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Cesco Osteria
Cesco Osteria
  • Address:
    7401 Woodmont Avenue @ 2 Bethesda Metro Center
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    Neighborhood:
    Bethesda / Chevy Chase
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Cesco Osteria Details

  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "The food and friendly service is still the standout. It's a relaxing and nice environment. Gratis Focaccia, etc are a lovely touch."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I had the privilege of dining here during the 4th of July wknd. I can only comment on the French Toast and Omlette. The food was deliciously fresh and aesthetically pleasing. The carafe of Mimosa was also tasty. I have absolutely nothing negative to say. I plan on visiting again and again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "As always, our experience was outstandingly great with excellent food and service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We always enjoy a visit to Cesco's and a recent dinner for two was no exception. The appetizer selections are extensive and generous, and the pastas always freshly made and satisfying. We love the attentive service. It's great to be able to park under the restaurant or arrive via metro."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant several times in both the new and old locations. The food is remarkably good, including some nice bread options that were brought to the table. One need not spend a lot to get a terrific meal. There are good lower cost options on the menu. Most recently, there were several service failures, including wine that wasn't delivered to one diner despite two requests. We would also go for a long time without being visited by the waiter. This wouldn't prevent us from returning, but it detract from what would have been a better experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The salmon was well prepared and placed on a bed of spinach, goat cheese, and wild onion. The list of wines by the glass is brief, but well chosen and reasonably priced. The weakest part of the meal was the small double espresso at the end of the meal, one which was noticeably lacking in the deep flavor of that which I prepare at home. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. While I like the separation of the dining room into informal and formal areas, the former is far too large. It has the feeling of eating in a hotel ballroom. I can just imagine the noise level when it is full."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went there for dinner with a good friend. The staff was so courteous. Our waiter was great at helping us select the perfect bottle of wine to pair with our meal. We got mussels and pasta to share. Delicious! I ordered the trout stuffed with crab and spinach. It was yummy but I could only eat half because I had to save room for dessert. The atmosphere was chill and relaxing. Definitely a great spot to hang out in Bethesda."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had been here once before long ago. Thought I'd try it again and take father in-law here for Father's Day. I ordered from the brunch menu and he order from the dinner menu.He had the chicken and vegetables. It was fine... I had a in house made ravioli w/ gnocchi on the side. Everything was expertly presented and was so fresh and tasty I think I'll make this a regular place to visit often. Want to try everything else they have on the menu. Great place. Elegant, tasty great service with lots of smiles."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food bland, not presented well, service lackluster, disappointing service. Asked to speak to Chef and was told he went home..."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I dined here to celebrate his birthday. The menu looked fantastic, and we were looking forward to was delicious, flavorful Italian food. What we got can only be described as average at best. The food wasn't bad; it was just rather bland. If the food was average, the service was definitely below average. I had read other reviews that complained of Cesco's poor service, but I decided to give the place a chance. Anyone can have a bad night, right? Well, we spent over two hours at dinner that night. This is not because we were leisurely eating throughout the evening, rather we did a lot of waiting. We watched as the tables around us were consistently served everything from bread to entrees before us."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Brunch..... Very good...... a little pricey ($45) for a brunch, but it was still pretty good........ its hard to find a good brunch place in Bethesda anymore. We have eaten dinner there before and it was very good."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We came here for Mother's Day brunch. The price looked great online and the menu would work for one person's allergies. The staff was nice, polite, and made something special for that allergy guest. However, the price. According to reviews and their online menu, the pricing was $30 and under. But when we came to the restaurant, they had a fixed buffet brunch for Mother's Day priced at $45 PER PERSON! This did not even include coffee. There was no indication anywhere that they will be charging this amount nor was there any indication that they will be having a brunch buffet. While the food and the staff were great, the fact that they snuck in this ridiculous pricing and no normal menu for light eaters, I feel like they took advantage. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Cesco has a superb hand with pasta,. homemade and perfectly presented. Try a 3 pasta sampler as an appetizer if you can't decide among the selections. Fish and meat are done to perfection with a Tuscan flare. Cesco, the chef and owner, circulates the dining room and makes diners welcome when he's not cooking something splendid in the kitchen. His charm and happiness to be cooking for you personalizes the experience. If you still have room for dessert, they are delectable."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had a great Mother's Day Brunch at Cesco Osteria. We have loved Cesco's since they first opened in Bethesda and they have only gotten better in their new location."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Mother's Day brunch was outstanding. The wide sea food selection, excellent tenderloin, and imaginative salads were sure to satisfy any food lovers appetite, while at the same time offering kid friendly pasta dishes and a traditional breakfast station. The Pinot Grigio selection nicely complemented the sea food and was reasonably priced."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I don't normally gripe about the service, but there were some gaps here. On the plus side, we asked our waiter to recommend a wine, and he helped us order one we really liked. But we were promised outside seating, and instead were seated in the frigid indoors. There also was a very long wait between our soup and our entrees. But the food was good. My wife and I both had a delicious corn soup; I had ravioli in a delicious pistachio sauce , while my wife had pasta with a nicely seasoned rabbit sauce. I'm sure I'll go again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went for Mother's Day Brunch. They were disorganized, the food on the buffet was not replenished, the buffet was not cleaned up and left messy and the service was not good. It cost $45 per adult and was not worth half of that amount. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Terrific restaurant, fantastic food, but the main dining room needs more waiters. We were almost never asked if we needed anything, and had to wait forever for drink refills. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I took my parents here to meet my boyfriend for the first time and it was an excellent experience. There is a great cocktail list and wine list. The food was top notch! The only thing that was a bit lacking was the server seemed overwhelmed with the number of tables he was taking care of. Our food came out on time and was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Everyone at Cesco's is awesome! The food is outstanding. Great place to have business meetings."