Laporta's Restaurant

4.5
1630 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top tags:
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Slow but not bad service. Food was delicious and everyone in my party really enjoyed it. A but pricy, but scenery, love music, and location was outstanding!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious...inspired and tastey. Much of brunch menu is a la crate so it gets pricey. Had a small issue with our order..but rectified. Nice piano player but the restaurant could use a bit of a makeover. Service for the most part was very attentive. Will return bc the food for brunch really is very delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

My family has been to Laporta's several times and always had a positive experience. The food and atmosphere are always very good. This time we had an issue with our server and the music. While the musical entertainment was tasteful, I felt more like I was at a concert than dining out. The flute was so piercingly loud we had difficulty carrying on conversation at our table. Our server was Nina, who was rude and pushy. She seemed to be under the impression we were all there for her and not the meal. She repeatedly tapped on shoulders and reached over us instead of a polite "Excuse me". She even complained "No one is listening to me". We were a party of 10 which included a 96 year old grandfather. I understand that it may be difficult to get everyones attention but shouting is not the answer. I would still recommend Laporta's because the food is excellent.

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SM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friends and I always enjoy an evening at Laporta's. The food and service is awesome. The music is amazing. It's our favorite place for a relaxing night out.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great menu....lots of variety. Super service and the music was the best ever in a restaurant!

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great. The food was wonderful. Price very reasonable. Love the music. One of the few restaurants I take my family when they visit. I like to make a good impression.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My mom thought Mother’s Day dinner was wonderful. The food was very good along with the service. I will definitely dine there again.

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H
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I highly recommend. We did the Mother’s Day brunch menu. 3 courses and we all enjoyed. There was also live music which was a nice touch.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

We went to Mother’s Day brunch. I have eaten at Laporta‘s many times in the past and enjoyed it. However today the service was not great. We understood that they were crowded but there’s a minimum level of service one would expect if you’re going to be paying $50 per person for brunch. I asked for a simple substitution (because I hate brussel sprouts). I was informed that there could be no substitutions. I ordered something different instead. My wife and son ordered the fillet and eggs. My wife ended up sending hers back because it had a sauce on it that wasn’t on the menu. My daughters chicken dish came with an avocado mixture on it (again it wasn’t on the menu). They took both their entrées back and served them the way the menu had described them.

The most disappointing thing however was it was supposed to be a jazz brunch.LaPorta’s always has great music. Today we ate brunch listening to a kid playing a video game at the bar.

I’m sad.

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LI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warmly greeted and well taken care of by our waitress. Her recommendations were spot on without being pushy. Food was well seasoned and delicious. Although this was a busy, rainy Mother’s Day, our waitress was attentive and our food came out hot and in a timely manner. We will be recommending this restaurant to others coming in from out of town.

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CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The flash fried oysters were perfectly cooked and so delicious. Our waiter was new but he did a good job for his limited experience. He let a few things slip by but it wasn't terrible. We will be back again!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The food is just ok. They try to be creative, but some dishes are not well executed. Our waiter was not good. He was not attentive, left us sitting for awhile before taking our drink order. Etc.

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VF
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing ambience, The trio had an incredible set list, the coincidentally played all out favorites. We will definitely return.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Do not miss Monday-Tuesday dinner special. Three of us, each had exceptional entree. House Cabernet is very good. Server was upbeat, helpful and professional. Thoroughly satisfied with a last minute choice - LaPorta overdelivers. Jazz pianist is a bonus!

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N
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every thing was great—we eat here often and have introduced many friends to the restaurant. We’re never disappointed.

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On an Easter escape to Alexandria we were recommended Laporta’s by the bellman at the Hilton. We were very pleasantly surprised by the wonderful food and live jazz! We started with the cheese and salami platter which was delicious followed by the seafood tutti del mare which was full of fresh fish with a wonderful fishy sauce! We followed this with a Caesar salad accompanied by some crisp Chardonnay! Our waiter, I believe was Spanish and couldn’t have been nicer and made us feel attended to but totally non-rushed. The musicians and singers did a nice job not overpowering the restaurant with their music so it was easy to still talk but the whole atmosphere felt cozy and relaxed- a great tonic after a day of super spring waterfront walking!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience was immaculate, outstanding, beautiful and very pleased with everything aspect of our dinner.

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AC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great service! If the music would have been acoustic, the ambiance would have allowed for regular conversation.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere was excellent, the server was friendly and attentive, food was outstanding. We have the Filet Tips special, which was cooked perfectly. Live Jazz was impeccable and added to the romantic dinner. Laporta is our go-to restaurant for date night, special occasions or gathering with friends.

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RM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious and well prepared and the jazz singer was outstanding. A unique dining establishment!

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JG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As a venue for business lunch, Laporta's Restaurant is excellent. The ambience is tasteful; excellent food and courteous service; convenient parking; and, the noise level perfect for business discussion.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

It was our first visit and it was my husband's 65th birthday. Frankie, our server, was so informative and friendly providing great information about the restaurant's history and menu. Loved the pianist. We were there on April 9, and took advantage of the Monday & Tuesday Specials. 50% discount on all bottles of wine was awesome!

We will definitely be returning.

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SR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was great but $36 was a little pricey for the special of braised beef tips.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Wonderful service and great food. Except for the mahi mahi, the portions were perfect size. Sauces are a bit spicy - would be nice if they were optional or offered on the side. Also, side choices are entree specific. A choice would be nice. Even so, we enjoyed our evening here. The bar was noisy, but it was the semi-final March Madness game, so maybe on other nights it’s a bit quieter?!

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LB
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Enjoyable dinner with live music. Very nice music not too loud. Food was great but service a bit slow. I would go again.

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TG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

This is the second time I’ve been to Laporta’s. Their food , specifically any pasta dish , is amazing. I got the chicken envoltine which came with potato wedges this time verses the mushroom pudding the first time. My dad had the salmon fettuccine, mom had the tuna marte, and boyfriend had the chicken fettuccine. I tasted everyone’s haha.. my only dislike was the sauce on the chicken envoltine was a tad salty . Everything else was delicious


I only have service 3 stars because when we arrived we were not told about the specials by the server nor did he bring the table any bread . We also decided to stay a little longer after dinner to listen to the music and have a few more cocktails but the server never returned to our table. I understand was has initially asked for the check but as we continued to sit he could have at least circled back around.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Frankie the waiter/bartender made some great food suggestions! The steaks were cooked & cut perfectly. The appetizer (Chesapeake Bay fresh oysters) & sides were delectable. Frankie whipped up a special request cocktail, a Mexican Martini and it was as good as the ones in Texas! Would definitely recommend.

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S
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food very good as usual.
We stop there every 6 months when we come to meetings in Alexandria.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

An Alexandria gem. Great service, good food and wonderful jazz! The only complaint was the slow service; our server had a party and didn’t have time to tend to us in a timely manner. He took so long to bring. Desert menu that we didn’t order.

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AS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, service was excellent, the menu exciting and the food fantastic. And free parking!

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R
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice for lunch. Dinner can be noisy from their jazz bands and larger crowds.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great place to try if you love live jazz music. Is a bit noisy towards the musicians but that is expected. The food is great!!

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w
Austin
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

the meat was of low Quality, the Service was too quick, you had the last spoonfull still in the mouth and the next course came. Music was great.

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TP
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great, family-owned Italian place. Food was excellent and while very traditional menu, I loved it. Lasagna. Clam sauce spaghetti. Chicken Parmigiana. Get there on Monday or Tuesday, and get this —- Two full-sizes entrees and a bottle of wine for $29.95. Not each. $29.95 in total! With an added salad and desert, we left for about $60 with tip. This is my new ‘local favorite’. And I expect to return many, many times.

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DG
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the music, the atmosphere, the menu selection and the cocktails oh and a nice wine list. We will return again.

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the cuisine and the fine music! It was very enjoyaable.

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v
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the music and the specials for dinner were especially good!

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GP
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Good food,good music,nice place to go to. Service was very good attentive.

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l
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my sister there for her birthday. Everyone was so nice. The food and entertainment was great.

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HE
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an outstanding experience. The food and the jazz were both exceptional. We look forward to returning the next time we are in town.

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