Good Food, Odd Server.
Food was very good, wine list extensive. Service was good, but the server was a bit odd. All three of us noticed. Not to say he wasn't a good server, just a bit perculiar. I would return.
3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three of us went for lunch
Three of us went for lunch on a Thursday to try it before we committed to booking a group lunch for 20-30 for a future Thursday. The food and service passed with flying colors! We each ordered a different entree -- chicken with Mediterranean vegetables, seared tuna with greens, and a lamb w/ pasta dish. Each of us thought our entrees were excellent. We also shared the strawberry flower dessert which was delicious. The coffee is served French press, and the milk comes heated (as it should be). Impressed that the Chef was on site and clearly engaged. We are looking forward to going back with our group!
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, wine, and service
The food, wine, and service were all outstanding. After my first visit I went back the next night!
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Italian in Bethesda
Beautiful setting. Elegant, yet comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Fantastic service from knowledgable and helpful staff. Extensive wine list, with wines in all price ranges. Appetizers, pasta courses, main courses and desserts were all spectacular! Cesco Osteria is quite worthy of that special occasion, but don't wait for a special occasion to go. It's great any time.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
the best italian food in town
the best italian food in town and a place where you feel at home. Bravissimo Francesco
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous. Outstanding. Delicious. Every dish was prepared to perfection and the portions were generous. Our guests said they would love to live nearby so they could frequent Cesco Osteria on a regular basis. Truly a wonderful find that was both delightful and delicious!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
outstanding italian gourmet food
had the halibut and the lambshanks. both dishes were delicious. we shared several appetizers and loved them. Owner personally came out and visited (unusual in a 200 seat restaurant). Great wine selections. tiramisu and Bonet for dessert. great service, great food, beautiful setting.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was really good, service
Food was really good, service as well. Only problem was the person who answered the phone said there was valet parking and there isn't, which caused confusion and delays among members of our party. Otherwise a lovely restaurant.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Good Brunch
The brunch buffet offered a great selection. My party collectively tried nearly each dish, and all were delicious. Our lone complaints are that some offerings were lukewarm or nearly cold, and the desert table was not replenished as quickly as necessary. We will definitely return for brunch again.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a Mother's Day gem!
Our family had a wonderful experience at the beautiful Cesco Osteria. The staff is super accommodating and very friendly and the buffet was delish! I loved the calamari and salmon with lemon butter.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
Everyone says you shouldn't go to brunch for Mother's Day because all the restaurants are packed. We decided to try it and made the earliest reservation we could, at the 11:00 AM opening. We were the second table seated and the owner told us what everything was as we checked out the buffet. We chose this brunch because it had something for everyone in my family. Oysters and shrimp for my husband, smoked salmon and pasta for me, pizza and french toast for my 5 year old. Everything I had was great. It did get a little crowded toward the end of our stay, but I never felt overwhelmed by the amount of people trying to save their moms from cooking. I can't wait to go back.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We "introduced" close friends to Cesco...and had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious and the wait staff attentive.
would highly recommend this restaurant.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our food was excellent
There were 6 in our group and everyone ate something different. Everyone remarked about how good the food was.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took clients there for lunch.
It was the perfect place. Quiet enough to really talk and be heard easily. No one rushed us.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a lovely space with
This is a lovely space with wonderful food. The noise level was low enough to enable the 4 of us to easily converse- this is rare in downtown Bethesda. There is parking in the building which was great on that rainy evening.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service. Delicious food.
