Laporta's Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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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Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been going to Laporta's for several years, and will keep going for its reliably good food, service and music (without a cover charge!) It offers Italian comfort food -- healthy, too! -- at a reasonable price. We often find that the early evening crowd is too loud for good listening, but that usually changes after 9PM or so. Well-prepared, tasty ravioli and trout dishes, and always good desserts.

A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service were both splendid! Highly recommend this restaurant. Small touches make a huge difference.

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and service. Laporta’s is always 1st class

OT
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s an older place regarding decor and atmosphere but there’s a sense of comfort there. Like you’re in your moms dining room. Food was delicious. Extra plus for the piano player. Several people we met while in Alexandria recommended this place so we went and I’m glad we did. They all said “get the lasagna before they run out”. We did and it was delicious.

KB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Went for brunch for my birthday! Made reservation the morning of. When we arrived the place didn’t have my guests. We sat outside. Our server was good. The food was ok - Not very much did for the price.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always had a good experience. They have entertainment nightly and their Monday/Tuesday special is wonderful to take advantage of; two entrees and bottle of wine for under $30.

T
Washington DC
134 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Though there are many fine restaurants in Alexandria, we come to Laporta's for the jazz as well as the food. And this time we were well pleased by both...though not so much the service. Usually it's quite good, but this time our waiter seemed busy with every other table so that it took a long time to get our drinks, a long time to order, a long time for the food to arrive, and a really long time to order and get a second drink. But we'll be back.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Service outstanding. Looking forward to going back!!

CN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening for sitting outside; great service by Camille! Owner and staff very personable! Beer was great and enjoyed the beer talks by Clay! Great pairings!

M
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant, excellent service and the food was amazing! A great place - highly recommend it!

TN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Laporta never disappoints. The food is delicious, portion size is really good and service is outstanding

MB
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Everyone was 60 or older. Food was not impressive. The decor was sad.

DM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The live music was outstanding and the food is always 5 stars. We need to come here more often.

BB
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time. Camille was a wonderful waiter and the live music was the best. We will be back next time in town!!

g
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value for Restaurant Week- good food and service. We will be back.

HC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're in Old Town, plan to have lunch at Laporta. The food and service are excellent. Just a couple of blocks from King Street. Alexandria Restaurant Week is a perfect time to sample the fantastic food. You'll want to go back.

GF
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner experience great service and really great waiter he knew the menu and very attentive. Live jazz music was very enjoyable.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprised that restaurant week dinner at La Portas was better than we had encountered in other more highly rated restaurants.

T
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I really like the food, the music (the group was excellent), but it was a little noisy.

MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome!s Service very good. We came during restaurant week and were happily surprised to learn we could have any entree on the menu (upcharge for the filet, of course) for the special price. Will definitely recommend it and come again even though we live in NJ.

c
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and Service. The Monday and Tuesday specials are great! Also loved that it was a participant in Restaurant Week-2019! Great Value for Great Food!. Service and ambiance (with jazz piano) couldn't be beat! Enjoyed dinner with friends and walked away looking forward to the next time we meet there. Couldn't have been better!

DM
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and enjoyed the trout. Nice Caesar salad with tiramisu dessert. Nice ambiance with a piano player nightly and a singer on Friday/Saturday. Noise level was pretty high but we still could chat. They have a special on Monday Tuesday evenings year round. Nice neighborhood ambiance.

O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. One of our favorite places, however, it is overpriced and the only way we will return is when there are special rates or offerings.

F
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the Monday and Tuesday special and were able to obtain a Gluten Free meal in the process. Our server was Frankie. He was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. My wife’s fish was bland but my chicken was quite good. We would recommend this restaurant to a friend.

JB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was phenomenal! We enjoyed the lobster bisque, New England clam chowder, and the pork belly to start. Pork belly was tender and very flavorful! Wonderful flavors! And then we had the pork schnitzel with stewed tomatoes, an unusual combination but fabulous! The stewed tomatoes were tender and so flavorful with a slight spice to them. Cheese raviolis were great!

MA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is always exceptional at LaPorta's and out waitress was so professional and courteous...I believe her name was Mimi or Temi or something.

T
Washington DC
134 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is good, sometimes quite good, the service is OK (very good with Frankie), but what keeps us coming back is the music -- jazz without having to drive into DC!

AF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We are frequent visitors at Laporta’s and this time was not quite up to par. The food, while good, was not quite there. We both had Ahi Tuna and it was served medium versus rare as desired. We had to twice ask for the price of their specials that evening and had to ask for their wine list. Normally, you would be provided bread or rolls with your salad and this time we had to request it. Bottom line, the wait staff impacted the overall rating. They were courteous and well mannered, but needed a bit more training to be up to standard.

B
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food & good for conversation. Fine service.

AS
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as always! We were there early, so it wasn't as noisy as it could be. I had the hangar steak. Fantastic!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great jazz music with guitar, standing bass and singer. Singer had a little white dog who sat on a mini sofa on top of the piano

D
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Our waitperson was great also.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. I am very impressed, will definitely come back here.

JD
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Very good food quality and variety. The meals are slightly over-priced. Dinner for 2 with 1 glass of wine, 1 beer and no dessert was $100. The jazz trio and their playlist was a nice blend with the ambience. The server could have been more attentive particularly because the restaurant wasn’t full. I will return on a Monday or Tuesday evening.

KL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always have a good dinner at Laportas.
Our server Frank was awesome as always. Thank you. 😃

AC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic (Nina). Food was prepared in an excellent and delicious manner. Music was excellent - highly recommend going to the restaurant. But make reservations.

G
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From several years of experience, Laporta's can be relied on to deliver ample portions of well-prepared, tasty food, with cordial, attentive service, accompanied by enjoyable live music -- without a cover charge!

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner great music excellent food

SF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Laporta’s! The food is always prepared correctly, the sauces are second to none, and the music really really enjoyable.

We particularly enjoy listening to our favorites, Sharon Clark, Steve Washington, and The Satin Doll Trio. (We consider it a super-bonus evening when pianist Vince Evans and bassist Eric Glaser perform!)

SG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love the jazz and good food dishes, but would love to see the sea scallops make a return to the daily seafood offerings. Would also love to see the website updated to better reflect who is performing on a given night. Otherwise always a good night out.

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