A friendly restaurantDespite the (so-so) reviews, we still gave it a chance and we are glad we did, what a find!
This is a place where you can dine on a good food (yummy home made pasta / the whole branzino was so fresh and light), enjoy a wait staff that treats you like royalty and a great wine list without having to spend a lots of money. Great value all around!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMNice Sunday BrunchWe visited to enjoy the "bottomless mimosa" brunch. The brunch selections were tasty and generous and the service attentive. Very pleasant atmosphere on a Sunday morning. (We suspect the ambiance could be energetic in the evening.) The outside sitting area is a must in nice weather.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGood experienceTook over 45 minutes to get us seated, even though we had a reservation, but they were nice and stopped to say they're working on it a couple of times. We hung out by the bar and weren't really in a rush. The food was very filling as we didn't have appetizers nor any room for dessert. So even though their pastas might not look large, they are filling. Food was tasty, we liked the salmon special, gnocchi (to which we added chicken) and crab special pasta.
The sangria is good too, both white and red.
Good ambiance, a bit loud at times, but not too loud to have a good conversation.
Outdoor seating is nice, although it was a bit chilly for us, so we stayed inside.
Would come back.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious and reasonably-pricedSette is a lively scene with a fun vibe, especially on weekends. The food is good and reasonably priced, standard osteria-type food - nothing fancy. Mixed grilled seafood done correctly, i.e., nothing overcooked. The staff handled the crowd well, and our food and drink (for 5) were delivered in a timely fashion and the orders were correct. Outdoor space is OK - heated on a chilly May night, but not particularly cozy as it's on a pretty busy street just off Connecticut. Some more tall plants would be helpful. One real quibble - the bread is far below standard. It was sliced pita or the equivalent. A good Italian bread or a real focacchia (not thin, flat and hard, as this was) would be much better.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was my family's first timeIt was my family's first time at this restaurant, and the server was very helpful in picking something right for each of us. The food was delicious, and we will definitely be returning!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMA good grade plus extra credit ..The good-spirited hustle and bustle of this lively Dupont Circle bistro fueled our appetite on this our first visit. Yes, it took a while to get our drinks, and the watery Grey Goose martini with second rate olives didn't get us off to the best of starts, BUT the rest of our meal was very satisfying including impeccably fresh & flavorful salads, pasta, & fish. And extra credit goes to Sette Osteria for the pepper mill, good olive oil, and bowls of parmesan and hot pepper flakes which were with us throughout the meal -- a very welcome practice in which all too few restaurants partake. Am giving a 5* rating because this happy dining experience was greater than the sum of its parts.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWe very much enjoyed our dinnerWe very much enjoyed our dinner - delicious food and great service! We had a little boy in our party and our waiter was very kind to him - we appreciated this immensely. I love the outdoor seating area and definitely plan on returning to this restaurant. Perhaps not on a Friday or Saturday night at 8:00 because it was lively, but definitely a great find for us in Dupont - thanks for a great start to the weekend!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMVery busy restaurant. We wentVery busy restaurant. We went to Sette to celebrate a friend's birthday. The food was delicious, the service excellent and friendly, the dining room nice with original feel to it and bright and the price very reasonable. Will return.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMQuality & service at a great valueI will not forget this delicous meal- every mouthful from bread to desert a treat. Staff made us feel special even though we were very demanding... the wine list is very unique...great labels at a reasonable price. The best patio in DC ! My new favorite in the area!4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Outdoor DiningExcellent night with friends. sat outside and started with wines and pizza. Dinner was pasta and fish specials. Great place.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMI really enjoy their menuI really enjoy their menu offerings and presentation. The staff have always been attentive and pleasant. The inside dining is a bit too noisy.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best restaurant'sOne of the best restaurant's in the neighborhood. The food and service are always outstanding. This is our favorite place to go for dinner in the City. Now that the patio is open for the season, you shouldn't miss an opportunity to go to Sette.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for brunch with a friend,Went for brunch with a friend, had a great time! Food was was delicious and service was great!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, yummy foodGreat service, yummy food ( very reasonable prices for what you get) and excellent wine list !! Very accommodating all around !3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMReally great fresh pasta andReally great fresh pasta and pizzas. Timing is a serious issue here: Wednesday night and we had to wiat more than 15 minutes for an 8pm reservation. Many other patrons in the same boat! Love the food but would reconsider my choice based on second visit with delayed seating.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMChristian our server was fantastic!Christian our server was fantastic!The food was very good especially the pasta dishes!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMhomemade pastas ! yummyComing from out of town I used Opentable to find a restaurant. My friend had the homemade pasta and said it was outstanding! "It was so light and delicious!" I enjoyed a nice side salad and the Branzino special. The drinks were good too. The tables are a little tight but the food made you forget how close your neighbor was. The service was also wonderful. I am going to come back to Sette Osteria the next time I am in town!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMI really enjoyed my firstI really enjoyed my first dining experience at Sette Osteria. I loved the vibe the restaurant had and there was a good energy about the place. I saw some dishes on other tables that I would like to go back and try. It was too cold to sit outside but it had a great patio. Looking forward to going back!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGood brunch optionOur group of four was universally pleased with our meals- two variations on the eggs benedict (crab version was especially good), steak & eggs, and veggie omelet. The mimosas could have been a little stronger, they did a good job with quick refills though. The restaurant was fully booked and they adhered to their 1.5 hour seating notice.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMA must go to !First visit, but definitely not my last. The restaurant was crowded...it was also efficiently run with attentive, speedy and outstanding service. Reasonably priced, each and every dish my party tried was delicious and well prepared. Wines and cocktails were excellent! The energy was amazing! An evening that will long be remembered...3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMet a friend for Happy HourMet a friend for Happy Hour before dinner. Great service at bar. Excellent Malbec selection. Dinner started with salad. Great fish. My friend truly enjoyed the pizza!12/12/2012 12:00:00 AM