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539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
+1 202-546-5006
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (21 reviews)
“pasta” (58 reviews)
“pappardelle” (9 reviews)
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539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Location, service and atmosphere was good but the food was hardly edible. Sauces had nothing to it. One sausage dish tasted like cat litter. Local mussels were very small with a strange sauce on it. Plenty of other better Italian in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Thank worldadventurers
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’re looking for a very quaint, rustic neighborhood Italian restaurant, that makes fantastic homemade pasta, with fresh pesto and bolognese, this is your place. The food was fabulous, nice wine selection and the service was terrific. I highly recommend this place.

Thank JosephRussell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our son, who lives in DC, had recommended Lavagna for our visit there last month. We were not disappointed. The homemade pasta was superb. For an appetizer, we got the maple bacon which was delicious. We each got something different for our entree, from the...More

Thank Jay R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

By far was the best place we ate on our girls weekend last weekend. Nice ambiance and drink selection. All four of us had the lobster risotto and it was fabulous. Two had salads before that were a good size and I had the bruschetta...More

Thank Erin W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Meeting up with out of town family staying at a hotel on Capitol Hill. This place was perfect. Chandler, our server was GREAT! Friendly, informative and truly a pleasure. Upon his recommendation, I ordered the special of the evening: The Spicy Sausage & Pasta Special....More

Thank David R
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful quaint little place. We had reservations and the place filled up shortly after it opened so I would recommend making them especially for brunch. They have house made limoncellos and variations using different fruit, today was Ruby red and orange. Very...More

Thank sumergrlfl
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We have been here three times and each has been a pleasure. We had calamari, mussels and the lamb with pasta. All were excellent. They serve gluten free pasta! (And home made regular pasta) Our waitress was attentive and very pleasant. Our daughter had to...More

Thank StLawrencelover
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Everything was excellent. Homemade ravioli was the best. Wonderful charcuterie board. Good wine list. Great desserts. Helpful service. Recommend!

Thank TakeMeAway44
Reviewed 3 March 2018

We brought our daughter here for her birthday. We started with a selection of meats and cheeses. We could not decide which we like best. I had the lamb papardelle which was excellent. We also had the risotto lobster. The service was excellent (Aja I...More

Thank scottbQ5776KC
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Wonderful Italian food, attractive decor and attentive and eager to please staff. The restaurant was full yet conversation was not impeded. The food is served in just the right portions, hot and well seasoned. The pasta with lamb ragu was unique and very flavorful. The...More

Thank TrvCpl
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
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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