Sette Osteria
Sette Osteria

Sette Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://setteosteria.com/
  • Phone: (202) 483-3070
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Brunch: Sat & Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sun-Thur 4:00pm -11:00pm Fri & Sat 5:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nicola Sanna
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Contact the restaurant at 202-483-3070
  • Special Events: Let us assist you in arranging your next special event at Sette osteria. It will be our pleasure to help you coordinate all the essential elements of your event in order to ensure an unforgettable affair. Our General Manager Mehdi Zorgani will ensure that your experience is enjoyable and that the planning process is efficient.

    Consider Sette osteria for all styles of events such as Birthday celebrations, corporate affairs, holiday receptions, product launches, Bar Mitzvahs, networking receptions and other special events. Our unique setting will allow us to accommodate any type of event from intimate dinner party of 2, up to large receptions of 125 guests. Please contact Mehdi Zorgani to inquire about hosting your next event at Sette osteria.

    Private dining and semi private dining available seven days a week brunch, lunch and dinner. Audio visual capabilities available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut avenue and R street
  • Public Transit: Red Line Dupont Circle stop; exit onto Q street (north end of station) and walk one block north on west side of Connecticut to Sette Osteria.
    We are on the southwest corner of Connecticut Avenue and R Street, two blocks north of Dupont Circle (formerly the location of the Janus movie theaters). Sette Osteria next to G-Star/ Emporium 2050.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Nightly complimentary parking service after 7:00pm - Garage entrance on R street -
A word from Sette Osteria
Sette is Italian for seven, the traditional "lucky" number. The restaurant design is comfortable with a traditional Italian tone, and with a great "feel and flow." Sette Osteria is a destination place for people as well as a place for people walking in the area to come in and enjoy.



Decor: Sette Osteria has an open kitchen and an action station viewable by guests. Pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven.