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Excellent overall. I have been twice there. Quick and knowledgeable service. Bistecca is a highlight. Made for carnivores! Wine list is good and well priced. Good selection of half bottles, which is unusual. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Entrees were fabulous. I've had better desserts, nothing special here. The service was really slow. We had five waiters come to our table and help us but never followed thru with service until the last waiter. Our food orders were passed on several times to different waiters and therefore our order had things missing. Overall appetizers and entrees were very tasty but service in the beginning was horrible. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was mediocre at best. We all had fish. The halibut was ok, but the rockfish with crab was not good. Not spoiled, just tasteless and over cooked. Potatoes were uneatable and vegetables mediocre... So sorry since i used to like Cesco several years ago when it was over on Norfolk. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I think this is the third time we've been to Cesco now and I don't think we've had a single disappointing dish. It doesn't stand out for inventiveness, a la Jose Andres, but the food is always perfectly prepared, the selection large enough to cover a variety of tastes, and the service a perfect balance between too attentive and not attentive enough."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "You can also hear the voice of your frends because this restaurant has no amplified sound. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter is such a busy day, but thanks to Open Table I found a place at a great restaurant, Cesco Osteria. We were a party of four and a baby. I loved the Veal chop I ordered, the portion size was so generous, I had to take some home. The others were so happy with their fish and spaghetti dishes. I was so nice that the baby got her food first. By the time we started eating, she had already ate her food and remained quiet. The ambience is so nice and quiet."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I had dinner with my wife and a couple of great friends and all of us enjoyed the food and drinks. We are keeping this Restaurant as one of our favorite places to go out. In addition, we stopped at Bar to have some drinks and enjoyed the music and danced for a while."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Quite expensive --especially appetizers and salads -- for an informal place -- but very good food"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food is excellent, the best in downtown Bethesda by far on a regular basis. It is too bad that there is so little competition for a high end restaurant."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "When we go out with my mother and another friend, both in their 90's, we need a quiet place, and we were hoping Cesco would be that. It was - the tables are well-spaced and the noise level was very low. (Can't be sure how it would be if it were crowded, but it wasn't on Saturday.) When making our Open Table reservation, I had asked for a quiet location, if possible at a window, and when we arrived, the hostess showed us to a delightful table in a two-window corner. I greatly appreciated their attentiveness to the reservation request. Our waiter and the assisting waitstaff were very friendly and capable. The food was delicious, from my grilled grouper filet with lemon-sauced linguini to my daugher'e fettucine with wild boar ragout."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Unfamiliar with area restaurants, we tried Cesco Osteria after some online research and it was fantastic! Scallop appetizer had an interesting combination of flavors that beautifully enhanced each other with each bite. Entrees we chose were tortellini in a sage butter sauce and the cannelloni stuffed with veal, spinach, ricotta - both outstanding. Service was well timed,never intrusive, and we felt at home to relax at the end of our meal over coffee. Wish we were local as this would be a new favorite place to dine, but will certainly return when in the area and will recommend to others! Our thanks for a lovely evening."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is a very fine restaurant. Our dinners and service were exceptionally good. Everything is fresh -- the greens, the fish. And the presentations of our meals were beautiful. We will return soon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We've been to Cesco several times and have always enjoyed the food, ambience and service. Unfortunately this time the food was terrible. From our group of 6, three ordered the pan seared tuna which turned out to be disastrous .. The tuna was a tasteless and seemed previously frozen tuna, something one should never, never use when serving seared tuna. Use fresh tuna esp if you are charging $30. Another ordered pizza which was mediocre, filet mignon was very good and my grilled sea bass was ok though the accompanying grilled veggies was great. Service was good though the waiter needs to better understand the difference between fresh & wild salmon vs. Farm raised salmon. Overall, ambient was good but disappointing with the awful tuna."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food is excellent, service has been consistently awful. We liked this resturant much more before it moved to the new location. It had a much more personalized feel, guests received great attention and waiters took pride in the food. It is now so big, waiter seem overwhelmed and not knowledgeable about food or wine. If service would get up to par- it would be great again. Do not go if you are in a rush. If you have time to enjoy a bottle of wine prior to food arriving (which you will have time to do), cure your drunkenness with the heavy, yet delectable, butternut squash ravioli: every bite will make the experience worth it."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was great. Great pasta and sauces. Francesco and his wife have a beautiful restaurant with excellent service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "First time visit, based on positive reviews. Like some of those reviews, we found the food to be excellent from opening free appetizer to dessert, but the service was somewhat spotty. The staff was initially very attentive and helpful, but later, when the room became more than half full, it took some extended waiting until someone came along to bring the check. We will return for a special occasion type meal, however."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "it was an great experience !!!!! the food was tasteful ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "VERY IMPORTANT feedback to the restaurant: management and staff BOTH - as providers of food services and advice -need very clear understanding of what it means when a customer says: "gluten free". NO WHEAT, NO BARLEY, NO BARLEY, NO MALT PRODUCTS. NONE. NO BREAD, NO BREAD CRUMBS, NO EGGPLANT LASAGNE (served as a side ON the plate with entree), NO COOKIE STUCK IN THE ICE CREAM. YES: rice, potato, quinoa, meat, cheese, poultry, fish, chocolate, dairy. 3 years ago, people werent as familiar ; no excuse today."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is an excellent restaurant. We had four wonderful dinners that ranged from beef to chicken to tuna -- all perfectly prepared with a very nice presentation. The restaurant also accommodated a few special requests for substitutions without any problem. The service was professional and friendly. So, we loved the dinners, loved the presentation, and loved the service. 5 stars for sure!!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal with great food- pastas and fish for 4 of us. We'd go again!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014