I was meeting a friend who I have not seen in a while. We have been "politely" kicked out of restaurants in the past so being able to enjoy our dinner at our own pace was great. As a vegetarian I found many dishes to choose. I ordered the beet salad with goat cheese and the gnocchi. The gnocchi was flavorful and so fresh. My friend ordered the butternut squash ravioli. It was good -- richer than the gnocchi. We also ordered a couple of half bottles of wine. I picked the restaurant because of the variety in the menu and the comments about it not being too loud. It delivered. I would also use the restaurant for business lunch or dinner meetings.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Upscale Osteria, mostly hits mark
While somewhat lavish in appearance, Cesco offers the robust unpretentious food of an Osteria. We were a party of 5 so I got to sample. The home made pasta was wonderful , gnocchi especially. But a few of the dishes came out bland or tired. But I'd try it again.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff at Cesco is always
The staff at Cesco is always attentive and very helpful. The food is good, portions are good sized, service is excellent. The wine list is more than adequate. The place is cheerful and the staff is always welcoming and gracious. It's a good neighborhood restaurant which can always be counted on to provide good service and good food.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great in Spring
We like coming to Cesco in Spring because the dining room (formerly McCormick & Schmick's) is a little fusty. But their terrace is nice and offset well from Woodmont Ave. They seem to have upped their game on food from our last visit. We enjoyed both of our appetizers and entrees. I especially liked my appetizer salad with shrimp, octopus, and olives. We appreciated the amuse bouche (a bite of cold tomato frittata, I think). Service was very good--attentive but not overbearing.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is, without a doubt, the best Italian restaurant in the area. Everything was to write home about.
Enough said. Now GO and ENJOY!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a nice Saturday night dinner here, and the food quality and presentation was superb. My rockfish was very nicely prepared and flavorful, and my wife's halibut was the tastiest we've had. The waiter was very appropriately attentive -- not intruding too much on our dinner together, but there when we needed him. The only impediment to a perfect atmosphere was an insistent beeping of a timer from the kitchen, which came back every minute or two for the second half of our dinner.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service are always impeccable. Chef Ricci has a true gift. The food brings a sense of euphoria like no other restaurant I know.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cesco Osteria continues to be at the top of our list for great food and atmosphere. There were 7 of us gathered around a round table in a little semi-private area. Great for talking. Food continues to be delicious. Each of us ordered something different and each of us consumed our respective meals with gusto because it was so good. We love Cesco Osteria!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cesco continues to do great work
The food here is SO good. After their move, we had not been to Cesco as often as before, but that will change. We had a seafood salad appetizer and leek soup, followed by rockfish and halibut. Both fish were beautifully prepared and presented. Every bit of our meals was made and served with care. We have also enjoyed late-night light meals in their CO2 Lounge. Hope that traffic picks up in the new location.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I booked this for a business dinner. I called prior to arrival to make sure that everything was in order with the reservation, since it had been made online. They were so polite and courteous while confirming arrangements. Upon arrival, I discovered that they had arranged a table in a more privately enclosed area. This was a nice touch! We shared several appetizers as a table. The mushroom/goat cheese appetizer and the caprese were favorites! Our group enjoyed everything from seafood pasta, to osso buco, and lobster risotto. My absolute favorite though, was the scallop appetizer. These were the best scallops I have had, anywhere! Service was professional and genuine. I will be back.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome service, excellent
Awesome service, excellent seafood, so many choices
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a restaurant for anyone
This is a restaurant for anyone who loves fish, pasta, meat dishes with interesting preparation, fresh appetizers, and terrific, beautiful desserts. We had a great evening at Cesco.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding grilled tuna!!!
Outstanding grilled tuna!!! Outstanding service!!!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still Bethesda's best!
Cesco continues to excel in all areas, now even better in sleek new location - food is superb, service is sharp, priced reasonably - this is a winner!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found the physical setting
We found the physical setting to be lovely, chic but not pretentious. The food was well prepared, visually appealing and delicious. My taste buds were more than happy. The kitchen gets high marks. Service, though, was spotty. The waiter was slow in attending to us; had to ask twice for water after we were seated; dishes were left too long on the table between courses and we had to ask for details of items offered, i.e., "for desert we have ice cream". Better training needed.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were not hurried and were able to talk and catch up with events. We tried the restaurant during Bethesda Restaurant Week.
