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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
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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.
$30 and under
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LIA'S provides office catering for all businesses within a three block radius. Contact our event coordinator at email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Party Contact:
Amy Foster: (202) 706-7326
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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