Assaggi Osteria
Assaggi Osteria

Assaggi Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.assaggiosteria.com/
  • Phone: 703-918-0080
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Domenico Cornacchia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Customized, themed events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Holmes Place
  • Public Transit: Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located to the side and to the rear of the building where we are located.
A word from Assaggi Osteria
Domenico Cornacchia, chef/proprietor of Assaggi Osteria, taps into ages of ancestral Italian cooking each time he steps into his kitchen and brings a rich love of the cuisine that he so skillfully nurtured through the years. “Assaggi means tastings in Italian,” explains Domenico, “The concept of my menu is based on a variety of items that may be ordered in smaller portions.” Before deciding to pursue his dream of operating his own restaurant, Domenico was corporate executive chef and partner at Café Milano, for more than 15 years. His culinary umbrella also covered Café Milano’s two sister restaurants, Sette Bello in Clarendon, VA., and Sette Osteria in Dupont Circle.  For those who love Italian cuisine, Assaggi Osteria features homemade pasta’s, fresh seafood, veal and scrumptious beef. Assaggi Osteria sources whole fresh fish from worldwide sustainable sources,offering the finest bounty the sea has to offer. Produce is purchased from Amish farms and all desserts are homemade.
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Assaggi Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (85)special occasion (56)fit for foodies (55)notable wine list (39)great for lunch (39)romantic (33)good for groups (26)great for outdoor dining (17)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • ViennaWeeneeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As always, the food was delicious but also as usual someone with too much to drink did not use their "inside voice." A bit of sound-absorbing ceilling would really help this restaurant. And my second perpetual complaint, it's almost impossible to find a decent wine at less than $40 a bottle, and a good wine at less than $60? -- fawrgedaboudit. We go only when we have a discount coupon to offset the unecessarily high wine prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    have dined there a number of times, one of few "fine dining" places in mclean. went this time for "lobster night" special -- a bit disappointing for those of us familiar with simple, more flavorful lobster preparation. service, on the other hand, was particularly nice this visit. .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The lunch special is very nice and we loved the breadbasket.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a great place
    PacoVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Superb food, first class service and a lovely atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    jiffer99VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We live close by, so it's one of our neighborhood favorites. The wine list includes many wines available in various quantity increments. The food never disappoints, and the bread and olive oil are excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rene
    Rene
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food and wait-staff were excellent; serving-size just right--not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising experience
    tracyinva
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was our first time here and we didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the flavors. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Middlin'
    satisfiedVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything was ok, service, food, setting. Nothing exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neighborhood Treasure
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Assaggi Osteria is a constant in McLean. The Razor Clams were a special treat not often found. I had the Branzino which was sweet and fresh and boned at table side. We enjoyed our meal, and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mimi
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our previous experiences at Assaggi Osteria were positive. Not so much on Sunday evening. Sea bass was bland, at best.My fellow diners complained that the rabbit tasted too 'gamey'. Ravioli was just so so instead of mouth watering. On a positive note, Antipasto platter was nicely done, bread was excellent, olive oil delish. This restaurant usually hits all the high notes. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt as having had an off night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasure
    DKA1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was a pleasure to dine at Assaggi. The service was excellent. My halibut did not have as much flavor as I would prefer, but it was very good. My husband's Orata was incredibly moist and delicious. They debone the whole fish right there next to your table, so you do have to keep an eye out for bones. Delicious desert (don't recall the name) was vanilla ice cream in the center, chocolate mousse and rolled in powdered chocolate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at Assaggi! The dishes are plated and executed beautifully! This is the real italian food, not a typical Americanized fare! The Chef is happy to accommodate any requests and also offers a tasting menu that we are looking forward to trying next time we visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapppointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Incredibly noisy inside on a Friday evening. Required shouting across a two person table. Food very good but service indifferent and brusque.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian restaurant
