Cesco Osteria

4.5
978 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cesco osteria combines unparalleled Tuscan-inspired cuisine from multi-award winning Chef Francesco Ricchi with a sensory experience that includes live music, breathtaking lighting, and artisan cocktails in its contemporary Co2 lounge. CESCO osteria offers casual and white tablecloth dining options as well as lounge-style seating, plus the spectacular Terrazzo CESCO for unique al fresco dining and libations.
For over 20 years Chef Ricchi has been dazzling guests with his Italian cuisine. He's earned dozens of awards including Best New Restaurant in the US; Top Twenty-Five Restaurants in North America; Best Italian Restaurant and Zagat Distinction.
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AF
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fantastic service!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian food. Very accommodating, too.

RM
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with excellent service and ample portions at very reasonable prices. This restaurant is a must for anyone that savors a fabulous meal

E
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive service, easy reservation. We’ll be back!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service for our two girls, one of which needed to be gluten free. He made them feel very special and made a great gf option

A
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful grilled halibut dinners and risotto with seafood. Simply wonderful. And the usual exceptional service.

TN
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I enjoyed my first time at Cesco's. I look forward to going back and getting more traditional cuisine.

r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

As frequent diners, we've always had a wonderful experience. But on this evening my wife received the wrong dinner, with no offer to replace it or some other recompense. No one came around to check on us or refill wine glasses. Quite a surprise after all these years.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cesco was a wonderful dining experience for my wife and I . A very informed waiter and staff. On time reservation seating and thoughtful presentions and recommendations. I would recommend to anyone interested in fine dining and Northern Italian cooking.

j
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious — finding the parking lot was confusing the first time. Service was good and the table was perfect for our celebration as promised.

DM
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Biggest issue I had was when our dinner arrived at our table the server gave my husband his and left mine on the tray and went off. About 10 minutes later he comes back with another server and he asked if I wanted my Branzino filleted. I said yes but by the time he was done about half the fish was still on the tray mixed in a pile of bones.

MA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our evening at Cesco Osteria. The woman who welcomed us when we entered the restaurant and seated us was a first-rate professional. She offered us two seating choices for an intimate dinner for two - I'm sorry I didn't get her name. Our waiter was a pleasant gentleman but we didn't sense he was interested in engaging us in making menu selections. The food was over-the-top good! We enjoyed rigatoni and ravioli pasta dishes that were served exactly as advertised. The highlight of our night was the dancing we enjoyed in the lounge - music provided by the Trio Caliente! We're coming back for the food and the entertainment!

RW
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was very difficult to get into and out for those who are disabled. Would recommend not going there if you have a mobility problem. You need to get out of the car at the entrance leading to the garage side and then walk down a very long uncovered ramp to get to the front of the restaurant to avoid steps. The entrance directly in front of the restaurant (because it is a one way street) involves getting out on the passenger side into the street with traffic coming behind. Not safe!!

WR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed in the food quality but pleasantly surprised by the pricing. Almost every cooked item was very salty. It’s a beautiful restaurant that I’d wanted to see and check out for future events, as I’m an event planner, but I don’t think the cuisine will improve.

MP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place and easily accessible via the Metro in downtown DC. Very reasonably priced by Washington standards. Food is good, but not great, but again, for the price, it is very good. Worth the night out. Had a blast.

A
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dinner. Most of us had fish — all fresh and beautifully prepared. Wonderful homemade pasta. Exceptional service. And a delectable post dinner treat: the Bongo Bongo. Love this restaurant!

RS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for half price bottle of wine Wednesday. A real bargain, had a great wine and lunch. First time sitting outside, got lucky on a non humid day, it was very nice. Ordered a couple of appetizers and 3 pasta dishes for sharing among 2 people. It was plenty, and so delicious. Dont forget the deserts, presented beautifully and tasted great. The waiter who took care of us was fantastic, didnt miss a thing while at the same time we barely noticed him. Great food, wine and service made for a very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.

