Via Sophia

4.5
219 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Via Sophia reimagines the osteria experience for downtown D.C; where classic Italian dishes and fresh-from-the-oven pizzas are paired with bespoke beverages and a discerning wine list. With a focus on quality, consistency, and hospitality, we offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere for every guest, at any time of the day.

Experiences

  • Three Course Prix Fixe Lunch

    $25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Three course lunch menu for $25. Gazpacho, then any salad, sandwich, or pasta, followed by tiramisu.

Offers

  • $19 Pizza + Any Draft Beer $17 Pizza + Select Wine

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    7 days a week, 3 - 6PM, Via Sophia is offering any of our amazing Neapolitan Pizza + a Glass of Red or White Wine for $17 or Any Pizza and any Draft Beer for $19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 219 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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vipfoodlover
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was there forlunch. The food was outstanding as well as the service. I'll be returnign for additional meals.

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JLMeals
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Booked a business lunch outside for a party of five that became a party of six. Host was flustered by the addition, but the waiter easily pulled a chair over to the empty spot at the table. Food was good and the pre-fix was a nice option. The restaurant is central in DC and the porch was spacious and mostly shaded, which is why I picked the restaurant. Service was a bit slow, waited 20+ min to order, and they ran out of the gazpacho, which was the only option for the first course of the pre-fix, so one of our diners was out of luck. They were "out" of decaf coffee which seemed strange and then they didn't provide a proper credit card payment receipt other than the one I had to sign for them, which made reimbursement a bit of a pain. I'd probably book again.

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vipTonyF
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Service was very slow. I don’t mind a slow pace but there were times we went 15 minutes without bread or even a server coming by.
That said the food was amazing.

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vipDeanI
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat outside. The food was very good as was the service.

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CynthiaB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our dinner was incredible! We had a nice outdoor table on the front porch, excellent and friendly servers. We had the caponata bruschetta for appetizer with delicious pieces of bacon grilled fresh bread. All pastas are made fresh by the chef. The seasonal Agnolotti dish with Smoked Burrata, Sweet Corn and Maitake Mushrooms was to die for!!! Our second course was the Seven Hills Top Sirloin with Crispy Potato, Smoked Onion, Mushroom Ragu, Heirloom Carrot which was cooked to perfection, beautifully presented and an incredible blend of flavors thanks to the chef! My husband and I HIGHLY recommend this place for dinner.

Via Sophia
Responded on September 13, 2021

We are so happy that you had a great time on Saturday and we look forward to your return.

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Lorenzo
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

best value for money around the area. Pasta are great!

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MorganD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best, most authentic Italian meals I’ve ever eaten.

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vipDCLOCAL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. This is my go to place in dc. It was our servers Liya 's first day and it seemed like she had been working there for years. Amazing wine list too.

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KellyLingerUSA
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere, cheerful and friendly service, delicious food. Definitely recommend for a relaxing dinner.

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CarolV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Not a very wide menu selection. For what you get I think the price points could improve. The food was okay. Not bad. Not great.

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ShellieS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was in DC for an art exhibit and visited Via Sophia for lunch. It was a Friday at 12:15 and it was not crowded. I was greeted courteously, seated promptly and a server immediately brought me water and took my drink order. It arrived promptly, as did my margherita pizza, which was delicious! I ordered a second beverage and was left in peace to finish it at my leisure, only being interrupted to be provided the dessert menu and asked if I wanted to order. when I finished my beverage, my check was brought promptly. The entire experience was great and I will definitely return and recommend it to others!

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Dinerx
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved every minute of our dinner at Via Sophia. The service was incredible, tables well spaced and felt very COVID safe. The food was amazing — summer salad, grilled calamari fresh and light but ample portions and the mains of chicken Marsala, bucatini, gnocchi and topped off with espresso and budini for dessert — it was all fantastic. We will be back. Just the cozy family dinner we were looking for.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

La calidad de la comida es muy normal. La pasta estaba rica (nos llamó la atención la cantidad de ajo que había en ambos platos, y eso que nos gusta el sabor), la pizza tardaron en traerla unos 5min desde que la pedimos, no estaba recien hecha pero no estaba mala… Solo que nos parecio recalentada (Vimos un horno al estilo Napoletano y parece que la hicieron allí aunque no en el momento). La carta no es muy extensa. El camarero que nos atendió fue muy agradable. Fuimos un martes a última hora de la noche y estaba casi vacío, así que estuvimos muy tranquilos. Al final, es el bar de un hotel y no destaca. No había nada malo pero no repetiremos.

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BenjaminS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was not good, super hot inside the restaurant, and took forever to order.

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vipLuvtodine
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food service and ambiance. Highly recommend!

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vipMaby
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Not bad pizza!

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vipDCLOCAL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow!!! An amazing experience from the service to the food this restaurant was really impressive. The wine list was very well curated with some big bargains to be had. The linguini with clams was probably the best I have ever eaten. Only problem was I did not have any room for dessert.

