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Osteria Morini DC
Osteria Morini DC

Osteria Morini DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.osteriamorini.com
  • Phone: (202) 484-0660
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30am-3pm
    Dinner: Sunday 5pm-9pm
    Monday through Thursday 5pm-10pm
    Friday and Saturday 5pm-11pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am-2:30pm
    Happy Hour at the bar: Monday through Friday 4pm-7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Adler
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd and 4th Streets Southeast
  • Public Transit: Navy Yard/Ballpark Metro on the Green Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lot L is located on the corner of 3rd Street and Water Street Southeast
    ($2/hour for up to 4 hours)
A word from Osteria Morini DC
Osteria Morini pays homage to the casual and rustic cuisine and ambiance of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Osteria Morini is a casual Italian restaurant from Chef Michael White. In Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests, and at Osteria Morini, Chef White continues this tradition of hospitality, transforming his first Washington, D.C. restaurant into an authentic, old-world osteria with soulful food from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "I would definitely go back to Morini, if for nothing else but the atmosphere. The large windows opening onto the waterfront and the high ceiling are complimented by an intrinsic warmth. The food was good, though not mindblowing - but it is nice to have a decent new Italian place in the District. The burrata was delicious, and I enjoyed my gnocchi. I think my review would have been more positive had our service been better - the manager was a little brusque and our server seemed rushed and mostly inattentive."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Excellent throughout. From antipasta to desserts, the quality was high."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "After having lunch here in April, I brought back 5 friends to check out the waterfront area (Washington Navy Yard) and try out Osteria Morini. Food was excellent. We especially liked the bruschetta with their "famous" parmigiana "gelato", smoked trout and beet "spreads". We has to ask for extra bread to eat up all the spreads...which we did not want to leave! Desserts were delicious...lemon meringue pie, tiramisu, and chocolate budino...all were inventive presentations and delicious (the 6 of us split them with an amply sized bite for each of us). I'm even more impressed by the service in part because I got confused & left two tips (cash & charge). I called the next day & the manager made it very easy for me to cancel the charged tip."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Stellar service. Insanely creative and hand made food that exemplifies outstanding culinary standards and skills! Everyone here is on their game and very welcoming! This quiet neighborhood place will soon be as packed as Mintwood! Get in while you can and get to know the staff and heavenly plates that this kitchen is creating because if you miss this.... your friends will leave you and make their own way there!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The kale salad is excellent. Large tender leaves, prosciutto and pecorino cheese. Large portions too"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The restaurant has a good selection of salads, paninni breakfast items and appetizers. Everything was good and fresh. Service was a little slow and the restaurant was not crowded. The hostess noticed us sitting for a while and offered to bring some bread. Pork loin panino was very good and the panzanella salad was also very good. We skipped dessert but noticed several folks ordering the trio of ice cream or sorbets. The view of the river is lovely and the restaurant has a young fresh vibe."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Seems to be a miss match between what this place is trying to be - No sense of Italian cooking or ambiance. Playing American, 60's R&B, open "sports bar" with TVs, Just because they call it Italian doesn't make it so. Unfortunately just another, wooden table, loud, somewhat pricey, place serving same food with different names. How does a grilled ham and cheese become "porchetta panino"? How does kale, prosciutto, with a bit of goat cheese become "panzanella"? No resemblance other than toasted bread. The staff seems somewhere between bored and grumpy."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Definitely coming back to this restaurant! One of the best Italian restaurants I've been to including restaurants in Florence, Rome and Venice. We ordered grilled octopus and meatballs as appetizers and meat ragu tagliatelle pasta and grilled sea bass as our main entres. Just amazing! Highly recommend! Our server Nyema was awesome too. It's a bit pricey but totally worth it."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Beautiful view. Long windows overlooking the water. Front of restaurant freezing cold, back of the restaurant hot and stuffy. Lots of servers, but not great service. Took 40 minutes to get salad. Food forgettable."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "excellent dining experience, pasta dishes were delicious as was the rib-eye steak a unique and well priced wine list"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Amazing food! We only had the pasta but it was totally worth it. It The was perfectly cooked al dente. I loved it when we asked for extra cheese and they brought us all the types Macungie our dishes. The wine selection is quite extensive and a little overwhelming. The staff was very friendly"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We ate outside on a Friday night, which meant that we got to hear the Friday night concert at Yards Park. So much fun!! The food was great and so was the selection!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent - starting with chacuterie and crostini and sharing a pasta (which was too much food but we didn't know). The prosciutto was especially good and the crostini subtle and flavorful. The pasta dish - with sea urchin - was perfectly prepared. The service was excellent, being outside on the water was lovely, just a beautiful evening... I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I enjoyed a lovely dinner on the Osteria Morini patio the other night, we were a party of 6. The weather was perfect and the food and drink were quite tasty. The sommelier is extremely friendly and helpful and our server was equally accommodating to a large group who wanted to try everything on the menu. Great recommendations! Will definitely return here for a special night with friends, at least as long as the weather holds!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Second time here and was wonderful both times. Will be back"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Having just returned from Naples and Rome, we used that experiences as a benchmark. The pasta Is just as good as anything we had on that trip. It was cooked just right, and did not drown in the sauce. The entrées were limited in scope. There could could have been more choices of fish and meat. The wine menu should've had a few more bottles that were more reasonably priced. We had to change our table from inside to outside, because the music was just too loud. Next time we will limit our dinner to salad and pasta, close our eyes, and pretend we are in Italy."