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539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
+1 202-546-5006
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (19 reviews)
“rigatoni” (10 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
539 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had one of the best meals here. Portions were large, so we took some back to our hotel for lunch the next day.

Thank DTravelerAZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good, but not great. We thoroughly enjoyed the antipasto selections. We chose three meats and three cheeses to share amongst the 4 of us. That seemed like the right amount. If we would have stopped eating at that point I would give a...More

Thank meeshatoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were coming from the Nats game and hadn't made a reservation. Stopped in and they were able to seat us. The restaurant was busy and we waited for service about 10 minutes. We were delighted that we had found a good place to eat...More

Thank ihatescreennames026
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Of the many restaurants we've experienced on 8th street, Barracks Row, Lavagna is our favorite. We're possibly a bit biased because we love Italian cuisine. The two of us had the Pappardelle Lamb, the Rigatoni Pesto with Italian Sausage, and a spinach side. The pastas...More

1  Thank Mary L
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

My daughters (ages 18 & 20) and I dined at Lavagna on a recent college tour trip. Both my daughters can be picky eaters. They loved their meals of Spaghetti Bolognese & Rigatoni Pesto with chicken. Sadly, there was a kitchen mix up and my...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We went with six adult family members and had a really fun evening. All of us were very happy with our food. The home made pasta is excellent and the charcuterie boards are interesting and great for a large group. This food is above average...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I ordered a primavera pasta and my friend ordered lamb. Both came looking rather dark which I found unappetizing. But they tasted ok. Mushrooms were particularly good. Service was efficient. Bread basket was stale.

Thank havaneseangel
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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...More

Thank max55Pinehurst
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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...More

Thank Alicia L
Reviewed 27 February 2017 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...More

Thank StLawrencelover
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Restaurant Details

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