Laporta's Restaurant

4.6
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1782 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Laporta’s restaurant is the ideal place for extraordinary food in a casual, comfortable setting. Laporta’s has an attentively serviced contemporary dining room perfect for a romantic evening out or any other special occasion, combined with an adjoining intimate Jazz lounge. Relax and listen to the live jazz featured nightly. The lounge has the warmth and friendly feel of a local’s bar yet with the same excellence of service and consistency of food quality that defines our dining room and exemplifies the restaurant as a whole. The menu features inventive fresh seafoods and hearty pastas complemented by the provincial-style desserts of Margaret Laporta.
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acol
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

great local restaurant. Loved the live music on Saturday night!

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SeriousFoodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laporta’s Restaurant is always a wonderful experience.
The food is consistently and expertly prepared.
The entertainment, in this case Jazz vocalist Sharon Clark accompanied by Vince Evans on keys and Eric Glaser on bass, was perfection!
Just an overall lovely evening!

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vipBillT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday night “Satin Doll Trio” smooth jazz while dining really makes the experience perfect. The food and service are excellent, too. Can’t go wrong any night of the week at Laporta’s.

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BobM
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent special on Monday night. Staff was attentive, the food was incredible, and the Jazz very good as well.

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vipBetsy
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, entertainment was great; however, Martini at $17 was outrageous -- higher than most DC/NY Prices.

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ShannonC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A good experience with caveats. Online food--and especially wine menus bear no semblance to reality. To avoid the appearance of deception, these menus need to be either updated or eliminated. Friday night singer arrived an hour late, which, we were told, happens regularly. Music was pleasant but the crowd too chatty to make it an enjoyable events. Main entrees were average; desserts exceptional. Service was excellent.

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MARKF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only question I have is that when I made the reservation I was asked if it was a birthday, which I answered yes. Why was the question asked if there was no recognition for my wife's birthday?

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KatieC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Laporta's Restaurant. The food is excellent and the beverage selection is great, particularly the specialty cocktails. Met with friends for an early dinner on Sunday night. The jazz trio began playing about midway through our meal and they were quite enjoyable. The rule of thumb at Laporta's is to always save room for dessert which is made fresh daily. You must try the Carrot cake which is served warm and like nothing you've ever had before. This trip, we tried the special dessert which was a chocolate cake extravaganza served with coffee ice cream. So delicious. Service was very good and we will return soon.

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vipDonna
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious! Our server was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place next to our hotel. Great food, great service from Franki, and fun live music. They pride themselves in many years of good dining and well deserved. We will definitely be back with friends even though it’s not on the main stop.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance with talented musicians playing live in the background, but not so loud you have to shout to be heard. Delicious food and great service!

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vipSeriousFoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and fabulous music! We love Laporta’s!

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicious, made with the freshest ingredients and cooked to order. We went for Valentine's Day dinner and the ambience was perfect with live jazz music. The service was excellent an our waiter was very attentive and helpful in making food suggestions.

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vipEricV
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Run by the LaPorta family for over 20 years, this establishment never ceases to provide the finest in dining. The menu always delights and varies often.
Service is also great as is the ambiance - especially with the nightly jazz ensembles.
Can't ask for more.
Cheers!
- Eric

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Valentine’s Day

Pros: Food was excellent. Ambiance and live music was outstanding.

Cons: Service was sub par. Food temperature was right on the line of it being sent back. Too expensive for portion size.

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LaurenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Restaurant was very nice, better than I expected! I went for Valentine's Day dinner the ambiance was beautiful and the live music was amazing. I would definitely recommend this spot, and would eat there again.

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Bibi
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

As always, the food and ambiance were phenomenal. We were there on Valentine’s day. Our waiter, Luis I think he’s called was horrible and unattentive. Minus Luis, we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It was Valentine’s Day so I know it was busy for the server. But he was definitely kind of all over the place and it took him a while to being our leftovers back after he boxed them. I wanted to have them the next day and it was the wrong food. I was pretty bummed because it was an expensive meal too.

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BLeo
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place-- Mon/Tues is a great deal with double entree and some wine! We were early - before music, but a nice quiet place. Thanks!

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vipMarionM
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience3

I went there after looking up reviews online. I was very disappointed. I ordered a charcuterie and cheese plate. It ended up costing me around $20 and the plate came with 4 pieces of salami, 2 pieces of coppa (delicious), 3 very thin slices of cheese, and relish and jams, most of which were useless (I have no interest in eating a pickled hot pepper with mild cheese, or olives, or orange marmelade). Then, I ordered the wild mushroom and spinach pasta. The sauces was simple olive oil but it didn't have much of a taste at all. The veggies were very good, but the penne pasta didn't have much of a taste. I don't think the pasta was cooked with the veggies, so the flavors didn't blend. I had to ask for a basket of bread, the meal didn't automatically come with it. The bread I was served wasn't toasted nor warm, it was just cold sliced bread. The whole experience was very underwhelming and the check was way expensive. My dining companion ordered ravioli, and was served four pieces of ravioli. Service was very good though.

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TimothyR
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered pork belly, Virginia trout, stuffed chicken, and chocolate mousse cake with coffee. All tasted amazing! Waiter was polite and friendly. Love jazz trio was enjoyable.

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vipGlendaW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaPorta’s delivers consistently excellent food in a lovely atmosphere! The chef even prepared a dish that was not on the menu! Lovely place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and elegant service. Curated wine list. High quality, serious live jazz trio performs at an intimate ambient volume to accompany your meal and conversation like old Bradley's in Manhattan, circa 1987. Dining room has a warm and mellow grand piano. Great location in a highly walkable town that sparkles in opulence each evening with tasteful lighting everywhere.

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vipRichardS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We decided to try Laporta's during restaurant week. The options for the entree & dessert were impressive. However, three of us ordered the halibut, but they had only 1 filet left. REALLY? We replaced it with salmon with much disappointment.
There was a nice jazz trio playing which we enjoyed. However, the restaurant had their piped in music playing while the trio was playing. It took 3 different individuals to correct that issue. The bartender did not know how to make two of the requested drinks. One was a Rob Roy. A good restaurant will not clear plates while others at the table have finished that course. That did not occur. At least, ask if it is OK to clear the plates. This was our first time at Laporta & our last.

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vipLCLite
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow. Food not prepared as requested. Broccoli and asparagus had no flavor. Steak was tough. Carrot cake was delicious.

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WilliamP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was less than average. The service was inattentive. Was very disappointed. Will not be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Creamy Potato & Bacon soup was amazing and so too was the Chocolate Godiva Mousse cake. The roast pepper fritata was a let down as it was just an omelette and not really a fritata. Overall, food was tasty.

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vipGianni
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laporta's is our Go-To Place in Alexandria for a good menu; well-prepared Italian food; reasonable prices for what you get; attentive and friendly service; and especially, very enjoyable music from a good, revolving cast of local players and singers. Highly recommended!

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place for a date night out. Food was very good for the price and music was great!!!

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vipAxyz
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The deserts were the star here, right next to the excellent and attentive service. Some dishes fell flat, like the mushy Schnitzel, paired with an overly acidic tomato mess. The filet was spot on, as was the lobster bisque. We didn’t want to be so close to the live music, and the host was able to accommodate us with an excellent table in the lounge. We’d come back for desert and drinks, but might need to research our entree options for the downtown DC prices here. Restaurant week menu was a good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The halibut was delicious. Chickenevolotine was also very good. It’s a bit on the pricey side but good for a special occasion

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LuannP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we are in the Alexandria/Old Town area, Laporta's is always on our list! This time we happened to hit Restaurant Week and it was truly amazing. Where many restaurants have a special RW menu, we were told to pick our entrée right off the menu as well as the salad/soup and the dessert! We all got something different in all three categories and we all were convinced ours was the best! The Pecan pie was to die for! I highly recommend this be one of your go to restaurants!

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Bjdine
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music! Great food! Good ambience!

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GailS
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent, the service was attentive, and it was a relaxed experience. I would definitely recommend LaPortas and will return.

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vipHCKinVA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you only had time for one Restaurant Week lunch, Laporta's should be your choice. The best value in town. Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Ladies Luncheon out day was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive. We had a great time.

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vipOHTraveller
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Monday & Tuesday night special for two for $35 is a great deal, and it includes a bottle of house wine (we splurged for a half-price bottle from the wine list).

Service was very nice, although the food from the Monday/Tuesday specials menu was average. The regular menu looked better. We'll give that a try the next time we visit.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Appreciate all the efforts Ralph Laporta and staff made to accommodate our group of 6 with varied seating and culinary requirements during busy restaurant week. Ian was personable and a terrific server [give this guy a raise! :) ] He explained all the (many!) options available, made great suggestions, was attentive without being intrusive and merited high praise from the hosts. Laporta's Monday night "2 Entrees + a bottle of house wine" list is a bargain and the a la carte menu has enough choices to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

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vipGaryR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Hostess had zero personality. Live jazz music was very nice, but the rest of the dinning room’s ambiance was not nothing special and somewhat cold. The server was just fine. The food was underwhelming and/or mediocre at best - rather overpriced too.
The restaurant’s parking was unclear: free parking at the parking garage next door on the weekends, or only street parking?

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Guds
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in old town. The steak was cooked to perfection and the flavor was outstanding. Even the broccoli as a side was superb. The wine is a bit pricey. Service was great, even refilled our wine glasses when they got low.

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