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539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
+1 202-546-5006
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“homemade pasta” (14 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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Had dinner with a college friend who I haven't seen in ages. Lavagna was a perfect last minute choice. Upon seating we had forgotten it was DC Restaurant Week AND Tuesdays is half-price wine night on all their bottles. SCORE!! Their 3 course restaurant week...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 850philipt
Reviewed November 30, 2018

chill SUN meal great wine special, 1/2 off SUN nice local and warm dishes the corn crab risotto was great! nice staff

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Damian C
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Visited this restaurant with another couple and all of us had delicious meals. We were here for dinner. Food was excellent, server was very pleasant and attentive.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ann R
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Very good Italian food, good variety of quality wines by the glass, all at a fair price. Service very friendly. Indoor and outdoor seating. Chill vibe. Thumbs up!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Pierre E
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Five of us for brunch and the server seemed irritated the entire time although we were polite and patient. The whole table’s food came out and my eggs Benedict were nowhere to be found. Clearly the kitchen rushed them, because the bread they were on...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank carolyne380
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Came here for early dinner with my son (attending GWU) before heading to Audi Field. It was a typical DC steamy day and I was happy to discover the restaurant was nice and cool. The service was friendly, attentive and accommodating. They granted my request...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank dancingfool23
Reviewed August 31, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. Very good food, very good service and very good hospitality. They use local ingredients - even have them posted on a blackboard near the entrance! Menu standouts that we enjoyed included Strawberry Salad, Fried Calamari, Spaghetti Bolognese and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank capecodjim48
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Great spot for a classic DC brunch with friends! Complete with bottomless mimosas and amazing food. I personally ordered an omelet and was not disappointed!

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank ElkayEZ
Reviewed August 17, 2018

They have a great cheese board, and i often order them on Uber Eats. The pasta is well done, and the mashed potatoes are yummy.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank jennmosley
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Lamb chops were well done when ordered medium. Waiter forgot brussel sprouts as a side. Charging refills at 5 dollars per iced coffee is what got me. Who charges 5 dollars per iced coffee? Usually coffee is refilled for free, like a soda. Mario, the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Terptent
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 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: +1 202-546-5006
  • E-mail
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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