BM
Washington DC
149 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a nice dinner Saturday night. The food, wine, and service were all top notch. We enjoyed every part of the night.

RM
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant experience. The food presentation was excellent. The seafood linguini was ample and very tasty. The veal osso buco was very tender and flavorable. A great meal

DA
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful evening at Cesco Osteria due to the wonderful service of Carlos. He is a true professional in every way!

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was some of the best food around!!!

WI
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and wine were excellent . Nice variety. We had our grandchildren and they had a nice selection for them as well

TH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was phenomenal as was the food!!

MO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Why is this place not busier? Was there for lunch and had an enjoyable meal. Great atmosphere, delicious food and server was very attentive.

DD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved the place but the waiter was rude when I asked for separate checks for a large group! I have a newborn and I shouldn’t be expected to do math at 10pm...

LP
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was our first visit to Cesco. Lovely very tasty food, super service by waiter (Guilermo?), wonderful rosé wine.... We will definitely be back 🥂

NY
Miami
72 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Grew up in an Italian family in NYC with great chefs among our family members and the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy. And we have had many trips to all parts of Italy. In my opinion this is the most genuine Italian restaurant in the Washington region. Excellent food at reasonable prices.

d
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of six. Closed down the restaurant. Giuseppe was our waiter and he did a great job. We went there twice and I'd go back. The pasta limon and the butternut squash ravioli were my favorites.

MF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Didn't care for space, not quaint and cozy like remembered. Service was lousy. Waiter disappeared and never returned after entrees were received.

CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner, we had a fun evening

AE
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Generous appetizers (some sort of frittata + focaccia) meant we didn't have to order any. Food and ambience were good. The wait staff disappeared for a long time between finishing our main courses and ordering dessert and coffee/tea.

CF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food is wonderful - this trip it was softshell crabs with lemony, garlicy angle hair pasta. But as good as that was, it did not hold a candle to the risotto with gorgonzola and mushrooms.

SB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Honestly, we picked Cesco because it could accommodate a party of 7 for Mother's Day dinner. We were pleasantly surprised. The place is huge. The menu is very nice. The pasta is homemade. The pizza was excellent. Note to parents: the kid's menu pizza is the same size as the adult pizza, and comes with free ice cream for dessert...my boy ate until he was bursting. My other son got the gnocchi with meatballs. The gnocchi were a bit gluey, but the meatballs were insanely good. Everyone else was happy. Would definitely go back. I wonder if they serve meatball pizza...

C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch with my family. They food was tremendous and the staff was very accommodating when we needed to make a time change on our reservation. The chef was out at the carving station and was obviously on top of keeping all the food fresh, which I find is not always the case when eating buffet style meals. The front of the house staff was very attentive and we never lacked for anything. Thanks for the great experience!

AA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for Mother's Day Brunch. We had 12 people reservation, and I got there half an hour earlier to meet everyone. The table was ready in advance, they seated me immediately and readied the table. Then 4 of our party cancelled due to a car accident and they didn't say a word. The service was outstanding the whole time - attentive staff, quick service of drinks, and easygoing when people would change their minds or couldn't decide. The buffet was very nice - everyone kept getting seconds and thirds. Though it went from 11 to 4, to the very end they kept replenishing the food so there was always plenty and everyone could try everything. There was an array of breakfast items, as well as a full lunch menu, wide variety of salads, everything for every taste. The decor was very elegant, I was happy we picked this place for our special occasion. Highly recommend!

d
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food. Aldente pasta and fresh ingredients. A great find. The Chef is a real Italian.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Really uncomfortable tables, non existent service, mediocre buffet for Mother’s Day

MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good and plentiful at the Mother's Day buffet. We particularly enjoyed the oysters, roast lamb, and salmon. It was a bit pricey, but overall worth it.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great - friendly and helpful

BM
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was delicious! The portobello appetizer was great and our server Rachel was very professional and extremely sweet.

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