The best decor in a restaurant is people. Windows give guests a view of the active passing scenes on busy Connecticut Avenue and R Streets. And, people walking by are able to view a very inviting and appealing restaurant. The decor is soft and appealing but still carries a theme of sophisticated Italian culture and international buzz. Guests can view the young people going in and out of the chic clothing stores Benetton and Sisley.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sette Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (63)neighborhood gem (43)good for groups (38)great for lunch (28)fit for foodies (22)kid-friendly (19)great for brunch (16)special occasion (12)notable wine list (11)hot spot (11)romantic (6)scenic view (6)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Fantastic !!
    italianlover
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Good food, every bite and dish was a gem. Great wine " they serve Simi cab by the glass for only $9/glass and many other good labels" and superb service. Welcoming and caring management. No wonder the place is busy ! Really a great value for a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food for all tastes
    lucky
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was very good inventive. Great pizza. Great home made pasta. Bronzino good, calamari great. The staff very accommodating. Got us in and out in time for theater.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaotic and Loud
    Cesi
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a hideous experience at this restaurant. It was so loud and crowded that we could not hear those at our table and we were more than uncomfortable in the extremely tight space. Service was polite but completely overwhelmed. The manager asked all 7 of us to move over / relocate so another table could have more room. We had to use our appetizer plates for our entrees (we were eating family style) because clean plates weren't offered until about 10 minutes after we got our food and we practically had to beg for serving spoons. And the entrees came out before the starters were cleared away. The food was good but impossible to enjoy. I couldn't wait to leave.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Favorite Place
    nlware
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Sette Osteria was a recommendation from a friend and what a great suggestion it was. We went on a Friday night with a group of 4 and had a wonderful meal and great service. The prices are excellent too! We will be returning :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pizza!
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I am very picky with my food. I am Italian born and raised and I don't eat any Italian-American food. I've ordered a prosciutto and arucola pizza and it was wonderful! They even shaved some good Parmesan cheese on it. The wine selection was also good. I couldn't have had a better experience. I will definetly go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Sarahv
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food for a good price! Good wine list and nice waitstaff
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant, Attentive
    DenverVisitor
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We came with a group and they accommodated us well. The food is excellent, highly recommend the Penne Russa. Pizzas are super thin with a great crust. Wine list had a lot if things that were different in terms of reds. Great evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected, but still good
    Mhaynes
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Took my girlfriend for dinner on a Friday night and it was LOUD. Food was great, but I was expecting a more intimate setting. Was recommended by a friend, but what he neglected to mention was this this is a bustling place. Food was really good, service was decent enough, but the environment threw me off a tad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Nice location, good food. However service needs much improvement. Service was slow but restaurant was not packed at the time we were there. Server did not pay attention to the needs of the table and could have been more pleasant and proactive in his service. We don't want to be rushed but slowness for no reason is not acceptable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place, Solid Food
    Es1084VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food was good. Desserts kind of disappointed. Place is nice for a casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Lyns2
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal with our college freshman daughter we were visiting. Had a bit of a wait even though we had a reservation which was a bit disappointing. We would, however, dine there again. The food was delicious and it was a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our family enjoyed delicious Italian food together. Ambiance was warm and welcoming. We enjoyed wonderful marghareta pizza, beet salad, Seabass, seafood and pasta! Everything we ate was yummy! Birthday celebration was a huge success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Overall
    njohns17
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food and service were both awesome. Our waiter was very attentive and kept us happy. We got chicken alfredo and a margarita pizza. The ingredients in the food were high quality, some of the tastiest grilled chicken I've ever had. It was a kind of noisy, but not loud enough that I couldn't keep my conversation going. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience !!
    italianlover
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The restaurant was packed - very good impression at the front door with a professional Maitre d' who made sure we had a good table and kept an eye on every table throughout the evening. Amazing food "special risotto with lamb shank" was very tasty - great wine selection with good prices and of course very good service. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Full House
    ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great night with friends. Excellent wine and salads to start. Dinner was salmon, and pasta dishes for my friends was the pasta with sausage and the broccolini! excellent dish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Outstanding always there for us but also allowed us to have a private conversation with great food. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not happy, made it known.
    jandtVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I recently made a reservation for 3, specifically requested outdoor seating. On my arrival the host said it would be a 20 minute wait for an outdoor table and that I should've known it was on a first come first serve basis. First of all, how the heck was I supposed to know that without it being stated anywhere in the restaurant disclosures or confirmation, and second, they obvious knew of my request well in advance so why didn't they call or simply accommodate me on a slower Tuesday evening. Not cool. Furthermore, once we were seated we did not receive service of any sort for 15 minutes. In fact, once orders were placed we didn't see out waitress until we were requesting our bill-seemed as though she thought we hadn't even had our meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We found Sette Osteria on Open Table when we were staying in Dupont Circle. We took a chance based on the great reviews and we were so happy we did. I had the pumpkin ravioli and couldn't stop saying how amazing it was. Simply delicious!! Everyone else was very happy with their entrees including chicken parm, spicy sausage with pasta and angel hair with garlic and chicken. The one complaint I would have is the bread. We were given toasted pita bread with oil. Not very appetizing at all. But we saved more room for dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a try!
