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539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835 (G St)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

While visting DC we found this fun street with lots of restaurants. We decided on this one and we're very pleased. I started out with the pumpkin and apple soup which I enjoyed. Then I had the spaghetti and my husband had another pasta dish. He had a bite of mine and agreed it was the BEST!

Thank DebbieRB
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely check out the cocktail menu here especially the prosecco one. So nice to enjoy out on the patio with dinner. The pasta was great too. I enjoyed the spaghetti shrimp one. Dessert was fine but the mains were better.

Thank Kbdrake2000
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To start I should say I grew up in New Jersey with an Italian mother and this place was a couple steps ahead of her! The pasta was cooked just right (al dente), the sauces were paired perfectly with our wine and the service was great!

Thank smithd91
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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258 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bottomless mimosas for brunch? count me in... The dishes were good all around... The eggs florentine were great and were not swimming in sauce like other usual DC brunch places... totally worth a second visit

Thank ShalomMK
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happy hours before dinner elsewhere in the Barracks Row neighborhood. Bar is up a flight of stairs. Small area up there but not overly busy the day of our visit. Quiet too. Bartender was friendly, easy-going and helpful to us about our order and answering our questions about the neighborhood and activities in the area. We enjoyed our drinks and... More 

Thank 538cheryly
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

We went to Lavagna for the Restaurant Week (build your own three-course menu $35 per person) on August 19 2016. Dinner was poor quality. It was the third time we went for dinner to Lavagna. The first two times everything was good but it was months ago. This restaurant claims to have Italian products and recipes but this is not... More 

Thank Susanna C
Washington, DC
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This restaurant uses local food sources and everything is incredibly fresh. Even though it is Italian in nature, the main thing to order is their Chacuterie Board. We have been there at least six time and have ordered it each time. And each time they offer different items. There are cheeses of course, and lots of different kinds of smoked... More 

Thank desingerinDC
Tremont, Illinois
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

A great place to eat in-house made pasta! I chose the bacon risotto. Oh.my.goodness. Delish! Hubby enjoyed the spaghetti bolognese (sp?). A side of the roasted brussel sprouts was a hit too. Thanks to our cousins for introducing this restaurant to us. Lavanga will be a must the next time we're in DC!

Thank PandK90
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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135 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Lavagna has become one of our favorite "go-to" restaurants in Washington. It is certainly one of the best Italian restaurants in town and boasts of fresh, local farm sourced, right from scratch menu items. Of all the Barracks Row eateries, Lavagna is one of the few where you can find a table without reservations most of the time. We tend... More 

Thank ScottInIndia
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This is a great place to stop after a workout at Bikerbarre or a stroll through Eastern Market. They usually have reservations open and the place is not overcrowded. Fresh Foccacia and sous vide eggs, Mascarpone pancakes and $6 mimosas (or bottomless) make this a great brunch spot. My boyfriend did not love his biscuits and gravy, because it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
    (G St)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: 2025465006
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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