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539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835 (G St)
+1 202-546-5006
16:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 16:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:30
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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122 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Anniversary celebration, with local children, who live in DC. They gave us several dining choices, but location between both kids' residence dictated this establishment!! Only full reservation allowed to be seated... might be standard, but as an old person, would have appreciated beings seated, instead of standing, attempting to truly enjoy our early glass of vino. Full party arrived, within... More 

Thank max55Pinehurst
Chicago, Illinois
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116 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was able to make reservations for our large group online. They called to confirm that morning and we were seated fairly quickly after arriving. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was fast. I would defiantly com here again, even if they didn't have bottomless mimosas.

Thank Alicia L
Washington, DC
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253 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our daughter chose the restaurant because she had been before and had liked it very much. It is a cozy space with the tables far enough apart to allow privacy and it's quiet enough to hear each other. We were not disappointed! The pasta was excellent! I had bolognese sauce on spaghetti and my husband asked for penne with garlic... More 

Thank StLawrencelover
Williamsburg, Virginia
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767 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am hard on Washington restaurants and the lack of good service at many of them. The servers tend to be curt and unfriendly. Not so with Lavagna, one of the great 8th street Southeast restaurants. The happy hour is from 4-7 in the upstairs bar and the house red wine is excellent. We had a bruschetta appetizer which was... More 

Thank RichardinOhio
Boston, Massachusetts
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463 reviews
391 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We visited on a busy Friday night but got a table quickly. The homemade pastas we tried, bologese and a pesto rigatoni, were yummy. They also have a very good wine list. Service was attentive and not rushed.

Thank Bob T
Washington, DC
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104 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

My friends recommended it, on a Saturday night. We made a reservation for 7:45pm. I arrived first and was promptly seated at a table for 4 by the window. Beautiful. The food was very tasty. We had the salad special of the evening as a starter, and then I had another of the specials of the evening, the Baramundi (... More 

Thank acdcusa
Tahoe City, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Lavagna's pastas are divine! The homemade pasta is incredible. The flavors are so authentic and incredibly complex. On top of the amazing food, the atmosphere is intimate and friendly.

Thank Hilary S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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117 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Had a nice brunch here with my mom and boyfriend. My egg dish was just ok, but they both got pasta and I was jealous because it was GREAT. I'm going to go back for dinner asap. Everything they have is house made and fresh.

Thank SaraK987
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,050 reviews
552 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Fresh, farm to table, homemade pasta, good service, pleasant ambiance, excellent barramundi entree and very good lamb ragu with pappardelle. Enjoyed our dinner in this surprising unassuming casual find. Very good.

Thank PlatinumHoney
San Diego, CA
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121 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Margo was a terrific waitress and patiently let us taste three wines till we settled in on our choice. The atmosphere was warm and cozy as was the food. Walking distance from our hotel through a trendy neighborhood. Would highly recommend it

Thank GeorgiBG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 14:30
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?