The appetizers were wonderful as was the chicken. There were not many choices for desserts and my lemon tart was tasteless.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a beautiful large
This was a beautiful large restaurant and somewhat of a surprise to us. The food was excellent (2 of us had veal chops, 1 had veal scallopina and 1 lamb chops) as well as the appetizers and the bread. They had a nice dessert menu as well. It was restaurant week but we didn't actually end up ordering off the restaurant week menu. It seemed that they were somewhat overwhelmed, so the service was somewhat slow but someone jumped in to take our table over. They have a nice private room for events as well.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoroughly enjoyed dinner.
Thoroughly enjoyed dinner. Good wine, reasonably priced.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heaven in Bethesda
Cesco is not a cheap restaurant in any sense, but the food is spectacular. I had a "tomato soup" like dish as an appetizer, which wasn't as good as the rebollita which I hope will return in the fall, but it was wonderful as was the pasta with duck sauce. The bread was delicious as was the wine. It has moved from its Cordell location, so check the address, but it is certainly worth a trip. You will not regret it.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We would definitely go back!
A few friends recommended this place and since we were on a stay cation in Berhesda we decided to try it.
The atmosphere is great and very quiet. This is a place, like in Italy, that you can stay for hours and eat course after course if excellent food. Our appetizers the arugula salad and prociutto wrapped scallops were great. The second course was pasta and lacked a little seasoning, but was otherwise good, although the meatballs were not hot. Our entrees were the steak, which was done perfectly and very tasty. Sadly, the scallop shrimp dish I ordered was way too salty.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came with a party of 6...we were seated at a round table which we loved! Marianna our server was terrific!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good cocktails, good food,
Good cocktails, good food, very pleasant service. Nice outdoor seating. Should be busier than it is!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I booked this restaurant based on the Open Table reviews, and was very pleased with my choice. We had a beautiful table by the window, and the food was excellent. My only complaint was that the bar was closed for a private party, and we wanted to have a drink at the bar before being seated.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classics and updates
Happy to see Cesco doing well in new location. Our first visit was iffy but they have their mojo back. Resisting habit, we leaned toward the specials: one of us had beet salad and halibut; the other, grilled raddicchio & arugula; then lemon pasta with stuffed lobster. Delicious all around. Cesco has a light and sure hand with fish. The wine list has a wide choice of varietals and pride, and the cocktails feature both specialties and real classics. We have also been to the pleasant CO2 bar for a late drink & light bite, and were able to order from both the bar and dinner menus.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
There were six of us for dinner, and we all loved our food. The service was excellent. They do fish very well, and have lots of variety. I have had the halibut a number of times, each time prepared slightly differently, and it is always moist and flavorful. I can't leave Cesco without ordering the chocolate meringue torte, which is light as a feather.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Birthday celebration
My husband and I went to Cesco to celebrate his birthday - was a fabulous and memorable experience!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attentive and fast service
Attended for business lunch. Staff attentive but not intrusive. After ready to order, food arrived promptly, but we were not rushed. noise level permitted normal conversation discussions. A mistake on the bill was quickly rectified when pointed out with apologies from the staff and owner.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really one of the best food
Really one of the best food experiences in DC. Un-matched quality for the price.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice menu, well prepared food
Overall enjoyed Cesco very much even though we had a wait for our reservation. Food was good, service fine, but it was a very active environment on Saturday night.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cesca Osteria offers excellent Italian choices done right. This is much better than your average neighborhood Italian place.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Made it right
My business lunch hit a bump when my client had to return his lunch. Fortunately the kitchen made it right. I would return for a business lunch. My meal was excellent!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, nice ambience
My wife and I had a great meal here. The service was great, the food was very good and we would definitely come back the next time we are in Bethesda.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relax and enjoy
Excellent food, smooth but unobtrusive service, and and ambience that encourages good conversation among old friends.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at the restaurant and had an amazingly delicious meal. The pasta was fresh and mouthwatering. The wine recommended was paired perfectly.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cesco has improved a lot since it first opened at this location. It is one of the few places in Bethesda for fine dining.....Excellent seafood.....
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM