About LIA'S

Voted The Best Restaurant in Chevy Chase by readers of Bethesda Magazine! Enjoy Chef Geoff's genuine hospitality and casual cuisine with an Italian flair. Come for a glass of wine, hand tossed pizzas, fresh pasta, or charcuterie and cheese, and the result will be the same. You'll be back for more. Join us on the Weekend for brunch and every Wednesday for half price wines. Don't miss our seasonal menus, Weekly Specials, Weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday, Half Price Wine Night every Wednesday, Happy Hour daily from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and all day on Monday and Tuesday, or our beautiful patio offering some of the best outdoor dining in the area. We also offer private parties (including private cooking classes), and offsite catering for any occasion (We also deliver with DoorDash!). We look forward to welcoming you soon! Cheers! Chef Geoff

4435 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Comfort Food, Mediterranean

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Bar open to midnight daily.

Cross street:
Wisconsin Avenue

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone number:
(240) 223-5427

Website:
http://www.chefgeoff.com/

Catering:
LIA'S provides office catering for all businesses within a three block radius. Contact our event coordinator at party@chefgeoff.com

Parking Details:
All Day on Weekends and After 5 PM During Week: FREE parking with validation in lot under the restaurant (Colonial Parking Garage on The Hills Plaza Rd). After getting out of your car, look for Office Elevators and take to the first floor. During week, before 5, we offer reduced rate parking with validation.

Public Transport:
Friendship Heights metro (red line) located 1 block away on cross streets Western Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue. Walk one block north on Wisconsin Avenue to Willard and we are at 4435 Willard Avenue in the Ritz-Carlton building. Look for our outdoor patio and red awnings.

Private Party Facilities:
Take your guests to Italy! A party at LIA'S is a trip to Italy: delicious, warm, and fun. Whether a small seated event or a large cocktail reception, we can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our private wine room seats 49 and the entire restaurant can be reserved for as many as 250. Our patio offers unique outdoor space for entertaining groups in the spring, summer, and fall. For menus and more information, please contact our Private Event Director, Amy Foster, at party@chefgeoff.com.

Private Party Contact:
Amy Foster: (202) 706-7326

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
LIA'S hosts numerous specials events, including wine dinners, beer dinners, cooking classes and more. To receive information regarding our next special event sign up for our newsletter at www.chefgeoff.com.

LIA'S Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.2

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (10)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

This is our second time here since our daughter started school at American University this Fall. We have diverse palates yet always find something everyone enjoys. Food is wonderful, and creative. Quickly becoming a favorite.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Meal was poorly prepared, overcooked and no presentation - a mound of food.

Waiter was not a good listener, had to remind him of requests numerous times.

Overall disappointing experience.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food, friendly service, well organized wine list with good choices, and quiet enough to hear the voices at your table without shouting.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 3 days ago

We loved everything about our experience at Lia’s except... how slow the service was! Our group arrived at 6:00 pm and we did not leave until 9:15 pm!! Once we asked that things move a little quicker it did but it just wasn’t what any of us where expecting! I’m guessing if you let the staff know before you start that you’d like to be done at a certain time they could make happen. We just didn’t know to ask!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food. Good service despite not having anyone at the host stand for about 5 min when we arrived. May have been doing the pre dinner service meeting.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is consistently of high quality and menu offers variety and value. A great place to eat a few times a week.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Our server was obviously new. Our guests arrived and it took 2-3 reminders for drinks. My dinner, fish with bacon potatoes, was a nicely cooked piece of fish on a plate-covering smear of potatoes. Both were the same color. The bacon potatoes overwhelmed the flavor of the fish and the presentation was unattractive. The calamari was good, salads - fair, desserts - unexciting. I was sadly disappointed as I've eaten at Lia's quite a few times and nothing compared to this sad experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

A very nice meal overall. The server did a nice job dealing with my embarrassingly difficult to servers, father-in-law. She was very pleasant and timely.
The food was very good and the half price bottles of wine were worth the trip. The only sort of negative I could find was the small amount of entrees that didn't contain meat. This is pretty common though and it wouldn't preclude me from returning.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Always outstanding in every aspect - food, service, atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Our ever changing guest count drove me crazy but it was easy to modify with the Opentable app. We ended up being a party of 7. We had requested an outdoor table and when we arrived there was not a single table seated outside. Upon walking in and speaking with the host they indicated it would be a minute because they had a table set inside. Granted it was an overcast day but with the fall weather arriving we didn't want to miss an opportunity to stay outside.
Our server was very pleasant, took all our orders at 1 time. We did initially ask for separate checks and she obliged. We chatted and were enjoying ourselves. Our drinks arrived and we continued having a good time. Our food was delivered and it did not take much time. We enjoyed our meals but our server must have been busy with indoor tables because eventually she seemed to disappear. We were all sitting with our dirty plates in front of us for the duration of our stay. I eventually went in and asked the host for our check which was brought out with 1 bill for all, after we asked he found the server who rectified the situation and brought out the separate checks. I like Lia's and will continue to patronize it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Great food with large variety of choices. Good menu for families. Everything from gourmet entrees to pizza and burgers. Only drawback is noise level is on the high side. Have been before and will return again

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 12 October 2017

Not up to usual good standards

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 October 2017

Lunch meeting with two colleagues. Was really good, high quality creative meals and great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 9 October 2017

