Cesco Osteria
Cesco Osteria

Cesco Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cesco-osteria.com/
  • Phone: (301) 654-8333
  • Hours of Operation:
    CESCO osteria:
    Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
    Saturday & Sunday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
    Co2 Lounge:
    Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to Midnight
    Friday from 4 pm to 1 am
    Saturday from 5:30 pm to 1 am
    Sunday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco Ricchi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering and private events available.

  • Entertainment: Co2 Lounge is an upscale theatrical nightspot featuring its own sizzling (literally) DJ booth with unparalleled surround sound and three live entertainment stages, a dramatically lit fashion runway, a unique teatro e galleria that will feature avant garde art and photography exhibits, film screenings and dancing, and elite culinary and beverage creations. A dramatic wall of glass opens onto an intimate outdoor terrazza framed by architectural trellises that double as art displays and 300 glittering overhead festival lights. Co2 Lounge will be the only multi-media, indoor/outdoor social, entertainment, cultural and dining venue of its kind yet in the region. This WiFi hotspot is poised to become “the” after-hours destination to "see and be seen", to imbibe from one of the most extensive mixology menus in the area, and to sample celebrity Chef Francesco Ricchi's award-winning fare.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Metro Accessible, Red Line Bethesda Metro Center
    Metro Schedule: http://www.wmata.com/rail/schedules.cfm
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Beat Bethesda's parking shortage....and avoid the wind, rain, snow, heat!.
    Take an elevator to Cesco's! Located directly underneath the restaurant, 400 parking spaces await our dining public. Take an immediate left off Woodmont Avenue onto North Lane. Our parking entrance is located 200 feet on the right. We are Bethesda's only restaurant...where parking is an interior elevator away! Dinner and event parking is $4.00.
A word from Cesco Osteria
Cesco osteria combines unparalleled Tuscan-inspired cuisine from multi-award winning Chef Francesco Ricchi with a sensory experience that includes live music, breathtaking lighting, and artisan cocktails in its contemporary Co2 lounge. CESCO osteria offers casual and white tablecloth dining options as well as lounge-style seating, plus the spectacular Terrazzo CESCO for unique al fresco dining and libations.
For over 20 years Chef Ricchi has been dazzling guests with his Italian cuisine. He's earned dozens of awards including Best New Restaurant in the US; Top Twenty-Five Restaurants in North America; Best Italian Restaurant and Zagat Distinction.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cesco Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (60)special occasion (44)good for groups (37)great for outdoor dining (32)notable wine list (30)romantic (25)great for lunch (23)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (10)great for brunch (8)late-night find (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • FINE DINING PLUS CONVERSATION!
    LoisVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Appreciated fine cuisine, especially prepared for my salt-free diet. The carpeted interior helped make for comfortable noise level to enable conversation that was audible. Expensive and, therefore, an experience to be saved for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fettucini with wild boar
    Hoov
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    ......was outstanding. L Lovely restaurant; highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MarylandGrackle
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Good food, nice atmosphere. Two minor complaints: my drink was weak, and one of the side dishes we ordered never arrived. But the experience overall was quite good, and I will be back.
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  • Great food and ambiance
    BelleVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We loved the food at Cesco Osteria and really loved the setting. We had a party of 5 with a 5-year old and were put into a separate section that worked perfectly for us. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful and again, the food was fantastic. Definitely going to become one of our go-to restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Arrived after a four block walk as the GPS led us astray. The waiter up front says this is a common problem. We were two couples.. A nice but pricy wine list, good service. Had calamari, mushrooms and a prochutto and melon for appetizers. Calamari was a bit heavy on the breading but decent. Mushrooms were en crot which kept them moist. The prochutto and melon was vey good. I ordered veal scaloppine. The sauce and veggies were all done but the veal was surprisingly tough. My wife's cod was ok, just nothing special. The portions were good sized, the suppa englesa was good but, again, nothing special
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still great food but service lagged
    JoeA
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Six of us returned to a Bethesda favorite on a Wednesday evening. The food was every bit as good as we remembered and expected. But this visit became a disappointment when our waiter's attention flagged. We had to hunt him down in the bar to ask for a check and then hunt again to try to give him our payment. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy, so it was hard to understand the problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The ambience was very nice and the service was great. I ordered the Shrimp & Scallops in a Masala Sauce. The sauce was over-reduced to a strong syrupy almost burned tasting sauce that wasn't very pleasant. I wasn't impressed with it. My friend ordered the Grilled Brancino with Pasta and was very happy with hers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bethesda's BEST Italian spot...
    SEG1980VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I highly recommend. Service was very good. Food is good as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    firsttimereview
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was delicious. However, the service was atrocious. The put some food on the table after we arrived without telling us what it was. They also took away on of the half full plates of food without asking if we wanted a box (we would have said yes). Restaurant was nearly empty but service was still slow.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beware booking here
    stlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant does not seem to have a handle on how to manage its opentable reservations. We were seated 35 min after our reservation time. The hosts told us that they had no control over how many people booked reservations on opentable, which I know can't be true -- opentable doesn't magically know how many tables a restaurant has. The hosts were apologetic but clearly in over their heads a bit. They were understaffed on the server side as well -- it took 15 minutes after we sat down to get a drink order in. Food was pretty good. Beware going on a weekend, even if it says they have a reservation available.
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  • Better Host performance
    foodfansVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The restaurant continues to be one of our favorites with the exception of the way the people at the Host desk perform. We always request specific tables and confirm the request immediately before we arrive. The host always trys to move us to a different table in spite of the fact that the tables we requested are mostly open. We almost always get the table we asked for but it is an annoying start to the evening to need to "negotiate" this point with the host. Why do they always try to put you at a poor table when better ones are available. A common practice in too many restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Most enjoyable dining experience
    Carsie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We have been to Cesco several times, and each time enjoy it more than the last. The menu is varied and the food is exceptional. All who work there are pleasant, helpful, knowledgable and friendly. We were there with friends for a simple dinner two nights ago, and can't wait til the next time. We highly recommend Cesco.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • None
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was our first time at the new location. (We used to be neighbors of the old one). Was even better than we remembered it. Went for a special occasion and had a very enjoyable evening. Best Italian restaurant we have been to in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too bad about the service
    DCres
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is my second dining experience at Cesco. The food is really great; without fail everything was unique and delicious. Unfortunately, our service did not live up to the food experience. It took a very long time to get our main dishes and, although one of the plates was hot, the ravioli was luke warm. It appeared the waiter had forgotten to bring out the food. I would definitely go back and hope for a different waiter. Parking is easy but it was too loud inside for my comfort level.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing a few things
    ChucksDad
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had dinner at primetime on Saturday night. They seemed to be drowning a bit. The tableclothes needed changing. We had to ask for silverware. My seafood spaghetti was fine, but my wife's chicken ravioli was pretty bad.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommend for lunch or dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went to this neighborhood restaurant to try out some of their dishes. We had beet/goat cheese salad as an appetizer, osso bucco, seafood pasta as entrees and desserts. They were all very tasty and carefully prepared. We will return to try out some other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid
    valuemanVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Wednesday is 1/2 price wine and Cesco's has a great wine list. I love the Super Tuscans. The service is always great, especially Carlos and Raphael. They have been there since the old location. They know the wines and food, make great recommendations too. Haddock and Trumpet mushrooms were very good. Thick cut of haddock and the trumpet mushrooms were sliced and looked very nice on the plate. Started with splitting Risotto with scallops and red pepper which was excellent. Scallop was perfectly seared and the red pepper added just the right color. As always, I can't resist the focaccia with sliced tomato they serve instead of bread - perfect amount of coarse salt, yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cesco
    Crash
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Cesco's is a ok high end restaurant in the Bethesda area, the food was good, but the waiter seem to be bit snippy. I was meeting a friend and we talked and had a drink before ordering so we made him come back about 3 times before we ordered, but I don't think that is extreme, besides the place was empty at 7:30 on a Saturday night. I probably won't go back, due to the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cesco delivers
    leniVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Pasta is fresh, homemade and good.isten to the servers; they are knowledgeable. Most delightful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food and service
    Cathy
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great service, nice environment and really good food. It was a great place to take a colleague who is leaving for another city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • TasteAmerica
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Friendly, professional service. Excellent food, extensive menu. Great wine list! Owners were most gracious, made us want to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    pwgermantown
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had a nice, quiet table outside. The wait staff is very attentive. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Italian Osteria near Bethesda Metro
    DLR1VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Cesco Osteria is located where the McCormick &Schmick used to be on Woodmont ave., a few steps from the Bethesda Metro station. The outdoor dining area is large and pleasant and it includes a trendy Beer Garden area. The food is very good with a typical Italian selection. I had the fish stew and it had all the usual ingredients - clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, calamari and several kinds of fish. The accompanying toast could have been better. My companions had two different pastas, both of which were also very good. This is Francesco Ricchi's most recent restaurant. Yes, the Ricchi for whom i Ricchi on 19th St. is named. Francesco is from Tuscany and produces authentic Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything we ate was delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Drove down from Baltimore to try this place. Everything, from the amuse bouche to dessert was perfectly balanced and tasty. Service was ok, but not special.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not terrible but not worth it.
    FuffinVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I really was torn about this place before I got there. Some reviews were decent and some terrible. I have to say for an Italian place, there are better places in Bethesda. It's pricey and the food is just average. The lobster bisque was very good, nice and creamy with a great lobster flavor. The calamari was terrible! It appeared to be a frozen not fresh calamari and it was chewy. Then we had the butternut squash ravioli with a marscapone sauce. It wasn't too bad, the sauce was a little heavy but overall decent. Then there was a pappardelle with duck ragu, the duck ragu wasn't too bad but pappardelle was over cooked and I'm not sure if it was fresh. It was also very thin. Not worth going for the price.
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  • Good Time
    JRS39VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Five for dinner with three celebrating belated birthdays and they may us feel welcome. Each of us had something different to eat and feedback was all positive. Parking the building was only $4 what a deal. I would go back and try some pasta.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DCEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was excellent! The sides in particular are quite generous and probably best enjoyed by two. A formal restaurant with white tablecloths whose food is as good as its atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice space nice food selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Impressive menu. I had pasta wife fish. Good presentation. Will be back.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food...wonderful ambience and the best staff..our favorite Italian restaurant!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent choice for dining
    SatisfiedDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good atmospere and good food make this an ideal spot for dining while visiting wih friends
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    loved the location - not in the TOO BUSY Bethesda area - parking on street and in garage - they have pizza oven - prices great - lots on the menu and all prepared well this is a beautiful roomy restaurant - you need to plug into the 20-30 age group to fill up bar area
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Upscale Italian food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had not been to the new Cesco location yet. We found the same VG food and attentive service that we always liked before. I had the tuna special dinner and mixed green salad ... all very good. The only negative was an overly attentive waiter that kept coming over for our order when were ready yet.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Rate Experience
    LMB1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was the first time we visited this restaurant and it is extremely handsome to dine there. Great place to bring friends and family. The food and the service was excellent and a nice selection of desserts was an added feature. I will certainly return and try some other dishes. I had the veal scaloppine and my guests enjoyed the pasta as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad to rediscover CESCO!
    Judy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I last went to CESCO in their old location on Cordell. This was the first time in their "new digs" and what a difference! The hip and airy environment made everything taste better too! I compared the menu at CESCO with the other new Italian entries to the Bethesda restaurant scene before booking and found the selection varied, including items for those who do not eat pork or shellfish. Every item we had was tasty in its own way. It was clear that time was spent making each item just right. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cesco
    VannucciaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been to Cesco a couple of times, and it did not disappoint me. My friend was so happy I had introduced her to it, and she wants to bring her husband next time! Great food and service, and beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Timing of food delivery an issue
    golfkingVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went Sat. night for a nice dinner. First, my wife and I had different special menus which caused some confusion. When we got that straightened out, we ordered. I had soup to start which came out about 30 seconds after we ordered. As soon as I put my soup spoon down the main course was delivered. We could have had our nice Sat. dinner in about 20minutes. they need to learn a little about spacing the meal so the dinner could be enjoyed better. We ended up taking our time drinking our wine but the rushed feeling was not good. I must say, the food was well prepared and tasted very good. We will try it again, but will tell them to slow down.
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  • Elegant Evening
    ChrisP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a lovey dining experience at Cesco Osteria. Superb food, great services, and relaxed atmosphere. I higly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, perfection.
    Carsie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A completely lovely evening with our friends. Could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All good
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food-- chef and owner is as authentically Italian as his food and it shows. Elaine is usually up front to greet everyone and hand them off to a competent and friendly server. Perfectly done fish and pastas. Tasty beef and lamb as well as a great selection of first courses. No matter what you order, it will not disappoint. Save room for dessert--gelato or profiteroles are my favorites. Recently, they have started serving Sunday brunch. If it's a nice day, try to get a table outside-- a great way to start a day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant for business mtg
    Picky
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Thanks to Cesco. I asked for a quiet table and got one. Had a great meeting with great food and drink. Excellent service! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 79 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 447 reviews are from the Cesco Osteria reviews archive.