    nonickname
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I am one of three freinds who get together for lunch every so often. We always come back to Assagi Osteria, whiich says a lot about the restaurant. This is not your run-of-the mill Italian restaurant, but a refined version of Italian cuisine. I had scallops in a delicious non-tomato based sauce. We also had an antipasto consisting of three types of cold meats of excellent quality. Service is good and the ambiance is very pleasant. We are always pleased with the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow service
    LizLobsterLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have dined here numerous times. The food is always excellent. While the waiters are nice the last few times we've eaten here the service has been incredibly slow. Also, we ordered the prosecco special and the wine was served in white wine glasses, not tulips. Probably not going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LindaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Calamari was excellent! Friendly service and good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Raibarth
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was excellent, the food outstanding and the wine superb. What more do you want for a dining place you want to call "our Italian"! This is our new "Italian".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, excellent food
    FoodieAnn
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Start with extra bread, please -- perfectly crispy on the outside and moist/airy inside, served with olive oil that is the real thing- look out for the wonderful peppery ending- yum. Prices are pretty high for the portion sizes. ($14 for 3 tiny stuffed squash blossom appetizer?) But the quality is very high and the service is attentive. Home made, veal-stuffed ravioli is perfectly cooked. Halibut is perfection. Duck is a bit odd- a cumin flavor that is unusual--but the cioppino was cooked just right , fresh seafood with a delicious broth. Extensive wine list. Small area for outside dining is close to the road and noisy; large dining room echoes a bit; small side dining area is quieter for a romantic dinner. One of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a good place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food and service remain very good. We continue to return and are not dissapointed. Pastas are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The wait staff is attentive and yet unobtrusive. The food is presented beautifully and is delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not up to their usual excellence
    andreapendleton
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been here many times and have always enjoyed both the meal & the service. Both aspects seemed to be off the mark on Friday night, 8/22. The waiter returned to our table to double-check on what we had ordered, the servers brought the wrong salad to one diner, the chef made the wrong fish preparation (filleted not whole) for another diner, the lamb shank disappointed a third diner, and my branzini with lemon/thyme sauce was bland and my mushrooms were dry. Since I ate so little dinner, I went for what was described as gelato, but turned out to be nearly liquid. All in all, a disappointing experience at a place we used to like so much that my husband held his office holiday party there once. I'm hoping they just had a bad night!
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  • Never disappoints, a go to spot
    CallThemAsISeeUmVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is one of my wife's and my favorite restaurants with consistently good food and knowledgeable friendly staff. This Northern Italian Gem is a welcome surprise in McLean. Try the zeppole for dessert, you'll thank me later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great!
    Suzanne
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food and wine was outstanding. Service was excellent. It was a warm, inviting environment. Really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Assagi Osteria - Excellente!
    RJsMom
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I visited Assagi Osteria with a friend to celebrate his new job. I purchased a Groupon for the restaurant, so I didn't know much about it at all The service was great, the food was very good and the ambiance was nice for a night out with a loved one, friends, family, etc. It's a quaint little place and the menu selections were great. I'd definitely visit them again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tried this place because of restaurant week. I will not go back. The restaurant week menu was not interesting and we order a la carte. The fried calamari was tasteless and not seasoned. Plus, it came with shrimp, which was an odd surprise. It was served with a remoulade that was too thick and once again tasteless. I would think an "Italian" restaurant would have a lovely marinara to pair with a wonderfully seasoned calamari, but that was not the case. It was lunch and I opted for a panini. The panini it self was good, but just good. My panini came with a salad and my friend's came with fries. The salad was dressed lettuce and the fries were not crispy or seasoned. Also, the chicken paillard was grilled and dry. No seasoning to be found...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tried the restaurant week with our 4 yrs old. It's not a kid-friendly. My kid's $17 pasta was just okay. The owner/manager was very rude. We just didn't have a good experience here... won't be going back.