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The service was great from the moment we walked in door, and the bottle of wine we ordered was outstanding! The food was ok. Our table order grilled calamari which was tough, the lasagne was ok and our friend really liked the veal and fries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NjingaVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Sette does not ever adhere to the Open Table message. I eat here often I always write on the Open TAble reservation: Patio seating. Each time one has to argue about this---I asked for a table on the outdoor patio. You ought to address this concern with them, The noise level is great on the patio and not so great inside. The food is good bistro food. The sevice is good and the atmosphere is pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sette Osteria
    Settereview
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Always a good choice in dining here. The food is amazing!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • randomly picked
    amoriko
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This placed wowed with everything you would want in a restaurant friendly knowledgeable staff, timely food even though it was very busy, great recommendations Pleasing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner spot for group
    DCfoodfanVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a wonderful evening sitting on the outside patio. It faces R street so the traffic noise was not too intrusive. Great service, good drinks and wine choices. Enough well prepared options on the menu to make everyone in our group happy. Very nice choice in Dupont for a pleasant dinner and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls Night Out
    jel1013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Came in for a Brithday gathering with just the girls. We had amazing service and the food was amazing as well!! Want to come back again and try Brunch
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perhaps we visited on a bad night?
    TrigirlVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I hadn't been to Sette in several years and had enjoyed it last time. There were 3 of us dining, myself, my husband and 7 year old son. It was a busy Friday night, but we didn't have to wait too long. We sat inside. It was crowded and very loud. Difficult to hear over the noise. I think they were short staffed. We ordered right away, but waited quite awhile for our main courses. Water glasses were not refilled until we flagged the manager. My son's pasta from the children's menu was very spicy and he wouldn't eat it, so we asked the server if they could quickly make him a grilled cheese sandwich. She sneered at us, but took the order. 30 minutes later his sandwich arrived. We spoke to the manager and the spicy pasta was comped.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad for a tourist trap
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good service and decent Italian food for what is certainly a tourist trap. The complimentary parking after 7:00pm is an added bonus.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looking forward to returning often!
    KLFmoves2DC
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Outstanding service, friendly atmosphere, wonderful food... A new favorite!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    early dinner with friends. started with awesome pizza. sauce, veggies great way to start with vino. dinner was salmon salad, seafood mix, swordfish. great place and enjoyed sitting outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful meal
    dferro
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had an outstanding meal. My husband and I had the burrata salad special, which was delicious. Ditto for the short-rib ravioli special and the linguine with clams. Both the food and the service were wonderful. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice Near Dupont Circle
    VegetarianVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good place after a long day of museums--including the Phillips Collection, which is right around the corner. Happy Hour at the bar was fabulous. Nice bartender and great selection of food at very good prices; beer choices somewhat limited. We could have eaten dinner at the bar and been satisfied. Moved to outdoor seating for the "real" dinner. It had been a rainy day and the outdoor seating was still very pleasant and quiet. Nice stemware and linens, varied menu, including a couple of vegan choices. Food OK, nothing memorable. Service very pleasant but hard to get a check. This is a moderately priced restaurant with locals enjoying a quiet dinner. Not dying to go back, but I wouldn't rule it out if I were in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pasta is their specialty
    SPDMVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    3 people including and Italian from Brooklyn and a long islander - who all know good Italian had dinner. Won't go back unless it's for pizza. The pasta- all three mains- were awful. Service outside was spotty. That being said nice al fresco dining location
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The bread and salad were good and it was a great place for friends to get together and have a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    JenAsh
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I found Sette Osteria on a random search for DC's Summer Restaurant Week. And I am so thankful that I did! It is conveniently placed (very close to Dupont Metro), amazing food, great service, and perfect for outdoor dining (which is my favorite - especially on a perfect evening, like we had). I would highly recommend! Because it was Restaurant Week, the place was very busy and we did have to wait for food between courses... but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Portions are a very good size! And the regular menu is large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good Italian food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We ste outside on an unseasonably pleasant August evening. The food was good and fun. yhe pumpkin ravioli with sage butter was the best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    RTBBostonVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The inside dining area seemed much more energetic/lively and my party sat out on the patio. Was very peaceful and easy to have a conversation among all the hustle and bustle around us. Delicious charcuterie variety and the house made past was fantastic! Definitely going to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have been here many times and have always found the food and the service to be good. This place is not as "upscale" as the Italian place across the street - but we have always had good service here, which we cannot say for the other place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy on a Wednesday evening
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Hadn't been to Sette Osteria for years and thought 8 PM on a Wednesday evening would be a good time to revisit it. Wrong. The place was packed with young people and families with children. Fortunately, most apparently wanted to sit outside, so I got a nice table near the bar. Ordered from the daily specials list -- ham & melon followed by a skirt steak pizza -- and was very happy. Service was as attentive as a solo diner on a busy night could expect. I will return to try some of the enticing items from the regular menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good overall
    FSHSSVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The pizzas were good. The ait staff were attentive. A clean restauran.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 380 reviews are from the Sette Osteria reviews archive.
  • Always a treat
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Sette has great pizza - love the crust - and pasta used to make classic lasagna was thin and light.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely terrace for al fresco dining
    KarineVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My pizza was really good. Our redheaded server was clueless -- she interrupted us about three times to ask if everything was fine, even though it was very clear my husband and I were engaged in a lively, fast conversation (he was explaining to me his new, exciting project).She couldn't notice how annoying she was getting. Then, when I asked for milk for my espresso, she just forgot. After a long wait, I had to ask someone else to bring it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate