazz featured nightly. The lounge has the warmth and friendly feel of a local's bar yet with the same excellence of service and consistency of food quality that defines our dining room and exemplifies the restaurant as a whole. The menu features inventive fresh seafoods and hearty pastas complemented by the provincial-style desserts of Margaret Laporta. New outdoor terrace with dining daily until 11pm.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?