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vipXxx00
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, interior, service. For sure 5 star restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the beef tartare, grilled calamari, and bucatini. I’d absolutely order them all again, especially the homemade pasta. Food was good, drinks were good, atmosphere was good, but the service and staff were even better.

Via Sophia
Responded on August 16, 2021

Thank you for the great review. I will be sure to share this with the team.

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Wonderer
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extraordinary service! Good food.. a bit salty to my taste.. Ambiance is nice! Inside Hamilton Hotel.

Via Sophia
Responded on August 16, 2021

Thank you very much. We hope to see you soon.

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vipJenna
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were from out of town and they made us feel very special. Every dish was amazing and our server, Marcus, did a great job at pairing wine to each course. The pizza dough was so delicious and cooked to perfection and the chicken Marsala is a must have. Quality food, quality decor, and quality service. Highly recommend!

Via Sophia
Responded on August 11, 2021

Thank you for the great review. Please visit us when you come to town again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic. The cocktail I tried will now be on my try-@-home list. Pasta was a little salty but overall very good.

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LannaF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was great, the food was delicious and the wine/cocktails were out standing. We will be back.

Via Sophia
Responded on August 11, 2021

Fantastic!!! We look forward to you visiting us again.

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TIMOTHYF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal in a festive setting

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TroiN
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I walk past this place everyday going to work, so I wanted to try it one day and I do not regret it. I reserved for indoor but really wanted outdoor and the hostess made that happen. Waiter was superb, food was amazing, true Italian food, not that Olive Garden stuff. Menu is fairly priced in my opinion, but their happy hour menu is super cheap, so I will be going back.

Management, Staff, Servers, I mean everyone is so happy and amazing. Such a diverse staff, so good to see the inclusion here. This is the perfect date night, girls night out, or happy hour spot. Pasta is amazing too. 10/10

Via Sophia
Responded on August 11, 2021

Thank you for the awesome review. It means a lot to us when the locals love what we do. See you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent and food was delicious. We were delighted with attention to detail not just to our table but all throughout the restaurant.

Via Sophia
Responded on August 11, 2021

Thank you for the review and we look forward to your return.

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vipDNGReviews
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Dining outside was heavenly. Highly recommend the brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not have had a better dining experience with my wife and two young children. The eggplant bruschetta was amazing, surpassed only by their grilled, not fried, calamari. Pizzas were outstanding. A simple wine question brought out their awesome Sommelier, who had a wonderful off-menu suggestion that was still in our price range. The tiramisu was the best we’ve every had. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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YanisF
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place . We had a special request from the menu since we had a friend that was sick and the chef didn’t hesitate to please us . I highly recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The food was mediocre but the service was horrible. I've been a server for over a decade so I'm always hesitant to criticize BUT.... We were basically ignored for the first 20 minutes, then finally greeted with "so do you know what you want?"
The appetizers took a long time and we watched our drinks melt at the service bar, while they arrived after the food. My water glass was consistently empty and when I finished my wine, they took the glass away, without ever asking if I wanted another glass (I did, but I guess I was cut off...)
The food took almost a full hour to get to the table and when it did, all pizzas were given to the table next to us before we corrected them.
While the server was very friendly to my father In law, the rest of the table was virtually ignores. Like the other reviews said, the pizzas WERE good but not nearly amazing enough to outweigh the poor service.

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vipSteveG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A hidden gem of a hotel restaurant right in the heart of the central business district. High-end preparation and something for everyone on a well-constructed menu that takes you to Italy.

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vipDCLOCAL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My server Joe was terrific. He was able to answer all of my food questions and he made my early dinner very quick. He suggested that I have a half order of the linguini with clams before my main course. This option was not even on the menu!!! I am so glad that he made this suggestion. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce stuck right onto the pasta . My dinner was also fantastic. The monkfish was cooked to perfection and the sauce that it came with was to die for. I noticed that many reviews cited the service as being slow but that was not the case. I cannot wait to come back to this restaurant and it is now my new favorite in DC.

Via Sophia
Responded on July 22, 2021

We are so pleased that you had a wonderful experience and we look forward to serving you again.

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vipAnne
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delightful evening.

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vipBDNicole
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Food is okay but the service is not. Starting from the host not taking me to the table to the server taking so long!

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naturedude
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was really good but service was pretty slow and uneven.

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Tatyana
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perhaps the best Neapolitan pizza in DC! Fantastic Margherita! Our waiter and service staff were wonderfully kind and super attentive. Lovely date night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great eats my dudes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was great! We went for happy hour - the $17 pizza and glass of wine. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine menu. Only 2 of the cocktails were included in the happy hour special. Service was a little slow, but I would definitely go back

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vipMelissaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

The dinner menu was very limited which I was not happy about. Even the varieties of pizzas offered were limited. Also, we ordered the Grilled Squid and a piece of plastic was found in it, that I literally ended up chewing on, and the only thing offered was to remove it from the bill. I feel like another portion of our order should have been comped considering I could have choked on a piece of plastic. I would not recommend this restaurant.

FAQs

Via Sophia does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Via Sophia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 218-7575.

Via Sophia is rated 4.5 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.