Great value at the bar for all day happy hour on Monday & Tuesday. The mushroom pizza is delicious. Homemade crust and fresh ingredients. Half price bottles of wine on Wednesday are also amazing.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 October 2017

My entree pasta Bologna’s, was not well sauced or seasoned

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 October 2017

We’ ve eaten at LIA’S dozens of times but tonight had an experience of poor service. The restaurant was perhaps understaffed?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 October 2017

Always reliable food and service. I wish there were more in Chevy Chase area.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Healthy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 27 September 2017

The food was good. Nothing memorable. Portions were just right, in my opinion. Price was a little high ($84 for two before tip with only one alcholic beverage between us) for a meal that was delicious, but nothing more. We enjoyed the outdoor seating due to the weather, but you are overshadowed by an office building, a major road (although not a busy one) nearby, and no passerbys.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

The only problem we had was that it was too noisy. When a waiter closed the door to the back room to reduce the noise level, our waitress opened the door again since I think it made it inconvenient for her to bring our food to our table. It's a set-up they should re-think. Otherwise, it is a comfortable place, food very good, service good, but not formal. Okay for a casual night out, or lunch with friends.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 September 2017

As the prices have gone up, the quality has gone down, not that it was ever better than average.
I ordered the cadillac caesar with salmon; the salad lacked the corn, beans and other additions it was supposed to have and the salmon was dry. The crispy brussels sprouts were grossly over-roasted and over-oiled. Only the outdoor seating saved the experience.

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Food5
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 (New England)·Dined on 20 September 2017

We very much appreciated being seated in the "back room" where it was quiet and private.
That made the evening special, in addition to the excellent food and 1/2 price bottled wine!

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

We had friends in town whose only request was a quiet restaurant with good food where we could have a relaxed conversation. They set us in the back room, which was perfect -- quiet and cozy. The added bonus was that the food was excellent with lots of choices for the vegetarians among us. A friend and I split two dishes, and they were nice enough to do the dividing and plating in the kitchen. There are not many options in the Friendship Heights area with good food and atmosphere -- Lia's will become my go-to place!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Good trout, salmon main courses, tasty bread at table, excellent ceasar salad. 3 course early dinner special is flavorful and worth it. Service attentive. Dining ambiance and decor is very nice inside, as well as wonderful fountain-side seating outside. Recommend if in area, would not make a special trip there. Thanks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 September 2017

If "Cheers" had award winning food...Lias would be the living incarnation. We absolutely love our neighborhood bar and restaurant. Try the weekly specials--fantastic.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 September 2017

We love Lia's and come here often! We know the manager and the staff are always attentive and courteous. The food is consistently good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on 13 September 2017

Atmosphere is great and nice place to meet for lunch or dinner. Brussel sprout side dish was amazing!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 September 2017

We were a big group. We requested a table outdoors but they were unable to accommodate us. We had to sit inside. We had some handicapped guests that would have preferred outside seating...

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on 6 September 2017

I have been a fan of Cref Geoff for many years
Try to eat in one of his restaurants whenever in DC
Food this week wasn't as good as usual-- an off night?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 September 2017

It's always a great dining experience at Lia's! I'm big on quality food, good service, and great atmosphere. They have it all right here! I'm a happy customer!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Special Occasion, People Watching, Business Meals, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 September 2017

Cauliflower soup was wonderful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 September 2017

Nice location - very convenient to FH metro - but food not especially special. Nice ambience if sitting outside on warm day.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 August 2017

The weekly special of crispy crab dumplings were very good, really filled with crab and tasty. The special of shrimp and chorizo fettuccini was good but the menu stated it was in a wine and saffron sauce, it was indeed in a heavy cream sauce. I think that took a bit away from it since the rest of the dish was great but too heavy due to the sauce. My husbands penne, which was listed as being in a "creamy" tomato sauce, was delicious and heavy on the tomato not the cream. We always enjoy our meals at Lias, I just need to be more diligent about asking about all the ingredients in a preparation.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Great relaxed atmosphere and lovely to dine alfresco! Food--especially the fig & goat cheese salad and meatballs--was amazing. The red snapper would have been better if the panzanella had been on top not bottom, where the croutons got soggy. But love Cheff Geoff and his restaurants.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Healthy, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Lia's is my favorite neighborhood restaurant and I eat there quite often. I love the pizzas and salads best of all.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Consistency is a major issue in Lisa's. Food quality is sometimes poor. Fries are usually burnt.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Perfect for a quick brunch with a close friend, and not far from American U campus where my friend was visiting her daughter. Great patio service, beautiful day, good food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 August 2017

Just a nice restaurant with a good menu and good service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 25 August 2017

The food is excellent. The service however has been unreliable. The first time there is was very good. My second visit the waitress was constantly selling us food and it was very irritating. I also think she forgot us as she never checked in back with us after we ordered. Additionally, the Cesar salad ordered as a appetizer arrive with our meal- it clearly had been sitting around as it was wilted and soggy. Not what I had in mind for a nice dinner out, especially for the price.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 23 August 2017

Overall, very underwhelming. We didn't get the pizza but that might be the only thing worth getting. Pasta kinda overcooked, burger was dry and shrimp was kinda fishy. This makes it sound worse than it is, but didn't have a great meal, just fine, at best.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 21 August 2017

Restaurant week

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