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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sette Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since July 25, 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 (65)neighborhood gem (44)good for groups (38)great for lunch (28)fit for foodies (22)kid-friendly (18)great for brunch (14)special occasion (12)hot spot (11)notable wine list (10)romantic (6)scenic view (6)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Brunch Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I went for brunch to Sette Osteria this weekend. Had never been there before so I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by excellent service and great brunch fare. I really enjoyed it. The went in when they opened around 11am and it was pretty empty but 30 minutes in it was bustling with people. In addition, the place is very open and you have a great view of the surrounding DuPont circle area. Really enjoyed it and will definitely check it out again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    DonaldDuck
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The area was really cramped. The waitress was horrible and the menus aren't well written. We ordered something that ended up being raw meat. We were told that there were no reflls
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise
    Dale
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Way too noisy, table of 4 could not hear each other.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great dinner spot
    CVdubs
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I had dinner here the night before my first half marathon (I wanted to carbo-load on pasta!) The food was excellent. Our waiter recommended the basil-pasta, which was a homemade basil-infused pasta, served with tomatoes, eggplant and onion. It was delicious. Their calamari appetizer is also very good. I also tried some of their gelato dessert - I especially loved the vanilla flavor! We went pretty early, but this place gets busy, so it is a good idea to make a reservation. Also, the location near Dupont circle is very convenient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good. But Cramped.
    Mark
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food and waitress were great. But my gf and I were basically being run over by patrons and other servers because they over-packed the floor. Better spacing would have made this a solid four star rating, and I'm sure it is at least that in the Spring and Summer when you can seat people outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lack of consistency
    KimbyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We sat outside for brunch on a lovely spring day. The waitstaff was extremely slow to take our orders, even though the restaurant was largely empty. We ordered multiple bloody Marys throughout the meal and there was a very wide range of results. The first Bloody Marys to arrive were very small and somewhat watered down. As the meal progressed, the drinks got bigger and bigger until they were fullsized. The food was fine but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner/brunch
    CVdubs
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I went out to eat here the night before I ran my first half-marathon to carbo-load. The food was delicious, and our waiter was excellent. He recommended the Basil-pasta (homemade), and it was yummy, filling, yet also light. I also split the calamari appetizer and bruchetta plate, which were also delicious. I finished the meal with the gelato trio, which was a great ending to the meal. This restaurant had ample outdoor seating and is very close to the Dupont circle metro stop.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Brunch
    FirstTimeVisitor
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    First time visit - service, food, and ambience were just OK. Service was slow. Food was quick but arrived cold - including eggs and toast. - no butter, no jam for the toast either. When we finally tracked down the waitrress, she seemed annyoed to have to heat the toast and bring butter and jam. Wow .... A real let down. Very kid friendly - if that's what you want. Otherwise, pick another location. Therestaurant was not full so could have been relocated to another table if the waitress ever showed up. Get the impression that no on really cared whether food, service or ambience were good. Guess they'll get business regardless because of location but not from me. Don't think I'd to out of my way to go to Sette Osteria again. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for groups
    DelightfulVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our server/bar tender Justin took GREAT care of us. I was with a group of 9 and everyone enjoyed their meal and the bottomless mimosas/bellinis were DIVINE! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were a large party that trickled in at different times throughout the span of an hour, and switched seating throughout our meal. The service was great. Everyone received their food and drink in a VERY timely manner, and the waiters remembered exactly who had ordered what. Very personable staff, good food, relaxed environment, and manageable prices. Would definitely recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good not amazing,
    CD26
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Food is good not amazing, but the pasta is more reasonably priced here compared to most other Italian restaurants. I had the basil pasta with eggplant and mozzarela. The pasta is a bit thick and heavy, but the dish has good overall flavor. Location is a plus. The service was pleasant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, moderate service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food, amazing authentic tastes with full range of anitpasti, appetizers, pasta and sauces, and other entrees. The portions are large and the prices reasonable. But the service was lacking. Our server was never outwardly hostile, but he made it clear he'd rather be doing something other than waiting on us. He acted put out that we wanted to order appetizers before placing our order for entrees. After he took our order, we never saw him again. Someone from the kitchen brought the food, and someone from the bar brought our ticket. We served our own wine and water. Still a fun place with great food though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Bad
    sourak
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I think I was there on an off night. I watched several tables walk out due to non-service in front of me, but was too exhausted to leave and deal with a rebooking on a Saturday night. The food was worth the wait, though everything was a bit on the salty side. All in all a solid day-to-day place, but nothing special and not worth a reservation by any means.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • as always its a great place
    ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    as always its a great place especially if you need an early dinner. Pasta dishes were excellent with a great bottle of red. Food and service are always tops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unfortunately, not that good a meal
    dferro
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The mussels, celery root soup, and linguine with seafood in a tomato sauce were good, but everything else was fair to mediocre. The bruschetta appetizer was extremely bland and boring, as was the Caesar salad: the lettuce was tasteless and lacking in crunch. The Contadina pizza lacked smokiness and that the eggplant was poorly cooked. The fettucini alfredo was extremely bland and boring; and the gorgonzola-mozzarella pizza came out way too hot and with a soggy crust. We ate inside, and we usually sit outside. Inside, the TVs were distracting and the music was too loud,. We have been to Sette before and have had much better meals and service. This is the only reason why we would return after this abysmal meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sette Osteria
    Settereview
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food is consistently delicious and waiters are very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant has never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This restaurant has never let me down. My wife and I did one of our smaller receptions for our wedding at Sette and we were not let down. They provided have great entrees, tasty starters, and some of the best desserts in DC. Their cavatelli is absolutely amazing. I recommend everyone to try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We went as a group of 6 for brunch. All members of the group opted for the bottomless brunch and the waiters were very quick with the refills. The waiter was also very nice making several jokes with the table and making it a very pleasant atmosphere. I ordered the Norwegian Eggs Benedict. It may not be the very best brunch food I have ever tried but it was still very good and I would not hesitate to order it again. The rest of the table seemed to enjoy their meal also. The price was normal for brunch. I would recommend this place to others and will be back there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Find
    Alikat
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    After reading multiple reviews about so-so food and service I was nervous, however, I had a very positive experience. The food was delicious (my friend and I each ordered one of the homemade pasta dishes) and our service was attentive. We did wait at the bar for our table even with reservations, however, we had arrive about 15 minutes early and were seated about 20 minutes after arrival. We ordered the Valentine's Day special dessert which was fantastic. We also really enjoyed that they validate your parking in the valet garage right next door anytime after 7pm (this was especially helpful given that the metro stop across the street is closed at the present moment)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vday
    AndiVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went with my boyfriend for valentines. Obviously was crowded bit still absolutely lovely.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall not bad
    Center97
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took a date here for Valentine's Day. Service was prompt and professional. My date seemed to enjoy her pasta, but my steak was a huge disappointment. The atmosphere was good though and I would definitely go here again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for my husbands birthday
    Ashwini
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for my husbands birthday and the food was great! The service was not, I asked for angel hair pasta as a side and the waitress was rude and she looked disappointed to go get back another bowl. I know it was valentines day and we were a big group but i expect a friendly staff for service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice ambience. Food is decent
    NWDCDinerVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Nice ambience. Food is decent and consistent. However service is terrible. Their staff is poorly trained and always appear awkward and confused. Not the place for an important lunch. The patio is a plus.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so
    NiddoVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    This time my experience was so so for me and my friends. I took the risotto of the day which had no taste, no seasoning was watery and the rice seemed boiled, the scallops however were cooked beautifully. My friend's gnocchi was good but over sauced but my other friend's seafood pasta was not hood and he left it almost unbeaten. Our appetizers were delicious. We told our server and the manager that it is not usually like this and she said she will check with the chef who sent us a Tiramisu with our desserts. The service was very good and efficient. I still like it but they have to pay attention to the consistency of the food quality and listen to feedback.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes, but...