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The dishes here are yummy and inventive. Waterfront view is fantastic, too."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Food was very good, service wad very good. Ambience was terrible, noise level was very high. Prices were high for what we got."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I had a RW lunch at Morini so the price was right and it was very quiet. I can't comment on the normal scene in the evenings at this restaurant. The food and service were both excellent. The standard dinner menu is quite pricey -- not suited for many unless sit is a special occasion. You could get a salad and pasta for a reasonable price from the dinner menu, but not a secundo/entree."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I went for brunch with a small group and had a great time. They have three unique bloody marys to pick from along with a mini mimosa bar they can bring to your table. The charcuterie plate was wonderful and the ricotta pancakes were delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for a lazy Sunday meal."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My 3d visit in 2 months. It has become my favorite Italian restaurant. The food is delectable. The friend who I invited completely and thoroughly enjoyed the combinations, smells, and taste of our meals."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Our lunch was terrific - Would be helpful to either add carpet or something to address sound problems maybe drappery in the ceiling. Food and service were excellent, very creative and a treat in a new section of DC. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "had a lovely meal on Sat night for my birthday. don't miss the budino and short ribs, and the pasta is awesome too!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were going to a Nats game so had little time. The spuma de mortadella was delicious. Have to remember for next game."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The poached egg dish was delicious, but STOP THE PRESS....the rustic hearty brunch cool entrée of smoked salmon, sliced fingerling potatoes, baby eggplants, sliced caper berries, purslane, wedges of soft boiled eggs and roe was hands down...the most gorgeous, tasty and memorable item we have had in a long long time. We became Michael White fans on trips to Manhattan...excited to see the restaurant as we are moving into the "hood". This was a good news follow up to an early dinner one evening. Also, don't dare miss the crostinis...you will be so so sorry. The smoked trout, beets and goat cheese and the Parmesan "gelato"...my mouth is watering and then rosemary crème fraiche, stracciatella, and sweet corn gelatos..a scoop of each...aaahhh"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "True northern Italian food and wine. Having spent time in the north I'm happy to have found a restaurant serving my wife's favorites. Fresh made pasta is always a plus!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food was good but the service was lacking - did not match the price of the selections. Overpriced for the experience. Unfortunately it will be the occasional place to go."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • " Nice location, hard to talk or hear. Service excellant. My pasta arrived cold and they gladly replaced it. Food was good but not exceptional"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "If customers put in appetizer & entrée orders at the same time that should be a hint that they want to speed up the process and are clearly hungry. Do not wait 40 minutes to bring out the appetizers even if we did bring our own wine. It would have been nice to have had the wine w cheese. Also don't bring other peoples food out before ours when WE clearly got there first. No need to call it family style and recommend we share if Im able to finish one dish and leave still feeling hungry. I wish you could learn a thing or two from Maggianos or Carmines that's all."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Pasta was fresh. Seafood stew tasty without overpowering spices. Appetizer - trout, beef and especially parmigiana "gelato" - on toast a treat."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Excellent dining before event at Nats Park. More of an adult than family venue rather than with children (food selection and pricing). 5 stars on food and service. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was great, as was the setting, but the restaurant was so loud that we had multiple instances of the waiter missing an order due to the noise in the room. The staff handled the mix-ups very well, but some additional thought needs to be put into sound proofing in order to make the experience better. We'll be back, but with a strong preference for the patio, where you could actually hold a conversation without shouting."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "In an exciting new neighborhood which compliments the restaurant"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Creative menu, expertly executed. Simply excellent Italian. Attentive and knowledgeable service, but everything was marred by the deafening racket in the room. Screaming to talk to your companions at the table is not my idea of a great meal. There's just no sound absorption in the room's design and the restaurant attracts a bar scene and some large groups for dining - the combination is awful. I think there's a back room - if so, it would make sense to request it when making a reservation (which is the only way I'd return, as good as the food is)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was great and a real treat for DC. Michael white and his crew continue to impress."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Best food we have had this year at a dc restaurant. Go in the summer so you can sit outside and gaze at the river view."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We really enjoyed almost all aspects of the restaurant...except our lemon tart dessert was a little weak and some of the portions could have been larger for the money e.g. the mixed grill."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We visited Osteria Morini for the third time on Saturday evening, and enjoyed an excellent meal and superb service. We are high maintenance guests, but we had no complaints. There seems to be a practice of the all of the hosts/managers stopping by at least once to see if the table needs anything. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We live in the neighborhood and come here more often than we should. The food has consistently been great, service as well. I love the freshness of all their pastas, the creativity that goes into the food, and that the food isn't all tomato based as is the case with most Italian restaurants."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We liked the nice view from the patio expect the area had a special event (music and lot of people) so not so relaxing. During week night this place may be a nice option if you want quieter experience. restaurant is little bit pricey. our waitress was very polite and new the menu that they served."
    Dined on 7/18/2014