    • Food
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  • Wine & Cheese
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The menu is varied and has something for everyone. Fish, chops, pasta, salads, great apps. The patio and bar are great to enjoy a nice bottle of wine and an excellent assortment of Italian cheeses.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Experience
    GUSFIVE
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had lunch with friends visiting from Florida who asked to dine at a traditional Italian restaurant. We dined during Restaurant Week. The food was very good; two people had the salmon special, one person had a paninni, and one person had arugula salad with chicken breast. Clearly, not traditional Italian food. One person had green tomato soup that was interesting. No complaints about the food. The service was slow and we couldn't figure out why because the restaurant wasn't busy. The waiter gave plenty of "talking time." Dessert accompanied several of the lunches but the waiter never brought them. We asked several times and finally the dessert, which was included in the lunch price, arrived. Overall, a nice experience and I would return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but Noisy
    happytobedining
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our waiter was great, the food was good, but the dining room was very noisy. We asked to move our table and found it a little more tolerable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and good local gem
    MoxieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Often in McLean one forgets that there are some local restaurants that merit patronizing to ensure that you have a local neighborhood gem when you don't want to mess with downtown DC or the cluster that Tysons Corner has become. Thus come to Assaggi Osteria where excellent italian food awaits. Had a great meal - the Dorade was fantastic and beautifully prepared. The sea bass was amazing on a lovely bed of French lentils. Wine list was good. Dessert was very nice - a lemon pannacotta that melted in your mouth! Service was good. Ambience was good. We even sat outside and while watching the cars whiz by on Old Dominion may not be the most scenic, it does fulfill that people watching niche nicely. Good experience and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Lunch Spot
    Cebpam
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent Food, Very Good Service, Wonderful Experience. I went here with my husband for lunch. He got the Restaurnat Week Lunch Menu and I got the Lunch Special. We both enjoyed our food and time here. We'll definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good-- but disappointing.
    AnacapriVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    So, guess we were spoiled by the late, lamented Bethesda Assaggi. Same wonderful food, but very long waits btw courses, seldom-seen waiter, no ice for the white wine and conversation-challenging noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was awesome. Staff extremely accomodating and conscientious. The four of us enjoyed being able to converse without having to yell. I would highly recommend this place to others for any occasion. We had dinner and are looking forward to coming back for a brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great meal at Assaggi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We were greated again by our favorite waiter, Wilson. We had not been at the restaurant for at least 7 months. Wilson remembers us, he remembers my wife's favorite wine, tells us it is probably out but he would look for it. He was able to find one bottle. The food is always great but Wilson makes us feel like VIPs and we appreciate that.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday lunch delightful
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We sat at the bar and received excellent service. Our server/bartender adjusted several items on the menu to suit our tastes. Very helpful. Food was very good. Have been for dinner, but prefer the lower key tempo during the day, early afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Back to Italy-No Passport Required
    FriendsandFoodies
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I lived in Milano for 2 years and have missed good Italian food since moving to Northern Virginia form the NYC area. My Cioppino one of the many lunch specials, was out of this world...every morsel of fish, clams, mussels was tender and delicious and the broth, heaven. I can't wait to return to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    jiffer99VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We keep coming back to Assggi Osteria for the quality of the food and service. We live nearby and consider it one of neighbohood's gems.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and wonderful service
    LeoandEna
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I had a groupon so went even though it was a time crunch. The staff were wonderful in making sure that I made good selection from the menu. They ensured that the desert selected was packable and had the check ready so I was able to enjoy the one hour at the restaurant. The food was outstanding! The platter of mozzerella was amazing as is the olive oil they serve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly
    Scott
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A very friendly restaurant staff added to the pleasant dining experience. Great food and an extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable
    FadedStarGarage
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Black cod appetizer excellent but tiny portion. Pasta with fresh peas nothing special, but adequate for two. Veal chop perfectly cooked but too salty, sautéed spinach excellent. Cioppino excellent. Service responsive but unobtrusive. Unusually large selection of wines by the glass and and half liter. Extensive Italian wine list. Too full for dessert. Expensive but a decent value.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.