    Ace58VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    There doesn't seem to be a maitre'd. The noise from two shrieking diners two tables away made it impossible to converse, and there was no one to complain to. I have eaten lunch, indoors and outdoors, and enjoyed Sette. But not for dinner again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner at Sette Osteria
    friendandI
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Overall a good meal, we had a variety of appetizers, pastas and meat. Service was a bit uneven. Longer than usual wait between courses, but a very relaxed atmosphere. Waiter recommend an excellent wine, which we enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only ok
    Mameshiba91
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I was not blown away by Sette Osteria, the decor/ambiance was casual (casual can be good, but it reminded me of my college dining hall). Pastas are good, but other entrees aren't that great. The sauce on my friend's salmon was thin and bland. Desserts were ok, they didn't have a wow factor. Overall, food was ok (just be sure to get the pastas). The worst part of our experience was the service. Our server mumbled the whole time we were being served. She also attempted to make a joke to our friend about her being late for our reservation. The delivery of the joke was awkward and it was just kind of distasteful. However the manager DID check up on us as well which is a nice plus. I wouldn't recommend this place for dinner, just lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decor and service lacking
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    If it were solely about the food, I would recommend this restaurant, but the decor is institutional and lacking in warmth, the tables are too close together, and the server lacked training. I had to spell "kir" and explain what it is, my request for espresso got a blank stare until I repeated it twice as espresso coffee, and the salmon did not come out medium rare as requested.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Office party a success!
    toadmom
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Great place for a work luncheon! Everyone loved the food and we had great service. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Pasta, Calamari
    JeffcVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    It's all good, but we like the basic dishes the best, especially the fresh pastas. I had spaghetti with lava beans, accompanied by a robust chianti, delightful, and a perfect portion size -- not too big. Began by sharing fried calamari with a spicy tomato dipping sauce, and ended by sharing a ricotta cheesecake, plus a limoncello. Good prices, we come here often, and will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super hit with a miss
    spinderelli
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I have been to this restaurant twice. The first time it was awesome. The pizza was very close to the real Roman deal (I lived there for a long time so I know the real deal), but this time around my pizza was overdone and dry. My dad's vitello tonnato, which is his favorite childhood dish from when he grew up in Italy, was with arugula and barely any tuna--shameful really. The calamari was great and so were the other pizzas the people in our party had this time around, so overall I would go back again and maybe venture out of the pizzas and try the gnocchi, which my hubby got the first time we went and they were awesome. I would say maybe I just got unlucky this time around. The place is loud so good for kids and crowds but not a couple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • super dining on Christmas!
    lilleyVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Staff wonderful, table of 8, handled well and efficiently, got us out in time to get to the theater. Easy and convivial!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta dishes ordered by our
    dinermom
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Pasta dishes ordered by our group were very good. Loved the pumpkin ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The outstanding pizza and the great food always provide a wonderful place to gather with friends. I especially love their grilled calamari with salad! It is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Great wine selection. I like to ask the waiter's opinions about dishes and wine - waiter's recommendations were honest and spot on. Food was delicious. And they comped our dessert for my date's birthday. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good pasta
    girlinthehood
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    It was good pasta, however i found the beer a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love Sette. Although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Always love Sette. Although on this particular evening, it was quite crowded. Our table for 2 was shoved up against a pole and awkwardly placed. I felt like we were constantly in the way as waiters rushed by the entire meal. So it wasn't the most relaxing meal, but it is one of my favorites and I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively and accommodating
    Erin
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Went here for my sister's birthday with a group of 7 on a Friday night. We had to wait about 30 minutes past our reservation time to get seated, but they pointed out seats for us at the bar and the bartender even made a complimentary shooter for everyone (which was labor intensive- he squeezed 20 lemons to make them!) since he heard there was a birthday. We're not sure how he found out, but it was a nice surprise! I also added 2 people to the reservation kind of last minute and they were very accommodating - they took a dessert order in advance over the phone and brought them out after dinner to surprise my sister. It was perfect! Food was very fresh tasting and the portions weren't overwhelmingly huge. Would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adequate
    uppernwmomVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The menu had my mouth watering, but the food didn't meet expectations. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Not worth the cost.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Weekend Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Sette Osteria offered a delicious menu, attentive service and great outdoor seating for a perfect fall Saturday in DuPont. The egg white omelet was full of fresh veggies and paired with a perfectly dressed salad, and the waffle was the perfect texture and sweetness. Sette's Bellini is the only one I've had at a DC-area brunch that used fresh peach rather than peach Schnapps. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.