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Assaggi Mozzarella Bar
Assaggi Mozzarella Bar

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.assaggirestaurant.com
  • Email: golnaz@assaggirestaurant.com
  • Phone: (301) 951-1988
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:30AM To 2:30PM (Closed from 2:30PM-5PM)Lunch: Saturday-Sunday: 11:30AM To 4PM
    Dinner: Monday- Friday: 5:00PM To 10:00PM
    Dinner: Saturday-Sunday: 4PM- 10PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Domenico Cornacchia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call (301) 951-1988 for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for information. No private rooms available. Portion of restaurant or entire restaurant available for private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Golnaz Feiz
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please inquire within for any upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Arlington & Woodmont
  • Public Transit: Metro stop is a 5 minute walk from Assaggi. Bethesda metro Stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Friday - Saturday for $7.00 per vehicle. Street parking & a public lot are also available.
A word from Assaggi Mozzarella Bar
Located in the heart of Bethesda- Assaggi Mozzarella Bar is an elegantly rustic restaurant serving only the best authentic Italian cuisine. Through an open kitchen, Chef/Owner Domenico Cornacchia will dazzle you with his precision and passion for true Italian cooking. Each day, he prepares for your table a wonderful menu that features fresh home-made pasta's, the finest meats and seafood, and the freshest ingredients. Domenico also introduces a new concept- a Mozzarella Bar- showcasing an array of superior Mozzarella's for your tasting enjoyment.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a long time favorite - good food, good wine and usually attentive service. Original dishes and staples both good - Italian themed but not conventionall "Italian". Very conveniently located in Bethesda and valet parking is helpful. The kitchen area is in full view and busy."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "great experience ,we will return soon the staff is amazing"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "had a great experience for dinner food and service both terrific"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Our visit was outstanding top notch service and amazing food."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I really enjoyed this restaurant! The food was the best Italian fare by far in the area, and I've had my share. I would definitely go back again. The location is wonderful, in the middle of shops and other fine dining with a vibrant atmosphere. The fresh mozzarella was the best I've ever tasted and the pasta was prepared perfectly. They also have an extensive and wonderful wine list. Definitely try their Super Tuscan Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona which is an incredible red wine. The service was also excellent. I'll definitely return for more!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very good food but not a place to go to enjoy intimate conversation. Seems to be a problem with most restaurants these days, however."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This restaurant stands out in the high quality of the cooking, the service, the location, and the ambiance. They manage to consistently do a great job. It is always a pleasure to dine here. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Other than the congestion in Bethesda (but they do have valet parking) it was a very pleasant experience. Appetizers were excellent. Main course was plentiful and quite good. Bread was outstanding. Service was top notch. Wine list was not outstanding, but definitely adequate. Overall, I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was absolutely incredible. I had a cheese platter and the server made some great suggestions. My veal was tasty. The cannoli was perfect. The server could have been a little friendlier but all in all it was a great experience. I will be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've had many meals at Assaggi, and every,one has been memorable. My love affair with Assaggi continues."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The most amazing/authentic pure Italian dining in the city with amazing service with so much attention to details & great wines and cocktails!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We had a great dinner on Sunday Food was superb and Fadi our server was top notch We will be back soon"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Food and service always good, bit of a wait at the bar, we have been several times, need a reservation, we like and will go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "While the food was good, it was overpriced and the service was poor. The waiter was distracted. When specifically asked to bring a dish with no lemon sauce, he brought it with two or three lemons on top. He brought a fish dish that was barely cooked, but then did give us one dessert to make up for it. The restaurant had a nice ambience, but, given the service and the price, I would not recommend it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have been here a few times for dinner and each time the food was excellent. My favorites are the calamari, cappesante and tiramisu. I have tried most dishes and am looking forward to trying pizzoccheri."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Went to assaggi for dinner the host was great and very accommodating. We had two cocktails to start and I can say I'm glad we took the server's suggestion. Food was great and prices are affordable, our server was very knowledgeable. We can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We came here for our anniversary and food and service were great. We definitely be back soon"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Great food and great service I'm glad we came back after a while"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "great food but terrible service,no hostess no bartender ,it wasnt a pleasent dinner after all"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We had a great dinner here on Sunday. There were only two servers that night, but it did not hinder the service at all. The staff here is friendly and they were helpful in answering questions about wines / menu items. The chef here really knows how to cook seafood to perfection and the braised shortribs are delicious. All of the entress come with some fresh veggies, which is nice. The pastas are hand made and are delicious. Dining at Assaggi is always a pleasure. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "First the good - the bread's the thing (warm, homemade- looking and tasting), as is the pasta (nicely al dente and lightly sauced - I recommend the orechiette with sausage and broccolini). Also, the dessert special of bittersweet chocolate mousse with amaretto panacotta and caramel sauce is a "love at first sight" experience. All of the flavors worked well together like a great orchestra. The servers (we had Osmar as a waiter - a very nice guy) and hostess were nice but we've run into this before where they seem understaffed and we feel neglected, like they can't quite get their act together, and this has happened the past five times we've been there. That's the only negative. Nice snapper entree though a bit salty."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Assaggi made celebrating my husband's birthday a big success! Sharing an amazing bottle of Super Tuscan, we enjoyed sampling the variety mozzarella and acompanying condiments, feeling like we were back in Italy!! Our meals, we chose from the specials, a veal chop and seared fish with pesto were delicious, not to mention impeccable service from our attentive waiter, Elvis. We ended the night with a decadent piece of Tiramisu, brought with a lit birthday candle. A GROUPON was what brought us to this hidden gem, but I would happily pay FULL price for this wonderful night out. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant - great food, great service, great atmosphere. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I travel to Bethesda often for business and returned to Assaggii Mozzarella Bar after a wonderful experience in January. That time I was with a group, this time I was alone. It is unfortunate when restaurants pay less attention to solitary dinners than more. The food was excellent but once my drink and dinner order were taken, I was totally ignored. Waiving my arms to get any server's attention did not work so eventually had to tap a bus boy to get a wine order in which arrived after 2/3rd of my entree was gone. Great food, blah service."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went there to celebrate a birthday. Food was great. But lack the atmosphere that it was a special night. Had made it known during reservation. But the host sat us at the last table next to the serving station adjacent to the kitchen. Lastly for dessert nothing special at all, not even a candle. Oh well.. it is just a great place for food only."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was amazing, as always. My one complaint is how crowded it is. The tables are small and so close together. It won't keep me from coming back though."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "arrived at restaurant and was immediately told we were early correct 3 minutes 7:27. asked how long and was told 10-15 minutes. bar was crowded but found a seat and ordered a glass of wine and a martini. they were fine. At 7:45 tried to seat us at a tiny table by entrance. we declined. at 8:05 after asking again tried to seat us at a tiny table in front of the sushi bar. at that time I was ready to leave. After i forcefully spoke to a manager that found us an appropriate table. He reluctantly offered to buy as a drink. He never came back to the table to offer a drink or to apologize for the long wait. I did in fact have a Martini on them, but will probaly not go back. I don't find a 35 minute wait to be acceptable.The food was fine"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Good food, consistently prepared, and Fadi is an attentive and friendly waiter. The fresh pasta is excellent and the mozzarella platters are excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "One of the best Italian restaurants in BCC area, even if a bit pricey. Great menu. We had indifferent, rushed service on Valentine's day, but they may have been short-staffed (it was quite full)."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We sat at the table for at least 15 minutes before the waiter showed up. The never brought bread, even with the mozzarella sampler. After another 20 minutes, the waiter came out to tell us the chef was not confident the clams were fresh and would I mind if they substituted mussels? That was fine but couldn't they have notified me earlier? The waiter never checked on us, even though they sat us next to the waiter station. And then we had to wait again for our check. The food was adequate for the price and we thought it was noisy - it was challenging to carry out a normal conversation. I will not be going back, which is a shame because the mozzarella sampler was good, and was the main draw."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had an early dinner at Assaggi on Sunday and had a great time. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We ordered the King Salmon and the rockfish. Both were seasoned nicely and cooked perfectly. We ordered sides of the sauteed mushrooms and the sauteeed spinach, which were delicious. The restaurant was busy, but we had excellent service and a fantastic meal. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I always enjoy eating here. Over the years we have had something to eat with very special people, and that does make fond memories. Our recent experience was great."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had such an enjoyable time on Sunday night. The service was attentive and friendly and the food was great! We ordered the special which was a red snapper filet- it was fantastic and we both loved it. This is without question the best Italian restaurant in Bethesda. The others don't even compare to Assaggi."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We dine at Assaggi occasionally. Food was delicious, but waiter this time was not as attentive as we would have liked. He was busy with a large group. Food took time come out. Overall the experience was very good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was my first time at Assaggi. We were early for our reservation but were seated right way. Our mozzarella sampler appetizer came out very quickly (which was good) but our next course was out less than 10 minutes later. If we had not decided to linger and order dessert, we would have been out of there in under 45 minutes. We also had to continually ask for our water or the bread basket to be re-filled. I thought the cheese and the pasta were very good but the lack of timing from the kitchen and lack of attention from the staff made me feel rushed. The food was good enough for a return trip, but due to the service, I am in no hurry to go back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This is the first time I sent back an entree. It was the veal chop Milanese. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I did like the food, but there were not many for lunch and the waiter was not the best. He was the bar tender doubling as a waiter so seemed a bit distracted. Interesting that he was a bar tender, which I later figured out but did not ask us about drinks beyond water. I did ask for iced tea, which was fine. The food was good. I would go back. I really liked that it was nice and quiet for talking during lunch. I would like to go back to try dinner. It was not as expensive as it looks, which is very good! It is a mozzarella bar, but I did not have that--I think it is only at dinner."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything when we dined here on Sunday. The service was excellent and the food was just delicious. I try to eat very little on a day when we are going to Assaggi because I want to be able to enjoy the fantastic food. The staff seems to work so hard to make sure everything is just right and they succeed."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We live nearby and have gone to Assaggi off and on since it opened. We've probably dined there over 30 times. Lately we've been going more frequently because they have a better selection of pasta dishes and the cooking is now great. The dishes were always good there, but now they are really starting to stand out and compete with the best of the downtown restaurants. Great atmosphere. Very pleasant modern elegant dining room and very good staff. Also, we can have a nice simple delicious inexpensive meal if we want, it's easy to scale your meal up or down depending on what you want."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Delicious food, very helpful service, easy to hear each other, and nice space between tables. Because they knew in advance it was our daughter's birthday, they greeted her upon arrival with birthday wishes and presented her with a candled tiramisu dessert--and they brought enough forks for all without even asking. Smart folks. However, we were seated near the bar, and that was uncomfortable as there was not enough space for people to pass without grazing our heads or shoulders, and with winter coats on, it became even more challenging. We highly recommend the mozzarella bar appetizer--we could not decide whether we enjoyed the cheese itself or the condiments more!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014